Post # 1
Yesterday I remembered a meeting I had about two years ago with a culinary arts school. In short, the manager mentioned if I bought all ingredients they needed to prep the food, they wouldn’t charge for the catering as it is an opportunity for the students who are about to graduate to get some experience. They would even send the students in their formal uniforms to the activity to serve the meals if it’s a food bar or to plate the food if it’s a more formal dining type of reception.
I will explore this with them in the next weeks. But it occurs to me it could be a pretty good deal and the food would be prepared by kids that are on their last semester to get their diploma and supervised by professors.
Anyone else gone this route?
Post # 3
I didn’t but I would have, they were on break during the summer here. I have eaten at the local culinary schools restaurant a few times and it’s absolutely delicious! Do they offer a food tasting of some kind that you can test out their skills?
Post # 4
@tksjewelry: Hi! The thing is that for some reason, it is not something common here. They don’t even have packages to sell or anything. This would be more of a one time case. But I am sure they would to a food tasting. They seem pretty interested in opportunities to get their students some experience. Will call this week and figure out. It occured to me that it would cost less and probably be superior food compared to any budget friendly caterer!
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn
@Sporty-Bee: Our reception site included the food, but this sounds like a fabulous idea. We actually used high school students from my old high school as a string quartet and it worked out wonderfully… I know it’s music vs. food, but hiring students is win-win because it gives them experience and a good cost for you.
I think as long as you’ve had meals prepared by this culinary school and you think they’re good and the students are properly supervised it should be ok?
Post # 6
@mrswhitemtn: great tip! I was also thinking of having some music students play at the wedding. Glad to know it worked for you!
Post # 7
My venue is actually at the local arts school, so the professor is the in house chef. The students normally prepare the food, but its still costing a fortune because the venue is a legit venue, and one of the best in town. Ive heard they have alot of selections and are really good. My parents and fi are going to the tasting tonight.
i think its a great idea to have the local school cater. They typically are better trained and more creative than most cooks. They also try harder because chances are they are getting graded/judged on their work, so theres an added incentive for them to make every plate amazing!
Post # 8
@dv3849: oh wow thanks! I didn’t even think about them making a great effort because it’s true! They’ll probably be graded on such project!