They say an army marches on its stomach. In our experience, so does a wedding. When wedding guests are asked what was the thing they enjoyed most at a wedding, or what they will most remember from a wedding, the answer is invariably the same. The food. A wedding, magical and enchanting event though it is, is also a wonderful party and the choice of what to feed your guests is important. After all, you want your big day to be flavourful as well as beautiful.
The Sea to Sky corridor is blessed with some amazing venues, both indoors and al fresco, that require an onsite caterer be brought in. One of our favourites is Whistler Cooks, a team of culinary catering professionals with whom we love to work. Watching their team is like watching a well-oiled machine click into life. Boy these guys know what they are doing….and the food! One of the things we relish about this caterer is their preferred use of locally sourced ingredients from our fertile and abundant agricultural areas, and also their ability to produce delicious and creative menus that have guests raving.
For the latest in our series of Vendor Viewpoints, we sat down with Mallory from Whistler Cooks and grilled her (no pun intended) with some important questions.
- Have you noted any new trends in wedding catering? What’s popular now?
For Whistler, specifically, we’ve noticed the trend is for smaller, more intimate weddings – which we love! We feel like these smaller weddings allow for a really personal dining experience with the couple’s guests. It may also allow for a bit more room, budget-wise, to play with adding custom menu items that are special to the couple.
At these intimate weddings, a lot of couples love to offer long table family style meals. The long tables are a great look (makes for great wedding photos). The family style meal, which is shared platters, is a great way to get guests taking to one another as they pass around dishes of food.
(NOTE: We couldn’t agree more with Mallory and Whistler Cooks on the intimate wedding trend! Check out our unique-in-the-industry Small is Beautiful service here.)
- Do you have a ‘most requested’ entree, appetizer, dessert?
Of course, being on the West Coast, our clients’ menu selections usual include salmon in one form or another! We offer a smoked salmon with capers and dill cream cheese for a canape, a seafood platter which includes smoked and candied salmon and seared salmon with fennel slaw for dinner.
I have to also mention our Whistler Cooks team favourite of our house-smoked pulled pork sandwiches with brioche buns. This is also always a hit as a late night snack for tipsy wedding guests!
- Are you able to accommodate any and all dietary requirements?
Absolutely. We definitely see the rise in special dietary requirements. People are becoming more educated and aware of what they put into their bodies and we know we need to accommodate this. It’s easy for us to keep all of our guests happy and manage specific requirements because we focus on basic recipes with quality, local ingredients. We also make as many menu items as possible in-house, so it’s easier for us to monitor and adjust what’s going into a recipe.
- What is the typical size of wedding that you cater for?
We’ve catered everything from 300 person weddings to 12 person weddings. We have a pretty expansive menu, so we’re able to serve in most capacities and work with all budgets. The average wedding size lately has been about 80-100 guests .
- Where is the most unusual location where you have catered a wedding or event?
We’ve had so many incredible experiences over the years thanks to our amazing clients! We cater on Rainbow Glacier fairly regularly which is a really fun opportunity for our team to go on a short helicopter ride with Blackcomb Helicopters and serve in an amazing setting – the views up there are stunning! We’ve also catered a cocktail party on the Whistler Bungee Jumping bridge – we had to make sure none of our team was afraid of heights for that one! We also love catering at our 2010 Games venues; the Whistler Sliding Centre and the Whistler Olympic Park. You really can’t go wrong with a Whistler wedding or event, no matter where you are it’s guaranteed to be beautiful.
A huge thank you to busy Mallory for answering our questions. See our gallery of images of some of their delicious dishes. Photo credit for these mouth watering images goes to Will Pursell and Taeko Vagelatos.