April 2019

Dunes Catering and Events: Your One-Stop Catering Source

Author: Linda S. Hopkins | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Hosting a party, celebration or event? Feeling a bit stressed and overwrought? Put your worries behind you, because Dunes Catering & Events is standing by to take the burden out of entertaining. Whether you’re planning an elegant wedding reception, intimate dinner party, a backyard barbecue, luncheon, golf outing, or weeklong business conference, their experienced staff will work with you from beginning to end to ensure that your guests leave with one word on the tips of their tongues: WOW!

Dunes Catering & Events is prepared to be your partner every step of the way, from selecting a venue to establishing the menu and executing your entire plan—down to the tables, chairs, linens, decorations and, of course, service with a capital S. Large or small, simple or complex, fancy or not, they know how to set the scene exactly as you envision it, expertly guiding you, while supplying the professional services you need to pull off the event of your dreams.

Fabulous food
No matter the size or scope of your gathering, food is a focal point, and this is one area where Dunes Catering & Events shines. Resort Executive Chef Sean Carroll, who oversees all five of the resort’s restaurants, is excited to introduce his re-vamped version of the catering menus with a view towards fresh and modern. “I wanted to enhance what we were doing. My goal was to streamline it, modernize it—not try to reinvent the wheel but to make delicious food people want and also food that is influenced by this region,” he said.

The menu is not so vast that you get lost, but there are plenty of options to meet your every need and desire: breakfasts, lunches, brunches, plated dinners, buffets, action stations, beverage packages, and more. “The menus read really well. And if there is something a guest wants that is not on the menu, most often, we can execute it,” Brian Couey, Palmetto Dunes Resort’s Director of Food and Beverage said.

Insisting on the highest-quality ingredients, Carroll notes a shift towards local ingredients in his menu-making, as well. “What we’re doing is focusing on the beautiful seafood and produce here and the traditions of this area,” he said.

While tapping into the local bounty, tweaking the menus, and enhancing recipes, Carroll has also added popular dishes such as hummus and Greek/Mediterranean selections, along with upscale vegan and gluten-free options.

“Whatever was going to have real estate on the menu, I wanted it to have a ‘wow’ factor and to be somewhat modernized,” Carroll said. “I also wanted to treat all the different price options with respect. You’ve gotta put some love into the food, and as people make these selections and I get to put out the new items, I’m excited.”

And then there is presentation. It’s no secret that people eat first with their eyes, and Carroll is known for the finishing touches that give his food its visual appeal. “His approach to some of the hors d’oeuvres and the preparations of the buffets and plated items is not what you see every day at a typical hotel resort banquet department. It’s more like what you expect to see at a nice restaurant,” Couey said. “He puts a creative spin on the classics and has an artful way of presenting the food that is sure to please our guests.”

Great expectations
While food is the star of a catered event, many other elements go into a great guest experience. “The food is at the forefront, but it’s not just the food—it’s the service,” Couey said. “Clients have high expectations, and we are prepared to exceed them.”

“We’ve built a team that has high expectations as well,” Courtney Daley, Catering and Event Sales Manager, said. “It’s important to us that we all share the same vision. We want to be proud of what we do. Sean is very proud of what he puts out there, and I’m proud of what I can show our guests.”

Ronald Mitchell, Banquet Manager, is integral to the team and is fantastic at running the show, Daley said. He is also capable of turning an event around on a dime when weather is a factor. Always with a plan B for outdoor events (which includes tenting if necessary), staff members are available to make any last-minute changes without missing a beat.

Location, location, location
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers five on-site venues including the ever-popular Dunes House, on the beach, with sweeping views of the ocean and both indoor and outdoor accommodations, perfect for everything from formal weddings and fine dining to Lowcountry suppers; Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, a lovely lagoon-front setting, ideal for lunches and brunches or private dining events; Centre Court Pavilion, a bright, airy all-in-one event center, newly renovated, featuring a covered open-air pavilion and versatile room sectioning options, appropriate for casual wedding lunches, banquets, business meetings and social affairs of all sizes; Arthur Hills Golf Course, a delightful setting and beautiful backdrop for weddings, meetings or corporate dinners; and Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, a fun spot for a sporty courtside after-hours reception or cocktail hour.

Dunes Catering & Events can also deliver to your location within the resort, other area venues that accept outside catering (Honey Horn, Hilton Head Distillery), or anywhere on Hilton Head Island. They can provide a private chef, wait staff, or whatever services you need to make your party a success while you relax and enjoy it along with your guests.

“The word’s getting out that we are making our guests happy. These occasions are meant to be special, and our goal is to make them memorable for the guests—the food craveable, and the service spot on,” Carroll said. “I’m open and super flexible to what the guests want. Whether we go to someone’s house to do a private-chef event or put on a Lowcountry supper or a high-end plated dinner, we construct it the way they want it. We have the experience to cater to what they want and make it really awesome.”

For a no-hassle celebration you’ll be proud of, visit Dunes Catering & Events at www.dunescateringandevents.com, call (866) 650-4130, or email catering@palmettodunes.com for more information.

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