Welcome to our blog. In addition to being hip to the latest trends in cyber communication, we will use this space to share with you some of our most memorable events and tales from the wild world of off-site catering.
The Brunch Reception
The traditional “day after brunch” is getting a new time slot. One of our favorite wedding trends is the “breakfast for dinner” concept. Much like the “comfort” craze, breakfast foods inspire that familiar nostalgia that gives us the warm fuzzy feeling. From a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” inspired menu for a daytime reception to a “Sophisticated Southern” evening extravaganza we love how our couples are inspired to use “breakfast for dinner” as a way to express the energy and style of their wedding.
Brunch themed receptions also give a twist to traditional bar offerings. In lieu of wine and beer, a chef-attended Bloody Mary or mimosa bar, where guests can add a variety of garnishes makes for a great visual presentation and encourages mingling.
Have a style in mind that we can build your menu around – share it with us. We delight in personalizing your celebration. Who’s ready for waffles?
Custom Wedding Signage
One of our unique wedding services is signage. We source funky pieces that we can print menus on for your welcome refreshment station, dinner and bar. These can also feature a love note, favorite poem or other fun text on them. Our in house calligrapher (and long time event manager, Tambra Freeborn) prints on them in various styles to coordinate with the event theme and colors. This is another way we work with you to personalize your wedding day, making it a memorable experience for you and your guests.
Late Night Nosh
After the last dance, and amongst the well wishes and goodbyes, a little late night nosh, is a thoughtful way to send your guests off. The offerings are endless, but a few of our signature snacks include glazed donut holes and milk, churros y chocolate, a roving hot dog and condiment cart or newspaper cones filled with fish and chips.
We can also personalize snack bag packaging to include a special note of thanks and love from our Bride and Groom.
The Cocktail Hour: Appetizer Stations & Passed Hors d’ hoeuvres
The cocktail hour following the ceremony is a wonderful time for your wedding guests to mingle, get acquainted or reconnect. There is no better way to get the celebration started then over a signature cocktail or glass of local wine. Along with that, appetizers and hors d’oeuvres are offered to tease at the dinner to come.
We offer two options for the presentation of appetizers. Tray passed and the ever-popular stations. Tray passed hors d’ oeuvres are served to your guest by our staff on beautifully presented platters or our texture filled shadow boxes. The server also describes to guests what they are being offered. This is a really lovely way to have your guests feel like they are being well taken care of as they interact with each other over a cocktail. For example, our pulled pork and marmalade wonton skins are a favorite passed hors d’ oeuvre.
(inset: Smokey pulled pork, orange fennel salsa on a wonton skin. Parmesan crisp with chopped tomato, scallions and roasted garlic)
(inset: Albondigas with piquillo pepper sauce. Gazpacho shooters with poached shrimp)
Stationed appetizers are set up for guests to graze as they like and are usually themed. For example, one of our classic stations is a California assortment of cheese. This is presented with other tid bits such as dried fruit, nuts or chutney, along with pieces of flat bread, baguette or specialty crackers.
(inset: domestic cheese assortment accompanied by fresh figs, thyme and grapes)
Another great station is our Bruschetta Bar which features a variety of toppings for crostini including the traditional tomato, basil and roasted garlic. We love to give this offering an international spin with toppings such as Citrus White Bean and Feta Dip or Edamame Wasabi Mash for example. Ultimately, this is an opportunity to be a little creative and wow your guests with an amazing expected offering as well as give them a little something unexpected that will be memorable.
(inset: Bruschetta station with dips and spreads including roasted red pepper hummus, sweet pea mash, citrus white bean and feta spread)
Recently we’ve even done an attended version of the appetizer station with green lip mussels, featuring the traditional Champagne Mignonette and offering up a fun Spicy Bloody Mary Ganita to accompany.
The cocktail hour is a wonderful place to personalize your menu. We love to find out what you like and then give it a twist that uniquely represents you on your day.
If you’re looking for more ideas and inspiration, keep an eye on our FaceBook page where we post current menus and pictures from current real weddings.