Posts from the ‘On the Blog’ Category

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    Peter Callahan in Food Network’s Healthy Eats

    July 3rd, 2015

    “Backyard barbecues and outdoor entertaining are in full swing just in time for Fourth of July celebrations.” My recent interview by Kiri Tannenbaum from Food Network’s Healthy Eats. We discussed Healthy Summer Entertaining Tips and more! Head over to their site to read the entire interview!

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    Peter in this week’s People Magazine!

    June 29th, 2015

    Peter Callahan featured in this week’s People Magazine: View the feature below.

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    Glamour : Incredible Hors D’Oeuvres from Legendary Caterer Peter Callahan

    February 19th, 2014

    By Peter Callahan Big “thank you” to Marissa Gold, Senior Online Editor for Glamour Magazine who featured me today in Toast on Glamour. I particularly like the start of the article “if you’re throwing a party in New York City and want to impress your guests, you call Peter Callahan Catering.” That’s our goal, and has been for […]

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    Four Seasons Magazine : Dishing with Catering Genius Peter Callahan

    February 17th, 2014

    Anne Chertoff, you’re an amazing friend, writer and editor. Thank you for featuring me and Peter Callahan Catering in the Four Seasons Magazine! Dishing With Catering Genius Peter Callahan Fours Seasons Magazine : We talk cocktail-and-appetizer pairings, dessert buffets, and thematic menus with the man credited with starting the mini-food catering craze. As more and […]

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    Vogue : Bringing Up Bébé : Les Lalanne Baby Shower

    February 1st, 2014

    By Peter Callahan For years now Peter Callahan Catering has been involved in many of fashion’s coolest parties, but I have to say, one of the most creative events was, of all things, a baby shower. Just this past November, some of the fashion world’s finest, Lauren Santo Domingo, (a contributing editor at Vogue and the […]

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    Meet Peter Callahan at Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party

    January 14th, 2014

    It’s that time of year again! You’re invited to meet food innovator, Peter Callahan, at Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party 2014! Please join Peter Callahan (and 100 other wedding professionals) on January 26 at Gotham Hall in New York City for The Martha Stewart Wedding Party. Produced by wedding planner extraordinaire, Claudia Hanlin of The Wedding […]

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    Pecan Tarts : Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes : The New Potato Food Blog

    November 27th, 2013

      As featured today on the cool foodie blog, The New Potato… Peter’s Recipe for Pecan Tarts Makes 2 Dozen For the Pecan Filling 1/2 cup light corn syrup 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 cup (packed) light brown sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon table salt 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 24 pecan halves […]

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  • Kitchen Chronicles HGTV Magazine Peter Callahan

    A Caterer Knows : HGTV Magazine Features Peter Callahan’s Home Kitchen

    November 25th, 2013

    Last Winter, HGTV Magazine took a peek inside Peter’s modern country kitchen in his Pennsylvania home. He shared his kitchen design tips as well as organization ideas, time-saving tools and grocery budget tricks. The good news is that the feature is now part of HGTV’s… Top 20 Most Popular HGTV Magazine Stories A Caterer Knows About Expert […]

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    Our New York Studio {As Featured on Style Me Pretty}

    October 23rd, 2013

    Peter’s featured on Style Me Pretty and Style Me Pretty Living today, a double whammy! First up, an insightful interview with Peter set against photos of the new Peter Callahan Catering event studio in Manhattan. Take a look and let us know what you think of our new cool digs in the Big Apple! Then, […]

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    Peter’s Party Tricks {Martha Stewart Living}

    October 1st, 2013

    We’re always thrilled to be featured in Martha Stewart’s glossy, lifestyle magazines. In the October 2013 issue of Martha Stewart Living Peter’s talking “Party Tricks” for fall entertaining. Martha has long admired PETER CALLAHAN for his delicious food and clever presentations. When we asked him for an easy make-ahead fall entertaining menu, he suggested serving […]

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    An American Chef Corps Reception in honor of Global Culinary Leaders

    August 2nd, 2013

    Last night at The Willard Hotel in Washington D.C., I was honored to attend a Diplomatic Culinary Partnership reception in honor of Global Culinary Leaders. It was a meeting of Le Club des Chefs des Chefs, with 20 Chefs of Heads of State from around the world in attendance, as well as other American Chef Corps members […]

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  • Peter Callahan Tomato Shooters Martha Stewart Weddings Summer Issue 2013

    Trio of Tomato Shooters : Martha Stewart Weddings

    May 28th, 2013

    Check out the recent issue of Martha Stewart Weddings to catch our Trio of Tomato Shooters. A rainbow of tomato gazpachos using the season’s freshest ingredients, most notably, golden, green and red tomatoes. Garnished simply with cherry tomatoes and lined up precisely on crisp white trays, these colorful sippers are excellent for all manner of […]

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    Memorial Day Foods : Summer Entertaining Tips : Today Show

    May 23rd, 2013

    Always a pleasure to be invited back to the Today Show’s fourth hour with Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb!  Today’s topic? Great appetizers and hors d’oeuvres for Memorial Day! Here I am on the Today Show set, just before the cameras go live with the segment. Every thing has to be perfectly laid out […]

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    Moving the Party Outside : InStyle Magazine June 2013

    May 15th, 2013

    “All summer my clients want to eat heirloom tomatoes with basil and mozzarella, ” says Peter Callahan in this month’s issue of InStyle Magazine. It was that summer obsession that led to Peter’s creation of his Caprese Tea Sandwich and  clients love it! You can make them at home too…  

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    Jenna Bush Hager’s Baby Shower at Peter Callahan’s Studio : People Magazine

    April 6th, 2013

    When Today contributor Jenna Bush Hager — expecting her first child in early May — was fêted by her NBC co-workers on April 2 at our Peter Callahan Catering studio in New York, the gift table was piled not with onesies and receiving blankets, but with dozens of her colleagues’ favorite kiddie reads, each book inscribed with parenting advice. “Get a nap anytime […]

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    Good Things : Martha Stewart Weddings : Candy Fruit : Dip Service

    January 1st, 2013

    Our fabulously stylish candy dipped fruits and chocolate dipped sugar cookies are featured in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine! We always love collaborating with the talented team at Martha Stewart Weddings on savvy ways to style up  dessert stations for today’s chic weddings.

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    Peter Shares His Holiday Home with KDHamptons Magazine

    December 21st, 2012

    KDHamptons Magazine asked reigning king of catering, Peter Callahan of Peter Callahan Catering in New York City, if he would share some pix of his haute holiday decor. After seeing his gorgeous Thanksgiving table on KDHamptons {see the pictures here }, we knew we were in for a treat! Check out Peter’s winter wonderland, and get inspired to make your Christmas table as […]

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    The Uber-Cool Foodie Blog The New Potato says “Peter Callahan is KING When It Comes to Events”

    December 12th, 2012

    Big thanks to Danielle Kosann at The New Potato for including me in the holiday lineup on The New Potato. To see the whole foodie feature, click on the image above, otherwise, you can see see my holiday interview in full below. Best, Peter Peter Callahan is king when it comes to events. An expert on the […]

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    Holiday Entertaining : Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford : Today Show

    December 1st, 2012

    Peter Callahan, author of cookbook “Bite by Bite: 100 stylish little plates you can make for any party,” shares recipes perfect for the holidays, including a white chocolate martini and lollipops in unexpected flavors: mango shrimp, chicken parmesan, and lamb with mint pesto. To watch the whole segment and see Peter’s festive party bites, click […]

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    Styling Up the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership Initiative Reception

    October 3rd, 2012

    Last month I headed down to Washington D.C. for an incredible event celebrating the launch of the American Chef Corps, a part of the State Department’s new Diplomatic Culinary Partnership Initiative. In addition to providing food and styling for the event, I was honored and excited to become a member of the Chef Corps! I […]

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    Wall Street Journal : Upper East Side “Pool Party” Goes for Gold

    September 27th, 2012

    Great feature in the Wall Street Journal about Darcy Miller and Andy Nussbaum’s event honoring Olympic swimmer Lia Neal  at  Asphalt Green on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. All proceeds from the event were raised specifically to benefit the swimming programs at the aquatic center. Lia Neal won a bronze medal at this year’s Olympics […]

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  • Traditional Cheese Boards for Weddings Peter Callahan Martha Stewart Weddings

    Say Cheese! : Gourmet Cheese Stations : Martha Stewart Weddings

    September 20th, 2012

    Traditionally, Americans serve cheese at the start of a meal, the French before dessert, and the English as the grand finale. I took a European approach to this decadent cheese board (above) I created for the fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings—using it as a dessert rather than as an appetizer. I wanted to create a fabulously stylish setting that […]

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  • Mini Cheeseburgers Peter Callahan Catering Best New York Caterers Comfort Food Bite by Bite Cookbook

    Late Night Comfort Foods : Mini Cheeseburgers

    September 18th, 2012

    My juicy mini cheeseburgers always seem to find themselves on my late night party menus… You know, those wedding after parties when you’re craving salty, casual bar foods? Yeah, these little bites are a must, as are the frites and onion rings that we pair with them…

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  • Classic Wedding Entree Choices Pan Roasted Halibut and Seasonal Vegetables Peter Callahan Catering

    Classic Fish Courses : Pan-Roasted Halibut

    September 14th, 2012

    One of my all-time favorite fishes to eat and serve is halibut. It’s a fabulous fish for grilling and roasting for many reasons. It is easily available year round, relatively inexpensive (depending on the time of year), easy to cook and lends itself to almost any flavor. This mild flavored, white fish has a kind of […]

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    Back to School Parties on the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb

    September 11th, 2012

    Always happy to return to the Today Show for Kathie Lee and Hoda’s fourth hour… this time, I’m sharing my favorite bites for back to school parties! As most kids love Italian comfort foods, I’ve got my mini versions and kid-friendly portions of caprese sandwiches, spaghetti and meatballs, caesar salad (hold the anchovies please!) and […]

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    Third Time’s a Charm! My Cookbook, Bite by Bite, Goes to Print Again!

    September 5th, 2012

      Exciting News! My bestselling cookbook “Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Little Plates You Can Make for Any Party” is heading back for another printing! That’s the third printing in a year!  Big thanks to Clarkson Potter and Crown Publishing! Just in time for holiday gift giving…

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    Food Service Trends : Natural Wood

    August 30th, 2012

    So a HUGE trend is natural wood for furniture and decorative accessories for event design. It’s only natural that our in house workshop has been in overdrive making our own wonderful trays, plates, bars, buffets and more in natural wood. All of the shown trays, plates and platters are being shipped to the Hamptons this […]

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    From Ocean to Table : Fishing en Famille for Bonito

    August 29th, 2012

    I have been an avid fisherman for my entire life and nothing gives me greater pleasure than to fish with my son and daughter. Both of whom are avid fishermen as well. On the west side of the island of Nantucket, where the Atlantic Ocean is warm in late Summer, the prized fish Bonito come […]

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    Lanvin Celebrates with a Garden Party : Summer Buffets

    August 24th, 2012

    I recently had the pleasure of catering a beautiful garden luncheon and shopping event in the Hamptons. The luncheon was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Alber Elbaz designing for the French fashion label Lanvin. It took place at a lovely private residence in the Hamptons, and proceeds from the shopping benefitted the non-profit Save Venice. As […]

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    Simple Summertime Pleasures: Indulge Your Ice Cream Dreams

    August 17th, 2012

    We all love ice cream year-round, but the sunny days of summer just beg for crazy amounts of the creamy stuff. Most of the time, I get inspiration from every day living with my family. These teeny tiny triple-scoop ice cream cones were inspired by Saturday morning cartoons with my daughter. You know the cartoons […]

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    Sweet Treats : Summertime Favorites : S’mores!

    August 10th, 2012

    One of my daughter’s favorite summertime snacks, S’mores! Might have to treat her to some of these sweet bites at our weekend bonfire on the beach… at least, that’s how I’m explaining my craving for them!  Here’s my re-vamped version of the classic comfort food. {Photo: Con Poulos}

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    Summer Lovin’ : It’s All About Lobster

    August 8th, 2012

    Although Maine lobster is harvested year-round from the chilly coastal waters, in my mind there’s a true Lobster Season. And that’s August! Something about the vacation mindset maybe, as it’s a time when I can squeeze in some much needed playtime in between Hamptons parties. But really, it’s like a lot of my food design. […]

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    Custom Food Presentation : What We Bring to the Table : Simple Clear Bar

    August 1st, 2012

    If there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the past many years of catering parties, it’s that a great party is never just about the food. It’s about the spectacle of the presentation, too. Designing trays and building one-of-a-kind displays is an important way I honor the spirit of the party as well as highlight […]

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    Summer Cocktails : Fruity Coolers + Classic Sippers

    July 25th, 2012

      Weddings in the garden, lunches on the deck, backyard barbecues, beachy clambakes ~ they all require delicious summertime beverages be served, with or without alcohol. Sure, old-fashioned lemonade is always an approachable winner as it’s truly loved by both children and adults. Then there’s the classic trifecta of martinis, mojitos and margaritas which appeal […]

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    Giving Party Guests a Flexible Foodie Experience Keeps Them Engaged

    July 16th, 2012

    Appetizers and hors d’oeuvres have undergone a little change in the last fifteen years. Can’t say I’m sorry, either as it’s been a time of creativity that has brought catering out from the shadows of party planning and into the light. No longer regarded as just a necessity, food service is now widely considered a […]

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    Summer Harvest : Heirloom Tomatoes

    July 13th, 2012

      Whether you say ‘to-may-to’ or ‘to-mah-to,’ chances are you’ll agree there’s nothing like the taste of a sun-ripened heirloom tomato in the heart of summer. DEE-licious! Heirloom afficianados know that there are countless different varieties out there, some more readily found in local farmers markets than others. For our cool country wedding taking place […]

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    Dog Days of Summer : Mini Hot Dogs

    July 11th, 2012

    Years ago, my good friend Darcy Miller, the founding editor of Martha Stewart Weddings, asked me to shrink down the hot dog into one of my bite-sized appetizers. As soon as I did that, lots of other caterers did the same, some more successfully than others. My favorite story is about one caterer who repeatedly […]

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    Sparklers Make Every Dessert a Celebration : Mini Baked Alaskas

    July 2nd, 2012

    When you add sparklers to a dessert, it instantly becomes so much more celebratory! Such a simple thing, but I’m a big fan of SIMPLE. Why over-complicate food design when approachable food always puts guests at ease? Then, add a little flash and shimmer, and you’ve got a winning whimsical dessert. Like my Mini Baked […]

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    International Catering : Recently, I Headed East to India to Cater a Fabulous Party

    June 26th, 2012

      For the past several years, my catering services have garnered quite of bit of attention from families and businesses out of the United States. Particularly since the success of my bestselling cookbook, Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Little Plates for Any Party, which has been #1 in sales worldwide for over 9 months in […]

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    Breakfast Bingo : Rice Krispy Canapes

    June 26th, 2012

    My daughter and I are both big cereal eaters, and she sometimes has hers with berries and yogurt instead of milk. Her simple, straightforward morning routine inspired me to come up with this mini cereal bowl canape filled with organic Greek yogurt, topped with fresh whole blueberries (from Maine, when in season) and drizzled with […]

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    Summer Entertaining : Martha Stewart Radio’s Morning Living Show

    June 21st, 2012

    I’m always happy to talk about food and parties, and how I approach the two on a daily basis. Particularly when I’m chatting with the creative crew from Martha Stewart Radio’s Morning Living Show, Betsy Karetnick and Brian Kelsey. On every morning on Sirius XM Channel 110 from 7:00-11:00am, Betsy and Brian focus on cooking, home improvement, […]

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    Shots + Bites : The Perfect Pairings of Food and Beverage Can Be Fun Icebreakers at Parties

    June 14th, 2012

    A two-sip shot of your favorite beverage matched with a delicious small one-bite hors d’oeuvre is an incredible icebreaker at cocktail parties. Especially when the small one-bite hors d’oeuvre is playfully served on an edible spoon, in an oyster shell or inside a tiny Chinese take-out box. Whether a simple shot of vodka to accompany […]

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    Summer Entertaining : Whimsical Cocktails : Bubblegum-Tini

    June 7th, 2012

    Candy adds a fun and youthful feel to parties, whether it’s incorporated into the party decor, a lavish sweets table or a take home wedding favor.  Personally, I like to use candy in fun, unexpected ways. Like in this bubblegum-inspired  cocktail, the Bubblegum-tini!  And, go figure, it’s pretty easy to make too!  Just mix some […]

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    Dessert, Donut Style : Trio of Mini Donuts + Dippers

    June 1st, 2012

    Celebrating Donut Day with our trio dessert of Mini Donuts + Dippers!  For any kind of event with any level of formality, this sweet little dessert is approachable and nostalgic.  Something that catches well-heeled guests by surprise at a formal black-tie dinner! I plate them vertically, lined up on a plate with delicious dippers, such […]

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    Baby Shower : Tackling the Menu and Indulging Mommy’s Cravings

    May 22nd, 2012

    Baby showers are about celebrating new beginnings, so, in my opinion, like real life, these events should be lighthearted and whimsical.  Keeping the theme of the event in mind, I like to indulge the mommy-to-be. More than likely, she’s craving something whether it’s Elvis French Toast or French Fries. I start by pulling out all of […]

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    Wait, There’s Even a National Chocolate Chip Day? Okay, We Can Dig That

    May 15th, 2012

    Man, I love these national “food” holidays. There’s one for everything, it seems. But it works for me as I spend my days, living, breathing and dreaming about food and cool ways to style it up. So, Happy National Chocolate Chip Day!  I think, in honor of this auspicious occasion, we should immediately whip up a […]

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    Happy Cinco de Mayo! Margarita Popsicles

    May 5th, 2012

    Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Who says you have to drink your margaritas to celebrate? Why not enjoy mini or regular-sized Margarita Popsicles?  You can even line the serving trays and platters with salt for those who just gotta have it…  ENJOY!

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    American Favorites : Sugar Donuts, They’re Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

    May 2nd, 2012

    One of my signature sweet desserts going back many years now {MANY}, are my tiny sugared donuts. Believe it or not, these tasty little bites are more popular than ever! Particularly with our clients in India and China. I’ve served them in a zillion different ways – passed, as a dessert trio with different dipping […]

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    Kids Parties Let Us Break Out the Paints and Get Creative

    April 25th, 2012

    Peter Callahan Catering is definitely more than your average food service company. I know that as we do serious art projects for events on a regular, if not daily, basis. Custom-designed lucite hors d’oeuvres trays are my signature calling card, but what many people may not know is that our in-house “Workshop Boys” are real […]

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    For the Kid in All of Us : Happy National Grilled Cheese Day

    April 12th, 2012

    In honor of National Grilled Cheese Day, I’m sharing my mini, bite-sized version of the American favorite. Buttery toast made in my own custom-mini loaf pans blend perfectly with gooey aged Gruyere cheese sandwiched between. Whether I add smoked turkey, crispy green apple or a slice of fresh tomato, there really is nothing more delicious […]

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    A Birthday Celebration for Architect, Frank Gehry

    April 4th, 2012

    Almost a year ago, I had the pleasure of catering the 82nd birthday party for internationally-renown architect Frank Gehry. Where else could such an amazing party take place but at the top of Gehry’s then still-to-be-completed new residential building, 8 Spruce Street. Originally known as Beekman Tower and currently marketed as New York by Gehry, “8 Spruce Street” is […]

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    Sgroppinos : An Italian Frozen Cocktail Ideal for Spring and Summer Parties

    March 28th, 2012

    As a cross between a champagne cocktail and a dessert, a Prosecco Sgroppino has a frozen frothy fabulousness to it that is fantastic for Spring and Summer parties. Drizzle a little Limoncello liqueur over it at the end, and it’s even better! At PCC, we like to whisk large batches in an iced copper bowl right in […]

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    Great Day Filming Mini Foods for Ali Fedotowsky’s New NBC Travel Show “First Look”

    March 15th, 2012

    Having tons of fun with TV personality (and former Bachelorette) Ali Fedotowsky shooting mini foods for her new NBC travel show 1st Look.  She loved my margaritas in mini Patron Tequila bottles! Debuting on April 14th, Ali will travel to different locations throughout the U.S. to discover the best in food, hotels and nightlife.  1st Look is produced by NBC’s lifestyle […]

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    Can’t Wait to Cater the Brunswick School Spring Benefit “It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll” ~ My Alma Mater!

    March 7th, 2012

    So nice to be connected with my alma mater, The Brunswick School, for their Spring Benefit.  This is a school like no other.  Since 1902, Brunswick School has been, in the words of founder George Carmichael “ably and generously preparing boys for life.”  I’m honored to participate in this year’s Spring Benefit, and I’ll definitely […]

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    The Hispanic Society of America, a Hidden Gem of a Party Space in New York City

    February 29th, 2012

    I’m always on the hunt for new party venues with impact. For years, I’ve been meaning to visit the The Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library in Spanish Harlem. I finally made it up there as I have a wonderful corporate client who is holding a dinner there this Spring ~ such a brilliant idea! […]

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    We’re Celebrating National Margarita Day with Fish Tacos & Patron ‘Ritas!

    February 22nd, 2012

    After shrinking down my favorite foods, it was only natural that I would turn my attention to my favorite cocktails. One of my all-time favorite beverages is a margarita. When I created my shots + bites series of food and drink pairings, my clients loved all the concepts as they had never seen anything like […]

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    Props to Buddy Valastro, He Really is The Cake Boss

    February 3rd, 2012

    Working with other food creatives who challenge and inspire me to design new, playful food is tremendously rewarding.  To see the same passion and dedication mirrored in their businesses as I work hard to maintain in my own, is impressive. I recently had the pleasure to work with the uber-talented Buddy Valastro of the wildly-popular television show, Cake Boss. I have to […]

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    Peter’s Cookbook, Bite by Bite, is Officially Sold Out and Heading Back into Re-Print! {again}

    February 3rd, 2012

    My cookbook, Bite by Bite, is officially sold out and heading back into re-print! {again} It’s roclin’ awesome news and I couldn’t be more thrilled to know that people are enjoying seeing what I do, and are hopefully, having fun making my fun food in their own homes! THANK YOU!

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    Hanging with Event Designer, Matthew Robbins at The Wedding Party Event in Manhattan

    January 29th, 2012

    Nothing like sharing Sundays with friends and colleagues in the event industry!  And there’s no one cooler than talented event designer, Matthew Robbins.  Together with a whole host of awesome wedding professionals, Matthew and I are talking all about the top wedding trends at today’s The Wedding Party at the New York Palace, a delightful […]

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    There’s Nothing Better Than Apple Pie on a Cold Winter Day : Happy National Pie Day!

    January 23rd, 2012

    Happy National Pie Day! Yes, it’s true, there’s even a day devoted just to PIE.  Not that I mind, as it’s one of my absolute favorite desserts to enjoy year-round.  Some feel there are four definitive seasons of pie enjoyed in the kitchen ~ Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall ~ and I don’t disagree. Taking […]

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    As seen in The New York Times, Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with Peter’s Spicy Chicken Fortune Cookies!

    January 18th, 2012

    Chinese New Year starts on Monday, and sometimes, a Dragon Needs to Nibble! {love that title!}  It’s the Year of the Dragon, the luckiest of them all, filled with the promise of great success and prosperity!  Why not celebrate with some of my signature Peter Callahan Catering mini bites? As exclusively featured in The New […]

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    Let’s Talk About the Mystical Number 13

    January 13th, 2012

    Happy Friday the 13th!  The first of three taking place in the year 2012, each spaced 13 weeks apart.  Crazy, right? Scary and/or superstitious for most, I prefer to regard Friday the 13th as a day filled with good luck rather than bad will.  I might be in the minority with that view, but looking back […]

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    In Honor of National Spaghetti Day : Our Mini Spaghetti & Meatball Hors D’oeuvres!

    January 4th, 2012

    Rumor has it, today is none other than National Spaghetti Day! Works for me, as anything Italian is the ultimate in comfort food. Particularly in the cold dead of Winter!  My mini Spaghetti and Meatball hors d’oeuvres is one of the most popular savory foods we make at Peter Callahan Catering.  From its inception, it […]

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    Holiday Parties for Children : Decorating Gingerbread Houses

    December 16th, 2011

    Nothing like having a house filled with the exuberant voices of children to remind you of the joy of Christmas! Earlier today, we hosted a Make Your Own Gingerbread House Party for our daughter and some of her friends. This casual, after-school get-together was just too much fun to watch unfold! As you can see, […]

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    Hot Mulled Apple Cider : The Perfect Beverage for Chilly Holiday Nights

    December 7th, 2011

    Cold weather is here and nothing warms up a holiday party faster than a cup of Hot Mulled Apple Cider!  In fact, these little red beauties are the ideal beverage to hand to guests as soon as they arrive at your party!  Particularly if they’re spiked with some delicious dark rum!  Bye-bye chilly damp December; […]

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    Decanting Your Spirits for an Elegant Bar Display

    December 2nd, 2011

    Whether at a corporate cocktail party or an at-home dinner party, it’s not difficult to build a bar that’s both beautiful and functional. One of my favorite bar styling methods is to decant all the usual spirits (rum, whisky, scotch, bourbon, cognac) and display them in modern glass carafes or classic cut-crystal decanters.  The warm, amber colors […]

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  • Thanksgiving Leftovers, Keeping the Remains of the Day Small with Turkey Canapés

    Thanksgiving Leftovers, Keeping the Remains of the Day Small with Turkey Canapés

    November 25th, 2011

    After I’ve totally overindulged on Thanksgiving, I tend to seek out leaner ways to enjoy the piles of leftovers that remain from the decadent feast.  Somehow, it all just tastes better the days after so why not enjoy them?  If only in mini form with my Turkey Canapés. Known for my re-invention of American classic dishes, […]

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    Peter’s Favorite Holiday Cocktail : Cranberry-Tinis

    November 24th, 2011

    Spending as much time on Nantucket as I do, it’s hard not to be a huge fan of cranberries. Interestingly enough, cranberries have been grown on Nantucket since 1857 and were an important part of the island’s economy until just prior to World War II.  The cranberry, named such because its pink blossoms resemble the […]

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    Planning the Perfect Menu: Peter’s Cocktail Hour How To Tips & Tricks

    November 9th, 2011

    I’m asked all the time what the perfect menu is for a cocktail reception.  Specifically, the ratio of passed hors d’oeuvres, hot and cold, to stationary food displays, bars and cocktail presentations.  (and then there’s that whole tapas, mini plate thing which is a whole other story).  But what I can tell you, is that […]

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    Customizing is EVERYTHING : Clever DIY Hors D’oeuvres and Beverage Trays

    November 2nd, 2011

      When it comes to planning a party, I think every host knows there’s got to be something memorable that your guests walk away with, and I’m not just talking about a favor or swag bag. (although, we all know those can be extremely relevant).  What I’m talking about is the need for customization.  Creating […]

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    Halloween at Our Country House

    October 26th, 2011

    I love the contrast between city and country, both balance out well for me. I work in the city and relax at our home in the Pennsylvania countryside.  Around the holidays, my wife, Josephine Sasso, makes sure to jazz up our home in festive ways.  Halloween is a favorite, and with a 10 year old […]

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    My Bite by Bite Book Launch Party at Darcy Miller’s Sensational Apartment in the Big City

    October 12th, 2011

    Years in the making and a true labor of love, my first book is FINALLY on bookshelves! The book is called Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Plates You Can Make for Any Party by Clarkson Potter and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with all of you!  My dear friend, Darcy Miller, the Editor of […]

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    Celebrating the Jewish Holidays with Our Mini Challah Loaves

    September 29th, 2011

    Ah, the Jewish Holidays are upon us again. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It’s the ideal time for us to subtly incorporate our mini challah bread hors d’oeuvres into our party menus.  Yet again, we’re striving for playful interpretations of traditional, and in this case, ceremonial favorites. So rather than making full-sized challah loaves, I […]

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    Fresh Out of the Oven! Welcome to Peterspeak, My New Blog!

    September 28th, 2011

    Welcome to Peterspeak, where I share cool thoughts and tips on entertaining, food, catering, family and whatever else comes up on the journey or is on my mind.  Warning! I’ve got lots of opinions, so fasten your seat belts!

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