Editorial Note: This was not a paid tasting nor is it a sponsored endorsement. I was invited to see for myself and write a piece if I enjoyed my experience. I’m not even sure there are words for how much I enjoyed it and that is with no strings attached. In addition to how impressed I was with the vendors involved, it was probably one of the most enjoyable networking events I’ve been to without even trying to be one. =) I’m ashamed that it took me so long to get this piece on the blog (pregnancy is rough man) because I really do want to pay homage to the folks who gave me a fantastic baby-free night out and so clearly care about their customers.
Sometimes you meet a vendor in this industry who just goes way above and beyond to please their clients. A Wild Thyme Catering is certainly one of those and they blew my mind with the level of their service when I was invited to a special tasting. Each of the couples who were having their tasting that evening were treated to more than just food. Tables were set up based on each couple’s wedding vision with custom linens and florals to inspire them. Because their tasting took place with other couples, they got to try a variety of foods in addition to their own selections. Going into the tasting, I thought I knew which selections would be my favorites but I was surprised over and over again. So I’m sure it was great for the clients to be delivered the same opportunity to open their minds to additional options. Overall, I was astounded by the level of specialized customer service from a vendor. I think I’m with the 99% of people who didn’t have anything remotely that awesome when our tasting happened. That is a LOT of work to please their clients and help them picture their big day. I would say that A Wild Thyme made an already cool experience (Personalized food! Yay!) and took it up about 15 notches. But it wasn’t just the atmosphere and the overall party it created that impressed me, the food was A-mazing as well!
I tend to shy away from what I consider to be fancy dinner parties or events because I lack an appreciation that so many have for certain foods (like goat cheese, mushrooms, capers, etc.). I think I’m not alone in that feeling so wedding food can be really hit or miss depending on the caliber of the affair. But everything I had from the fun mashed potato bar to the fanciest plated items knocked my socks off. Even with the broad spectrum of choices, I don’t think there was one thing that night I wouldn’t eat again without hesitation and I’m picky! The knee-jerk whiny elementary schooler part of me cringed when I heard that we were having candied peppers because I’m a wuss for spicy things. But I’m so happy I tried everything because I’m pretty sure that now I want to eat them on everything. I need to find a supplier stat because I had no idea what I was talking about. It just proves that in the right hands, ingredients can be magically transformed into stellar food. By the time we got to the last shared course, everyone was stuffed. So I pigged out on a serving of the best steak of my life with very little competition from the non-pregnant folks who were saving room for the alcoholic ice cream. I hope the moaning of my food-gasm was silent in my head like it was supposed to be. If it wasn’t, I was at least politely ignored by my fellow guests. ;)
Quesadilla with Port Infused Pear, Caramelized Onion, Brie
Chicken Saltimbocca Bites
Watermelon Cube with Blackberry-Balsamic Reduction and Grana Padana *
Chicken and Candied Poblano Flautas **
Buffalo Chicken on a Mazina Chip
Mashed Potato Bar ***
Coffee Cured Pork with Pickled Onions and Cider Sauce
Mediterranean Braised Chicken in Tomatoes, Olives and Garlic
Slider Trio: Guacamole Beef; Chicken, Kale, Sweet Potato; Greek Lamb ****
Barbecue Boneless Chicken Breast *****
Rosemary Trout with Chunky Tomato-Corn Salsa
Medallions of Beef Tenderloin over Creamy Potato “Risotto”
Grilled Petit Tender of Beef ******
* Who knew that pickled watermelon was so damned good??
** I want to eat these every single day for the rest of my life.
*** Again with the delicious candied pablanos and the creamy sauce was delish.
**** How on earth can someone make a chicken hamburger and have it be that moist?
***** I always say BBQ chicken would be my last meal if I were on death row.
I’ll be contacting A Wild Thyme if I’m ever in the clink.
****** Best steak I’ve ever had. Like butta! And I barely had to share!! Mwhahah!
A special mention has to be given to the other vendors who were so doting that night as well. InVINtions Winery (Water 2 Wine at the time of the event) graciously provided a space for the event and made custom bottles of wine for each couple as a parting gift. The table settings and florals were great for all 5 tables/themes. The alcohol-infused ice cream (yes, you read that right) was super neat and fashioned after some of my all time favorite drinks. I was very surprised by the texture and how little it tasted like the negative aspects of alcohol. Of course, I only got the tiniest lick off each sampling spoon because I was one month pregnant at the time. But, I want to do a post exclusively on that soon! It was just a great time!Photography: Pippin’s Pictures | Venue: InVINtions Winery (Formerly Water 2 Wine) | Catering: A Wild Thyme | Floral Design: Bella Lu Floral | Event Design: Muse Events | Rentals: Event Rents | Ice Cream: Twisted Cream