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“We use real, fresh ingredients and our own recipes, made from scratch, never from a mix.” This is what sets The Wright Touch Catering apart from their competition.
Debbie Wright, owner of The Wright Touch Catering and Bake Shoppe, has been a licensed baker specializing in cupcakes since 2010. Six months later, her husband, Chad Wright, joined the business as executive chef of their off-site catering, which they did from a commercial kitchen.
As their business grew, they decided they wanted to get everything under one roof. In December of 2012, they opened their storefront location at 7085 C Ave in Bowman Woods’ Colton Square, where they now offer soup and sandwiches, a variety of baked goods and their unique artisan cupcakes, along with their catering services.
We asked Debbie to share some expert advice to help brides and grooms when selecting a caterer for their wedding. She filled us in on some important questions that wedding couples should ask of their potential caterer: “Couples should find out what kind of production methods caterers use and if they are using fresh ingredients. If they need a special menu, such as gluten-free, they should inquire about that as well.”
The food budget is typically the largest expense of a wedding reception. Debbie suggests figuring out how much you can spend before you choose your caterer and decide on a menu. “The Wright Touch can work with any budget, but it’s important to know that budget at the beginning so we know what we’re dealing with,” Debbie says.
Debbie works with wedding couples to plan their catering. She likes to offer new and different ideas for their menus, including appetizers with a gourmet touch and unexpected desserts. “People are trending towards informal receptions and appetizer stations,” she says. The Wright Touch Catering can offer a full service experience, including china rental, and they can even work with the couple for bar service. The Wright Touch Catering is able to do plated meals for small events and buffet receptions, as well as also combining the buffet with the head table being served. Debbie’s favorite aspect of weddings is that “no two weddings are alike. Each wedding is customized and has so much variety.”
“When deciding on your menu, think about what you would like to have, and also think what would please a crowd. In the Midwest, meat and potatoes is still very common for wedding reception meals. Remember to budget for all people who need to eat on the wedding day, including professionals, such as your officiant and photographer.”
While the bakery side of The Wright Touch Catering and Bake Shoppe specializes in cupcakes, they can provide many other options for dessert. A trend with wedding receptions is couples not doing the traditional tiered wedding cake, though The Wright Touch can do a small “couple’s cake” for the cake cutting. They offer their signature, artisan cupcakes, cookies, bars, cake truffles, and even midwest cannoli and 20 flavors of bread pudding. Combining some or all of these options together in a “dessert bar” gives a variety for guests to choose from and it’s a more personal, less structured way to end the meal.
A trend Debbie would love to see at weddings: Ice cream sundae bars, where guest could build their own perfect sundae. The list of toppings is endless–and fun for everyone. Also, mini dessert bars in the middle of each reception table is a fun trend that doubles as the centerpiece. Guests always love sweets as favors- pass on those frames or candles and instead give them a treat they can eat. “Send home a dessert with your guests, such as cake truffles, little or big cupcakes. The Wright Touch Catering will even box them for the wedding couple,” says Debbie.
DIY verses leaving it to the professional:
Debbie says leave catering to the professional. Trying to do all the cooking yourself for a wedding is time-consuming and added stress because it has to be done so close to the actual reception time. Save that time for other last minute details!
A’s to my Q’s: Debbie says…
You should never get married without: the services of a professional caterer.
To have an unforgettable wedding, sometimes you have to: think outside the box.
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