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October 2010

Planning dinner for your guests: Plated vs Buffet

At the end of the day, Don't run out of food!
Let this be your mantra, repeat 20 times a day!
When talking with your catering professional be very clear that this is your goal.  Now, on to some specifics.

It costs more to serve a buffet than a plated dinner.
It's a proven fact.   You will  have to order at least 20% more food AND your guests WILL take servings of all or most of the dishes; even both or multiple entrees.
You might have the "end of the line" with almost no entree and a plate of side dishes and salads.

Wedding Music; how to choose?

When thinking about your wedding and your wedding music specifically, it helps to have an overall outline of your ceremony and reception.  Will they both be int he same location?  Are you planning on finishing some  photos  between the ceremony and the reception and having a cocktail hour for your guests?
There are three separate times for music within your wedding day.  The ceremony, the cocktail hour and the reception:from dinner on which usually includes the first dance(s).

Live Music in Local Venues: San Francisco East Bay Area

It's clear that residents of the East Bay love live music.
Many of the restaurants featuring live music of various genres find that the "live music' nights have loyal followers.  We've watched our website page hits and people are looking for where to find live music. And, of course , we are thrilled that they are searching for Jack Pollard and his various configurations of Bands!  He performed in Lafayette last evening at Chevalier Restaurant.  Chef/owner Phillipe provides a little bit of France right in the middle of the East Bay.

Catering: Are you considering stations?

I've had a lot of questions regarding stations lately.
How many should I have? Are they more or less expensive than other catering options? How much space do I need? More or less than a buffet?
These are all important questions.
Stations are a lot of fun as your guests can mill around and continue to visit with a lot of people as they enjoy their meal.  Caterers are very creative with stations and they can provide everything from a few appetizers to a full dinner.  Here is San Francisco and in other cities,  they take their food themes from areas in the city; for example Fisherman's Wharf might include be a raw bar with Oysters, then also have Jumbo Prawns, Crab Clawes and Mussels served with cocktail sauce, lemon wedges and sliced sourdough bread.

Budget is not a dirty word!

Everyone has a budget for their events.  Whether they admit it or not, it's there.  Some clients prefer to get a lot of bids on aspects of their event, wedding, party and then compile a budget.  Many people really don't know what a reasonable cost is for specific line items; for instance flowers, limos and transportation, favors, music and catering. This example with focus on wedding budgets.  There is a percentage system that is used sometimes for weddings in particular and helps to give a guideline.
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