May 2018
Cheat A Little Catering's News & Updates
May is the Month of Barbecues
"When April steps aside for May,
Like diamonds all the rain-drops glisten;
Fresh violets open every day:
To some new bird each hour we listen."
- Lucy Larcom

Summer is quickly approaching and we love the tastes, smells, and sounds of summer! From pool parties to intimate outdoor dinners, there is always a reason to celebrate in May. This month brings us Mother's Day - that glorious celebration of Mom. It's also time to prepare for your students graduation, and to bring those near and far together for a family reunion, as well as honoring the lives of our service men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice. May is a wonderful time when flowers bloom and the sun shines. And of course, we believe every day can be a reason to celebrate! But in case you need a few more reasons; May is National Barbecue Month, National Hamburger Month, and National Salad Month. 

Whatever your reason to celebrate, we hope that Cheat A Little Catering can help take the stress of party planning away. We offer complete catering and event planning services, and our team of chefs are experts at their craft. We can BBQ, grill, roast and more! 

Sincerely,

Brian Morriss
Owner, Cheat A Little Catering

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

We wish you a very special Cinco de Mayo, and encourage everyone to celebrate this important holiday. Want to throw a Cinco de Mayo party at your office? Here’s some help in getting the conversation going:

Employee : “Hey boss, it’s Cinco de Mayo! It’s a day of festivity, of celebration, of color and of magic. It’s a day when no one should really have to work, so let’s all enjoy a siesta instead!
Boss : “Nice try, now get back to work!”
Employee : "Oh OK then…well, can we "cheat a little" and have a Cinco de Mayo fiesta here in the office?"
Boss : "Sure, call Cheat A Little Catering to set it up!"

However you choose to celebrate the day, we wish you and your employees a very Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Celebrate Mother’s Day

From all of us at Cheat A Little Catering, we would like to extend our sincerest and warmest wishes and a very Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers and mother-figures. If you want to give the mom in your life a special treat, how about surprising them with a delicious meal? Cheat A Little Catering can provide a full-service experience – from elegant tea parties to family-style dinners. We would love to help you celebrate your Mom by creating a memorable and magical experience for her and all of your family.   For a list of our services, click here .
Congrats to all the Grads!

We would also like to offer congratulations to this year’s graduates! You have worked hard and achieved a great milestone in your life and should be proud of your accomplishment. It’s not too late to plan a graduation party and we are here to help. We can assist with planning a personalized menu that features all of your favorite foods. We can create fun and interactive food stations too, like a Slider Bar, Build-Your-Own Taco Station, Ice Cream Sundae Bar, and a fresh-popped Popcorn Cart – with traditional and not-so-traditional toppings!  

Contact us for help planning your graduates' special celebration!
Employee Spotlight:
Paul Ledeboer, Cheat A Little Catering's Warehouse Manager

Paul Ledeboer, Cheat A Little Catering’s Warehouse and Equipment Manager, joined the team in 2014. He is responsible for managing the company’s warehouse and equipment (non-perishable items), which includes all of the amazing, decorative service-ware items and equipment used at your events.  Paul is tasked with ensuring that every event that Cheat A Little Catering plans has all of the items it needs, whether it’s chafing dishes or serving spoons, he oversees the packing and loading of event equipment. He also manages the six catering vans that are always on the go and ensuring the safety and maintenance of the fleet. 

Prior to joining Cheat A Little Catering, Paul was the Driver Manager at Crystal Springs Catering where he was responsible for driver and fleet schedules, driver coordination, corporate deliveries, event set-ups, and much more. 

Before working in the catering and events world, Paul worked in the solar energy industry where he was a job site manager, a solar site analyst, and provided solar system installations. 

When Paul isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren, and finds time to go skiing, hiking, and catching a concert now and then.

Marinade vs. Dry Rub For Your Barbecue: You Decide

Now that we’re heading into grilling season, we thought you might be interested in knowing which route to go when debating a dry rub or a marinade for your meats. 

Marinades: Marinades are more about flavor than tenderizing the cut of beef. Keep in mind that a main ingredient of marinades is acids: liquids like wine, lemon juice, or vinegar; lactic acid like milk and yogurt; or a natural tenderizing enzyme like papaya, kiwi and pineapple. Beware that acids can actually toughen the beef if it “soaks” for too long. When it comes to flavoring, marinades only penetrate the outer layer of the beef, not the middle of it. Make sure you watch the clock when you’re marinating so you don’t overdo it.

Dry Rubs: A dry rub has no liquid component and usually consists of spices, such as brown sugar, salt, paprika and cumin, and is literally rubbed onto the surface of raw meat. Rubs are designed to flavor meat. That’s it. The mixture can be applied to food ahead of time or added during the cooking process; however, to get the most flavor, apply your rub of choice at least an hour before cooking (we recommend adding sea salt or kosher salt to your rub mixture so that the salt can break down the protein and improve the texture).

Whatever method you choose, we hope you have a wonderful time cooking and barbecuing this May! Feel free to share photos of your barbecue parties on our social media links below and be sure to tell us what method worked for you!
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