Post # 1
We are planning on having our BBQ dinner catered but are doing a lot of the cocktail hour ourselves: fruit, a chip and dip station ( old fashioned bakesd chips in big baslets with lots of homemade dips) roma tomotoes filled with chicken salad, passing some hot horduerves on wood trays. The more I think about this the more I get nervous. Should I hire somebody to oversee all this? I have a DOC but not sure how much she is going to be involved in the food prep? I dont really want a restaurant, was thinking more in the lines of a free lance caterer to do it. What do you think and where do i find one?
Post # 3
your caterer can’t add any hors d’ouevres? i’ve never heard of someone getting 2 caterers. if you plan on passing things, you definitely need help — who is going to pass them around? it sounds like you’re planning on easy to prepare foods, so you could do it yourself and trust someone (a family member maybe?) to do all of the setup, but i would just ask your caterer.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
i think mrs. sand dollar might have done something like this–perhaps her posts will have some tips?
i think having a separate catering staff (not that many, just someone to oversee and a few people to execute) would be a great idea. my sister and husband have hosted holiday parties for about 100 people. they provided all the food, but hired some catering staff to execute, and let me tell you it was a lifesaver and *so nice* not to worry about certain things.
but if you’re having less people and/or have a good number of family/friends who you trust to to carry it out, i’m sure you can pull it off!
Post # 5
We have a staff of waitresses ( have a family friend who is lending me her staff for the wedding as our wedding present) and since we are having a BBQ–they are just delivering the food and sending 2 staff people to oversee the dinner buffet. The BBQ place does not really do appetizers or not the kind we want. For that reason—we want to do our own thing and put our pesonality into our cocktail hour!
A lot of the food we are buying ahead—but I think I need help preparing it????
Post # 6
Yes, you should hire some people to prepare and serve it (or set up the displays if it’s stationary).
A DOC can help to arrange a stationary food station but they are not responsible for prepping or serving any food.
Post # 7
@missmature: Hi from a fellow Chapel Hill Bee! I just got married on Saturday, and we did things the opposite way you’re doing them. We had a caterer bring appetizers (shrimp cocktail, seasonal fruit, cheese and crackers) because we were unable to get our deposit back from him when we decided to self-cater. My mom did the majority of cooking (for about 100 people!), and my grandmother helped. We hired 3 students from VA Tech’s hotel and hospitality program to heat, set up, monitor, and clean up the food. We also had a DOC to make sure everything went like clockwork. Despite my nervousness about it all, it went really well, and the food was terrific.
Since you only want to do appetizers yourself, I recommend sticking with easy things that you can make ahead of time (like what we had for our apps – your chips and dip station sounds yummy!). I would stay away from passed hors d’ouevres or anything too complicated, especially since you’re having a BBQ buffet. Then see if some of the servers who are helping with your dinner will be willing to set the apps out for you during the cocktail hour, or ask a friend to help out.
Post # 8
Thanks so much! I found a lady on craigslist that is just starting a catering company and wants to build her resume! Met with her today and she is super excited to help and execute my vision! Feel like I can sleep tonight! Going to get her to help me with some pre-wedding parties to make sure she is good! By the way==no charge! She just wants some experience!