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Summer 2014 Newsletter


       Summer 2014         



Now that the kids are back in school, temperatures are getting cooler and the Nationals are headed to post season playoffs, it is clear summer is coming to an end. This is one of my favorite times of the year because I love the outdoors. Whether I am sidewalk shopping with friends and family in cool neighborhoods, hiking in one of our wonderful parks or just taking a snooze in a hammock, life is good.

I want to thank everyone who has helped us celebrate our 25th year by participating in our volunteering over the past 12 months. The community corner section will highlight some recent projects we have supported. You will also find some helpful hints to successful partnerships with nonprofits in the Etiquette Section. My seasonal recipe takes advantage of some local produce readily available in local farmers markets.

September also means I will have the pleasure of reconnecting with friends to begin the planning of upcoming galas, parties and end of year celebrations. The final stretch of 2014 looks to be a great one. Remember to connect with one of our wonderful team members to get your celebration on our schedule.

As always, thanks for your support and we look forward to hearing from you soon.



Josh Carin, Geppetto Catering, Inc.




Etiquette Section
Nonprofit Support 


We have great partnerships with many nonprofits in the region. Here are some tips I have found that proved to sustain a mutually beneficial nonprofit/corporate partnership: 


  • • Establish a relationship and maintain it. You have agreed to support a nonprofit in your community. That's great! Now stay connected. Avoid giving just a "one-time" donation. Instead, stay involved! Continue to go to their events. If possible, attend their board meetings. Be the partner that is involved and not the one to just sign a check. 
  • • Make referrals. If you are passionate about helping your nonprofit organization, then tell your friends and colleagues about it. If you know someone who may benefit from the nonprofit organization's services, provide an introduction. Being a great partner means being an advocate. 
  • • Have fun. If you are committed to an organization, then your heart and dedication will follow. Enjoy your time assisting others. Work with an organization that you believe in and have fun! 
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Cauliflower Au Gratin



5 tbsp. unsalted butter 

3 small heads of cauliflower

(about 3 pounds total, cut into small pieces) 

1/4 c. all-purpose flour 

2 c. heavy cream

10 oz. extra-sharp Cheddar, shredded (1 3/4 cups)

kosher salt and black pepper

1 c. panko bread crumbs

 ¼ chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

3 tbsp. olive oil


Spread a thin coat of butter on the interior of a 4 qt. baking dish. Heat remaining butter in a sauté pan on low heat. Once melted stir in flour. Cook and stir for a few minutes. Slowly add heavy cream and stir until thick (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and mix in shredded cheese, panko, parsley and olive oil. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once boiling reduce to a simmer and place cauliflower in pot. Once tender (test by poking cauliflower with a fork), drain cauliflower well and toss with the wet ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste and bake until golden brown at 350 degrees.


In the News


Capital Business
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Community Corner

Geppetto Catering, Inc.

Celebrates 25 Years of Giving



Rebuilding Together

Geppetto Catering donated lunch for the hard working volunteers at Rebuilding Together Montgomery County's "Christmas in April" project. Volunteers renovated a bathroom, kitchen, installed 12 new energy efficient windows, 2 new exterior doors, installed a new high efficient furnace and new ductwork. 


Capital Area Food Bank

The Geppetto team and friends spent a morning at the Capital Area Food Bank's new warehouse in Washington, DC. The group packaged a family's weekly groceries, sorted donated frozen food items and cleaned the warehouse.   



The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army's Turning Point Center provides young single mothers across the region a two-year transitional housing program. The program provides a safe haven to mothers allowing them to learn how to live independently and prepares them for the road ahead. The Geppetto team and friends steam cleaned carpets and painted two new apartment units for new mothers to move in. 

Join us at our next volunteer day. 

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