Jun 3, 2010

Finding a Caterer

Phew.  It has been a week.  Memorial Day reminds me of the courageous people who stood up for our country, and this week has made me realize that marriage is all about standing up for someone; your fiance.  

I took on the challenge this week to be an active groom not one who only nods in agreement.  I absolutely love Christina and since food is my forte, I chose to research catering options and report my findings.

Honestly, I had no idea how hard it is to work all day, plan a wedding and then blog about how to make it local.  After calling a few caterers this morning, this is what I have learned:
  • Lock down your date, venue and theme before searching for a caterer, this helps you and the caterer be more focused in the conversation
  • Choose a style of catering fits your wedding.  Keep in mind budget, personal tastes and dietary needs of your guests and relatives.
  • Choosing a full service caterer can save you worry and money.  Find a caterer who provides linens, plates, glasses and flatware.
  • Some caterers' websites are very straight forward with prices and menus listed.  Don't be afraid to call and set up a meeting with a smaller, local caterer.  Sometimes they are more able to personalize a menu to fit your event and your tastebuds.
 I set up my first appointment for tomorrow with Maria's Gourmet Catering.  I am excited about the meeting and taking on this challenge.



  1. AnonymousJune 04, 2010

    Thanks Trey - as a new catering manager in a small suburb - your findings as a client helped me zero in on some things we can improve on.

    best of luck & have fun planning the menu (it was one of my favorite parts.)


  2. AnonymousJune 04, 2010

    You should also look at Southern Roots Restaurant in Jamestown! They do awesome catering and use lots of local foods!

  3. Check out Sweet Basils and Basils and Company. They are my absolute favorite cater to work with. Not only is the food amazing but the staff is friendly, on time, and helpful to other vendors! Their site is http://www.sweetbasilsrestaurant.com/ .. Happy searching!

    Leigh @ Leigh Pearce Weddings