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Funeral Catering Preperations

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The passing of a loved one can be a traumatic time. Whether you know that an end is near or it’s a sudden and surprising death, you need to plan quickly for a funeral and perhaps even a luncheon. To be prepared you should know who the caterers are that can help you through this difficult time. You want the reception to be handled with care and professionalism. Let the experts tend to your needs while you tend to your family and friends.

Menu choices should be simple, yet elegant and adhere to the family’s wishes. It doesn’t need to be overdone, but all special receptions like these can be be organized quickly, tastefully and without any hassle. Comfort and finger foods are common and even expected as items.Drinks, too, should be kept simple. Coffee, tea, and pop are all standard, but occasionally alcohol is asked for. The family should have this question answered in advance so they are not caught off guard.

The venue and its location is an important consideration as the caterer will most likely have to travel and set up and perhaps even heat some items in the oven. You must not forget the linens, flatware, plates, or cups and you certainly do not want to run low. If it is catered at a hall you must have plenty of tables and chairs, but unlike a wedding most of the patrons will be standing. The big thing to consider carefully is quantity. How many people are you expecting and will you have enough food and drink. It’s common for the caterer to have a 50%-100% payment up front.

Finally, yes this will be a day of sadness but it can also be a celebration of life. At Kruse and Muer we can help you plan to make your day go by as easily as possible.

What Every Bride Should Ask Their Caterer

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After the wedding ceremony is a time for fun, dancing, and most of all food. The last thing a Bride wants to do is to get to the reception only to have problems arise. So she must have all the bases covered to have the best party that everyone will remember. We could easily come up with a million questions to ask but for now, let’s stick with the basics:

  1. What does the caterer specialize in? It doesn’t have to be just the main course. It could be a signature drink or a unique salad dressing. Be sure to sample the menu thoroughly with a group of friends or family.
  2. Does the caterer also work a duel role as a coordinator? Not just running the food out to your guests, but queuing up the DJ or band, helping cut the cake, laying out table settings or coordinating a receiving line. Someone will be tasked with this and it’s best not to ask your new mother-in-law.
  3. What is the cost-per-plate? You don’t want to run to the ATM in white, so be sure to have all of your costs covered well before your wedding day. This includes the all linens, gratuity and the all important bar tab. You may even want to inquire if there is a flat rate.
  4. Does the caterer offer of the menu items? Vegan, vegetarian, kosher or food for the children is important to consider. Also, you may have that secret family recipe that you would liked served. Can you bring your own home brewed beer or that special wine from the old country? Be aware that it may cost extra.
  5. What other function will be going on that evening? If the caterer is located at a restaurant or has multiple reception rooms you want to make sure the kitchen is well prepared and their is enough parking for all of your guests.

At Kruse and Muer we can host your beautiful wedding reception and you can have the most memorable day of your life!

A Valentine’s Table for Two

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A recent poll asked 100 women what they wanted most for Valentine’s Day. Not surprisingly, the #1 choice was a romantic dinner out with their man. Many wanted flowers and chocolates, and a few even said they wanted a new car! We can’t exactly offer you that last one, but at Kruse and Muer you are sure to get a wonderful meal at a table set for two.

Now a night out doesn’t even have to be a wine and dine extravaganza – just a nice affordable evening as in the old days, before the kids and mortgage, filled with love and laughter. You may be asking “How do get back into the pre-marriage mode?” Easy. Come prepared with romantic and inquiring questions. This fun exercise works with any couple! (more…)

Business Lunch Catering

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Now and then, every company wants to treat their employees to a catered lunch. It could be an internal meeting such as a simple Christmas or Anniversary Party, or something a little more elaborate that involves a paid guest speaker. Whatever the reason, there are many factors that go into choosing the right venue for the function.

The freshness of the meal should be one of the highest priorities. This isn’t so much a concern for the small group, but with larger group it is. The catering company or restaurant must be able to serve the meal in a timely fashion so all people get their meal exactly as expected. An easy way to confirm this is by being diligent and visiting with the venue ahead of time. Don’t just reserve blindly. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions like, “What if our speaker goes over on the allotted time?” and “How long have you been catering?” You may also ask the Caterer for references. Past businesses are sure to be honest, even with the smallest of problems. (more…)