- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
So I went to my first catering appointment. We’re doing heavy hourderves, being served outside in a japanese garden. Almost all the guests have never been, and it’s a local, award winning garden so the plan is they’ll be walking arround while eating and listening to live music
The catering company I chose to have the 1st appointment was the local “best” company. They’ve won many awards locally, and have a restraunt that is wonderful.
They gave me an estimate of $30pp for 4 hot and 5 cold hourderves replenished for 2 hours. This included a cheese spead, antipasto platter, veggie platter, fruit tray, various breads, pizza triangles, deep fried ravioli, mini kababs, and chicken wings
He then said that becasue my event is so small, short, and becasue of the time frame (11:30-2:30) it would be better economicly for me to use a local upscale grocery/deli that does catering. They don’t serve-they just deliever platters.
I…was…shocked. I know that arorund here May 5th is big and that I’d have a markup for using them, but I didn’t think he’s flat out suggest someone else. I wanted to use them as the basis for the rest of my appointments. They were supposed to set the bar.
I’m scared of diying my reception: that’s essentailly what we’d be doing if we used the deli. We’d have to coordinate table rentals and tableclothes, setup the drink station (glass bottles of soda) buy 2 or more trash cans and bags, hire a cleanup crew. How do you even FIND people to do that???? Do I just trust some random person on craigstlist to come to my wedding and clean up the food?
I could tell he didn’t want to do it. He kept asking about other sundays in the month, saying that the $30 pp I was quoted was a ‘premeium rate’ becasue it’s a busy day, and if I moved my day to any other sunday it would be $15pp. My event is small and, what normally is an ‘off day’ is actually a BIG day here. People go nuts over the 5th of may.
Sorry about the rant, I’m just frustrated. The place he reccommened I’ve eaten at before and used their food for parties. They have done weddings similar to mine-but it was just disheartening that my #1 choice I was ready to splurge was nudging me away