This past Sunday the Tall Guy team catered a Game of Thrones themed wedding at Rustic Manor 1848 – and it was awesome. Behind-the-scenes, the team worked together to ensure that Abbey & Matt had the best possible catering experience. Let’s take a look at what it takes to pull off a successful event like this one.
Step 1: Set-up
After we unload the food, dinner ware, and linens from M&M Rentals, it’s time to start setting the table. Despite a record-breaking day of 50° in February, winter weddings generally take place indoors at Rustic Manor. Here you can see the team quietly setting-up while the ceremony takes place on the upper balcony.
Step 2: Strategize
Once it’s time to start serving the passed apps, scratch-made soup, and family style entrée, we’ve got to have a strategy. We spend so much time customizing a couple’s menu and preparing great tasting food that we need to make sure everything is served to temperature, to the right person, and within minutes.
Step 3: Go Time!
Our menu was spot-on for Abbey & Matt. Per their request, we served our award-winning Bourbon BBQ meatballs, Rumaki wrapped in Nueske’s bacon, and Panko Crusted Mac & Cheese for passed apps, a Cream of Mushroom Soup made with locally foraged mushrooms from Mushroom Mike LLC (topped with Gorgonzola, Dried Cranberries, and Walnuts), Braised Beef Short Ribs drizzled in house made Carolina Sauce, oven-roasted Asparagus with Bearnaise Sauce, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
Following the busy rush of serving 150+ guests, the team takes time to unwind and debrief. What can we do better? What was successful? What’s most important to the team: people enjoyed our food and their overall experience. I guess it might be a hint that the evening was successful when people start taking pictures with your food!
Every time I see the team in action I am reminded of how much I love what we do, and that is to make people happy with great, locally-sourced food. Thanks for having the Tall Guy team be your choice wedding caterer at the beautiful Rustic Manor this past weekend, Abbey & Matt. It was an honor.