Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A beautiful backyard wedding and reception...

I tend to start my posts off commenting on the sunny weather of our catering events. 
 But not so this time!! This was a dark, cold, dreary, wet & rainy day!!
Honestly the worst wedding weather we have encountered yet.
 the ceremony and reception were so beautifully done, that the rainy outdoors didn't matter a bit!

I will add that this couple planned their wedding at the Bride's mom's home just outside of Carleton Place, while they are living out West.  This can be a very difficult task- but they handled it well.  It doesn't hurt that the Bride's mom- who by the way made most of the items you see in these photos, is an interior decorator.
The family brought the outdoors in with this beautifully decorated covered tent.

While not the clearest photo, I wanted you to see the lights hanging from the ceiling. In the evening as the sun went down, this provided a beautiful backdrop to the couples reception.

The Bride and Groom provided their own appetizers, while we supplied the Entrée, and part of dessert.

  For Dinner we served:

Marinated steak
Marinated Chicken breast
 BBQ'd salmon steaks for a couple of Vegetarian guests
Roasted baby potatoes
Green beans
Homemade garlic herb sauce
SHC Maple Balsamic Salad
Rolls & Butter
Dills & Olives

We also provided the tea and coffee service, along with Pumpkin Gingerbread Bars.

We prepared this wedding meal based on the use of the family home.  This was a lovely family- and we felt quite welcomed and taken care of- they went out of their way to be sure we had the room and fridge space we needed.

Thanks for having us Mitch and Jenna!  Congratulations on your marriage!

Paul, Aimee and SHC Staff

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Cocktail style wedding at Market Hall in Peterborough...

This event was definitely a first in many ways! The lovely Bride and Groom had been married for a week or two by the time this reception was held. The happy couple had grown up in the area and had many fond memories of this Venue, having attended many theater events over their college years.
Being an evening gathering- guests arrived around 7:00 pm having already had dinner. 
We served a lovely and delicious assortment of Appetizers, our staff walked around serving guests one or two options at a time.

A friend of the Bride made this beautiful dessert table as a favour.  We could (and do) provide all of the lovely options you see pictured here.

Here is what we served:

Assorted rice crackers with a homemade cream cheese mixture and red pepper jelly
Shrimp and Cocktail sauce
Cheese and grape skewers
Greek salad skewer with herb drizzle
Cheese, summer sausage and baby tomato skewer
Watermelon, feta and mint skewer with balsamic reduction drizzle

Dessert included assorted cupcakes, cookie dough truffles, meringue cookies, sugar cookies, and chocolates.

Shrimp and cocktail sauce

Greek salad skewer- Baby tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, green olives with a herb drizzle.

Watermelon feta & mint skewer with balsamic reduction drizzle

Chunked authentic cloth bag summer sausage with mozzarella cheese and baby tomatoes. My personal favourite!

The set up at Market Hall made preparing a full scale meal very difficult.  While there is a small kitchen, there is no stove-not could we BBQ on the main street of downtown!  The Bride and Groom opted for a different set-up then the traditional reception.  For instance, being a theatre, they choose to have guests use the seating rather then renting tables and chairs.  They provided four or five cocktail tables that were set up on the stage- that each sat 4 guests, and the remainder ate their food in the lounge, theatre seats, or while standing. After the food was served, speeches were held and then the dance party began. 
 By that time, our job was complete, we were cleaned up and ready to head home! 

Congratulations Beth and Chris-thank you so much for having us!

Blessings, Paul and Aimee

A vintage, Victorian-style themed wedding at Maplehurst Manor...

Another beautiful day for a wedding, in a charming, nostalgic setting.  We returned again to Maplehurst Manor to cater a wedding reception for approximately 80 guests.  The family and friends of the Couple were extremely polite and courteous.  The Bride and Groom were easy going, wanting a welcoming atmosphere where their guests could enjoy the setting, relax with food and friends, and enjoy a hearty, well prepared meal to Celebrate the Couples new life together.

This lovely photo of the table set up-as well as the next photo was taken by Genevieve Georgette at FIFTEEN: FIFTY-ONE photography.  What an amazing job she did!

We served appetizers outdoors in the beautifully landscaped courtyard.  Items available consisted of:

Assorted cheese and crackers*including gluten free
Fruit platters with homemade banana  dip
Our homemade spinach and cheese squares
Brie cheese with a homemade Apple walnut topper (A huge hit- we had guests waiting while we prepared a second one!)...
Served with fresh baguette bread

Guests were able to relax in the courtyard while listening to live music from a very talented musician. 
The Bride had always wanted a wedding with this style- vintage tea cups and layered dishes, atop lace tablecloths with simple roses and charming oil lamps.  This wedding was classy, yet had the welcoming feel of friends and family that the newly married couple was seeking.

We served our Maple balsamic salad to each table, then proceeded with the buffet line.  The food consisted of:

Prime Rib
Chicken Divan
Creamy garlic mashed potatoes
Baby carrots in a gingered orange glaze
Beef gravy
Rolls & butter
Dills & Olives

For dessert, the Mother of the Bride provided her famous trifle in lovely china bowls, and the mother of the groom provided her famous chocolate cake :)

We added-
Homemade chocolate and vanilla cupcakes in fresh buttercream frosting
Brownies with icing and a chocolate swirl
Buckingham shortbread cookies with wedding-matched toppings

Then to finish the evening off, we prepared for Midnight buffet-
Assorted Panini sandwiches with condiments on the side
Vegetable platters with fresh dip
Pumpernickel bread with spinach dip

What a charming and classy event this was.  This Venue is such a wonderful backdrop to any wedding style.  We will return again to Maplehurst Manor one last time this year, then will not be able to accept further bookings here.  Maplehurst has been bought by a company that will offer their own in-house catering.  You are certain to enjoy what they have to offer.

Up next is our wedding at the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough, Ontario

Many blessings!

Paul, Aimee, and SHC Staff

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A "Royal" Kingston Curling Club wedding...

     I know I seem to say this often, but what a lovely, sweet, adorable couple!! It makes our job an absolute pleasure to serve such wonderful people. Again, I am reminded what a blessed business we are in.  This wedding season, my Mother and Father in-law have come along side to help, and their comment was "Why wouldn't we love this, we get to go to a wedding every weekend!" And they are right! Never mind the days or hours and hours of work involved, the end result is always the same. 

We are part of one of the most memorable days in our Clients lives.

 Thank you Prince and Chantale for having us!
This couple had their original caterer cancel just two weeks before their wedding. We also had a cancellation, so our dates worked out well.  We are so glad they did!
They choose red and black as their accents- the room was lovely.

For dinner we served:

Homemade Caesar salad
Prime Rib
Beef gravy
Chicken Divan
Creamy garlic mashed potatoes
Baby ginger & brown sugar carrots
Rolls & Butter
Dills & olives

We really enjoy catering at the Royal Kingston Curling club.  As far as kitchens, it has one of our favourite work spaces with ample ovens, burners and refrigeration.  A rare treat!

Here is our staff for our weekly photo.  Aren't they a lovely bunch?

Thanks for visiting.  Our next wedding was at Maplehurst Manor, in Maitland Ontario. 
...more on that soon!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A pool side Wedding rehearsal...

     What a lovely idea!  This beautiful Couple was getting married the next day, but wanted to have their wedding rehearsal catered.  All of their out of town guests, closest friends and family members- as well as the wedding party were invited. When the rehearsal was completed at the Church, all headed here to enjoy appetizers, then their meal- in a leisurely fashion beside the pool. The wedding was scheduled for the next day, with the wedding guests invited to a restaurant in Downtown Ottawa to celebrate the Couple's official wedding day. (I apologize for the quality of these photos.  I took them on my phone when we realized we had forgotten the camera at home!)


For Dinner, the couple opted to have us serve Marinated meat and vegetable skewers.  We served:
Steak and vegetable skewers
Chicken and vegetable skewers
Shrimp and vegetable skewers
Roasted garlic potatoes
Maple balsamic salad
Tri-color pasta salad
Homemade garlic sauce
Rolls & butter
Dills & Olives

The Parents of the Bride offered their beautifully landscaped grounds to hold this special dinner party.

We served appetizers beside the pool (And let me tell you, during the hotter parts of the afternoon- before the guests arrived, I had to remind my staff that it would NOT be professional if the hosts came back to find our staff dripping wet!!)

For appetizers, we served a lovely selection of fresh vegetables with delicious homemade dipping sauce, Hummus and Naan Bread, Assorted crackers- including sweet potato gluten free (a huge hit!)
Our famous spinach and cheese squares, Pumpernickel bread with spinach dip, and a variety of cheese and grapes. 
 This was light and welcomed in the hot afternoon.

We are asked to cater many different events.  This was the first time we had been asked to cater a wedding rehearsal.  It was a delightful time to be there- the night before the wedding.  Definitely a different perspective of the Bride.

We are about to begin a long line of weddings- a few places we will be at in the near future include:
Royal Kingston Curling club
Maplehurst Manor (twice)
Market Hall Performing Arts Center
Madoc Lions Hall
Several backyards- one being the home of an interior decorator- I can't wait!

Many blessings-