If you’ve been reading my blog, it’s probably pretty obvious that I love food. I mean, I’ve dedicated a day each week to posting recipes … If that doesn’t say “I love food,” I don’t know what does.
It should be no surprise, then, that one of the most important elements of wedding planning for us was choosing a caterer.
This isn’t an actual picture of what we’re having, but it looks delicious! Image courtesy of http://www.myorlandoreunion.net.
When we were first looking for a venue, it quickly became apparent that we’d have to consider what type of food we’d want to serve and factor that into our decision. The venue we selected had a list of 10 or so preferred caterers, which offered the most variety (some places had 3 or 4 caterers to choose from while others had their own in-house caterer). We started looking through some sample menus, and decided to set up a tasting with Zurlo’s Bistro Italiano. (If this name sounds familiar, it’s because it was listed in my top 10 favorite restaurants in Omaha.)
The first thing we noticed and appreciated was the fact that they were very accommodating. My mom was still in town (we set the tasting up in January when I was searching for my wedding dress), and we asked if we could bring her (as well as his parents) along. Chef Enzo was more than willing to work with us, and seemed enthusiastic about a group tasting.
When we went to the restaurant, we were immediately seated. Chef Enzo came out to greet us and to talk about some of the details (plated dinner, approximate number of guests, etc.). Then the food started coming … And it was amazing.
We tried two appetizers, the heirloom tomato bruschetta and fresh mozzarella skewers, and four entrees, including chicken marsala, chicken piccata, chicken parmigiana, and roast beef. We also tried some of the homemade bread with garlic butter and a side dish, potato croquettes. Everything was delicious, but we weren’t completely sold on specific meals. We were definitely sold, though, on Zurlo’s … We actually didn’t even bother setting up tastings with any additional caterers!
After talking with Chef Enzo about some specific things we wanted to incorporate, he starting tossing out some ideas. We agreed to meet again and scheduled a second tasting.
Eric and I went alone to the second tasting (and, of course, I forgot to take pictures at both of them!). Once again, we were treated very well and Chef Enzo spent quite a bit of time chatting with us. With the stress of wedding planning, it was nice to work with someone like him!
We tried two new appetizers, mini egg rolls and crab rangoon. We wanted to incorporate some Chinese inspired cuisine into the menu (there is a specific reason for this, but I’ll get to that in another entry!). Although Chef Enzo’s specialty is Italian, he has worked in many types of restaurants during his career and was excited to whip up some Asian food. We also tried a braised pork entree, which completely blew the roast beef away!
At the end of the second tasting, we made our selections and signed a contract. We can’t wait to serve this wonderful food to our friends and family in November!
The Final Menu:
Cocktail Hour – Passed hors d’oeuvres
Mini egg rolls
Plated Dinner – Choice of one of the following entrees
Chef’s choice seasonal vegetable
Mixed greens salad
Homemade bread with garlic butter
Wedding cake (This is through another vendor, which will be discussed in a future Wedding Wednesday post.)