Custom Cocktails for your Holiday Party Menu

December 20, 2017

Everyone needs a little inspiration on what to serve their guests during the holiday season. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a martini fan, this time of year gives you the perfect opportunity to experiment with your favorite libations. Check out some of our favorites, prepared by Herban Feast’s Food and Beverage Director Sean Klos:

House-Made Eggnog
12 egg whites
12 egg yolks
1 cups baker’s sugar
1/2 quart Old Forester Bourbon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (preferably Mexican)
1 vanilla bean, split (with seeds removed)
1/2 cup brandy (E&J or Christen Brothers)
1/2 cup Caffè Borghetti
1/2 quart heavy cream
1 quart whole milk
1/2 quart vanilla or coffee-flavored ice cream

Directions:

  1.  Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Keep both.
  2.  Mix egg yolks and sugar
  3.  Add in the Bourbon, Borghetti, brandy, Vanilla extract, Vanilla Seeds, Heavy Cream, milk, and ice cream.
  4.  Mix until incorporated (if you let the ice cream soften first it will be much faster)
  5.  Pour in to large storage container.
  6.  Whisk egg whites to stiff peaks. Should look like a meringue.
  7.  Fold the egg whites into the rest of the mixture and let that sit for at least three hours.
  8.  Whisk again and pout in to a pitcher.
  9.  For each cocktail pour into desired glass and top with fresh grated nutmeg. You can use ground if you do not have whole nutmeg.

 

Holiday Sangria
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 large cinnamon stick, halved
4 allspice berries
3 whole cloves
1 star anise pod
2 cups cranberries Fresh if possible.
2 Granny Smith apples, diced
1 750-milliliter bottle Washington rosé
1/3 cup port (Ruby)
1/3 cup Solarno (or any orange-flavored liquor)
1/3 cup cranberry juice

Directions:

  1.  In a saucepan, mix the water, sugar, crushed red pepper, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and star anise. Simmer the syrup over moderately low heat for 15 minutes. Strain into a bowl and add the cranberries and apples. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2.  Strain the fruit, reserving the spiced syrup. In a large pitcher, mix the rosé with the port, Cointreau, cranberry juice, fruit and 3/4 cup of the spiced syrup. Refrigerate until chilled, about

 

Mulled wine
2 grapefruits
1 lemon
1 lime
200g caster sugar
6 whole cloves
1 stick cinnamon
3 fresh bay leaves
1 whole nutmeg (for grating)
1 vanilla pod, halved
2 star anise
2 bottles dry white wine

Directions:

  1.  Use a speed peeler to peel large sections of peels from your grapefruits, lemon and lime.
  2.  Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the grapefruit juice. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and 10-12 gratings of nutmeg. Toss in the halved vanilla pod and stir in just enough wine to cover the sugar.
  3.  Let simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the wine and then bring to boil. Boil for about 4-5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. This creates a wonderful flavor by infusing the sugar and spices with the wine.
  4.  When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine. Gently heat the wine.
  5.  After it’s warm (about 5 minutes) ladle it into glasses and serve. Garnish with Rosemary, Thyme or a candied sage leaf for appearance.
Our Four Favorite Holiday Décor Trends

December 14, 2017

In need of some inspiration for this year’s holiday party? From metallic accents to frosted fruit, Herban Feast’s Design Studio has pinpointed some of the top holiday party trends for the coming season.

“The Herban Design studio is excited to create fun vignettes of holiday goodness this year,” says design studio expert Rebecca Dashow. “Whether it’s creating cozy seating areas, custom floral centerpieces, or themed dessert presentations, we love being your personal decorating elves.”

See some of our favorite holiday trends below:

Sparkle this season with gold and silver.




Featuring mercury glass hurricane candles to lend light in the dark of winter and a mirror chalkboard that sparkles with holiday cheer – the space will be a dazzling with celebratory bling at your next event.

 

Bring the beauty of the Northwest home for the holidays.

 

Natural elements like fir cones, antlers and berry ornaments mingle with glowing candles and bright red poinsettia arrangements. Dress up the room with fur throws for a cozy atmosphere featuring the natural beauty of Northwest woodlands.

 

Embrace the promise of snow and wintertime sparkle.

 

The twinkle of frosted holiday trees and snowflake décor balance the beauty of white votive candles and icy blue embellishments. Lounge with festive pillows while savoring the sparkle and togetherness of a snowy gathering.

 

Enjoy the sweet things in life with joyful accents for the season.



The twinkle of hanging tea lights, white filigree lanterns and colorful ornaments make for décor that shows off the shine of the holidays. Play around with berry colors and frosted fruit to make every room feel lighter and brighter, embracing the sweetness of the season.

What We’re Thankful for in 2016

November 21, 2016

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We’re overcome by the many people and successes we’re feeling thankful for this year. Our amazingly talented partner vendors, our wonderful clients who make our job so fun, our incredible team that makes all the magic happen, and our supportive and loving friends and family.

Here’s what our team will be reflecting on this Thanksgiving:

I have gratitude & appreciation for all the energy & commitment the Herban Feast staff provide to create such a great company! – BJ D.

I’m thankful for my sweet, adorable little boys, my amazing husband and partner in crime and my family and friends near and far for their continuous support. I’m also so thankful for the opportunity to do what I love to do day in and day out – sell a beautiful venue with delicious food and work with wonderful clients. – Danae T.

I’m thankful for my family and friends, champagne, my health and Google! – Darby J.

I’m thankful for cozy Seattle days and my amazing friends and family. – Ayisha H.

I am thankful for my son, he is such a bright funny little boy and I feel so lucky to be his mom. I’m also so thankful for my position with Herban Feast, I get to play with pretty things every day, how fabulous! – Rebecca D.

I’m thankful for all of my friends and family who have supported me in chasing after my goals and for all of my wonderful co-workers who have become my second family! – Taylor D.

I am thankful to have a wonderful caring fiancée, loving pets, family and friends and a great job. – Dezirae H.

I am grateful for my health, the opportunity to satisfy my incessant curiosity, my kind adult children, sense of humor, and every cute animal video that exists on the worldwide web. – Amy G.

I’m thankful for my loving and supportive family and that I’m able to work for a company that nurtures creativity and success at every level. Herban Feast rocks! – Suna A.  

I’m thankful for my loving husband who takes care of me in crankiness and happiness, my compassionate and welcoming family who I can always count on, and a job that keeps me busy and coworkers who keep me laughing. – Britnee D.

From all of us at Herban Feast, thank you for continuing to support and encourage us! We wish you a happy, filling and fun Thanksgiving.

What are you thankful this year? Share with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

 

A Post-Holiday Party Tradition

November 2, 2016

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Over the past few years we’ve seen a new trend in company holiday parties – the post-holiday or New Year celebration. We know that pulling together an office party during the busiest season of the year is no easy task and we’re welcoming this new trend with open arms!

If you’re planning an end of the year celebration for your company, here are three reasons to consider moving it to after the holidays:

  1. All of your guests will be less busy. With end of the year work projects, family trips and holiday parties, attending a company party can be difficult to fit into employee schedules. A celebration hosted in January allows your guests to easily RSVP and enjoy the post-holiday soiree.
  2. Many companies host a party before the New Year, which makes booking your venue and catering company much easier.
  3. Hosting a non-denomination holiday party can be difficult with theme and décor. Moving your party to the New Year creates a wide open opportunity for themes.

Whether you choose a pre or post-holiday party, we can help! With multiple venues, custom catering options and event and floral styling capabilities, we’re your one-stop-shop for planning a celebration. Give us a call at 206-932-4717 for options, availability and guidance.

For more event tips, add us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest!

XO,

Herban Feast

 

Happy Holidays from Herban Feast

December 30, 2015

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Wishing you a happy New Year! Thank you for making 2015 an amazing year full of fun and festivities. This year we opened The Lodge at Fall City Farms, our second outdoor venue and celebrated the one year anniversary of our Vashon Island floral design shop, Herban Bloom! We look forward to an exciting 2016!

Xo,

The Herban Feast Team

Two Tips to Transform Your Traditional Holiday Décor

December 14, 2015

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and hosting guests! As you prepare your home or office for your next gathering, we thought you might enjoy these two simple tips from our Herban Design Studio experts for enlivening your typical décor.

Decorative Greenery

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Embellish a plain wreath by adding bows, twigs, and ornaments like the one pictured. Not a DIY-er? Our Herban Bloom shop on Vashon creates amazing ornamental wreaths in all shapes and sizes.

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Instead of flowers or berries, add pine cones and twigs to your pine branch centerpieces.

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Garland on a mantel is expected, but adding it to your table centerpiece is not. We love adding in little led-lit votive candles too.

Make Your Holiday Colors Pop

White, metallic, or pink are beautiful colors to add to your traditional red and green décor.

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Crisp white chairs contrasted by the rich green garland centerpiece infused with pink, white and red flowers is unexpected and fresh.

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Or, forgo holiday colors and opt for wintery white décor accented by shimmering gold and silver.

If you try one of these tips, we’d love to see pictures! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Giving Thanks in 2015

November 24, 2015

 

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This time of year is about giving thanks and we have so much to be thankful for including our amazing partners and colleagues who make the magic happen, and most of all our wonderful clients who inspire and believe in us! From us to you, here’s what we’re giving thanks for in 2015:

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I’m thankful that I have a warm and loving home that I can come home to. –Elizabeth, Herban Feast Chef

 I’m thankful to be a part of an industry that challenges me every day, for the talented chefs I get to work with, and most of all for my incredible friends and family! – Alycia, Herban Feast Operations Manager

I’m thankful to be around so many people who care and are interested and invested in those around them. –Darby, Herban Feast Event Services Coordinator

I’m thankful for all the love and support from my friends and family back home on the East Coast and for all my new friends on the West Coast!  – Mallory, Herban Feast Event Services Coordinator

I’m thankful for my mother’s health and that my daughter is doing great in her first year of college! – Mary, Herban Feast Offsite Catering Sales Specialist

I’m thankful for puppy kisses and cozy nights with my husband and family. – Kristen, Herban Feast Event Services Manager

I’m thankful for family, good hair days, books, coffee, neighbors, and cozy jammies. – Michele, Herban Feast Foundry Operations Coordinator

I’m thankful for my wonderful husband, my terrific friends and family, and a fantastic team at work. – Reese, Herban Feast Director of Sales

I’m thankful for a healthy life and my wonderful family! – Ivy, Herban Feast Intern

I am thankful for my beautiful son and supportive husband and to be working for an innovative company that is constantly testing its boundaries and succeeding.  – Danae, Herban Feast Sales Manager

Having just moved here from California, I am thankful for Washington’s endless beauty and opportunity for adventure! – Lauren, Herban Feast Office Manager

I am thankful for having such a dedicated and caring team who are constantly challenging one another to help create the best Herban Feast there can be!- BJ Duft, Herban Feast Owner

What are you thankful for this season? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Fourth of July Party Inspiration from Herban Feast

June 30, 2015

We can’t wait for a sunny 4th of July filled with good food, fireworks and parties! Are you hosting and/or planning a party? Here are some Independence Day event inspiration and ideas from our favorite Herban Feast events.

Décor:

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A grown-up lemonade stand is a summery way to showcase your eats and treats. Plus, it’s easy to create!

 

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Tables covered with gingham add a fun picnic feel to any kind of event.

 

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Add 4th of July spirit to any surface with bright (and patriotic!) ribbon.

 

Food:

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Serving seafood is a fun alternative to traditional barbecue food.

 

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Have your burger and eat it too! Pretty trays for burgers and fries are more visually appealing than a plateful of patties and paperware.

 

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Downsize your favorite summer desserts. Make grab-and-go sizes of sweets for a potluck or buffet style party.

 

Drinks:

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Drink buffets are a fun alternative to a bar. We love this margarita one with fresh fruit for guests to add in.

 

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Bring out your southern roots with traditional iced tea and lemonade. These dispensers are fun and casual. Bonus points if you have a vintage truck to put them in!

 

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Make your drinks patriotic. Festive straws and name tags are an easy way to get in the holiday spirit.

For more event ideas and inspiration check out the blog here and here. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Happy (almost) 4th of July!

Xo,

Herban Feast

 

 

 

A fresh arrangement! Herban Bloom Opens

December 2, 2014

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Roses are red, violets are blue, we’re thrilled to introduce Herban Bloom to you. Herban Bloom is an exciting extension of our floral design capabilities, creating strong connections to local growers and infusing a new level of floral creativity into our Herban Design Studio.  Located on Vashon Island, Herban Bloom’s retail shop is managed by islander Melody Williams who brings over 30 years of floral design experience.

Read on to see photos from our Grand Opening celebration!

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The perfect home and floral gifts await you.

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A peek from the street.

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Hop on the ferry for an island adventure and stop by the store for your holiday floral arrangements, wreaths, centerpieces and gifts.

 

We hope to see you soon!

Falling for Fall & Winter Events: Our Sodo Park Open House

October 20, 2014

Fall events are a favorite for us.  We love the combination of sweet coziness and beautiful natural scenery to create a warmth that washes away even the rainiest of days.  Our Fall/Winter open house events were themed with this in mind and emphasized an “into the woods” experience that brought together earthy elements with ethereal neutrals to bring out the original beauty in everything we showcased during the event.  Vintage pieces play nicely in this theme as does vibrant accent colors like you will see in our Dahlia display below.

Take a peek at a few gorgeous photos from Gabriel Van Wyhe of Van Wyhe Photography.  To see more photos from the open house event, visit our Facebook page.Picture 1

Our Herban Design Studio  carves out a warm corner (above) and showcases inspiring table top settings (below) that exemplify the elegant, outdoor, natural theme of the event.

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A table of Dahlia’s complements the neutral décor with a burst of vibrant color.

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A few featured tastings from our fall and winter menus included our baby spinach salad with grapes, toasted walnuts, gorgonzola crumbles, and pear vinaigrette; our fennel-crusted halibut with olive and fennel caponata, and a sampling of our fall and winter appetizers, including our signature Sweet Potato and Dungeness Crab Cakes with chipotle remoulade and chives.

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We are grateful to our team and partners who made our Sodo Park Open House intimate, inspiring and beautiful.

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Love,

Us