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Perfect Setting Catering Job Fair 8/30/17

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Do you enjoy parties? Are you an outgoing and friendly individual?

Perfect Setting Catering may have a position for you! We are an off-premise catering company serving the Main Line and Philadelphia areas. We are looking for bartenders, servers, party chefs and utility staff to join our team. Experience preferred, on the job training for eager and motivated candidates.

Contact us today to schedule an interview. Alternative interview days are available upon request.

Location:

29 Bridge Avenue, Berwyn PA, 19312

11:00am – 2:00pm

 

Flexible, part-time work available.

Great opportunity for college students

Awesome way to supplement your income

Call us at 610-889-2040 or email us at [email protected]

Tom Barrett Disc Jockeys

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About Tom Barrett DJs 

With over 25 years of experience, there is no better DJ to have on-site for your wedding or special event than Tom Barrett’s team. Tom emphasizes the importance of the day being yours and prides himself on the level of customer service that his team can offer to you and your event. Tom Barrett DJs can provide seasoned DJs/MCs, the sound equipment, lighting and more – they are the whole package!

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We are so pleased that Tom Barrett DJs will be joining us at our historic Appleford Estate Open House on October 29, 2015. Guests will have the opportunity to chat about their ceremony, cocktail hour and reception music and will have the chance to hear and see their work in-person.

(Note: The Open House is reserved for prospective Appleford and Perfect Setting Catering guests only, please call 610-889-2040 for more information).

Lauren Brown Studio

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Appleford Open House : Vendor Spotlight

In only two days we’ll be hosting our Open House at Historic Appleford and have many great vendors participating!

Today’s vendor is:

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Lauren Brown Studio

Our third vendor spotlight is Lauren Brown Studio, a Chester County boutique invitation and design studio. With a graphic design background, she opted to design her own wedding invitations and the business flourished from there. Today, Lauren is able to present her clients with one-of-a kind handmade stationary for their special day. Our guests will have the opportunity to meet with Lauren at the Open House.

(Note: The Open House is reserved for prospective Appleford and Perfect Setting Catering guests only, please call 610-889-2040 for more information)

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Vendor Spotlight: Merryweather Films

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Appleford Open House : Vendor Spotlight Merryweather Films link to site.

As our Open House at Appleford Estate nears (only nine more days!), we want to be sure to introduce our guests to the outstanding vendors that will be helping us to bring this event to life.

Merryweather Films

Our very first spotlight is on Merryweather Films, a Main Line videographer. Whether it’s behind the camera or behind the scenes, their team works tirelessly to craft lasting memories while offering the highest level of customer service.

 

RSVP to reserve your spot on October 29, 2015!

 

 

 

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Fall Menu 101

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Check out our Fall Menu Recommendations

Leaves are changing color, the air is crisp… fall wedding season is officially upon us. Perfect Setting works with countless couples during this season, and many are curious about seasonally appropriate ideas for Fall weddings.

Autumn Appetizers

The menu really kicks off with your cocktail hour where guests will be introduced to passed hors d’oeuvres or stationary appetizers. Fall is a season where you should incorporate rich flavors and seasonal decor to make a big impact in both menu and presentation. Luscious flavors are a critical part of the seasonal menu, and we recommend finger foods that include a smoked meat, such as a smoked salmon. For a stationary appetizer, a cheese station goes a long way, and you could offer baked brie with a fig topping on a table surrounded by pumpkins and gourds.

Recommendation: Apple & Butternut Squash Soup

*You can really kick this item up a notch with the addition of an Ommegang Pumpkin Ale

Entrees

In the summer months, you see a lot of chicken and salmon served at weddings as a main course, but you want to transition those lighter options to something more appropriate, such as pork. When you think Fall, you think of heartier meals, like Shepherd’s Pie with savory accompaniments like butternut squash. There is nothing better than a warm, hearty meal served on a chilly day.

Recommendation: Autumn Breast of Chicken Roulade Stuffed with Andouille Sausage, Sage & Rosemary

Dessert

If you are planning to serve a dessert in addition to your cake, you have plenty of options. One such option would be a pie station where you present guests with a selection of seasonal favorites (apple, pumpkin, pecan etc.). Looking for bite-size delicacies? Consider allowing guests to create their own caramel apples, or even serving fondue.

Recommendation: Bread Pudding Station
Featuring Homemade Croissant, Red Velvet and Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Offered with Toppings to Include Whipped Cream, Crème Anglaise and Dulce de Leche,
Apple Cinnamon Compote, Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce,
Blueberry Compote, and Rum Raisin Sauce

 

Alcohol Arithmetic

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Alcohol Arithmetic

How much alcohol do I need to purchase for my event”? 

This is a common question that Perfect Setting Catering hears a lot, and one that we have the answer to.

Not everyone offers a full bar at their event, so it is important to first decide what you’ll be offering to your guests. Will they have the option of wine, liquor and beer, wine and beer, Craft Beer only? Your first step is to narrow down what alcoholic beverages, if any, you want to offer to guests.

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Case Study

Let’s pretend that this particular event is a wedding with 100 guests and a four hour reception. Assuming that no alcohol was served prior to or during the ceremony, we’re starting with a cocktail hour.

Over the course of your reception (including cocktail hour), your guests will most likely have about 4 beverages (about 1 per hour). If we do the math here, that is 100 guests x 4 drinks = 400 drinks. So what exactly should you plan to stock the bar with?

100 Guests Bar List 

*This list may vary based upon what you are serving.

Wine 

A standard 750mL bottle of wine serves 5-6 glasses, depending on how your bartender pours. Larger bottles will be the most cost effective. Try to provide a variety, two whites and two reds will suffice. The standard is usually a Pinot Grigio or Riesling for the cocktail hour and a more complex white such as a Chardonnay or Zinfandel for dinner. As for reds, a Pinot Noir for cocktails and perhaps a Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo or Merlot for dinner (especially if you are serving steak!) Dessert wines, such as a Rosé, are always appreciated. At 5 glasses a bottle (conservatively) we suggest at least a third of your beverages be made up of wine.  At 133 drinks apportioned for wine, that comes out to 26.6 bottles of wine. The remainder of drinks can be supplemented with beer and liquor.

Beer 

Beer typically comes in 12 oz bottles at 30 bottles a case, though some come in 24 packs. If you have a crowd that likes beer then you may wish to provide 1.5-2 beers per person. With 100 guests you will need approximately 150 – 200 beers, or 5-6 cases. You should consider your crowd and their personal tastes. Some crowds are craft beer drinkers, others prefer more traditional choices. Usually having a standard Lager such as Yuengling and a variety of craft and light beers is sufficient.

Consider how your bartenders will have to set their bar depending on the venue. If you provide six different 12-packs of craft beers along with white wine and a couple cases of lagers then your bartender may not be able to have every type on ice. This is based on how their space and beer tub apportioning factors into the equation. The more variety you choose then the more complicated the bar becomes, at the very least make sure to provide sufficient quantity with the variety of beers. There is nothing worse than a bartender digging around for one of the twelve Golden Monkeys that was provided. Also consistency is always appreciated by your guest. If they keep coming back to the bar only to find the beers they liked have already run out then it will create a slower bar line as your guest evaluates their options. (Note: make sure you don’t buy the ‘variety’ packs that most beer brands offer. This means more variety but less quantity of any one beer…which to say the least becomes a headache throughout the night).

Craft kegs are also becoming popular and will serve about 165 12 oz. servings (though smaller kegs are also an option). If you are planning to use kegs make sure your caterer can handle the delay that a keg can bring. A well flowing keg can be a boon for your flavor profile but any stoppage at the source can cause havoc at your bar.
 
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Liquor 

There are limitless options of liquor to choose from. It is important to provide variety. Try to provide the fundamentals: Vodka, Whiskey, Scotch, Rum, Gin. From there you can decide on quality. Mixed drinks are usually the safest way to serve large crowds because they will drink slower and a mix drink requires less liquor than a “neat” drink. For a 100 person crowd who love mixed drinks you may wish to provide 2/3 of your 400 beverages (about 266 drinks) as liquor options.

From the bartender’s perspective a fifth of liquor is easier to pour than a handle. Though a handle will usually save you more money. Here is how liquor volumes work out mathematically:


The Standard

 A 1.5 oz pour = 1 standard drink.

Fifth

A 750 mL (25 oz.) bottle = 16.6 standard drinks. 

Handle

A 1.75 liters (59.2 oz.) bottle = 39.5 standard drinks. 

A handle will serve about 2.38 times more than a fifth. Considering a fifth of Maker’s Mark is $30.00 and a Handle is $58.00, you save about $13.40 by getting a handle, or close to 22.9 oz of liquor more (that’s 15.3 drinks!).


Essentially, you will need to provide a mixture of 16 Fifths or 7 Handles to cover your liquor portioning. The additional third of drinks can be made up with wine and beer.

Mixers 

Your mixers will heavily depend on what types of beverages you are offering to guests. If you want to offer soda to guests as a non-alcoholic option, you’ll need extra on hand not only for those guests who aren’t drinking alcohol, but to use as mixers for those who are.

The most common mixers to have on hand are: Coke, Sprite, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Cranberry Juice, Ginger Ale, Tonic Water, Club Soda, Grenadine, Triple Sec*, Sweet & Dry Vermouth*, Bitters*, Lime Juice, and Simple Syrup.

*Alcoholic 

Garnish

Lemon and lime are the two most popular garnish options. Your bartender will garnish every drink that gets served. You may also want to have a few jars of olives and maraschino cherries.

Some specialty drinks will require a particular garnish. For example, when we make our Mint Mojito specialty drink at weddings, we make sure to have plenty of mint leaves and lime available. The garnish is an added bonus to the specialty beverage and you do not want to run out. The reemergence of Old Fashions as a popular drink (thanks Mad Men) requires orange slices on hand, though this can be convenient if you package the Old Fashion with a Blue Moon, both of which use orange slices. If you plan to supply Corona’s then your caterer needs to be aware in order to bring extra limes. A good caterer will know in advance what garnishes will go with popular drinks.

 

Remember The Golden Ratio – 4 Drinks : 1 Guest

Whether you serve predominantly beer, or wine, or liquor you can typically assume your average guest will consume 4 drinks. A typical crowd will have a handful of heavy drinkers and perhaps an equal handful of non-drinkers. So while one guest prefers six drinks, another may drink only one…or none!

You can also overestimate your liquor just to be safe. If you instruct your caterer to use only as much as is necessary then a great caterer can avoid icing down alcohol that doesn’t need to be opened. If you end up with a surplus of unopened boxes of beer, wine and liquor then you may be able to return the balance to the store and get a sweet refund. Always pays to be prepared!

If you have anymore questions please feel free to contact us!

 

3 Reasons to “First Look” | Perfect Setting Catering

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Weddings bride and groom hors d'oeuvres first look

An hors d’oeuvres moment just for the bride & groom

The ‘First Look’

If you aren’t one for tradition, you might want to hop onto the “First Look” bandwagon. One of the latest trends that Perfect Setting Catering can’t help but notice is our couples are choosing to see their significant other prior to the wedding ceremony and taking the majority of their pictures ahead of time. Why exactly is this “First Look” so popular right now?

Time Efficient 

When you opt into a “First Look” with your (almost!) husband or wife, you are able to get ready a little earlier and perhaps even take care of your photographs ahead of time. Once your couple portraits are taken, you can even get a head start on bridal party and family photos.

Not only are you getting a lot of your pictures taken, but it allows you more time at your cocktail hour to mingle with your guests and relax vs scrambling to get pictures done before dinner.

Alone Time

A lot of couples have nerves prior to the ceremony, and the “First Look” often eases some of that tension. You are able to relax with your significant other prior to the ceremony, and since your pictures are done you will have plenty of time to spare. A “First Look” permits you some time together before the festivities of your reception.

Lighting

From a photography standpoint, you may also have better lighting for “First Look” pictures. If you have a late afternoon ceremony, the lighting might be better a couple of hours beforehand. Not only do you reap the personal benefits, but you could wind up with some really fantastic shots just because of the time of day.

Essentially, this is your day! Perhaps it may be time to ditch tradition and forge your own path. Consider the “First Look” approach for your future wedding date.

Tips to Save as a Wedding Guest | Perfect Setting Catering

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Weddings Are Expensive – Save As a Wedding Guest

Lately, it seems that attending a wedding as a guest can be almost as pricey as being a member of the bridal party. Once you add up the cost of travel, housing, gifts, clothes, food and transportation…you may be in for a nasty surprise. The average cost to attend a wedding is $673. If you have been invited to a wedding, (or… gasp… more!), do not fret. The Perfect Setting Catering team has five tips to help you save money as a wedding guest so that you can enjoy the wedding festivities without breaking your budget.

1. Take Advantage of Hotel Room Blocks

Hotels will provide big savings for big groups. Make sure to ask your host whether they have any deals with a local hotel, especially one close to the venue (hello transportation savings!) You can get a discounted rate as a guest if you are on their list.

*Extra Savings: Split the cost of the hotel room with your date, or another close friend who may be attending the wedding. Still more than you had hoped? Check out websites such as airbnb.com.

2. Break The ‘Can’t Wear it Twice’ Rule

Once that wedding invitation is received, “What am I going to wear?!” may be one of your first thoughts. If you are on a budget, it might not be in your best interest to splurge on a new outfit. Go through your closet, and see if you can reinvent something that you already have, or see if you could borrow something from a friend. It’ll give you the thrill of a new outfit, but without the price tag.

3. Skip the Cash Bar

Not every wedding is an Open Bar, and if the couple whom you are celebrating has opted for a Cash Bar, do not feel obliged to partake. Those drinks add up over the course of the evening, so you should make a note to leave the cash at home to avoid temptation. You might still get a glass of champagne if they are having a champagne toast prior to dinner, and you can still take advantage of other options such as tea and coffee towards the end of the night (assuming they are included).

4. Jump on the Registry

Check out the wedding gift registry as soon as you can. Often, the more affordable gifts are available earlier rather than later. Also, sign up for mailing lists to the places they are registered – you will most likely get savings coupons sent to your inbox that you can use.

5. Get on the Uber Bandwagon or Try Skiplagged

If the event is in (or convenient to) a major city, it might be worthwhile to use a service such as Uber, versus renting a car. It is most likely that other guests will need a ride from the hotel to the ceremony, and back again…. try finding out who might be able to coordinate a carpool.

Catching a flight? It is said that Tuesdays are the cheapest for purchasing airline tickets. Do some research to compare flight costs with Google Flights or Kayak.com.

If you are feeling adventurous try something called skiplagging. To ‘skiplag’ you basically buy a one way ticket that has a layover in the city you actually want to go to and then you just skip the connection once you land. For example, occasionally you will find flights that travel from Los Angeles to New York via Philadelphia that may be cheaper than setting Philadelphia as your destination. If you take this connecting flight and just disembark at PHL instead of heading onward to New York you may save money! View this great website called Skiplagged.com. (Note: Though this is not illegal, if you use this method a lot you may be eventually flagged by your airline. Once or twice is not enough to get you into trouble, but if you become a skiplag junkie you may run into trouble with the airlines! Be aware!)

If you follow these five tips to save money as a wedding guest, you should be able to attend a wedding (or two, or three!) without breaking the bank.

Frozen Watermelon Cocktail | Perfect Setting Catering

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Try our Frozen Watermelon Cocktail

This is the season for ripened watermelon and we have a delicious Frozen Watermelon Cocktail recipe just for you! Perfect Setting Catering understands that the kids should not have all of the fun this summer, that’s why we created a more adventurous watermelon recipe just for adults!

Not only is this Frozen Watermelon Cocktail recipe refreshing, but it is incredibly easy to make.

Ingredients (per serving)

2 cups watermelon (seeded & cubed)

1/3 cup vodka (Perfect Setting Catering recommends a melon flavored vodka*)

*Not a vodka fan? You can substitute Malibu Mango Rum! 

2 cups of ice

1/3 cup strawberries (these add a little more substance to the drink… and flavor!)

Splash of Mint Simple Syrup (helps bond the ingredients)

Dash of lemon juice

What do you need to do?

It is super simple! Just blend the watermelon cubes, alcohol, lemon juice, simple syrup and strawberries until they have a near-slush consistency.

You’ll want to slowly add the ice once your other ingredients are mixed together, while maintaining a consistent ‘slush’ consistency. If you have a ‘snow-cone’, your proportion of ice-to-mix is too heavily in favor of ice, and if it sloshes around too much your proportion consists of too much mix. You might need to add more ice and/or watermelon until you reach an equilibrium.

Using a puree setting on your blender can help with the emulsion. Be sure to blend again over time. As the ice melts into the mixture you will find a sweet spot where the drink truly forms a cohesive blend.

There you have it… a grown up slushy! You can garnish this frozen watermelon cocktail with mint, or even a sugar coated strawberry wedge.

 

 

Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail | Perfect Setting Catering

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The Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail

It is no secret that Perfect Setting Catering is a big fan of a fabulous cocktail, and today we are sharing one that is super easy to mix.
The best part about this Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail is that it only has three main ingredients. Not only is this easy to make, but you can make it in a big batch, and serve it in a pitcher at your next summer bash.

 

Ingredients

Raspberry Lemonade (whichever brand you prefer!)

Malibu Coconut Rum

Watermelon Vodka (Smirnoff makes this)

All you need to do is mix 2 parts of the raspberry lemonade with 1 part Malibu Coconut rum and 1 part Watermelon-flavored vodka. That’s it!!

Once mixed, you’ll need to chill the Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail. Chilling the drink before adding ice helps avoid diluting the flavor as a warm drink would melt down the ice and create a subpar cocktail. Serve over ice.

Serving a cocktail in a pitcher to a group of guests does not mean you should skip the garnish. Here are some of our ideas for how to spruce up this bright, summery drink.

Garnish

You can add thin slices of lemon inside of the drink or even grate some lemon zest. Also, try coating the rim of the glass with cinnamon and sugar. You can also try using fresh, frozen raspberries which also double as additional ‘ice cubes’.

If you are really feeling ambitious, purchase fresh cardamom pods from your local Whole Foods and crush the seeds into a fine powder. Cardamom has a sweet and floral fragrance and a little bit can go a long way! Add just a pinch to your cocktail as a fragrant garnish.

Another trending flavor additive is Elderberry syrup. Try adding a splash of this concentrate as desired. The mixture of flavor and aroma will create a fantastic summer drink.

Enjoy!