Thursday, November 15, 2007

Wedding: The Caterer

While I haven't been keeping up with my itemized, excell to-do list, I have managed to sign the "big two" contracts. We signed with the Sausalito Woman's Club earlier this month after changing our date. And I just signed the caterer agreement this morning. About 60% of our budget is now accounted for!

We're going with Alta Cuisine, who catered my cousin's wedding last month. The food is tasty, affordable and they're extremely professional. Their responsiveness put them in the lead over delicious, but too hippie-dippie, Back-to-Earth Catering.

Our menu starts with three passed appetizers: gorgonzola stuffed mushrooms, sesame-crusted seared ahi tuna and bison skewers. A bartender will work our spread of local wines, punch and microbrews. From there, everyone will sit down to a plated spinach salad. That gets cleared and the family style dishes come out. We're serving wine poached salmon, apple-stuffed pork tenderloin, baby potatoes and asparagus.

After dinner, the caterer is providing a fruit sauce and a fresh fruit spread to accompany the Carnegie Deli cheesecakes I'll order. Plus, coffee and tea.

Whew! Now that these two big decisions are done, it's on to the next round. When I get back from Paris, I need to book the parking shuttle, work with Jordan on the invites, get my antique lace dress washed, and book a florist for the bouquets and corsages. 10 months to go!

3 comments:

mamacita said...

Are you having cheesecakes instead of a traditional cake or in addition to the big white cake?

MissEm said...

Cheesecakes instead. The CD variety are a lot prettier than most. We'll stack them and decorate with flowers to get the "cake" look.

G said...

Hello Emily, congratulations on your engagement--I'm new to your blog so I just found out. I was an October bride and the Sausalito Woman's Club was on my short list of venues. Alas we had far too many guests and booked elsewhere in Marin. On the florist tip--I loved mine. She does fantastic work, really "gets" what you want and she's in Marin. Sue Barton of Fantasy Florals: http://www.susansflowers.com/. Good luck!