Autumn is one of our favorite seasons at Thomas Preti Caterers. The charming inspiration from the crisp weather, the colorful produce at the farmers markets, and the excitement before the Holidays has everyone at TPC abuzz! With autumn arriving, we thought we’d share some fun ideas and a homemade recipe from two people who know how to party, Thomas Preti Caterers Event Directors Scott Parrish & Jessica Alton.
When Scott isn’t counting and categorizing 300,000 roses for an upcoming wedding, you can find him counting and categorizing the fall’s changing leaves with his adorable kids! They like to kick off the school year with fun parties at their local park to bring all the families together. One of Scott’s favorite ideas is to host your guests in an orchard. Plan the whole day around pumpkin picking, hay rides and family time. Bring along delicious and easy lunches like tomato bisque in a thermos. End the day roasting marshmallows around a campfire. Pack lap blankets and enjoy the cool nights with a cup of warm spiked cider.
At Jessica’s upstate home away from home, she has a variety apple trees in her backyard. Her 3 girls will spend the fall weekends picking apples before Jessica turns them into apple pies, apple bettys and best of all, homemade applesauce. Jessica’s crowd favorite, and very easy applesauce recipe is one that she loves to pair with potato pancakes and sometimes (mostly) right out of the jar! This homemade treat is the perfect way to get the kids involved in the kitchen, too!
Jessica’s Homemade Apple Sauce
- 4 apples – peeled, cored and chopped
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.