Growing up in New Orleans you develop a taste for amazing food and nothing else can even come close. From our heavy hand with seasonings to the freshness of our seafood, you would be hard pressed to find a city more focused on food. So once you decide to have your wedding or event in New Orleans, you know how important it is to start thinking about a caterer. What should you look for, ask about, and plan for when choosing a caterer?
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Style of Event
The first thing you should do is determine what style of event you want. Will your event be a formal seated dinner with multiple courses? Or do you prefer buffet style (if you’re unfamiliar, this is more popular in the South) with guests serving themselves? Every good caterer should be able to pull off both but you don’t want to hire a company that only does crawfish boils for your 200 person, six course seated dinner. Remember, the catering company needs to not only have the cooking staff to handle a seated dinner, but they also need enough servers.
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Pick a Menu
Once you’ve decided on the style of your event, it’s time to start picking a menu. My advice to you is to really think about not only your personal tastes, but also the taste of your guests. We like things spicy and full of seafood in New Orleans, but if you are having your event here and many of your guests are from out of town, you may want to pick a menu that appeals to everyone; so a mix of seafood and meats or a vegetarian heavy menu may be the best choice. Everything is possible here in New Orleans so even if you’re deciding between Vietnamese and French, rest assured that someone here in town will have experience in your fusion cuisine of choice.
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Seated dinners are not standard in the South and tend to be more popular in the Northern states. Reception Style or Buffet Style is preferred. This gives your guests the ability to snack and eat when they want rather than making it a formal time to eat. A combination of food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres will keep your guests happy for hours!
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Farm to Table
Another great option is to use a caterer that offers farm to table catering, such as Saveur Catering. This way your event will be filled with foods that are fresh and in season and you can create a theme. As more and more people are embracing whole food and organic choices, these types of catering companies have become widely available.
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No matter what style of caterer you decide on, you should always do a tasting first. A risotto by any other name is NOT always the same, so make sure you personally like the food before hiring them.
What is your favorite cuisine and how will you serve it at your wedding? Let us know below!