Post # 1
My poor cateter (a dear friend who we were flying in to cater our wedding) was hit by drunk driver and shattered his knee. We feel so terrible for him and hope that he is able to make the wedding as a guest.
We live in LA and are getting married Oct 10th (Saturday night) in Fairfield CT. We have already requested numerous catering proposals. No one is willing to bend and they are extraordinarily expensive. It’s not a matter of having the money; I just won’t pay for food that costs 100% more because it is a wedding.
What are other people doing who are not hiring caterers, don’t have family to help, and venue doesn’t have a working kitchen? Did anyone go the restaurant route? If so, did you hire staffing from them or another vendor?
Any ideas would be much appreciated!
Post # 3
Oh no! This is not good. I hope you find something that can take the place of your original caterer. And I hope your friend gets better soon and is able to attend your wedding.
I would try talking to some restaurants to see what they offer. It doesn’t hurt to shop around and you have two whole months to find someone. Good luck!!
Post # 4
What are you planning to have for food? Do you have access to good kitchen facilities? My husband was a professional chef and we often cater fundraisers for politcal candidates and did my sons wedding for 300 and are planning to do my daughers wedding of 150. I can’t promise…as he is asleep but he might be willing to come out and do it very reasonably (cost plus travel – we’d probably drive from Michigan). Let me know what you want to do for food and what you can afford. We own all the chafing dishes/platters etc. but you’d have to rent china or use paper. I would feel awful if this was my daughter and I’m sure David would help if it’s feasable.
Email me at [email protected] because I don’t know how to use this website very well.
Post # 5
Kazoochair –that’s such a nice offer! Another reason why I love WB!
Post # 6
One more question, what was you friend going to use for a kitchen? For my sons wedding we rented 2 townhouses as we had access to two kitchens next door to each other…kinda crazy but it worked (it was out of town)
Post # 7
Kazoochair – what an incredible offer! it is quite a logistical nightmare as there is no cooking on site (warming stations? it’s a historic mansion). Our friend had colleagues he was going to meet up with in NYC to cook, prep and they had the vans for transportation.
The menu we had was a light harvest fare but we really encouraged caterers to be creative. We love novelty appetizers, there’s no red meat, no heavy food. We were doing stations – not buffet but served food by station – the space lends itself to it.
A friend’s parents have offered their kitchen but they are by no means close to the venue. Kind of out in the sticks. I’m afraid the issues that a talented chef would run int.
I will PM you!
To other bees: anyone gone an alternate route especially if you have a venue where no cooking happens on site?
Post # 8
How about contacting a church group or really stretch it and ask about a local band/football mothers association? They are always looking for fundraisers, and they can usually cook very well.
Post # 9
It might add up but you can contact a rental company and see how much it would be to rent ovens, stovetops, etc that your caterer needs to cook the food. Otherwise, maybe the caterer can cook somewhere else and transport everything in a hot box that needs to stay hot.