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Catering Spotlight: Cannata’s Creative Catering

If you are planning an event, catering is often at the top of your to-do list. There are many aspects to consider in order making sure your event catering meets the expectations of you and your guests. Joni Blakeman with Cannata’s Creative Catering shared some important tips to keep in mind when planning.

For someone planning a small budget event, how can they stretch their dollars?

The biggest expense is going to come from the number of people being served. Start by setting a limit on the number of people invited to the event to fit within your budget. Next, when selecting beverages limit the options so you are less likely to have excess or waste. Having more cold food options can also save money. Disposable flatware and silverware is another budget friendly option. Coordinating all the details through a catering professional will save money in the long run.

What tips could you give an event planner when creating their event menu?

It is important to know the guest profile and what types of food they will like and expect. Know the function type and what meal options will work best, whether it is box lunches, buffet or a sit down meal. It is very important that the caterer gets detailed information regarding entire event to ensure the service runs smooth.

What is Cannata’s most popular dish?

Joni said it would be hard to pick out just one, but some of the favorites are shrimp fettuccine, Italian Sausage pasta, smoked chicken & sausage pastalaya, shrimp boulettes, Italian Chicken Tenders w/honey pecan sauce, armadillo eggs – lightly smoked Chicken and stuffed with homemade green onion Italian sausage and steamship round of beef.

Following tips from experts like Joni will help you event run smooth. If you want more information on catering options at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center go to And for information about Cannata’s Creative Catering visit

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