Discerning between San Francisco wedding caterers can be tricky business when you're planning your big day. Mary Jo Bowling, the Editor of San Francisco Brides magazine, shares her expertise on all areas of wedding planning and coordination which has allowed her to help Bay Area brides make smart decisions when it comes to choosing a wedding caterer.
Interview with the Editor of San Francisco Brides magazine
In your opinion, what is the most important thing to look for in a caterer?
I think that the most important thing to look for in a caterer is this: Can they execute your vision for your budget? You want to choose a caterer who can make the menu you desire for your guests while meeting your budget. Also, it is a very special meal, so this is where creativity counts. You certainly don't want to have a "rubber chicken dinner" at your wedding. A caterer who is creative and willing to capture your spirit and theme in a meal is a winner.
While obviously there is a varied range, what should a person, on average, expect to pay for a caterer in San Francisco?
I've heard that prices start at $75 per person; however, most of the weddings we feature in San Francisco Brides magazine are considerably more expensive.
What are some things to avoid in a caterer?
I would never work with a caterer who didn't listen.
What are some of your favorite specialties San Francisco caterers can provide?
The caterers in San Francisco and the Bay Area are tops in using regional, seasonal and organic ingredients. We are spoiled by a bounty of crab, salmon, and organic vegetables.
Can you recommend some favorite catering businesses in the area? Is there anyone you've featured in your magazine, and if so, why?
We love McCall and Associates. They are terrific at providing remarkable food and extraordinary service.
Further Information on San Francisco Wedding Caterers
Based upon this catering recommendation, LovetoKnow turned to a recent digital issue of San Francisco Brides Magazine to see what other caterers Mary Jo's staff is passionate about when it comes to San Francisco wedding caterers.
Writer Karen Palmer is a fan of the menu she named Taster's Choice from Living Room Events. The menu includes a four-station fusion of international cuisines, from Asian food to all-American ice cream sandwiches as part of the dessert spread.
If you're a Southern girl at heart but now based in the Bay Area, you can still bring a taste of home to your wedding thanks to Fork and Spoon Productions, which will customize a Southern menu from mint juleps to modernized hush puppies for your wedding guests. This catering company is known for taking a couple's favorite foods and adding a classy twist to them that everyone ends up loving.
Finally, for born and raised local girls, Karen reviewed Paula LeDuc Catering, which specializes in locally grown treats. Using all Bay area-grown food and drinks, you can also customize a stunning spread of regional favorites. Paula LeDuc also encourages family-style entrees at weddings, giving guests a chance to mingle over a shared meal, thus adding warmth and a home-style feel to your big day.
As Mary Jo mentioned in the interview, she is a fan of McCall Catering, based in San Francisco. They are a full service catering company and will provide everything from ambiance to delicious meals. Check out their wedding section for information about McCall's 4-star restaurant chefs, experienced maître d staff, and catering managers who know how to pull off a memorable special event on the first try, every time.
About San Francisco Brides Magazine
San Francisco Brides is part of the Brides Magazine collection from Modern Luxury Media. Modern Luxury currently publishes bridal magazines for not only San Francisco, but also Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Houston. San Francisco is one of their newest installments.
In each issue you will find bridal tips and resources customized to the specific region, as well as popular trends and applicable bridal advice. The digital version of the magazine is available online.