Personally, I've always joked that I've been on the 10 year marriage plan. And without getting too sappy, it's clear that for the GF and I, the light at the end of the tunnel is closer than ever. And while it's a given that I'll defer the majority of the wedding particulars to the GF, figuring out the catering will clearly be in my wheelhouse. And if the intended nuptials are in Philly, it's a safe bet that I'd be putting my eggs in the Garces Events basket.
For any of the newly engaged couples out there, be sure to attend one of their wedding showcases in preparation for your big day. Once registered, it's complimentary for the happy couple and for any additional family members, it's an affordable $10 per ticket. I was invited to the January showcase by Corie from Gloss PR and was blown away. From the gorgeous centerpieces from Sullivan Owen to the culinary stations from Jose Garces' restaurants, the showcase was simply stunning.
But let's focus in on the food and drink shall we? With rose champagne in hand, the GF and I sampled a bevy of offerings from Chef Garces' restaurants, including Village Whiskey, Distrito, Garces Trading Company, Tinto, and Volver. How many caterers (and I use that term loosely because we're talking about an Iron Chef here) do you know that have mozzarella hand-crafted right then and there and jamon shaved to order? And of course, His and Hers cocktails were provided and can range from the always delicious white sangria to crowd favorites like the Truffle Rush.
Servers glided about with hor d'oeurves including luscious kobe beef tartare, refreshingly tart apple ceviche, hearty swordfish tacos, grassy lamb sliders, and delectable tartines.
I heard more than a handful of couples say that "there wasn't one thing they didn't like." Double negatives aside, that says far more than any singular recommendation I could give. I can easily see your wedding guests indulging in palomas or shots of tequila while enjoying Distrito's pork carnitas and mahi mahi tacos. There was also plenty of snappy lime-marinated shrimp and pickled jalapenos along with tubs of some of the best guac I've ever had. If you're looking for proper finger foods, look towards Volver to provide you with hand-made paella maki rolls, corn croquettes, tartines, and tortilla espanola.
And of course, you can't forget about dessert! In addition to showcasing the numerous combinations for your wedding cake, there was also a station highlighting a number of sweet selections. French macarons, bouchons, lime verrines, cheesecake pops, strawberry shortcake sliders, and red velvet cupcakes were just a few of the desserts on offer. A clear crowd favorite was the incredibly moist apple cider cake donuts.
So if you're considering how to handle the food and beverage for your big day, why not look towards Garces Events to take care of your needs? There are discounts for booking early. Heck if you book your wedding of more than 150 guests at the Cira Centre on March 6th, they'll waive the site fee! You can register for that event on the Garces Events website. If the budget allows, I'm sure your guests will thank you! And regardless, best of luck to all the couples embarking on their journeys together.