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Jul 15, 2006 01:49 AM

Wedding help

I will be getting married early next spring and would like to begin the planning soon. I have chosen the home of a friend for ceremony and reception. This will allow me to enlist my own chef/caterer AND wedding cake/tart/or ?. I am looking to all of you chowhounds for a bit of help in this dept. I want only the best in fare, off the beaten track -a bit unique. Would rather spend $$ on food I love and appreciate than be in someones elses space with so-so food and little choices. I'M VERY FLEXIBLE AS TO THE TYPE/KIND. TASTE AND SERVICE ARE IMPERATIVE

Wedding: May 6 2007 Alta Loma (Claremont area)
Outside environ
less than 100 guests
brunch/early lunch menu

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  1. Joan's on Third

    The Kitchen for Exploring Foods

    Good luck and congratulations!

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    1. re: Suebee

      We used the Kitchen for our private home wedding reception in 2003. They were incredibly professional, and the food was excellent. We chose to do heavy hors d'oeuvres rather than a sit down meal, and they had a lot of creative ideas, including a panini station and a lemonade bar (before Martha Stewart caught on). They set up a working kitchen in the garage, did a fabulous job decorating the tables, had no issue with us buying and serving our own champagne, and did a beautiful job of serving and presenting the cake I baked. Can't recommend them highly enough.

      1. re: Amuse Bouches

        Thank you - I've been reviewing their website and the Kitchen looks like just the caterer I'm interested in. I especially like the Martini Salad bar! - I'll have to try some of their bento boxes. Great suggestion. They're even close to Alta Loma.

        1. re: Kitchen Queen

          I have to say that they also were great about working in our budget - I think we ended spending a little over 30 pp on food and servers, and there was a TON of food. They wrapped up all the leftovers and left them in the refrigerator.

          1. re: Amuse Bouches

            Thanx again - I just sent them an email. I'll keep you and other chowhounds posted.

            1. re: Amuse Bouches

              Amuse Bouches - Tell me, what did you serve? I love seafood but, not all places serve fresh and fine. Would love a fresh oyster bar, shrimp, smoked fishes, etc.

              1. re: Amuse Bouches

                Oh gosh, what we served -- that was years ago!

                I remember the smoked trout with pecans appetizer, and the panini station, and I think part of the Mediterranean station, and a fabulous crab dip, and brie en croute, and artichoke bottoms with a wild mushroom mousse. Everything was delicious. I ate at my own wedding, which is supposedly pretty rare.

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          1. This advice probably won't help you in Claremont, but I imagine other people will be interested in suggestions, too.

            Papa Christo's catered our wedding last month, and their food was a huge hit. We had much more than our large group could finish of delicious kebabs, gyros, spanikopita and tiropita, pita bread, tzatziki, hummus, Greek salad and olives, and it worked out to about $10/person. Also owner Chris Chris was wonderful to deal with, and spent a lot of time making sure we were happy with the menu. I'd highly recommend Papa Christo's to anyone planning a big event within driving distance of their restaurant at Pico and Normandie.

            More info:

            We got flat cakes at the Los Angeles Baking Company in Lincoln Heights, which they were able to print with images we provided on CD-Rom onto edible rice paper. The classic Phoenix Bakery strawberry cake recipe was amazing, and very reasonable. They can also do stacked wedding-style cakes, and they deliver.


            Wedding food can be wayyy overpriced for what you get, but there's great stuff out there at good prices if you look. Spend what you save on the wine. We did:


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            1. re: Krispy Kringle

              Thank you! This is great info. I like the idea of printing images on rice paper. I surely will do my research! I've not married before and don't plan to do it again! So, this is it.

              1. re: Krispy Kringle

                Yes - spend at least some of what you save on great wine and beer The beer in particular was a huge hit at our early evening pool-side reception. My uncle said, "This is the only wedding I've been to with good beer." The Beverage Company in Marina del Rey is one place to get some help with a great selection.

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                1. My wife and I used the Kitchen for Exploring Food and more than a year later, people are still talking about how great the food was. My only suggestion would be...if you know what you want stick to it and don't be swayed.

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                  1. re: Chefdavis

                    I used the Kitchen for an event and would have to concur with the positive remarks on the food...they can be pushy on menu selections (order off their menu) and I didn't find the person we met with to be very friendly or interested. Day of the event, they were prompt, food was fresh and the tables were tiered and dressed beautifully with creative displays. We did a Martini glass mashed potato bar which was a huge hit.