Post # 1
Does anyone have any tips on how to choose a caterer? or pick a menu?
I live in Baltimore but am getting married in Delaware and i don’t have a lot of time to travel back and forth.
For any DE bride out there- my choices are: Toscana, The Greenery, Sugarfoot Fine Foods, Montrachet Fine Foods, or Gallagher & Gallagher…i can’t find many reviews etc…help! thanks 🙂
Post # 3
I would ask your venue. I guess it depends on your venue, but ours is owned by a long-time local who had suggestions for good local caterers, photographers, etc. Check yelp and google maps for reviews – I pulled up some on each for Toscana near Wilmington. I didn’t check the others. You can also ask each caterer for references from previous weddings.
Post # 4
@Ei: OOOh! I am the reverse of you. Live in Wilmington, DE but getting married in Baltimore!
I can give you my opinions based on having eaten at the restaurants:
– Toscana is delicious italian food and the breadsticks are really really good.
– sugarfoot: i like their cookies. but i’m not generally a big fan of their food. it seems too “uppity” for a sandwich shop (which is kinda what they are. a super fancy sandwich shop).
Did you have a particular budget in mind? There are some other local restaurants that will cater as well.
Post # 5
@ rachelss- i asked the venue and they weren’t much help, just said that they were all good…
@zaylee-thanks for the opinions…i haven’t eaten at any of the places, i may send my parents out to taste test before i pick one since they live in DE! we have a somewhat limited budget since we have to rent everything, so at this point i may go just based on price…
Post # 6
I would just go on price and reputation. One big difference we noticed with our caterer was that everything was fresh. For example, we had steamed broccoli medley on the menu and it wasn’t just frozen stuff heated up. It was hand cut carrots, broccoli and cauliflower that was steamed. Little differences like that can make a big difference in food.
Post # 7
thanks! i think i’ve narrowed it down to the one i want, have heard several good things and i really liked the owner when i spoke with him on the phone…now to try and decide a menu!!
Post # 8
@Ei: not sure if you read this, but this bee posted her review about her venue (DE Museum of Natural History) and the caterer (Toscana). http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/phillyde-vendor-reviews-from-my-91308-wedding Good luck!
Post # 9
when I was building my meny I wanted to make sure and serve people the type of food I would serve if I was having a dinner party- only fancy. We had penne with my signature cheese sauce, and foods that I like to prepare and serve (only they were even better) we also tried to find food that represented the area since most of our guests were Out of Town. We included hazlenuts (since they are predominantly grown in Oregon) and we had Oregon Marionberry in our cake. Our Out of Town guests were immersed in what it is like to party at our house!
As long as the food represents you and is well prepared you can’t go wrong! (just make sure to give us vegetarians an option!)