Photography by Sam Smead Photo Creative
Perfect Catering Provides Longview’s elite with a formal classic dinner and dessert buffet
“We like to accept a challenge,” says Lori Valenti, Event Coordinator at Perfect Catering in Longview. On May 25, Perfect Catering had the challenge and the opportunity to provide a seated dinner for the Longfellows 31st annual Debutante Ball held at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center.
Lori says that Perfect Catering was asked to submit a bid for the event and won it.
“The history of Longfellows in Longview is important. We appreciate that they chose a local caterer who understands our community and we were honored to be part of this historical event.”
Since 1983 Longfellows has presented more than 200 debutants at its annual ball.
An average of six young women have completed their freshman year at college have been presented. The women have been active in high school organizations and completed extensive community service hours and that dedication has continued as they expanded their interests and experiences in class work and volunteer opportunities at college.
Longfellows was formed when former attorney and Texas Senator Jack Strong wanted to do something to enhance the cultural environment of Longview. The social organization grew from there. The Longfellows coat-of-arms contains emblems that are representative of Longview, from which the organization derived its name. The organization today maintains a membership of about 180 people. The membership has maintained 29 families of the original 89 charter members. In addition, the organization has six junior members under 30 years of age.
The 2013 Longfellows Chair Margaret Dodson and her committee, chose to make the ball very modern, glamorous and luxurious featuring all white decor. Guests sat in acrylic ghost chairs, ordered cocktails from mirrored bars and the debutants were presented on a stage with mirrored steps. “Honestly, the decor was not anything like Longview typically sees. The design team did a amazing job,” says Lori.
The night consisted of glamour, a symphony, dancing, music, drinking and of course a delicious meal. Guests were passed hors d’ oeuvres of Lobster Shooters with Vodka Cocktail Sauce and Spanakopita. Such an event with 400 of Longview’s elite guests called for a seated, plated dinner that was handled expertly in less than 20 minutes from start to finish. Perfect Catering served a salad with fresh greens, Beef Tenderloin Medallions with Cognac Sauce, Chateau Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus Spears.
The sleek all white dessert buffet adorned with white hydrangeas featured White Chocolate Covered Strawberries, White Chocolate Pots de Crème served in footed containers with tiny dessert spoons, White Chocolate Fudge, White Chocolate Covered Malted Milk Balls, and a coffee bar.
This event was one of the largest seated dinners we have done and it certainly required a certain technique to make it a success. We wanted our food and service to compliment the stunning debutants, decor and guests and it did!
Perfect Catering can create a luxurious and glamorous affair that your whole wedding party will be talking about for years to come!