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Thirsty Thursday Adult Snow Cone Recipes

Posted to: Recipes by Lorin Laxton on Jul 13, 2017

What is Catering Works' VP + Marketing Director Lorin Laxton's Favorite Summertime Cocktail? The Adult Snow Cone! 

This is a refreshing way to cool off and have fun in the warmer months.  We make this as an interactive beverage station using shaved ice, but you can try this at home using crushed ice from a Vitamix or blender. We had a ball testing these out one late afternoon last summer!

Scoop, Shake, Spoon + Sip one of these flavors: Dirty T | Burbs |  Blue Ginger |  Blackberry Beret | Carnival Ride ADULT Snow Cones


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Blossoms of Hope

Posted to: General News by Lorin Laxton on May 18, 2015

My Dear Jill,  I can't begin to Thank You and Anthony for the amazing Strawberry Eclairs that you donated for Blossoms of Hope. They were delicious and beautiful!!

We raised $9760.00 on Sunday!!! Without your generosity, this would not have been possible. I know this was a tremendous sacrifice of time for you and your staff.

See you soon,


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A Taste

Posted to: General News by Lorin Laxton on Jul 25, 2013

A Taste
Just about every month Catering Works host a Tasting Night. We invite brides, grooms, parents, sisters plus other clients planning events with us.

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The Perfect Spot for a Southern Soiree

Posted to: Events by Lorin Laxton on Dec 17, 2012

 Close your eyes for a second, and picture your dream wedding. What do you see? An outdoor venue? A historic home? A spot where both the ceremony and reception can take place? A beautiful and intimate place for your friends and family to gather to celebrate you and your spouse’s new life together?

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Our Favorite Holiday Memories

Posted to: General News by Lorin Laxton on Nov 29, 2012


With December right around the corner, the holidays are quickly approaching! Not only is the excitment of exchanging gifts and baking holiday cookies steadily increasing in our neck of the woods, but we're also growing nostalgic and remembering holidays past.

In order to celebrate this festive and reflecive season, we wanted to share some of our favorite holiday moments with you! 

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Planning the Perfect Holiday Dinner

Posted to: Events by Lorin Laxton on Nov 14, 2012

 Though everyone loves a holiday meal, a lot of planning and stress goes into its preparation. Making meals for loved ones is a wonderful way to show how much you care, but planning a menu that pleases everyone is always a little difficult. This year, instead of loosing sleep over recipes, listen to the advice from our Executive Chef, Frank Peters! He's here to solve your menu planning woes.

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The Perfect Party Venue

Posted to: Events by Lorin Laxton on Nov 8, 2012

 Finding the perfect venue for your wedding reception or corporate event can be a difficult and, sometimes, stressful task! Locating a space with an aesthetically appealing ambiance, quality amenities for event preparation and guest enjoyment, and a great location is hard to come by: however, we think we’ve found a gem!

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Cooking with Delicious Fall Produce

Posted to: Events by Lorin Laxton on Oct 17, 2012

 Here at Catering Works, there are many things we love about Fall: the cooler weather, falling leaves, crackling fires, and trips to The State Fair. However, our favorite part is the delicious foods in season! We love cooking with local and seasonal produce, and Fall’s unique harvest has been inspiring several items on our menu!

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September is for Golden Soirees

Posted to: Events by Lorin Laxton on Sep 12, 2012


The days are getting shorter and Summer is coming to an end. Though we’re not excited to say goodbye to lazy days at the beach, we’re happy to say hello to changing leaves, apple cider, and warm nights by a blazing fire! The cool colors of blue and green are transforming to rich, warm yellows and golds. This is why we think gold is the perfect color to implement into your September parties! We’ve gathered some inspiring images from the web, and hope that they’ll get your creative gears churning!

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Deserts Deserve the Spotlight - Help Chef Jill Win!

Posted to: Weddings by Lorin Laxton on Aug 27, 2012

For years, Catering Works has been known for its innovative recipes and outstanding service throughout North Carolina. Our reputation didn’t come about by a stroke of good luck, but because our owner, Jill Santa Lucia, possesses a commitment to quality that has ensured unforgettable experiences for all our clients. 

After years of dedicated work, Jill is being recognized nationwide as one of 10 dessert finalists in US Foods Next Top Product competition!

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August Parties are Aqua Parties

Posted to: Events by Lorin Laxton on Aug 20, 2012

Especially as North Carolinians, we know August to be the hottest month of the year. That doesn’t get us down, though! With a coastline full of beautiful beaches, we know the best cure for sweaty brows is a trip to the shore. That’s why this month’s color scheme highlights the brilliant aqua hues found in our beautiful sea. So, grab your sunglasses and enjoy!

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Plan the Perfect Corporate Event!

Posted to: Events by Lorin Laxton on Aug 16, 2012


Planning a corporate event can be stressful! With so many details to think about, many things can get lost in the chaos. Though tackling the logistics of such a big task can seem daunting, never fear! Our valued partner, Kim Shope of From the Ground Up!, shares her top tips!

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Plan Your Way to a Perfect Wedding!

Posted to: Weddings by Lorin Laxton on Jul 31, 2012


You’re engaged! Congratulations! With the man of your dreams becoming your lifelong better half, walking on clouds and dancing from room to room must be a daily occurrence. However, once in a while, the reality of planning for the big day will strike! The to-do list seems endless and appointments with vendors blend into one never-ending meeting.

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A Modern, Eclectic, and Elegant Space

Posted to: Events by Lorin Laxton on Jul 19, 2012

The Center for Architectural Design (CfAD), was made for the modern bride. They have a variety of packages to suit everyone’s needs and can host over 550 people indoors and out. Not only is its innovative design perfect for the nontraditional couple, but its use of local materials and emphasis on sustainability will pull on the heartstrings of any environmentalist.

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Princess Profile of the Day: Sleeping Beauty

Posted to: Weddings by Lorin Laxton on Jun 25, 2012

 We liked the gothic and dark side of this story. We even wanted to incorporate some thorny vines around the silver crown we used for her. Unfortunately these didn’t make it in the shipment. In the Grimm version, there is reference to the thorny briars which were the demise of the previous suitors before her true love was able to overcome this obstacle.

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Princess Profile of the Day: Cinderella

Posted to: Weddings by Lorin Laxton on Jun 25, 2012

 Cinderella was a perfect choice, because everything in that story leads up to the ball, one of the grandest special events that could be planned. The whole dress concept in our exhibit is very Cinderella – the mice that were the whimsical element in the story were also in our display!

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Princess Profile of the Day: Emeralda

Posted to: Weddings by Lorin Laxton on Jun 25, 2012

Part of our inspiration was Disney's The Frog Princess. The transformation of the table, or transformation of the dress into the table could be seen as evoking the same feeling of changing one’s appearance to a more glamorous state.

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Once Upon a Time: How Catering Works Told the Story of Eight Princesses

Posted to: General News by Lorin Laxton on Apr 25, 2012

 Some of you may have seen our Facebook album featuring photos from our entry in the March tabletop competition at this year’s Las Vegas Event Solutions & CaterSource Convention. But what you may not know is how we compiled the entire display and featured eight place settings for different princesses! We thought it would be fun to show you what’s behind our fairytale-inspired layout. Catering Works VP Lorin Laxton and Design Consultant E.W. Fulcher collaborated on the idea (read full bios here).

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