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THERE ARE FEW THINGS WE’RE looking forward to as much as balmy summer days and crisp, refreshing cocktails. By shaking up the right combination of tantalizing tastes, a well-crafted cocktail can take any event from just alright to totally refined. For more than a decade the team at Truffles Fine Foods has prided itself on serving truly one-of-a-kind menus to its clientele, and now we’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Lavish Liquid Event Bar Service to offer premium bar service.

AS WE PREPARE FOR THE SUMMER catering season, we asked our expert in-house mixologists three important questions about providing premium bar service to event guests, and what trends to look out for throughout 2017 and beyond.

1. Each year we see new trends with catering. What are some of your tips that are designed to “pack a punch” at the event bar and truly wow event guests?

As with food, you can’t beat using locally-sourced spirits, beers, and ingredients from right here in BC. We’ve got a very lively craft distilling scene with some fantastic offerings that have been bringing in awards from all over. We’re seeing a huge comeback for gin, being reinvented with citrus and earthy flavours that work incredibly well in a wide variety of cocktails. Another great idea to incorporate the local movement into your event’s premium bar service is by offering savoury cocktails using herbs from the local farmers’ market such as rosemary or basil.

2. Tell us three key things to keep in mind when providing premium bar service to event guests.

First of all, consider the food menu you’re planning to serve and make sure that the cocktails you choose will pair well. Work with your caterer and bartending staff to make sure that flavour harmony can be created. Second – and we can’t emphasize this enough – make a plan for the designated drivers and underage guests that will be attending. Providing non-alcoholic options for them will ensure that they also feel included. And lastly, don’t go overboard with the options. Too many choices on the cocktail menu can overwhelm guests. Pick a handful of great drinks that you know your guests will love, and make sure they’re made well.

3. What sets the premium bar service offered by Truffles and Lavish apart from others in the local industry?

By working together, we take a lot of the guess work out for our clientele. Our catering team and mixologists are true experts, and they’re experienced enough to know what will work well, what will go with your event’s theme or menu, and which ingredients are required to ensure that your guests have a memorable time. We thrive on creating fun, creative, and deliciously unique cocktails with unexpected flavours.


Like us, our mixologists are looking forward to the summer months. While there’s always a place for something new and inventive, our team also believes in showcasing the classics because, with those, you can never go wrong. In honour of the sunny days ahead, we’re sharing our recipe for a refreshing Tom Collins.

In a shaker, combine:

– 2 oz gin (we like the Wallflower gin from Odd Society in East Vancouver)
– 1 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
– ½ oz simple syrup
– 3 oz chilled club soda

Shake and pour in a tall glass over ice, garnish with a slice of lemon and a Maraschino cherry.

For more information on our premium bar service and other catering options, please visit Truffles Fine Foods’ catering page. To learn more about catering your next event, or if you have any questions, please contact us.

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