Post # 1
Have any of you used TWO different caterers for your wedding?
Here’s the deal: My fiance is part Dutch-Indonesian. I am full-blooded New York Jew. We both love the food from our cultures, and hoped to bring both of them to our wedding guests.
We want things like:
Lumpia (eggrolls, most menus already offer one)
Sate (skewered meat, ditto)
mini bagels with lox and cream cheese
And a buffet including:
Braised brisket and sweet noodle kugel (pudding)
Chicken Rendang and Nasi Goreng (fried rice)
We have had a few tastings from traditional caterers, hoping that we could get the basic idea through their menus: “Hey, an eggroll is an eggroll, whether it’s called lumpia or not!” “Everyone loves a mini knish!”, at least for the HDs. But, we have been less than impressed with the food as a whole, let alone asking them to go off menu…
So, we think maybe we can hire two different caterers- an Indonesian restaurant, and a deli- we found one that offers a LATKE BAR. I’m obsessed.
But is this just a logistical nightmare? Has ANYONE done this?
Post # 3
I do think it’s possible. But some caterers will have in their contracts that you cannot have another person bringing food in. Usually to protect their reputations (if one ends up not being good, guests may not know which caterer was poor).
I also think it will be ++ expensive, and difficult to calculate dishes and cutlery required.
Post # 4
@andielovesj: Yeah, I think I am most worried about the logistics of rentals, etc. If we went this route, we’d do it in a venue where we’d have to bring everything in anyway, so I doubt there would be an exclusivity clause involved.
But we are on a pretty strict budget. I am trying to get a quote on that Latke bar (like I said, obsessed), and if it’s too out there we may have to put the whole idea to bed.
Thanks for responding! 🙂
Post # 5
I think it’s reasonable in a case where you’re trying to accomodate two different styles of food for your backgrounds. I would suggest being open and honest with both caterers about what you’re doing and why. If they’re professionals, they should understand and be able to coordinate together to help ensure things run smoothly.