Congrats to All 2011 Graduates

Graduation season has officially begun! From college to high school, graduates are celebrating to commemorate such an amazing accomplishment. With the weather getting warmer, and grills coming out of hibernation, what better way to celebrate than with a backyard get-together?

Throwing the perfect outdoor party doesn’t have to be a hassle. With a foolproof menu and a few helpful tips, you’ll be able to pull off the ultimate graduation party without breaking a sweat.

When creating your graduation menu remember two things: seasonal and simple. While it’s fun to try new recipes, create the bulk of your menu with classics from your cooking arsenal, and fill in the holes with newer dishes. This will help cut down on the stress of new recipe success in the kitchen. And don’t forget to work ahead!


  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon steak sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 slices process American cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 8 cooked bacon strips
  • Optional toppings: lettuce leaves and tomato and onion slices


  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties.
  • Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Top with cheese. Grill 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted. Serve on buns with bacon and toppings of your choice. Yield: 4 servings. 

Nutrition Facts:  1 burger (calculated without optional toppings) equals 472 calories, 25 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 947 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 33 g protein.

Graduation Caps Recipe



  • Remove paper liners from peanut butter cups; place upside down on waxed paper. Place a small amount of frosting on each peanut butter cup; center a mint on each. Using frosting, make a loop for each cap’s tassel. Place an M&M on top of each loop. Yield: 2 dozen. 

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 92 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 136 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

 Decorations & Invitation Ideas

Create a gorgeous buffet with long wooden tables covered in summery tablecloths. Use old books or pots and pans to place underneath your dishes to add height to the table. Trifle bowls are the perfect vessel for salads, while tiered platters and apothecary jars are ideal for baked goods and sweets. Have more time with your Grad and let us take care of the event for you. Contact our Catering dept for more information



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