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-


Thursday, July 10, 2014

A lovely, rustic wedding in a Century Barn in Cavan...

   This gloriously sunny day provided the perfect backdrop for an outdoor ceremony.  The lovely landscaped grounds and the stately and magnificent renovated Century barn hosted the setting for this adorable couple to both say their vows, and have a delicious dinner and reception!  We arrived around noon to begin our set up and to prepare food.  We served appetizers under the cool shade of the trees then proceeded with a lovely line-up of freshly prepared and BBQ'd food.
The photographer told us that in over 1000 weddings (28 years of work) we were the top of the wedding meals.  Quite a compliment!! 
~Be sure to read the review from the lovely Mother of the Bride (Julie) in our "Review" section.
All of us posing for a picture before the appetizers were served-while we were still setting up.  We served: Non-alcoholic punch, pumpernickel bread & spinach dip, shrimp and cocktail sauce, Naan bread & hummus, cheese balls, assorted cheese & a multitude of cracker varieties (including gluten free.)

Guests were able to mingle outdoors during cocktail hour.  Thankfully the barn provided shade as the day progressed.

For dinner we served:
Marinated BBQ'd steak
Marinated BBQ'd Chicken breast
Roasted herbed sweet potato medley with baby potatoes, red peppers & onions.
Broccoli Salad
Pasta Salad
Maple Balsamic Salad
Garlic sauce
Rolls & butter
Dills & olives

*All of our marinades, sauces, dressings and dips are homemade.

While the majority of the dessert was supplied by family, we added our pumpkin gingerbread bars to the mix.

Midnight buffet food included:
Panini sandwiches with assorted meats
Spinach & cheese squares
Fruit platter
Homemade Guacamole with nachos & salsa

The owners of this Venue- Dave and Susan Stewart have done an amazing job with this Venue.  What a treat it is to cater here!  We greatly enjoyed our time here, and look forward to returning in 2015!

Until next time,
Paul, Aimee and SHC staff

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Rustic Wedding At Myles Acres in Kingston...

What an absolutely beautiful day for an outdoor wedding! The sun shined the entire time yet the shade provided by the stately trees provided ample covering for those wishing to cool down. When the lovely outdoor ceremony was complete, guests were invited into the Clubhouse's cool interior to sit at their table and enjoy refreshments, while others sat at picnic tables or other locations to enjoy appetizers during cocktail hour.

The location of the ceremony.  This photo was taken early in the day- flowers and such were added before the ceremony.

Appetizers were served while the Bridal party and family had their photos taken.  We served freshly cut vegetables with homemade dip, homemade spinach & cheese squares (delicious!) assorted cheeses and crackers, fresh fruit and non-alcoholic punch.

This wedding Venue had no actual kitchen facility for our use.  The helpful owner (Jeff) allowed us to set up outdoors under his covered carport. Our tables were set up- and most of our work was done on site (Our trademark- everything is literally as freshly done as possible- including my father-in-law cutting and chopping 50 pounds of potatoes that afternoon, or our son cutting and washing the lettuce for dinner.)  We had a bin to wash dishes we used for prep, a kettle to boil water for cleaning- and everything ran smoothly!

A random picture I thought I would include.  This is our catering trailer shown from the side.  My husband has items so specifically placed to be sure everything fits. He is the only one allowed to load!

This is our preliminary set up.  The nature of our catering company is to be able to provide our Clients with a meal that they love, as well as one that works with their Venue.  Because we prepare food as fresh as possible, each menu is truly customized.  We would never offer a roast beef dinner or similar food item that would have to be re-heated.  And because we travel (often hours) we are not able to bring hot food. Our lists are long with what needs to be done on site, but we would have it no other way. (I detest the idea of pre-cut cheese being set out.  It needs to be cut and served directly!)

For this outdoor- rustic -country-style wedding, we served:

Marinated BBQ'd steak
Marinated BBQ'd chicken breast
Marinated Vegetable skewers
Roasted Potatoes
Homemade Caesar salad
Homemade tri-color pasta salad
Fresh rolls & butter
Dills & Olives

Coffee and assorted teas were made available through dessert on.
The Brides father made a beautiful cake stand out of wood rounds with multiple tiers.  Guests enjoyed wedding cake and cupcakes (provided through family I believe) for their dessert.

Many blessings on your marriage, Patrick and Nicki.

Paul, Aimee and SHC staff.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

An Elegant Wedding in Verona, Ontario...

     A glorious sun-shiny day, a lovely decorated reception room, a young couple we have known for years...and beautiful families gathered together- made this a very special day indeed!! My husband and I had been looking forward to this wedding for a while- it was such an honor to cater for this family. This Bride and Groom had been dating since they were 15- and are now well on their way to a joy filled life together. In fact, it is through this family many years ago (at our first camp) where our catering career was slowly being formed.

We wish you all the best Mark and Nicole!

     The ceremony was held outdoors at the Bride's parent's country property, outside of Verona.  The guests joined there for appetizers following the ceremony, then headed over to the reception hall where we waited with fresh tea, coffee and punch.

We started the meal with Our homemade Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette & Mixed green salad- plated and delivered to each table.
We served the head table their plated meals, then proceeded to serve the remaining guests at the buffet line which included:
Chicken Divan
Creamy garlic mashed potatoes
Green beans with sautéed mushrooms, onions & red peppers
Rolls & Butter
Dills & Olives

Our amazing, helpful, diligent Staff.  Paul and I are in the middle in all black.

This Saturday we are off to Myles acres for a sumptuous outdoor BBQ wedding. 

 We will post pictures early next week!

Until then, have a lovely weekend :)
Paul, Aimee and SHC Staff

Our first wedding at Maplehurst Manor in Maitland Ontario...

     What a beautiful day this turned out to be! We left our home early in the morning to arrive at our first wedding of the season with our catering trailer full to the max! (I'm a little late in posting this one- the wedding was May 24th.)  The Bride was a delight to work with and seemed to keep her cool- even when the day did not turn out exactly as planned.  The outdoor ceremony was scheduled for 3:00 PM, and at 2:45 the skies turned DARK. While everyone was hopeful that the skies would clear (or at least the rain wouldn't fall)- it inevitably poured. Thoughts of moving the ceremony into the lovely interior of Maplehurst Manor soon were disposed in place of waiting it out.  Less then 45 minutes later, the chairs were quickly wiped dry, and the lovely wedding ceremony continued as planned :)

The Brides classy colours- Royal blue and purple were lovely against the backdrop of the natural stone at Maplehurst Manor.

     This was a plated meal service where guests were first served our plated Maple balsamic salad with oodles of delicious additives. They also had the choice of two meat options.  We served Prime Rib with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans (rolls, butter, dills and olives etc. were served on each table.) Or our famous Chicken Divan with saffron rice and green beans. 

     Dessert was served buffet style with homemade and AMAZING (thanks to my mom!)
 Lemon meringue pies...

We also served yogurt berry parfaits (as the Bride and several guests were gluten free,) as well as homemade brownies with buttercream frosting, and our brand new-made-from-scratch-

Chocolate Mousse "Hallelujah" crackle cake :D

This was a beautiful Venue.  Classy from every standpoint.

All in all this was an amazing day.  There were a few calamities along the way, but in all honesty that's what makes such great wedding memories!!

Thanks to Anne Cox, Denise and the staff at Maplehurst Manor for being such great hosts.  We look forward to serving with you again this summer.

Talk with you soon!
Paul, Aimee, and SHC staff