Thursday, July 9, 2015

Wedding Beverage FAQ


Wedding Beverages: Alcoholic & Non Alcoholic 


Wedding Beverages are so important to the atmosphere and theme of your wedding.  There are so many creative ways to make pretty and fun drinks for all of your guests, even if you choose NOT to serve alcohol.  Culinary Art Catering has a full menu of delicious and refreshing  "Mock-tails" that can be garnished and rimmed with colored sugar to match your wedding colors.  




When planning your wedding beverages, it is important to consider your overall budget and the age and style of your guests.  Many brides want a full liquor bar however, this incurs much more (sometimes unexpected) expense, not only in liquor product, but also the glassware and mixers and garnishes.  Lots of couples offer specialty cocktails that staff can "Butler Pass" during the cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony.  Try to minimize your cocktails to 2-3 complex cocktails due to time for the bartender to make.  Too many ingredients make for long lines at the bar, unless they are pre mixed.




Most brides offer beer & wine bar only (or with a champagne toast).  This keeps your costs minimal, but still offers drinks for your guests. It is highly recommended to offer only two wines (a red and a white), and 2-4 beer varieties, depending on the crowd. Many clients offer fresh brewed or homemade beers form local breweries.   Also, do not forget about the glassware for your wine and beer.  Keep in mind, many photos will be taken at the reception, so bottles of beer in guests hands does not look so great in the after photos.  It is nice to offer a nice stemmed universal water goblet for your beer, or even get some plastic personalized cups, that also make a great memento for your guests.  





Champagne or NO Champagne?  THAT is the question.  This is a very traditional wedding activity that every bride has their own ideas on.  Although it is a fun to have your guests making toasts and telling stories, you do not HAVE to serve champagne.  These days, you can still do the toasts, but have the guests toast with "drink in hand".  It saves a little $ on champagne product and  glassware too, and most guests just have a few sips then leave the rest.  Or  some Bride & Grooms have a "special bottle" of extra nice champagne for the bride and groom ONLY to toast with then have the guests toast with whatever drink they are drinking. 


Although the alcohol cost can be a large part of your overall reception budget, it is not accepted etiquette to ask guests purchase their own alcohol (drink tickets, cash bar, etc).  So try and choose to either serve alcohol or NOT serve alcohol. 

If you are providing your own alcohol, also consider the physical labor of who will be picking up and transporting the alcohol to the venue, that is important to coordinate in advance.  That is a lot of heavy lifting and work for the DAY OF your wedding. And don't forget the beverage ice, we usually recommend at least 2 - 3 lbs per person -  more if full bar.  It is best to outsource that responsibility to a liquor store or vendor that offers a full bar all inclusive package, like Culinary Art Catering.

And do not forget the coffee too, especially for the "mature" guests.  Most like coffee with wedding cake after dinner. 

Whatever you decide on beverages, try to have a nice variety for all guests to enjoy and have everything you serve reflect your unique style and taste.  Have a great wedding - CHEERS!











Wednesday, July 1, 2015

All About Hors d'Oeuvres

 Hors d'Oeuvres are a great addition to any event! These savory small bites offer your guests an appetizing snack before the main meal. Cocktail Hour is a perfect time for hors d'oeuvres, but many brides are opting to do a selection of heavy hors d'oeuvres in place of a full meal.
 
 

 These Ceviche shooter are light and refreshing. Perfect for a summer soirée!

Our Korean Taco Station offers bold flavors presented as an interactive chef attended station.
 
These Short Rib topped Polenta Cakes are elegant, unique and flavorful
 
Beautiful Fruit & Cheese Displays are a classic addition to any gathering.
 

Caprese Bruschetta is always a crowd pleaser.
 
Just one of the many ways to present these tasty, yet beautiful little bites
 
 
Culinary Art Catering is ready to put together your custom hors d'Oeuvre menu. Our knowledgeable staff can help you plan for quantities, presentations, and help you determine the best hors d'oeuvre option for your event.
 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Weddings at Big Sky Event Hall

Located just 30 minutes east of Dallas is a beautiful 250-acre ranch; home to Big Sky Event Hall. Family owned and operated for more than 40 years, Big Sky offers breathtaking views, rustic elegance, and southern charm. The perfect location for weddings, anniversary parties, corporate events and retreats.

 Your guests will enter those doors, and never want to leave.

 Pure Texas sunsets and wide open spaces.


 Spacious enough for 250 guests, but also perfect for intimate gatherings.

 Rustic décor with an elegant touch.
  

 Beautiful views give the feel of being 1,000 miles away.

The amazing views, the beautiful facility, and the warm and accommodating management staff make this venue one of our new favorites! Culinary Art Catering loves working at Big Sky Event Hall.

Culinary Art Catering can provide a delicious Southern inspired menu for you and your guests to match the style and atmosphere of your event. Whether you are looking for a hearty steak dinner with all the fixings or want a "tall cotton",  Texas inspired menu , featuring native quail, East Texas beef , 
and Gulf Shrimp we can put together the perfect custom menu for your event needs. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Wedding at The Windsor



Kate & Jon Tyree's Wedding 

Kate & Jon had a fun"Texas Themed" Ceremony and Reception.  The bride used bright spring colored floral colors with lots of whites.  The food by Culinary Art Catering had a very Southern flair. 

Kate (the bride), wanted to watch her brides maids before they walked into the chapel, so we cracked the door open so she could see her girls all dressed and beautiful ready to walk down the aisle.  It was such a moving moment.  





Of course the first dance was a Texas two step - very fun & relaxed.  Guests enjoyed beer, wine & great casual and fun Culinary Art Catering food.  

Cocktail hour included butler passed Hors D'oeuvres of Chicken Quesadilla TrumpetsPork Cornbread Bites, and Breaded Stuffed Mushroom Caps Florentine.   




The Dinner Buffet stations started with a Tex-Mex Caesar Salad (Romaine & Mesclun Mix with Marinated Black Beans, Toasted Corn, Grated Jicama, Croutons & Red Chili Caesar Dressing).  There were two Chef Attended Stations which included ;  Texas Raised Top Beef Sirloin, Served With Horseradish, Aioli, Grain Mustard, and Chipotle Barbeque Sauce, and Chicken Fried Chicken Sliders, With warm Biscuits and Honey Butter.  There was also a Mashed Potato Martini Station, with delicious assorted toppings. 

 




Congratulations to Kate & Jon in your new lives together as man & wife.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

McKinney Flour Mill Weddings



Nestled in the heart of Downtown McKinney is one of the earliest grain mills in the state. This beautiful historical building is now home to The McKinney Flour Mill.  Whether an intimate celebration or a grandiose affair, this unique venue offers the perfect setting for a rustic-chic celebration.


Chic centerpieces in the White Billows room.

Amazing chandeliers in the Marketplace.


Woodland themed wedding in White Billows room.

Lanterns lining the side of the building make for amazing outdoor photos.


Conveniently located just 25 minutes from Dallas/ Ft. Worth, McKinney Flour Mill rates high on our list of favorite venues. Culinary Art Catering is proud to be one of the preferred vendors at this one of a kind venue.

Visit their website: www.mckinneyflourmill.com


Friday, June 5, 2015

Wedding Sweetheart Tables vs. Head Table


Wedding Sweetheart Tables vs. Head Tables

When planning your room diagram for your wedding, it is important to choose a setup that suits your personality and style.  There are three ways you can go, all of which are perfectly acceptable, it just depends on your personal preference.

With the Sweetheart Table, it is always a beautiful focal point and great photo opportunity.  It is usually preferable to really dress the table with an accent cloth like a sequin or specialty linen with extra heavy floral or candlesticks, depending on your decor.  However, some couples do not like being at the front or eating alone in front of all the guests, but it is really a nice way to show off the bride & groom. Usually the Service Staff (like at Culinary Art Catering in Dallas), will serve the bride & groom their dinner at that table so that they do not have to go thru the buffet line (if you are doing a buffet menu).

If you have a big wedding party or large family, you may want to have a head table.  This can either have the entire wedding party at that table (usually one sided facing the guests at the head of the room), or you can have your immediate family at the head table.  It is also customary to have the wedding party's spouses or dates sitting with them as well.  It is also nice to use a special linen for this table as well (like a sequin cloth or special satin cloth).  You can also use runners on this table or mirrors with candles depending on your decor style.

Your 3rd option is to have a sweetheart table with 4-6 surrounding tables with your immediate family.  It is very important to label each table, either with table numbers or names, so that when the guests go to get their food, the DJ can dismiss tables in an orderly fashion. 


Whichever you choose, make it your own, and make it reflect your personality and style.  Room diagrams in advance are very important, so make sure your venue provides a room diagram.  Whatever you do make it beautiful and fun.








Monday, June 1, 2015

Wedding Napkin Folds and Menus

Menu Cards & Napkin Folds

Add a great (affordable) splash of color and decor to your next event or party with a fun napkin fold and menu card.  Even if you are having a buffet dinner, your guests will get excited when they see what they are going to eat for dinner and have for dessert.  Use your event colors, and special style or theme, and print cute menu cards on your printer, or get professionally printed if you have the budget or want a special card stock. 


If your service staff is knowledgeable (like the Culinary Art Catering Staff), use a pretty color polyester napkin (you can usually rent for about .50 - 90 cents each), and have the staff fold in a fun unique style that goes with your theme.  There are tons of fun and creative napkin folds you can search online. to add a "pop" of color and style to the place-setting.  Even if you do not have a charger, it really dresses up the table on the tablecloth between the flatware place-setting.  

Its also nice to list the beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic)  on the card as well.  And don't forget about dessert, make sure to list that too - - even wedding cake flavors.  And if you have a champagne toast, list that too at the bottom on the menu card.  And lastly, the menu card is also nice cost effective memento for your guests to take home afterward.  #LetsParty