What tips do you have for a couple interested in serving 100 percent local, seasonal food on their wedding day?
First and foremost---this is easy and can be done at a competitive rate with other caterers---see what options can be provided for you with tailored seasonal menus. Do some research! Look into what is in season at the time of your wedding and try to think of some options you might want to serve. Be open! If you are new to cooking with local, seasonal foods you might not even think of some of the amazing dishes that can be made to make your wedding a unique experience.
Don’t be afraid to bring up any dietary considerations and allergies. Almost any need can be met for guests and the wedding party while still providing a 100 percent local menu.
If you have ideas for menu items tell the caterer, they can work with you to create the menu you want within your stated budget and find alternatives for items that might not be feasible.
What should we be sure to mention to/ask of a caterer to ensure they are accessing sustainable food sources?
Don’t be afraid to ask where the food is coming from, what the name of the farm/producer is and what those farms’ seasonality is. Find out about the growing practices of the producers to ensure that they meet your ethical standards. Ask for a list of ingredients and suppliers from the caterer---this will allow you to see exactly where your food is coming from. Tell the caterer exactly what your vision is for using local food at your wedding.
This way the caterer can ensure they are fulfilling all of your needs.
Have you noticed any interesting food trends in Nova Scotia that we should be aware of?
The people that are coming to us want the food that they provide to their guests to be a real reflection of the couples’ ethics and gratitude. The food that people serve is a direct reflection of the couples’ hospitality. A big trend that people are embracing is to dine family style, even at multiple course dinners.
We’ve always suggested this as a great way to better interact with each other and make it feel like a special, but relaxed occasion. The wine and the food are communal at each table.
What are some of your suggestions for a wedding menu that is appropriate for a large, diverse group and can be sourced locally and organically?
Keep it fun, social and diverse. Have something for everyone. Make sure all the details are sorted out in advance so you can be attentive to your guests and really are able to just enjoy your celebration.
Sean is the founder of Terrior—Local Source Catering, and Local Source Bakery & Market, providing transparent, quality local food to the market place all year long. Gallagher’s food philosophy is to get back to the basics and he aims to bring back the family-style dining culture to the Canadian lifestyle. localsourcemarket.com