2009 Wedding Catering Trends from Chef’s Market, Part 1
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Last week, Brocade did a guest blog on candy bar favors. It was tasty! Hillary also told me about a to-die-for candy bar that Chef's Market created. She promised to share the pictures that she'd taken. They were worth the wait and were nothing less than fantastic. Chef's Market is one of Nashville's the most creative catering companies. See for yourself:). I really love these pictures and all of the creative details. In fact, I am in complete love with the oversize cupcake and the marshmallow balls. Great job Chef's Market! And thanks for Brocade and Don Yeager Photography for the amazing pics and recap. Guest Blogger: Brocade Design Arts is a Nashville-based, event floral designer who keeps a pulse on what's cool in wedding decor.
A few weeks ago, I joined Donald Yeager Photography to do a featurette at the oh-so-delicious Chef's Market. We met with Shannon & Carola to talk about the restaurant (to die for ) and the catering trends for 2009. Before we start taking candy bars, let's discuss current trends for 2009 that Chef Market's been seeing.
Before we jump in, a little backstory: Chefs Market started as a restaurant only in 1997, and Catering soon followed. They do, on average, 4 weddings a week-- that's 208 in the course of a year. Their trademark is inspired food with beautiful, over the top tablescapes that are designed to showcase your event. From props like huge white trees with lights interwoven in them to glass tables with floating flowers or apples underneath, Chef's Market knows exactly how to elevate your event to one your guests won't be able to stop taking about. First off, they've seen a huge demand for late-night snacks at wedding receptions... from sliders to shot glasses with a hot chocolate chip cookie, to tiny little mousse cups and parfaits. Yum! Miniature is also in: things like mini cheese sandwiches and cute mini-tiramisus-- bite sized and delicious is the name of the game. More and more brides are leaning toward the use of food stations instead of a buffet or plated and served dinner. At Chef's Market, they employ creative food stations that are chef- attended for an enhanced guest experience. These interactive exchanges feature mini meals built as the chef explains each component, and dishes like short ribs with potato gratin and fresh cooked veggies is just one example of these small plates that are designed to be huge crowd pleasers. The Market is also committed to providing brides with eco friendly and green wedding catering options-- from disposable & biodegradable plates to organic produce that's locally grown, they fully support the eco-conscious bride. From local farmers and farms they can bring in local shrimp, chicken, pork, and of course amazing fresh grown veggies. And now, onto the scrumptious dessert table: with a hand painted background and fun shades of vivid green, yellow, and orange, this is a beautiful tablescape that would be sure to delight your guests. Chef's Market has an-in house pastry chef that makes delicious cupcakes, dessert cakes, and cookies-- and you can see these beautiful confections on their table:
Carola baked this huge cupcake, and she also made the darling yellow lollipops from scratch-- how cool is that?
They may look like mini-cupcakes on sticks, but instead it's chocolate covered marshmallows with sprinkles and m&m's
I love the bold use of color and the synchronized patterns of white-yellow-and green to make a visually stimulating table-- one of Chef's Market's amazing skills
The cupcakes are iced and then topped with hand cut fondant flowers in cute shapes and colors
The big picture: great shot by Donald Yeager to showcase the entire table!
I love this picture-- too cute. Thanks to Carola for letting Don borrow her rings!
We had a great time at Chef's Market chatting about Candy & catering-- they're by far some of the most creative & inspired chefs & designers, and Nashville is so lucky to have them! For more information or to book your event, contact Shannon or Carola at 615.851.2433 Please, please, please click here to see the larger versions of these yummy candy bar pictures on Hillary's blog.