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The origins of Valentine’s Day dates back to the 5th century, with many debates as to how St. Valentine and the holiday that has over 150 million people exchanging holiday cards all started. No matter what you believe of these traditions and how they began, I think that we can all agree that exchanging your vows on a day momentous for love is more than fitting.
Colleen and John celebrated their love for one another this past Saturday, February 14th. The couple had a lovely ceremony at a gorgeous church in Baltimore. As the bride walked down the aisle in her red high heels, it was clear to guests that this Valentine’s Day was going to be one to remember. After Colleen and John said their, “I do’s,” a pipe and drum band played, as the recessional walked down the aisle and off to the Valentine’s wedding reception at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. John is a firefighter, so the pipe and drum band paid tribute to his heroic work, and sent chills down their guests’ spines with the beautiful music.
The Baltimore Museum of Industry is a unique venue in Baltimore that sits on the Inner Harbor and overlooks the iconic Domino’s Sugar sign. It is an ideal venue for large guest counts, and for those that want their guests to experience insight into the history of Baltimore. As guests wandered the museum, we served mushroom caps stuffed with crab, buffalo chicken wonton with blue cheese, candied bacon, Latin beef empanadas, and scallops with bacon gastric. We also had a welcome table complete with sweet and sour cocktail meatballs, hot Maryland crab dip, Natty Boh cheddar cheese fondue, and an antipasto platter with marinated olives, artichoke hearts, provolone cheese drizzled with balsamic glaze, Genoa salami, pepperoncini, mushrooms and roasted red peppers. This was a true Baltimore themed Valentine’s Day wedding at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
As guests took their seats after cocktail hour, Colleen and John had an amazing surprise in store for them. Instead of traditional introductions, they had the Racing Presidents from the Washington Nationals baseball team there to escort the bridal party. Not familiar with the racing presidents? Just picture jumbo sized heads of past presidents like Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington. They’re famous for the race that takes place every home game at Nationals park in Washington, D.C. These mascots with heads the size of Bobble Heads (but way bigger), are a crowd favorite that generate cheers louder than any play demands during the game. Having the Racing Presidents at the wedding reception generated those cheers, as well.
With an introduction like that, we of course had our hands full following with the main dinner course. We did not disappoint with chef carved tenderloin of beef with Cabernet sauce, boneless breast of Parmesan crusted chicken with basil beurre blanc, a baby field greens salad with crumbled Gorgonzola cheese and sliced jicama, tossed with raspberry vinaigrette, haricot vert with lemon zest, and triple roast of Yukon gold, red bliss and sweet potatoes. We even made children’s meals of chicken tenders, french fries, and applesauce. Talk to your event designer about creating a separate meal for your smaller guests.
To top of this amazing Valentines wedding off at the Baltimore Museum of Industry we had chef prepared bananas foster served over ice cream, an assortment of cheesecake lollipops, and wedding cake. Congratulations to Colleen and John! We had so much fun catering your Valentines Day wedding at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
We have entered the new year with lots of humor, and hope to ease your worries throughout your wedding planning with laughter. We’re putting to the test what some of our clients consider “worst case scenarios” for their wedding day. In other words, as long as ___ happens, they’ll be content with their special day. What would that be for you, or – what happened to you on your wedding day that you wouldn’t wish upon your worst enemy. This will be a five part series that we will feature weekly to humor you, and ensure that these things never happen on your wedding day under our catering watch (knock on wood, of course).
Wedding fails: Week One – Dropped Wedding Cake
You spend months planning your wedding. Going through every intricate detail to make sure that this day is everything you’ve ever imagined, and more. Between the tasting for the catering company and the wedding cake tasting, you know that your guests are going to LOVE what they have to eat, and will find room for the cake at the end of the event. You were debating between a three-tier cake and a two-tier cake, but after seeing the final product of the three-tier- you are so glad you splurged. Top tier red velvet cake with butter cream frosting, middle tier chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, and the third tier, your absolute favorite. Baltimore Cakery’s Little Italy Cake with their to die-for cannoli icing. You are so happy with how it turned out, and you can’t wait to slice the first cake with your husband and maybe even smudge a piece in his face. The toasts are over, and it’s time to cut the cake. The catering company goes to move the cake to the display table, and then it happens. Your worst nightmare.
The cake goes tumbling to the floor. The hundreds of dollars you spent on the dessert that you were going to even freeze the top layer for to share with your sweetie-pie on your one-year anniversary. It’s gone. Your wedding is ruined. Your guests are in shock, and have no idea how to console you, or to break it to you that they weren’t that excited for the cake anyways. Nevertheless, it was important to you, and to your special day.
This is a real fear that some brides have, and with good reason. Cakes that are high in layer, are at times difficult to transport. If you do not have a staff that is strong enough, or intelligent enough to move the cake in a safe manner – then this could happen to you.
Luckily, for those of you who are our clients, we have highly trained staff who know how to handle these situations. First of all, the cake would never be moved prior to you cutting the first slice. There is a table designated for just holding the cake, and keeping it out of reach so there are no collisions with the cake on the dance floor. Second, when we do move the cake, we make sure to use only our staff who are comfortable and strong enough to move the cake. Most of the times, this means the manager is moving the cake. Others, it is whoever is the strongest of the staff. We take no chances when it comes to this highly important, sentimental dessert. Our one event designer, I won’t name names, but they won’t even move the cake because they do not want to take the chance of dropping it.
We take the moving of the cake very seriously, as we do cutting the cake. We don’t charge a cake cutting fee, as we’re happy to serve your guests as many flavors of cakes that you desire. Some of our clients have a small wedding cake, and then buy sheet cakes for us to cut in the back to then bring out to serve to their guests. No one even realizes, and it is an easy way to save money. We work with three bakeries, which includes Baltimore Cakery, Sugar Bakers and Patisserie Poupon. We are more than happy to serve as the liaison between the bakery, so the only thing on your plate is the cake. You can also have the cake tasting at our office if it is more convenient for you. Talk to your event designed today to learn more about our dessert options and start planning your wedding cake today.
Here are some cakes that were transported in one piece under our watch:
Last Monday, we had the pleasure of catering the National Association for Catering and Event’s Baltimore meeting at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Columbia, Md. For our menu, we went with a farm to table concept to showcase locally farm-raised meat and produce. Our catering company utilizes fresh, local products in our menus whenever possible. Our recipes have even been featured in the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Buy Local Cookbook for their outstanding flavors and for utilizing locally grown Maryland ingredients.
Keeping with using local Maryland ingredients, we served a variety of sliced meats, chicken liver pate, pickled vegetables, coarse grain violet mustard, bacon jam and balsamic jelly for appetizers. The appetizers were placed on a gorgeous, rustic farm table that fit the theme perfectly.
After the NACE board elections and a great lecture from Avish Parasher, Innovation Speaker and Motivational Improviser, it was time to serve our farm-to-table menu. With such a large venue, we were able to entertain with a stations style menu. At one station, we had our Creekstone Farms Braised Beef Cheeks with a port wine pan sauce and parsnip puree. With such a tender meat, we served this entree in martini glasses.
The next station was our Arborio Risotto Bar with assorted toppings that guest could choose from; in addition to, arugula pesto and a traditional risotto sauce. Our chef was making each risotto plate to order, so guests could customize their risotto entree.
Last but not least, our third station featured our chicken roulade in an apple cider reduction with an apple and cranberry stuffing. We served this with our creamy grits and our cinderella pumpkin bisque. For dessert, we served our pumpkin bites with maple bacon icing. Yes, these are as dangerously-good as they sound.
Although we provided the food, it can’t go unsaid all of the other amazing vendors that made this NACE meeting so great. It was a pleasure working with Party Plus Rentals, Innovative Party Planners, MLC Designs, Bialek’s Music, Gary Jackson Photography and Maryland Productions. We look forward to attending the next NACE Baltimore event in December.
We are so excited to share these photos from Jody and Michael’s Baltimore Corradetti Glass Studio Wedding. Corradetti Glass Studio is located in Clipper Mill. The intimate wedding ceremony took place inside the Corradetti Glassblowing studio. Between the white string lights and the eloquent glass sculptures, Jody and Michael had the perfect backdrop for their Sunday evening wedding. Not to mention the exposed brick walls and bamboo hardwood flooring adds to why Corradetti Glass Studio is such a charming Baltimore venue. After the ceremony, guests could stroll through the studio to see all of the amazing artwork and enjoy appetizers. We had our sweet and sour meatballs, artichoke dip, vegetable crudites and brie en brioche on a raspberry coulis for guests to enjoy.
Jody and Michael’s beautiful wedding focused on unifying two families together. We had long tables joined around the room, so the bride and groom could enjoy their dinner sitting with family and friends. The wedding table setting was beautiful with ivory linen and turquoise napkins. Mobtown Florals really made this Corradetti Glass Studio wedding complete with amazing flowers and centerpieces. The centerpieces were the perfect splash of green from the ivy and other earthy compliments. Did we mention Jody and Michael exchanged their vows under a rustic tree branch chuppah? It was a stunning, modern jewish canopy with beautiful flower arrangements. It fit this Corradetti Glass Studio wedding perfectly.
For dinner, we served grilled chicken on avocado puree, topped with our corn and tomato relish. The chicken was accompanied with roasted potatoes and green beans. After dinner guests hit the dance floor, while we prepped the dessert table. Keeping with the family-style, rustic theme, we served an assortment of delicious pies, in addition to Jody and Michael’s adorable wedding cake. Congratulations to Jody and Michael! We loved catering your Corradetti Glass Studio wedding.
Zeffert and Gold Catering Wedding Spotlight: Erica and Aaron’s Wedding at the American Visionary Art Museum
We are in full swing right now with our summer weddings, and this past weekend was no exception. Erica and Aaron hosted their guests at the American Visionary Art Museum, which is located at the base of historic Federal Hill. The couple said their, “I Do’s,” in the charming garden that is adjacent to the Sculpture Barn, which held the reception for the evening. Set in the perfect indoor-outdoor combination, the guests were able to mingle inside to enjoy the station-style catered food, and indulge in drinks like the couples signature Orange Crush outside in the garden.
This fun-loving bride and groom made sure to include their love for Baltimore sports in the wedding reception, as the cake was topped with a Baltimore Raven, as the groom, and a Baltimore Oriole, as the bride — veil and all. The love-birds didn’t stop there with their decor, as the centerpieces were the perfect summer tribute with the vases filled high with aromatic sliced oranges. The favors were filled with the couple’s signature seasoning, and allowed for their guests to leave with a taste of Baltimore. We really love working with Erica and Aaron and wish them a lifetime of happiness together!
For more information on how to make your perfect summer wedding come to life, please contact us at 410-944-4481.
One of the best parts about being Baltimore’s best catering company is the ability we have to work with so many amazing clients. Working with our clients to plan and execute their events which surpass their highest expectations makes the long hours of a catering and event planner worth it. When we receive thank you notes like the following one it really does make our staff proud. We love our clients and know that without their continued trust and business we would never be where we are today!
There’s something special about an outdoor wedding: the unparalleled beauty of a rocky ocean shore, a romantic botanical garden, the warm familiarity of your own backyard. But as gorgeous as these sites are, there’s also a significant amount of legwork and orchestration that goes into planning an alfresco celebration. Zeffert and Gold Catering and Event Planning has been working with clients to perform immaculate outdoor weddings and receptions in the Maryland and Washington D.C. areas for over 25 years. From the lighting to the parking to restrooms, here’s how to pull off a flawless tented reception. Tents Make sure to know the different types of tents. There are many types of tents, but two of the most common are frame tents and pole tents. You definitely want to ask your caterer or event planner to show you pictures of what the tent is going to look like. There are a remarkable amount of differences that can change the look of a tent to suit your style whether that is backyard casual or classic elegant. Keep bugs at bay To control insects on your wedding day, think about having your site sprayed by an exterminator two days beforehand and placing citronella candles throughout the space. Signs Since your wedding venue may not be a place that holds weddings often, take the time to make signs that will show guests where to go. Simple arrows with signs pointing towards the ceremony, cocktail reception, and main reception will help guests get where they need to go. Lighting your site To set the mood (and help guests see each other), add paper lanterns, pinspot lighting, twinkling lights or stately chandeliers. Light up surrounding walkways for easy access to the bathrooms. Think luminaries and small up— lights along the paths and Mason jars with tea lights hanging from nearby tree branches. Remember to: Have an electrician check out the space before lighting up your tent. Not only will he be able to make sure you pass all the proper inspection laws, but he should also be able to make recommendations as to whether you’ll need to rent an extra generator and how to safely secure your lighting fixtures. Bonus tip: You may want to keep a lighting pro (who has wedding experience) on hand to ensure everything stays in place—and lit up—all evening. Providing…necessities If there aren’t any restrooms nearby (and even if there are a few), you should consider renting them. These days, you can find luxury portable restrooms with amenities like in—room music, granite countertops and air conditioning or heaters depending on the season. Remember to: Give guests something to talk about with a few subtle extras like luxe soaps, fresh flowers and monogrammed towels. Bonus tip: The general rule of thumb is to have one bathroom or stall for every 35 guests. This way, guests will spend less time standing in line and more time partying on the dance floor. Choosing music Let the outdoor setting guide your music choice. If you’re on the beach, you can’t go wrong with steel drums. For a backyard reception, you might go for a folk or bluegrass group. Remember to: Make sure your band or DJ has enough power to supply their equipment. This may mean bringing in an extra generator so you don’t lose the lights in the middle of the party. They should be able to tell you what they’ll need to set up at your site. Also, figure out where the band or DJ and dance floor will be. (Hint: Make sure it’s not in the path from the kitchen to the tables.) Bonus tip: Most city ordinances don’t allow outdoor music late into the evening; do your research and then commit to a time when the band or DJ will unplug. Creating the menu Having an outdoor wedding gives you flexibility to get creative with your menu. Under a tent you might throw a New England clambake, a spicy Southern barbecue or even a Hawaiian pig roast. But you probably wouldn’t even consider those options for a ballroom affair. Regardless what food appears on your menu, plan to have plenty of cold water and refreshing nonalcoholic drinks on hand—especially if the weather is hot and humid. Lemonade and iced tea are good staples. Remember to: Schedule a site visit for your caterer to make sure she’s well—equipped to handle the space. Also keep in mind that in most cases, your caterer will need a separate prepping tent. And don’t forget about the need for electricity and running water. Work with your caterer to draw up a detailed floor plan. Bonus tip: Make sure your catering company has experience running tented events. They’ll not only provide all the right supplies (saving you the hassle of having to rent them) and set up and clean up, but they’ll also know to have enough wait staff on hand to ensure that all of your guests are taken care of. Zeffert and Gold Catering has been working with clients to make their outdoor wedding as worry free as possible. Please let our experienced staff help you to plan each and every detail leaving you with nothing to do on the wedding day but enjoy. For your next tented event make sure to call Zeffert and Gold Catering at 410-944-4481
Kristen and Gary recently tied the knot at the magnificent 1840’s ballroom. Their stunning wedding reception featured not only delicious food, satisfying drinks and great company with family and friends, but a special Baltimore, Maryland touch. These details were all over the reception from the Maryland color’s used in the couples color scheme, to their crab mallet favors which were imprinted with Crabby Natty Boh and Mrs. Boh. Additionally, Kristen and Gary set up a Maryland table at their wedding, with all things Maryland. This table featured items such as old bay utz chips, fishers popcorn, and of course Natty Boh beer. We really enjoyed working with Kristen and Gary and wish them nothing but the absolute best in their future as husband and wife.
Photos Courtesy of Perskie Photographics
1. I will not do anything… before the guest list.
It’s not the most fun part of planning (and we’ll be honest, it’s one of the most likely to lead to a fight or two or twelve), but you shouldn’t make any wed-day decisions before you have your wedding guest list somewhat firmly in place. Why, you ask? Well, do you want to have a nonrefundable deposit down on that cozy restaurant room that fits 75 when your mother-in-law’s additions bump your list up over 200? Exactly. Once everyone’s in agreement, then you can move forward. That said, this means that one of the parts of your wedding you can plan immediately (or at least talk over with your fiance) is what kind of atmosphere you’d like for your wedding. Do you want an intimate, close friends and family-only affair, or do you want to throw the event of the season for 300-plus people? Later, when you’re in the guest-list trenches, this bit of planning will help back up your gut instinct about whether to say yes (or no) to guest-list additions.
2. I will not end up on YouTube for the wrong reason.
Adorable processional dance? Totally acceptable path to stardom. Bridezilla freak-out on the florist who delivers hyacinths instead of hydrangeas? Not so much. On your wedding day, all eyes (and camera phones) will be on you, meaning your every move is subject to instant Internet infamy. Mind your manners and keep your panic attacks quiet to avoid the wrong kind of publicity. But that video of your dad doing the worm during your father-daughter dance? Internet gold.
3. I will not realize that grape isn’t my color — with two months to go.
You should feel free to rethink, redo, and revamp any element of your wedding that you want — unless you’ve accepted a ring from it (just kidding). This doesn’t have to mean yet another huge investment or reneging on a bunch of contracts — you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make simple additions or subtractions and change your whole style. Already ordered those pastel bridesmaid dresses? Think about adding a bold sash or accessorizing with chandelier earrings to liven them up a bit.
Unsure about the color scheme you chose? Pay an extra visit to your florist and work out changes to your bouquets and centerpieces — adding new blooms in all of your arrangements will introduce a new color throughout the room. Same thing if you’ve already ordered the linens — spice them up with bright table runners or overlays. If you decide you really can’t live with it, chances are you can go back on your first choice — just remember that it will have a cost. A good rule of thumb is that if you’ve already signed a contract or seen a proof, you will have to pay extra for any changes or additions you make. But if it’s still relatively early in your planning process, don’t be afraid to make the change. Remember, you’re getting married to your husband, not your centerpieces.
4. I will not use my Facebook status as a personal wedding journal.
Okay, we know you’re excited about planning your wedding, but that girl from your college history class couldn’t care less that you finally booked a reception band (not to mention understand that passive-aggressive comment about the best man). We’re not saying the everyday details aren’t interesting — we’d just recommend a different platform. Instead of overloading your Twitter feed with wedding details, create a wedding-planning blog for those who want to keep tabs on the ups and downs.
5. I will trust my vendors.
Before you start micromanaging every decision your wedding planner makes, remember one thing: You’re paying them for a reason. Consider their experience and expertise an opportunity for you to relax. They want you to love the result (after all, your recommendation hinges on it!), so they’re going to strive to please. And wouldn’t you rather help someone who trusts your abilities rather than second-guesses everything you do? There’s no harm in giving a good amount of direction at the outset, but asking for daily progress reports is overkill.
6. I will not feel guilty about having an adults-only wedding.
Whether you’re worried about babies crying during the ceremony or just can’t afford to seat entire families for dinner, it’s your decision whether or not you want to invite the little ones. As long as you’re consistent about this rule (no exceptions for your closest friends!) and upfront in your invitations and on your wedding website, you shouldn’t feel bad if you have to tactfully put the kibosh on your second cousin who tries to RSVP for her toddler triplets.
7. I will attempt (at least a little) DIY.
Even the least crafty bride can undoubtedly personalize a few details of her wedding, and the bragging rights — not to mention the savings — will be well worth the effort. Try your hand at creating your favors or ceremony programs. If those tasks seem to daunting, keep it simple: Put your excellent penmanship to use and write out the escort cards, or make your own welcome bags for out-of-town guests with maps of the area and a few local goodies.
8. I will acknowledge that some people might not want to be the “guest book attendant”.
You can’t put all your friends in the wedding party, but there are usually a few people left over that you still want to honor…so you create “special” jobs, like cake servers and guest book attendants. Our advice: Unless your guest book is especially complicated, an attendant probably isn’t necessary. Honorary jobs are still jobs, and chances are, they’ll have a much better time if you just let them enjoy the party rather than having them stand guard by the guest book.
9. I will actually eat the dinner at my reception. (That includes cake!)
Make sure you take time with your new husband to really enjoy the party you worked so hard to plan. If you spend your whole wedding day directing the photographer and making sure the bridal party makes their entrance on cue, you’ll be missing out on a lot of amazing memories.
10. I will look on the bright side — no matter what.
Did your outdoor ceremony get rained out? Instead of panicking, throw on some cute rain boots, grab a big umbrella, and start posing for some adorable rainy-day photographs. The DJ played the wrong song for your bridal party’s entrance? Chances are no one else noticed. After months of obsessing over the details, it’s easy to get lost in them. Loosen up, keep in mind what’s important (you’re getting married!), and we promise that, even if the caterer serves twice-baked potatoes instead of mashed, it’ll all be great in the end.