Dear Ron and Starla,
I am taking this opportunity to thank you both, and your staff for making my daughter’s wedding reception (May 21, 2016) a huge success. The venue was exceptional and classy; your aesthetic contribution and suggestions were on point and made the overall planning experience stress free (quite frankly it was painless, lol). The food and drink was impressive and a very pleasant surprise (quality and taste was great). The guests were thoroughly satisfied, and expressed numerous times how good the appetizers and dinner was (thank you for recommending StoneFire Grill Catering Services). The friendly and professional manner in which you and your staff served us and our guests speaks volumes to your commitment to excellence (we are still getting glowing compliments for the entire reception presentation). Please let your staff know they were wonderful.
You exceeded our expectations, and if we should ever (and we will) have another function, Castle Catering will be our pick.
On behalf of my daughter Ajiani Clemons-Preston, family and friends … THANK YOU!
Michael and Linda Clemons
Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life. It’s the day you leave the world of being only one person to become a couple, a family. When you are in the process of planning your wedding, there are many decisions that need to be made; from the dress to the wedding favors, and everything in between.
One of the biggest expenses associated with a wedding is the catering and decorating. You can opt to hire a professional to handle all of this for you, but that usually comes with a big price tag. Instead, you may choose to go for the do-it-yourself route and cater and decorate your own wedding.
Develop a Strategy
Before you even start to think about what you want to serve for food, or even what type of decorations you want at your wedding, you want to plan a strategy ahead of time at home.. Ensure you have the help of extra hands, because remember, it is your wedding day, you are going to need the help of friends and family to get the job done right.
After you got your team together, think about what you want to serve for food, and what type of decorations you want to include.
The food is one of the biggest things that many guests come to a wedding for. If you are catering your own wedding, one way to save money is to make it a potluck reception. This is when you ask friends and family members to bring a certain food dish to your reception and serve it there. This will allow everyone the option to feel as if they played an important role on such a big day. It will also allow you to save a great deal of money by hiring a professional caterer.
Creating your own decorations can be a fun and exciting way to extend the feeling of love and excitement that leads up to your wedding day. The first thing that many guests see upon entering a wedding ceremony is the decorations, so make it count. If they love skateboarding have décor related to that theme. Remember to include a guest book for your guests to sign. You can choose to go the creative route and double your guest book as home décor after your wedding is over. Many people are opting to have a tree framed and have their guests place their painted thumb print on as leaves to the tree. This gives you a unique and memorable picture when your wedding day has gone by. Another option is to have wooden signs of the bride and grooms initials and have your guests sign them. Don’t forget the table décor with added personalized wedding favors to give your guests a little memento to take home.
Because your wedding day is a day you will always remember, it’s important to make it as memorable as possible. Catering your own wedding can be fun and exciting when you develop a strategy and plan ahead of time. Remember to include buffers for the possibility of something going wrong so you are not thrown off track on the big day.
Your wedding is one of the most special, memorable, and exciting days or your life, but there’s so much to consider when planning for the big day. Will you have a cake or cupcakes? Buffet or table service? How many people will you invite? What will you wear? What traditions will you uphold? In America, we’re used to a few common wedding rituals to bring us good luck and happiness in the future.
But have you ever wondered where these traditions come from and why they are significant?
One on the most well-known rituals — carrying something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue — originated from an old English rhyme. Something old signifies continuity; something new represents optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; and something blue represents purity, love, and fidelity.
Another common ritual, throwing the bouquet, also originated in England and dates back to the 14th century! Back then, it was common for wedding guests to rip off pieces of the bride’s dress for good luck. To stop guests from doing this, they began throwing their garter instead. Eventually, it became customary for the groom to remove and throw the garter to the male guests and the bride to throw the bouquet to the female guests.
Though there are some of the most common wedding traditions, they aren’t the only ones. Around the world, newlyweds celebrate their special day in a variety of fun and quirky ways. In Germany, the bride and groom cut a log in half after the ceremony to symbolize how by working as a team they can accomplish difficult tasks. In India, it’s customary for the bridal party to steal the groom’s shoes, which the groomsmen must find. To learn more about wedding traditions around the world, take a look at this visual created by FTD.
Recently the Southern California School Nutrition Association held their annual fundraiser at The Romanesque Room. The evening had a “Beatles theme” which was carried out in various aspects of the décor including a decorated VW “bug” vehicle, a “yellow submarine”, peace symbols, and large cut-out figures of the “Fab Four”. The tables had accents of tie-dyed material … the room was filled with eye-catching color and props. A cover band, Britain’s Finest, played three sets of the Beatles’ hits, complete with costumes to reflect the various stages of the group’s career. The music was great! Other Beatle memorabilia added to the festive mood and all the guests had a great time!
Castle Catering Chefs prepared the meal which included passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres, the famous mashed potato martini bar, a crepe station, and a slider station. Mini-cheesecakes and brownies completed the menu.
The event was a wonderful success for the organization … and felt like a journey back to the 60’s!
The Romanesque Room was the site of a “tasting” for some of the delicious cuisine offerings that will be available at MonteCedro, a new retirement community soon to open in Altadena.
Their Chefs prepared a variety of delectable dishes for residents and those considering MonteCedro to enjoy. Castle Catering staff provided the service.
The room was set up with “stations” around the perimeter so guests could sample a variety of foods. The stations included: tacos / gnocchi / beef filet / salads / desserts.
Everyone enjoyed the event and left with a satisfied appetite. They received a tasty example of what awaits them when they move into their new community.
MonteCedro believes in “The Art of Creative Living” and creativity and culinary treats were on display at their event. For information about MonteCedro, visit their website at www.montecedro.com. Marketing from SEO Optimizers.
Bethany Christian School, located in Sierra Madre, recently hosted their first annual graduation dinner at The Romanesque Room. BCS began in 1976 and their mission is to partner with parents to educate, develop and nurture students from preschool through 8th grade for a life of excellence in academics, character and leadership. The school wanted to honor and celebrate with their graduating 8th graders and it was a great evening for the students and their family and friends. Bethany Christian has already reserved their date for next year’s graduation dinner so a tradition has begun! The Castle Catering Chefs prepared the meal and it included spring mix salad, two pastas and two sauces, green beans and garlic bread sticks. It was served buffet style. The dessert was lemon bars and Castle Catering’s “signature” chocolate chunk cookies. A mother of one of the students made beautiful floral centerpieces which added to the festive atmosphere. There was a slide show and awards were presented. It was a wonderful celebration and the students can look forward to high school in the fall!
Castle Catering Chefs prepared the food for the event. Two hors d’oeuvres were passed as the students, their guests and chaperones gathered.
The buffet included Caesar salad, two types of pasta (penne and rotelli), two sauces (marinara and white wine tomato basil), chicken strips on the side, hot vegetables and garlic bread. Dessert was chocolate chunk cookies served with milk “martinis”. These were passed later in the evening.
Ken Lyle, Music Entertainment Services, provided the music for the evening. Ken can be reached at (310) 721-6450. The dance floor was crowded throughout the night. Ken also included dramatic uplighting to enhance the ambiance of the room. He provides discounted pricing for clients of The Romanesque Room.
This was a wonderful opportunity for the graduates to celebrate the end of their high school career and to look forward with excitement to the next chapter in their lives! Check it out on instagram.
Last weekend another wedding reception was held in the Romanesque Room. Because the venue is an historical landmark, the architecture is unique and adds to the beauty and ambiance of every occasion.
The couple used one of our preferred vendors for their DJ and lighting needs. Ken Lyle, Music Entertainment Services, provides outstanding DJ services as well as spectacular uplighting and specialty lighting. Ken can be reached at (310) 721-6450. Ken offers special pricing for clients of the Romanesque Room and is very easy to work with.
The couple used a Restaurant Partner, El Metate, for their Mexican buffet. Everaldo was the contact person at (626) 229-0706 … www.elmetate-cafe.com. The guests enjoyed a menu of meat and spinach enchiladas, beef fajitas, rice and beans, salad and bread. Chips and salsa and pupusas were additional items served.
Castle Catering provided two hors d’oeuvres that were passed during the cocktail hour … chicken salad puffs and goat cheese and sundried tomato crostini. King’s Hawaiian Restaurant provided the cake for the event. Natural Area Rugs provided carpeting.
Bill Sullivan, owner of The Bottle Shop in Sierra Madre, provided the alcohol.
Recently the Romanesque Room was the site of a 1st birthday celebration.
The room was decorated befitting a little “Princess” and included a candy buffet and special seating for the guest of honor.
Deshi Food provided a menu of Indian cuisine for the party under the guidelines of our Restaurant Partners Program.
Castle Catering is able to provide our full service catering and Restaurant Partners program at any venue that allows outside caterers. Recently we catered a wedding at the Maxwell House, located in the Western Justice Center in Pasadena. One of our Restaurant Partners, StoneFire Grill, provided the food. This is a great venue for smaller groups (100 guests or less) and is an historical landmark. Ceremonies can be held in their courtyard followed by the reception in their beautifully appointed living room and library.
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