Hi I'm new to this board and I love, love, love great food. But, Im soooo confused. I'm getting married on a Sunday next year, and am clueless as to what I should expect when encountering a catering company and moreover what questions to ask. Do they charge for tastings of their food. First off, I'm treating the reception that I will have of 150 ppl as a medium size party where I want ppl to eat, eat, enjoy and be happy, and dance.
In my fantasy world I dream of a 45 min to 1 hour cocktail event, a buffet style evening dinner for 5pm (with 3 food stations or so), and a sweet table (dessert table), and would love, love, love if I can bring my own wine, supply liquor for open bar, and have the utentsils (dishes, cutlery, and so provided by the caterer). I want all this for $10,500,00 (about $70 per person). Is this reasonable? Can it be done for a little less? Keep in mind that I'm looking at places like Java U, Simply Wonderful, and others that have been mentionned on this board. But, there's never an estimate for those wonderful referrals. Just that the food was great, but expensive. What is expensive, what's reasonable. If anyone out there hears my cries of confusion, please help:) Thanks.
BTW: Im not looking for duck or filet mignon on the menu, but great meat choices, like chicken and beef, that are done differently than the normal (dry chicken breasts) and things on skewers for cocktails (shrimp, chicken, pineapple).