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Smart Start with Dolly Parton

Posted to: Events by Donna Levy on Mar 20, 2019

On Saturday, March 2nd, Smart Start and PNC Bank, which presented the gala, hosted country star, Dolly Parton as their special guest at its 25th Anniversary Celebration, held at Marbles Kids Museum.

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Pass the Salt ~ Please

Posted to: Events by Catering Works on Mar 3, 2016

Pass the Salt, Please


In actuality the salt is never passed without the pepper.  They are a pair and travel around the table together.  These are the little nuances of table manners that young people don’t necessarily know (and some grown-ups too). 

In July 2015, Catering Works had the unique idea of coupling an etiquette class for young adults conducted by Barbara Clark, A Graduate of the Emily Post Institute Etiquette Program, with some hands on experience in the kitchen.  We discussed the basics of good table manners, shaking hands, Thank You Notes (no, an email does not suffice) as well as cell phone use ~ when and where it is appropriate or not appropriate.  The tweens asked some very thoughtful questions and many already had a good grasp of table manners (good job parents)!

After the etiquette portion of the day, the students were ravenously hungry so our talented Chef Donna took the students into the kitchen where they made: mini turkey sandwiches, pimento cheese tea sandwiches, coconut kisses, mini lemon curd tarts and mini scones with jam.

We all sat at the table to enjoy the food the students prepared as well as practice some of the skills we had learned regarding “Table Manners”.  The students did a wonderful job both with the food they created and the amount they knew about etiquette.  I was very impressed.  Now pass the salt, please ~~~~

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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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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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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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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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