THIS MONTHS RECIPE
You can probably tell from the frigid temperatures and all the snow we’ve been having that it’s January in Birmingham... Wow, it’s been cold... Brrrr! The best way to stay warm on these frigid winter nights is to sit by the fire, drink a glass of wine, and enjoy some comfort food like say, one of Kathy G’s famous Panini sandwiches.

They’re fantastic for one, for two, or even a big Super Bowl party.  What’s great about Panini sandwiches is there are no rules.  You can literally put anything you want into them so long as one of the ingredients is cheese - Which, when melted, ties the whole creation together.  Though brushing your sandwich with Extra Virgin olive oil isn’t mandatory, it certainly makes a good Panini perfect and turns a perfect Panini into a life-changing dining experience.

For panini recipes, click here.

WEDDINGS
In 10 short years, Alabama Weddings has become an institution.  One of the greatest bridal magazines there is... And that includes the nationals!  That’s why we were so proud to host Alabama Weddings 10th Anniversary party at Park Lane on January 6th.  It was a grand gala if there ever was one with a veritable who’s who of the Alabama wedding industry in attendance.Andy Hopper of Kathy G Designs and Andy Tolar of Design Productions worked their magic in transforming the space into a bridal wonderland and everyone on the Kathy G & Co. catering team really brought their best.  Very special thanks to Arden Ward of Arden Photography, Terry & Joey Bruno of fotowerks, and Lance Holloway of Holloway Productions for capturing all the magic on film and video.  Congrats once again to Alabama Weddings!  We truly look forward to another decade of your success and friendship!!!    To read more, click here.  

EVENTS
On Thursday, January 6th, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center hosted its 2nd annual "Progress & Promise" reception
and the Kathy G team was excited to cater the occasion.  Held at the Alys Stephens Center,  “Progress & Promise” provided a chance for community members to learn the latest updates on research and patient care iniatives in addition to hearing about the future of treatment.  With more than 200 guests, it was a superb event made even better with delicious Kathy G bites including Honey Ham on White Cheddar Biscuits with Peach Chutney, Roast Beef on fresh Rolls with Horseradish Mayo, and our famous Mini BLTs!

On Wednesday, January 26th, the Kathy G contingent makes its way downtown for the One2One Community Dinner celebrating the first year in office for Birmingham Mayor, William Bell.  More than 120 guests will gather to honor the mayor and dine on some of Kathy G’s most popular dishes including hors d’oeuvres of Mini BLTs with Roma Tomatoes & Apple Smoked Bacon, Herb Roasted Chicken & Fava Bean Pesto on Crostinis and an entrée of Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus with Red Wine Veal Demi Reduction.  Kathy G Designs will also be doing the floral for this special occasion and you can be sure that our lead designer, Andy Hopper will has plenty of white Calla Lilies on hand as they are the honorable mayor’s favorite flower.  Pictures and more on our blog at KathyG.com/blog very soon!!!

Pointe Ball 2011 - Saturday, January 29th is shaping up to be one of Kathy G & Company’s most exciting nights in some time.  The night kicks off with Kathy G & Co. dancing on over to Sak’s Fifth Avenue at The Summit to cater the Pointe Ball 2011 – A wonderful benefit with all the proceeds going to support the Alabama Ballet’s education and outreach programs.  400+ guests will dine on hors d’oeuvres of Sweet Potato Beignets with Jack Daniel Dipping Sauce and Thai Chicken in Phyllo Cups before enjoying a main course of Grilled Beef Tenderloin Roulade stuffed with Wild Mushroom Duxelle.  We’re so honored to be a part of this wonderful event each year and can’t wait to post pictures and a recap on our blog next week. We love being involved with events that support the arts and if you’re interested in learning more about the cause or maybe even coming out for a delicious meal, fabulous company and great cause, click here. 

On the 29th, we’ll also be at the Alys Stephens Center – Catering a reception for national radio personality Ira Glass.  As host of “This American Life”, Glass reaches nearly 2 million listeners on over 500 radio stations each week, but this weekend he’s taking his talents to Birmingham to share some of his greatest stories.  We’re very excited to meet Mr. Glass and look forward to serving him and his guests many of our favorite bites including Wild Mushroom Tartlettes with White Truffle Oil and of course, our Mini Pitas with Smoked Turkey & Raspberry Honey Mustard.  For more info on Ira Glass at the Stephens Center, please go click here.

AROUND TOWN
We LOVE LOVE LOVE heading down to Tuscaloosa – Especially the wide-open space of Smith Hall on the campus of the University of Alabama campus.  January 15th provided us just the opportunity to visit good ol’ ‘Bama as the gorgeous Emily and debonair Michael celebrated their wedding with nearly 200 family and friends.  The menu was distinctively Southern and particularly delicious with Pecan Fried Oysters, Glazed Short Ribs atop Parmesan Polenta, Flash Fried Shrimp Cakes with Creole Aioli, and Fried Green Tomatoes topped with Feta Cheese.  Though the most unique facet of the occasion was the simplest… Being as the occasion took place on the Alabama campus, the newly minted Wilson couple wanted their guests to enjoy “Game Day Dogs” so we happily obliged – Setting up a Crimson and White ‘Bama themed “Rah Rah Table” with a giant Nick Saban cut-out and preparing 200 foil-wrapped hot dogs with mustard, ketchup, sour kraut and the couple’s favorite side, Golden Flake Chips in individual bags. What a great wedding and what a great couple!! Congrats again, Emily and Michael!

GARDENS CAFE
In the coldest month of the year, things are really heating up at the Gardens Café in the friendly confines of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.  Nearly one third of all grooms-to-be “pop the question” over the holiday season and when she says “yes” these couples immediately look to find a reception hall – After she finds a fab dress of course!  Plenty of gorgeous couples have been making their way to see Tamara Archer at the Gardens to lock in their 2011 wedding dates, but plenty of great weekends are still available.  If you’re a bride-to-be or know of one, have her call Tamara at 205-871-1000 to set up a private tour of the Gardens Café – Where every event is a celebration of taste and style.And while you’re there, have some lunch too!  Just because it’s chilly outside doesn’t mean you can’t come on out to the Gardens for some wonderful hospitality and fantastic comfort food.  The Café is open for lunch each Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00AM ‘til 2:00PM.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
The Kathy G “2011 Speaking Tour” got off to a quick start in January as Kathy hosted two engagements with local Garden Clubs.  Discussing “Unique Food Presentations for Entertaining” Kathy’s had lots of fun meeting with both the Cherokee Garden Club as well as the Millbrook Garden Club.  She’s had a wonderful turnout for each and all the ladies in attendance seemed to learn something new while having a great time! Read more, click here