Full service caterers vs restaurants that cater seems to be one of the top questions people have when choosing a caterer now days. With so many restaurants advertising, “WE NOW CATER” we can see why it can get a little confusing! Truthfully, there are many restaurants that do a fantastic job at catering events. Please know this post is not to bash restaurants that cater, by any means. Our intentions are simply to show the similarities and differences so you can make a fully informed decision. It’s just like anything else – before you choose, do a little research and ask questions to make sure you really know what you’re getting for your money. The definition of “cater” can be different depending on who you hire.
Full service caterers are used to adapting to different environments because their work place is always changing. Setting up kitchens and working out of garages, open fields, warehouses or beautiful wedding venues is just a typical day. Being exposed to extreme heat, cold, wind and sideways rain is just another work day obstacle. Because of these things, full service caterers are very good at being prepared and making split minute decisions to adapt quickly. Continue reading
These days, one of the most exciting things for a bride and groom while planning their wedding is having a tasting with their caterer! Believe it or not, years ago this wasn’t even a thing. Word of mouth, good reviews or tasting the food at someone else’s wedding was the trusted way. But, nowadays, getting a chance to sample the cuisine before hand has become a high priority for most couples.
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Before the actual tasting, it is very important you have a informative conversation with your caterer. In most cases, you’ve already collected some sort of menu, pricing information and established that they are available the day of your wedding. But, there are a few more things that your caterer needs to know before they prepare your food presentation. Continue reading
Service, as we all know, can make or break any dining experience. You can splurge on the most extravagant dinner at the best restaurant in town, but if the service is not up to par, you’re more than likely walking away with a bad taste in your mouth. Same holds true in the catering industry.
All of us a d’Vine cuisine, inc. take great pride in the fact they we are not only known for creative and delicious food, but also our impeccable service! (Toot. Tooooottt.) How do we pull that off, you ask? Well, there are several different factors that help with our success, but it all stems from proper staffing, great team work and a plan! Continue reading
Happy New Year! And with the new year comes new and exciting wedding food trends!! Of course, some 2016 trends are happily sticking around, like food trucks and mini everything. But there are a few new trends in 2017 that are sure to get your creative juices flowing!
Custom. Custom. Custom. We can’t say it enough. Create menus that tell YOUR story. Where are you from? Where did you and your partner meet? What foods do you like to share? All very important questions that will help make Continue reading
We all know there is no such thing as a “perfect wedding”, but as I sit here reflecting on some of the best we’ve been a part of, this one comes as close as you can get! The venue, the planner, the flowers, the menu and most of all, the wedding couple…all exemplar. The entire experience was comfortable, exquisite and fun all at the same time! Isn’t that the goal?
By now, you’ve probably heard this advice at least 100 times, and with very good reason – because it’s TRUE! Hiring wedding industry professionals for your big day is a MUST! We’re not saying this to try to trick you for our own selfish reasons. We’re not saying this because we like to hear ourselves talk. We are saying this because it’s absolutely, undeniably TRUE! We’ve seen what happens when Aunt Suzy Q and cousin Sally offer to do the flowers and decorations. (Doesn’t always turn out like the picture you saw on Pinterest.) We’ve seen what happens when Uncle Billy Bob offers to do all the catering for 200 people. (Not always so tasty when he has to cook for a crowd.) I’m here to tell ya, it rarely ever turns out the way YOU want it to! Continue reading
Get To Know…Your Caterer!
We are d’Vine cuisine, inc. – a catering company located in Jacksonville, Florida. We service everywhere from Amelia Island to St Augustine and Green Cove to the beaches. Whew, that’s a lot of land!
Hope Dempsey, owner and chef, started her company 11 years ago after a 25 year career in the insurance business. She was known as the woman who would always bring treats to the office. The woman who always had something delicious to share! Her passion for food was evident to Continue reading