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Above the Bar Catering & Event Planning Is A Paragon of Quality and Service

By Marina Jokic

With turnkey event service, Above the Bar Catering & Event Planning in Mount Vernon, NY knows how to run an impeccable event from start to finish. Dedicated to the highest culinary and customer service standards, owner and head chef Michael J. Shallo sends his staff to all types of occasions. Their comprehensive event planning service affords peace of mind, and their planners attend to every detail, from concept to execution, so you can focus on your guests and enjoy the event.

From large corporate affairs numbering in the hundreds to intimate gatherings at home comprised of a handful of people, Above the Bar provides fresh and locally sourced food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, equipment rentals and even floral design. Shallo and his team of catering professionals have staffed a broad range of events throughout the state, matching each event to the goals and budget of a client.

"Depending on the type of event, I'll also do wine pairings, [a] full bar, specialty cocktails [?] we do it all," Shallo said. "I've done vegan weddings as well, so I make sure to cater to a large variety of people's wants and needs."

At the core of Shallo's work is a commitment to flawless event execution and client satisfaction. In his book, the customer's needs always take precedence. With years of culinary know-how and customer service expertise, the staff at Above the Bar have their work down to a science. The staff's passion for their work and Shallo's competent governance are a winning combination that make this catering company stand out from the crowd.

"Food brings people together and I love being a part of an industry and a business that helps do that," Shallo said. "I'm extremely flexible and excited to push myself to do new things constantly."

Above the Bar doesn't only follow the latest in food trends, but also likes to take the lead in innovative recipes and a customer-centered service approach. In fact, one of Shallo's favorite things to do is to experiment with innovate flavors and new textures in his dishes.

"We follow food trends and source organic, locally grown fare when possible," he said. "We understand that guests eat with their eyes first, and so our food stylists ensure your food looks as good as it tastes."

Shallo categorizes his menu as "New American" because it affords him freedom to create classic dishes in a fresh way while borrowing from other cuisines, which delivers an interesting twist. Above the Bar can accommodate most requests. They recently catered a vegan kosher wedding for the first time, which stretched their imagination to new heights and challenged them to deliver the same high quality flavors with limited ingredients. Shallo loves catering to people's imaginations and tastes, a job that never turns boring for him.

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