summer 2014 wrap up

Events, FOOD!, Global Event Group, Weddings


Did school really just start? Is it already football season? What a summer it has been. As sad as we are to see summer come to an end… boy are we ready for fall {and a few cold fronts, please!}. Here are just a few of the things we have been up to this summer:



Chicago. It’s definitely one of our favorite cities to be in. Lucky for us this was our 9th year to be a part of Lollapalooza Music Festival. We stayed busy this year…. We had an Artist Catering Tent, Gyro Cafe vending booth, and ran Artist Hospitality. We can’t praise our team enough for all of their hard work. 

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Our Avon Walk for Breast Cancer tour took us to Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, & San Francisco. Although it is our 3rd year being part of this event, we are still in awe at every stop. It is simply amazing to see the dedication of Avon and the countless men and women that raise money and participate in the journey to end breast cancer. We are lucky to be able to serve the walkers and visit such beautiful cities. We are about to hit the road for part 2 of the 2014 Avon season. 

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If you are in Brazos County and have not had the chance to see the amazing new Nutrabolt building in Bryan, Texas you are missing out. We were teamed up with our friends at Ashely & Company to host their grand opening. Let’s just say it was amazing – every. single. detail. We were excited to try some new summer foods {all gluten free!} and they were all a huge hit. We teamed up with Chef Peter Madden, Chef Tai, and Chef Wade for the entrees and couldn’t have asked for more creative or delicious results.

On the Menu: watermelon + feta + mint + balsamic glaze skewers | artisan farm to table cheese and meat display | prosciutto stuffed brussels sprouts | wagyu beef carpaccio + potato wafer + micro greens | voo-doo shrimp 

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Mid-August we headed to West Texas with our friends from Encore Live for a private party. We spent about 2 weeks feeding crew leading up to the event, putting on the event, and breaking down the event. We survived the Texas heat and the party was flawless.

On the menu: summer sausage + fresh fruit display | cedar planked salmon | asparagus + roasted tomatoes + carrots | smoked beef shank | campfire shrimp | asiago mac & cheese | fresh corn + honey butter chili lime |  fried pies + blue bell ice cream | late night wood fire flatbreads | late night nacho bar

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We were lucky enough to squeeze in one last event at The Zone Club at Kyle Field for our friends over at TexAgs. We are sad we won’t be able to enjoy the view catering above Kyle Field any longer but we did go out with a bang! 

On the Menu: loaded mexican caesar salad | campfire shrimp | smoked beef shank + tortillas + red onion + cilantro + queso blanco | verde pork tamales | black beans | cilantro lime rice | nacho bar | tres leches

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Well, that is a small snapshot of what we have been up to. We were also excited to be a part of countless weddings, Texas A&M events, and many more grand openings this summer. Our tenth anniversary is flying by and we are blessed to be so busy!

Now, bring on the fall weather and Fightin’ Texas Aggie FOOTBALL! 




catersource | sxsw | st. paddy’s {a week @ GEG}


What a week it has been. As our staff recovers from the various events from the past two weeks, we have many exciting things to reflect back on.

We sent six members of our team to Las Vegas to the annual Catersource Conference. The week was full of excitement in the big city as our staff attended classes to help us grow here at home. We each gained information in areas to help us grow both as individuals and as a company. We also attended the tradeshow, which was a divide and conquer event for our staff – it was massive. There was so much to see! We know our mailbox will be full of vendor catalogs in the next few weeks. It was a blast seeing all the latest and greatest products!

While we were in Vegas our staff was also working — we had entered the Buffet Design Contest. We did our planning ahead of time and our team shipped off our (very large) roll cases of supplies about a week before we left. We set up in the afternoon on Sunday and finished our buffet on Monday just before the luncheon and voting. We can’t lie, we were a bit nervous. We were up against some of the best in the industry– including MGM Grand and Caesar’s. We had so much amazing feedback during the voting. We enjoyed talking to other caterers who are just like us– buffet style and general prop selection. The voting ended and we had to wait until the closing session on Wednesday to know how we placed! It was worth the wait…. Global Event Group won 1st place in the Buffet Contest! We were/still are so excited! There was so much teamwork involved, both the staff that traveled and our team back home. We can’t thank everyone enough for all their help. Look for us in the upcoming Catersource magazine!

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While some of us were enjoying sin city, we also had a strong team representing Global Event Group in Austin, Texas for SXSW. We spent a few days feeding production staff at The Belmont and enjoying wonderful music (one of the many perks of the job). Our staff did a great job and we can’t wait to go back next year.

Our week did not stop there. On Sunday we headed out to O’bannon’s Taphouse for the biggest St. Paddy’s party in town. We served up green eggs and ham, green tortillas, sinful potatoes and many other tasty dishes for breakfast. For lunch we went Irish. We were dishing out turkey legs, Shepard’s pie, fish and chips and corn beef sandwiches as fast as we could make them. It looked as though the crowd was enjoying the celebration 🙂

We would also like to thank our staff that was holding down the fort. Our office staff did a great job keeping everything running and taking care of our events at home.  Which is the true testament to a well oiled machine.  They are flawless!

So, this is what we were up to. It was an eventful “week” full of many positive happenings for Global Event Group! We are looking forward to applying what we learned at the conference to continue to grow as a company to better serve our clients. {and possibly building up our inventory with LOTS of cool new equipment!}

We had the great pleasure of catering an amazing event Saturday for the American Cancer Society.  Over 300 supporters joined us for an evening of dancing, entertainment and of course divine food! Image A live salad station featured eager servers ready to hand toss selections for our guests.  Of course we couldn’t resist displaying the options in mason jars. Image The next station featured our mouth watering smoked brisket and all the trimmings.  To top it off we offered shooter glasses with our famous BBQ sauce. Image Further down the line was Ribeyes, Cream Corn, Pinto Beans and scratch corn muffins.  Hand carved wooden signs framed each station so guests could easily decide which delectable dishes to dine on.


And what would be a dinner with our dessert?!?  Miniature apple pies served in miniature iron skillets, petite chocolate pies and more filled an entire table.


As with all of our events, our professional team was the source behind the whole shebang!


This has been another Global Event Group production. Cheers!



Austin City Limits… that’s where we are!


Greetings from Austin, Texas!  We’ve been quite the busy bees lately and this week has gotten off to a great start!  Today was our first day of catering at Austin City Limits and we kicked it off with a light and refreshing lunch which included tasty gyros and cool veggie wraps to satisfy in this 100+ degree weather.  Our 3600 sq foot dining room got a makeover this year by one of our creative team leads and event coordinator, Caroline Galjour.  Her style which we’ve coined as ‘eco-eclectic’ utilizes items that have all been re-purposed.  Some of my favorites include a ‘clothespin chandelier’, retro 1950’s booths, and hand crafted art by our dining guests.  The style seems fitting for such a unique town that focuses much energy into conservation.  Although we’ve been incorporating eco-friendly supplies such as cups, plates, flatware and compostable plastics for the last 6 years, it’s definitely been an education process since many of our guests come from all over the United States and beyond.  It’s amazing to be able to utilize such a great composting and recycling effort here in Austin and do it successfully!

In addition to our extensive team at ACL in Austin, our home operations are just as busy this week!  A&M is gearing up to BTHO Idaho and that translates into many great events throughout the course of the week and this coming weekend.  Additionally, we can’t forget to mention that it’s Aggie Ring Day this Friday and we are honored to be able to share this special day with many at the Clayton Williams Jr Alumni Center!  All are welcome to celebrate and congratulate these Aggies on earning their ring.  We have 2 employees getting their ring Friday, so congrats to Chris Schuett and Marcus McDermott!

Hope your week goes as smoothly as ours!  Stay tuned for more news from Austin….

A Week Worth of Food in the Windy City

Events, FOOD!, Global Event Group

First, I must apologize for leaving our readers for the past week with out a new post. However, many of us Global Gals and Gents have been in Chicago preparing for last weekend’s Lollapalooza Music Festival.  Since 2007 we have provided various services for the production company, but this year I decided to chronicle our trip with FOOD!

Instead of taking you from the beginning, for whatever reason I have decide to start with yesterday.  So over the next week you will get to go on a foodies’ dream journey.  From fine dining, to casual fare and the Chow Town Food Court at Lollapalooza (which boasted chef driven creations from around the city) we all had a week of hard work and good, no GREAT food!

While you are waiting for the new posts, check out what we saw this year at Lollapalooza!

Coaches Night 2011


Tuesday we had the honor of catering the 2011 Brazos County A&M Club’s Coaches Night.  Over 650 guests filled the magnificent Zone Club to raise money and kick off the rapidly approaching 2011-2012 football season! 


Slow Smoked Prime Rib with Au Jus and Creamy Horseradish Sauce, Blackened Grilled Chicken Breast, Red Bell Pepper Mashed Potatoes, Fire-roasted Creamed Corn, Apple Butter Green Beans, Garden Fresh House Salad and a choice of Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake or New York Cheesecake drizzled with Raspberry Sauce

Chef James kept busy all night hand carving the Prime Rib for the guests.

And of course it was because of our awesome team that everything was so perfect!  What a great way to start of the fall season!

Who Doesn’t Enjoy a Tasting??

Events, FOOD!, Global Event Group

If you ask any one of our MANY team members, most will say, their favorite part of the day is tasting DELICIOUS new recipes!  For our core staff, we can slip into the production kitchen at any time and beg for scraps of food – but for our clients, we spoil them with beautiful presentations and wait on them while they select from samplings of a new menu.

Some of our lucky clients were presented with one of these delectable tastings on Wednesday at the Association of Former Students for their Annual Gala Event.  We will be catering a plated dinner for over 650 of their esteemed guests held in October.   Our Chef James Gaines arranged many delectable entrées and accompaniments for us to try! 

Our seafood entrée was a pecan crusted halibut with chiffonade-basil and layered with a creamy chardonnay sauce.  Chef James also added grilled asparagus and garlic parmesan mashed potatoes garnished with a fried plantain.

Check out this grilled 6 oz. prime sirloin layered with creamy horseradish-chive sauce.  Chef James then roasted fresh artichokes and sautéed wild mushrooms infused with black truffle oil.  This was AMAZING!

Next, he took butterfly shrimp and stuffed them with jumbo lump crab meat.  This was a sumptuous side selection!


Chef James then arranged an eggplant Napoleon for our Vegetarian friends. The seared tomatoes and eggplant accompanied with sliced mozzarella was the perfect color combination. He then drizzled it with a balsamic glaze and topped it off with a sprig of basil.  This was a very refreshing dish!

I had this picture taken to showcase all of the plates that were prepared by Chef James  (and the beautiful ladies who devoured his creations).  We had a delectable lunch and the end result was a final menu selection for Gala this year! 


Buckets and Boots!


Put together in just 61 days, we had the pleasure of assisting Encore Live in producing the inaugural Buckets and Boots Fundraising Concert to raise funds for the Palo Pinto County fire departments.  Palo Pinto County, located NW of Fort Worth, was devastated this spring with wildfires that burned thousands of acres and destroyed 160 homes.  Entertainers that supported this event included Pat Green, LeAnn Womack, Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen and Stoney Larue.  Palo Pinto County lost one firefighter in the course of fighting these fires and he was honored at the event. 

Global Event Group assisted with all areas of the concert including security, box office, bar sales, sponsor hospitality, artist hospitality and silent auction facilitation.  We love being able to use our skills to put together a successful event such as this.  With proceeds from this event, Buckets and Boots Foundation was able to donate over $400,000 to the Palo Pinto County fire departments.  We look forward to more events with them in the future!

– Lexie A

Why We Love Catering

Events, G Deli, G Life, Uncategorized

Today I went to one of our G Deli deliveries.  I rarely get the opportunity to attend any of our catering events, much less a delivery, but this was for an old client and for 85 people and I wanted to make sure that it went off perfectly.  My days have been stressful lately and I was running late, so to say the least I was definitely a little unsettled.  I pulled into the parking lot at Southwood Valley Community Center, dabbed on a little lip-gloss and took a deep breath to prepare myself for walking into luncheon.

I was quite surprised at what happened as I walked through the door and began to survey the premises.  The room was bustling with people, our food buffet looked great, my hard-working team were all smiles, and I felt a calmness come over me.  I jumped right in to help out wherever was needed and I quickly came to realize that I was enjoying myself.   The lunch that we were a part of was the 2011 Senior Chic Fashion Show and it was an honor to be a part of it.  Everyone was chatting, smiling and of course – eating!  I stood there and watched a while and just thought about how great it felt knowing that what I did for a living was important and rewarding.  Food is such an integral part of our lives.  Think about it.  It nourishes our body and we can’t live without it.  Food also invokes emotion within us with every meal.  It can comfort us, make us happy, disappoint us and can even motivate us.  It can make or break your day.  Have you ever had that day that was just horrible from the start?  Nothing going right and the only thing you can think of to make it better is your favorite sushi roll at that little Japanese restaurant that you love.  Or how about the time when you take a friend to your favorite restaurant to celebrate a special occasion and the food is not up to par.  This is not only disappointing, but embarrassing as well.  Bottom line is that food is important and I’m glad that I’m in the business.  I get motivated when I have great food and also when I have not so great food.  It motivates me to continue working and building a wonderful company that maintains an excellent standard.  I love my job and I’m glad that I had the opportunity today to remind myself how rewarding that it can be.

– Lexie A.

Duck Jam


Well, we have all been working like crazy little monkeys around the office the last several weeks.  April is an extremely busy time if the year as it is, but then add in Duck Jam and we really start to have long days/nights.  Make sure you sign up to follow the blog today because we will be giving away a free pair of VIP tickets!!

Here are the rules:

1. Must become a registered follower (and activate your account)                                             2. Watch for our post to enter, then simply leave a comment!                                                 3.  We will draw one lucky winner!

Complicated – I know!