Today’s brides and grooms are placing great emphasis on self-expression with the design of their wedding celebrations. They want to ensure every detail, from the menu selection to the attire of the wedding party, reflects their personal style and taste. While most couples still honor the grand tradition of the wedding cake, many are choosing to add on outrageous groom’s cakes, cake pops, chocolate fondue stations, chocolate-dipped strawberry “trees”, and candy favor displays. I’m not complaining – trust me!
Your party menus do not have to be plain and boring. They need to reflect your taste and style.
Comfort foods are a recent trend. People went foods that look and taste good. Comfort foods are familiar, simple foods that are often related to memories of childhood. Today’s comfort foods feature up-to-date presentation and high quality, fresh ingredients.
My favorite comfort food is mashed potatoes. They can be served as a potato bar, complete with all the toppings. Try serving them in a martini glass. Mini-Twice Baked Potatoes are also popular as well.
Other comfort foods include: Ham Rolls, Baby BLT’s, Pork Loin with Corn Pudding, Pineapple Chutney and Green Beans, and of course, the All-American Favorite, Three-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese.
In the early 1990s, Suzette Lane was in the front of the house, while Lloyd Warren was in the back of the house at Choices restaurant in downtown Franklin. But they both wanted their own gig, so they began a part-time catering business on the side. Today their full-time occupation is Constant Craving Caterers, Inc. Lane, who often finds herself in the kitchen, still retains her front-of-the-house role, meeting with clients, and planning events. Warren continues as the back-of-the-house chef. Meanwhile, their food has become legend. Many say they are the caterer of choice for weddings, private dinner parties, corporate affairs, cocktail parties, music video shoots and the music industry at large. Creative and innovative with their offerings, Warren and Lane create magic for an outdoor wedding of 1,000 guests, just as easily as they do for an intimate dinner party for 12. “We don’t have a bunch of standard menus,” Lane explains. “We create most every one from scratch, just as we do our foods. I like to meet with a client to see just what he or she has in mind. Is this a huge party or an intimate one? Is it a celebration, whimsical in nature or a seated dinner, deserving of formal classical cuisine?” Lane and Warren like to do themed concept parties for their clients. They say that they get a lot of calls for a creative approach, particularly in the music business. “We love to take an event from start to finish with a concept, whether it’s a honky-tonk party or a Cajun celebration,” Lane says. The caterers say that summer offers particularly fantastic foods with produce right off the farm. Both Warren and Lane collect cookbooks, not for recipes but for ideas, ingredients and sheer reading pleasure. “I rarely use recipes,” says Warren. “I cook freehand, so when I read cookbooks, I’m reading for concept, for ingredients. I like putting a twist to Southern foods, though I likely favor Mediterranean as a regional cuisine.” From soup to nuts, these folks are turning out grand food for grand—and simple—occasions. Aptly named, Lane and Warren create memory-making food and a constant craving for a return experience.
The Constant Craving difference
We take your event very seriously. Excellent food matched with excellent service is our goal. Time and again, we hear from our clients how appreciative they are of our staff and the manner in which we serve. Set up a complimentary consultation with us.We will help you determine exactly what you will need to make your event memorable, successful and easy on you. We strive to fill a need that runs deeper than an empty stomach and more detailed than a decorated buffet table.
Success for us is whether or not you call us to cater your second event…
Phone Number: 615-791-1050
This post was submitted by Suzette Lane.
Harding House Custom Catering is able to service any special event or dining occasion. With over 35 years in the restaurant and food service industry combined, Nathaniel Beaver and Tabor Luckey, the principal partners, seek to use their experience to create a company focused on the highest quality food, professional service, and one-of-a-kind event services. A key aspect of the companies success is its diversity of operations: Bria Bistro, an upscale Italian restaurant with a neighborhood feel, Harding House at The Belle Meade Plantation, southern classics with a modern twist for lunch and weekend brunch, and Harding House Custom Catering, the ability to create a special experience with custom menus, lighting, and décor for any special occasion.
Catering can make or break your wedding or other event. The cost of your catering is important as it can consume one third of your budget. Yet there are other considerations: food selection/quality, catering presentation/event decor, catering staff. The best caterers combine aesthetics, taste and outstanding service at an affordable price.
Catering Food Selection
When planning the event decide what type of catering you desire. Factors to consider include: formality, time of day and budget. Your catering could be a simple cake and punch reception or a multi-course dinner. Buffet catering is less formal and allows guests to mingle, while seated dinners give your event an upscale feel. The choice is yours, but the need for a qualified catering professional remains the same.
A good caterer will provide setup at your venue. Every location is different and provides different items. Your caterer can fill gaps with rental equipment and can tell you the items you need (and don’t). Some caterers handle this aspect completely, meaning they, not you, are responsible for returning items after the event. The decor for your event and the setup for your catering should be complimentary.
Often overlooked is the impact the catering staff has on your event. Does your caterer use staff who understand service, or ‘cheap labor’? The level of service depends on your formality, but at all times you want courteous, well-groomed servers for your event. The professionals of TWESA offer options at every level of service and menu. Additionally, our members are fully licensed professionals who take pride in their catering.
Nashville Wedding Catering
Many of our members specialize in wedding catering, check out their sites. When planning your wedding do not skimp on the catering. After the ceremony, your guests will remember the food. Make sure your catering matches the theme and style of your wedding. Find a caterer who will work with you not just someone who can prepare food. Presentation and taste are both important.
Catering ‘Need to Know’
- Know your budget and the type of event as well as the date, time, location and approximate guest count
- Make sure your caterer is licensed and insured
- Compare the level of service the caterer offers
- Ask about options for children
- Few caterers offer tastings. Ask for references instead
- Make sure you get everything in writing, including time of arrival, start time and length of service
- It is customary to provide meals for the vendors that will be on-site for the length of your wedding, i.e. the photographer, musicians, and coordinator. Be sure to discuss your options on this with your caterer. Some will offer special vendor meals at a reduced cost