Category Archives: Catering

Never Long Enough

With Labor Day having past yesterday, it seemed to usher in, with little room for doubt, the Autumn of 2013. Thankfully, it also ushered in a holiday from work! But as the title of this post suggests, even long weekends are never long enough.

While Jess and I didn’t take much time for “just us” we did get to spend the weekend doing several wedding related things. We spoke with my parents about a couple things or as Jess put one particularly candid conversation with my mother, “I want to talk about alcohol.” We met with our caterer again and I believe we have most of our menu figured out. The biggest problem before was the price point was far to high, now the only problem is going to be guests not having enough room to enjoy it all!

I am also happy to say we have a cake picked out and ordered. I would love to tell you all what it is going to look like, maybe post a few drawings, possibly tell you what each of the layers will have on it or in it, but I doubt that would be approved for this post. Guess you will just have to wait for the wedding! My least favorite part of the cake tasting was that we only went to taste at one place. I might keep going to the other ones I booked and tell them Jess couldn’t make it… I might not be a huge cake fan, but I am a huge fan free cake and enough free cake makes me a huge… uh… fan…

The other big thing that happened this weekend was it was the first that Jess came to see me. It may not sound like a big deal, but after driving down for 7 straight weeks, it made a huge difference to me. I know that part of my frustration from before was that I felt like I was the only one exerting effort into our relationship. I know that we did stuff together while I was in Athens, but there was nothing that I easily saw as something that was an inconvenience or sacrifice for her. Sure she did do things for me, such as make me meals, but she would be doing that anyhow, or I helped, or I bought the ingredients, or something else that, to me, diminished the value of the act.

Don’t misunderstand me here. I am not saying that there needs to be some cosmic scale in a relationship checking to see who did what with one person being better than the other. For me, it is not about being equal, but it is about knowing what each other is doing for the other. I know that I only experience half of the emotions in this relationship, however, empathy goes a very long way.

As Jess was driving home she called and said, “I better understand what you do every week driving down here and it means alot to me.” I didn’t ask for her to understand but the moment she said that there was a sense of relief and realization that hit me.┬áI wanted her to know what I had done and acknowledge it and I should be working on the same. Maybe I am just now discovering some innate sense of need to feel valued but I hope that I can reciprocate it instead of being turned off to her when she is busy. I hope that I can look at all the time she does give me and say, “I am thankful and blessed to be a part of your life when there are so many other things that could be taking up your time.”

That is all for now but if you want to come enjoy this gorgeous start to fall with me I have an extra chair on my porch and would be happy to share a beer.

Our Catering Experience

Sorry everyone! I took another hiatus from writing and did not tell you. With work travel, moving Jess into her place, and travel between her and I taking so much time this blog got lost in the shuffle. Now that everything has kind of settled down I am ready to write again. Truthfully, I had a post written, but it was so outdated I decided it was time for another one. So here we go, brand spankin’ new…

Just after the Fourth of July (yes I started this post that long ago!) We met with our caterer and it was pretty awesome. We went in with the intentions of talking to him for maybe an hour and giving him a rough idea of what we wanted to eat and that was about it. Whoa boy were we wrong.

My mother has worked with Jason several times for both mine and my little brother’s graduation parties, so I am at least familiar with him. And I know that my mother has a certain level of expectation and she would not deal with poor service on a regular basis so I was already sold on him before we sat down. As it turned out we talked with Jason for over 2 hours about virtually every aspect of the wedding.

He isn’t just a caterer. He is a coordinator that just happens to make great food.

Let me start with the important part. We talked about the food. Oh man did we talk about food. Jess and I were already set on some things and with the venue having a full kitchen it made everything just that much easier. We ended up with one menu below and one above our price point, so still some things to hammer out. All in all we got most things worked through. I’m not going to spoil the menu yet since it isn’t finalized, but I do want to share my favorite part that may or may not happen, “Late night loaded nacho bar.” Let that sink in for a minute.

After we got through the food we talked about all the other loose ends we still have. Jason recommended a DJ, (Whom we booked.) florist, limo driver, and cake maker. He also talked about the other services he helps coordinate that are much less thought of, such as linens, tableware, bartenders. I am paraphrasing, but from his perspective, and I am a huge fan of this, he is the centerpiece of the evening so as much as possible should go through him. He deals with tons of vendors and I am very grateful for his input and expertise.

By mere happenstance, we also met a potential cake maker in his office, but since we haven’t looked into him at all I won’t write about it. Needless to say, I am super excited to start the cake tastings…

If you happen to be in the New Philadelphia area check out Jason’s restaurant Bistro 131.

That’s all for now and, as I nearly always say, the next post will come sooner than this one did.