After 32 years in the wedding industry, you could say we’ve experienced our fair share of weddings (seriously though – we’ve seen some things).
With age comes wisdom, with wisdom comes knowledge, and while, as a catering company, our primary focus on our bride’s big day is ensuring all goes well with the food and drinks, our knowledge extends far beyond the boundaries of the kitchen.
After each weekend, we gather our team and share stories from the events, what went well and what we didn’t expect. We are constantly taking mental notes and looking for ways to improve the day for both our brides, her guests, and us! A result of all of this continuous evaluation has been the organic formulation of a list that could be titled, ‘things you don’t think you’ll need on your wedding day but will be surprised that you do’.
There’s nothing worse than realizing you forgot something you didn’t think to bring that ends up being vitally important! So here is our composite list of the things we often notice end up left behind or things the bridal party often come running to us asking for.
This may be a surprising one, not something you think to keep on hand, but is probably one of the top most requested items we’re asked for. Think of all the tags you’ll be cutting, spare threads/strings you’ll want to trim, any packages you have to open. These really do come in handy. We even had someone borrow scissors from us to cut his pants into shorts one hot July night… but that’s a story for another day.
By: Fiona, Event Coordinator
In the New England wedding industry, it’s no secret that summer is our busy season. We are creating memories every weekend from May to October and are constantly on the go. Winter is when we take time to relax, refresh, and regroup! (I think it’s safe to say we have things we love and hate about both summer and winter)
Here at A Thyme To Cook we’ve been spending our winter revising our menu ideas, exploring new wedding trends, and chatting with our future brides about their hopes and dreams for their big days this year!
Now that spring is in the air (Can you believe it’s March? I still can’t believe it myself!) we get to experience that wonderful feeling of waking up to 55 degree weather, walking outside to see the little green bulbs peeping out of the ground, and hearing the birds sing good morning.
This Sunday was no exception as everyone who made it to the Wadsworth Wedding Show got to experience a beautiful sunny drive to the Middletown mansion.
Hey gang! Keith here.
According to the “fun calendar”, today is National Sandwich Day. Mmmmm.
Instead of sharing some great shots of our past sandwiches, I decided to throw a curve ball at our kitchen team this morning.
Chef Joe, Chef Angela and Chef Janet were busy with prep work and I sent down a challenge to them. It was simple – I wanted those three to go into the walk-in cooler and create a never-before-made sandwich to wow our readers. They recorded the process as they worked and here are the fruits of their labor… enjoy!
First, Chef Joe emerged from the walk-in with some duck got it right into a hot pan.
photo: Beck McNeel Weddings
I have a feeling that this past week may have been the last week that felt like Indian Summer, which is a good thing as we are still cranking out weddings like crazy, and many of them in tents.
Tents are tricky this time of year, as volatile weather changes have huge impacts – so we are scrambling for heaters, more frame tents for our field kitchens and dealing with the wind. Of course, that is what makes us great caterers! We have many years of wild and crazy things that have happened behind the scenes (I won’t frighten you!!). We will do whatever it takes to make our event seamless. We love the constant variety of clients, venues and menu; we love problem solving and improvising to make things work; we love getting to know our clients so we can hone in on their priorities… and create memories that last a lifetime.
So, back to Fall, the season of pumpkins, mums, cornstalks and Halloween. As we have done for zillions of years, we decorate the outer cookery steps and sills with the harvest of our neighbor, Lo Presti Farms. It is one of my favorite times to decorate – or was, until a few weeks ago. The lesson here is to never under-estimate the power of squirrels. Our local squirrel family has developed quite an organized system of carrying off whole butternut squash, gourds, and pumpkins. They move with such speed and grace…. they have literally chewed thru pumpkins on our step in between client appointments and love leaving a mess of seeds everywhere. So, since this battle began, I have been researching methods of natural ‘discouragement’ for them. Any tips you have for ‘saving’ your fall decor would be welcome!
It’s time for our Second Episode!
In Episode Two we chat with Robert Norman, of Robert Norman Photography. He visited the cookery and did some AMAZING new food shots for us and then sat down to chat.
Robert shared how he got started in the business, his favorite things to capture, thoughts on Instagram, digital vs film and tips for what a wedding couple should look for in their photographer. He also chats about his love for the World’s Fair and a recent trip to Hong Kong.
Of course, we put Robert through the 5 rapid-fire questions of Quick Thyme, too!
Photo of the Photographer
The A Thyme to Chat Podcast features our host Keith, chatting with event industry experts who offer up tips and trends for entertaining. From throwing the perfect Super Bowl party to thinking about the big day of your wedding – we’ll cover it all.
Summertime is fantastic for getting friends and family together for fun in the sun. While we don’t have to worry about plowing snow or icy paths, summer does bring its own set of challenges to the party-throwing world.
Linda Sample, owner of A Thyme to Cook, offers up some Do’s and Don’ts for summer time entertaining in your home.
Here are some tips that you definitely want to DO, to keep your guests happy, the food fresh and your sanity intact.
1. Think air conditioning!
An uncomfortable guest is an unhappy guest. In the old days a bowl of ice in front of a fan worked just fine.
We’re so excited that we’ve launched our new Podcast! In “A Thyme To Chat” we will talk with Event Industry Experts about events, weddings, and more!
In Episode 1 we chat with Linda Sample, our owner, about the history of ATTC, hot trends, a catering trip thru Italy and a lot more!
We’d love to hear your opinions! Share them with us in the comments below.
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Happy Earth Day to everyone! As a Certified Green caterer, we strive to “walk the walk” of being green – and we LOVE doing it!
Like most of you, we recycle our plastic, metal and paper. We grow and use all our own herbs and a lot of vegetables. We compost all our food waste and return that compost right back in the gardens. We source from local farms all around us such as; LoPresti’s, Maple Lane Farms and Full Heart Farm.
However, there are a lot of things that go into being certified green. Many of which, you can replicate at your home or place of business. Below we will share 10 items we do that we know you can too!
It’s Baseball Season!
Although there were a few games the other day, here in the Northeast – today is opening day. The Red Sox and Yankees are currently playing and we’re still shoveling snow off our Cookery steps.
We needed to feel the warmth that baseball season sends to the hearts of fans. So, thanks to the amazing artistry of Robert Norman Photography, we are revisiting our baseball themed pop-up dinner.
In July of 2015 we shared an amazing meal ON the field at Dodd Stadium – home to the Connecticut Tigers professional baseball team.
As guests arrived in the stadium concourse, they were greeted with a signature “Orange Crush” cocktail.
We talked buffalo chicken. We talked decor. We talked commercials and we talked beer! But now, it’s time for the extra point of any good Super Bowl party – the SWEETS!
You’ve got your sheet cakes decorated to look like a field, your ice cream sundae bar, your grandma’s chocolate chip cookies. But how about a dessert that is as sweet as it is SUPER?
We asked our Pastry Chef, Angela, to come up with the perfect Super Bowl Dessert. And yes, she offered up her recipe! Feast your eyes on the Chocolate Bacon Brownie Bliss!