The Villanova Men’s Basketball Banquet
From Setup to Show-time
Our eighth year catering the Villanova Wildcats’ honors banquet was nothing short of perfect. The setup spanned two days and kept the Perfect Setting Catering crew light on their feet. Upwards of 715 guests arrive en masse at the Villanova Pavilion on the University’s campus with a hunger to match their successful career.
The Setup Began Wednesday, April 22nd
As you can see, a small team went the day before to help setup the 76 tables and 700+ chairs. We were quite grateful for the help employed by the Villanova athletics department who lent a few hands to move this large number of tables and chairs. The gross majority of glassware, mugs, saucers, silverware, linens and napkins were distributed by table and readied for the crew coming the day of the event.
A Staggering Amount of Equipment
- 1500 plates
- 800 Water Glasses
- 800 Mugs
- 750ea Knives, Salad Forks, Dinner Forks, Spoons
- 76 tables out front
- 15 tables in the back for prep
- 5 Ovens
- 6 Warming Cabinets
- 6 Industrial 100 cup Coffee Makers
- 3 Trucks
- And 45+ staff on hand to expedite the whole affair
The banquet began with a private cocktail reception followed by our guests being asked to be seated. The kitchen was in full swing pre-plating the Spinach Salad with Fresh Strawberries topped Red Onion and Glazed Walnuts, and the Carrot Cake with Rich Cream Cheese Icing for dessert.
During the awards ceremony the guest were quietly served without interruption while eagerly awaiting Jay Wright’s speech. The main course, A Boneless Breast of Chicken with Homemade Gravy, Green Beans Tied with a Carrot Ribbon, and Creamy Scallop Potatoes, was served hot from three separate prep lines placed around the pavilion. With a crowd this large we had to have 45 staff members on hand to ensure efficient delivery of the entree to the crowd of 715.
The banquet lasted only three hours, but the setup and labor involved spanned two days and nearly 8 hours. The ceremony went without a hitch, no dropped plates, no speaker or video malfunctions, just a clean, successful night for a cherished Main Line basketball community.
For more details about the awards visit: Villanova Men’s Basketball
What trends will 2015 bring to catering?
Perfect Setting Catering is gearing up for the 2015 wedding season, and with that comes keeping an eye on upcoming trends. As with most trends, they fade out and find their way back, often with new twists… we are certainly seeing a bit of the 2015 trends cropping up now here on the Main Line, especially in menus. Take a peek at some of the food trends that we think we will be seeing more of in 2015.
1. The Late Night Snack
The popcorn cart at the end of the night is fizzling out, and now couples are putting a personal twist on the snacks that you start craving on the dance floor. Milk & cookies, ice cream cones… the night is ending on a sweet note, and sometimes greasy… pizza anyone? Summary: 2015 food trends will have a personal taste..er…touch.
2. Family Style
Here at Perfect Setting Catering, we have always offered options, such as seated, buffet, or station, but now we are starting to welcome family-style dining to the party. With the popular rustic themes that we see at venues throughout the Philadelphia region, couples want their dining style to reflect the same casual vibe, and this low-key alternative offers just that. Summary: 2015 food trends will be in larger portions sizes to share across the table.
3. The Cakes
That’s right, plural. Gone are the days of one cake to cut, today we welcome the cake bar (we’re not complaining, the more the merrier). Summary: 2015 food trends will highlight, and probably include more, dessert… hooray!
Are you planning to incorporate any of these trends into your big day? Feel free to contact Perfect Setting with any questions that you may have.
Our Open House Tasting was met with a triumphant turnout!
We love booking at Appleford Estate, it is one of our favorite venues in Villanova. On March 7th Perfect Setting Catering hosted yet another tasting with a great line up of vendors. Upwards of forty guests arrived to try our food and service and converse with our group of vendors.
This sounds great,
…but for those of you who have never been to an Open House with Perfect Setting, what exactly am I talking about? We set the date, book the vendors, prepare our favorite food items & drink specials, and open Appleford Estate to prospective couples who are in the throws and turmoil of booking their wedding. This is a ‘One-Stop-Shop’ scenario that brings our best host of vendors and services all to one place for you to see demonstrations of their craft. There are no obligations other than having a great time!
Sounds too good to be true right?
On top of the great food, drink and atmosphere you will also get a chance to meet with at least 6 well known local vendors with a combined eternity of experience.
Most recently we were happy to have the following vendors join us for our March 7th tasting:
- Photography: Picture’s by Todd – picturesbytodd.com
- Videography: Merryweather Films – http://merryweatherfilms.com/
- Floral: Ilonka Flora Decorator – www.ilonkafloraldecorator.com/
- DJ: Tom Barrett’s Disc Jockeys – www.tombarrett.com
- Transportation: Courtyard by Marriott – http://www.marriott.com/default.mi
- Bakery: Bredenbeck’s Bakery – http://www.bredenbecks.com/
If you are interested in joining our next tasting/open house and want to experience the age old nuance of Philadelphia’s historic past please fill out the form below and join our mailing list. We do not spam your inbox and will send out only a consolidated newsletter every couple of weeks with updates about what we are doing, what’s to come, and how to get involved.
What could be better than an Open House?
- Pictures by Todd Photography
- Bredenbeck’s Bakery
- Lauren Brown Studio
- Ilonka Floral Decorators
- Merryweather Films
- Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
- Tom Barrett DJs
Feel free to stop by and try some of our complimentary selections from this years Wedding Guide and sit down with Deb and Jerry of Perfect Setting over a round of drinks and discuss your upcoming event.
Our Brokers Party was buzzing in the limelight
We recently catered a ‘night club’ styled brokers party in downtown Philadelphia along with Ilonka Floral Decorator in this pseudo-industrial space. The lighting, props, and food displays cast an iridescent hue all across the refitted former office space along Philadelphia’s Market Street that really made the stark metal and sheet rock pop with a night club attitude. The party was met with great surprise and excitement from all the guests, some of Philadelphia’s elite players and entrepreneurs. Take a look at our gallery for more photos of the event.
Would you like to be a ‘club owner’?
Perfect Setting has enormous experience with corporate parties, twenty four years worth, and is ready for your call. We have hosted some of the largest names in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and consistently book corporate BBQs, luncheons, holiday parties and celebrations of all sorts. Please take a look at our Corporate Gallery, our menus, & call us today to get started planning your next company’s next party!
Come on in!
This October we had a very successful open house complete with great music, local vendors, and an arrangement of food and drink. We hosted the event at the historic Appleford Estate in Radnor Township alongside vendors such as Spark Photography, Ilonka Floral Decorator, Marriott Hotels, Lauren Brown Studio, Master’s Baker, Tom Barrett Music and Merryweather Films. Check out our photos from the event here.
Philadelphia’s premier coffee house is coming to all of Perfect Setting’s events. Roasted in the Fishtown district of Philadelphia, La Colombe has risen in notoriety thanks to founder Todd Carmichael’s entrepreneurial spirit. Our very own local coffee roaster has competitive products all throughout the United States’ largest cities and provides simply the best tasting coffee you will find. Please ask about adding La Colombe to your next event with Perfect Setting Catering.
Need a Food Station idea? Introducing the new Rustic Pizza Station!
This Fall Perfect Setting Catering is bringing the old country to the New World. We rolled out this new brick and hot-stone food station at the bucolic Appleford Estate. Complete with carefully crafted flavors giving old styles a fresh new spin our Margherita, Summer Squash or Sweet Italian pizzas are ready to serve at your next event, be it a small Social gathering or a large scale Wedding or Corporate event. Perfect for all seasons, you do not want to miss out. Contact us today for more information.
We are in an age of total communication and sharing our every movement and thought. We post pictures of our lunch on Instagram, we tweet our whereabouts, and we tag our friends on Facebook. At Perfect Setting, it makes us happy that more and more brides are turning to social media to help plan their wedding. It makes us even happier when the chattering continues well after the big day! Clever wedding ideas are posted to Pinterest and reviews of wedding vendors are placed online. Reviews like this one, which was recently posted on Wedding Wire, mean the world to all of us at #perfectsettingcatering :
“We got married recently at the Merion Tribute House outside of Philly. Jerry Diehl, Erin and the rest of Perfect Setting Team made our wedding so smooth and enjoyable, not to mention delicious! When I booked the venue, they recommended Perfect Setting out of the 10 caterers on the pre-specified weekend caterer list–I am so glad we did.
We knew we made the right choice when we met Jerry at our tasting and tried all of the food. Everything was so good and had a beautiful presentation. We also had a blast getting to know Jerry and sharing our vision for our day.
Jerry was always very responsive when we worked together to finalize the menu and other logistics via email. He was also flexible when I waited till just a few weeks before the wedding to finalize the linens and add a lemonade table.
The day of our wedding, Jerry and the team did a PERFECT job setting up all of our wedding directions that I had spent so many hours making myself. They followed my instructions so well that I just smiled all night seeing everything as I had envisioned it. Jerry was also great with the flow of the night, managing the kitchen when we let our cocktail hour go on a little longer than planned. Dinner came out quickly and efficiently and we were through dinner and on the dance floor back on schedule!
One of the greatest things about Perfect Setting was Erin who specially catered to me, my fiancé and our families throughout the whole night. We were greeted with cocktails and appetizers as we finished our bride and groom shots with the photographer and we were never without a drink the rest of the night. We actually got to enjoy our wedding meals and not waste time in line at the bar! It felt like she had known us for a long time and had a personal interest in making sure we enjoyed our special day.
Couldn’t recommend them more highly!”
The weather fully cooperated to produce a rollicking good time at the residence of Kevin and Mary Fran Nolan in Glen Mills for the wedding of their daughter, Claire, in an All-Irish affair to Dan Gordon.
Certainly, nothing warms our heart more than a happy bride! To quote Claire in her thank-you note to the Perfect Setting crew:
“My very sincerest thank yous – you and your staff are absolutely amazing – I could not BELIEVE how thoughtful, kind, and invested everyone was (Erin even brought me wet napkins-which were VERY necessary on that hot day!!). It went off without a hitch, and that truly was linked to you and the way you operate. You really are wonderful at what you do. Dan and I had the absolute time of our lives-it was the most magical day and we are truly thankful that you were there.