As Alaina Ferriero, one of our Catering Sales Managers, explained, "One would think 40 guests would seem lost in such a large room but in reality, the shape of it, combined with creative catering expertise, you will find that it really can work for a group of 40 up to 180 and still feel like the perfect fit. That is what is so great about it."
Cheryl Ennis, one of our Senior Banquet team members, put together the beautiful buffet decor using items Alaina had provided, and the Chefs added their own little touches to make the food presentation "pop."
The Hawthorne's own Edi Rovi is an accomplished pianist and played for the first hour and a half of the event, adding that extra special touch to the day.
Commenting on the event itself, Alaina said, "The beautiful bride-to-be arrived shortly after her guests in a celebrity-like white dress which was tastefully embellished with feathers and glitz. Her look so perfectly matched what Cheryl had put together on the buffet it was unreal!"
The bride-to-be, Marisa Casaletto, wanted an upscale tea brunch with a satisfying menu. Alaina custom-designed the menu to include hot and cold teas, brunch-style hors d'oeuvres, and a brunch buffet.
Tea Wedding Shower
Hawthorne Hotel, June 2014
Bruschetta Toasts with Herb-Infused Olive Oil, Plum Tomato with Basil, Sautéed Zucchini and Sundried Tomatoes, Caponata, Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Red Pepper Hummus and Fresh Mozzarella
Chilled Mimosa Bowl with Freshly Chopped Fruit Enhancements
Strawberries, Peaches, Raspberries
Chilled Tea Station
Two Flavored Herbal Teas
Miniature Scones with Fruited Icing
Miniature Tea Cakes with Assorted Jams and Devonshire Crème
~ Tea Buffet ~
Hawthorne Caesar Salad with Focaccia Croutons, Sundried Tomatoes, Shaved Parmesan
Grilled Vegetables with Sherry Vinaigrette
Chopped Watermelon with Feta Cheese, Balsamic Reduction and Fresh Mint
Cheese Tortellini with Fresh Pesto
Cucumber, Egg and Watercress
Smoked Norwegian Salmon and Cream Cheese
Smoked Turkey and Avocado with Black-Bean Spread
Grilled Chicken Salad with Grapes, Walnuts, Pommery Mustard
Assorted Miniature Pastries and Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Selection of Fine Teas with Service
Harney and Sons Selection
Lemon Wedges, Local Honey, Sugar Cubes