This weekend we had the pleasure of working with Michele and Scott on their amazing pop art themed wedding at the American Visionary Art Museum. As soon as guests entered the American Visionary Art Museum building, they knew this wedding was going to be far from “typical.” Pop art signs, which were hand made by the bride and groom, decorated the ceremony. The unique wedding surprises kept coming when “Art Poppa” arrived, decorated from head to toe, ready to officiate the ceremony (see picture below). The beautiful bride Michele dazzled in an amazing red wedding dress that she made which fit the theme perfectly. We cannot stress how many creative DIY projects there were at this exciting American Visionary Art Museum Wedding.
After the ceremony, guests were invited upstairs to a room filled with DIY wedding decor done by the bride and groom for their amazing wedding at the American Visionary Art Museum. Pop art permeated the room with huge posters, an amazing cake, and tables decorated with bright colors, pop art paper fortune cookies, and AVAM “as seen on TV’s”. Before dinner, guests were treated to a performance by an aerialist. To go along with the entertainment, the bride and groom chose slow braised beef short ribs and a spring vegetable napoleon as entrees for their guests to enjoy. Guests finished the night with a delicious and perfectly decorated pop art cake made by Charm City Cakes.
We are so thrilled to have been a part of Michele and Scott’s special wedding at the American Visionary Art Museum. We wish this absolutely wonderful couple a lifetime of happiness together!
Match made in heaven. A common expression that couldn’t reflect Miriam and Michael more perfectly. Both architects, Miriam and Michael, used their creativity to build an extraordinary wedding at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. They used LEGO’s to design one of a kind centerpieces, “Mr. and Mrs” signs, and other decorations. Instead of a standard wedding guestbook, they had puzzle pieces available for their guests to sign. When the puzzle pieces were constructed it reflected a photo of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. What a great way to remember their Baltimore Museum of Industry Wedding and all of their family and friends that were there to celebrate with them.
We designed a stations style menu to compliment this fun and unique wedding. The Stationary appetizers featured Lemon Butter Calamari; Antipasto of marinated olives, artichoke hearts, Provolone cheese drizzled with balsamic glaze, Genoa Salami, pepperoncini, mushrooms, roasted red peppers; Middle Eastern Trio of Hummus, Babaganouch and Olive Tapenade with pita; and Crudite Shots of carrots, asparagus, red peer with ranch dipping sauce. Our staff also passed appetizers including Miniature Pork Belly Tacos, Sirloin Wrapped Asparagus, Bang Bang Shrimp, Tomato Soup Shooters with Crust-less Smoked Gouda Cheese Wedges, and Minted Lamb Meatballs served with Tzatziki sauce.
Stations style weddings are a great way to get your guests on their feet, and moving around to try an assortment of different themed stations. For Miriam and Michael’s Baltimore Museum of Industry Wedding, they featured an Argentine Bogota Nights Station, a Fruits of the Sea Station, and a Roman Grill Pasta Station. Here’s what was featured at each food station:
-Argentine Bogota Nights Station: Featuring Carved Sirloin Strip Steak with caramelized onions and Chimmique Sauce (Chimichurri and Barbecue sauce). Argentinian Roasted Chicken with fresh herbs and a hint of rosemary. Warm potato salad with red onions, sour cream and fresh parsley. Quinoa Salad with with avocado, diced tomato, corn, black beans, and cilantro.
-Fruits of the Sea Station: Featuring Red Thai Curry. Ahi Tuna Martini with Asian Slaw, avocado, and wasabi sauce. Cocktail crab claw display served with herb mustard dipping sauce and spicy cocktail sauce.
-Roman Grill Pasta Station: Featuring Penne Pasta or Tricolor Cheese Tortellini prepared to order. Toppings including grilled chicken, toasted pine nuts, diced tomatoes, scallions, sliced black olives, pepperoncini, mushrooms, red and green peppers, red onion, capers, artichoke hearts, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, grated Parmesan cheese. Seasonings including, fresh oregano, basil, garlic, chopped chives, and parsley. Sauces including pesto, Sundried tomato marinara, olive oil, and Alfredo. Served with Caesar Salad.
For dessert we served Baltimore’s renown, Dangerously Delicious‘ pies. This delicious bakery provided an assortment of pies including Cherry, Caramel Apple Crumb, and the bakery’s signature Baltimore Bombs (loaded with Berger Cookies (a local specialty) that melt down and swirl into a sweet, vanilla chess filling). To say these pies were the cherry on top would be an understatement!
All photos in this blog post belong to Living Radiant Photography. Check out these wonderful photographs to catch a glimpse into this widely creative Baltimore Museum of Industry wedding. Congratulations to Miriam and Michael! Catering your winter wedding was such a treat!
Our commitment to the Shell Recycling Alliance, developed by the Oyster Recovery Partnership, affords many ways to live our mission of sustainable practices at our catered weddings and special events. As spring approaches and more of our Baltimore catered events showcase Raw Oyster Bars, we are proud to help improve the Bay’s health by participating in the Oyster Shell Recycling Program.
The Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) is a large-scale restoration program dedicated to planting disease-free oysters back into the Chesapeake Bay. As a result, nearly 5.9 billion oysters have been planted on 2,200 acres of oyster reefs and 70,000 bushels of shell have been recycled to provide homes for new oysters.
Instead of throwing away hundreds of oysters from our events, we donate the shells to ORP, so that new oysters are raised and oyster reefs are restored. Every half shell that we donate, helps create a new home for 10 new oysters.
Besides being a delicious appetizer, oysters directly help improve the Chesapeake Bay’s health. One oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day. Oyster reefs filter the Bay’s water and provide habitat for other marine life, like our beloved Maryland blue crabs.
We’re proud to be partnered with the ORP and help the Shell Recycling Alliance’s mission of, “no shell is left behind.” Collecting and recycling 26,000 bushels of oyster shells in 2015, the ORP is set to have an even better 2016 season. Be on the look out at our events for the ORP signs, and our oyster shucker’s adding the shells to the ORP recycling containers. We are thrilled to do our part for this phenomenal cause!
When searching for a venue, it can be helpful to make a list of “must-haves” to help narrow down between options. If being dock side for your big day is on your list, then Historic London Town & Gardens may be the perfect venue for your Annapolis waterfront wedding.
Krista and Eric chose this beautiful waterfront wedding venue for their special day this past September. The weather was absolutely perfect, which allowed for the most serene wedding photos alongside the South River in Annapolis, Maryland. Whether your wedding guests are local, or if they are traveling from afar; everyone will enjoy the picturesque waterfront background.
Krista and Eric decided to have a seated service wedding reception, with cocktail hour taking place in London Town’s beautiful garden area. Under the beautiful oak tree, we had an outdoor bar setup, of which the couple was able to provide the alcohol. We also had stationary appetizers including hot Maryland crab dip, roasted vegetable bruschetta, olive Muffaletta bruschetta, tomato bruschetta, Charcuterie board, and sweet and sour cocktail meatballs.
We also offered a variety of passed appetizers including miniature bang bang shrimp tacos, petit crab cakes, marinated portobello mushrooms with smoked mozzarella on pita wedges, scallops wrapped with bacon served with barbecue sauce, and an Asian Spoon of seared tuna, Asian slaw, avocado and wasabi sauce.
After cocktail hour, guests were invited into the beautiful wedding tent, where the guest tables were set for the evening. The crisp white table linens accented with light pink napkins added a sweet touch of color to the waterfront wedding tent. All of the wedding decor, including the white lanterns and mercury votive candle holders, was provided by 2Hands Studio.
For the main course, we served a field greens salad with dried cranberries, toasted almonds, crumbled feta cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette. Guests had the option of peppercorn tenderloin of beef served with port wine sauce, or a boneless breast of Parmesan crusted chicken with basil beurre blanc for their main entree. We accompanied both entrees with Yukon gold mashed potatoes with smoked Gouda cheese, and julienne vegetables of zucchini, yellow squash, carrot and red pepper.
For dessert, Cakes by Rachael provided a gorgeous wedding dessert arrangement of cupcakes and a small ceremonial wedding cake. The wedding dessert table was located inside, which was conveniently right next to the dance floor. Making it perfectly convenient to access for the remainder of the evening.
We had such a fun time catering Krista and Eric’s London Town wedding. We can’t wait for all of our 2016 Annapolis Waterfront weddings to take place this year!
Anyone who says a wedding can’t take place on a weekday, clearly has never planned a wedding with a couple like Jasmine and Shon. We had the pleasure of catering their Corradetti Glass Studio wedding last night, as the perfect starter for our weekend full of weddings.
With guests flying in from all over the country, Jasmine and Shon chose to have an intimate wedding ceremony at a beautiful glass blowing studio in Baltimore. Their ceremony took place on Corradetti’s stage that is filled with colorful glass blown sculptures and art pieces that truly make for a one of a kind wedding backdrop. Between the studio’s kilns warming the venue, the breathtaking lights strung from the ceiling and the warmth from the couple’s closest family and friends who came for their big day; this was an unforgettable Thursday evening February wedding.
After the beautiful couple said their, “I Do’s,” guests congratulated the couple and took advantage of the beautiful venue for many family photos. Coincidentally, National Drink Wine day just happened to fall on two wine loving brides’ special day. Their guests were in luck with an assortment of red and white wines, plus champagne to enjoy and stay warm for this winter wedding. Not to mention the wedding favors for their guests were adorable mini-Prosecco bottles.
The menu was a bit nontraditional, which worked perfectly for their guests, who were constantly mingling. With light stationary appetizers of hot Maryland crab dip, and a beautiful antipasto platter filled with marinated olives, artichoke hearts, Provolone cheese drizzled with balsamic glaze, Genoa Salami, pepperoncini, marinated mushrooms and roasted red peppers. After guests found their seats, we offered an assortment of small bites including coconut shrimp tostada with mango salsa and jerk chicken skewers with pineapple curry sauce. Finally ending with the third course of miniature bang bang shrimp tacos, sirloin wrapped asparagus, and caprese bruschetta.
After a beautiful toast from the maid of honors, guests proceeded to dance and enjoy tasty desserts provided by Flavor Cupcakery and Bake Shop. Many guests were staying in town a few more days to continue celebrating Jasmine and Shon. In the very near future, the lovely couple is taking a wonderful tropical honeymoon together. Congratulations to this wonderful couple. We are so happy we were a part of your Corradetti Glass Studio wedding.
In our opinion, spring time — or warmer weather for that matter, cannot come soon enough. We are featuring Danielle and Jared’s waterfront wedding from last summer to help remind us that warmer months are coming soon. Originally, Danielle and Jared planned their wedding to take place at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Unfortunately, due to the unrest in the city of Baltimore at the time, we had to resort to plan B. Luckily for Danielle, Jared and their guests, their “plan B,” just happened to include a breathtaking view of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Elk Manor Winery offers three unique wedding venue options, conveniently all located on one property. Danielle and Jared’s Elk Manor Winery wedding took place on the Beach Venue, which allows for guests to stroll along the beach, a 60X90′ tent for the reception, and most importantly, a picturesque waterfront background.
There were so many fun elements to this spring outdoor wedding. Inside the wedding tent, guest tables were decorated with silver linens and napkins that alternated between maize, Kelly green, and coral. The spring wedding centerpieces of purple and yellow dandelions complimented the linens perfectly. Just as unique, this Elk Manor Winery wedding featured a small paddle boat that iced down Union Craft Brewing beers and other summer drinks for the celebration. Keeping with the theme, Danielle and Jared brewed their own beer and used the beer as a unique wedding favor for their guests.
The change of venue four days before the wedding may have been impossible, had it not been for working with such amazing vendors. Congratulations to Danielle and Jared! We look forward to catering more Elk Manor Winery weddings in the near future.
When planning your wedding there are so many options for every decision. Your bar is no different. Below we will try and explain several different options for stocking the bar for your big day.
The open bar has traditionally been the most popular option for many couples. This has the most options, but it is also the most expensive. At a full open bar guests can order almost any drink on the planet and the bartender will be able to oblige. Many catering companies have different levels, each with different price points. At Zeffert and Gold Catering we have 3 open bar options that guests can select from when looking for the right bar for your Baltimore wedding. The positive of these options are the ability for any guests to be able to find a drink that they will enjoy, with the biggest negative being the cost.
With a limited bar you are offering guests a few specified options that they can select from. Most limited bars involve beer and wine or beer and wine and a signature drink or two. The biggest advantages to selecting a limited bar is that you can customize fun drinks to fit your event and it also keeps the cost lower than if you did a full open bar.
Host Provided Alcohol Bar:
The host provided alcohol bar is the option that has been recently growing in popularity. This allows you, as the host, to provide the alcohol to the caterer. The caterer will supply bartenders, sodas, mixers, bar fruit, ice, glassware and everything else that you need besides alcohol. You can supply just beer and wine, or you can opt to offer a full open bar. The big savings on the host provided alcohol bar is that at the end of the event you are able to return any unopened bottles to the liquor store that you purchased from.
Did you just get engaged? Ready to set a date and start planning the wedding of your dreams? Glance over the following dates to see if there are any that you may want to steer clear of when booking your wedding.
Personally Significant Days
Check your own calendar for any reunions, family and friend’s weddings, anniversaries or other events. If you are worried about big conventions or festivals in Baltimore or elsewhere in Maryland check out this calendar. Also, ask about any annual occasions that involve your family or close friends.
Holiday weekend weddings have pros and cons. You’ve got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!); plus, a Sunday Wedding can be less expensive than a Saturday one. But costs of travel and hotels may be higher. And if you’re looking to marry around Valentine’s Day, be wary of your floral bill, especially if you’ve got your heart set on red roses—they’ll likely be more expensive than at any other time of the year. Likewise, reception sites often charge a higher fee for a New Year’s Eve wedding. Also consider the impact of a holiday weekend on your guest list: Some families have standing plans or traditions that they’d prefer not to miss.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of January 16-18, 2016
Weekend of January 14-16, 2017
Weekend of January 13-15, 2018
Presidents’ Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of February 13-15, 2016
Weekend of February 18-20, 2017
Weekend of February 17-19, 2018
Mother’s Day (always a Sunday) Make sure your moms are okay sharing this weekend with your wedding. And ask yourself: Do you want your anniversary to fall on the same weekend as Mother’s Day when (or if) you become a mom?
Weekend of May 7-8, 2016
Weekend of May 13-14, 2017
Weekend of May 12-13, 2018
Memorial Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of May 28-30, 2016
Weekend of May 27-29, 2017
Weekend of May 26-28, 2018
Father’s Day (always a Sunday)
Like you would with your moms, check with your dads about doubling up on this day. And grooms, make sure you’re okay with celebrating your anniversary the same weekend as Father’s Day if you decide to have kids.
Weekend of June 18-19, 2016
Weekend of June 17-18, 2017
Weekend of June 16-17, 2018
Monday, July 4, 2016
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of September 3-5, 2016
Weekend of September 2-4, 2017
Weekend of September 1-3, 2018
Columbus Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of October 8-10, 2016
Weekend of October 7-9, 2017
Weekend of October 6-8, 2018
Avoid it if you’re terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (and embrace it if you want them to!).
Monday, October 31, 2016
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)
November 24, 2016
November 23, 2017
November 22, 2018
New Year’s Eve
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Monday, December 31, 2018
Religious and Cultural Holidays
Be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (your own and those of your guests) when planning your wedding. There may even be restrictions at your house of worship as to whether you’re allowed to marry at these times.
March 20, 2016
April 9, 2017
March 25, 2018
March 27, 2016
April 16, 2017
April 1, 2018
Passover (begins at sunset)
Friday, April 22, 2016
Monday, April 10, 2017
Friday, March 30, 2018
Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset)
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Monday, July 31, 2017
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset)
Sunday, October 2, 2016, until nightfall on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 until nightfall on Friday September 22, 2017
Sunday, September 9, 2018 until nightfall on Tuesday September 11, 2018
Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 until nightfall on Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Friday, September 29, 2017 until nightfall on Saturday, September 30, 2017
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 until nightfall on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Hanukkah (begins at sunset)
Saturday, December 24, 2016 until nightfall on Sunday, January 1, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 until nightfall on Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Sunday December 2, 2018 until nightfall on Monday, December 10, 2018
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Monday, December 25, 2017
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Monday, December 26, 2016 until Sunday, January 1, 2017
Tuesday, December 26, 2017, until Monday, January 1, 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018, until Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)
Tuesday, July 5, until Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Saturday, June 24, until Sunday, June 25, 2017
Thursday, June 14, until Friday June 15, 2018
Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes; the holiday lasts for about four days)
Monday, September 12 , 2016
Friday, September 1, 2017
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Friday, April 15, 2016
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Monday, March 26, 2018
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Monday, September 3, 2018
Days of Remembrance
We’re talking about historically significant days (like the anniversary of September 11) that may be off-limits if you come from a big military family. Or, that could make them all the more meaningful—it’s up to you to decide.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Monday, September 11, 2017
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Friday, December 7, 2018
Major Sporting Events
If you’re die-hard sports fans—or if you’re worried your guests might have a hard time choosing between your wedding and the big game—avoid getting married during popular sporting events. And if a lot of your guests come from the same alma mater, watch out for homecoming weekends and bowl games that might conflict.
Super Bowl Sunday
February 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA
February 5, 2017, in Houston, TX
February 4, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN
Final Four During March Madness
Saturday, April 2, 2016, and Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston, TX
Saturday, April 1, 2017 and Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, AZ
Saturday, March 31, 2018 and Monday, April 2, 2018, in San Antonio, TX
If you’re superstitious, you might want to watch out for these historically inauspicious dates from across several cultures.
The Ides of March For ancient Romans, an “ides” was simply a date that marked the middle of the month—until Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15 in 44 B.C. Since then, “Beware the Ides of March” has become the mantra of this superstitiously unlucky date.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Friday the 13th The unluckiest date of the year has questionable origins. Some historians say it comes from the 13 diners who were present at the last supper, but the famous Babylon’s Code of Hammurabi doesn’t include a 13th law, which suggests this superstition is as old as 1700 BC. And it wasn’t until a successful novel titled Friday the Thirteenth was published in the early 1900s that Friday became part of the unlucky equation.
May 13, 2016
January 13, 2017
October 13, 2017
April 13, 2018
July 13, 2018
Leap Years Greeks and Romans thought that starting any new life event— from getting married to baptizing a child— in a leap year would bring bad luck.
We had the pleasure of catering the last Evergreen Carriage House wedding of 2015. We had so much fun working with Sarah and Mario to make their dream wedding come to life. This Evergreen Carriage House wedding ceremony took place inside in the carriage room. After the ceremony, guests headed to the stalls area, where they enjoyed drinks and appetizers. For appetizers we served lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce, Maryland crab dip, tomato bruschetta, olive muffaletta bruschetta, and roasted vegetable bruschetta, and our baked brie en brioche served with raspberry coulis sauce.
After cocktail hour, guests were welcomed into the main tent area for dinner. The room looked so eloquent and beautiful with the centerpieces and flowers done by My Flower Box. The guest table linens were a gorgeous silver satin, with white floral centerpieces that absolutely popped. The tall mercury candle holders, interchanged with smaller mercury vases added the perfect touch of color to the table that complimented the linens perfectly. Other unique wedding decor elements was the large mirror that had all of the guests’ table information, displayed on its easel.
For dinner, we served Southwestern Spiced Pork with Chimichurri Sauce, Roasted Vegetable Lasagna, Haricot Vert with Lemon Zest, and Triple Roast of Yukon Gold, Red Bliss and Sweet Potatoes. For dessert, we had an assortment of cakes from our friends at Baltimore Cakery. The cake flavors included the “Pink Flamingo Cake,” which is a pink lemonade cake layered with pink flamingo pie filling, Toasted Almond and Black Raspberry cake, “Dem O’s,” which is a chocolate cake filled with layers of fudge and cookies and cream buttercream icing, and “Minnie the Mocha,” which is a chocolate cake with mocha flavored buttercream icing.
The rest of the evening was filled with dancing and lots of laughter by all of Sarah and Mario’s family members and friends. It was such a pleasure catering this Evergreen Carriage House wedding, and all of the weddings at this wonderful venue this year.
Many University of Maryland Alumni turn to their favorite alma mater when the time arrives to choose a wedding venue. Riggs Alumni Center was the perfect ballroom for Sandra and AJ’s wedding this fall. With enough space to fit up to 450 guests, Riggs Alumni Center comfortably fit Sandra and AJ’s 200 friends and family members.
For cocktail hour, we served miniature tacos, jumbo shrimp cocktail with spicy cocktail sauce, hot Parmesan cheese and artichoke dip, and teriyaki cocktail meatballs. Sandra and AJ decided to have a seated style menu for their main course, so when cocktail hour was over, guests went to their seats and began their first course. We served a classic Caesar Salad with toasted croutons and grated Romano cheese. While their guests enjoyed the first course, Sandra and AJ’s bridal party was introduced into the ballroom, followed by the bride and groom’s first dance. After that, the main course was served. Sandra and AJ’s guests had the option of boneless breast of Parmesan crusted chicken with basil beurre blanc sauce, or teriyaki glazed salmon on a bed of braised spinach, topped with caramelized onions. To accompany the entrees, we served steamed broccoli and garlic mashed potatoes.
After dinner, guests enjoyed mingling and dancing at this beautiful Riggs Alumni Center wedding. For dessert, we served an assortment of freshly baked cookies, brownie shooters and fruit skewers. An assortment of small desserts is the perfect accompaniment to any wedding cake, so that all of your guests will find their favorite dessert of choice.
While the guests all loved this Riggs Alumni Center wedding menu, the decor of this wedding was the real star. The head table had a purple sequence table linen that was absolutely beautiful and so unique. The rest of the guest tables were also purple, but in a different pattern that complimented the head table perfectly. The centerpieces were simple, but lovely flowers that added a great assortment of color to the ballroom.