Crazy Catering Weekend

What a crazy weekend!  January is typically a quiet month for all restaurants.  And, the same is true for us here at The Olive Branch, too.  However, you know what they say – “When it rains, it pours!” We had 3 events on Saturday.  PHEW!  It was a lot of cooking, coordination, and creativity.  We had to come up with 3 different menus for 3 different types of clients!

We had an afternoon tea for 65 Baylor Thetas, here at the restaurant.  We served them a fresh fruit kabob, mini Danish and tea sandwiches (2 different types).

We also had the privilege of serving my friends at Lolitas who were celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary!  They chose an upscale menu of Orchard Salad, Roast Pork Tenderloin, Roasted mixed veggies, homemade French and Whole Wheat rolls and Iced Tea.  They had a friend from Dallas provide a beautiful fresh fruit display and 2 gorgeous wedding cakes.  They are a precious couple.  They have been so generous in supporting and helping me.  It has been a blessing to have mentors in the restaurant biz.  Congratulations, Jerry and Lollie!

The final event was the Baylor Tennis Team’s banquet.  What an amazing group of people compose this team.  They are diligent students and really special athletes.  The Baylor tennis team has won too many awards to try to mention.  They are a powerhouse in their sport in the Big XII.  This is the second year that they have asked The Olive Branch to cater their banquet.  That is the ultimate compliment, by the way.  It is really special to be asked back as a caterer.  It ranks right up there in my book with being the birthday place to eat!  For this group, we put together our homemade lasagna, a blue pear winter salad with my maple vinaigrette, homemade garlic parmesan rolls, green beans and our famous hot fudge brownie with cream cheese frosting!

What a crazy weekend!  Yes, it deserves to be said twice!  We not only survived all three events, plus our normal business, but everyone was happy.  My staff worked together like a dream and made it all seem easy!  Of course, it helps that my mom and dad came up to work!  There is nothing like having your mom and dad around to help.  Thanks, guys.

I’ll leave you with some pics of the tennis team’s meal.  I promise a recipe the next time we meet…

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