How NC Wedding Caterers Re-Invented Their Menus and Business Models due to COVID-19
When looking at all the pieces of a perfect wedding, delicious wedding food is definitely near the top of the list. They say that the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, so why not use wedding food as another way to express love on the big day!
2020 brought a shock to NC wedding caterers. From cancellations to reworking menus, these caterers were stuck facing new challenges each day. Luckily, with masks and face shields, NC wedding caterers rose to the occasion by creating safety protocols, adding sanitization stations and reintroducing plated dinners to their clients.
As we embrace 2021, Heart of NC Weddings can give you all the tips to safely pick the caterer that’s perfect for your big day. Keep reading below to see how these amazing wedding caterers adapted to all the challenges of COVID-19 and why you should consider them for your wedding!
This editorial appeared in Heart of NC Weddings 2021. Enjoy the extra images of NC wedding caterers, appetizers, food stations and main courses. All of the photos within this editorial were taken by Heba Salama Photography.
Get to Know Catering Works
If your looking for a caterer with ample experience and a passion for the art of entertainment, then Catering Works is perfect for your wedding day.
Catering Works is a female-owned and operated family business ran by sister duo Jill Santa-Lucia and Lorin Laxton. With a substantial amount of positive reviews and testimonials, the sisters offer more than just food and have even expanded their business with a wedding dessert team called Pastry Works and a floral team called Bloom Works.
During a Q&A with Kelli Harrison, Catering Work’s director of sales, Kelli had some advice for couples when choosing an NC wedding caterer. “Assess your caterer for flexibility,” Kelli said. “Even in non-pandemic times, plans often need to be adjusted.”
Kelli also spoke on wedding reception food trends. “We also see food becoming a part of the tabletop design these days,” Kelli said. “Our buffets, stations, and butlered menu items can be a centerpiece of the reception. With the vibrant food colors, the in-house table decor, and the ability to add flowers by Bloom Works, your food presentation can be designed with your theme in mind.”
Read more about Catering Works here.
Get to Know Beau Catering
This Hillsborough-based company led by chef and owner Beau Bennett combines the classic taste of North Carolina with fresh influences from California.
Not only do Beau and his team have an incredible reputation in the Triangle-area, they also create a dining experience that is entertaining, unforgettable, and leaves you feeling like you’re family.
When COVID-19 changed the game, the team at Beau Catering also adjusted their tastings to better serve their couples.
“Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we began doing Curbside Tastings in 2020,” said Beau. “These include a fully cooked tasting meal for two, flowers, serveware, and drinks, a virtual meeting with our Catering Manager, and best of all, a mini Beau Show while I hand off the meal package. It’s delicious, expeditious, and cautious!”
Read more about Beau Catering here.
Get to Know HL Catering
According to HL Catering, wedding food shouldn’t only taste good, it should also be interactive!
With a reputation for fresh food, cutting edge presentations, popular displays, and interactive stations, the team at HL Catering is sure to meet all your wedding wants and needs.
With the opportunity to create a custom menu for your event, HL Catering chef Houston Loper will do his best to make your big day delicious.
“At HL Catering, we strongly believe that people eat first with their eyes, so presentation is a big deal to us,” Loper said during a Q&A with Heart of NC Weddings. “More importantly, we want the food to be as delicious as it looks.”
“From our first conversations with our couples, until they leave in the getaway car, we want to give you a special experience.”
Read more about HL Catering here.
Get to Know Mediterranean Deli
Adored by UNC students and often referred to as “Med Deli”, Mediterranean Deli has served the Triangle-area authentic cuisine since 1992.
When the public wanted more of Med Deli at their social events, the owner, Jamil Kadoura and catering chef, Edgar Ordonez answered the call and have since become a superstar catering team.
When asked about a recent unique wedding food trend, owner Jamil Kadoura and catering director Liz Coughlin, said, “The biggest trend happening right now is healthy eating–and we love it!”
The pair also said that they are always working hard to meet the needs of all guests. “We follow market trends very closely to try and incorporate new additions to our extensive catering menu.”
If you’re looking for quality cuisine and affordability combined with a flavorful menu, then Mediterranean Deli might be right for your big day!
Read more about Mediterranean Deli here.
Get to Know Rocky Top Catering
If you’re in search of a team known to go “above and beyond” for your big day, then the team at Rocky Top Catering may be perfect for you!
With over 20 years of experience catering in the Raleigh and Triangle-area, Rocky Top Catering is dedicated to making your event as memorable as possible no matter your formality or budget.
When choosing the team at Rocky Top Catering, rest assured that you’ll receive restaurant quality food at an affordable price. From barbeque to grilled corn succotash, this team really knows how to do it all!
When asked about unique wedding food trends for 2021, catering sales director, Kevin DeHimer said, “COVID-19 is steering away from guest self-serving station style receptions. I would say the plated meal is making a strong comeback.”
Read more about Rocky Top Catering here.
Get to Know Empire Eats
The team at Empire Eats knows that there’s a special relationship between food and comfortability, so they are all about creating menus that make their guests feel right at home.
Empire Eats offers a variety of different catering options for your big day while also providing quality service.
“Your meal is the heart and soul of your wedding–and what better way to ensure your guests have a great time than to give them a delicious scratch-made meal,” said director of catering sales Kimberly Miller.
One unique fact about the team at Empire Eats is that they often get many of their menu items from local Triangle restaurants.
“We can make a multicultural menu with foods like Italian from Gravy, Southern from The Pit, Lebanese from Sitti, and American diner food from Raleigh’s oldest restaurant, The Mecca.” Kimberly said. “Our stations can give you a complete taste of Empire Eats and it allows you to appeal to all.”
Read more about Empire Eats here.
Get to Know Mitchell•Casteel A Fine Catered Affair
With over 40 years of catering experience, the team at Mitchell•Casteel A Fine Catered Affair can ensure your wedding food will be served with the utmost class and excellence.
Although local to Raleigh, the company cooks on-sight, allowing them to travel anywhere state-wide for your wedding day.
Led by chef Michael Martin, your wedding food won’t only be delicious, it will also be picture-perfect.
If you’re looking for an NC wedding caterer with experience, great food, and a beautiful presentation, Mitchell•Casteel A Fine Catered Affair may be the right choice for your big day. As owner David Casteel says, “We don’t want to be the biggest, we just want to be the best.”
When asked how they’ve continued to thrive over the last four decades, catering logistics manager Nathan McDaniel and director of events and wedding planner Lindsey Harmon said that the company is dedicated to making your day perfect and memorable.
“We always fall back on the promise that our food will be a part of the couple’s memory of their wedding,” the pair said. “We pride ourselves on using local ingredients and creating our dishes from scratch. We use cuisine and cocktails as elements to make your wedding day perfect.”
Read more about Mitchell•Casteel A Fine Catered Affair here.
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