Thursday, May 23, 2024

Behind the Scenes: Boca Mag BBQ Photo Shoot

E&M raises the flavor profile of a typical backyard barbecue

The initials in Boca-based E&M Culinary, Events & Creative stand for “Everything & More,” and that’s what it strives to offer clients. The two-year-old company caters weddings, bar mitzvahs, birthday parties, corporate gatherings—and, as the previous page’s delectable spread at Rebel House proves, holiday picnics.

“We can help with anything from backyard barbecues and pool parties to Fourth of July parties and Memorial Day parties,” says Managing Partner Andy Cohen. “It can be quite overwhelming if you have 50 or 60 people in your backyard and you want to cook for them. So we can do something unique for your backyard barbecue, or we can bring you a simple burger bar featuring Charm City Burgers, one of our partner restaurants.”

Created exclusively for Boca magazine, this display represents the former approach—innovative spins on summery comfort food concocted by Rachel Vondell, E&M’s director of catering operations. “When I think of barbecues, I think of fried chicken, watermelon, potato salad,” she says, all of which receive a gourmet spin from E&M. “Almost everything has a sweet and savory aspect to it,” she adds. “I used to be a pastry chef, and my biggest thing was morphing the two flavors.”

This story comes from our June/July/August 2018 issue of Boca magazine. For more content like this, subscribe to the magazine.

John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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