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Oct 23, 2011 03:42 PM

Enoch Turner - wedding caterers (Daniel et Danile et all are duds)

They have 5 preferred caterers and after contacting them all not even one has given a thoughtful quote that even comes close to what we want (a month and a half later). In fact, most, just ignored us completely. Daniel et Daniel and I talked to each other on the phone and they promised to send me something in a week. After 2 weeks of waiting I had to contact them and they said they would send a sample menu and quote the next day...I never heard back from them. 10tation did not listen to what we wanted at all. In fact, their menu offered on chicken leg for the main and no other protein yet the menu cost over $80 a person (the menu resembled something from the 1990's)!!! We did meet with Urban fare and they seemed nice enough but I have to admit the samples they gave us were not very good and it is 3 weeks later and I still don't have a menu or quote.

The whole process is crap! All we want is a nice, local meal where we do not feel ripped off. We are in the process of contacting Gilead Cafe and seeing if they can host us.

Does anyone else have suggestions? Food quality is most important. We are not having a traditional wedding with all the bells and whistles (no wedding party, no photographers, no limos). We are in our early 40's and just want this process to be simple. This wedding industry is really shady and one big rip off after another.

Daniel et Daniel
248 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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  1. btw we really like the people at Enoch Turner and love the venue but they really need to get a handle on this. We know one person that works for another of the unnamed caterers and he told us that the caterers hate going there as there is no kitchen. Too bad we can't get Jamie Kennedy to cater the event at the schoolhouse.

    Jamie Kennedy
    9 Church St, Toronto, ON M5E1M2, CA

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    1. re: kingkolo

      We were married at the Enoch Turner and were catered by La Bodega. Are they still on he list? We thought they were fine, fairly good value. We were able to bring in our own alcohol which is a huge savings.

      Guests will remember your wedding at the beautiful schoolhouse, not the food. Great choice and -- much future happiness to you.

      1. re: kingkolo

        we had our wedding there in 2008 and it was catered by Herrera's - are they still on the list? They are located literally across the street. The menu wasn't fancy - standard but delicious - we had beef tenderloin and it was perfectly cooked. the vegetarian / vegan meal (for the life of me - I can't remember it!) was the talk of the town. our friends still tell us it was the best vegetarian meal.

        1. re: Apple

          Yes they are on the list and we did not care for menu they set. We really are looking for something a little different.

          More importantly, they did not reply to our email until 3 weeks later when the woman from E.Turner called them and asked why they failed to get in touch with us.

      2. Here's what I did. first, I booked the St. Lawrence Market Kitchen. It was $1200 plus tax on a Saturday night, no marquee fee or anything like that. The venue allows you to bring your own alcohol, so we saved a lot of money by doing that. The venue also had great tables and chairs, and is set up to serve food, so you also save money by not having to rent kitchen equipment (like you would at, say, an art gallery).

        I was able to bring whichever caterer I wanted. I ended up speaking with Noble Culinary after i read a review here. They totally made a menu to accommodate our tastes and budget (a four course meal for 30, followed by junk food passed hors d'oeuvres for another 35 people coming after the dinner). We went for a tasting, and were sold. For the dinner, we chose a tomato and soft ripened cheese salad, a smoked black cod in a tom yum broth, a lemon sorbet, followed by a seared duck breast in blackberry sauce. For the party crowd, we had homemade pastrami sandwiches, poutine, fish and chips, noodles in tak-out containers and short ribs on mashed potatoes with gravy (the Beeftini). Everything was amazing! Our guests could not stop raving about the food.

        They supplied the staff, organized all the rentals (at no extra charge), and did all the decorations and set up for the venue for us.

        I will tell you that I had contacted JK initially, and it was prohibitively expensive.

        St. Lawrence Market
        92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

        Noble Culinary
        127 Manville Rd, Toronto, ON M1L, CA

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        1. re: eatravel

          Great idea...I have looked into the St. Lawerence before. I think I will revisit that idea.

          1. re: eatravel

            LOVE Noble Catering, can never rave on here enough about them. Always the best...and they always get back to me in a timely, professional manner. (I have no connection to them other than I love them, that shows how much I do!)

          2. I'm surprised at the quote you got from 10Tation.
            We were considering Enoch and 10tation got back to me right away with 3 quotes (one for an alternate venue) and all were under $15, 000 for 100 people, no chicken.
            I agree, I wasn't overly excited by the menu...

            D et D took a while to get back to me (more than a few weeks I think) but also gave a very thorough quote, but with a chicken main. To be fair, we had stressed afforability.

            We ended up booking St. Lawrence Hall because you can choose any caterer you want, no hertiage fee. We just tasted with Noble and are checking out Food Dudes.

            I have to say in regards to Noble, it's a little weird to have a tasting at a diner in an industrial area and I thought some of the food was great (tequila lamb app), some was ok (goat cheese and pepperdew) and some wasn't that good (the salty beef main with the greasy wonton thingy).
            I was very impressed with Tina who put up with my M.I.L. grilling her like crazy and the chef and staff were very personable. If we go with them we will definately tweak the menu we chose.

            I am excited about tasting with the Food Dudes! The menu they gave us looks amazing. I'm just nervous because they don't break down the quote the same way the bigger companies do and I can tell from their staffing prices they are slightly higher. Check out their website if you want something a little more fresh menu-wise. Good luck and enjoy!

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            1. re: milkshakemonkey

              We've had Food Dudes cater a few of our corporate functions. It was all appetizer based foods we've done. I have no idea about cost, but the food was fabulous each time. It's been a while since we have had an event, but I remember being very excited about the food, which has never happened for me at corproate functions catered by DetD, Urban Fare, or En Ville. I have found all their events to be meh.

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