Last week we had the opportunity to transform a classic Charleston space into an elegant served dinner. The First Annual Inaugural Charleston Library Society Gala Dinner allowed us to get creative with the menu and play on the beautiful historic architecture with our decor. Dramatic silver candelabras from Event Drs. lined the tables with wreaths of fresh oranges and the glow of candles. Attendees said it was “the best event they had been to in Charleston” and said they had never had food like this before in the city- calling it “haute cuisine”. We had a blast getting creative with the menu and send a big shout out to our clients at the Library Society and amazing chefs Matt and Britney for coming up with this delectable menu.
Chilled Golden Tomato soup, Parmesan Crisp, Basil Oil, served in a mini Pilsner Glass
Smoked Duck Confit tossed in Apple Gastrique, Brunoise of Tart Apple’ Seasonal Greens, Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Candy Cane Beet carpaccio, Crushed Toasted Hazelnuts
Roasted Guinea Hen with Pomegranate-Orange Vincotto, Haricots Vert with Shaved Carrots and Blistered Cherry Tomatoes and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes Tossed in Olive Oil & Sea Salt
Vanilla Pot de Creme with Fresh Berries and Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Fresh Vanilla Cream and Chocolate Sauce
1. How many staff members can I expect to need at my event?
The number of staff you need at your event will vary greatly depending on your venue, menu, style of service and the flow of your event. Be sure to ask your caterer how many staff members the style of event you’re looking for would need to be a success!
2. What rentals are included in your price estimate?
Different companies include different rentals in their basic food estimate. When working with Duvall, your menu price will include all cooking and serving equipment in addition to tray jacks, basic linens for service and more. It is important to understand what is included in your estimate in order to know what value you are getting.
3. Where is the food made?
All catering companies have different processes and standards for preparing their food. Make sure to ask where the food for your event will be made. The capabilities will change based on the location of your event but knowing that as much food as possible is made on-site and fresh for your guests is important.
4. How long is your food open for?
All catering companies keep their food stations open for varried amounts of time- is it by the hour? By quantity? The full length of your event? Be sure to follow-up on this question to ensure your vision is executed.
5. Does this company have the tools to execute your vision?
Do you want a specialty food? Decor? A full-service company? A food-only company? What kind of experience do they have in doing the type of event you’re looking for? Make sure to know what your vision is before you pick up the phone so you know what to ask for.