Episode 33

MASTERCLASS: Everything You Need to Know About Hiring a Caterer For Your Wedding - with Richard Van Der Plas of Edenopolis Events

Hello and welcome back to the show! This is show number 33 and today is all about FOOD, glorious food! This is one of those episodes that I consider to be a Masterclass because my guest discusses EVERYTHING you need to know about hiring a caterer for your wedding.

He is the chef and owner at Edenopolis Events and has over 16 years in the NYC hospitality industry traveling all over the world living, eating and studying food in over 25 countries. He's catered everything from small intimate celebrity dinner parties, to fantasy weddings to 500 plus people corporate events and has done events everywhere from yachts, to European castles, to beaches, mountain retreats, vineyards, farms and more.

In addition to being the chef and owner at Edenopolis Events, he is also the head chef of Hugh Jackman's Laughing Man Cafe opening this Fall.

Today, Richard shares so much about wedding catering. He discusses:

  • The most important things to look for in a caterer
  • The difference between hiring a restaurant to cater events and hiring a professional caterer
  • The most important questions to ask a caterer
  • The questions couples don't ask but should
  • What 99% of catering actually is...it's not food related
  • The licenses and liabilities a caterer needs
  • How your caterer handles bartending
  • The certifications bartenders need
  • day-of liquor licenses
  • the importance of a good bartender and where they should have certification from
  • Why tastings are so important and what they tell you of your caterer
  • The different types of catering and staffing
  • the red flags to look out for
  • Where to hire your catering staff from
  • Why catering staff is the most important part of your event
  • Why a wedding day is not the time to try new foods

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We'd love to know how you found your caterer. Do you have any catering advice you'd like to share with others?

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Felicia Zammit-McMann

Felicia is a former bride helping future brides plan their weddings in a fun and easy way - the way they should be - by sharing expert advice and personal anecdotes tackling couples most pressing and common wedding planning concerns and questions. She believes when you’re equipped with the right knowledge from the start, you’re better prepared to plan your wedding without the overwhelm and stress so many couples face.

In addition to hosting this awesome podcast, Felicia is the the owner and editor of Wedding Connections of the Hudson Valley - a regional online wedding publication based in upstate New York and is a 2019 40 under 40 Honoree in her local county for the work she’s done supporting weddings and wedding vendors in her community.

Her tips and advice have been featured in prominent wedding industry publications including The Overwhelmed Bride, The Budget Savvy Bride, and the former Wedding Industry Education.

She holds and M.A. in Communications and a B.A. in Fashion Design. During her time as an undergrad she studied in London and apprenticed with luxury couture wedding dress designer, Phillipa Lepley.

Outside of weddings, Felicia is a life-long Disney fan. She got engaged there and honeymooned there. She loves the New York Yankees, loves to cook, has a serious soft spot for cats, and is a huge history buff!