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Fall 2014 Newsletter



      Fall 2014       


It's hard to believe the year is coming to a close.

As I look back on 2014, I think of our celebration of giving in
honor of our 25 years serving this wonderful region. In our Community Corner section you will find all of the organizations
we have supported this past year. Thank you to those who have participated in our volunteer days and have donated their time
and resources.

I am also warmed by the outpouring of love and support my team and I received after the tragic passing of our colleague of close to 20 years; Michael Jarrin. This is just another reminder of the wonderful relationships we have at Geppetto Catering.

The end of year also means that holiday parties will be here
before we know it. I hope you find the etiquette section helpful as you prepare for your celebration. I have also included one of my families favorite seasonal dish's; pumpkin gnocchi.

Besides being delicious,this is another green way to use your Halloween pumpkin post "trick or treat". Speaking of Halloween,
I want to thank everyone who participated in our Inaugural 
Pumpkin Carving Contest. Congratulations to Brian of The Motley Fool for his winning entry:


And as always, if your holidays get a bit more crazy than you expected, feel free to call upon my team to assist with your holiday celebration.

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!


Josh Carin, Geppetto Catering, Inc.  









Etiquette Section

Hosting Holiday Parties  

If you are hosting a holiday party this season for family or friends, coworkers or clients, consider these tips as you prepare for your perfect evening:
        When Guests Arrive: Greet them at the door. Immediately take coats and any gifts, hang coats or place them in a designated
area (same as gifts). Give directions to food and drinks. After all guests arrive, circulate the room. Make sure all guests have someone to talk to and there is enough food and beverage for
all to enjoy.
        Table Settings: When you have guests over for a special  occasion it is nice to have the table pre-set. Forks are always to
the left of the plate, knives to the right. The spoon is placed at the
far right. The salad fork is to the left if salad is served before
dinner. Glasses to the right. 
      •  Serving Wine: When choosing a wine, pair it with the entrée
you will be serving. Traditionally, white wines are served with fish,
chicken and veal. Red wines with beef, pasta with red sauce and some fowl. Before serving, allow wine time to breathe. Never pour wine for guests immediately after opening. It is your responsibility
to ensure wine is unspoiled. Sample a small amount away from company. Wine glasses are only filled halfway, never to the top of the glass. Serve red wine at room temperature. To allow wine to "breathe", open the bottle about 30 minutes before you serve. 
Chill white wines no more than two hours before serving. 




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Pumpkin Gnocchi


1 1/2 pounds Idaho potatoes, about 3 large, scrubbed and boiled in skins until tender
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch allspice
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/2 to 2 cups flour
Salted water, for cooking gnocchi
1/2 pound unsalted butter
2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, minced
1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese 

Allow the cooked potatoes to cool slightly, then carefully peel while holding potato with a kitchen mitt. While still hot, puree potatoes through a ricer or food mill into a large mixing bowl and allow to cool completely before proceeding. Add the pumpkin puree, cheese, egg, cinnamon, allspice, salt and pepper and mix well. Gradually add in enough flour to form a smooth, slightly sticky dough. Briefly knead the dough to incorporate the flour, being careful not to overwork. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Cut the dough into 6 equal pieces and place 1 piece on a lightly floured work surface. Roll piece into a long rope, about 1/2-inch in diameter, flouring lightly if needed. Slice the rope into pieces 1/2-inch wide. Holding one piece at a time, roll the tines of a fork against the dough until slight indentations are formed. Repeat with each piece of dough, setting formed gnocchi on a floured kitchen towel or baking sheet. Immediately add the gnocchi to the boiling water and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes once they have risen to the top. Remove the cooked gnocchi with a slotted spoon or skimmer and set aside briefly while making the sauce. In a skillet over high heat add the butter when pan is very hot. Let butter sit undisturbed until almost all melted and outside edges have begun to caramelize. Quickly swirl the skillet and add minced sage. Let cook for 30 seconds longer, season with salt and pepper to taste and add gnocchi to skillet to toss with sauce and rewarm if necessary. Serve immediately with shaved Parmesan cheese.

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2000




In the News

"The List: Catering Companies"

Washington Business Journal   

"Have a Green Thanksgiving"

Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union's 'Katie's Corner'                   




Community Corner
Geppetto Catering, Inc.
Celebrates 25 Years of Giving

Below are the wonderful organizations 
we have supported this past year. Thank you to all who helped make our 25th Anniversary truly memorable.

A Wider Circle
Sorted donated goods in warehouse.
Capital Area Food Bank
Sorted food donations and organized warehouse.
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
Participated in Light the Way 5K.
DC Central Kitchen
Volunteered at the kitchen and prepared meals.
Food & Friends
Packaged meals for families in need.
For Love of Children
Hosted a Book Drive.
Goodwill of Greater Washington 
Hosted a clothing drive. 
Rebuilding Together Mo. County  
Helped rebuild home and provided food for volunteers.
Salvation Army 
Cleaned units for transitional homes for families to move in and donated food to volunteers. Will also participate in Angel Tree Program in December.
Toys for Tots
Hosted a toy drive.



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