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Help! Caterer recs in Toronto for cocktail reception in 2012


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Help! Caterer recs in Toronto for cocktail reception in 2012

0ntar10 | Jun 13, 2011 02:08 PM


My fiance and I are having a cocktail reception next June for 50-75 people at the Market Kitchen at St.Lawrence Market. We are hoping that there are some wise Hounds out there that can suggest some wonderful, creative and flexible caterers for us. Any advice on how to best work with a catering company and things to look out for would also be appreciated. Our preferred budget is in the $100-125 per person range.

We'd been working with a caterer we were somewhat familiar with (they had catered our condo welcome party 3 years prior and food/service were amazing), and they came up with a rough menu for us. We had given them a few guidelines but told them that we liked bold flavours and to feel free to be as creative as they wanted. When we received a rough menu, it was a little boring.

I sent them some feedback on the menu today and we were told that they don't want our business. We were quite shocked. We've never worked with caterers before. Did we do something wrong by asking for a few changes to the first draft of a menu?

We were entirely ready to commit financially to this company, we just needed to get the menu jazzed up and have some actual numbers prepared into a quote but we were confident this would be our caterer. We had thought that the menu planning process would be fulfilling, with some back-and-forth compromise until the menu was just right. Now we are left a little disillusioned, wondering if all caterers have this "take it or leave it attitude" and unwillingness to meet our taste level.

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