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How do you know what wedding reception meal style will be the most conducive for your big day ?
Let’s review the pros and cons for many wedding reception meal styles. From Plated, to Buffet, Stations, Cocktail Parties, and Family Style, there are many aspects to consider, before even discussing the food itself!
Plated meals are the most traditional form of dinner service. There are usually at least two courses, salad and main course. The bride and groom may select two or three main course options for their guests, or opt to have a dual entrée for their guests to enjoy.
Pros – Plated reception meal service is the most traditional dinner style for weddings. It is formal and elegant, with servers placing beautifully plated entrees in front of each guest. Guests are able to sit and enjoy each other’s company as they enjoy each course. Activities, such as toasts and special dances may be spread between courses to provide more time for dancing and other activities.
Cons – Plated service requires a large number of staff (between staff for plating the meal and servers), which may increase the total cost of your event. Guests may also be limited to one entrée choice from a pre selected list. Also, this style of service requires the most work from a couple. You must provide the caterer with a list of who will get each meal, along with a code that will be on the place cards for servers to see what meal each guest ordered.
Buffet style dinner service is often considered the most casual.
Pros – Buffet style dinner service is the least expensive of all wedding dinner service options. It requires the least amount of catering staff (though servers are still needed to refill the buffet, clear dirty plates, and refill guests’ water glasses). Buffets offer more options than plated service, allowing guests to pick and choose what they like, as well as the portion sizes of each selection. Buffet style is social and promotes mingling between guests, while going to and from the buffet, they are able to take in more of the venue as well.
Cons –Being the most casual, usually guests will be serving themselves at the buffet, and must carry their plate back to the table. This style of dinner service requires a larger quantity of food, which may lead to more waste. Each table must also wait their turn to go to the buffet.
Station style dinner service is where food choices are spread over various food “stations”. Each station has a theme or style, such as a Maryland station with crab cakes and seafood, create your own pasta station, or the traditional carving station. Some stations may have a chef preparing items to order. This style of wedding meal service tends to be very interactive for guests.
Pros – Stations is a great way for you and your significant other to showcase your personality. Guests love the interactive feel and variety of the selections. With stations spread out, your venue is utilized the most, guests are drawn to areas of the venue that they may not notice with other options. Similar to the buffet style, guests may choose the items they like and their portions. But having on average three stations, guests may not have to wait to receive their meals.
Cons – Having various stations requires more room in your venue. With interactive stations, a chef and extra service staff is often necessary which can increase the cost.
Family style dinner service combines the traditional feel of a seated meal with the options of a buffet. Each table is given large portions of each menu item to share among the guests at that table.
Pros- During family style service, guests often receive their food faster than the other options (provided you don’t have a chatty aunt hogging the potatoes). It is essentially a buffet, without the line. Again, the food choices are more diverse than a seated meal. Family style meals force guest interaction with one another at their table.
Cons – Family style is the most expensive of all wedding reception meal styles. More staff is required than buffet, and the most food is used as well as wasted. While forcing guest interaction can be a great thing among your friends and family, careful detail must be given to your seating arrangement as guests must share with one another.
Only you know which of these options are most conducive to the theme and feel of your wedding. No matter which option you choose, your guests are sure to have an incredible time on your special day!
A few weeks go we had the pleasure of having a wedding ceremony outside of the Alonso G. Decker Gallery, on the terrace at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. This unique set up allowed us to fit enough chairs for 200 guests on the terrace, while still giving the bride, groom and wedding party plenty of room for processional and recessional. Also, we had about 40 seats that we were able to reserve for the bride and grooms immediate family.
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!
Centerpieces: DIY bride and groom
Event Planner: Kristy Samone of Pretty Parties and Fancy Favors
Cake: Charm City Cakes
Photography: Reese Studios Photography (Photos Above by Zeffert and Gold)
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.
How Much Do You Have to Buy If you Supply?
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Host Provided Alcohol Facts:
A bottle of champagne fills six to eight glasses
A bottle of wine fills five glasses
A liter bottle of liquor makes about 18 drinks
A case of wine contains 12 bottles.
A case of beer contains 24 bottles or cans.
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.
Next Leap Year: 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
Following Leap Year: 2020
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Adapted from Theknot.com
Want an item that will be the talk of your event? Have Zeffert and Gold Catering provide Baltimore specialty donut catering for your wedding or special event. These donuts are hot, delicious and are able to be customized to fit your event perfectly! Regardless of whether you are using these donuts as a late night snack at your wedding, dessert at your corporate event, or a savory station at your affair, it will be a one of a kind item that guests are surely not going to see anywhere else. The special part about these donuts is that they are made right in front of your guests and enjoyed immediately. Hot, fresh, donuts…whats not to love?
Let us bring our miniature donut machine to your event and make hot, fresh, mini donuts for your guests as they watch. Your guests will be entertained as they watch the donuts being made and overjoyed as they top the donuts with their choice of toppings before devouring them and wanting more. Not only are donuts a great dessert, but they make an amazing late night snack.
These donuts can then be sprinkled with your guests’ choice of toppings based on your event theme, season, color or taste!
We guarantee that these donuts will be the hit of your event. Make sure you call us for any Baltimore specialty donut catering for your wedding or special event.
What are you doing this Thursday, March 26th from 5:30 until 8? The only correct answer is that you are attending the American Visionary Arts Museum Wedding Happy Hour. This show is going to feature all sorts of the best wedding vendors in each category and should be an amazing time. What better way to meet Baltimore’s Best wedding vendors than while enjoying delicious food & cocktails? Don’t forget to pre-register with Michele Goldberg at 410-244-1900 x 228, or via email@example.com. Did we mention it’s free? Hope to see you there!
Check Out Pictures from both of their amazing spaces here:
Zeffert and Gold Catering had the absolute pleasure of working with Katie and Matt on their wedding at Historic London Town. This amazing couple planned an amazing wedding that is sure to leave their guests with pleasant memories for a very long time. Making the day even more special were special little touches that were important to both Katie and Matt.
The couple was married overlooking the beautiful South River, with family and friends surrounding them for the fun and comfortable ceremony. With so many beautiful places for a ceremony for a wedding at Historic London Town, this is possibly our favorite. Check out their website for tons of great pictures of setups of this beautiful venue.
Immediately following the ceremony, the guests were ushered to the beautiful garden where guests were treated to an amazing spread of delicious food and a plethora of tasty drinks. This was just the start, after appetizers guests enjoyed a buffet full of delicious breakfast foods. There was such a variety of foods that all guests were able to eat until they were content.
The special touches at this wedding were done by the amazing girls over at Two Hands Studios. They set up an awesome gift table, a dessert spread that would make anyone drool, and cute signs for every detail imaginable.
We wish Katie and Matt a lifetime of happiness!
Looking for a venue for the company holiday party, but tired of booking the same local ballroom or restaurant? This year, why not reward your team’s creativity with an equally original location? From funky speakeasy’s to an upscale arcade, let Zeffert and Gold help you create an awesome holiday party in Baltimore that will leave your employees counting down the days until next year.
Here Are 8 Ideas That Are Sure to Please:
Library: Whether you are a book lover or not, Baltimore is home to an array of beautiful historic libraries that would make for an eloquent venue for your holiday party in Baltimore. Since we design custom menus we can work with you to create a holiday menu that will reward your guests for all their hard work this year.
Arcade: The saying age is just a number is one that rings true especially during the holidays. Why not host your holiday party in Baltimore at an arcade? Your coworkers will appreciate any company outing that involves skee-ball and a delicious Baltimore catered menu.
Museum: Hosting your holiday party in Baltimore at a museum is a fantastic way to combine food and entertainment. There are so many unique museums in Baltimore that your guests will appreciate the company holiday party being at a venue that they can explore.
Speakeasy: Take your holiday party in Baltimore down memory lane by hosting it at a speakeasy. These fun and nostalgic venues that are a tribute to the 1920’s Prohibition era, are sure to be a unique venue for your guests.
Sports Complex: Are your coworkers an athletic group of people, or just the type that do not want to sit still at an event? Consider a sports complex for your holiday party in Baltimore. We’ll have gourmet sliders & sausages waiting for you, after your turn in the batting cage.
Winery/Brewery: Another way to get in the holiday spirit with your coworkers is to host your company party at a winery or brewery. There are so many great options in Baltimore. We are happy to pair your menu with any type of beer or wine.
Barn: With a chill in the air, hosting your holiday party at a warm, rustic barn would be a venue idea your guests may not be expecting. With hearty winter meal options, and perhaps a hot cocoa bar, your guests will be happy you were put in charge of planning the company holiday party in Baltimore.
Historic Mansions: Spend some time with your coworkers at an eloquent venue that will reward them for all their long hours this year. We work at some amazing mansions all over Maryland. Venues tend to offer discounted rates during their off-peak seasons, so don’t let the word “mansion” deter you if you are on a budget.
For a complete list of venues where we have catered in the past, please visit our website. Please contact us if you are planning a corporate holiday party in Baltimore, or would like information on building a menu for your holiday event. Remember we specialize in building customized menus for your next event needing catering in Baltimore.
Want to make your next corporate function the best Baltimore team building event? How about a “chopped” style crab cake building demonstration and competition? Yes, we are a fan of the Food Network’s popular show, and wanted to bring a Chopped style catering event to Baltimore. We did an event Monday evening at the Top of the World, at Baltimore’s World Trade Center for The National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives. This was an amazing team building event that had everyone excited, entertained, and of course well fed.
Guests were split up into 9 teams, and had the challenge of creating a delicious and award winning crab cake. Members of NATLE span from all over North America, so we didn’t leave them completely on their own to tackle this challenge. Our Executive chef, Daniel Elardo, gave a quick history and demonstration about how we build our crab cakes. After the demonstration, teams were able to get any ingredients that they wanted from our pantry. They then had 25 minutes to build the crab cakes. After that, our chefs took the crab cakes in the kitchen and broiled one crab cake sample from each group to perfection. After the crab cakes were cooked, we displayed them so guests could enjoy a dinner sampling of their creations and those of other teams. Everyone really enjoyed this event and the fruits of their labor. Helping to make this the best Baltimore team building event, was our friends at Jazzy Blu who played great music for our guests the entire night. If you’re interested in planning a team building event for your next corporate networking event, or would like more information please contact us at 410-944-4481.