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Posted by Jordan Kelly, Event Coordinator

Renaissance Catering is excited to announce that we will be at this year’s Walk in the Park bridal show. Check out this video from last year’s event:

Posted by Jordan Kelly, Event Coordinator

 

Probably the biggest and first decision you have to make when it comes to catering for your wedding is whether to have your food on a buffet display or served to your guests at their seat. Today we’re going to break down the pros and cons of each option.

Let’s start with the sit down dinner.

Pros of a Sit Down Dinner: 

It’s classic. 

This traditional option is where guests are seated and served a formal dinner, that is presented elegantly on the plate.

Your guests have something to eat while they wait for dinner. 

In a sit down dinner arrangement, bread rolls and salad are already plated on the table when the guests enter the reception area.

Cons of a Sit Down Dinner: 

You’ll pay more. 

Sit down dinners come at a slightly higher price, because they require more waiters, who need to be paid.

Your guests have less food options.

One con of sit down dinners to consider is if you have a lot of picky eaters in attendance, there’s a chance they may not eat everything on their plate. Take a look at the Renaissance Catering packages. The only packages conducive to sit downs are the Pearl Package or Diamond Package. This is because these packages include one entree, one side and one vegetable which is about all that will fit and present on the china plate. When you opt for the sit down dinner, your guests have less control over the food on their plate. Having one plate of food means that your guests get small portions of the selected menu items, without the option of getting seconds.

It requires more organization on your part.

If you want two entree options for your guests, you need to provide a place on your RSVP cards for the guests to mark which entree they would like. The caterer will want to know how many of each entree you need ahead of time, so add another column to your RSVP spreadsheet. Plus, if you want to make the serving of the food day of more efficient (you know your Aunt Betty hates waiting on her food), make sure to get place cards or some other table decoration to demarcate the guests’ preferences.

 

Alright, now that we’ve gone over the ins and outs of sit down dinners, lets talk about buffets.

Pros of a Buffet:

It’s more affordable. 

By cutting down on the necessary number of servers, you’ll save money that you can then reallocate to other sections of your wedding budget. (There will still be servers behind the buffet serving each dish to the guests, but not as many as it takes to serve tables in a sit down event.)

Your guests have lots of food options.

On the buffet, your guests are in control of what and how much goes on their plates. With the buffet you can also provide multiple salad, side and vegetable options. And they always have the chance to get up and get seconds if they still have room!

Cons of a Buffet: 

It’s not as fancy. 

Guests have to serve themselves and carry their own plates, which may not be as elegant as you would like.

Your guests will have to wait in line. 

Since each table will have to wait their turn to head to the buffet, it may take a while for all tables to be called and guests to work their way through the line.

 

We hope this post was helpful to you as you plan your wedding. If you have any questions, give us a call at 321-504-0641 or email us at info@renaissanceofcfl.com.

 

Posted by Jordan Kelly, Event Coordinator

 

This week we are featuring menus perfect for fall brides- we know it’s about time to be finalizing your menus for your September, October, and November weddings! We hope these menus will inspire your autumnal pallete.

 

#1 Pearl Package Fall Sample Menu

Fresh Baked Rolls & Butter

Sweet Tea & Coffee

Appetizers

Mini Beef Wellingtons

Baked Brie and Raspberry

Salad

Waldorf Salad

Entrees

London Broil 

Virginia Ham 

Side

Ziti 

Vegetable

Mashed Pumpkin

 

#2 Deluxe Package Fall Sample Menu

Fresh Baked Rolls & Butter

Sweet Tea & Coffee

Appetizers

Dates Wrapped in Bacon 

Meatballs

Salads

Mixed Baby Greens

Carrot & Raisin Slaw

Entrees

Roast Beef Carving Station

Stuffed Pork Chop

Sides

Red Bliss Potatoes with Garlic & Dill

Rice Pilaf

Vegetables

Baby Carrots 

Sauteed Zucchini

 

#3 Silver Package Fall Sample Menu

Fresh Baked Rolls & Butter

Sweet Tea & Coffee

Apple Cider Toast

Appetizers

Mini Empanadas

Papa Rellenas

Cream Cheese Pastelitos

Salads

Garden Salad 

Caesar Salad

Entrees

Chicken Madeira

Churasco Steak

Sides

Fire Grilled Potatoes

Spanish Rice

Vegetables

Green Beans

Sweet Corn

 

#4 Emerald Package Fall Sample Menu

Fresh Baked Rolls & Butter

Sweet Tea & Coffee

Apple Cider Toast

Beer, Wine & Soda

Appetizers

Pigs in a Blanket

Corn Fritters

Devilled Eggs

Salads

Macaroni Salad

Coleslaw

Entrees

Pulled Pork

Baby Back Ribs

Sides

Twice Baked Potatoes

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Vegetables 

Corn on the Cob

Baked Beans

 

#5 Gold Package Fall Sample Menu

Fresh Baked Rolls & Butter

Coffee & Sweet Tea

Champagne Toast

Beer, Wine, Liquor & Soda

Buttercream Wedding Cake

Appetizers

Asparagus Tips with Proscuito 

Fried Mozzarella 

Spanakopita

Salads

Caesar Salad

Entrees

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Alfredo

Side

Linguini 

Vegetable

Peas with Mushrooms

 

#6 Diamond Package Fall Sample Menu

Fresh Baked Rolls & Butter

Coffee & Sweet Tea Station

Liquor, Beer, Wine & Soda

Champagne Toast

Buttercream Wedding Cake

Appetizers

Baked Brie & Raspberry

Dates Wrapped in Bacon

Lamb Chop Lollipops

Soup

Tomato Soup

Entrees

Apple & Raisin Stuffed Chicken

Virginia Ham

Side

Sweet Potato Souffle

Vegetable

Mashed Pumpkin

Posted by Jordan Kelly, Event Coordinator

 

It can be stressful to decide how to decorate the tables at your wedding. There’s so many options–between tablecloths, napkins, runners, overlays, charger plates, chair covers and sashes–talk about being paralyzed by options! THEN, you have to decide how to make YOUR table unique and extra special?! Luckily there are plenty of ways to make your sweetheard table stand out and today we’re going to go into just a few of those ways.

1. Add an overlay for a pop of color! 

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2. Throw your initials in the mix!

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3. Try a stunning gold rosette tablecloth! 

 

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3. Try an ocean theme! 

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4. LOTS of candles. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5. Throw in some greenery and a lantern! 

 

 

 

 

 

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6. Put it in front of a beautiful rustic background! 

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7. Put a bottle of champagne in a bowl of ice and throw a floral wreath on there too! 

 

 

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8. Keep it classic with a white rosette linen.

 

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9. Add feminine touches like lace and bows! 

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Posted by Jordan Kelly, Event Coordinator 

 

“Floribbean” is what Chef Anthony likes to call the fusion of Floridian and Caribbean influences. Whether you call Florida home, are coming down for a destination wedding, or want to celebrate your Caribbean roots, these menus offer a great selection of the kind of cuisine both have to offer:

Brunch Menu
Shrimp & Grits
Spanish Fritattas
Bacon & Chorizo Sauteed w/ Spanish Onions
Red Bliss Home Potatoes
Cafe con Leche (Espresso w/ Milk)
Cuban Toast
Fresh Fruit
Dinner Menu
Bread Rolls & Butter
Summer Salad
Florida Snapper w/ Lemon Butter, Sundried Tomatoes & Capers
Ropa Vieja (Pulled Beef)
Mango Chicken
Jasmine Rice
Sauteed Green Beans w/ Mandarin Oranges & Walnuts
Key Lime Pie
If having a Florribbean-style menu for your Central Florida wedding, rehearsal dinner, or other event interests you–call 321-504-0641 and talk to a Renaissance event coordinator about what we can do for your special day!
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