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AE Catering & Events Specializes in Traditional And Multiethnic Foods

By S. Mathur

AE Catering & Events offers traditional and multi-ethic catering as well as event planning and design in the greater Atlanta area. Owner Allison Ellis inherited her love of cooking from her mother and grandmother. Her culinary heritage in fact goes back to her great-grandmother, who managed a catering business while raising her children on the Caribbean island of Dominica. Despite this legacy, Ellis herself trained as a speech-language pathologist and came to open a catering business almost by chance.

"I'd entertain a few friends and family, mainly hosting dinners and the occasional game night," Ellis said. "Friends that gathered at our dinner parties began to ask if I could help with their personal events, such as baby showers, anniversary dinners, church events and the like."

What began as 'favors' and 'lending a helping hand' quickly convinced friends that she could and should do this as a business. With this kind of encouragement, and a great deal of planning, AE Catering & Events was launched in March 2016.

The menu offers a range of foods and styles, many drawing upon Ellis' own family recipes. The 'down-home' cooked flavors come with some with from unexpected flavorings like Caribbean spices and Southern-American traditions and seasonings. The catering service has recently expanded its offerings to include candy and dessert tables, and "quick bite" bars for social gatherings.

The goal is to help people organize gatherings of family and friends without feeling stressed out by preparations and planning. The professionalism of the service and the small finishing touches all help to free up the clients to enjoy their events.

"Whether it be a small luncheon, intimate dinner gathering, or multi-course wedding meal, I enjoy paying special attention to decor and details," Ellis said. "From our kitchen to waitstaff, we value gathering around the table, and our goal is to create more time for hosting, toasting and merriment!"

Does she have a favorite among all the menu items? Of course she does, and she wants to share them with everyone.

"If I were to choose, I'd say I absolutely love preparing our shrimp and grits, it's truly a labor of love!" Ellis said. "We've managed to create the perfect blend of Cajun spices, without overpowering heat. I love our decadently creamy white cheddar grits we pair it with, it's definitely a crowd favorite."

Ellis also recommends the mini desserts, especially the fruit tartlets. These yummy bites have honey and lime zested mascarpone crème piped into shells, and come topped with fresh seasonal fruit.

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