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In Search Of: Exceptional Catering For 2006 Wedding

Suebee Mar 28, 2005 07:45 PM

We were originally targeting Living Room Events to cater our 2006 wedding. However a Chowhounder reported bad experiences in dealing with them. Therefore, my man and I are regrouping...

So, please SF hounds (we're in LA) have you worked with a fabulous caterer or been to an event where the food blew you away? I'm going to be really bummed if the grub at our shindig is same old boring catering food.

Basically, we are looking for Chez Panisse to go. Organic, free-range, Niman Ranch, artisan cheeses, etc. Rustic Italian would be great too - Delfina-ish.

Help! And thank you very much.

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    Taylor RE: Suebee Mar 28, 2005 09:56 PM

    LRE catered my wedding four years ago and did the best job I can imagine. We had a whole pig done five ways, whole grilled fish, a charcuterie platter and many other courses. I would highly recommend gettting in touch with them at the very least. They are highly professional and deliver the goods. My wife and I are Bay area chefs who are very particular and have very high standards, they met every one. To be honest, that last post about them sounded a little vicious and sounded like a salesperson for Global Gourmet. Good Luck!

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      Suebee RE: Taylor Mar 29, 2005 06:35 PM

      Phew - that's a relief.

      I really liked everything about LRE from their website and was disappointed to read the negative post. But reading about your experience has renewed my interest in at least giving them a call for a meeting/tasting.

      Can I ask, did they provide any services for your wedding besides the catering? I know they offer full event planning, but we're not sure at this point what we're going to need.

      Thanks so much for your input!

      P.S. My man and I had quite a laugh picturing a whole pig at our Jewish wedding - oy, the relatives would die! Sounds great, though,

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        Taylor RE: Suebee Mar 29, 2005 09:23 PM

        We hired them to do a cocktail hour, hors d'oeuvres and a five-hour meal. They're pretty resourceful about things such as locations and logistics, and also do the rustic Mediterranean thing exceptionally well, even if you're not into whole pig ;).

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        flansy RE: Taylor Apr 1, 2005 04:49 PM

        i was that poster..and nope i don't work for global, sorry. nor, do i think they would need to advertise on this board like that...i was just a bride that checked out ten catering companies and had her worst experience with lr. however, there were other companies we liked too, paula leduc was mentioned above and we really liked melon's also. however, i didn't use them for my wedding, i used GG and LOVED them...so i thought i would reccomend.

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        precipice RE: Suebee Mar 28, 2005 11:37 PM

        Has anyone used Rising Sun Catering? I really like their site, and the menus suggested seem quite nice (similar to the original poster's request).

        Link: http://www.risingsuncatering.com/

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          Suebee RE: precipice Mar 29, 2005 06:37 PM

          Thanks for bringing up Rising Sun. We'll definitely put them on the list for meetings/tastings. Very cool website..

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          nja RE: Suebee Mar 29, 2005 01:44 AM


          If you're willing, send me an email and I'll give you some information that I am not yet ready to share on the board.


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            Joy RE: Suebee Mar 29, 2005 01:09 PM

            I'm getting married in the spring, and after looking at the overpriced, boring food on a zillion different caterer's menus, I decided instead to hire servers and get food from all my favorite restaurants and gourmet markets. It's a little more work, but this way we'll get a variety of food we love instead of tasteless dreck. The servers get paid by the hour, so I'm going to have one of them come early and run around and pick up all the food. This may not work for you, but for me, it's turned out to be much cheaper and more satisfying.

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              mirimin RE: Joy Jan 29, 2013 03:06 PM

              Hi Joy,

              This is a way late post to your post from 7 years ago, but wanted to know how that worked out for you. I'm feeling the way you did about the menus, but would worry about keeping the hot food hot and cold food cold. Did you end up going this route, and if so, how did it go?

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              vliang RE: Suebee Mar 29, 2005 05:35 PM


              Haven't been to their weddings but have gone to several SF Ballet events catered by them... really cute and different... Again, not sure about weddings.

              Link: http://www.forkandspoonproductions.co...

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                Frosty Melon RE: Suebee Mar 29, 2005 07:21 PM

                I attended a wedding at Herbst Theater that was catered by Paula LeDuc and it was outstanding. They served the chilled tomato soup in bowls made of ice.

                Link: http://www.paulaleduc.com/weddings.html

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                  Suebee RE: Frosty Melon Mar 29, 2005 10:12 PM

                  I heard about those crazy ice bowls! Amazing. They are definitely already on our list to check out. But thanks for sharing your positive experience anyhow.

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                    gordon wing RE: Suebee Mar 29, 2005 11:17 PM

                    you can get the ice bowls lit, also - especially dramatic for twilight dinners.....

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                      Suebee RE: gordon wing Mar 30, 2005 09:46 AM


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                  mw1860 RE: Suebee Apr 6, 2005 02:30 PM

                  In planning my upcoming wedding, I looked for a caterer with similar qualities to what you're searching for: seasonable, sustainable, delicious. We found Ann Walker Catering. She's been fantastic. We also looked at LRE, and Rising Sun. I appreciated Ann's experience and attention to purveyors. I've also heard good things about Melons and Paula Leduc. Good luck!

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