Recently I was asked what I love most about catering.
The answer is easy: working with people.
I love developing a relationship with each individual, and really getting to know them as a person, because it helps me understand their vision and expectations. My favorite client is someone who comes to me with a great inspirational theme and wants to be a part of the whole process.
Trust is an essential component of this relationship, and key to a successful event. By getting to know each other, working together, and building a strong personal relationship, we develop a bond of trust that ensures their special moment becomes a successful, one of a kind experience.
In addition to the people factor, there are other aspects of catering that I love…
As a Chef, I started Foodz Catering because I love the creativity that comes with crafting personalized menus tailored to someone’s special event. It’s a thrill to dream up inventive solutions that artfully blend taste, presentation, and budget. I have been honored to cook everything from Grandma’s favorite family recipe for a bride, to unique, living buffets for corporate clients.
Another aspect I enjoy is the challenge of being an off-premise caterer, where we are often tasked with serving great food under less than ideal situations. Being flexible, addressing unique challenges, and coming up with creative solutions to issues such as no on-site kitchen, no power or water, or no staging room—these are all in a day’s work for Foodz Catering.
I have prepared fine meals in closets, assembled delicate hors d’oeuvres in basements and garages, and fed thousands from pop up tents. My team is adept at bringing in everything from portable ovens, grills and Cambros, to specialized vendors, site-specific décor, and pipe-and-drape for queuing large crowds.
Lastly, I love “playing” with my food. To me a perfect catering experience is as much about an amazing presentation as it is about outstanding flavors.
When you combine all of these aspects, you have the definition of Foodz Catering: delicious food, personally developed, creatively crafted, artistically presented, and professionally served.
Glen Acres Country Club is one of the most beautiful venues for outdoor (or indoor) weddings and receptions in Seattle. It has all the charm of a high end private country club, yet it’s available for rental to non-members.
Hidden just minutes from downtown is a gem of a venue waiting to be discovered. Glen Acres has two indoor spaces for rent which makes it wonderfully flexible, plus it is situated in a jewel of a location, complete with rolling hills, soft lawns and lush trees.
But what makes this place truly incredible is the view of downtown Seattle…
The main event space, called The Skyline Room, overlooks a captivating vista of downtown Seattle and the Space Needle. The dance floor which is located in the center of the room is a lovely place to watch the colors change over the city at night. It has an almost enchanting Cinderella effect.
The room itself is a blank slate awaiting your vision of color choice, linens, and floral arrangements. The event staff here are friendly, knowledgeable, and more than happy to work with you to accommodate your ideas.
Included in the rental is an entire wing of the building. It just seems to go on and on. I can just imagine spending the day here with your bridal party indulging in pedicures, manicures, hair and makeup.
Looking to host a non-wedding event? This extra wing of the building could also be a fantastic area to store auction items, or to serve as a green room for volunteers. (Seriously – it is big!) Using both spaces for your event means there is no need to flip the space. This is a rare find to have a venue that allows such an easy transition.
The other available event space, called The Fireplace Room (pictured above and at right) is perfect for either the wedding ceremony or a silent auction area separate from / in addition to the Skyline Room.
The Fireplace Room is sized for up to 60 guests.
The Skyline Room is perfect for a buffet or sit down dinner with room for dancing and a DJ. Seating capacity is 140 with the dance floor or 170 without.
Thinking of holding an even larger event? No problem. Tent that amazing lawn on the driving range for events ranging from 200 to 500 guests! Talk about an amazing outdoor summer venue!
• A jewel of a setting with an amazing view
• Two room size options (the smaller option includes a cozy fireplace)
• Extra wing of the building included in the rental (for staging or large events)
• Ample dance floor in the Skyline room (for a live band or DJ equipment)
• Superb outdoor setting for a summer wedding, fundraiser, corporate golf event, or party
• Centrally located with easy access from downtown Seattle or the SeaTac Airport
• On-site free parking… and plenty of it!
Here are some great photos of a recent wedding reception at the facility.
1000 S. 112th Street
Seattle, WA 98168
(centrally located between downtown Seattle and the SeaTac Airport; view a map here)
Ample on-site free parking
Sara Blakey, Event Planner
or Bill Lugar, General Manager
Bridal Brunch & Bash
If you or someone you know was recently engaged, we’re hosting a very special party tailored just for the occasion!
Bridal Brunch & Bash
Saturday March 19, 2011
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Advance Tickets: $15 per person
This fun, informative brunch event will feature a hand-selected panel of wedding experts ready to divulge first-hand, insider’s advice and tips to help you plan a beautiful, memorable, and (most importantly) stress-free wedding.
Panel of Wedding Experts
Our panel includes some of Seattle’s top professionals in wedding planning, wedding photography, wedding flowers and decor, music, catering, and cakes — all prepared to answer your every question:
• Shelby Sewell – Foodz Catering
• Breeann Gale – Pink Blossom Events
• Adam Tiegs – Adam’s D.J. Service
• Bonnie Lyons – New Renaissance Cakes
• Sheri Miller – Esprit de Fleur Floral Design
• Scott Eklund – Red Box Pictures
While you’re listening and learning, indulge in a scrumptious brunch presented by Foodz Catering, featuring:
Interactive Crepe Bar
Individual Omelet Bar
Yogurt Martini Parfaits
Fresh Local Fruits
Zucchini and Banana Bread
Mimosas and our famous Refreshing Bride’s Blush Spritzer
10:30 – 11:00 am: Meet the panel experts
11:00 – 11:30 am: Brunch is served
11:30 – 12:30 pm: Panel discussion with the experts
12:30 – 1:00 pm: Questions and answers
Please contact Celia@FoodzCatering.com to reserve your seat(s), or for more information. We look forward to seeing you there!
To view the invitation, click here.
Just a quick post to say… if you love us and you haven’t yet done so, please take a moment to vote for us in Seattle Bride Magazine’s “Best of 2011.” Simply click on this link, and in the 6th field down on the list, type “Foodz Catering” into the field for “Best Caterer:”
Once you’re there, you can choose all sorts of other favorite bridal tips and wedding-related vendors — from best outdoor location, musician, and boutique registry, to the best place for a bachelorette party. You do have to fill out a minimum of ten fields, and voting closes on March 1, 2011.
Thanks ever so much for your ongoing support of Foodz Catering!
The Sanctuary at Admiral is one of my most favorite venues for weddings in Seattle. The facility is the perfect blend of hip and modern, with just the right mix of traditional and formal.
It is situated in a beautiful old historical building built in 1929, which was originally used as a Christian Science church. Frankly, I think that is part of its charm… I think every bride secretly wants some sense of a church but many do not want the religious undertones of actually being in one. The Sanctuary at Admiral is the answer.
2656 – 42nd Avenue SW
West Seattle, Washington
(10 minutes from downtown, just across the street from the lovely Hiawatha Park)
The Sanctuary at Admiral is a lovely blend of historic with modern eclectic touches, with a mix of funky items like the vintage merry-go-round animals ‘living’ next to 19th Century paintings.
These design elements are wonderfully balanced by the traditional and formal elements of the building, which include 25 foot ceilings, huge picture windows, and a gated, English style courtyard in the front of the building, featuring wrought iron tables and chairs. The combination of all of these wonderful elements makes The Sanctuary appealing to both the young couple as well as their families.
One of the things I also love about this building from a personal point of view is how they used about 70% of repurposed materials in the renovation from Church to venue, such as the pews on the mezzanine and fir floors relocated to other areas.
On the first level you’ll find a large open kitchen with an expansive counter, custom designed to meld with the existing architecture of the grand old building. It’s a chef’s dream and a pleasure to cook in, not to mention a beautiful place to showcase your party’s culinary productions (I can just imagine a foodie couple turning it into a group cooking event!). On each side of the kitchen, there are comfortable sitting areas where your guests can relax on leather sofas and rest their drinks and hors d’oeuvres on coffee tables.
The center of the facility is a large open area called the Grand Room, perfect for dancing, mingling, or arranging chairs or tables for a more formal affair (the venue includes tables and chairs for 120 guests, as well as tall bistro tables and bar height chairs).
Past this area is a large formal stage, more than ample for a live band or DJ to set up music equipment.
Here are some more great photos of the facility.
Neighborhood street parking.
Christy and Ryan, married at the Sanctuary at Admiral; reception catered by Foodz
I am thankful for love. I am thankful for my husband.
I got married in November of 1992 and we were so broke we literally counted pennies out on the desk of the Justice of the Peace that married us. But I never let that stop us from celebrating. We held our reception at a friend’s house, I decorated my own cake, I held a simple bouquet, we wore vintage attire and we had a heck of a party!
I understand. I get it. 2010 is unprecented and things will never be the same in many ways. Our world economy has taken a downward spiral and many of us are still figuring out what it means to us as individuals. How will we cope, where do we need to scale back, and what things can we do without?
But one thing has not changed, we still fall in love. We still choose each other as partners in life and we still get married. Love does not care how much money you have. The commitment of marriage is about choosing each other in good times and bad.
I think this is a perfect time to begin your life together. As a matter of fact choosing to get married today may be just what we and the economy need. Remember that getting married is not just about you and you’re soon to be spouse. It is about family and friends. It is about all of us. Imagine the joy you give to those you love in sharing your nutipuals. We need that joy now more than ever. We need to be uplifted and carried into a happier place by you and your love for each other.
No matter how you choose to adapt your event to fit the economy. Celebrate. Choose Love. I did and I am still glad. Every day. 18 years and counting.