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Catering Services Blog

Our catering services blog is a place to keep up with what we have been doing! We hope you stick around and read a couple of our amazing caterings/events!

Swanky Burgundy and Red-Toned Wedding at Venue at Oakdale in North Little Rock, Arkansas

Swanky Burgundy and Red-Toned Wedding at Venue at Oakdale in North Little Rock, Arkansas

Corey and Rhianna’s wedding at Venue at Oakdale was a gorgeous day exquisitely planned by Washington, D.C. wedding planner, Andrew Roby with Andrew Roby Events. The couple met at the gym, but eventually became more deeply connected through Instagram direct messaging. The rest is history! Because guests love cake, but hate waiting for cake, the couple opted for a faux cake with sheet cake in the kitchen to actually serve from. That way, guests can be served immediately after cake-cutting photos commence. Between the beautiful burgundy and red tones, the delicious meal and all the wonderful people involved and in attendance at this wedding, we can definitely say this was an event to remember.

International Dishes by Chef Serge: Asian-Inspired Wedding Menu

International Dishes by Chef Serge: Asian-Inspired Wedding Menu

This wedding at Venue at Oakdale was all the rage with a tasty Asian-inspired menu and an elaborate charcuterie display that became a main feature of Tia and John’s event. Between the beautiful venue, their classic white color palette and all the delicious goodies they served their guests, this wedding is one for the books! Learn more about Tia and John Van’s wedding from the quotes below and scroll down for their full international Asian-inspired wedding menu along with beautiful photos by Stephanie Parsley Photography.

Ask a Planner: Kimberly Trell with Kimber Décor Events

Ask a Planner: Kimberly Trell with Kimber Décor Events

Kimberly Trell was born and raised in Arkansas and is the CEO, planner and floral designer at Kimber Décor Events.  Kimber Décor Events has been in business almost 12 years with offices in Little Rock and a newly-opened location in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Trell’s team prides itself on making every wedding unique, never duplicating a design.  From intimate dinner parties to grand-scale galas to weddings, each event is given special attention to detail.  Trell started out her professional career in business administration and landscape design.  The Kimber Décor Events staff also includes a senior coordinator and designer, hospitality managers, setup and breakdown crew, and team administrators.  Get to know more about this hard-working boss mom, trailblazer and versatile planner by reading our interview with Kimberly Trell below!

MIVE: Make It Vibrant Everyday Culture Club 2022 Roundup

MIVE: Make It Vibrant Everyday Culture Club 2022 Roundup

Today we are celebrating some of the wonderful activities our staff participates in as part of our company culture club called MIVE, an initialism acronym that stands for “Make It Vibrant Everyday.”  Vibrant Occasions founded the MIVE culture club this year and have had a lot of fun with it.  Back in March of 2022, chef Serge and his wife, Mary, attended the 2nd annual Heart Leadership Workshop in Denver, Colorado hosted by a team at Footers Catering.  The workshop aims to revolutionize the hospitality industry through culture and heart leadership. Footers Catering is owned by second generation catering professionals, Anthony and April Lambatos.  While Anthony’s father, the original founder of Footers Catering, taught him first generation lessons like how to pour his heart into his work, Anthony’s second generation learning quest is focused on how to pour your heart into your staff and the people you serve.

This Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe was Featured on Newsweek and The Vine on THV 11

This Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe was Featured on Newsweek and The Vine on THV 11

This recipe by Chef Serge Krikorian was originally featured on THV 11’s The Vine broadcast with Adam Bledsoe and Ashley King.  Chef Serge knew that Ashley is vegan and kept that in mind when deciding to showcase this particular dish.  Around the holidays, people are always trying to find the best vegan recipes out there that will leave guests feeling satisfied.  It can be difficult to find a dish that is filling, tastes great and has that holiday flair.  This stuffed acorn squash recipe accomplishes all of these goals and more.  The recipe has also been picked up on Newsweek in an article found here:

The Finest Gala 2022 Mission, Menu and More

The Finest Gala 2022 Mission, Menu and More

Once again, Vibrant Occasions had the opportunity to cater one of our favorite Arkansas Fundraisers, The Finest Gala. The Finest Gala benefits the Arkansas chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was held this year on October 22, 2022 at Argenta Plaza in North Little Rock. The Finest Gala combines the Breath of Life Gala and Taste of the Finest into one event, an evening of elegance al fresco under the stars. Guests enjoyed live music al fresco under the stars with a fully-catered seated dinner and menu designed by chef Serge Krikorian. The night of celebration honored 30 of central Arkansas’s finest young professionals and the CF Foundation’s top honor, the Breath of Life award, was presented to Terry and Michele Wright.

Boys & Girls Club Banquet Dinner Recap

Boys & Girls Club Banquet Dinner Recap

Vibrant Occasions and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas teamed up on May 12th, 2022 to create a beautiful banquet at The Venue at Westwood. Yet again, a lovely menu complete with hors d’oeuvres served during cocktail hour and we didn’t forget the desserts. Extravagant red and white centerpieces adorned atop silky red and white linens were the perfect companions for the charming dinner. With a special guest speaker David Bazzel, a former Razorback linebacker for the U of A, making this event spectacular!

International Dishes by Chef Serge: Le Dîner Blanc du Petite Rocher

International Dishes by Chef Serge: Le Dîner Blanc du Petite Rocher

Dîner en Blanc (“Dinner in White” in French) is a worldwide event spanning six continents in which people have a meal dressed in white in a temporary dining setup in a public space. Diners are required to provide their own food, dinnerware, tables, chairs and tablecloths. Only a select number of participants are made privy to the location the day of the dinner, and generally converge in an iconic urban location.

Chef Serge Krikorian Makes a Splash with EMpact

Chef Serge Krikorian Makes a Splash with EMpact

On September 15th The EMpact One Foundation hosted a donation dunking booth! $10 ensured three tries at dunking some special people, Jason Brown, Andrew Norris, Jordan O’Roark, Ashley Copple, Dr. James Cooper, Ashley Strange, Brook Plack, Danny Young, Justin Jackson, and Vibrant Occasions’ very own Serge Krikorian! With a goal of $2,500, they were able to totally surpass that with everyone’s help and reached $3,350.