Perfect Setting Catering


Another Great Open House!

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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:

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.

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Please call us today to book with Perfect Setting Catering at Appleford Estate. Check out our gallery here & here.

March 7th Open House at Appleford Estate

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What could be better than an Open House?

This March we have an open house at the scenic Appleford Estate in Villanova. The event is from 12pm-2:30pm and showcases our favorite vendors:

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.


Brokers Party | Downtown Philadelphia ‘Nightclub’ Edition

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Brokers party Stylized shot of candles and stairs

 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!


October Open House at Appleford

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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 PhotographyIlonka Floral Decorator, Marriott Hotels, Lauren Brown StudioMaster’s Baker, Tom Barrett Music and Merryweather Films. Check out our photos from the event here.


La Colombe Comes to Perfect Setting

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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.


Food Station Revival | New Rustic Flatbread Pizza Station

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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.

Facebook, Pinterest, Wedding Wire, Oh My…

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social media postWe 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!”


All Irish Eyes Were Smiling on Dan and Claire’s Wedding Day

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Dan and Claire Gordon

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.

Don’t Skip The Tasting!

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Skipping the “Tasting” is like skipping breakfast! You just shouldn’t do it. Juggling all of the details involved with wedding planning can be difficult, to say the least, but one thing you should definitely make time for is a food tasting.  Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting a tasting at Merion Tribute House, located on Philadelphia’s Main Line.

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Our thanks to Tom Barrett Disc Jockeys, Illonka Floral Designs, Lauren Brown for her spectacular customized invitations, video by Merryweather Films, cakes by Bredenbeck’s Bakery and accommodations offered by our friends at the Marriot of Conshohocken.  If you missed the fun, you have another chance to taste great food and chat with the best wedding professionals in the Delaware Valley at our next event on Thursday, June 27th at Appleford in Villanova.   Contact Erin for an invitation ([email protected]).

Perfect Setting Catering Launches a New Website

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Perfect Setting Catering has launched a brand new website.

20yearsLogoWe’re thrilled to welcome you to our brand new website and blog! Perfect Setting Catering is excited to have a website with a new look and feel that will allow us to bring our 20 years of business experience and culinary excellence directly to our friends and clients with style.

While you’re here please feel free to check out our Sample Menus section for delicious food ideas for your next event, or peruse our Wedding Guide to start planning your special day! Our new site also features several Photo galleries, as well as a mobile friendly design… so feel free to visit on your mobile or tablet device.

Moving forward, we’ll be updating this blog regularly with posts containing everything from party and event ideas to inside insights from the culinary and catering world. In the meantime please check out our Facebook page for the latest news and updates from Perfect Setting.

Thanks for taking the time to explore our new site and we hope to hear from you soon!