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Summer Party

A Summer Party at 620 Loft and Garden

Earlier this month, we were tasked with putting together a summer party for a youth organization based in Edmonton, Canada. The event was hosted by the Archdiocese of New York, and the space was donated by commercial real estate firm Tishman Speyer, which meant using one of their venues in Manhattan close to Rockefeller Center. 620 Loft and Garden was the choice for this year’s event – a beautiful indoor and outdoor space in the heart of Midtown, overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. It is one of the most beautiful and versatile venues in NYC, and one that the Deborah Miller Catering team especially loves. I interviewed Jillian Klein, Director of Events and Business Development, about her ideas and thought process behind planning this special event.

620 Loft and Garden’s name truly says it all – the indoor loft area faces Rockefeller Center and the outdoor garden faces 5th Avenue, providing stunning views all around.The organization and their hosts did not have many specific preferences when it came to the food or the look, so we as the caterers had free reign to take the event in the direction we saw fit. Jillian and her team put together an elevated garden party menu to match the venue’s atmosphere and had food stations that would be fun yet elegant, with passed hors d’ouevres to complement the stationary food.

We created a rolling cart station that featured spiked lemonade infused with thyme, boxes of cheddar herb popcorn, freshly shucked oysters, and individual flutes of Caesar salad. Since it was a hot day and we wanted to keep the oysters cool and tasty, we made sure to keep this cart in the shade as much as possible and only put out a few oysters at a time. The cart evoked an adorable garden theme while still looking upscale and polished.

There was also a barbeque-themed station situated in the garden area featuring a variety of our famous mini sliders, individual bowls of heirloom tomato salad with cubed mozzarella, and spoons of creamy mac and cheese. Once again, this made for a fun yet elevated presentation that suited the outdoor garden space and theme. We kept thepassed hors d’ouevreslight to suit the weather and time of year, and served our salmon tartare cones topped with black caviar and crème fraiche, cocktail shrimp skewers with a bloody Mary twist, mini leek and gruyere quiche,and our signature mini chicken tacos, among others.

One challenge Jillian and her team faced was to ensure the indoor loft area did not appear empty, even though it was obvious that the garden patio would be much more popular and where guests would congregate the most. We kept one food station inside for as long as possible to lure people indoors, however Jillian decided to move it outside eventually and pass some items that would have otherwise been stationary, to keep the flow of guests moving. When it’s a beautiful day in New York and guests want to spend their time outside, we consider that a good problem!

Jillian and her team at Deborah Miller Catering & Events enjoyed putting this event together as it benefited a good cause, the location was versatile and elegant, and the surrounding backdrop was quintessential to NYC. What a great way to kick off the 2018 summer party season!

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