HARITHAM : IMPORTANCE OF PRESENTATION IN WEDDING CATERING

Haritham catering  in the true sense of the word not only stands for quality food cooked in the right proportions but also encompasses the proper presentation of food and the way it is served. As wedding caterers when we speak about presentation it is not about the food styling or garnishing or the lavish spread of items.

In a wedding where hundreds of guests are to be served these elements – like food styling – cannot come into play beyond a limit. For the simple reason that as guests  begin to come in to eat the only thing foremost in the mind of the wedding caterers is the prompt refilling of items, so that there is no shortage and people don’t have to wait for their fill.

In wedding catering presentation carries along with it a lot of responsibility. Right from draping of the dining tables – if it is a sit down service – cleaning of the tables, use of proper table covers, constant cleaning of spilt food below the tables to the hand wash area being properly maintained, everything is the responsibility and speaks volumes of the wedding caterers calibre and skills.

Service personnel must be in clean attire, complete with gloves and caps. Most important rule to be observed is organised service with minimum verbal communication and clock wise coordination between the team. Shouting across the distance for dishes to be brought in is almost like insulting the guest.

Cleanliness is the essence of wedding catering. Whether it is the physical appearance of the people serving or the neatly stacked containers for serving full attention must be paid to keeping things neatly and in an organised fashion. Dishes ought to be kept covered at all times to avoid unnecessary spoilage.

 


Clearing the area of pests and flies beforehand is a must.

Service Personnel need to be taught the art of serving. Serving is not about reaching all items in the menu to the guest’s plate. It is serving with care the right quantity at the allotted space without spilling or any sign of disrespect to the guest.

It is also important for the service people to know all about the dishes that they dish out. When they are asked what a dish is made of they need to answer clearly about the ingredients.

This is more so important in cases where a guest may be allergic to an ingredient and hence incorrect information could be dangerous.

Catering is a highlight in every wedding because we in India give a lot of importance to the food served for each event in a wedding and as wedding planners we are fully aware of it. Given the multitude of dishes in our cuisine it is a herculean task to bring in the right balance to suit everyone’s taste.

One golden rule that we as wedding caterers follow is to serve the dishes only after the guests are seated. In India we firmly believe that every guest or Aditi is equivalent to God. They need to be looked after well so that they pass on their hearty blessings to the couple.


Guests are present at the event not just for the food. Hence serving them should never be looked upon  as  a chore but as a service to make them feel special and wanted. In any case serving after the guests are seated also helps in giving them what they want and avoid wastage of food.

In case of Buffet,  neat arrangements of counters with clear labelling of each dish is a must. Proper planning of counters is mandatory to avoid a sense of cramptness and lack of elbow space which leaves the guests with a dissatisfied feel , however tasty the food may be.

A Wedding caterer is the representative of the host and it is his duty to make the entire dining experience a wholesome and satisfying one for the guest.  Every small gesture matters and a genuine personal touch is that which differentiates and helps us retain a place in the top wedding caterers in Chennai.

DECIDING THE MENU : AN INTERESTING PART OF EVENT PLANNING & WEDDING CATERING

Selection of an appropriate Menu plays a major role in the success of an event. Its proper execution being the other major element. As wedding planners having our own catering team in Chennai, Haritham is  known for its innovative creations.  We find most clients are excited about choosing the menu. Only 10% of clients leave it completely to our discretion either due to lack of time or due to living away from home and not knowing the trend or simply because of a lack of interest.

In the normal course of discussion with any wedding caterer the initial enthusiasm of the client tends to include all types of dishes into a packed menu. When you are considered as one among the best wedding planners – cum –  caterers in Chennai we have a lot of responsibility in convincing are urban clients about the need for a crisp and appealing menu.

 

Clients who perform weddings in their ancestral village or town lean more towards traditional dishes whereas clients based in Chennai tend to get a bit overboard in mixing cuisines.  It is then our duty to advice on what would be an ideal choice and the best appreciated too.

 

For a recent engagement that we did the client was very clear about he menu they wanted. It was an evening event and they were particular about having only tiffin items in the menu.

The following was the menu suggested by us and agreed upon by them:

Snacks 4-6 pm
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Cheese corn ball

Musk Mellon juice

Coffee

Tiffin Dinner 7 pm – 10 pm
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Rabdi  with Malpuvaa

Kasi halwa

Adapradaman

Veg Bonda

Vegetable idly, coconut chutney, sambar,

Andra pesarat

Ginger chutney and SPL sambar,

Aapam

Veg stew

Rumali roti

Panner tikka

Panner butter masala

Beeda

Vettrilai and pakku

Going by the age group of the people attending the function – mostly middle aged and senior citizens – we were wondering how the grilled paneer dish would be welcomed. But much to our astonishment every one loved the paneer tomato capsicum grilled item. The whole menu was a hit.

Curd rice being an inherent part of any south Indian dinner menu, was not chosen here. The client was very clear that they did not want it. And a few of the guests did mention that they had expected curd rice to be a part of the menu since it is a kind of  comfort food for most people.


Expect for Payasam the client did not want ice cream as dessert. As wedding caterers, we have often found that in summer no matter what age thy are every guest looks forward to a scoop of ice cream.

We had added two flavours of ice cream as a dessert stall as a surprise to the client and sure enough it was a sell-out. Our client was so happy at the end of the day.

 

Wedding catering is all about knowing the pulse – in this case the taste – of the guests in general and providing what they look forward to. As event caterers we are duty bound to go by the client’s request, but should also be responsible enough to give a wholesome menu that would satisfy most people invited and make it a memorable event.

Innovation : Key word for Wedding Planners

One reason why we as wedding planners enjoy this profession is the creativity it offers in the scenario of Indian tradition and culture. Indian weddings are by themselves amazingly varied in terms of different traditions and rituals spread across different states, languages and communities. As such each wedding is unique. Top make it singularly memorable and beautiful is the challenging job of every wedding planner and event manager.
Innovation not the for the sake of it. As wedding planners we look to work within the budget given to us by the client. Although it is easy for us to operate with a no – holds barred budget, it is not necessarily so with every wedding. We need to respect the financial viability of the client and look to innovate within that.
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Wedding Catering
With our own wedding catering unit, we double up as marriage caterers too. Food is a great platform to innovate as far as Indian cuisine is concerned. The variety that we have in terms of dishes and spices is mind blowing. So as wedding planners look forward to a free hand from the client where the menu is concerned and we try to fix it bringing in long forgotten regional specialities in to the gourmet spread at every opportunity.
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Wedding Menu
We believe that a sensibly planned wedding menu is more effective than an elaborate spread that leads to wastage of food. It is ensured that quality is never compromised for the sake of innovation or to make it cost effective. To us the guest should leave with a wholesome dining experience, relishing every meal with no damage done to health. This policy has stood us in good stead identifying us as one of the best wedding planners and wedding caterers in Chennai.
Wedding Decor

In India we are blessed with a brilliant variety of textiles and flowers to choose from and incorporate into the decor ideas at a wedding. Using eco friendly materials and natural fibres is something that is close to our heart and we firmly believe in it as a policy. Instead of replicating any design suggested by the client we try to add value by incorporating design changes keeping in mind the occasion and the venue details. Open air venues do pose restrictions in the use of certain ideas but the real challenge for us as wedding planners lies in overcoming the same imaginatively.
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Budget constraints also force us to innovate sensibly cutting down on cost of wedding decor by re utilising the same arrangements in a different manner to suit the next event thus creating a new look by not wasting the  props used once.
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As a wedding planner it is also best to remember that anything in the name of innovation should never interfere or be a hindrance to the performance of our age old traditions. Safety should be kept in mind at all times in any structural innovations. And aesthetics maintained at all times.