Okay, people. I really need you to help me out here. My mom came to town to help out with wedding stuff this past week. For the week, I had three main priorities:
1) Find a dress.
2) Find a caterer.
3) Finalize flowers.
We accomplished one out of three. (dress)
The catering thing is proving more difficult than we'd thought. We'd like to provide a light buffet meal (the reception will be from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm) for a reasonable cost.
Last night, we had two appointments for caterers. The first was at 6:30. We very punctually arrived at the business location... in a very industrial (read: sketchy) area of Provo. The business itself looked rough and had about four car seats leaning up against the building, and barbecues and cooking tools strewn about the parking lot. Also? No one was there. For our 6:30 appointment. We called and left a message.
Then we headed to Jason's Deli, which caters. We had dinner and looked over their catering menu and didn't take long to realize that they weren't for us, either. Too lunchy. And we'd have to serve everything ourselves; they'd only drop off the food.
Our next appointment was for 8:00. As we arrived to the caterer's home, she was pulling out of her driveway. She stopped her car and asked if she could help us. We explained that we had an appointment with her. For 8:00. Which we'd confirmed the night before. Unfortunately, there was an error in their communication lines, so she never quite got the message. She had us come into her home and called her business partner and we met with them.
The trouble there was that the company is a wedding planning company that has only recently branched out to include catering. So although I thought we were there to discuss food, we started the meeting looking at pictures of flowers on styrofoam columns. When we got talking about food, the women were very eager to please and willing to consider anything we had in mind. Their menu was small, but anything we suggested, they were willing to tackle. But some things that they said didn't necessarily inspire trust. Like when I suggested a spinach salad with pears, walnuts, gorgonzola, etc., she said that I must be reading the same magazines that she's reading because she came across that idea, too. I just thought it was a pretty... well-known sort of winning combination. Not a recipe that one comes across in a magazine. Also, when we mentioned a pasta salad, she asked if we'd like that to be mayo-based or olive-oil-based (need one ask?). We said olive oil and my mom suggested that it be made with nice olives. She said, "Oh yes, with calamari olives" which made me wonder if they had tentacles. (She meant "Kalamata olives.")
We really liked the women who were willing to work with us, but we'd also be interested in exploring some caterers who may be a little more experienced.
Suggestions, people? Please? We've already chosen (and paid for) a venue that doesn't provide catering, so we need someone who will just cater.