Wedding Planning

Wedding planning and catering

Whew! We have just completed our Fall Wedding Season for 2023. We had some of the most wonderful experiences sharing the joy of matrimonial bliss with our clients, their families, and friends. With these celebrations, we also learned a lot about how professionals impact the success of an event. With this in mind, we began to question is there a difference between a Wedding Coordinator and an Event Planner? We went beyond our own years of catering and event planning experience in the hospitality industry and asked this question of a seasoned professional and our dear friend, Regina Roberts, of … Read more

It’s all about Thanksgiving…what does this holiday signify to you? What are your traditions?

Thanksgiving is a holiday primarily celebrated in the United States and Canada. It signifies a time for people to give thanks for the blessings of the past year, including the harvest and good things in their lives. It often involves spending time with family and friends, enjoying a special meal together, and reflecting on gratitude. Some people also take the opportunity to reflect on the historical aspects of Thanksgiving, which has more complex and sometimes controversial origins related to the interaction between Native Americans and European settlers. I recount one Thanksgiving when I was living in London, England and it … Read more

Father’s Day by Christopher Fitzpatrick

Fathers Day

Hello, this is Christopher Fitzpatrick, Corporate Chef, Occasional Occasions by Carlton

Can I get personal with you? Phases of a Father…decision maker, coach, advisor

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and as I reflect on this incredibly special day, I am reminded that being a father is one of the most humbling experiences and it is a full-time 24-7; 365-day job. As a father, we are faced with situations outside of our control. Some of these situations require us to seek strength from a higher power outside of ourselves. I recall when my sons were young, I made life decisions for them…from sunup to sundown. As they got older and matured into their teenage years, I did not have that kind of control to make all the decisions for them. I remember having a conversation with both of my sons and in that conversation, I heard the most frightening words from them, “Dad let me go, I got this.” Talk about a humbling experience because I knew they were right. I had to allow them to leave the nest, because I had been training them to strengthen their wings to fly. At this point, my job was to be their coach and to help them make the necessary changes that would help them grow into manhood.

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In Honor of our Mothers


Mother’s Day is often a time of reflection and celebration of someone who has probably been the most influential person in our lives. Mothers often give thought about us from the time of conception through watching us grow into adulthood.

We can focus on Tupac Shakur’s song, “Dear Mama” and the lyrics that honor his mother. Tupac’s song is an acknowledgement of his mother’s irreplaceable impact on his life and the struggle she went through as a single parent. Our stories about our mothers may not reflect those references to Tupac’s lyrics, but we do share the similarities of honor, love, and respect to the single person on earth who knows us best.

Here are the stories that honor our mothers from the three (3) chefs of Occasional Occasions by Carlton Catering and one of our clients.

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Our Masters Experience

Catering the Masters 2023

We did it BIG at the Masters Golf Tournament 2023!

Occasional Occasions by Carlton was honored to have been selected by UPS to provide catering services for their executive suite team and their corporate guests at the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

We courted the relationship with UPS over the years and were selected not only because of our cuisine and service reviews, but they were also looking for a diverse catering company…and as an LGBT, Veteran and Minority Certified company, Occasional Occasions was a perfect match. As part of our service offering, we provided welcome snacks for three (3) waves of attendees throughout the week, Drop & Go breakfast for two satellite homes, breakfast each morning for the host home, cocktail parties, followed by formal plated dinners.

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Occasional Occasions Catering

Happy New Year! Year 2021 presented us with many challenges that affected our ability to carry out business as usual; cancelled events, lack of product inventory, and staff related issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, not all was lost, we did experience a bounce-back during the summer months and the holiday season as clients began to entertain again.

During the year 2021, Occasional Occasions by Carlton, LLC (founded by Carlton Brown) and The Savory Plate, LLC (founded by Christopher Fitzpatrick) worked collaboratively to provide clients with expanded services and cuisine offerings. These collaborative efforts led to the merger

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Survival of the Fittest

Survival of the fittest

If you’ve never moonlighted as a waiter/waitress at a restaurant or helped out a friend back in the day on a catering gig….then you probably have no idea of how hard and challenging catering is as a whole. Most people see the glitz, glamour, and gorgeous presentations that we produce, but they have no idea how much strength and stamina it takes to pull off a catering gig.

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Finding Hidden Gems On Daytrips

Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company

I had the most “Bon Appetit Y’all” type of day recently in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia in the Blue Ridge Mountains. For those of you who may not be familiar, the Blue Ridge Mountains are about a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Atlanta proper. It is an easy and gorgeous day trip getaway. It was a gorgeous day with temps in the low 80’s and people were out and about and enjoying the day. I drove up there with a very good friend who is also a culinarian and has his own catering company so we were in heaven together. LOL. I spent several hours on the main street of Blue Ridge, but there was one little storefront that definitely caught my attention. It was the Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company. This quaint little shop was the hidden gem I had been looking for.

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Black Lives Matter


I’m posting this story in honor of Black History Month in hopes that I can bring some clarity to the meaning of Black Lives Matter.

Recently I decided to take a solo mental retreat with myself, and I booked a cabin up in the beautiful Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains. I was desperately looking forward to this getaway of solitude, accompanied by my own noise, and no one else’s. I had been working tirelessly on building my Bon Appetit Y’all Gourmet Condiment company brand, and it was starting to take a tole on me, so this trip was surely needed.

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A Thanksgiving cooking tip

Here is an awesome Thanksgiving cooking tip that I learned TOTALLY BY MISTAKE years ago and haven’t deviated from it since. So if any of you know my back story (you can view it on the website at, I wasn’t born with a wooden spoon in my mouth. You would think that since I grew up with a mother who was a home economics teacher, and my father who was a cook in the United States Marines that I would have picked up a few tricks on the way. NOPE. LOL.

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Have you ever eaten something that changed your life?

Pantry Picks

Hey folks, I wanted to share this enlightening story with you that parallels greatly with my culinary journey. This story highlights one of the main reasons I started Bon Appétit Y’alls Pantry Picks. To introduce unique and creative items that will influence one to look at food differently. It’s a little bit of a read, but a very relatable story for many. Is this your story too? I hope you enjoy.

“Oh, yes.

I grew up eating typical American fare. I thought that I was an adventurous eater, because I loved Mexican food (Taco Bell) and Chinese food (sweet and sour chicken). Oh, the sweet bliss of ignorance.

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It’s Been A Minute, Let’s Ketchup… Available Now: Artisan Ketchup

Artisan Ketchup

Most folks, when they think of ketchup they think of Heinz in a bottle, which is a tomato-based condiment. But you may be surprised to learn that the original ketchup was neither born in the U.S nor was it a tomato-based condiment. It started out in China as a pickled fish sauce.

Over centuries and different continents, it morphed into a Chinese seasoning that was discovered by English sailors, but that version was more a kin to Worcestershire sauce. The British used ingredients such as anchovies or oysters mushrooms, and walnuts to recreate those flavors. In turn ketchup came to mean a condiment consisting of mushrooms. The English settlers brought this mushroom ketchup to America, where it continued to gradually go through various changes. One significant alteration was the addition of tomatoes, which is how we have the ketchup that we know today.

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Live Cooking Demo

Carlton Cooking Demo

I was recently honored to host a live cooking demo for the GMSDC (The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council). GMSDC is the state of Georgia’s leading advocacy organization for small business development and supplier diversity. GMSDC hosted their 2020 Virtual Business Opportunity Exchange and partnered with me for an after-hours live cooking demo. We recorded the event in a client of mines beautiful home in Stone Mountain Georgia. The GMSCD spared no expense and brought in a top-notch production film crew to record and live stream the whole event.

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Bon Appetit Y’all by Carlton

Bon Appetit Y'all by Carlton

Although Bon Appetit Y’all by Carlton, was officially launched on 1 July 2020, many of you would be surprised to know that Bon Appetit Y’all was actually birthed on 9/15/13. Yep…almost 7 years ago. Back then however, it wasn’t called Bon Appetit Y’all. It was actually named after my mother and called ‘Hilda Brewer Brown”.

Ironically enough, during that period I was also the co-owner of “Hilda’s…A Breakfast to Write Home About”, which was a breakfast brunch spot in the Irwin Street Market in the Old Forth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta GA.

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Curbside Cuisines

curbside cuisine

Hey Guys

I hope this finds you safe and well during these crazy times. It’s a challenging time for everyone as we face so many unknowns. As entrepreneurs and small business owners, we face challenges that are a bit different than others. Those of us in the catering and hospitality industry is particularly vulnerable and feeling the pressure as events and meetings get canceled during the pandemic.

I asked myself, what I could do to help during this time. I want to be of service AND keep my business afloat.

The answer I came up with is to help with the demand and need for home-delivered meals. You still have to eat and having delicious and tasty food during this time is very important. You and your loved ones have to stay healthy and fit.

That being said, I’m launching a division of my company called “Curbside Cuisines”. So many people are staying home and still have a desire to support their local business, so here’s a way for you to do just that.

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Cheesecakes by Carlton debuts at a Fund Raiser

Cheesecakes by Carlton

Recently I was honored to have been asked to participate in a fund-raiser for Lost-n- Found Youth. Lost-n-Found Youth is an Atlanta, Georgia -based organization that assists homeless LGBT youth. The organization, at the time of its 2011 founding was the “only organization actively taking Atlanta’s LGBT homeless youth directly off the streets”.

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My Adventures at Tuck School of Business

Tuck School of Business

I applied for, and was awarded a full scholarship to attend “Building a High-Performing Business” at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College this past November. My scholarship was due to the generosity of Tuck School of Business and Wells Fargo. Tuck is known for its distinctive educational model and the professors truly stood up to its reputation. Founded in 1900, the Tuck School was the first institution in the world to offer a master’s degree in business administration.

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Wedding at Crooked Oaks Farm, AL

Wedding Catering

We recently took the Occasional Occasions show on the road! We were honored to have catered a beautiful wedding in Auburn Alabama at Crooked Oaks Farm. Crooked Oaks Farm is a stunning wedding venue located just 20 minutes from Auburn, Alabama. The venue is located on a hunting preserve owned and operated by College Football Hall of Fame Coach Pat Dye. The venue was full of nostalgic memorabilia and if you were an Auburn fan, you really felt home.

This was not the first time that we had catered an event out of town, but it was the first time we were in the position to bring all of our own equipment. I took many of my A-Team to the event with me. The road trip was a time for us to laugh, tell jokes and just bond. We rented a 12 passenger Sprinter and hitched a trailer on the back.

The venue, a covered outdoor space, was beautiful and the weather was special ordered for that day. My team did an incredible job, starting with my Chef Freddie and his team completing and delivering all of the food.

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NGLCC Conference in Tampa Florida

NGLCC Conference

Recently I attended the NGLCC (National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) Conference in Tampa Florida. The NGLCC conference is the largest gathering of LGBTQ+ and allied business leaders in the world, and it was attended by leaders from small businesses, major corporations, and chambers of commerce from around the United States, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, South Africa, and beyond!

The energy and inclusiveness of the event were inspiring. But out of the many things that I experienced and saw, including attending some phenomenal classes and networking events, there was one thing that truly caught my attention and blew me away.

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