Posts Tagged ‘ceremony’

Spit Roast Catering Service: A Crowd Favorite!

For centuries, the Victorian and Antebellum caterer’s dilemma was, “how do I feed all my party’s guests… before their hunger overwhelms decorum?”

It was a difficult problem to solve at the time. Kitchens weren’t the masterpieces of convenience and productivity they are today; making a decent meal for more than thirty people was problematic, indeed. Smoke, unreliable heat, crude tools, and sometimes even dangerous, underprepared or ill-cared for meat all led to kitchen-based hijinks of the most head-achey kind.

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Wedding Reception Catering Ideas: Modern Elegant Dishes

Cocktail hour’s for fun. We can have a theme, or we can throw out as many random, savory dishes as we can think of. We can do pigs-in-blankets, or we can pass an extensive assiette de frommage and miniature Kobe beef sliders. Regardless, the guests, drinks in hand, will be happy.

When it comes to the wedding reception, however, the catered meals are of a different nature. For most weddings, elegant, traditional dishes are served to maintain the beauty of the wedding. Mini-weenies and some greens just won’t cut it.

But what if you want something… different, but still elegant?

Professional caterers and catering companies have many excellent ideas, often some esoteric or seemingly *strange* menus. While they may sound strange to you or I, remember – if they’re listing it as a menu option, they’ve likely pulled it off many times, to the delight of many parties in the past.

Let’s take a look at a few of these ideas.

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Mexican Food Catering Ideas: Cinco De Mayo Dishes

May fifth is coming soon! Friends and relatives are gearing up to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, commemorating the date that the smaller, fatigued Mexican army fought and defeated the well-trained and well-equipped (and probably well-fed!) French forces.

Honor that tradition by turning your little get-together into an epic party for the ages with a catered party from CaterBid!

Here are a couple traditional dishes to get the ideas flowing.

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Wedding Catering Ideas: Cocktail Hour

It’s a question I’m asked often: what should I serve at my wedding’s cocktail hour?

Stressful, right? you don’t want to upstage the meal. You don’t want to stuff everyone before dinner starts, but you also don’t want everyone sailing the Open Bar Seas without a little ballast in their stomachs.

So what’s a caterer to do?

Well, first off – take a deep breath! Cocktail hour is a slam dunk for your caterer, so fret not. It’s your (or your daughter, or your cousin, or your best friend’s) special wedding day, and honestly, your (or whomever’s) taste comes first. Caterers often start there – what do *you* like?

Of course you’ll need to provide a range of tastes to cater (heh) for everyone, but think: what would *I* most like to eat with my first glass of wine as a married woman?

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The Case of the Missing Groom

This is one of my favorite “Save the day” moments

We encountered a situation one Saturday afternoon, where the groom was missing and it wasn’t cold feet.  The groom thought that he was to be picked up by the best man for his special day.  Who else but the best man should ensure that the groom gets to the wedding, not just on time, but to the ACTUAL WEDDING.  Apparently the best man forgot to read the etiquette chapter in the “How to be the BEST best man” guide, and assumed that another one of the groomsman or the groom himself would figure out how to get there on his most special day. Unfortunately all of the groomsman assumed the same thing.

I find out about this less than an hour before the ceremony.  I run to get my contact list, and call a cab company to go pick up the groom.  The bride finds out about the situation and (believe it or not) is mildly freaking out.  I assure her that everything will be fine, and that no one will even know this happened, and she will laugh about this later.  She agrees that she will probably laugh about it later, after she causes bodily injury to the best man.

So here we are, 200 plus people ready to be seated outdoors on a hot August afternoon, with everything (and almost everyone) in place to kick off the day’s festivities.  Five minutes prior to the start time, the cab pulls up, the bride and I let out a big sigh of relief, and the bride and groom (both still looking a little unnerved) run to their position to celebrate the beginning of their new life together.

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