Things to consider when choosing your caterer...
One of the first things to be sure of when planning your wedding or a gala event is that your caterer is a full-service business. Be sure to ask what the ratio of servers to guests is. A full-service caterer will have approximately one server per 20 guests. This means that the staff is able to efficiently do set up and breakdown for the event. They will also flip the rooms if the weather is an issue. Having enough servers to tend to your guests' needs is crucial for an enjoyable experience, especially a large event.
Dish & Decor has a wonderful working relationship with True Cuisine, a full-service caterer serving the Chicago suburbs and Chicago proper. To be clear, this company is known in the industry as SBR, True Cuisine and Sweet Baby Ray's catering. And yes, this business started with the Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce before evolving into a catering and restaurant business in Wood Dale, IL. Depending on the type of event and your menu preference, you have options. Be sure to check out their website for menus. Delicious! For tastings, make an appointment. (You can also check out their restaurant!) If they have several couples booking tastings for a specific venue, True Cuisine may offer tastings at that venue.
We can speak to the professionalism and quality of True Cuisine, SBR and Sweet Baby Ray's. Dish & Decor often delivers our rentals to events that are also being catered by this company. Recently we were invited as part of a tasting for approximately 15 wedding couples at Providence Vineyard in Hebron, IL. Our part was to set up gorgeous sample reception tables with our rental place settings and linens. This way couples can become familiar with what we have to offer while tasting their food options. And True Cuisine's part was providing delicious food for the couples to experience for their Providence Vineyard booked weddings. The tasting included two buffet lines. One for the True Cuisine menu options. And one with the SBR menu options. Couples then marked on a form their preferences to create their wedding menus. What an opportunity for all involved.
What makes True Cuisine, SBR and Sweet Baby Ray's stand out and truly a full-service caterer is that the food is cooked on site, and the food is served hot. No warmed-up plates with food that was made elsewhere. For a wedding reception or large gala/fundraiser, it's important that the food is fresh and hot. And we would agree with the following testimonials. We have found he staff and servers are absolutely wonderful to work with.
One of our clients, who helped to organize her sister's fall wedding at Lincoln Farmstead in Huntley, IL, shared with us how amazing their experience was with Sweet Baby Ray's! The mother of the bride said she received multiple texts and phone calls the day after the wedding raving about the food! One family member said it was the best wedding food he had ever had. She also commented on how efficient the staff was with clearing tables and how the servers were so upbeat and friendly. Their menu for the wedding consisted of the BBQ pulled pork and pulled chicken, buns, mac-n-cheese, roasted potatoes, rolls, salad, green beans and carrots. The leftovers were appreciated and enjoyed the next day! This bride and her family highly recommend Sweet Baby Ray's.
Recently Alexa, a bride-to-be, and her mother had a consultation with Janet at Dish and Decor to choose table settings for her December wedding at the Courthouse Square in Woodstock, IL. In order to best choose the place setting and serve ware pieces, Janet always needs to know what type of food is being served and how it is being served. This wedding couple is having plated meals. This bride-to-be stated that out of all the food tastings she had done, True Cuisine's was the best by far. There was no comparison...food was hot and fresh!
For more information about True Cuisine's catering services, contact MStreicher@sbrevents.com
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