Get Ready For St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Looking to host a St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) bash?  Stress less and impress with a fully catered menu from your friends at Creative Concepts NYC!  Our amazing Executive Chef Miguel Urrego has curated a delicious menu with all of your favorites from Hors D’oeurves to Main Course options.  Email info@creativeconceptsnyc.com to get pricing and information!

 

Hors D’oeurves

  • Mini Reuben Sandwiches
  • Mini Shepard’s Pie
  • “Black and Tan” Pork Sliders with Spicy Ale slaw
  • Whiskey Glazed Chicken Wings
  • Beer Battered Cod with Chips with tartar sauce
  • Dill Salmon Cakes with horseradish Aioli

 

Main Course

  • Irish Pub Salad with pickled beets, cucumber, string beans, tomato, Irish cheddar, tarragon vinaigrette
  • Traditional Corn Beef and Cabbage
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Stout Braised Beef Stew
  • Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage with bulgur, vegetables and tomato sauce
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts with caramelized pearl onions
  • “Colcannon” creamy mash potato with kale and bacon

 

 

 

 

  • Roasted Rosemary New Potatoes with apple wood smoked bacon tossed with champagne vinaigrette
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • “Boxty” Traditional Irish Potato Pancake 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo's Courtesy of: Uncle Jerry's Kitchen, All Recipes, Chow Hound, Clip Arts

Your Thanksgiving feast by Creative Concepts NYC

2015-2THANKSGIVINGThanksgiving is near and CCNYC is here!
Chef Miguel Urrego has crafted a delicious drop off menu option for your Thanksgiving feast. Imagine having scrumptious homemade food that you can heat, platter and serve. Go ahead take all the glory, your guest are sure to love the food. If you would prefer to have all the bells and whistles of a chef, waitstaff etc. or would like to customize your menu with additional options we would be happy to arrange for you.

-Appetizers-

Field Greens 

with caramelized apples, cranberries, and candied walnuts

apple cider vinaigrette

 or

Butternut Squash Soup 

with toasted almonds, crispy shallots

 

-Mains-

Free Range Herb Roasted Turkey 

served whole or carved

with traditional gravy and cranberry-orange sauce

or

Horseradish Crusted Atlantic Salmon 

with truffle beurre blanc sauce

  or

Berkshire Pork Loin 

stuffed with mushrooms, fennel, and herbs with a mustard grain sauce

 

-Sides-

 

Homemade Sweet Corn Bread Stuffing

with roasted carrots, wild mushrooms, and fresh sage

Roasted Root Vegetables

with sherry vinaigrette

Sweet Potato Soufflé 

with mini marshmallow topping

Roasted Brussel Sprouts 

with caramelized pearl onions, apple wood smoked bacon,

and white balsamic

vinaigrette

 

-Desserts-

Old Fashion Apple Pie

Spiced Pumpkin Pie

Assorted Cookies and Confections

 

Price: $75 per person (6 person minimum)

Delivery: On 11/25/15 by 5pm $75.00 On 11/26/15 by 3pm $125.00

Don’t worry! We will send along printed instructions on how to heat the food with the delivery. The food will be in aluminum trays ready for the oven and all room temperature items will be in disposable containers! Contact us today to order at: info@creativeconceptsnyc.com, the last day to order is 11/19/15.

New Season. New Look!

It’s a new season and we are kicking it off with a new look! Don’t worry, we are still “Putting Eat in Creative” with delish hand-made, fresh, and approachable foods.

We know that events can be stressful and we’re here to make them easy, beautiful and delicious. Be sure to get in touch with us to book your fall/winter and holiday events, it’s never to early!

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Fall is Near!

As Autumn approaches, be sure to check in with the Creative Concepts NYC team to keep you updated on new DIY’s for the holidays, recipes, decor, and more!    Don’t miss a beat by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Google +, Linked In, Twitter, Pinterest, and of course our Blog!

Happy Autumn!

Photo Courtesy of runninginthesky.tumblr.com

 

CCNYC Tasting Event

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Creative Concepts NYC hosted our annual summer Tasting Event!  We partnered up with one of our favorite venue spaces 287 Gallery (check out their Instagram!) , in Chelsea, on a beautiful summer night.  This was an opportunity for our Executive Chef, Miguel Urrego to try out some new recipes as well as showcase some of the team’s favorites.  Our Creative Director, Benjamin Lester, and Director of Catering, Julie Sommers both worked to create a beautiful space and atmosphere that was reflected from the food to the decor.

Here’s what others had to say about our event:
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@1CCNYC you spoiled us …” (Michael-Ann Rowe, Twitter)
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“Wonderful service, were very attentive… The food is fantastic! …was completely blown away. I would have bribed the waiter to leave me a plate of the guava and Brie phyllo rolls!” (Maria K., Yelp)
 
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“The details in the decor from CCNYC was immaculate, even the bar was made gorgeous! ”  (Jonathan B., Twitter)
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Check out more photo’s on our Twitter, Instagram & Facebook pages!
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Pre-season decor SALE

We are having a Pre-Season sale on our decor stock. We love our decor items, but must make space for the coming season’s new treasures! We will consider every offer. All items are cash and carry from Long Island City, NY.  Drop our Creative Director , Benjamin Lester, an e-mail if you are interested in any or all of the items. benjamin@creativeconeptsnyc.com

(2) Snow wonder (25 Gallon), 2 lb Snow mix

(2) Snow Wonder (25 Gallon), 2 lb Snow mix

Gold Tassels (22) double, (16) single

Gold Tassels
(22) double, (16) single

Gold Patina Lanterns (6) SM, (2) LG, (1) XL

Gold Patina Lanterns
(6) SM, (2) LG, (1) XL

(5) Wood Vases with liners

(5) Wood Vases with liners

9 Slim Lights [T4; 28W] with Power Cords

9 Slim Lights [T4; 28W] with Power Cords

4 Large, 6 Small Oscars

4 Large, 6 Small Oscars

300 Long Life white Light Bulbs with Plugs [130 Volts; 5 Wat]

300 Long Life white Light Bulbs with Plugs [130 Volts; 5 Wat]

(3) silver plated Bowls 7" (need polish)

(3) silver plated Bowls 7″ (need polish)

6 sets of 12 glass test tubes

6 sets of 12 glass test tubes

(4) globe 5"

(4) globe 5″

(4) Ceramic Small Vases spike

(4) Ceramic Small Vases spike

(14) Gold Metal Vases 22”

(14) Gold Metal Vases 22”

(4) Windows with chalk and dry erase Boards

(4) Windows with chalk and dry erase Boards

5 sets of  12.Plastic Beakers

5 sets of 12.Plastic Beakers

6 sets of 5 Assorted Beakers

6 sets of 5 Assorted Beakers

(4) Long Rectangle Black Vases, Mirrored Inside 19”x3.5”x4.5” (6) Short Rectangle Black Vases, Mirrored Inside 11.5”x3.5”x4.5”

(4) Long Rectangle Black Vases, Mirrored Inside 19”x3.5”x4.5”
(6) Short Rectangle Black Vases, Mirrored Inside 11.5”x3.5”x4.5”

Full Bult Antique White Tool

Full Bult Antique White Tool

(4) Ceramic Vases

(4) Ceramic Vases

Mason Jars 8 oz. (some w/o lids)

Mason Jars 8 oz. (some w/o lids)

Meet our Assistant Event Coordinator!

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This month I caught up with our Assistant Event Coordinator, Josh Rivera!  Check out what he had to say!

Josh is originally from Atlantic City, NJ and went to Ithaca College where he graduated with a degree in Communications Management & Design, with a minor in Marketing.  He was also interested in minoring in Nutrition, and took a lot of food classes in turn.  While a student, he was involved in the planning of the annual Pep Rally and caught the Event Planning bug.

Starting as an Associate and elevating a full Event Coordinator, Josh has been with the CCNYC team for 7 months.  In that short time he has become one of the main coordinators on Planning Events, Logistics, Budgets, Menu Creation, and working at the events.  Two of his favorite menu items are our Crispy Vegetable Asian Spring Rolls with Chili Soy Sauce and our Artichoke & Asiago Pizzette with Truffle Oil and Béchamel.

When asked, where in the world he would like to travel to if given an all-expense paid ticket, Josh responded Japan, being that he is a bit of technology buff and loves their cute food designs.  On this trip he would take his best friend Tara who is always down for some fun after 12 plus years of friendship.

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Fun Fact:

Loves Chocolate, but Lemon Bars have to be his favorite dessert!

Welcoming Allison Bottomley to the Team

The Creative Concepts NYC team would like to welcome our newest Associate, Allison Bottomley. Allison is joining us from the world of global nonprofits where she has worked in fundraising and events for the past four years.

Allison Bottomley

Allison Bottomley, CCNYC Associate

With a passion for performance and production, Allison came to New York in 2003 to study musical theatre. Her practice and understanding of performance translates into her event work as she focuses on creative design and putting on a polished show! Allison spends her hours outside of CCNYC performing in NYC’s cabaret and variety shows, cooking—and eating, practicing yoga, and traveling. Her love of travel has taken her to study abroad in Brussels and has carried her throughout Europe and the Americas. One of her first projects at CCNYC will be collaborating with Creative Director Benjamin Lester, to co-create a summer series of blog posts. So keep an eye out for her work here as she highlights summer trends and reveals some of CCNYC’s favorite dishes, décor, and tricks of the trade. 

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from CCNYC! What a year we have had moving full speed ahead! Look out for our new sleek branding, amazing new website, and fantastic events, of course! Here is to a happy and healthy New Year from our family to yours.

Nikki Lazar, New Business Development Coordinator

Nikki Lazar has been with Creative Concepts NYC for over a year as the New Business Development Coordinator. She has proven to be a social butterfly and a superb addition to the powerhouse team at CCNYC. Her duties include developing new business, event planning, and acting as a client liaison.Hailing from SUNY Binghamton with a degree in human development, Nikki has been in the fast-paced event industry for over eight years. Previously she was the Vice President of Corporate Sales and Events with Strike Holdings and the Director of Events at The One Group.

Nikki,  a native of New Jersey, is a self proclaimed wine enthusiast, beach lover, and avid traveler. She has studied abroad in Florence, Italy and has traveled throughout much of Asia. Her drive and humor are welcome additions to the CCNYC Team!

Nikki Lazar- nicolelazar@gmail.com

Thanksgiving Dinner For As Little As $300.00!

Let us do all the heavy work this Thanksgiving, you just wave and smile pretty! Have your Thanksgiving dinner for as little as $300.00! It’s simple, we deliver all the bells and whistles ready to be popped into the oven to be heated up. You arrange on you favorite dishes and voilà ––no sweat, no tears–– just a gorgeous tasty meal! Take a look at Chef Miguel Urrego’s delectable menu that is sure to impress your crowd!

                                                    Thanksgiving Menu 2012                                                                                                        by: Chef Miguel Urrego

Main:                                                                                                                                        Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Herb Gravy                                                                Whole Roasted Turkey with Traditional Gravy                                                                      Baked Honey Glazed Ham with Apple-cranberry Chutney                                              Sweet Mustard Glazed Stuffed Pork Loin with Mushrooms, Fennel, and Thym    Horseradish Crusted Salmon with Thyme-mustard Sauce                                          Roasted Herb Salmon with Lemon-butter Sauce

 Soups:                                                                                                                              Butternut Squash with Toasted Almonds, Nutmeg and Creme Fraiche                          Smoked Turkey Chowder with Corn and Yukon Potatoes

SIdes:                                                                                                                              Sweet Potato Soufflé with Marshmallow Topping                                                             Sweet Corn Stuffing with Roasted Carrots, Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms and Herbs   Ciabiatta Bread Stuffing with Bacon, Roasted Apples and Sage                               Sautéed String Beans with Roasted Fennel, Beets, and Apple Cider Vinaigrette       Roasted Root Vegetables with Sherry Vinaigrette                                                     Scalloped  Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Gruyere Cheese                         Roasted Brussels  Sprouts with Pearl Onions and Roasted Butternut Squash                 Rice Pilaf with Julienne of Vegetables

Desserts:                                                                                                                    Pumpkin Pie                                                                                                                         Old Fashioned Apple Pie                                                                                           Blueberry Pie                                                                                                                 Classic New York Cheesecake

Price:                                                                                                                                     A) 1 Turkey dish (sliced breast or whole), 3 sides, and 2 desserts                                          *$40.00 per person +tax

B) 1 Turkey dish (sliced breast or whole), 2 sides, 1 soup, and 2 desserts                             *$40.00 per person+ tax

C) 2 main dishes with 3 sides and 2 desserts                                                                        *$55.00 per person+tax

D) 2 main dishes, 2 sides, 1 soup, and 2 desserts                                                          *$55.00 per person +tax

Delivery:                                                                                                                              On 11/21/12 by 5pm $60.00                                                                                                     On 11/22/12 3pm $100.00 

Don’t worry! We will send along printed instructions on how to heat the food with the delivery. The food will be in aluminum trays ready for the oven and all room temp items will be in disposable containers! Contact us today to order at info@creativeconceptsnyc.com, the last day to order is 11/19/12.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          *10 person minimum

“Event Planning Maestros”

Creative Concepts NYC teamed up with Gotham Magazine, Dominique Ansel Bakery, and Karlsson’s Vodka to produce the after party for the kick off of the New York City Wine & Food Festival. The event benefited Share Our Strength and the Food Bank for New York City.

Garden and Bakery

The CCNYC team received much acclaim for the event. Gotham Magazine referred to the CCNYC team as “…event planning maestros…!”  Creative Director, Benjamin Lester explains his  design for the event, “ I was interested in encompassing the bohemian  feel of the Dominique Ansel Bakery with the complexity of Dominique‘s modern approach to pastry, ‘bohemian chic’, if you will!” Fall was in full force with 20 foot tall fall foliage arrangements on top of mirrored tables. The bohemian mood was set by strung vintage lights with paper lanterns and tons of candlelight.

display, sweet treats, and CCNYC gift box

Foodies, and guests alike enjoyed sweet treats including Dominique’s signature Warm Madeleines and Sweet Croissant Ice Cream Sandwiches. CCNYC’s savory crowd-pleaser, Chipotle Cotija Cheese Popcorn was given as a parting snack to end the the evening of culinary delight. A fantastic evening indeed!

Guests and CCNYC's Nikki Lazar, Benjamin Lester, and Julie Sommers

Holiday Season: Book Now Save Later

A tip for the wise: it’s not to early to book your holiday party! The benefits of doing so are endless and many event and catering companies offer incentives for you to do so. The reason for this is because come November it is full speed ahead. In other words, the more planning a vendor can get out of the way now, the better for everyone!

Creative Concepts NYC is offering a ‘Book Now Save 10% Later’ promotion! If you would like to take advantage of this amazing incentive, book your holiday event before November 1, 2012 with Nikki Lazar ( nicolelazar@gmail.com ). Here is to an amazing holiday season (early)!

www.creativeconceptsnyc.com

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Creative Concepts NYC at The New York Magazine Wedding Event 2012

Creative Concepts NYC worked the floor with their sublime interactive booth, by Benjamin Lester, at New York Magazine’s 2012 New York Wedding Event! The event took place at Metropolitan Pavilion and was dazzling thanks to touches of creative bliss by Taylor Creative Inc.

Guests had an opportunity to meet with the CCNYC team including, planner extraordinaire, Julie Sommers, while tasting exquisite bites by Miguel Urrego, CCNYC’s Executive Chef. The menu included:

Smoked Chicken Salad with Almond Slivers, Cranberries and Chives Served on Dill Corn Edible Spoon

Wild Salmon Tartare with Caviar on Wonton Crisps

Seared Foie Gras with Sour Cherries on Toasted Brioche

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All the ‘who’s who’ of the wedding industry attended and participated including CCNYC friends from Curtain Up Events,Generation Events and Sugar Flower Cake Shop. The entire evening was a huge success thanks to the  New York Magazine event staff.

 

THE OUT NYC Urban Resort, Hosts CCNYC Spring Tasting Event 2012

Creative Concepts NYC was thrilled to have teamed up with THE OUT NYC Urban Resort for their 2012 Spring Tasting Event!

THE OUT NYC Urban Resort is New York’s first, straight-friendly, gay urban resort located in Hell’s Kitchen just steps from Times Square and Chelsea. Boasting the best of lodging, dining, nightlife and design all in one place! The property offers several amazing event venues that are available for private events.

 

The stellar event was held in the atrium and sun deck of the property where guests enjoyed a live sushi station, cocktails and, Chef Miguel Urrego’s, delectable passed hors d’ overs. 

 

The mood was set by CCNYC’s Creative Director, Benjamin Lester, offering a fresh simple spa like design with cozy seating, lounge areas, and gorgeous florals. 

 

No detail was left behind and all ran smoothly with, CCNYC’s Director of Catering, Julie Sommers’ flawless leadership. The event was bursting at the seams with key industry players, major corporations, and future and prospective clients all in thanks to, CCNYC Representative and social butterfly, Nikki Lazar

If you would like more information on THE OUT NYC’s venues or would like to be involved and or attend the next tasting event, please contact CCNYC at info@creativeconceptsnyc.com or (646)308-1243.

Creative Concepts NYC Scores with WeddingWire.com !

Weddings, Wedding Venues
2012 Bride's Choice Awards | Best Wedding Photographers, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Florists, Wedding Planners
We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. Thanks to their positive feedback we were able  to receive the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ for 2012!
WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding Marketplace, announced that Creative Concepts NYC has been selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 for Catering!
The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. While many industry awards are selected by the organization, Creative Concepts NYC was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients.
Creative Concepts NYC is recognized as part of the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The Bride’s Choice Award recognizes  the best local wedding vendors across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their overall professional achievements throughout the past year.
“WeddingWire is thrilled to honor the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Since the launch of the Bride’s Choice Awards™ program four years ago, thousands of outstanding wedding professionals have been recognized by the bridal community for their supreme service and dedication to the wedding industry. It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Creative Concepts NYC for their continued professionalism and commitment to enriching the wedding planning experience for engaged couples.”
We are happy to announce that Creative Concepts NYC is one of the very best Caterers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee.
For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at

Creative Concepts NYC Gives Back!

CCNYC is dedicated to giving back and this past holiday season we chose Hope Lodge NYC. Located in midtown Manhattan, Hope Lodge NYC is the House of Hope. The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Jerome  L. Green Family Center offers lodging and support services at no cost for cancer patients receiving outpatient treatments in Manhattan, while away from home.

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Jerome L. Greene Family Center NYC

On December 8, 2011 Creative Concepts NYC Teamed up with Bonne Fete Baking, and YouCake to donate their services and provided food and gifts to support the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Holiday Bash. The Hope Lodge Holiday Bash with program Emcee Diana Williams of WABC-TV  benefited the programs and services of Hope Lodge NYC Jerome L. Greene Family Center.

CCNYC's Benjamin Lester, and Nikki Lazar

For more information on Hope Loge NYC and if you would like to contribute to their amazing cause and efforts, here is link to do so:  http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/SupportProgramsServices/HopeLodge/NewYorkCity/index


Cater your Tailgating

One of Creative Concepts NYC‘s innovative products is tailgating parties. That’s right, we pull up with you and your crew and whip it up right out of our vehicle and put out a spread. All you have to do is pop open your brewski and enjoy the fruits of our labor! The menus are geared towards your personal tastes and will surely prove to be fun, simple, and delicious grub for all! Menus can be more elaborate or just plain simple and comforting, below is a sample menu of a party we did featuring easy small bites by Miguel Urrego.

Does your tailgate party kick ass? We want to hear about it!

Tailgating Small Bites Menu

Backfin Crab Fondue
w/ Garlic Ciabatta

Grilled Chorizo on Crispy Jalapeño Polenta Cakes
w/ Cilantro Creme

Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp
w/ Aged Balsamic

Truffled Mac & Cheese Bites

BBQ Pulled Chicken Panini
w/ Pepperjack & Avocado

Mini Kobe Beef Franks
w/ Caramelized Onions & Grain Mustard Aioli

Enjoy The Game!

Congratulations Jenn & Joe!

An enormous congratulations to one of our favorite couples Jenn & Joe! Clients like these two are the reason why we love what we do, we couldn’t be happier to have been part of their big day! Check out what they had to say about us below

Dear Julie + Ben,

What could we say… WOW! Our wedding was outrageous! It was everything we could have hoped for + so much more! The reception we envisioned really came to life because of all your hard work. The bars, pink pillows, the table settings…. we could go on and on…LOVED it all! Not to mention the food, it was delicious. So happy with all of your choices. Our guests and Joe could not get enough of those mushroom apps. I think he ate a whole tray! And the desserts were just perfect- yummy! Your staff were polite, courteous, and attentive. I just want to say I truly appreciate the relationship we established over the past year + all your advice, tips, and calmness were a huge help!

Love,

Jenn and Joe

Creative Concepts NYC Kicked Off Annual Tasting Events

Earlier this year we kicked off our annual seasonal tasting events. Top of The Garden, was the perfect setting for our future clients to experience what we have to offer in a full event setting. The event was co-sponsored by AFR Event Furnishings and Party Rental LTD and offered our in house decor team free range of their amazing party rental and fine furnishing products to feature at the tasting kick off event. Delish food, made by chef Miguel Urrego, was passed by our amazing hand picked staff! Take a look at the fantastic video below, produced by: Pattie Simone of Women Centric. If you would like to join us for our next tasting event drop us a line at info@creativeconceptsnyc.com and we will keep you in the loop!