A Toast to Tastings!

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This week at Christina Logan Design we had the awesome opportunity to attend a tasting with a potential caterer with one of our lovely brides! Food is a critical component of any successful wedding or event, which makes a tasting just as crucial. When checking out your potential caterers, we thought we would give you a few pointers, tips, and good questions to ask:

Get the details. Is the tasting complementary? How many people can attend? How many different selections will you be allowed to try? Attempt to get as many details aligned and set before you head off to your appointment. This also allows you to set a good precedent with your potential vendor!

Bring the right people. Obviously you and your fiancé are the most important people in attendance, but are there other opinions that are important to you? If a family member is helping with the wedding bill, it might be a good idea to invite them so they understand how much you value them. Finally, bring your planner! They have been through this routine before and can further assist with a successful tasting. However, don’t bring the whole wedding party. Keep the tasting party limited to those whose opinions will make a difference.

Bring the right documents. If you have an agreed upon menu, bring it along to ensure you are tasting the right things. Further, also bring any bids or contracts that a potential caterer has prepared for you. This is important as caterers usually provide more than just food—chairs, linens, beverages, and much more. Having the bid right in front of you can help you make any necessary changes, compare pricing, and ensure that you have everything covered.

Take notes. The menus and bids are also good places to take some notes on. Was that crab cake a little salty? Or was that sauce for the steak just not quite right? Do you think you should maybe only do 3 appetizers instead of 4? How much will it cost to upgrade your barware? Take those notes to keep your thoughts and preferences straights.

Speak up! If your notes feel a little critical, that’s OK! You need to tell your potential caterer what you like and what you don’t. Chefs will usually be able to provide alternatives and suggestions that will make your tastebuds happy.

Tastings can be a fun adventure! If you prepare yourself with the right people, documents and mind-set, you are well on your way to finding fabulous food!

Seriously Cinco de Mayo!

This could be one of my favorite holidays, and since I’m Mexican, I totally claim it as my own because I can not get enough of the food.  My LA bff told me when we met that she doesn’t like Mexican food and I almost broke up with her on the spot.  We have since worked on her palate.

So in celebration of beer drinking donkey’s IMG_2640and mariachi bands (oh, and that whole Mexican victory over France thing), I am sharing with you my fav mango bean salsa and margarita mayhem recipe!  In case you want a refresher for what May Five is really about, here’s your quickie wiki version.

Mango Salsa (feel free to adjust measurements)
2 mangoes cut up into cubes
1/2 can of black beans
2 tomatoes dicedDownloadedFile-1
1/3 red onion diced
1 avocado cubed
1 T fresh mint chopped up
2 T honey
lime juice
sprinkled salt
a tiny but of cayenne or chili powder

add everything in a bowl, mix real good, and chill for up to 2 hours before serving!

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2 c sweet and sour mix
1.5 c tequila
1 c triple sec
1/3 c grand marnier
squeeze a lime in each glass, serve blended or on the rocks!