Two legends of Florida’s Premier Catering industry have joined forces to bring about a revolution in Catering and Event services! Jeanne Dexter, founder of Alexander’s’ Catering and Jeanne Dexter’s Catering Kitchen and Kathy Merklein, founder of Temptations Caterers and KM Events LLC, both respected veterans in the Florida catering community, are now working together to bring South Florida an evolution in catering and party planning services. A new concept in catering that takes food and event planning for their discerning and elite clientele to the next level: The Catering Concierge Palm Beach. Our primary service area is from Indian River County to Broward County.
“After 30 plus years of owning and creating all of our own food in this highly competitive and evolved gourmet food scene, maintaining private kitchens and staff to compete to create the best in food and service for our clientele, we realized we were missing out on the huge benefit of collaboration. We knew we could offer a more complete dining and party experience by harnessing our connections and experience, by working with and not necessarily competing against the creative talents of local chefs who are helping to define our amazing local food scene”, says Kathy Merklein.
According to Jeanne: “By sharing our combined kitchen with some of Florida’s Top local Chefs, including well-known names like: Chef Bruno of Tavolino Della Nonna, (Coral Springs, FL) Chef Michael of Krave, (Tequesta, FL) and Chef Brandon of Café Maxx (Ft. Lauderdale, FL); while continuing to use our highly-trained, professional staff, together with our established connections for the best in every category; rentals, musicians, photographers, entertainment, florists, and more (derived from our personal black books of South Florida’s finest vendors), we know we have opened the doors to a new realm in catering. Our new concierge, consulting and design service can provide the best of everything without limits.”
Now, no longer limited by the day to day operation of running two separate commissaries, this catering power-duo are free to innovate and create unique decor, with innovative table settings and floral concepts. “Sourcing the best local trends and flavors from well-known local chefs to meet our clients exacting tastes, gives us an open palette and unlimited range to create and arrange events”, said Jeanne, “providing them with incredible food, service and all the resources to take on any challenge, This also allows them even more opportunity to focus their considerable talents on preparation and detail. Both well-known for their fabulous and unique decor and table presentations, ‘TableScapes’ as they call them; including vibrant original floral displays and eclectic period art and props mingled amidst the decadent food presentations that simply take your guests breath away.
Kathy adds finally: “Jeanne and I have been both friends and competitors for years, but have always had the same vision for making our clients look good by providing elegant food and professional service. It’s our clients’ reputations and vision that matter. With the ”Catering Concierge Palm Beach”, we have opened the doors and created our own local “food network” of talented Chefs. Now anything is possible.”