(Closed) Caterer vs. Restaurant

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: Based on these pros and cons, which one would you hire?
    Catering Company : (6 votes)
    50 %
    Restaurant + Bartending Company : (6 votes)
    50 %
    3. Other, will post. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    310 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I voted for the catering company merely b/c we were going to do the restaurant option (Ruby Tue).  We spoke to someone on the phone and met a manager.  We were thoroughly impressed and began setting up the details.  As we were beginning to budget how much to pay them per month, we had run-ins.  They didn’t return phone calls, emails, etc.  Later, we found out the manager we had spoken to no longer worked at the restaurant. (Nobody told us!)  The head of their catering/large party gave us run around and behaved as if they’d never done a large event before.  When we discussed the plans that we set up with the new lady, she acted as if they couldn’t do anything that was discussed.  GRRR!  (Bridezilla almost came out).  Glad we didn’t pay them anything.  Ended up saying forget you Ruby Tue and got a caterer that did an amazing job.  Look around for other caterers who have better food if possible.  They can do everything including drinks if you find the right one!

    Post # 4
    Member
    269 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    The “food made in bulk and stored” thing is a problem. That could result in a lot of your food being unevenly heated, soggy, gummy or just not tasty (depending on what it is).

    I’m also concerned about the lack of supervisor to coordinate timing, distribution, etc. I would decide against the restaurant for those reasons. 

    Is there a possibility of you finding a caterer that you find tastier, so you are happier?

     

    Post # 5
    Member
    4194 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    Food will almost always be better made on site vs. hours before/brought in. Also- you have too many cons listed-bad service at a wedding isn’t acceptable. 

    Since your wedding is two years out, keep looking!

    Post # 8
    Member
    269 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @CrazyCoffeeGeek:  I definitely understand you feeling that way, but there is A LOT to be said for having the catering company coordinate the bartending, serving, coffee and tea service, etc. Are you having a wedding planner? If not, it will be you that will have to ensure that all of those different companies are working in harmony, responsible for various breakdown and cleanup, et cetera.

    I know the service fees are high, but for ME I totally felt like it was worth it to really have the catering company handle *everything* and not have to sweat about anything, you know? 

    I really would keep looking and have your current catering option as a fallback. I think, with the number of italian caterers out there, you can do better. 

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