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Under The Sea: An ESPRIT Award Winner!


The ESPRIT Awards, bestowed by the International Live Events Association (ILEA), celebrate excellence in live event design, production, and execution. Recognizing innovation and creativity across various event types, from corporate conferences to weddings, these awards honor professionals who push boundaries in event planning and execution. With categories spanning event design, production, marketing, and entertainment, the ESPRIT Awards showcase the best practices and emerging trends within the global events industry. Through meticulous judging criteria and a prestigious platform, ILEA's ESPRIT Awards elevate standards and inspire professionals to continually elevate the artistry and impact of live events worldwide.


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It all began with a simple phone call, a conversation that would ignite a whirlwind of creativity and culinary innovation for Thomas Caterers of Distinction. Creativity is what this caterer is known for. Focussing mainly on the Central Indiana markets of Indianapolis, Carmal, Noblesville, fishers, Zionsville, and even Westfield is central for Thomas Caterers of Distinction. However, they have traveled to Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky for events over their 40-year history.


The task at hand was daunting yet exhilarating: to design a sensational menu for an event that promised to be nothing short of extraordinary for the Indianapolis based Accent Indy, a DMC Network. With the challenge accepted, our culinary and production teams eagerly set out to create an immersive undersea world of gastronomic delights for our esteemed guests.


Brainstorming sessions became the norm as we delved deep into the realms of imagination, pushing the boundaries of traditional cuisine to craft an experience that would leave a lasting impression. From descriptive words to conceptualization, every detail was meticulously planned to ensure an unparalleled dining experience.


Research became our compass as we explored a myriad of ingredients, presentation ideas, and culinary techniques. We sought inspiration from the depths of the ocean, drawing upon the vibrant colors and diverse flavors of the sea to shape our menu. With a blend of innovation and tradition, we curated a selection of dishes that promised to tantalize the taste buds and ignite the senses.


Preparation was key as we meticulously crafted each dish at our commissary, ensuring the utmost quality and freshness. On-site, efficiency was paramount as we orchestrated the setup for both the cocktail hour and dinner service with precision and finesse.


For the cocktail hour, we transformed performance stations into culinary spectacles, offering guests a choice of marinated beef tenderloin or tofu served atop a Himalayan salt block. A seafood boil, served in classic seasoned bags, added a touch of whimsy to the affair. Hors d'oeuvres, ranging from seared sea scallops to chickpea fritters, delighted guests as they mingled amidst ocean-themed decor.


As guests transitioned to the main dining area, they were greeted with an array of artisanal breads and ornately decorated butter boards. The challenge of catering to diverse dietary restrictions was met with innovative solutions, such as a kale salad served in glass fishbowls and a duo protein plate featuring braised beef short ribs and chicken breast.


No meal is complete without dessert, and we spared no expense in creating a whimsical display of sweet treats. From champagne mousse push pops to oyster macarons with sugar pearls, each confection was a work of art designed to delight the senses and leave a lasting impression.




As the evening drew to a close, and the last crumbs of dessert were savored, we couldn't help but feel a sense of pride and satisfaction. Our mission to create an unforgettable culinary experience had been accomplished, leaving guests full, pleased, and eager for more.


In the end, it wasn't just about the food—it was about the journey. A journey that took us from the depths of imagination to the heights of culinary excellence, proving that with creativity, passion, and a touch of magic, anything is possible.


Are you planning an event in Indianapolis, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Noblesville, or Fishers IN? Start planning your next event now!


All images, including cover picture courtesy of Aimed Photography


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