Custom Gift Baskets with Wine, Chocolate Truffles & Cookies!

Custom Gift Baskets? Yes! We do that too! During the holiday season, we were so excited to put together and deliver many different gift baskets of fresh baked cookies and goodies for our customers. Our favorite project though came on New Year’s Eve when we delivered a van load of custom gift baskets to a client who was giving these as thank you gifts to his clients! We ordered bottles of wine from Waters Edge Winery (a new winery that is opening soon to the public in downtown OKC), did custom labels on the wine bottles bearing my client’s logo and his thank you message, then we filled the baskets with a variety of different fresh baked specialty cookies and hand-crafted chocolate truffles! What an awesome way to say thank you to your amazing clients!! Whether its cookies, truffles, or both, or combine that with wine or fresh roasted coffee, we can help you make a heart-warming, lasting impression!

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Catered Surprise 50th Birthday Party!

Wow, what an awesome night catering for some of my dearest friends!! And what better way than a surprise birthday party! We put out quite a spread with fresh baked Slider Rolls from a local small business, BBQ Chicken and Fajita Steak sliders, Chipotle Avocado Ranch Sauce, Fresh Salsa and Chips, Tortellini Skewers, a cheese log shaped into 50 (yep he’s 50)!

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Dessert Shooters: Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, Fresh Strawberries & Cream, and Brownie Chocolate Lush, a Beverage Bar with Tea and Lemonade, and our Coffee Bar!

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Catered Christmas Party in Downtown OKC

Downtown OKC is absolutely beautiful at night during the Christmas season! We had the privilege of catering a Christmas party right in the heart of downtown for APS Healthcare and boy did we put out a gorgeous spread! Menu: Fresh Veggie Display with Ranch Dip, Domestic and Imported Cheeses with Crackers and Grapes Display, Proscuitto Mozzarella Basil Spirals, Teriyaki Chicken Bites, Italian Meatballs in Marinara, Slider Sammiches with toppings, Chicken Salad Croissants, Tuscan Herb Garden Hummus with Veggie Chips, Fresh Bruschetta with Garlic Crostinis, Variety of Cookies & Chocolate Truffles!

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Catered Christmas Lunch for IPHC Global Ministries Center

Honored to cater Christmas luncheon for the IPHC Global Ministries Center. Menu: Garden Salad with Italian Dressing, Savory Chicken Parmesan Meatballs in Marinara Sauce, Bowtie Pasta with Grilled Chicken & Bacon in Alfredo Sauce, The Greek Boat of Tortellini Skewers (3 cheese tortellini, grape tomatoes, ripe olives, fresh mozzarella, pesto sauce), Garlic Bread, Dessert Shooters: Fresh Strawberries & Cream, Dulce de Leche Pecan Crumble & Cream.

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Catered Board of Directors Christmas Party

What a privilege to cater the Christmas party for the Putnam City Schools Foundation Board of Directors! A Taste of Italy menu: Bowtie Pasta with Grilled Chicken & Bacon in Alfredo Sauce, Penne Pasta with Meat Marinara, Chicken Parmesan Meatballs in Marinara, Tuscan Vegetables, Garden Salad with Italian Dressing, Garlic Bread, and Dessert Shooters!

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Dessert Shooters: Fresh Strawberries & Cream, Dulce de Leche Pecan Crumble & Cream, and Brownie Chocolate Lush!

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Catered Breakfast for Business Meeting!

Early morning breakfast for a business meeting? Not a problem! We love our clients and don’t even mind getting up to prepare fresh made breakfast to be delivered at 6:30 am!!! 🙂 Menu:  Savory Southwest Sausage & Egg Burritos, Fresh Salsa, Roasted Country Potatoes, Monkey Bread, Fresh Fruit, Orange Juice and a Coffee Bar!

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Thanksgiving Dinner for UCO College Students!

Every year, the Chi Alpha Ministries at UCO in Edmond, OK, prepares and serves a full-blown Thanksgiving Dinner absolutely free for the college students! We have been honored to a part of this amazing opportunity for over 10 years and have watched this annual event grow from just a handful of students gathering in the XA house to experience Thanksgiving dinner to serving 300-400 students in the UCO Wellness Center on campus. A large percentage of the students have been international students who have never had our traditional American Thanksgiving meal, so it has been so much fun to serve them and watch them pile up their plates! Menu: Ham, Roast Turkey, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Corn, Rolls, Pies and Desserts, and Lemonade! Special props to the XA Campus Pastors and my good friends, Charlie & Dona Bunn, who give their time and lives to being there and ministering to the students on the UCO campus in every imaginable way. What a great ministry to help and support!

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Catered Wedding Reception for Amanda & Neil

What a beautiful wedding for an amazing couple! So very honored to cater this wedding reception at the Wings Event Center in Edmond, OK, for Amanda and Neil!! Our setup and presentation worked out beautifully too!! Not only did we have our signature Farfalle Festivale and Chicken Brochettes, but also, our hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Garlic Crostinis, and a fabulous fruit & veggie display with dips. A beverage bar with Raspberry Lemonade & Sweet Tea went alongside the Coffee Bar featuring Costa Rican Tarrazu La Pastora and Decaf Nutty Butterscotch Toffee with 3 creamers.

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Catered Wedding Reception Fajita Style!

Who knew a fajita and salsa bar could look so pretty?! 🙂 We did!! We had the honor of catering a wedding reception for a beautiful couple, Anna and Joe, at an absolutely beautiful and unique venue, Festivities in El Reno, OK. The menu:  Steak & Chicken Fajitas with Onions & Peppers, Flour & Corn Tortillas, Toppings of Shred Cheese, Lettuce, Sour Cream, Pico de Gallo and our signature Chipotle Avocado Ranch Sauce, Chips with Mild and Hot Freshmade Salsas, a Beverage Bar with Raspberry Lemonade and Sweet Tea, a Coffee Bar with Costa Rican Tarrazu La Pastora and Decaf Nutty Butterscotch Toffee with 3 flavored creamers. Our Dessert Shooters were added to the ‘Cake & Dessert Table’ with our Strawberries & Cream, Dulce de Leche Crumble & Cream, and Brownie Chocolate Lush.

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Our First Anniversary!!

This week was a monumental week for MJ’s Event Planning & Catering. Even though I have been doing event planning for so many different organizations and catering & preparing food for different events and groups of people for many many years, this week marked the one year anniversary of officially being in business for myself! I am so thankful for the incredible support and encouragement from friends and some key individuals who guided and advised me and yes, kicked me in the rear end quite a few times lol …yes I needed that too. I am thankful for the clients who have come my way and it was an honor to provide catering for them. To say thank you to all the amazing fans, I wanted to give back in some small way.  For a giveaway this week, 2 lucky winners were chosen who will receive some of our specialty cookies, along with a $20 gift certificate towards any catering. Thank you everyone for a fantastic first year! I am looking forward to all the future holds and most certainly look forward to bringing the party to you!! Para la vida loca!! Here’s to the crazy life! ~ mj

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Always a catered favorite ~ Fajita & Salsa Bar

Our most popular buffet to cater? Without a doubt…the Fajita & Salsa Bar! I do believe its the one I most enjoy making as well! The steak and chicken is seasoned and marinated, then grilled and sliced. The salsas are made from fresh ingredients….nothing store bought or canned here! And of course, the popular MJ’s kitchen recipe, Chipotle Avocado Ranch Sauce! Ohhhh yum. This sauce is good on the steak fajitas or as a dip. Oh and I love catering for Highpointe’s Growth Track events! Para la vida loca! Here’s to the crazy life! ~ mj

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Summertime Catering Fun!

Don’t you love the cold freshness and the bright colorfulness of fresh fruits and vegetables…the things that make summer eating feel healthy and good for your body? I know I do! Its kind of a precursor to all the comfort foods of fall that we look forward to but know will more than likely include a few extra pounds!! 😀 So here it is the end of August already and the Oklahoma temperatures lately have been hot after a seasonably mild summer. What better way to have some ‘end of summer’ activities (all activities involve food, right?) than to have some tropical and light fare for the palate?! I loved putting together this summer party spread for a drop-off delivery for a Ladies Bunco Party! Menu:  Chicken Salad with Bib Lettuce on Croissants, Garden Salad and Fresh Veggie Tray with Ranch & Honey Mustard, Fresh Fruits with a Pina Colada Fruit Dip and a Strawberry Cream Fruit Dip, Domestic & Imported Cheeses and Crackers, and Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa on Mini Zuchini Boats! This reminds me of the beach and everything tropical and that is ALWAYS a good thing! 😉 Para la vida loca! Here’s to the crazy life! ~ mj

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Winner of Fundraiser Drawing gets Catered Party!

This summer MJ’s Catering had the awesome opportunity to be part of a fundraising project to raise money for a group of teenagers from a church in OKC traveling to Orlando, Florida, to compete in a National Fine Arts Festival. The kids sold $10 drawing chances and a random ticket was drawn to win a Catered Dinner Party for 8 valued at over $140! This week, we had the wonderful opportunity to deliver the party to the winner, Micky Kilburn! He arranged for us to bring it to his office for lunch….I am sure the whole building could smell the yummilicous Fiesta Party comprised of our popular Fajita & Salsa Bar! Here’s the party menu: Fajita Steak, Fajita Chicken, Onions & Peppers, Flour & White Corn Tortillas, Latin Black Beans & Rice, Toppings: Shred Cheese, Shred Lettuce, Sour Cream, Pico de Gallo, Chipotle Avocado Ranch, Chips with Fresh Salsa and Salsa Verde, then Dessert Shooters: Fresh Strawberries & Cream and Banana Pudding! wow. I think they got more than their money’s worth!!! How would YOU like to WIN this and have it delivered to YOU!!??!! 🙂 Just ask our winner if it was worth it! Para la vida loca! Here’s to the crazy life! ~ mj

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Catering Drop Off Delivery Style!

We absolutely love catering and bringing smiles to our clients’ faces when they smell and taste the yummy creations we come up with!! On this particular day, we were honored to cater a Luncheon for a Women’s Reps Leadership Meeting…consisting of reps from all over the state of Oklahoma, at the home of the Oklahoma Women’s Director for the Oklahoma District Council.  This was a drop-off delivery so the food was delivered while they were meeting, and we had it set up hot and ready to serve at their designated lunch time. Menu:  Chicken Fajitas and Salsa Bar and included our Spanish Rice.  All our dishes are in-house recipes that we make in our catering kitchen! So next time you need a stress free lunch or dinner, or even a single dish for a gathering, we can take care of that for you and deliver it right to you!! Para la vida loca!! Here’s to the crazy life! ~ mj

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Catered a personal favorite…Asian Fusion Menu

We have the best clients ever and most certainly love having repeat business! What a wonderful compliment! We don’t take those things for granted and try to do extra things in return to show our appreciation. One of our clients regularly schedules us to cater the dinner for their Growth Track seminar, and it is always a pleasure to come up with the menu plan for them! This particular one, I decided to go with the Asian Fusion menu and it was a huge success. This is my personal favorite mainly because this is my heritage and holds a special place in my heart. What was on this night’s special menu? I’m so glad you asked! 😉  Asian Salad, Steamed White Rice, LoMein Noodles, Japanese Chicken Yakitori, Asian Steak Bite Skewers, and Homemade Chicken Egg Rolls with a house-made egg roll dipping sauce. And for dessert:  Fresh Strawberries & Cream Dessert Shooters!! Can you say YUM?! Love these asian flavors! Oh yes…pics below! So til next time, from your favorite Asian, my favorite Spanish phrase lol ~ para la vida loca! Here’s to the crazy life! ~ mj

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Red Hat Ladies Luncheon

What a lovely bunch of ladies!!! We had the honor of catering a luncheon for the Red Hat Ladies in one of their homes. Such sweethearts in their pretty red outfits, ready for lunch and an afternoon of visiting with old friends. It was very special to get to serve these ladies who are so used to be the ones serving others! Their luncheon menu:  Garden Salad, Chicken Skewers, Roasted Potatoes, Tuscan Vegetable Medley, Hot Rolls, and Fresh Strawberries & Cream Dessert Shooters

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Catering a huge Sliders Bar for a Double Graduation Party

Full Service Buffet Catering? Yes…we do that.  Customize menu to fit needs, tastes, and budget? Yes…we do that.  Help make your event awesome and as stress-free as possible? Yes…we do that.  Cater a party of a double graduation?? Oh my, yes… we did that! It was certainly our honor and pleasure to cater a party commemorating a momentous occasion(s)….one graduated from High School and one from the University! What an awesome party it was too for our amazing clients!  What was on the menu? Glad you asked! Menu: Sliders Sammie Bar various rolls, Pulled BBQ Chicken, Slow Roasted Beef with Grilled Onions & Peppers, Traditional Burgers, a variety of cheeses, sauces, toppings….lotssss of toppings….Fresh Spinach Dip with savory crackers, Fresh Made Salsa and Chips, and Dessert Shooters:  Fresh Strawberries & Cream and Chocolate Brownie Lush, and Iced Tea & Lemonade. Best wishes to both graduates as they pursue their life’s ambitions and dreams!! Para la vida loca!! (Here’s to the crazy life!) ~ mj

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Sliders Bar for a Going Away Party!

Once in awhile your path crosses with someone you never would have otherwise known! Such is the case for this special young lady, a foreign exchange student from Norway, who came to OKC, attended a year of school and graduated with the senior class at Putnam City North HS. I know it was bittersweet for her to go back home, but I know that she will always have family here who had welcomed her into their home and considered her their daughter while she lived here. We had the privilege of catering a very special going away party for her and her friends and American family.  Menu:  Sliders Bar with Traditional Burgers and Pulled BBQ Chicken, a variety of cheeses, sauces, and toppings, Fresh Spinach Dip & Pita Chips and Fresh Made Salsa and Chips, and 3 kinds of Dessert Shooters:  Fresh Strawberries & Cream, Chocolate Brownie Lush, and Dulce de Leche Crumble & Cream. yummo. I wish the best of luck to this young lady and hope her experiences here in America were wonderful memories for her to carry with her forever! Para la vida loca! (Here’s to the crazy life!) ~ mj

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Catered ‘A Taste of Italy’ for a Staff Dinner

What an honor to be chosen to cater a dinner that is a reward for a staff of amazing people at LaPetite Academy for meeting their goal set by their director! A Taste of Italy….oh my goodness…can you tell this is one of the most popular and asked for menus?? I love being able to use the freshest ingredients and original recipes to make every meal with loving care and as delicious as possible!! The Menu:  Garden Salad with Italian Dressing, Penne Pasta with Meat Marinara Sauce, Farfalle Festivale (bowtie pasta with grilled chicken & bacon in a creamy Alfredo Sauce), Oven Roasted Tuscan Vegetable Medley, Buttery Garlic Bread, and of course….Dessert Shooters:  Fresh Strawberries & Cream and the Ultimate Banana Pudding! Oh yum! Para la vida loca! (Here’s to the crazy life!) ~ mj

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A Spectacular ‘Trip to Europe’ Graduation Party!

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What an amazing graduation party for an amazing young lady!!  In her selflessness, she had given up a trip to Europe (yes there is a story behind that) and so her parents wanted to bring a taste of Europe to her for her graduation! Again, we had the privilege of custom creating a menu for the client….I love doing this and creating original recipes!!  Menu: Farfalle Festivale (bowtie pasta with grilled chicken & bacon in a creamy Alfredo sauce), Tuscan Chicken Bites with Marinara Sauce, Italian Meatballs in Marinara, Fresh Spinach Dip with garlic French Baguette Points, Fresh Bruschetta with Pita Chips, Domestic and Imported Cheeses, Grapes, and for the Dessert Shooters:  Fresh Strawberries & Cream and Dulce de Leche Crumble & Cream. As always, we have the best clients in the world and love making their special events spectacular!! Para la vida loca! (Here’s to the crazy life!) ~ mj

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Catering an Asian Fusion Menu!

What an honor and privilege to be asked to cater a very special Confirmation Party for a lovely young lady! When I met with this family to discuss menu options and she expressed her love for asian food, I was so thrilled! Not often am I asked for this type of menu and little did she know that I am actually half Japanese!! As we discussed the different dishes we could do, it made me happy to know that what I was offering was authentic recipes passed down to me from my incredible Japanese mother, who was by far the best cook I have ever met in my life. So in her memory (she’s been gone for 14 years now), I lovingly and happily created dishes that I knew would make her proud. This was one of the funnest menus I have had the privilege to do!! Asian Fusion Menu: Asian Salad, Japanese Gyoza, LoMein with veggies, Chicken Yakitori, Asian Steak Skewers, Pickled Carrots & Daikon, Steamed White Rice, and various sauces including our own spicy mayo recipe.

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Catering Italian

Catering the Growth Track events for Highpointe is always such a pleasure! What a great group of people and staff! Tonight was Italian night with the Farfalle Festival (a delicious dish of bowtie pasta with grilled chicken and bacon…oh my goodness…bacon…yup, all in a creamy alfredo sauce), Tuscan Chicken Bites with Marinara Sauce, a healthy fresh salad bar and buttery garlic bread, topped off with a gooey rich dulce le leche dessert.

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Catering Emily’s Quinceanera

Once in a lifetime, a girl turns 15….in the Mexican culture this mean party!!! A HUGE party! A Quinceanera is planned and dreamed about their whole lives much like we would plan a wedding (but much more fun!!). Being asked to cater such a wonderful event for this family was truly an honor. Let me introduce you to the Urbina family:  Martin & Clarissa, Emily and her 2 big brothers, Seth and Joey. They wear many, many, MANY hats including being pastors of Vida Victoriosa spanish church.

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Words cannot tell you how much this family really means to me but I know they have invested much of their time and selves into so many young people including my own son over the course of his lifetime. Ok, back to this party! The Food (my part of this amazing event): Street taco bar with corn tortillas, shredded chicken and steak bites, spanish rice and beans, all the toppings, and a chips & salsa bar. Then there’s the ceremony, the cake, the mariachi band, the dj and music, the dancing, the pure fun and laughter with a couple hundred people. Truly, this was one of the funnest events I have ever been to in my life! I love being part of the happy events in people’s lives!! A glimpse of the party can be seen in the pictures below.  “Para la vida loca” Here’s to the crazy life! 🙂 ~ mj

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Catered Wedding Rehearsal Dinner for a Princess and a Cajun!

Fairy tales do come true….see, once upon a time, a beautiful Irish princess met a young Cajun man….their courtship endured the tests put before them and a decision was made, not in haste, but after an extended period of time…and finally a date was set! 🙂 So on Friday evening, March 22, 2013, I was honored to cater the wedding rehearsal dinner for said princess and cajun! Two beautiful families came together to celebrate and I got to see the sneak preview of a beautiful ceremony that would take place the following day….not to mention the food!! Oh yeh, that’s where I came in lol.  The menu:  Beef Tenderloin Kabobs, Chicken Kabobs, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Tuscan Vegetables, Hot Rolls, Salad, and Specialty Cookies and Hand-Crafted Chocolate Truffles! I am so happy for this couple and truly wish them the very best and a life of happiness together! ~ mj

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