Stacey Combrzynski
September 20, 2017

Tips for Planning an Atypical Company Holiday Party

September 20, 2017

Tips for Planning an Atypical Company Holiday Party

Stacey Combrzynski

Corporate holiday parties are a special type of event unlike any others that happen during the year. They offer companies the chance to reward their employees for their hard work throughout the past 12 months, and an opportunity to let the personality of the company shine through.

Seafood Spectacular Corporate Holiday Party

Here are some of the elements associated with the best corporate holiday parties.

Branded Event Customization

More so than any other time of year, a hot topic for us when it comes to catering during the holidays is customization. Consider the implications for a corporate holiday party, taking a food item and customizing it with a vessel (think shot glass or guitar pick) branded with the company’s logo. It really takes an event to the next level and guests always take notice. We love customizing parties and are always willing to go the extra mile to help clients create a unique experience at their events.

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Catering By Michaels
September 14, 2017

Yom Kippur: The Ultimate Post-Fast Feast

September 14, 2017

Yom Kippur: The Ultimate Post-Fast Feast

Catering By Michaels

Yom Kippur, marking the day of God’s forgiveness, is one of the most important holidays on the Hebcal Jewish Calendar. It closes the “Ten Days of Repentance”, which started with Rosh Hashanah.

The holiday literally translates as “Day of Atonement”, as the faithful ask forgiveness for their sins in the past year and blessing as they begin the New Year.

Yom Kippur, part of the High Holidays, is characterized by fasting and feasting as the members of the community strengthen their bonds. Because the months of the Jewish Calendar follow the lunar cycle, Yom Kippur is not held on the same day of the civic calendar every year, though it usually occurs between September and October.

This year (2017) it will begin Friday, September 29 and ends the evening of September 30.

The feasting starts the day before Yom Kippur, with everyone eating and drinking in abundance. On this day, two celebratory meals are consumed: one early in the day and another moments before the onset of Yom Kippur, as the holiday’s central component is in fact fasting.

White cheddar macaroni and cheese

Because the fasting period lasts for a little more than 25 hours, after the Erev Yom Kippur meal until the following evening, those who are too feeble, sick, or young to safely fast are not required to do so. However, healthy females from the age of 12 and males from the age of 13 must fast as part of the tradition. Those well enough to do so often add a few minutes to the beginning and end of the day of fasting, which is known as tosefet Yom Kippur.

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Catering By Michaels
September 5, 2017

Rosh Hashanah: Jewish New Year Traditions

September 5, 2017

Rosh Hashanah: Jewish New Year Traditions

Catering By Michaels

The Jewish New Year traditionally kicks off in Fall with Rosh Hashanah, which translates from Hebrew to “Head of the New Year.” Marking the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, Rosh Hashanah comprises the first two days of a 10 day period of prayer, repentance, and charity in Judaism.

The holiday takes place at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. Because the Hebrew calendar measures months based on the lunar cycle and years in correspondence to the solar cycle, the celebrations slide around on the secular calendar, but usually occur between September and October.

This year (2017) it will start on Wednesday, September 20 and end on Friday, September 22.

Rosh Hashanah serves as the first of the “Ten Days of Repentance”, which marks man’s first sin and his repentance. The Ten Days of Repentance begin with Rosh Hashanah and end in celebration with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Some of the customs that take place during Rosh Hashanah include:

  • Sounding the shofar, which is to alert listeners of the coming judgment
  • Eating a round challah, which symbolizes the circle of life
  • Eating apples dipped in honey to usher in a sweet New Year
  • Eating of pomegranate to bring a year full of mitzvot and good deeds

Rosh Hashanah apples dipped in honey

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Each year we get the privilege of working with our good client Denese at Rustoleum to help her plan their annual company-wide picnic. For many years, the Rustoleum Picnic has taken place at the North Bay Pavilion at Independence Grove. But when the picnic grew a bit too big for the picturesque space, we worked together to find an alternative event venue that would be suitable for the company’s growing needs.

Eventually, we decided on Banner Day Camp.

My client Denese is incredible at executing a vision she has for an event. Once she gets an idea in her head, it’s impossible to get in her way. We knew Banner Day Camp would be the perfect venue to allow her to really spread out and execute any theme she had in mind.

After talking back and forth to develop the theme for the event, we came up with some great ideas and elements:

  • The dude ranch-type welcome sign was a hit.
  • The décor throughout the space included thematic elements, such as haystacks, barrels, ropes, a couple of ranch-type lounge areas, rustic florals in galvanized vases, and pallet tables for the extensive raffle offerings
  • We had actors dressed up as old-timey Western characters (one of whom was a lasso expert!).
  • We catered Western-themed food, including pulled pork sandwiches, baby back ribs, roasted corn on the cobb and baked beans.
  • Our caricaturists drew on pre-printed, fun and logoed paper.
  • We also had pony rides, and tasked our hayrides to be valet transportation for remote parkers.

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Catering By Michaels
August 23, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Cynthia Senecal

August 23, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Cynthia Senecal

Catering By Michaels

Have you met the lovely Cynthia (call her “Cindy”) Senecal? She’s an amazing member of the Catering by Michaels team, working in the Accounting Department as the Accounts Receivable Specialist since 2008.

It’s always fun to see what makes our staff tick, and Cindy had a lot to say about her time at Catering by Michaels, and what she likes to do outside of work!

What did you do before working here?

Did I even have a life before CBM?  Honestly, what I did was nothing exciting: Banking, Management Office of Currency Exchanges.

I will say that regardless of where I’ve been and where I’m going, I’m all about Accountancy – only.  Accountancy is my life. I wouldn’t be as happy in another role!

What does a typical work day look like?

It involves lots of computer time divvied up between bookkeeping, invoicing, accounts receivable, and assisting with accounts payable. But I make sure to take breaks as I need them to sample the delicious dishes being cooked up in the kitchen!

What’s the best part of your job?

I love my team – from the executive level on, they are great people to work with! It wouldn’t be the same without the amazing people I share my time with.

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