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Full service Catering and Wedding Specialist offering the Knoxville Catering Venues a unique “Farm to Table” Southern Gourmet style of cooking. Our presentation is traditional trendy and our staff is very professional.

Jessica and Ben Belitz

Maryville, TN

Photo: Ben & Jessica ~ Married yesterday at Butterfly Gap Retreat!

Beautiful Butterfly Gap wedding was captured with photo’s by Sissy Sullivan –Sullivan Photography.

Sissy’s assistant was Daniel , they were everywhere capturing some amazing shots!

This beautiful ceremony pond site arbor was decorated by Samantha Lynn with Mulberries Florist.

Mulberries did an outstanding job with all the floral arrangements, decorations, and wedding party floral arrangements.

These are some of the lovely table centerpieces :

Mulberries FloristThe Table Lace was beautiful with these centerpieces…. giving the room a softness.

Mulberries Florist

Mulberries Florist

Bride and Groom NotesThen Ben and Jessica framed their personal vows to each other and incorporated these with Cocktail Table centerpieces. Here are some more:

 Bride Groom Notes

 Bride Groom Notes 2

The Outdoor seating was perfect on this “rain free” evening !!!

 Outdoor seatingJessica and Ben Requested a Heavy Hor d oeuvre Stations reception, which gave great flow with this large number of guest. We had three different food stations, a Beverage station , and a Wedding Cake station.

Sliders Station

 Slider Station- BBQ Loin, Crabcake, and Gyro  Crabcake sliders BBQ SlidersGyro Sliders Gyro cucumber sauceRefreshing Beverage Station -Strawberry Cream Punch, Limeade Punch, Sweet Tea, and Iced Water.

 Beverage StationMartini Potato and Pasta Bar

 Potato and Pasta BarFruit and Salads Station

 Fruit and Salads Station-Seven Layer Dip, Parmesan Spinach Roma's, Fruit Skewers, BLT Bruschetta Fruit Skewers Parmesan Spinach Roma's BLT Bruchetta The Wedding Cake-this 5 tier cake was our Strawberry recipe. We have had the privilege to bake Jessica’s Strawberry birthday cakes for years… and now the honor of baking her wedding cake as well 馃檪

Wedding CakeJessica had so much of her creativity displayed in the reception room… And with the help of her bride’s maids-Details, Details, and Details !!!

Bride /Groom Table Boogie ShoesGift Card CaseGuest Book Treat Bag SparklersThe Entertainment/Music was provided by Special Notes Entertainment Agency, and what a great job Mr. Ogle did with the music, laser light show, and MC announcements !

Many Thanks to Jessica and Ben for allowing us to be a part of their Special Day !!!

Clayton Center for the Arts

Maryville TN

Little River Watershed

2012 Comes to a Close聽and a聽Successful Year for Little River Watershed Association!

LRWA Stream Monitoring and World Water Monitoring Day:

After a long hiatus, we鈥檙e proud to say we have re-activated聽our citizen science and stream monitoring program.聽We are able to do this in part because of a generous聽donation we received from Chota Canoe Club in 2012.We are piloting our visual assessment in Reed Creek, one of the nicest creeks in the Little River Watershed. 聽We will聽also conduct similar visual assessments in the Pistol Creek Watershed in 2013. With help from area labs,聽we will also conduct chemical sampling on the trunk stream of Little River in 2013.

It鈥檚 been a great year for the Little River Watershed Association!

As we are leaving 2012, we thought it would be a good time to thank our sponsors, volunteers, and community supporters. With your help, these are聽some of our year鈥檚 accomplishments!

2012 Accomplishments:路聽 We maintained a 5-mile section of the Little River located in Walland, as part of the national Adopt-A-Stream program. As a result of our regular clean-ups, we have聽removed over 5000 lbs. of trash and debris from our river corridors.路聽 We hosted the second annual Little River Fest (formerly called Little River Roundup and Earthfest), a day-long river cleanup and afternoon celebration for volunteers at River John鈥檚 Island.聽聽Over 125 volunteers helped clean up the river on this spring day.

路聽 We coordinated a successful campaign to treat over 20 threatened mature hemlocks growing on the banks of the Little River. These trees were identified as聽critical habitat for aquatic and riparian habitat along the river, but threatened by the invasive insect, the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.

路聽 We conducted a聽watershed educational field school for an area Boy Scout troop, in addition to conducting over 60 hours of environmental outreach activities in Blount and Knox Counties.

路聽 We conducted three聽Little River Watershed 101 events, community-wide programs providing hands- on educational opportunities about Little River.

路聽 We initiated a聽stream monitoring program in Reed Creek with help from Chota Canoe Club. This program will expand in 2013, with new business and corporate sponsors and will聽include a youth stream聽monitoring program in Pistol Creek watershed.

路聽 We hosted our 6th annual聽Winter Gala at the Clayton Center for the Arts with over 130 in attendance.

Some Photo’s from the 6th annual Winter Gala!!!

Gathering and participating in the Silent Aution

GatheringLive BandSilent Aution Bid ItemsButler Passed Tray Shrimp CocktailButler Passed Tray Sausage BallsFeatured here is one of the LIVE auction bid items…. a vacation package.

Live AuctionThe Buffet for the Gala featured Heavy Hor D Oeuvres

Rotini Chicken AlfredoSeven Layer Mexican Dip with tortilla'sCheese Grits BarRosemary Roast with CroissantsFresh Fruit FondueAnd as a tradition….. we featured an incredible Dessert Buffet

*Chocolate Layer Cake聽 *Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake聽 *Strawberry Cake *Hummingbird Cake

Dessert Buffet*Red Velvet Cake聽 *Key Lime Cheesecake聽 *Italian Cream Cake

Dessert BuffetBeverage Station

Beverage StationDavid Harrill (Gala Board Member) talking with Steve Samples (Live Auction auctioneer)

Baby Shower

Amanda (Mom to Be)


“Welcoming Noah Thomas”

The theme for this extravagant baby shower was Noah’s Ark and held at the Blount County Public Library in one of the private meeting spaces. I really enjoyed being a part of this special event and wanted to share it.

The Cake was so fun! Amanda brought聽 artwork to be printed into an edible image for the the cake.

Shower CakeMommy to Be….

AmandaGrandmother to Be…. Anne Clayborne was very organized and planned a spectacular baby shower event. From her hand sewn table linens, guest favors and to her fresh flower centerpieces and candy platters…. she was spot on!

Guest FavorCenterpiecesGift TableThe Mid-morning menu was perfect for a Shower:

Mini Quiche Florentine

Fresh Fruit Skewers

Crescent Chicken Salad Finger Sandwiches

Parmesan Spinach Roma Tomatoes

Sharp Cheddar Sausage Balls

Sparkling Cranberry Punch

BuffetFruit Skewers and Parmesan Roma TomatoesChicken Salad Sandwiches/ Quiche Florentine

Sharp Cheddar Sausage BallsSparkling Cranberry Punch

Noah's Ark PlatesWe had so much fun “Welcoming Noah Thomas”聽 !!!!聽聽 Thanks Anne and Amanda for making First Fruits Catering a part of your special celebration 馃檪

40th Anniversary “Spring in Appalachia”

Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville TN

Fresh Fruit Martini'sThe Pre-Reception was a success with 50 guest in attendance. The Fresh Fruit Martini’s were a hit! Also, we featured a strawberry fondue with cream cheese dip and domestic gourmet cheeses.

Strawberry FondueGourmet Cheeses DisplayIt has been several years since our Fresh Floral designer (Ms. Vicki ) has retired… however, occasionally guest will still ask us to do Flower Centerpieces. We really enjoyed offering the fresh spring daisy centerpieces for the 200 guest after party event for the Ballet company as well!

Clayton Center Grand Foyer

Spring Daisy CenterpiecesAfter the ballet performance we offered an excellent butler passed tray menu:




Kaylie Mertins





Marble Cream Cheese BrowniesI really enjoyed being a part of this special 40th Anniversary celebration and performance of the Appalachian Ballet Company! The evening was a real success for the Ballet Company with a larger than expected guest count!!!

Clayton Center for the Arts

Maryville, TN

RE-ELECTWhat an honor to be a part of the re-elect Mike Morton Assessor of Property reception.

Loyal Supporters were welcomed with a heavy hor d oeuvres reception at the Clayton Center for the Arts.

Herb Crusted Meatballs , Caramel Apple Fondue, and Gourmet Cheeses DisplaySpinach Dip with Toast PointsThe Gourmet Coffee and Dessert Bar were welcomed !!!

Italian Cream, Chocolate Layer Cake , Verona CoffeeRed Velvet, Wett Lemon , and Wett Coconut CakesMike’s assistant Tammy did a wonderful job with the table centerpieces and organizing this event.

Table Centerpieces

Guest enjoying

University of Tennessee

Community Open House

Dairy FarmIn 1995 there were more than 1,300 dairy farms in the state of Tennessee. Today, there are about 540.聽 The UT Little River Animal and Environment Unit gives Tennessee dairy farmers hope in discovering new ways to increase the quality and productivity of the Holstein cattle. The facility will also investigate interactions between animal agriculture and the environment, including waste management , water quality studies, and land-use studies.

High Tech. milking facilityTHE COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE WAS A聽 ” H U G E ”聽 SUCCESS!!!! Over 500 people attended just in the first two hours…

Vegetables SnacksThe buffet snacks were well received! We featured Fresh Vegetables Display, Fresh Fruits Fondue, Gourmet Domestic Cheeses, and a beverage assortment.


Thanks for allowing First Fruits Catering to be a part of the Community Open House!!!

Spencer Harp and Kimberly Smith

Dandridge , TN

Mountain Harbor InnThis couple rented the entire Inn and used the dock for the ceremony, the banquet room for the reception, and rented all the rooms for the bridal party.

Ceremony Location

Immediately following the ceremony guest enjoyed a pre-reception gathering station of Fresh Fruits聽 Fondue and Gourmet Domestic Cheeses.

Gathering StationDownstairs Outdoor Gathering AreaAfter Photo’s and Gathering Appetizers, the guest enjoyed a full service dinner starting with a preset Gourmet Tossed Salad.

Gourmet Tossed SaladMain Banquet RoomThe Inn has a unique Old World charm making it a very romantic wedding venue.

Mountain Harbor Inn LobbyGuest enjoyed a full service plated dinner plate including Rosemary Beef Roast , Hickory Smoked Ham, Glazed Baby Carrots, Broccoli Casserole, and Fresh Baked Bread.

A Special thanks to Peggy Love of Plan it with Love wedding planners for making this wedding “Perfectly Planned”…:!)

Rachel Humphrey and Drew Goin

Maryville , TN

Rachel and DrewThis beautiful couple had their wedding ceremony and reception at the church. They served the perfect lite afternoon hor d oeuvre menu and dessert buffet.

Vegetable DisplayFresh Fruits FondueLemonade Punch FountainFlowers by Wilma Loy !!! (she did all the bridal flowers and directing of the ceremony)

Flowers by WilmaBride and Groom TableAnd my Fav….. A full Layer Cakes dessert buffet聽 馃檪

Wett Lemon Cake, Strawberry Cake, Red Velvet CakeChocolate Layer Cake, Reeses Peanutbutter Cake, Italian Cream CakeAbsolutely a wonderful afternoon wedding ! Thanks for the Opportunity to Serve :~)

Gabby Freeman and Josh Jones

Walland, TN

Caprese SaladThis couple wanted a heavy hors doeuvres menu featuring a Caprese Salad, Chicken Strips, Sausage balls, Sweet Potato/Whipped Potato Bar, Fresh Fruit Display, with butler passed trays of Shrimp cocktail and herb stuffed Roma Tomatoes.

Chicken Strips and Sausage BallsFresh Fruits DisplayGuest Enjoyed Sweet Tea and Lemonade

Beverage StationThe unusual wedding cake was a Cupcake Cake with bottom tier and top cake layer. Different flavors were served: Carrot Cupcake, Red Velvet Cupcake, and Vanilla bean wedding cake.

Cupcake with Tiered CakeThe grooms cakes were fun!!! University of Kentucky and Cardinals..Wahoo !

UKCardinalsThis was a beautiful setting and wedding reception. Congratulations Gabby and Josh 馃檪