How to Safely Store and Reheat Leftovers

There’s nothing better than leftovers! That means you get to enjoy your fine food (or catering) at least one more day after your event! Full enjoyment, however, depends on safely storing and reheating leftovers. The main goal of safely storing and reheating leftovers is to eliminate the risk of contamination from harmful molds, yeasts and bacteria that can multiply and cause food to spoil. The two types of bacteria found on food are pathogenic bacteria (the [...]

July 5th, 2019|

Maison Culinaire’s Guide to Identifying International Cuisine

International cuisine is often defined by flavor profiles. Different regions of the world developed their cuisine using the ingredients, spices and herbs that were most available to them throughout the ages. Of course, with today’s modern distribution systems, any cuisine can be reproduced. Here’s a quick guide on how to identify and produce international cuisines through their flavor profiles. American Cooking Cajun Thyme, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, creole mustard Celery, garlic, scallions, okra, onions, bell peppers [...]

June 24th, 2019|

Fun Catering Ideas for your Neighborhood Block Party

Throwing a neighborhood block party this summer? Gathering the neighbors for a Fourth of July celebration? What a great way to get to know your neighbors and make new friends. To stay out of the hot kitchen and enjoy your time outdoors, why not have your event catered? The caterer you choose can take care of set up and clean up, decorations, plates and cutlery, tables and chairs, and of course, the center of attention: the [...]

June 18th, 2019|

Our Reviews Speak for Themselves

We at Maison Culinaire are blessed to work with so many great people throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area. We are always thrilled to get feedback that we did another fantastic job catering their event. Although we are humble and strive only to provide the best catering, we thought you might want to see what other people are saying about Maison Culinaire. Super Special Wedding “If you want your wedding day to be super special, you [...]

June 11th, 2019|

Are Fresh Ingredients Really Better for Catering?

When we say our food is fresh, you can believe it is as fresh as if we picked it that morning. The brightness of flavor and colorful appearance can only come from the freshest ingredients. If we can’t grow it ourselves, we work with local vendors known for the highest-quality ingredients. Are fresh ingredients better for catering? You bet! How Does the Maison Culinaire Garden Grow? Just outside our catering kitchen, Maison Culinaire tends its own [...]

May 20th, 2019|

Catering Ideas for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

Back to back, in the months of May and June, dates are set aside to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. They are a time to reflect on the love and sacrifices your parents and grandparents gave to ensure that you had a good life. They are also a time to gather the family together for a celebration of life. Rather than have mom spend the day at the stove, or dad at the grill (not [...]

May 10th, 2019|

Our International Community in Washington D.C Wants International Cuisine

Living and working here in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, we are surrounded by people from different cultures. Between the job opportunities and the DC Embassies, you are likely to hear a number of different accents, and delight in the various styles of our varied cultures. One thing this international community wants is international cuisine—which is a specialty of Maison Culinaire. An International Background Maison Culinaire’s chef/owner, Chef Sus Grondin-Butler originally hails from Indonesia, and grew [...]

May 6th, 2019|

Catering Plus from Maison Culinaire

Maison Culinaire has built up a solid reputation as a caterer for weddings, corporate, and special events. We are known for our International cuisine, impeccable food, artistry and flawless service, but did you know that Maison Culinaire also goes the extra mile to provide everything you might need for your special event? It’s Catering Plus—your one-stop resource. There are so many elements to pulling off a memorable affair and the details of hiring, coordinating and arranging [...]

April 22nd, 2019|

5 Ways to Spice up your Corporate Catered Lunch Menu

Tired of the same old sandwich choices? Don’t have time to go out for lunch? Need to feed a team quickly and efficiently? Then why not cater in a corporate lunch?! There are many reasons and ways to hold a corporate catered lunch, ranging from the ultra-casual to an impressive formal affair for clients. Many corporate lunches are provided so that your office team can keep working through a meeting or event without having to leave [...]

April 17th, 2019|

Our Favorite Spring Catering Recipes

Now that winter is past and the days are longer and warmer, our thoughts turn to the spring harvest. Even this time of year there are plenty of fresh ingredients we can use to create our delicious catering foods here at Maison Culinaire.   Foods that can be harvested in the spring include: kale, rhubarb, asparagus, spring cabbage, parsnips, leeks, spring onions, spinach, onions and radishes. Let’s look at a few of our favorite recipes (sized [...]

March 26th, 2019|