Post # 1
I have a decision to make on caterers and I wanted some advice from the hive.
Food is near the top of list priority-wise. I’m interested in two different caterers that both have stellar reviews as far as taste and quality of the food is concerned. (We have meetings with both soon).
Rave reviews from our photographers who we very much trust. Some online reviews say that communication wasn’t that great, but everything turned out wonderful. Their philosophy is to use fresh, seasonal, and local foods tailored to their client – no set menus or prices. They don’t do “tastings” in the sense that we would taste our particular meal for the wedding. They have a small restaurant and encourage people to try them there, but it was damaged in a fire and closed indefinitely. We will talk with them today and see if we get any tastings. The only con I see with them is that it might be expensive (again, we will see at the meeting).
Again, rave reviews from everywhere. The head chef has worked in four and five star restaurants. It has a small restaurant in a community center. Has the same philosophy about foot – fresh, seasonal, local. The big difference is that teens from a near-by high school are integrated into all areas of the food service. It’s part of a alternative educational program teen employment program to help them learn basic job skills and customer service. I LOVE this and would love to support this, but it leaves me a bit worried about the service. I’m sure it would be fine – but there would likely be some hiccups. I am also assuming it will be much cheaper.
I’ll know a lot more when I meet with them, but I am curious – which caterer would you hire? Would you be ok with teens working at your reception?
Post # 3
Coming from a chefs point of view (mine) I think the 2nd one sounds a little better. That the chef is so focused on fresh things and that he has worked in great restaurants. The teen thing wouldnt really throw me off too much just bc I used to do things like that when I was younger. Helped out with weddings and parties and such. They wont give you kids that are “troubled” or on the edge of freaking out. You will most likely get the kids who want to learn and want to help. Im sure it will be fine. Maybe ask more information about the teens at your meeting. What type of kids are in the program? How do they pick the kids?
It sounds good to me. 🙂
Good Luck with your meetings!
Post # 4
@MeganTacky2247: Thanks for your point of view! One meeting is today so I’m excited to learn more. I think I’m leaning toward the second option, but we will see.
I wonder if guests would have any opinion on the teen servers…?
Post # 5
If it saves you money I would totally go with it- if not then why bother?
Post # 6
@Crabbabs I dont think your guests will even really notice. Unless they are weird, and like the “emoish” kids. Then your guests might notice. But most likely, they will be in tucked in white shirts, ties and aprons, so they wont be “stand out” or anything. They SHOULD be styaing quiet and just collecting plates. 🙂
Post # 7
I say Caterer 2. It is probably cheaper, the Chef worked at high end restaurants. I could not go with Catere 1 simply because you can’t do a tasting.
Post # 8
I agree with carerer 2. There’s a high school near me that has won awards for their culinary program, and if I could have gotten a hold of them, I would’ve hired them (they cater and serve small jobs as extra credit and projects). It’s cheaper, and the food would have been delicious.
Guests won’t be paying attention to the servers unless they look 12. I only remember actually looking at one server in the past 2 years worth of weddings I’ve been to, and she looked about 17 or 18.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone. The meeting with caterer #1 went well, she was very friendly and helpful and came up with great ideas. She said she would get me a proposal in a week. I’m curious what the number will be. The servers are $30/hr and place settings are $12 pp. I’ll have to shop around and see how that compares.
Post # 11
I would never, ever hire a caterer that didn’t let me taste your menu. For me, that really outweighs the fact that there are teenage serves (and that doesn’t bother me either).
Post # 10
I agree with pps about caterer #2. It’s a great idea, and we had student servers at our wedding in October. They weren’t necessarily teens (they attend the university where we were married), but being able to support young adults who you know enjoy what they do and are there because they have a vested interest in their work is always a good thing. I hope you are happy with either choice you make!