Tuesday, June 30, 2015

An Elegant wedding at Billings Estate Museum, in Ottawa, Ontario...

     What a perfect day for an outdoor Ceremony and reception. It was not too hot, a light breeze was constant, and the rain was kept at bay. This Bride and Groom were meticulous with their wedding details, and the smooth running day was evidence of their work. In fact, in a recent email just one month before their wedding date,  the Bride said to me "Our final wedding details seem to be falling into place effortlessly, I'm starting to wonder what all the fuss is about?!?!!?" 
 This was a great reflection of the Bride. What a joy to work with her!

Billings Estate Museum was an absolutely beautiful location to host a wedding and reception. The staff were super helpful and friendly.  The  Bride entered outdoors through the doors you see in the photo above, through the gardens and over towards the stately trees, where an area had been set up for guests. 

While guests began to arrive (many being transported via buses from local hotels) the musicians played welcoming music, setting the tone for a classy afternoon.

This wedding had a large guest count, when including our staff amounted to around 220. This meant an enormous amount of planning, preparation, and work!  The day of the wedding, a large team pulled everything together including a wedding planner, decorators, bar staff, the Museum staff, florists, musicians, and of course us, the Caterers. When the Ceremony had finished, we served appetizers under the "tea" tent, right beside these lovely gardens.


The Bride choose gold as her main wedding color, and this theme included the amazing gold chairs she had found! Decorations and flowers added the finishing touches.  While it was classy, it was not over the top.
We served a buffet style meal under a canopy separate from the main tent.  While this Venue has a kitchen, it was not large enough for us to serve anything but a primarily BBQ Entree.

For the Entree we served:

Marinated Canadian "AAA" Strip-loin Steak
Grilled Garlic Lime Chicken Breast
Seasoned Vegetable skewers- Zucchini, Mushrooms, Peppers, Red Onion
Roasted Garlic Baby Potatoes
Tri-color Pasta Salad
Broccoli Salad
SHC Maple Balsamic Salad
Garlic Sauce
Dills & Olives
Rolls & Butter

For Dessert, a lovely wedding cake was available for the cake cutting ceremony, and we provided our homemade chocolate cupcakes with fresh buttercream frosting. My house honestly smelled like a chocolate factory for two days...



 Heather and Aly, thank you for having us.  You guys are an amazing team!

Blessings from your Catering Crew:
Paul, Aimee, Nathan, Reg, Marnie, Leah, Margie, Randy, Fred, Steve.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Mill House and Barn- Picton, Ontario

     We recently visited this Venue to meet with an upcoming Bride and Groom.  This is a perfect location for a DIY wedding.  You choose who works with you (Caterer, DJ, Photographer etc.) what decor you will use- taking complete advantage of the fact that your wedding should reflect YOU!  There is ample room on the well manicured grounds to choose your outdoor ceremony location and set-up.  Lots of parking, as well as numerous bed and breakfasts in the region- and literally minutes from sandbanks provincial park.  For those out of town guests, this would be an amazing time to both celebrate the wedding of family and friends, and take advantage of some recreational activities as well.

 
The Mill House & Barn, Picton Ontario




Barn weddings are quickly becoming one of the most desired Venues.  What a delight it was for us to discover this gem-of-a-barn just over one hour away!
Our 2015 Couple is renting the Mill house for the week, to enjoy some time with family and friends-while having ample time to set up and prepare for their wedding day.
The back view of The Mill House


This House also offers 4 bedrooms plus the Master Suite, a fully equipped kitchen & laundry- and many more amenities.


We will be serving this wedding meal "Family Style."

This wedding will occur in September of 2015.  Look back for photos of the wedding day!

For more information on this Venue, contact the owners at: 613476-3827

Or visit their facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mill-House/271941142683







Monday, June 1, 2015

A Sweet & Romantic wedding at the Crystal Palace in Picton...

What an adorable Couple this was! I knew from the very first email I received last year that this Bride was a sweetheart. Both the bride and Groom were an absolute delight to work with.  They were well organized and very detailed.  
This wedding reception was held at the Crystal Palace in Picton.  An absolutely beautiful Venue which allowed us the extra space we needed to prepare our wedding meal.  The guest list was 130, but there was plenty of room for a much larger guest count.  The grounds were well tended, the building itself was lovely-allowing plenty of fresh air and natural light. Another plus was that right next door, there was a play structure- a great idea for weddings where children are invited. I highly recommend this Venue.

The architecture was amazing.  My son took this rather irregular photo of the beams.
We arrived at the Venue in the morning, and proceeded to unload our equipment and supplies.  This wedding was a first for us in that we worked in conjunction with a company that offers Pig roasts.  They had the equipment to roast the pork over a spit, while we provided the remaining service and food items.  It was a delicious combination!

We started the reception with stationed appetizers. The bride and groom choose:

Fresh fruit with homemade vanilla dip
Spinach and Cheese squares
Assorted cheese and cracker platters
Shrimp and cocktail sauce
We also provided some refreshing non-alcoholic punch.






For dinner we served:
Fresh spit-roasted pork (Compliments of The Guernsey family)
BBQ'd Vegetable skewers- Assorted peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, red onions
Roasted garlic & rosemary baby potatoes
Maple Balsamic salad
Pasta salad
Bean & corn salad
Potato salad
Garlic sauce
Dills & Olives
Rolls & Butter

Now for dessert! My mom and I spent a significant amount of time preparing fresh, homemade pies.  The Groom's French Canadian background favored the all-time popular Sugar Pie
We also served Strawberry Rhubarb pie and Dutch Apple Pie.  Each was topped with either vanilla ice cream, or fresh whipped Chantilly cream.


Dutch Apple Pie
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

French Canadian Sugar Pie

This wedding was a joy to serve.  Thank you Mary Beth and Dan for choosing us to do your catering.
Blessings on your marriage!

Paul, Aimee, and SHC staff- Reg, Marnie, Nathan, Leah and Margie.






Monday, April 13, 2015

A visit to our home...


As we are well into our booking Season for 2016,  and even 2017,  (we do have some 2015 dates available still- please contact us for availability)- we want to extend this invitation to those who want to sample their wedding meal, either before booking or after.  When you come out to our farm, we will prepare your wedding meal for you to both enjoy as well as review the presentation. This is not just a small sample, but an entire meal we will enjoy together. We love when our Couples do this- not only do we get to meet and go over the many details pertaining to your day, but we get to talk "Weddings" :)
The cost is $30.00 per person if you have not booked our services.  If you have booked our services, or do so when you come out, there is no charge for this meal.

We look forward to meeting with many of you!

Friday, March 27, 2015

SHC first wedding of 2015!...

     Wedding Season has begun again! 

 We just enjoyed the exciting time of working together with family and friends, as we put together a delicious Entree {and partial dessert} for over 190 guests.

This was accomplished with only 2 ovens, and major planning and electric roasters!
We served our homemade Buckingham Shortbread cookies with Royal Icing made beautiful with blue to match the wedding party. My Mom suggested we call these cookies "Dresden."
*These photos were taken by my good friend's 16 year old son, Caleb.  A definite photographer in process!

This beautiful Bride and Groom were married at Asbury Free Methodist Church, with the reception being held at Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church in Perth, Ontario.

I just received these photos from this stunning Bride!  They choose to have their guests go first, with the Bride and Groom going last..what a beautiful and sweet sentiment.
Photos by Steve Willis of stevewillisphoto.com



We know this Couple personally, and were blessed to know many of the guests in attendance.  What a joy to be able to serve many of our friends! It was in many ways a group affair- as many friends and family members helped bring everything together.  Once the Bride and Groom had said farewell, friends and family pulled together to make sure everything was properly taken down, put away and tidied up for the Church service the next morning. It was a lovely gathering- and we were thankful to have shared our part in the evening. Our thanks go out to the many volunteers that helped throughout the evening to make everyone's job go a little smoother.

For dinner we served:

Chicken Divan
Garlic & rosemary baby potatoes
Green beans with Sauteed peppers and shallots
Garlic Sauce
Fresh homemade Tabouli
SHC Maple Balsamic salad
Caesar Salad
Rolls & Buns
Dills & Olives

This was a lovely meal, both in taste as well as presentation. The following photos show the wedding cakes provided through a friend of the family.

A lovely fruit-topped cheesecake.
A delicious carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.


Blessings on your Marriage Dave and Rebekah, It was a privilege working with you!

Paul, Aimee and SHC Staff