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  • Food Safety Tips for Your Next Northern VA Cookout

    August! Tomorrow marks the first day of August, and it’s hard to believe the summer is flying by so quickly. Soon, your kids will be back in school, and your days will be filled with homework, and boxed lunches, and permission slips. Soon, but not yet.

    You’re determined to enjoy these dog days of summer while they last.

    You’re determined to throw at least one more cookout before summer’s end.

    Boulevard Cafe Catering is determined to keep you food safe in northern VA.

    From the Partnership for Food Safety, consider the following tips:

    Wash your hands.

    Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.

    Wash your hands (Have we gotten our point across yet?) before and after handling food, and ensure you do so properly. Using warm water and soap, lather and rinse for at least 20 seconds.

    Follow the two-hour rule.

    Perishable foods are a veritable breeding ground for bacteria, and this bacteria will compound and multiply rapidly if its left to sit out for too long. No food (but especially not raw meat) should remain unrefrigerated for longer than two hours. Note: On a day hotter than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, this two-hour rule shrinks to one hour.

    Ice ice, baby.

    A traditional refrigerator is even better, but if you’re hosting a picnic at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, or elsewhere where you may not have access to such, invest in more ice than you think you’ll need. Ice will keep cold drinks cold, and your food safe to eat.

    Don’t transport coolers filled with food in the trunk.

    The food will be far more safe in the temperature-controlled cab of your car than it will in the hot trunk.

    Store foods separately.

    Raw meat and poultry should be kept away from, and in a separate storage container than cooked foods, fruits, and vegetables. That means: Don’t slice the watermelon on the same cutting board that just held pre-cooked burgers.

    Invest in a food thermometer.

    And use it.

    The Partnership for Food Safety recommends cooking poultry, casserole, and any leftovers to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit; ground meats and egg dishes to 160 degrees Fahrenheit; fresh beef, pork, veal, lamb, ham, and fish to 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

    When hosting, and cooking for friends at a summer cookout, it’s always better to be [food] safe than sorry, or better yet:

    Let Boulevard Café Catering do the cooking for your northern VA cookout.

    Get in touch with us about catering your next summer get-together, and we’ll suggest delectable, inventive (and food safe!) menu items that include BBQ baby back ribs, Cajun fried chicken, cucumber and black bean salad, cole slaw, and more.

  • Say Thank You with a Catered Lunch During Administrative Professionals Week in Northern Virginia, April 20–24

    Have you thanked your administrative professional this week?

    Yes? Good.

    No? Go thank her (or him!); we’ll wait.

    With the aid of skilled administrative professionals, businesses everywhere would flounder, even and especially in northern Virginia. Who would answer the phones, and greet our appointments? Who would sort the mail, and sign for FedEx deliveries. *shudder* I don’t even want to imagine a world without administrative professionals. Thankfully, I don’t have to. And neither do you.

    What you, and you, and you, and I have to do is appreciate the administrative professionals in our lives — every day, and every week, but especially this week. It’s Administrative Professionals Week, and to celebrate, Boulevard Cafe Catering has compiled this list of five very special ways to show your administrative professionals you care (including a few very special catering specials).

    Brighten up her desk.

    It’s the traditional and classic Administrative Professionals Day gift for a reason. A beautiful floral arrangement will brighten up her desk, and her day. And when you call the florist, be sure to ask them to use seasonal flowers to create something unique and unexpected.

    Get the whole team involved.

    A card is nice. And flowers are too. But she deserves more, don’t you think — for all the hard work she puts in all year, and not just for you. Gather the whole team, and ask them to write down anecdotes and memories detailing times when your administrative professional went above and beyond for the office. A collection such as this will be something she’ll treasure, and will provide tangible evidence of the value of her work.

    Show her you pay attention.

    It’s your administrative professional’s job to pay attention: She keeps your calendar, and knows how you like your coffee; it’s your turn to return the favor. Take this Administrative Professionals Day as an opportunity to take interest in her interests. Does she love to cook? Pick up a copy of the hottest new cookbook in the store. Is she a huge Washington Nationals fan? Buy her tickets to a game, and give her the afternoon off.

    Take a walk in her shoes.

    Have a little fun this Administrative Professionals Week, and take a shift at the reception desk; invite other members of your executive team to do the same. Send your administrative professional off on a long lunch, or let her sit back and laugh as you try to do her job.

    Hey, speaking of lunch…

    They say the fastest way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. And as northern Virginia’s official corporate event caterer, we’re here to tell you it’s true. Say thank you to all of the administrative professionals in your office with a special catered lunch from Boulevard Cafe Catering.

    Cards, and presents, and lunch from Boulevard Cafe Catering are a great way to show your staff you care during Administrative Professionals Week, but don’t let your appreciation stop there. Tell your favorite admin pro — daily, weekly, monthly — that you recognize and value their contribution to your enterprise.

  • Boulevard Cafe Catering: Northern VA Corporate Event Catering At Its Finest

    Recently, a Washington, DC-based professional association came to Boulevard Cafe Catering with a request to feed nearly 200 on the final night of their annual conference and meeting. From the first table setting, to the final cleared plate, Boulevard is the clear choice for all of your corporate event catering needs.

    On the menu

    Before dinner was served, corporate event guests whet their appetites on fresh baked bread, and a beautiful salad of baby greens, fresh raspberries, poached pears, crumbled blue cheese & caramelized nuts.

    Then came the main course: Duo of sliced beef medallions and french-cut chicken breast, served with string bean bundles and fingerling potatoes.

    And what’s dinner without dessert? Our mango mousse was a big hit.

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    Boulevard prides itself on [corporate event] catering to northern Virginia’s most discerning palates.

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