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With a catering game stronger than ever this summer, here’s what’s cooking with president of Elegant Affairs (elegantaffairscaterers.com) Andrea Correale.
What’s new and exciting with Elegant Affairs this summer? We have a full roster this summer packed with at-home celebrations, nonprofit Hamptons-based galas, concerts, weddings—you name it. We rolled out a new vegan and vegetarian-based menu. As the construction continues, it is our hope to restore the old Polish Hall into a private gathering space able to accommodate parties and events for the local community. Elegant Affairs has also opened a new venue with Cerbelli Creative called TwoFortyThirty—it’s our new headquarters in NYC, and if I must say myself, a breathtaking, sleek, stylish venue for smaller events.
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How would you describe your aesthetic and taste? I am a very symmetric person. I am a Libra, so it’s all about balance. Adding texture to your look with great table linens adorned with elegant monochromatic florals will bring any space alive. Lighting is so key and must not not be considered. I love to set sophisticated settings that are Elegant in ‘Hamptons style’—sophisticated yet easy-breezy, impressive to the eye but not overly ostentatious or obtrusive.
What are your tips on how to plan the perfect party this summer? First you need to decide if you want to host a daytime poolside gathering, a sunset cocktail party or an evening soiree. All of these scenarios are fun and fabulous. Whatever type of party you do, take the stress away by being organized. Make a master list (like us professionals do) of every single thing you will need to buy and do to prepare. Then you can simply start a week or two in advance and take things off the list as you go making things feel manageable. Lastly, don’t forget to have a solid rain plan. That way, whatever happens, you will have peace of mind.
Ginger carrot soup with sundried apple chip
How does Elegant Affairs differentiate themselves among other caterers? We offer three key ingredients that make us special—delicious cuisine, impeccable service and a real emphasis on aesthetics and visual presentation. Our entire team is extremely detail oriented and on the ball. Our chefs are excellent and well respected in the field. Their menus are currently using local ingredients whenever possible. We have as a company over 25 years of experience.