Updated: Jun 26
I remember the day like it was the back of my hand when I asked the woman of my dreams to marry me. I honestly hadn't put too much thought into the wedding itself. All I had envisioned was spending the rest of my life with the woman of my dreams and enjoying a life of love and commitment together. Somehow, I had missed the part about the maelstrom of emotions and stress that was to come in planning the day we were to be married. This I later found out was something most women started dreaming about when they were little girls, and my fiancé was no exception.
My lady and her mother had taken full responsibility in most of the details: The dress, the dates, the invitations design and RSVP's, bridal showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, the rehearsal dinner, tuxedos, bridesmaid dresses, photographers, the minster, the venue/s, seating charts, gifts for the bridal party and probably a lot more that i have since forgotten. What ended up being entirely my responsibility and what became my favorite part of the event other than seeing my beautiful wife walk down the aisle was........ the caterer.
I was pumped! I thought: "I get to pick the food and drinks we all get to eat on the big day?!" Easy-peasy..... "STEAK!" Not quite as easy as I thought. For our timeline there wasn't just a meal at the reception. There were cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, then first course, then main course and then of course cake and dessert. Prior to all of this we also had to consider the rehearsal dinner and several smaller gatherings prior to the big day like the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor and bachelorette parties. I/we decided to use one cater for everything and that was Enck's Plus Catering.
I have to say I was very fortunate to have such an experienced company to guide me through the catering and food selection process, because they helped me think of things that I for whatever reason lacked the capacity of consideration for. I have always been someone who can and does eat every type of food there is. I have no allergy or religious restrictions on my diet and so it didn't occur to me to provide alternative options. The advice I received from the folks at Enck's was to pick a few different main course options for the reception with consideration for gluten free, vegan or vegetarian and food allergies. We were able to narrow down need and quantity through providing options on the wedding invites and RSVP's themselves.
We took advantage of Enck's broad catering menu and used our smaller pre-wedding parties and the rehearsal dinner to sample some of their appetizers, hors d'oeuvres and main course options. What a delicious spread of savory things, some of which I had actually never seen before. Tiny little quiches, bacon wrapped scallops, spanakopita, meats and cheeses, Thai skewers and so much more. I know we had some kind of delicious, glazed beef and roasted chicken for the rehearsal dinner, but I just can't forget how unique and extravagant the blueberry vinegarette dressing for the salad was.
My wife and I probably had countless phone calls and tastings through the preparation and enjoyment of each of the catered events. Enck's wedding caterer coordinators were patient and helped us navigate all our concerns and fears. For me, it was a flavorful journey and an experience I won't forget. I am a cook at heart and have worked in some kitchens over the years. I have a pretty good idea of food costs and I am quite good at budgeting and project management, and I know for a certainty I could have never prepared the quantity, quality and experience that the wedding caterers at Enck's Plus Catering did for our special day.
The food and service were truly remarkable. Let it be known that pictures of the food and service made it into our wedding album and the Facebook feeds of several of our guests.