You know that Sonoma County is a region that’s bountiful in local, seasonal, amazing food. From farm fresh produce to grass fed meats and artisan cheeses, this area is a culinary playground and a haven for those who seek out the best epicurean adventures. The possibilities are endless!
I can’t wait to share the best and most delicious parts of Wine Country with my family and friends. Thinking back to weddings I’ve attended, some of the most memorable parts have been the food and the service. You don’t want your guests to walk away with a memory of how hungry they were at your reception because the food was inedible or the service was too slow. For me, this is one of the most important parts to get right.
So, how do you choose a caterer that will get it right?
Know your style. Decide on what the most important things are for you. Is it your budget? Style of food? Style of service?
Is there something from a friend’s wedding that you loved or hated? Make sure you know what you want so you know what to ask for.
Know your budget. Knowing your financial limit will help you to know what things you need to eliminate from your proposals, what things you can keep, and ultimately whether or not a caterer can work with your needs.
Do your research. Check online reviews, ask for testimonials from previous clients, and get recommendations from friends and family as well as your other vendors. Once you have your ideas in place, you can begin to eliminate your choices, get proposals, and make appointments for tastings. It’s a lot of work, but it will be worth it!
Make sure you know the caterers policy for tastings. Some may offer free tastings, while others may charge a fee that may or may not be refundable if you decide against using them for your event.
Don’t be caught off guard by a high priced proposal. Regardless of your budget, the caterer will most likely be one of your bigger expenses. Not only do they handle the food, but they provide the service and most likely your rentals as well.