As dozens of the nation's top billfishing teams took to Port O’Connor, Texas, for the 2023 Lone Star Shootout, the Cotton Culinary team packed our mobile kitchens and made the trip to cook fresh meals for the participants.
With a history of serving as the official caterer for the annual sportfishing tournament hosted by the Houston Big Game Fishing Club, Cotton Culinary was proud to continue the tradition for 2023. It’s a big responsibility to be the sole source of fuel for the hungry fishermen, but it’s a task we were well-equipped to handle.
Focusing on Nourishment
As competitors strove to earn the Perpetual Champion’s Trophy and spectators worked up an appetite following the action, Cotton Culinary was behind the scenes to serve delightful and filling bites to keep everyones’ energy up throughout the day.
Bold Flavors for the Lone Star Shootout
Throughout the six-day event, Cotton Culinary brought the flavor with various themed meals,...more
At Cotton Culinary, we understand the importance of setting children up for success in the classroom and in life in general. To help achieve this goal, we develop balanced and nutritious meals to fuel students to take on the day and gain the most out of every class they attend.
Everyone knows nutrition plays an important role in our physical health, but are you aware that it also has a significant impact on our mental health, too? Have you ever tried to concentrate on a work project after a heavy meal but you just felt sleepy instead? That’s why a focus on healthy options within school meal programs is essential. When students don’t have the right fuel, their academic performance and attention spans tend to decrease.
Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Children
We look to the food pyramid for inspiration when planning our school menus. We opt for fresh foods in our meals and include...more
With flowers blooming once again and the arrival of warm, gentle storms, we know it can only mean one thing: spring has returned! Spring is one of our favorite seasons here at Cotton Culinary as it’s our opportunity to let our creativity blossom in colorful and tasty ways. From festive corporate picnics to spring holiday celebrations, there are endless possibilities for fun spring events.
Now is the time to book events and catering for the upcoming season. As you begin preparing for another exciting spring, consider the following tips from our events specialists on how to plan catering services for any kind of spring event.
Catering for Spring Corporate Events
As the weather warms and the sunshine returns, spring is a fantastic opportunity to bring your teams together for a wonderful spring gathering. Not only do outdoor events make for fun celebrations, but they are also an excellent way to build stronger teams by giving them time to...more
While most Texans were just starting to dust off their boots and get ready for the Houston Rodeo’s World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, the Cotton Culinary team was already hard at work for the Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition, an event that pairs over 100 signature dishes from local restaurants with more than 250 award-winning international wines.
Things were heating up in the kitchen as Executive Chef Wade Schindler and team cooked up their signature dish for 2023, The Cotton Pearl, an entrée consisting of Wagyu beef on toasted brioche with sweet potato hay and a side of cotton candy topped with demi pearls and gold dust. As the nearly 6,000 attendees milled about the competition, they voted on which contestants should earn the People’s Choice Award, while judges tasted and...more
When planning your next catered event or corporate luncheon, there are many things to consider. From the venue to choosing programming to logistics, there are many factors that affect the finished product. One of the biggest challenges to hosting a successful event is incorporating catering or meal service, despite also being one of the most significant contributors to an event’s success.
While corporate and event catering can improve productivity and your event’s overall impression on your audience, it can just as quickly isolate or even cause harm to certain guests if special care is not taken to ensure your menu is as inclusive as possible. For these reasons, it is essential to keep the following factors in mind when planning your next event to keep your guests happy and healthy.
At the top of the list when crafting an inclusive menu should be mindfulness of the variety of allergy triggers present in many foods. Eight of the most common food...more
The end of the year is in sight but, before we get there, we have a lot of celebrating to do. Whether your company launched a new product, made logistical improvements, increased revenue, or helped the community, you all deserve a break. Thank your employees and partners with a celebratory meal catered by Cotton Culinary!
With our holiday spirit in full swing, we’ve completely revamped our Holiday Catering menu to ensure everyone’s favorite dish gets a seat at the table. From roasted turkey and pecan pie for Thanksgiving to prime rib and sweet potato casserole for Christmas, we’ve got the delicacies you need to guarantee your guests a special occasion this holiday season.
Download our menu now or simply select from one of the delicious meals below and give us a call to schedule your holiday feast. Minimum of 60 meals required for catering services.
Cotton Culinary has kicked off this football season with another successful tailgate as we cheered on the University of Texas Longhorns! We loved the opportunity to show this historic institution our support through tasty treats and good vibes. Take a look at the pictures below to get a peak at the service our team can provide to any tailgate event.
Organizing a large catered event, such as a luncheon, fundraising gala, or corporate holiday party, can feel a little overwhelming at times. There are so many details to consider and so many options when it comes to menus and vendors. However, coming into the process with some clarity on your audience and the sequence of events will help you and your corporate caterer provide the best options. Below are some things you’ll want to consider before vetting different large event catering vendors.
Audience Size and Dietary Restrictions
One of the first things all caterers will ask is a guest count. You don’t have to have the exact number yet but having an estimate or knowing what the venue’s limit is could help give the vendor an idea of how much food will need to be provided.
You’ll also want to know if any of your guests have dietary restrictions, such as allergies, preferences, or religious dietary restrictions. Once you have that information, ensure the vendors you are speaking with can accommodate these restrictions into...more
As we enter the middle of another sweltering summer, it can be so tough to find ways to cool down when relaxing under the summer sun. Fortunately, the mixology masters at Cotton Culinary have you covered!
Below you’ll find three quick and easy refreshing cocktail recipes to help you beat the heat with your family and friends this summer. Try them out this weekend and be sure to tag @CottonCulinary when you show them off on Instagram! We can’t wait to see your delicious concoctions.
MAKES 5-6 SERVINGS
A bushel of fresh mint, around 10 sprigs or 40 leaves
6 large slices of fresh watermelon
9 oz. of a rum of your choice
½ cup simple syrup (a syrup of equal parts water and sugar, boiled over low heat)
3-4 oz. of fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
Small watermelon spears and fresh mint for...
One of our favorite things about celebrating Independence Day is getting together with friends and family over grilled goods and refreshing snacks. Cotton Culinary has curated the perfect Fourth of July snacks that you can show off at your upcoming celebration.
Listed below are four very easy Fourth of July recipes that can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes. Make them this weekend and tag @CottonCulinary on Instagram! We’d love to see your final masterpiece.
RED, WHITE, AND BLUEBERRIES
1 cup of blueberries
Strawberries and/or raspberries, as many as needed to fill your tray
Your choice of white chocolate-covered pretzels, marshmallows or popcorn
Place your blueberries in a small bowl and place the bowl on the top left corner of your tray. This will represent the blue, starry square on the flag.
Line up your...
Mother’s Day is right around the corner and we’ve got a great idea for the DIY gifters! Surprise the special woman in your life with a fluffy mousse dessert that’s sure to make her smile. Follow the instructions below and try to resist eating it all yourself!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- 12 oz hard cream cheese - do not take out of the fridge until ready to use to avoid softening
- 10 oz non-dairy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 eggs, only the yolks
- 3 Tbsp milk
- 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
- 18 graham crackers
- 1/4 cup margarine
- About 7 oz grated white chocolate
- Your topping of choice, such as nuts, granola, sprinkles, chocolate chips or fruit
For the mousse
- Using a handheld mixer and a bowl mix the sugar and egg yolks.
- Carefully add the milk, confectioners’ sugar and cream cheese, and continue mixing until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, beat whipping cream until thick.
- Take your whipping...
It’s that special time of year again, y’all. The birds have returned to their nests, the flowers are beginning to bloom and the smell of delicious crawfish is wafting far and wide. It’s CrawFest season!
Join us once again for another Cray-Z good time at Cotton’s Annual CrawFest, benefitting Cotton Foundation. We’ll be serving over 6,000 pounds of crawfish while you enjoy entertainment, live auctions and raffles. In addition to crawfish, Cotton Culinary will also be serving jambalaya, sliders, bread pudding and even more incredible Cajun cuisine.
This year’s event will be held on Thursday, April 21 at the Cotton Ranch in Katy, Texas. Sponsorships are available from $1,000 - $25,000. Single tickets are also available to purchase for $125 and $200. All proceeds support the Cotton Foundation’s mission to Restore Hope to children and families affected by disasters and illnesses. Get your tickets now to be sure you don’t miss out...more
It’s Rodeo Season in Houston and Cotton Culinary has already walked away with one spectacular award. Every year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks off the festivities with the Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition, an event that pairs signature dishes from local restaurants with award-winning international wines.
This year, the event drew in over 4,000 food and wine enthusiasts from around Houston to the NRG Center. While everyone reunited with familiar faces and ate to their heart’s content, they also voted on their favorite dishes. Cotton Culinary’s Figgy Piggy, which consisted of succulent pork belly and fig chili glaze quickly became a fan favorite. So much so that the team, led by Executive Chef Wade Schindler, was awarded the People’s Choice Award! We are so proud of the team for using their creativity and...more
The biggest event in football is only a couple of weeks away and if you’re hosting, you know your food options have to be just as exciting as the actual game. Cotton Culinary is happy to help with delicious bites that satisfy everyone’s cravings.
Whether you choose to partner with Cotton Culinary or run this play on your own, here are four tasty options to include in your menu!more
Cotton Culinary has kicked off this football season with two successful tailgates at the University of Texas and Texas A&M! We loved the opportunity to show these great institutions our support through tasty treats and good vibes. Take a look at the pictures below to get a peak at the service our team can provide to any tailgate event.more
- Another school year has come and gone, and we’re ready to celebrate all of the 2022 graduates. Whether you’re celebrating your child’s high school diploma or your loved ones PhD, show them how proud you are with an unforgettable party. Cotton Culinary has the experience and network to help you throw an unforgettable celebration at home or in a venue.
- CATERING FOR PRIVATE CELEBRATIONS AT HOME
- Homeowners trust Cotton Culinary to safely and professionally cater their home events. Our chefs offer the option of cooking on site, whether in your kitchen or outside in one of our state-of-the-art mobile kitchens. Or you can choose to have the food delivered and set up in a beautiful display. Whichever option you go for, Cotton offers a professional wait staff and fresh meals
that deliver an exquisite culinary experience.
- CATERING AT YOUR PARTY VENUE
- Need a reliable and insured caterer for your selected venue? Cotton Culinary has...
Safety has always been and will always be a top priority for Cotton Culinary. As we reflect on the last 365 days, we’re grateful for our HSE foundation and out-of-the-box thinking, which allowed us to continue serving you during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like most businesses, we too had to implement additional safety measures and adjusted our operations to meet CDC, state, and federal guidelines. However, despite the masks and social distancing, Cotton Culinary’s personable service and creative menus never missed a beat. In 2020, while everyone had to rethink the way we celebrated life’s biggest moments, Cotton Culinary helped clients plan for intimate gatherings at home or in smaller venues. We used this opportunity to expand our menu and serving options for a wide range of events. For example, we created personal-size charcuterie boards for a magazine release party and delivered thousands of boxed lunches to our clients’ offices. Each...more
Love is in the air, and so is the smell of Cotton Culinary’s truly delicious wedding offerings. The season of love is, not surprisingly, a popular time to get engaged, or to hold special events focused on romance. For those looking to start planning a wedding, however, Cotton Culinary is here to make sure the day is a success, especially when it comes to the food. A special day deserves an equally special menu to bring out the best in the proceedings. Cotton Culinary’s wedding catering does just that.
Cotton Culinary understands the pressures every couple faces when planning and coordinating the wedding of their dreams.. That is why we bring the same professionalism that we do to corporate catering to catering for private special events. Our catering director and team of trained culinary staff will make sure the dinner portion runs smoothly with creative planning, innovative cuisine, artful presentation, and an unmatched level of customer service.
A big day deserves a memorable experience, and that is exactly what Cotton Culinary provides, no matter the size or...more
Now that The Big Game is around the corner, are you planning on hosting for family and friends? Due to COVID-19, you may have to think outside the box if you want to cater to a party. Though you can’t attend large events, you can still enjoy your Big Game party virtually.
At-home parties are nothing new for Cotton Culinary. With decades of experience, we’ve created plenty of unforgettable events in the homes of our clients. From bridal showers, holiday parties, and wedding receptions, we have done it all.
Cotton Culinary understands the impact a successful party or event could be on our clients. Leave cherishable memories for your employees by creating an extravagant get together. We’re ready to work alongside you to customize all the details of your party to your liking.
Contact us today to start your party plans.more
There are many things that go into making a corporate or private event a success, but one thing that can make the difference between a good event and a great one is the food. A successful event, from business seminars to holiday parties to awards galas, demands key ingredients and precise coordination from start to finish. Enter Cotton Culinary.
Years of experience have allowed us to grow a team of culinary professionals that are keyed into the different needs of our clients. An enthusiastic staff, the Cotton Culinary team is committed to the success of your corporate event and works hard to exceed all expectations when it comes to planning, presentation, customer service, and, of course, cuisine. In our current reality, we’ve increased our already stringent safety standards by adding additional protocols
Following important health guidelines is key to providing a safe catering experience for any holiday event, and the Cotton Culinary team knows it. Even before the current realities of COVID, our team took the utmost care to maintain strict standards when it comes to...more
Thanksgiving is just around the corner; the perfect time to try out some new recipes. Turkey and ham are staples, but the side dishes are where your spread can differentiate itself. We’ve collected a handful of Thanksgiving recipes from Cotton Culinary leaders and are sharing them with you so you can bring something new to the table!more
We blinked, and it was suddenly Halloween, and now we have our eyes set on Thanksgiving! As we eagerly transition into the holiday season, Cotton Culinary is taking orders for holiday catering. We’ve put our creative minds together and have come up with some delicious creations worthy of sharing with your coworkers, employees, and guests.
Cotton Culinary is ready to bring your holiday celebrations to life, from classic flavors that reminisce of the good old days to new and exciting ones that impress everyone at the company. All of your catering needs, including service, food, and drinks, can be customized for your Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa dinners, posadas, and general holiday celebrations.
This year, we’re taking extra measures to keep everyone safe - read more about that HERE - but safety doesn’t mean dull. Our creativity still comes through in every bite and our quality of service will ALMOST outshine the...more
This season, our brides are opting for a white-out style with green or citrus-colored accents. This softer style inspires the same elegance in the menu and the presentation of the hors d’oeuvres and main course. For example, many couples are requesting high-end hors d’oeuvres like shrimp and grits shooters, quail medallions, and bruschetta, all of which fit in with the simple, yet elegant, style. Action stations, where food is cooked to order, have also become popular and can be a safer option during the current pandemic as it limits human contact with the food. In addition to themes and menu options, a huge trend this year has been micro-weddings, which offer the same impressive experience as your traditional large wedding but on a significantly smaller scale.
Contact us today to speak to our culinary experts and start planning your dream wedding!
Find this and other trends from your favorite Houston vendors in the new...more
Cotton Culinary is helping businesses keep their employees safe during the global pandemic with safe onsite catering and food deliveries. By providing meals at work, companies are able to minimize their employees’ risk of accidental exposure to COVID-19 at a busy restaurant or public space.
Since before the pandemic, Cotton Culinary has always strived to provide the best quality of food and service while committed to the highest level of food safety. Now, in accordance with FDA, USDA, and local food safety requirements, we’ve added additional precautions to protect our guests and employees.
Here’s are some ways Cotton Culinary is helping businesses prevent the Spread of COVID-19:
Cotton Culinary Employees:
All employees are screened daily before coming to work to ensure individual health. If they present any symptoms, have traveled, or have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient, they will not be allowed on the job site and may be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
All are required to wear a mask...
Due to COVID-19, we’ve all had to think outside the box and come up with creative ways to have fun, while protecting ourselves and those we love. Although we haven’t been able to attend large events, this year has taught us that we can still celebrate life’s special moments with drive-thru parades, virtual parties, and intimate backyard receptions.
The notion of at-home parties is nothing new for Cotton Culinary. After decades in the event industry, Cotton Culinary has helped create hundreds of unforgettable events in our clients’ homes. From bridal showers to holiday parties and even intimate wedding receptions, you can still have the event you’ve dreamed of without leaving home. All you need to transform your living space into an upscale venue is a delicious menu, creative hors d'oeuvres, and trendy decor.
If you have a special event coming up and need help transforming your backyard or living room, give Cotton Culinary a call. Our team of experts will work with your vision to create a unique look and customized menu options that will impress your guests.
Next time you need to feed on-site workers or host an event, don’t entrust your meals to just anyone. Confide your catering needs to Cotton Culinary’s renowned quality and professionalism.
We’ve worked with clients in various geographic locations with tough working conditions, irregular shift schedules, and specific requirements. Our flexibility allows us to be leaders in rapid mobilization and solutions that fuel your workers and impress your guests.
Food storage trucks
Temporary dining facilities
Over two dozen mobile kitchens
Chefs and staff with decades of experience delivering superior service
Professional planners that address the client’s budget, location, shift schedules, dietary needs, and preferences
Custom curated menus
Past experiences include construction sites, well sites, disaster response centers, private events, and corporate picnics
Cotton Culinary loves Go Texan Day as much as any Houstonian because it means rodeo season is here! To kick off the city-wide celebration, we’ve curated a special menu with small bites and beverage options that perfectly depict the Lone Star taste.
(Choice of 3)
- Pepper Chicken Bites
- Corn Arepa Cakes
- Venison Meatballs
- Beef Brisket Slider
- Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese
- Shrimp Campechana
- Boudin Eggrolls
- Texas Caviar Cups
(Choice of 2)
- Texas Cranberry Lemonade
- Arnold Palmer
- Iced Tea
Contact us TODAY to book your Go Texan Day catering with Cotton Culinary.more
Even if your team didn’t make it, watching the first Super Bowl of this decade is a big deal! And let’s not forget about the show-stopping duo that is set to perform at halftime. It’s definitely worth throwing a party for.
Score a touchdown when you host your Super Bowl watch party with Cotton Culinary. Whether you’re going for a large, football-themed celebration or a more intimate gathering, we can customize the perfect menu for you and your guests.
Our professional catering staff will work with you to plan and execute a delicious experience that everyone will love. The best part? We’ll take care of the game-day bites so you can enjoy the party!
Contact us today to book your party.more
Holiday Recipe Series curated by Cotton Culinary Executive Chef, Wade Schindler.
We knew we had to wrap up Cotton’s international holiday series with Puerto Rico’s famous coquito. If you’re not familiar with this sweet, creamy beverage, we encourage you to give it a try. It’s usually referred to as Puerto Rican coconut eggnog and will end your holiday meal on a happy note.
Did you miss out on the holiday recipes for weeks 1 - 3? Click here to start at the beginning.
4 oz raisins
1 1/2 cups dark rum
2 cinnamon sticks
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (15 oz) can cream of coconut (Coco Lopez)
1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk
4 oz evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons shredded coconut,...
Holiday Recipe Series curated by Cotton Culinary Executive Chef, Wade Schindler.
Nothing says winter like cinnamon-sprinkled treats, which is why we’ve added Mexican buñuelos to the international holiday menu. Buñuelos are crispy, fried treats that are made in Mexico during the Christmas season. They offer the right amount of sweetness that will have you reaching for more.
Click here to start at the top of the international holiday series.
Ready to get started? Follow the ingredients and instructions below.
3 cups flour, sifted twice
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp salt 1 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
oil for frying
1. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
2. In a separate small bowl, beat one tbsp sugar, eggs, and butter. Stir in...more
Holiday Recipe Series curated by Cotton Culinary Executive Chef, Wade Schindler.
The next recipe in our international holiday series features sweet plantains from The Bahamas!
Even though they’re sweet, plantains are not a dessert. In the Caribbean, sweet plantains are enjoyed as a side dish to a savory entree and are usually accompanied by rice and beans. In this case, try pairing these with this delicious holiday ham or your favorite side dish.
- 2 ripened plantains
- 4 tbsp canola oil
1. Choose plantains that are ripened enough to sport brown spots, but not overly ripe. This indicates that the plantain is ripe enough to be sweet, but not so ripe that they fall apart.
2. Slice the plantains at a 45-degree angle along its length, each slice being about ¼-½ inch wide.
3. Heat the canola oil and add plantain slices, frying until golden brown...more
Holiday Recipe Series curated by Cotton Culinary Executive Chef, Wade Schindler.
The Cotton companies have grown so much in the past few years that we’ve even expanded to other countries. This holiday season, we’d like to honor some of the countries that have opened up their homes to us by presenting traditional holiday recipes from each.
Ready to make a holiday feast as diverse as Cotton? Let’s get started with the U.S.A. and a succulent glazed holiday ham.
- 1 7-to-8-pound bone-in ham
- Whole cloves
- 1½ teaspoons dry mustard powder
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup dry sherry
1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan. Create a diamond pattern across the meat by scoring it diagonally left to right, then right to left. Place a whole clove inside each diamond.
2. Add 1-2 cups of water to the bottom of the pan, then bake the ham, uncovered, 25 minutes for each pound if it is...more
Last year, we served up some tips on how to properly prepare your turkey. This year, we’re here to help make the overall Thanksgiving cooking experience a little less stressful. We’ve gathered a list of helpful tips that should lessen your time in the kitchen and increase the time spent with loved ones.
Plan as much and as early as possible to avoid last-minute surprises.
Confirm the number of guests
If you’re expecting a small group, then only make what’s necessary. Trying to make more dishes than needed could end up making you feel rushed and frustrated.
If your guest list is long, you might need to double your recipes or make extra servings, just in case.
Plan for special diets
Be sure to ask your guests if they have any special diet requests so that they too can enjoy a hearty meal.
Consider incorporating a...more
Halloween recipe curated by Cotton Culinary Executive Chef, Wade Schindler.
Nothing says Halloween like a bowl of spaghetti worms. Gather your friends for a fun Halloween evening and treat them to this spooky, delicious meal. Don’t worry -- no worms were harmed in the making of this recipe.
Share your creation on Instagram and tag us @CottonCulinary – we’d love to see the look on your friends’ faces when you pull out a bowl of “worms!”
- Kosher salt
- 1-pound squid ink spaghetti
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 onion (diced)
- 3 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1-pound ground beef
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 (14.5 oz) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1.5 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- ¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more to add as a topping later
1. Add water and...more
Pumpkin spice is in the air, and the move toward cooler weather brings the season of tidings, good cheer, and holiday party planning! Even if you are a party planning pro, the holidays can be a stressful time. Trust Cotton Culinary to take the pressure out of planning your upcoming event. Cotton provides a variety of catering services that will exceed your expectations through creative cuisine, artful presentation, attention to detail, and superior customer service.
Preparation is key to planning the perfect holiday event. It’s never too early to start curating your menu, theme ideas, venue location, and guest list. Whether you’re hosting a large corporate holiday party or an intimate lunch with your most important clients, we will customize your event around your budget, special requests, and vision. With over 50 years of combined experience, our executive chef and trusted culinary team will work with you to craft a menu to...more
The Summer Recipe Series will include curated items by Cotton Culinary Executive Chef, Wade Schindler.
Searching for an easy appetizer for your upcoming tailgating party? Look no further than this six-ingredient buffalo chicken dip offering all of the flavor and kick of buffalo wings without the mess. This dip is sure to be a hit with your guests while they enjoy the game!
- 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup bleu cheese or ranch dressing
- 3/4 cup homemade buffalo sauce recipe or store bought
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese + 1/2 cup for topping
- 1/2 teaspoon Stone House Seasoning
- Bleu cheese crumbles, optional
1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Mix together all ingredients except last 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and bleu cheese crumbles and pour into a medium baking dish.
The Summer Recipe Series will include curated items by Cotton Culinary Executive Chef, Wade Schindler.
Searching for a refreshing treat to cool down your guests in this summer heat? Look no further than this sweet and tangy raspberry mint lemonade! Quick and easy to make, it's sure to be a hit at any event.
- 1 cup Water
- 4 Sprigs of Mint
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- Zest of 1 Lemon
- 1/2 cup Lemon Juice 2-3 Lemons
- 1/2 cup Fresh Raspberries
- 3 cups additional Water
- Mint Spring to Garnish (optional)
- Lemon Slices to Garnish (optional)
- Raspberries to Garnish (optional)
1. To a small saucepan add 1 cup water, 4 mint sprigs, zest of 1 lemon, and sugar. Stir. Heat over medium heat to a simmer. Remove from heat and let steep 15-20 minutes.
2. Remove the lemon zest and mint from the sugar mixture and set aside.
3. In a pitcher add the raspberry and using a spoon crush...more
Hosting a Mexican themed fiesta? Cotton Culinary can help. Planning a themed event can be challenging. From the perfect decorations to specialized Mexican cocktails, each detail must be considered and accounted for. Whether its mini street tacos, flavorful enchiladas, or perfectly grilled corn, Cotton Culinary will work with your vision to customize all aspects of the menu to fit the occasion.
To set the mood of any fiesta, bright colors and festive decor are a must! Our experienced staff will work closely with you to ensure that your event will be coordinated perfectly from start to finish. Don’t worry if your event space is on the smaller side, Cotton Culinary can cook onsite, offering freshly prepared food, for groups large and small.
Contact us today to coordinate your upcoming Mexican catering themed event. We’ll bring the food so you can focus on the fiesta!more
The Summer Recipe Series will include curated items by Cotton Culinary Executive Chef, Wade Schindler.
Not many things go together as well as summer weather and grilling. Next in our summer recipe series are easy steak kabobs! Featuring fresh vegetables and a succulent marinade, these kabobs are bursting with complimentary flavors. Ready in under 15 minutes, this dish will be a summer staple!
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1-1/2 pounds beef top sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/2 pound whole fresh mushrooms
- 2 medium onions, cut into wedges
- 1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 medium green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 medium yellow summer squash, cut into 1/2-inch slices
- Hot cooked rice
1. In a large bowl, combine first six ingredients....more
If you operate an essential business, you know that you can’t let anything stop your team from serving your community. And while you can’t prevent a hurricane or other storm from impacting your property and resources, you can partner with a support services company to mitigate any disaster-related roadblocks.
For example, feeding your team and guests is of the utmost importance during this time, but a lot more goes into that than just food. You also need a place for your team to eat and clean drinking water, both of which can be challenging to find in the aftermath of a storm.
Keeping your team fed when restaurants, grocery stores and other food service businesses are out of commission can be a...more
Looking for a quick recipe for your next summer party? You can't go wrong with an easy, fresh and super light Mediterranean watermelon salad. This dish can be ready in 15 minutes, allowing you to focus on your special guests!
For the Honey Vinaigrette
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 to 2 tbsp quality extra virgin olive oil
- pinch of salt
For the Watermelon Salad
- 1/2 watermelon, peeled, cut into cubes
- 1 English (or Hot House) cucumber, cubed (about 2 cupfuls of cubed cucumbers)
- 15 fresh mint leaves, chopped
- 15 fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, more to your liking
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lime juice, olive oil and pinch of salt. Set aside for a moment.
2. In a large bowl or serving platter with sides, combine...more
With the temperatures rising and summer in full swing, it’s time to think about your caterer for the season! Cotton Culinary can provide a full suite of remote-site and corporate catering solutions for gatherings of all sizes, budgets, and demands. From an intimate backyard cookout to a capacious 4th of July bash.
Thinking about bringing a summertime celebration to the office? Include us in your corporate events or company picnics. These allow for coworkers to socialize outside of the office with their friends and families in a relaxed, outdoor atmosphere. Cotton Culinary can curate a superb corporate event that will impress employees with a customized menu and service that will leave a lasting impression.
Our expanding fleet of...more
After a hurricane, feeding your workforce may not be top-of-mind. But in order to sustain the long hours of recovery and repair, it is important to keep your workforce not just fed, but fed nutritious, sustaining food. Cotton Culinary can help.
With more than two decades of experience in the disaster recovery industry, Cotton has been instrumental in providing emergency facilities and food support services in the aftermath of severe weather. When critical infrastructure and resources aren’t available, Cotton Culinary can support any size operation with temporary and mobile assets, including self-contained kitchen trucks, climate-controlled tent structures, and an impressive fleet of vehicles and equipment custom-designed for rugged environments. Our 24/7 availability means that we meet your needs quickly, which is vital during the aftermath of a storm.
Join the Cotton Team on April 11th as we celebrate 10 years of Crawfest, our annual fundraising event for the Cotton Foundation and Taylor’s Place. This invite-only event at our headquarters in Katy, Texas highlights Cotton Culinary’s delicious food and brings our community of employees, clients and partners together for a good cause.
Guests can expect Cotton Culinary to bring Louisiana to Texas with over 5,000 pounds of fresh crawfish, corn, potatoes, and sausage boiled onsite! Other Southern bites to be served up include savory mini Cajun meat pies, boudin egg rolls, hot cream cheese crab dip, alligator bites, and SWLA chicken and sausage jambalaya. Of course, no Cotton Culinary spread is complete without decadent desserts! The beignets and our famous bread pudding topped with Jack Daniels vanilla sauce will be sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Taylor’s Place will one day be a sanctuary for cancer patients and their family members to create memories away from the doctors and hospitals, inspired by Cotton’s Tom Wallace, who passed away from cancer in 2007. The home...more
Cotton Culinary is proud to be the BP MS 150’s preferred caterer for the 2019 ride, happening April 27-28. The annual bicycle ride from Houston to Austin raises money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, which assists those with the disease by way of research and initiatives to help improve their lives. Participants undertake an often-grueling, hilly ride from Houston to downtown Austin, with a nighttime stop halfway.
Our team is gearing up to cook for thousands at both the La Grange stop and at the finish line. All food will be prepared on-site; all the teams have to do is bring their own tables and we will handle the rest. Choose from a selection of fresh, nutritious, calorie-dense meals to refuel your team. Menus are available on our website and orders need to be received by April 12.
Cotton Culinary employs highly trained personnel in food safety practices to meet the rigorous safety standards at worksites. With food safety in the news lately, our team reminds you to follow some basics about safe meal preparation.
- Wash your hands or use gloves: After handling raw meat or eggs, wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds to prevent cross-contamination or use gloves when handling raw foods.
- Check your temp: Keep a chart like this one handy in your kitchen. Use a food thermometer to check the appropriate place for meat and the proper temperature.
- Two-hour limit: Food that has been left out at room temperature for two hours should be considered no longer safe to consume and should be thrown away.
- Reheat the right way: Leftovers should be reheated to at least 165°F before serving, this applies to food reheated in a microwave as well.
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You might cook turkey once a year, which makes it pretty difficult to become an expert! Cotton Culinary’s Wade Schindler cooks a few more than you do, so we asked him for some tips on roasting the perfect turkey this Thanksgiving.
1. Thaw it out: If you’re buying a frozen bird (and there’s really not that much difference in taste between frozen and fresh), allow 24 hours of thawing at 40 degrees for every 4-5 pounds of meat.
2. Brine it: Let’s face it, turkey is a pretty dry meat. Brining may sound daunting, but if you want the best-tasting, juiciest turkey on the block, you’re going to need to add some salt and whatever spices sound good to you.
3. Stuff it with aromatics: Don’t risk food poisoning your family by cooking the stuffing inside the turkey. You can add flavor to a turkey and the gravy by putting some aromatics in it. Onions, carrots, celery and some herbs are great, just throw them out when the turkey is done.
4. Let it rest: Finally, make sure you give the turkey some time...more
What’s lurking around October’s dark corners? The holidays! And along with them comes tons of events, planning and details.
Now, take a deep breath. Cotton Culinary is here to save you from the clutches of your holiday anxiety. We would love to help you with your holiday events: office parties, sit-down dinners, glamorous galas, or themed events. We can feed parties of 50, 5,000, or anywhere in between.
Our experienced culinary staff is happy to take the stress out of your party planning so that you can focus on the most important part of your events: your guests. The holidays are often the only chance you get to spend time with some friends and colleagues. By placing the planning and execution of your event in the hands of Cotton, you are able to sustain those important relationships.
We will work with you to create a custom menu (even meals for those on special diets), then we will do all of the cooking, serving and cleaning up after! For those who want a more complete party-planning experience, Cotton can also manage furniture rentals and decorations, provide...more
When an emergency happens, there are many moving pieces to juggle. Acquiring and serving food to those working around the clock is not always top-of-mind, but is one of the key ingredients to a successful recovery operation.
With more than two decades of experience in the disaster recovery industry, Cotton understands emergencies. Cotton Culinary efficiently integrates emergency food services when critical infrastructure and resources are not available. We have provided food support services in the midst of hurricanes, environmental mishaps and other natural and manmade incidents.
Cotton Culinary personnel hold various OSHA trade certifications, carry Transportation Worker Identification Credentials and are trained in the Incident Command System. We can support any size operation with temporary and mobile assets, including self-contained kitchen trucks, climate-controlled tent structures, and an impressive fleet of vehicles and equipment custom-designed for rugged environments.
Contact Cotton Culinary to have an emergency response plan tailored specifically for...more
Cotton Culinary was proud to be the official catering sponsor of the 2018 POCO Bueno Fishing Tournament in July, hosted annually by the Port O’Connor Offshore Association on Texas’ Gulf Coast. The culinary team provided more than 4,000 meals over the course of four days to all of the inshore and offshore anglers, tournament staff, vendors, attendees, and volunteers.
Our executive event catering chefs curated custom-themed menus for each of the four nights of the tournament. Cotton Culinary kicked off night one with Western fare that included a grilled beef filet and halibut. Night two was sure to satisfy all Southern cravings with homestyle fried chicken as the entreé! Chicken and beef fajitas were on the menu for the third night’s fiesta dinner. Finally, we closed the tournament weekend with savory BBQ smoked brisket, turkey breast, and sausage.
Cotton Culinary was honored to support an event on the Texas coast that carries such a rich history. Visit our...more
When you are planning an event during the lunch hour, you have limited time to make a good impression with the meal you provide while also accomplishing your meeting objectives. Many people remember events by the food that was served, and the choices that you offer can mean the difference between a mediocre experience or something that is memorable. Using professional catering services for your event can help you to ensure that everything will go just as planned. Here are some thoughtful ideas to consider when planning your next catered luncheon.
Provide an interactive experience
One unique way to make a catered luncheon a success is to offer an interactive experience for your guests. This involves letting your guests choose their own garnishes for their dishes rather than making the same dishes for everyone. For example, you might offer a pasta bar with a variety of meats, vegetables and sauces so guests can customize their dish. Meals made to order with portable cooking equipment are a popular option to consider.
When a disaster strikes, relief workers band together to help those affected and provide for life's critical needs. From shelter to clothing to food and water, arrangements are made to take care of disaster survivors until they can rebuild their lives. The work of relief organizations is vital to recovering from a disaster, and caring for the workers is important so they can continue restoring communities.
That's where emergency food services enter into the picture. A fully equipped mobile kitchen takes the food where most needed. It allows talented cooks to prepare food for relief workers and disaster victims, while simultaneously providing the highest level of food safety. Cotton Culinary is equipped to deploy assets and offer assistance to those in need throughout affected areas, as witnessed by our relentless efforts bringing much needed food support to federal, state, and local government entities as well as first responders and tier one contractors.
What Do Emergency Food Services Bring to the Table?
Thinking about the aftermath of a...more
In support of last year's hurricane recovery operations, Cotton Culinary prepared and served more than 130,000 meals, mobilizing catering assets across Texas and the Caribbean. Whether you're worried about an impending tropical storm, or the possibility of a lengthy power outage due to a natural or man-made disaster, planning for an emergency has become a part of daily life.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes the critical importance of nutrition in disaster relief areas, providing food to mass feeding sites and shelters in the wake of major natural disasters. But food distribution is just the first step in a lengthy process -- food must be prepared in a sanitary manner, and often in larger quantities than most people are accustomed to.
What Can I Expect from Incident Catering Services?
That's where an emergency food service company comes into action. Disaster relief catering is a lifesaving service provided by skilled personnel who are highly trained and...more
One of the most important aspects of managing an oil field operation is making sure that worker productivity and morale remain high. An easy way to boost both productivity and morale is to provide nutritious meals on site for your workforce, as your bottom line depends on it. When workers are well nourished, your business will benefit in several ways.
1. Keeping workers well nourished increases productivity.
Nutritious meals give workers the sustained energy they need to do their best work. Poor nutrition or reliance on unhealthy snacks causes spikes and drops in energy levels, resulting in lower productivity. Good nutrition also improves workers' health overall, meaning less work time may be lost due to sick days. The best and easiest way to ensure that your workers are eating healthy foods is to use an experienced oil field catering service that understands both the needs of your business and the nutritional needs of your workers.
Improving nutrition is a good investment because it's a...more
For business managers and owners, increasing employee productivity is a major objective. While there are many ways to boost productivity, one of the easiest and most effective is ensuring that employees start the day with a healthy, meal. Although it is widely recognized that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, a staggering 31 million Americans skip breakfast on a regular basis. Breakfast catering could help your employees be more productive for a number of key reasons.
Get Employees to Work Earlier
No matter what the business or the time of year, there can be a struggle to get all employees in the door and working right away. Some employees might show up late with a coffee in hand, and others might arrive on time but nibble their way through the morning with snacks. A significant portion of employees say that they sometimes arrive late to work because they stop to get breakfast on their way in. If you want your team to be on time and productive, consider providing them with a hot breakfast by way of breakfast catering. It incentivizes an...more
Impress Your Guests With Help From Cotton Culinary!
The days of stale chips, salsa out of a jar, and lukewarm beer are a thing of the past. Parties nowadays pull out all of the stops when it comes to food and flair, and your sporting event watch parties should be no exception! You too can wow your guests and go down in the history books as having one of the most epic parties for those big games. But how exactly do you get this done? How else do you win over a crowd - through their stomach of course! Whether it's the Winter Olympics, March Madness, or even the Masters, Cotton Culinary is the catering company to handle any and all of your themed sporting event catering needs. Let’s find out why.
Quality and Creativity of Food
Are your guests the spicy buffalo wings with blue cheese on the side type, or would they prefer an elegantly crafted crudite display? No matter the palate,...more
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Inexperienced or amateur food caterers sometimes make one (or more) avoidable mistakes. These errors can ruin a lovely event, and take the focus off of your event's message. If you're searching for a catering company, you'll want to ensure that they avoid these three all-too-common errors:
1. Supplying too little (or too much) food
2. Inefficient preparation and cleanup
3. Poor communication with event planning personnel
Supply The Right Amount of Food
Supplying the right amount of food is critical to the success of your event. If your caterer skimps on serving quantities, guests may leave hungry, and you'll suffer the embarrassment of running out of food before the event is over. On the other hand, preparing too much food might cause the event to appear excessive and wasteful, and you'll end up spending money on food that goes uneaten.
Judging the correct amount of food to prepare for an event...more
Are you giving your employees the fuel they need to power through the workday? See why you should invest in business dining services provided by Cotton Culinary.
Today's workforce is much different than what existed decades ago. Most work environments today are exceptionally fast-paced and chaotic. Providing business dining services for your employees can be yet another way you can demonstrate your care and compassion for the hard work they perform for your company. Choosing to utilize the services of a professional business dining caterer can provide your organization and employees with many benefits over the traditional fast-food lunches that workers have relied on in the past. Consider the following ways that business dining services can help boost morale and serve to provide a more productive work environment for all.
Benefits Offered by Cotton Culinary
Lunch break is about so much more than filling an empty stomach and providing energy to employees in order to continue with their day. The following are just a few of the rewards...more
Looking for a catering option for your next event? See why your guests will be thankful you chose Cotton Culinary
Whether you’re hosting a large corporate holiday party or an intimate lunch with your most important clients, Cotton Culinary brings delicious food, professional service, and creativity to each of our events. Read on to see a few reasons why your guests will be grateful to you for choosing Cotton Culinary’s catering services for your upcoming holiday events!
They’ll be thankful for the outstanding food.
Our professional chefs are true artisans. They never tire of experimenting with new flavors and use only the finest ingredients. From planning to preparation to final presentation and service, not a single detail in flavor or quality is overlooked.
They’ll be thankful for the creativity.
At Cotton Culinary, we listen. Your menu will feature unique choices that reflect your goals and desires for the occasion. Your guests will be grateful for the personal touch as well as the departure from the...more
Make sure you're prepared when disaster strikes. Learn more about Cotton Culinary's emergency food services.
While no one wants to imagine themselves in an emergency situation, it's important to create a plan for whenever disaster strikes. Food is one of the most important resources you'll need to provide for staff, emergency personnel, and people who have been affected by the disaster. Read on to learn more about how Cotton Culinary’s turnkey emergency food services can help in these drastic times.
Contact Cotton Culinary When Disaster Strikes
Hurricanes, environmental mishaps, and other natural and human-induced incidents will happen. When disaster strikes and emergency food services are required, let us be your first call to support recovery operations and put your business, community, or organization onto the road to recovery.
Full Emergency Response
At Cotton Culinary, we provide much more than just food. If a suitable dining...more
With over 65,000 meals served since Harvey's landfall, Cotton Culinary hasn't missed a beat
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Cotton Culinary wasted no time alleviating the food shortages that come from a disaster of this magnitude. Our Culinary team responded almost immediately to our clients who had suffered devastation along the Gulf Coast and has served over 65,000 meals (and counting).
When critical infrastructure and resources are not available, Cotton Culinary can respond to multiple events simultaneously. After conducting a quick assessment, Cotton can mobilize resources to an event on short notice to adhere to the fast-paced and dynamic demands of disaster situations. Cotton Culinary also takes special precautions to protect the life, health, and safety of those who are participating in the response efforts, utilizing our personnel who hold various trade certifications, and credentials.
Cotton Culinary can support any size operation in almost any given industry, with our temporary and mobile assets including self-contained kitchen trucks,...more
When disaster strikes, local food resources may be compromised or unavailable - Count on Cotton to supplement this shortage
When a crisis strikes, it's imperative that the responders are experienced, caring professionals. Cotton Culinary has experience in providing emergency food services both throughout the United States, and internationally, for various disaster scenarios. Our team is caring and committed to helping businesses and communities during times of need, and we believe we're the best choice for disaster relief food services because of the diversity of our offerings, experience, and comprehensive turnkey solutions. Learn more about what sets us apart from other disaster relief catering companies.
The vast knowledge and solutions that Cotton Culinary can apply in the midst of various types of disasters ensures effective measures are taken to quickly establish operations in an affected area. By utilizing mobile assets that include a combination of self-contained kitchens, food storage trailers, transport...more
THE COTTON EXPERIENCE
When you host a corporate event, all the details are a reflection of your business, including the catering services. Regardless of whether the event is for your department, the entire company, or a client, the quality of the event will have a lasting impression on all who attend.
At Cotton Culinary, we are proud to be a leading catering company providing a wide variety of food services for corporate events, meetings, and more. Below are 5 of the many reasons to invest in quality catering and service at your next event, making Cotton Culinary a natural choice!
1. Five Star Staff
Our diverse team is equipped with executive level chefs trained in the culinary arts, utility chefs, wait staff, event coordinators and more who come from a variety of culinary backgrounds. The management team has more than 50 combined years of restaurant and catering business ownership, is versed in all aspects of the trade and capable of orchestrating events of all sizes. Our culinary professionals will create a unique and...more
At Cotton Culinary, we know that our clients expect the very best. Our corporate catering team is devoted to excellence, and we strive to go above and beyond for every event. This commitment to quality was seen at one of our most recent corporate catering events, where five hundred people gathered for a crawfish feast designed to thank their clients, employees, vendors, and partners. Read on to learn how Cotton Culinary made this corporate event a success!
Our team of culinary experts planned a specialized menu to meet our client's needs. First, fifteen hundred pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish were brought to the event in Denver, Colorado. Once there, our skilled chefs boiled them onsite using one of our mobile kitchen trailers so guests could enjoy piping hot crawfish and the lively atmosphere of a true crawfish boil. We also created a New Orleans-themed menu of pork sliders, boudin balls, jambalaya and bread pudding. It's safe to say that nobody left the...more