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BBQ Fundraiser with President Carter Hosted by William H Macy/ Felicity Huffman

BBQ Fundraiser with President Carter Hosted by William H Macy/ Felicity Huffman

The Bite Team and I recently had the honor of catering a BBQ for former President Jimmy Carter and the First Lady. To top it off, the event was graciously hosted for the former President by the talented William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman. This was a huge honor - and fun to boot!! The BBQ bash was a political fundraiser for the former president's grandson, Jason Carter, who is currently running for state governor of Georgia in the 2014 election.

We helped produce and design the party to be a "Pinterest-worthy" BBQ party. We brainstormed various decor and setup inspiration that would be elegant enough for the guest of honor yet also comfortable and welcoming. Backyard events always have a specific set of considerations different from an event venue as most were not designed to be event-ready as well as each home setup is different. The first step was to create an event flow that would optimize the space and layout. We created 4 distinct areas for a cocktail hour, VIP reception, dinner reception, guest lounge, and food stations. In addition to these guest spaces, home events have the added challenge of making sure the catering team has enough space on the operational end. But with creativity and experience our team was able to set up our operational and guests spaces in such a way that made sense and made for a great event experience.

Once we established the event flow we were then able to design and decorate the event. We went with an orange and red color scheme to create a truly rustic themed event. We used burlap runners on the tables topped with mason jar centerpieces that held bundled wildflowers and sunflowers. String market lights were adorned above the guest tables to light up the space and also provide an outdoor summer party feel. Our food stations and bar setup included a lot of natural elements like wheat grass and wooden crates. We also included beautiful vintage elements like striped paper straws, antique furniture for display, and mason jars as drinking glassware.

My inspiration for the menu was to create a flavorful BBQ menu filled with comfort food, variety, and refreshing options. We also added some Southern touches (Peach Cobbler at the President's request!) were a must:



Market Display of Crudites & Dipping Sauces

Grilled Flank Steak Crostini with Chimmichurri, Grilled Vidalia Relish & Sriracha Aioli

Edamame Hummus Crostini with Pomegranate

Grilled Stone Fruit with Balsamic and Creamy Burrata

Roasted Medley of Beets with Goat Cheese Mousse, Toasted Nuts & Micro Arugula


6-Hour House Marinated Tri-Trip

House-Smoked Pulled Chicken with Choice of BBQ Sauce - Served with Slaw & Rolls for sliders

Bratwurst and Hot Dogs with Assorted Toppings including cheese, bacon, mustards, relish, sauerkraut and kethchup


Grilled Corn on the Cob Served with Choice of Sweet Butter of Lime Butter with Cotija & Chipotle Aioli

Orzo Salad with Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Mint, Basil, Chickpeas & Red Wine Vinaigrette

Summer Quinoa Salad with Green Lentils

Roasted Summer Beets with Baby Greens, Chickpeas, Citrus, & Toasted Hazelnuts, with Parsley Vinaigrette

Homemade Mac ’n Cheese with Brown Butter Panko Topping

Watermelon Slices


Homemade Peach Cobbler with Brown-Sugar Crumble Topping & Whipped Cream

Mini Cashew-Crusted Key Lime Pies

Mini S’Mores Cups with Chocolate Ganache, Caramel, & Toasted Marshmallow Cream

Coconut Rice Pudding with Passion Fruit Sauce


Homemade Strawberry Lemonade with Fresh Lemons & Strawberry Floats

Organic Iced Tea with Lemon


Mint Julep served in Mason Jars

Check out all the charming rustic details here:

Photo Gallery

Butter Options
Backyard BBQ Party Market Station
Basket of Bread Rolls
Backyard BBQ Party Chalkboard Menus
Coconut Rice Pudding Shot
Backyard Dessert Display
Backyard BBQ Rustic Centerpieces
Mason Jars with Vintage Straws
BBQ Party Condiments
Crostini Bar
Summer Crostini
Backyard BBQ Party American Flag
Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Crostini
Backyard BBQ Party Steak on the Grill
Backyard BBQ Party Edamame Hummus Crostini
Backyard BBQ Party Sunflower Centerpieces
Backyard BBQ with bartenders
BBQ / Picnic Centerpiece
Backyard BBQ Party Mint Julep
Backyard Party Guest Tables
Individual Utensil Roll Ups With Wildflowers
Backyard BBQ Party Marinated Steak
Backyard BBQ Party Setup
Backyard BBQ Party Dessert Station
Backyard BBQ Party Quinoa Salad
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Watermelon Slices
Backyard BBQ Party Orzo Salad
Backyard BBQ Party Grilled Flank Steak Crostini
Chef Elizabeth with President Carter and First Lady @ BBQ Fundraiser
Backyard BBQ Party Disposables
Mini Key Lime Pies
Corn Bread w/ Honey Butter on Skillet
Beverage Station
Backyard BBQ Party Mason Jar Glasses

By: Elizabeth Goel -- Jun 19, 2014
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