Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Marshmallow Indulgence

Indulge in our newest creations!
Lemleys' Catering is proud to introduce our tasty treat--Small Batch Marshmallows. Made from scratch with premium ingredients, our delicious marshmallows will chase the winter blues away. You and yours deserve a sweet indulgence.

Here are some of our flavors:
Chocolate Chocolate Chip
Three Berry
Blackberry Addiction
Cherry, Baby
Chai Spice
Very Vanilla
Toasted Coconut
Cafe au Lait
Peppermint Blast
New flavors added daily!

Order your marshmallows one of three ways:
Sugar Dusted
Decadently Dipped in Chocolate
Caramel Coated

Or pick them up at these local retailers:
A Better Cut
Columbus Visitor's Center
Lockett's Ladies Shop
Viewpoint Books
Wischmeier's Nursery

Don't forget, marshmallows make tasteful party favors!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Holiday Feast

From our family to yours...

Holiday Feast
Whole 12-Pound Turkey
Eight Slices of Ham
Country Green Beans
Onion-Sage Dressing
Real Turkey Gravy
Sweet Potato Casserole
Cranberry-Pecan Relish
Freshly Baked Bread
Pumpkin Pie
Feeds up to eight people.

Hot service available for an additional $5
Carving service available for an additional $10

Available for pickup now through January 31, Monday- Friday

Christmas: Order and prepay by December 19
for pick up 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday, December 22 through Saturday, December 27
Open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Christmas Eve
Closed Christmas Day

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

vegetarian meals

This morning, I received an email from an engaged couple. Vegetarians, they want to make sure that the food they serve reflects their values. Freshness and taste also play a big part in what they want to present to their families and guests.

While we are not vegetarians at Lemleyland, we do enjoy all types of food. We often cater events for people who do not eat meat. Last summer, we catered a wedding for vegans who now live in California. They enjoyed a bruschetta bar and pasta. Above, I've included some images of popular meat-free items: Vietnamese spring rolls, Asian broccoli spoons and spinach-feta stuffed mushrooms.

I could not find a picture of our barbecue tofu. Clients who order it usually are hosting a casual event with the majority of guests being carnivores. Without fail, almost all guests at these events try the barbecue tofu--and they like it. The secret? We make our own Copperhead barbecue sauce from all-natural ingredients. Whether hand-pulled pork or tofu, the sauce makes a difference.

At Lemleys' Catering and Max's Ole Hickory Pit BBQ, we care about pleasing our clients with diverse tastes.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Chateau de Pique wedding

Today, I met with a bride to be and her mother at Chateau de Pique. The family chose Lemleys' Catering to provide service for their upcoming celebration with 600 guests.

Located in Seymour, Chateau de Pique is a local winery. On their grounds, they have two event spaces: a renovated barn and a free-standing tent. They host many public and private events throughout the year. You can visit their website, http://www.chateaudepique.com/ to learn more about their services.

Lemleys' Catering is proud to be a preferred caterer at Chateau de Pique. It is one of my favorite spots for an outdoor reception. Perfect for food stations, the tent is elegant and beautiful. Unlike some other venues which hold larger groups, it is neither factory-industrial nor dark. Atop a slight hill, the tent provides a welcoming and romantic spot to celebrate a wedding.
Dear Lemleys’,

Just a note to thank you for all of the outstanding meals and service you have provided for the clients at Chateau de Pique Winery in Seymour. It is always a pleasure to work with the management and staff at Lemleys’ Catering. I know whether we book you for a public event, a wedding or corporate event, the food and service will be excellent. It also takes the worry out of the food service planning...We are pleased to have Lemleys’ as one of our preferred caterers at Chateau de Pique Winery.

Diane Schulz
Chateau de Pique Winery

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tea and Thee menu and pictures

Recently, we catered an event for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. For Tea and Thee, we created a fairy garden buffet. Yes, that is real cotton candy and real grass adorning the tables.

Joyce Lucke, owner of Paragon Meetings and Events, http://www.paragonme.org/, coordinated a wonderful affair for the young ladies and lads. There was singing, story-telling and parading around the room. We're looking forward to next year's event.

Tea and Thee Menu

Fairy Garden Buffet

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
Adorable finger sandwiches shaped like flowers and butterflies.
Turkey sandwiches
Shaved turkey finger sandwiches on lightly flavored cranberry and orange bread served on a multi-tiered aluminum tower.
Fantasy vegetables
Pretty carrot curls, celery smiles and radish flowers served in flowerpots.
Fairy bubble parfaits
Miniature mousse and marshmallow parfaits topped with cherry bubbles* served on oblong mirrors.
Miniature chocolate chip and sugar cookies
Fairy garden cupcakes
Flower topped cupcakes from Sweet Intentions Bakery served on a mirror tray.

Beverage Station
Young ladies and lads fill their cups from clear glass drink canisters and white teapots. Sweeteners and stirrers are displayed in clear glass canisters with iridescent glass disks.
Sparkling pink lemonade
With lemon wheels afloat.
Peach iced tea
With lime wheels afloat.
Hot orange pekoe tea
Clear hard plastic punch cups

Table Settings
White table linens will adorn the tables. Atop the covering, assorted pastel linen napkin fans will be flanked by stainless steel forks and knives.

Service Staff
Friendly and professional service staff in white dress shirts with ties and black aprons will attend to the needs of your guests.

*Cherry bubbles are a new food popular in molecular gastronomy. Lemleys’ Catering is proud to be a part of this innovative trend. Little girls and boys will love how the caviar-sized bubbles pop in their mouths.

©2007 Lemleys’ Catering Menu, buffet design and entire proposal are the sole property of Lemleys’ Catering and may not be used (in part or whole) or reproduced by any entities other than Lemleys’ Catering and Max’s Ole Hickory Pit Barbecue.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Leadership Johnson County dinner pictures and menu

Over the weekend, we catered a dinner for Leadership Johnson County at Beeson Hall. Chef Alexa designed a feast of Australian foods. For this elegant meal, our kitchen staff created melt-in-your-mouth pavlovas and tasty crocodile puffs.

Our friend Marcia Potts, http://www.therightanglestudio.com/, took photos for us. When you look at our Website and blog, you'll notice that we don't use stock images. All photos are taken at our events--not studio pictures made with other items to resemble foods. We consider ourselves quite fortunate to have Marcia taking such tasteful photos.
Leadership Johnson County Dinner '08 Menu
Passed Appetizer
Bush Tomato Chutney
On wattle seed blini.
Preset Dinner Service
Organic Field Greens
With flame roasted tomatoes, purple onions, cucumber and blood orange vinaigrette.
Freshly Baked Bread with Butter
Third Course Station
Crocodile Puff
With kafir lime sauce.
Served Entree Course
Macadamia Nut Encrusted Lamb Chops
With Illwara plum sauce.
Rosemary Roasted Petite Golden Potatoes
Roasted Vegetables
Served Dessert Course
The national dessert of Australia- a crisp and light meringue served with strawberries, kiwis and a chocolate and passion fruit garnish.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

cash bash menu and pictures

Today, I received the pictures from our recent event for the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. For their Cash Bash, we served 250 people at Beeson Hall. For this fun event, we created a delicious, affordable menu. We decorated the buffet with plenty of green--real grass and fake money. To incorporate the gaming aspect, we used poker chips and gambling accessories.

Our friend, Paula Herlitz (owner of http://www.thegamblersboutique.com/) loaned us some of her items to decorate the buffet. Her site is full of fun gaming accessories, from ear rings to clocks.


Appetizer Station
Popcorn Bar
A selection of gourmet salts including honey salt, cocoa salt, horseradish salt and beet salt.

8 Ounce Rib Eye Steak
A selection of rare to well done.
Bourbon Chicken
Assorted Handmade Sauces
Roasted Red Potatoes
Confetti Green Beans
Freshly Baked Bread with Butter
Fresh from the Garden Salad

Dessert Station
Chocolate Fondue
Premium warm chocolate with assorted goodies for dipping: marshmallows, cookies, Twizzlers and more.

Drink Station
Iced Tea
Fruited Water

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Friday Night Specials

friday night specials

Today, we introduce a new menu great for hosting small events. The "Friday Night Special" allows you to relax and enjoy your party with minimal fuss and cost. We come set-up, cook, bus and clean up while you enjoy your guests. We serve only the highest quality foods freshly prepared at less than you could take your guests to a restaurant. After working all week, don't you deserve it?

Friday Night Specials
Are you hosting an event on a Friday? This menu is perfect for rehearsal dinners, celebration parties, family get-togethers and more…Treat yourself!
We'll bring our grills and cook on-site.

Create Your Menu
Yummy BBQ
Pulled Pork Barbecue
Barbecue Chicken
Assorted Bottles of Max Lemley Sauces
Four Delicious, Handmade Sides
Styrofoam and Plastic Serviceware
Paper Napkins
Professional Service Staff
$10 each guest
Cowboy Cookout
8 Ounce Rib Eye Steak
One each guest
Bourbon Chicken
Three Delicious, Handmade Sides
Blue Enamel Plates
Stainless Steel Flatware
Deluxe Paper Napkins
Professional Service Staff
$15 each guest
Only $100 books the date.
Credited towards final bill.
Delicious, Handmade Sides
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Cous Cous
Western Baked Beans
Country Green Beans
Creamy Cole Slaw
Mustard Potato Salad
Pasta Salad
Confetti Corn
Carrot and Raisin Salad
1000 Island Slaw
Crunchy Potato Chips
Red Beans and Rice
Macaroni and Cheese
Carrot and Celery Display with Ranch
Freshly Baked Bread with Butter
Potato Chip Brownies
Chocolate Chip and Sugar Cookie Assortment
Sweet Tea and Fruited Water Station
Add additional sides
$1 each side each guest
Book by March 31, 2008, and we'll include complimentary use of a serving tent, serving tables and plastic buffet covers ($150 value) at no charge.
$500 minimum for service from this menu. Pricing includes up to a two hour service time. Cost does not include Indiana sales tax. This menu is valid only on Fridays. Pricing subject to change without notice (without signed contract). This menu is not valid for events at Simmons Winery, Chateau de Pique Winery, Beeson Hall or Columbus Marriott. Additional charge for events held farther than 25 miles from our commissary. There are certain health risks involved in eating raw or undercooked meats. Our facility processes nuts and peanuts.

Business Events with Food

What Is Important for Business Events with Food?

"The menu and presentation. Does it have any relationship with the theme or focus of the event?"
Christine Lemley, Owner, Lemleys' Catering, Indiana

"For me, food that is easy to eat is important. When you're trying to meet people, shake hands, and EAT. Something that needs a fork (or worse, needs to be cut) makes it totally impossible if the function is stand-up networking."
Cindy Hartman, President, Hartmain Inventory, Indiana

" ...placement of food to encourage an outcome (many stations for networking mobility vs. one long buffet table and seating area). I have been to a lot of catered business functions (more that I can count) where the food was a detriment.
Valerie Alexander, Screenwriter, California

" Be tolerant of religious needs."
Bruce Kane, http://www.linkedin.com/, North Carolina

" What makes a positibe impression for me at a business function with food is the set up for the food...I like the tables to have cloth tablecloths (something colorful) with matching or coordination napkins, plates, etc. I also like to see really cool centerpieces."
Kathryn Brequella, Owner, wb-IT Counsulting, Indiana

Tasteful Tips:

1. Quality is more important than quanity. It is better have five tasty items than 10 blah ones.

2. Relate your menu to your event. You will create a stronger impression with your guests if you "theme" your party.
3. Keep in mind the "ease of eating". Foods that are easy to eat are more enjoyable.

4. Watch for flow. Keep foods and beverages in different areas to avoid crowding.

5. Don't try to do it all yourself. If you're too busy with service, who is networking with your guest?

Prepared By Samantha Aulick, Sales Manager

Wedding Bliss

Wedded Bliss

Today in Lemleyland, we booked a wedding reception at the Henry Breeding Farm for September. It has an upscale barbecue theme. I'm really looking forward to it. The Historic Breeding Farm is located outside of Columbus--not very far from the Outlet Mall. It has a warm, rustic feel that is complimented by wildflower centepieces and foods cooked outside.

Odon, Indiana

trip to Odon

Today, Chef Alexa and I visited Odon, Indiana. There, we'll be catering a wedding in May.The reception will be at the Simon G. Graber Community Building. The building is HUGE! Chef Alexa has some great ideas for interactive food stations.
Our friend Keith joined us for the journey. He is the owner of Maddox Entertainment and one of our favorite deejays. At the wedding reception, Keith and his wife Cassie will be playing music. You can visit their website at http://www.keithmaddox.net/.


outdoor reception planning

Today, Chef Alexa and I met with a bride to be and her family to discuss her wedding reception. She will be having it her family's home. Mark from Ellis Tents and Events is helping them plan out where to place the tents.
In a smart move, the family is utilizing the services of Cathy Teeters for wedding coordination. Over the years, Lemleys' Catering has worked with Cathy many times. You can visit her website at http://www.cathyteetersbeautifulweddings.com/. This picture is at a wedding reception for which Lemleys' Catering provided delicious foods, Cathy provided beautiful flowers and Ellis Tents and Events provided tents, tables and gorgeous fountains.

Chef Online

picture of chef online

Today, we learned that the Republic posted a picture of Chef Alexa on their ColumbusWed website. In the picture, Chef Alexa is creating Sweet Coconut Canapes at the Republic Bridal Show last week. You can view her in action at http://www.therepublic.com/ftp/bridal/soundslides/bridalfair/index.html.
In the above photo, Chef Alexa and I are at the Columbus Area Wedding Professionals Bridal and Event Showcase earlier this month. I'm on the Advisory Board for Columbus Area Wedding Professionals. The group is comprised of professionals in the wedding and event industry. You can learn more by visiting the Website at www.columbusareaweddings.com.

Valentine's Day

I love St. Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day!
At Lemleys' Catering, we love this day set aside for romance and sweet foods. In fact, we are offering a free bottle of Moet champagne for couples who book their weddings with us on February 14.
Today, I attended the Greater Franklin Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. As a member of the Greater Franklin Chamber of Commerce, I volunteer on the PR Committee. We're catering the Cash Bash next Saturday at Beeson Hall. Tickets are available from the chamber office at http://www.franklincoc.com/ . We'll be serving steaks and bourbon chicken. Also, attendees will enjoy our chocolate fondue. This is a great way to support the chamber and taste our delicious foods

Columbus Youth Camp

Columbus Youth Camp

Today, I received an email from Columbus Youth Camp (CYC). I learned that they posted a link to Lemleys' Catering on their website! Above is a picture of the Reeves Center--a beautiful former home that now hosts events.

Last year, we catered meal service for the Institute for Self Actualization retreat weekend at the Noblitt Shelter. We served breakfasts, lunches and dinners for the group. For them, we cooked foods on site. They loved our cheese scrambled eggs and yogurt bar. We provided a country cookout for their last meal with foods prepared on grills. They have already booked for 2008.
CYC is great for anyone who wants to appreciate nature while having an event. Smaller events (business meetings and intimate weddings) are perfect in the Reeves building. For a larger wedding, a tent can be posted on the grounds. Also, medium events can utilize the Noblitt Shelter. I love this space. To really appreciate it, I think you have to see it.
Aunt Wanda, we miss you.

Strawberry Soup Shots

strawberry soup shots

Recently, several brides have wanted to know what we are serving in this picture on our Website, http://www.lemleyscatering.com/. These are strawberry and rose petal shop shots created by Chef Alexa for a wedding last summer. Chef Alexa blended rose (yes, this is really made from rose petals) martini mixer with cream and fresh strawberries. She topped them with organic rose petals. During the reception, we passed these and some other appetizers for the guests to enjoy.
We're glad to create soup shot to coordinate with any bride's choice of colors.

Limoncello Wedding Favors

limoncello wedding favors

While the snowstorm blusters outside, Chef Alexa is busy bottling some sunshine. Right now, she is scrapping the pith from 16 Meyer lemons to make limoncello. In a couple of weeks, we'll enjoy this Italian liqueur.

To create her limoncello, Chef Alexa combines the lemon peels, some sugar and a bottle of 100 proof vodka. A refreshing treat, it makes me remember the warmer times. I can almost feel sunshine and smell ocean breezes.

For summer weddings, limoncello makes a tasteful favor--especially if you make it yourself. You can put it in pretty little bottles and use ribbon to attach a tag. Easy and inexpensive, this makes a great, personal way to thank your friends and family for attending. No one will throw this away!
Here's a link to a good recipe: http://vinoevittles.blogspot.com/2006/03/limoncello-recipe.html.
Here's a link to good pictures of creating limoncello: http://www.italylogue.com/food-drink/limoncello-recipe-in-pictures.html.
While organic lemons are healthier, we couldn't find any Meyers that were. I think that any type of lemon will work fine.
If you have any questions about making limoncello, Chef Alexa is glad to answer them. Just write her at lemleyscatering@sbcglobal.net.