The humble beginnings of Andrea Correale, one of the finest New York Caterers, began at the Correale family dinner table, where her mom, Marie, would teach her how a table can be beautifully prepared with creativity on any budget. Andrea started her career at the age of 16 when she created an “event staff for hire” company in Long Island. Upon graduating with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management in NYIT, she established Elegant Affairs, which is now an extremely successful off-premise catering and event planning empire!
Elegant Affairs is now a 15,000-square-food facility in Glen Clove, New York that hosts over 800 events per year, which catered to top brands like L’Oreal Paris Academy, Ehow.com, Sam’s Club, Celebrations.com, and most recently, Lenox China. Andrea is not only famous for her fierce entrepreneurial skills and infectious personality, but also for her innovative and unique food presentations. Elegant Affairs has satisfied some of the most discriminating of palates like Mariah Carey, Kevin Spacey, Mitt Romney, Ivana Trump, and Brooke Shields.
Today, Celebrity Caterer & Lenox Home Entertaining Expert Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Caterers, will be sharing her recipe for “Mulled Red Wine,” which has an irresistible warmth and flavor perfectly fit for this festive season.
Mulled Red Wine
One bottle (750 ml) of red wine (suggestions: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot)
One peeled and sliced orange (keep peel to add zest to taste into cooking pot)
1/4 cup of brandy
1/3 cup honey or sugar*
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp fresh or 2 tsp ground ginger (allspice can be substituted)
Sun Dried Cherries for Garnish
1. To make the perfect cup of mulled wine, combine all ingredients in either a large pot or a slow cooker. Gently warm the ingredients on low to medium heat (avoid boiling), for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure that the honey or sugar has completely dissolved. 2. When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been well blended it is ready to serve.
3. Ladle the mulled wine into a Tuscany Classics Red Tumbler by Lenox garnish with sun-dried cherries on a skewer and enjoy!
Note: The 1/3 cup of honey or sugar does make a sweeter-styled mulled wine, feel free to cut honey/sugar down to taste.
Elegant Affairs is located at 110 Glen Cove Avenue Glen Cove New York.
For more information please contact Elegant Affairs
Long Island: 516-676-8500
You can also check out Elegant Affairs’ Website, Facebook page, and Twitter account for more information and updates. And for more tips on entertaining from Andrea Correale, visit her page at Lenox’s Website.