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Maria Fleischmann, President/Chief Creative Officer

...witty words of wisdom by Maria...

You’ve just gotten engaged-what an exciting time!

How do you start the wedding planning process? Where do you start?
Your first step should be to choose a full service catering company that can help you with not only fantastic food and drinks but with venue options, photographers, flowers, décor and entertainment. That’s what we do at Innovative Gourmet. We’ll help you navigate all the ins and outs of the wedding venues and what will work at each location.
The Innovative team will set up an initial meeting with you to determine your specific tastes and how to creatively tailor your food choices so that the wedding reflects your personality as a couple.

Meeting your caterer makes a huge difference. Don’t just go by an attractive web site and glossy brochures--what matters is how you feel when you actually speak to the caterer. 

The planning process can be overwhelming, but you’ll be surprised how quickly that stress dissipates when you get guidance from a team of experts. The IG team will work with you to create an honest budget--that means we'll guide you through the process and determine what’s do-able. What if you don’t have the budget for a full, open bar. How about a wine bar and a signature cocktail? Are you a cocktail connoisseur? We can create a fabulous whiskey tasting bar. Will the wedding continue into the wee hours? We’ll create a breakfast bar or pancake station.

And then..we make the magic happen. 

It’s time to get Innovative!

What's in Vogue for 2018 Weddings
Couples are looking for ways to surprise their guests and enhance the dining experience through interactive appetizer stations and bars. Here are a few of this year’s hot wedding food and drink choices.
Comfort Food: Pot pies, fried chicken, fancy grilled and mac and cheese
Interactive Food Stations: Guests can choose their favorite toppings, flavors and create their own personalized dishes. Sushi, build your own sliders and gourmet mac and cheese
Bawlmer Bar Stations: crab cakes, Berger cookies, Fisher Popcorn, Old Bay chips, Goetze’s Caramel Creams
Food Bars: Ice Cream, Pancakes, Breakfast, grilled or alcohol-infused fruit
Signature cocktails: Create your own cocktail and name it! My fave is the Maria-tini!
Whiskey Tasting Bar
Craft beers with self serve taps
Bite-sized desserts: mini cupcakes, donuts, s’mores
Naked cakes: Frosting in between layers-but not all over
Soft Grey, Pastel Pink, & Green.
Champagne & Bordeaux.
Dusty Slate Blue, Beige, & Greenery.
Black, White & Gold.
Navy, Bordeaux, Pink & Gold.
Couples are choosing crystals and dream catchers either above the tables, on the dance floor or on a moss wall.
Florists can create a moss wall that couples can stand in front of when during the ceremony, to frame their wedding cake at the reception or as a photo booth backdrop. It’s a neutral color so it’ll match any color palate and it’s less expensive than a flower wall.

Easy Tips to Kick Start Your Diet for the New Year

As we move into the new year, we're all looking to eat a more balanced, healthy diet and perhaps shed a few pounds. But--we don't want to have to give up all of our fave foods.

Here are a few healthy AND tasty suggestions on how to cut down on calories.

AND--FYI--Innovative Gourmet can create a healthy low carb pasta station for your business meeting or special event!
Spiralized Veggies
If you’re looking to shed pounds, spiralized zucchini, peppers, sweet potatoes, beets or carrots provide a healthier, low calorie option in place of traditional noodles. You can buy them pre-cut at Wegman’s or make them yourself (very easy) with a spiralizer (hand held or tabletop) from Bed, Bath & Beyond. 

Almond Flour Pasta
Low carb, gluten and grain free pasta from Cappello’s made from almond flour is available at Whole Foods and Mom’s Organic Market. 

Cauliflower Pizza Crust
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to carb-heavy pizza, try Trader Joe’s cauliflower pizza dough.

Guilt-free Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles

Guilt-Free Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles Pasta Recipe

Low Carb (Yummy) Cauliflower Biscuits
Unique Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for the ladies is always a (very) acceptable gift but--if you're looking to do something a lil different, here are a few ideas to think about. I mean, EVERYONE does flowers so you'll get props for being creative and thoughtful.

Girls Night In    
Give your sweetie the gift of food and a fab night in with her besties! Whether she's a business executive or a working Mom, this is a really fun gift. Innovative Gourmet can deliver a meal tailored to her tastes--everything she'll need including plates, utensils and serving pieces. NO MUSS-NO FUSS. Just add a little wine and you're good to go! We'll even send you a happy lil descriptive gift certificate describing the to present!

And ladies--this is a great idea for game days for the guys! But-probably with beer. (: 

Best of Baltimore
The best gifts don't have to cost a lot. You can create a Best of Baltimore tasty treats gift to could include Bergers Cookies, Goetze's caramels, Fisher's Popcorn and Old Bay potato chips. And for the guys--what about a beer in a box gift that features different Baltimore-brewed craft beers?

And--if you want to invite friends over, Innovative Gourmet can create a Best of Baltimore dinner for you and deliver it to your door, featuring iconic  Bawlmer crab cakes, pit beef and Smith Island cake.

Just B'cuz...
Sooo-this gift can be given at any time but I included it cuz it's such a cool idea. Stackable Wine is four- single serving, stacked wine glasses that come in various flavors from a number of different wine companies. Perfect for tailgating or as a hostess gift.
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Please Join Us
Winter Wedding Wonderland

Open House

1-4 p.m.

Want to tour Gramercy Mansion or the Carriage House as a potential wedding venue? Join us on Saturday, January, 20th from 1-4 p.m. and mingle with a variety of vendors. And--one attendee will win a free, one-night stay at the Mansion. 

Gramercy’s beautifully-landscaped gardens set the scene for your romantic wedding ceremony and reception. The Mansion and gardens, as well as a charming Carriage House, can be reserved for corporate and private events year round. 
Click Here to Register
Click Here for More Information on Grammercy Mansion





OK-not exactly local news but..very cool. Now, you really CAN have breakfast at Tiffany’s. The Blue Box Café opened on the fourth floor of the Tiffany & Co. flagship store overlooking Fifth Avenue in NYC. Dishes include avocado toast, truffled eggs and smoked salmon bagels. The café is decorated in Tiffany’s signature blue and you can order a take-home cake in the shape of the blue Tiffany’s box. #decadent

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