Jeff Snow is the Owner and Chef of Catering Creations and Affairs Remembered Incorporated specializing in stylish customized menus for all types of catered events.
Meet Chef Snow How to prepare Chicken Picatta
Jeff Snow began cooking at such an early age, he can't even remember a time when he wasn't working in a kitchen or studying the culinary arts. Upon graduation at Bryan High School in Omaha, Jeff went to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with the intent of obtaining a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Although he enjoyed his business classes, he realized that what he really wanted, was to cook. He decided that he needed to be professionally trained as a Chef. Therefore, after his first year, he left U.N.L. to attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York where he obtained a Degree in Occupational Studies. At the C.I.A. Jeff studied a vast array of classes including: Culinary Math, Nutrition, Sanitation, Business Law, Food Cost Control, Classical Banquet Kitchens, Garde Manger, Knife Skills, Sauté, Food Presentation, Baking, Management of Wines and Spirits, Various Classical Ethnic Cooking Styles, and other Advanced Culinary Principals.
Upon graduation of the C.I.A., Jeff worked at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida and at Sarducci's Italian Restaurant in Plano, Texas. Jeff eventually returned to his hometown of Omaha and worked for ten years as the Executive Chef of the French Café in Downtown Omaha's Old Market.
Jeff started his catering and event planning Company, Affairs Remembered Inc. in August of 2002. He co-branded his company by purchasing an established off-premise catering business called Catering Creations. Jeff now brings the restaurant to you with off-premise catering services for a wide variety of events including: Backyard Barbecues, Birthday Parties, Cocktail Parties, Business Luncheons, Sit-Down or Buffet style Wedding Receptions, First Class Dinner Parties, and Distinct Banquet Galas. Whether the event is for 40 people or 1500 people, Jeff and Catering Creations will cater each event to match the client's preferences and budget. And no matter how casual the event, we will always cater it with style!
Catering vs. Restaurant Chefs
Chef Snow worked as a fine dining restaurant chef for close to two decades. When asked why he prefers working as a catering chef, here is what he said, "At the restaurant, I would work all day prepping meals and then through the dinner rush. My entire work day was spent in the kitchen. On occassion, I would get to speak to a guest that would come to the kitchen to thank me for the meal. Other times, I'd spend about 1/2 an hour walking around the dining room at the end of the night asking guests how their meal was. The time I would spend speaking to people directly about the food I prepared was very limited. I became a chef because I loved to see people's reactions to the food I prepared. I wanted to make them happy. In catering, not only do I get to help clients design their event menu, but I get to discuss their entire event and see many of them after the meal is served. During the event and even weeks after the event, I get to speak to the guests about the meal and their heartfelt gratitude. At the restaurant, I can count on one hand the number of thank you notes that I received. With catering, we receive thank you cards daily and I get to see the results of a great meal in the guests' faces. That is priceless for me."
Awards & Special Projects
Catering Creations voted Best Caterer - First Place Winner of the Prestigious "Best of Omaha" 2011-2013 Voter's Survey
Voted into the Winner's Circle as one of the Best Caterer's in Omaha by Omaha Magazine's "Best of Omaha"- 2010
Voted The Knot 2012 Best of Weddings Pick
Voted to receive the "Bride's Choice Award" by the Wedding Wire Network recognizing the top 5% of Wedding Professionals and voted for by recent newlyweds (brides and grooms) - 2010 and 2012-2013
Readers' Choice "Best of the Big O" - 2012
Catering Creations is voted as a Midwest Finalist in the International Catersource "ACE" Award by a panel of International Catering Peers 2011, 2012 and 2013. The "ACE" Award recognizes companies that have shown noteworthy achievement in the catering industry through culinary, business, community & professional development.
Culinary Team Leader at the 2013 "Harmony at the Hard Rock" in Las Vegas, NV for the Catersource Convention in Collaboration with Catering By Design from Denver, CO. And in previous years: 2012 for the Monday Night "Pure Sensation" event at Caesar's Palace and 2011 "Tuesday Night at the Marquee" at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.
Catering Creations is Nominated for the International Caterer's Association's CATIE Award for Best Dessert 2013.
Jeff Snow - Culinary Instructor for the Metropolitan Community College's Institute of Culinary Arts - 2010 to current.
Institute for the Culinary Arts (ICA of Metropolitan Community College) Advisory Board Member 2010-2012 Term
Invited Pastry Chef Participants in the Omaha Restaurant Association's "Sweet Couture" event blending Fashion with Omaha's Finest Pastry Chefs 2011 and 2012
Catering Creations wins 1st Place in the Tablescape Challenge sponsored by the Greater Omaha Chapter of NACE "National Association of Catering Executives" with a winning design for the theme "Forks in Paradise".
Catering Creations wins 3rd Place People's Choice Award in the Visiting Nurse's Association's Art and Soup Culinary Challenge:
"Battle of the Soups"
Member of NACE "National Association of Catering Executives"
Catering Creations is voted Best Caterer in Omaha - First Place, 2009 by the Public Voters on the KETV A-List
and voted as One of the Best Caterer's in Omaha (2nd place) 2010
Jeff Snow named an "Alumni of Distinction" by Omaha Public Schools as a graduate of Bryan High School
Catering Creations receives "A Round of Applause" as it is voted for Best Caterer in Omaha by the Readers of Metro Magazine
Jeff Snow named one of the Midland's Business Journal's 40 Under 40 honoring 40 entrepreneurs, executives, business and professional men and women under the age of 40 - 2009
Annual Staff Completion of the Catering Continuing Education Program sponsored by Catersource in Las Vegas, NV
Attending the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, CO, Chef Snow completed several Foodservice Continuing Education Classes, and meeting and discussing the changes in the culinary world with several Celebrity Chefs such as Bravo's "Top Chef": Ilan Hall, and Food Network Stars such as: Emerille Lagassi, Bobby Flay, and Iron Chef Mario Batalli.
Sponsor and Host Chef for Opera Omaha's Specialty Food Show Benefit Dinner, Collaborating with Celebrity Chefs: Iron Chef Morimoto, Gale Gand, Pilar Sanchez, and Federic Van Coppernolle
Co-Sponsor of Metropolitan Community College's "Nick Aguilla Culinary Scholarship"
Share our Strength's "Taste of the Nation"
Celebrity Cruise line's Celebrity Chef
National Pork Association, 2nd Place, National Pork Competition, Washington D.C.