Post # 1
There are only going to be about 20 or so people at the ceremony and reception. We have a small place that we’re going to rent for both. I noticed that a lot of catering companies have minimums (usually 50-100) for service to that leaves me lost on what to do/serve. The alcohol part is easy, but food is a bit more difficult. Tips? Ideas?
Post # 3
@CARA1978: Try to get married or have the reception at a restaurant.
Post # 4
@peachacid: I’m looking into that too, but a lot of places have a minimal dollar amount for food and beverage. In some cases that means we’ll end up spending a lot per person, more than I think they could eat or drink, especially if its not evening.
I have one place that’s still an option, but having a hard time finding others. Some places are way more than we want to spend if it’s a private space.
Post # 5
@CARA1978: Given that you said you have chosen your venue, I think it is more helpful to focus on what you could do about the food, rather than suggest you change your venue.
Try smaller catering companies or restaurants who do catering. Restaurants are usually happy to do smaller events as it can supplement their bsuiness without making it impossible for them to serve their diners.
Do you live near a college that has a food program or culinary school? They also do catering.
Post # 6
@julies1949: I will try some restaurants for sure – there are a lot of local ones in my area. I haven’t thought about the culinary school idea – thank you so much!
Since the space has a commercial kitchen (it used to be a restaurant), I was going to place an ad on Craigslist and local websites to see if I can hire some people to come and cook and cater as well…
Post # 7
@CARA1978: if you look in the services offered or situations offered part on Craigslist (I can’t remember what it’s called) a lot of up and coming and mom and pop caterers post there. The ones in my area are really cheap. Also, my local university caters, try searching through your local community college’s cafe on their website. But honestly, being where you are from, you should have a lot more catering options for your group size!
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
We are ordering BBQ by the pound and setting up a buffet. Italian restaurants usually also sell trays of pasta and salads.
Post # 9
If I were to have a smaller wedding, I actually considered doing a potluck or a barbecue. Of course, it’s much more casual so you’ll have to take into account how formal your wedding is. If you and/or any of your guests are huge foodies, you could probably even cook from home and deliver it to your venue.
Post # 10
check out ads or Craigslist for personal chefs, home chef, caterers, etc. Some of them will cater parties of any size – large or small. It would seek like a good fit since you venue has kitchen facilities. (I’d check with them to make sure you can use the kitchen though, I don’t know, but could imagine there might be insurance / liability issues – though I hope not.)
Post # 11
I’d be really leery of using craigslist. Established businesses generally don’t advertise there, so at best you’d end up with a very inexperienced caterer. I’d contact the local culinary school. Many do catering as internships for their students, in which case they’re usually supervised by a chef instructor. You could also look into “drop catering” which is basically where a restaurant or caterer prepares the food so that it needs minimal finishing (like just pop the food in the oven to heat up and then just plate it), in which case you can get waitstaff from your local temp agency. The staff would just have to assemble the plates and serve.
Post # 12
Lots of great restaurants do private event catering – look at websites of places you like for a heading like ‘private dining’/’private events.’ All the restaurants I’d considered for our very small reception offered this as an option. With nicer restaurants, this usually means they’ll have a chef on-site plus wait staff.
BBQ, Italian, and Mexican restaurants are other good options as most will do large orders and can also sometimes include delivery and set-up, if you want to do a buffet and don’t need someone cooking on-site.
Post # 13
Many restaurants cater…. what type of food are you looking into?
We are having fazoli’s cater our reception of 45.
Post # 14
Regarding Craigslist – yes, you should screen references on any company that you plan to use. Craigslist or not.
I recently found a caterer (chef) off of Craigslist to come in and help me finish and present food for a party. The owner of the company is an instructor at the local culinary school (I checked), had good references, and the price was very fair.
Post # 15
@CARA1978: People do catering for smaller groups all the time — think birthday parties, showers, etc. I’m not saying to lie but you might be throwing vendors off by calling it a wedding — just say you are looking to get a meal catered for 20 people and see where that gets you. Our wedding is 10 ppl and I had no issues finding food, although that could be a location thing.
Post # 16
@VossinatorsButterfly: I will do that for sure. Thanks for the heads up!
@beachbride1216: I thought about BBQ but something about a white dress (and other people dressed up) and BBQ has me fearful (I can see myself dropping a coated chicken wing down my dress!). Sounds like a great idea though!
@vegrabbit: All of my family is coming from out of state and I honestly don’t know many of my FI’s friends (if they can cook or not, what kind of food, they eat, etc!) so a potluck doesn’t sound very doable. I thought about cooking myself, but I think I would be too stressed out to even feed myself the day before, etc let alone cook for anyone else.
@fascinated: I will ask the owner of the building if there would be possible insurance issues with having someone use the kitchen at the space.
@fishbone: I haven’t thought that. I’m from the SF Bay Area where CL has a long history and lots of established business use CL. I think it depends on the city, but I will definitely be cautious. Culinary schools sounds like a good idea.
@jenilynevette: In terms of the type of food I eat, I am gluten intolerant and eat a Paleo diet for health reasons (though I will be flexible for guests). I love seafood, veggies, Thai, Japanese, food, chicken, pork, some types of beef, etc – a lot. I just don’t eat starches, bread, legumes, sugar (though I will have desert or a small cake.)
I will do some research at some of the locals restaurants I’m familar with.
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