Charlottesville Weddings

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Harvest Moon Catering

Harvest Moon is one of the premiere catering companies in Charlottesville. They have creative menus, solid service and are super easy to work with while planning the big day!  Today we are catching up with Barbara Shifflett to hear all about their style and yummy offerings!

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How far in advance do you first meet with a couple that is interested in your catering services?  When do you usually schedule a tasting and who usually attends?

I meet with clients whenever they reach out to start the process and continue to meet as often as they like until the details are all covered and they feel the event reflects all their desires.  As soon as the client is pleased with their menu, we invite them to come for a tasting.  We are happy to have the parents and/or wedding planner attend as well.

Do you recommend that a couple request guests’ meal preferences in advance of the wedding on response cards?  How much does this affect the cost?  What about tableside entree selection?

We do recommend the host request entree choices at least 2 weeks out from the event but we suggest doing duet entrees to avoid the guest wishing they had gotten what the next guest had ordered.  There is no charge for offering entree choices.  We do not offer tableside entree selection.  This is difficult to carry off since all of our events are off site and usually with minimal kitchen facilities

When would you suggest having a buffet versus a plated dinner?

I love the application of both.  I think that the venue, budget and interest in style plays a big choice in making that decision.

Photo Credit: Dominique Attaway

Do you recommend pairing wine with each course?  How do you differentiate the menu of one wedding from another?

Once again, I think the bridal couple should be encouraged to make their event a true reflection of themselves….quirky, whimsical or anything that makes their celebration truly theirs

Photo Credit: Holland Photo Arts

Do you ever prepare food-related favors, such as dessert bars, etc.?

Yes… we do many food favors… gourmet candy, favorite cookies, candied apples, preserves… family recipes…

Photo Credit: Rothwell Photography

What trends are you seeing in wedding catering?

We are seeing more comfort food, less formal, and family style service.

Eye Candy

As I have mentioned before, I think dessert buffets are one of the prettiest, tastiest things around!  So, when one of my favorite cake designers, Anita Gupta, told me about her new venture, EyeCandy, I was immediately head over heels!

Together, Anita and Ami Smith have teamed up to offer Central Virginia brides their styling and baking talent. From a bridal shower to a wedding celebration, EyeCandy offers custom desserts for each event…hot chocolate pops to warm up the evening in the winter,  custom cookies for each guest at a shower, and finally to breakfast inspired cupcakes…think french toast cupcakes with maple buttercream and bacon!  YUM!

For more information, contact Anita at anita@malihacreations.com.

Cheese

I hope that everyone had a happy July 4th weekend!  I am back after working a wildly fun wedding and am excited to dig into some wedding details this week!

With all of the offerings in central Virginia, it is easy to create a menu that incorporates local vendors.

Photo Credit: Meghan McSweeney

For cheese, your caterer will often source fabulous artisan options from farms like Caromont Farm, Meadow Creek Dairy or Everona Dairy.  Yum!  I could definitely have a meal of just cheese!

Does anyone have any local favorites?

Beer Inspiration

It is Friday and I am looking forward to relaxing later…which may or may not include a beer or two!

Charlottesville is certainly known for it’s fabulous local vineyards but there are also some great hops options, too!  I am a huge fan of both Blue Mountain Brewery and Starr Hill – whether you serve this at your wedding or visit for your bachelorette or bachelor weekend, both breweries offer an awesome local element.  Cheers!