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 Examples food and design creations by Impressions Catering, of Cleveland TN, at The Reserve at Bluebird HIll. Photo by Steven Bridges http://sbphotos.com
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There are so many things that go into throwing the perfect party...


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There are so many things that go into throwing the perfect party...


That's why we're here!  We're experts in making sure that everything works together.  From choosing the right caterer, to enhancing the decor and atmosphere, to determining the perfect menu and the best way to serve it.  Contact one of our special event coordinators to get started planning your flawless event.

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How To Choose the Right Caterer


How To Choose the Right Caterer


  • Consider the caterer's specialty.  Impressions Catering specializes in larger scale events and has the equipment and expertise to professionally handle larger numbers of guests and the challenges that come with catering at our area outdoor venues and barns. We also provide a full range of decor and event rentals and enhancements all under one roof, making your planning even easier.  We bring our expertise and personal touches into your smaller, more intimate events; Cocktail Parties, Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Political Events.

 

  • Schedule a tasting.  We believe caterers who provide food for almost all events should offer to provide you with a tasting, in order to gain your trust, your business, and offer you options. Keep in mind, that when we offer you a tasting, we are already taking into consideration the difficulties at your venue, i.e. possible lack of kitchen, so the food you taste will be exactly what you and your guests experience on the day of your event.

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Impressions Catering offers tastings to our clients!

 

  • Listen to word of mouth recommendations.  No amount of advertising can replace a good recommendation from somebody you know and trust. If a friend or acquaintance had a great caterer for their wedding, then this is a caterer you should talk to for your next big event. Conversely, bad reviews should also be heeded.  Read what people are saying about Impressions Catering.                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Consider what services you need.  Some caterers will only prepare and deliver you the food you ordered, and may even go so far as to set it up. Impressions Catering also offers fully trained wait staff and support personnel. If you're having a formal event requiring plated service then you want a catering company large enough to handle your needs. Feel free to ask other caterers if their staff comes from a temporary agency or if they regular are employees of the catering company. Wait staff that comes from a temp agency might imply that the catering company doesn't often handle large, staffed events.  In addition to amazing, restaurant-quality food and service staff, Impressions also offers a full line of basic and designer linens, decor enhancements, tables, Chiavari chairs, tents, and other event equipment.                                  
  • Ask for references.  When entrusting a single company to handle the food for your event it is essential that you ask for references. Don't just ask them to hand over names; instead ask for referrals of several recent events they catered.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Inquire about food freshness.  Many caterers cut corners in food preparation by using frozen products. Fresh is always best and they're charging you as though it were made fresh. Insist on only using a caterer that uses fresh food, not frozen.  

 

Impressions Catering prepares everything from the freshest, highest quality ingredients, 

  • Call the local health department.  No really!  All licensed catering companies are subject to inspection and regulation by their local health department, and there will be records on any prior complaints, issues and inspections. This is usually considered public information. If the catering company you're considering hiring is not licensed or has had violations or complaints it's time to look elsewhere.                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Ask for a quote.  Too often, asking to see the bottom line price is the first step in hiring a caterer when in fact it should be the last. The catering for a wedding, for example, can be more than 50 percent of the entire wedding cost; you're going to get what you pay for. If your caterer is dropping their price you can be assured they're dropping their quality as well.  In addition to seeing the overall expenses of your catered event, your proposal should include all fees associated with it including service fees, labor and staff, taxes, as well as food.  There should be no hidden costs or surprises when it comes time to pay the final bill.                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Read the contract. Never hire a contractor without a firm contract in place. This protects your interests in case the caterer doesn't follow through. Once you've decided on your caterer and agreed upon a price, sign the contract after reading it through carefully.  It is typical that the final balance will fluctuate some based on final guest count. 

 

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Enhancements and Rentals


Enhancements and Rentals


 At Impressions Catering, we're not just food!  We have a wide selection of tables, chairs and linens available for your event at competitive rental pricing.  In addition to these more common event rental needs, we also stock a large inventory of event décor, buffet enhancements, and display pieces to fit the theme of our event.  Coordinating these items through your Special Event Planner streamlines your experience and saves you hours of planning and set-up on your event day. Click Here To Get Started:

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Tents
  • Staging & Platforms
  • Flooring
  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Lighting
  • Concession Equipment
  • Frozen Margarita Machines
  • Disposables
  • Portable Bars
  • Dance Floors
  • Chocolate Fountains
  • Champagne Fountains
  • Candelabra
  • Gazebos
  • Decor
  • Serving Equipment
  • Glassware, Flatware, Linen Napkins
  • China
  • Event Solutions for Difficult Situations
  • On Site Management, Event Coordination, Site Schedule & Logistics
  • Custom Staging
  • Custom Lighting, Power and Distribution
  • Access to Huge Selection of Custom & Designer Linens

Impressions Catering has a full line of event rentals available to make your planning simple!

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Budget and Investment


Budget and Investment


WHAT DOES A CATERING BUDGET INCLUDE?

Understanding the many components that make up your catering cost is the first step in building an effective event budget. We understand this can be an overwhelming process, especially when your first event planning experience may be for something as personal as your wedding. That’s why our team of seasoned Special Event Planners are here to help! Explore our Budget considerations below, and Contact Us with your questions. Every event is unique and receives special attention from our team.

FOOD
Your primary considerations include the time of day and how many courses and options you’d like to offer your guests, as well as the style of the meal. Your menu selections, including hors d’oeuvres, first course, main course and dessert, often make up the largest piece of the budget pie. Impressions Catering cuisine is often recognized as the best in our area. We think you’ll agree!

 

BEVERAGES
Determining the type of beverages you would like to serve is the next step in the budgeting process. Common offerings include a full bar, beer and wine bar, or non-alcoholic selections only. You may also consider coffee or tea service, depending on the style of your event. Naturally, including alcoholic beverages on your menu will increase this portion of your budget.

 

Impressions Catering bar service

SERVICE STYLE & STAFF RATIO
Our reputation is built not only on amazing restaurant quality food but also providing outstanding service to your and your guests, especially on your special event day. Your event is executed by a varied team of event professionals including chefs who prep your menu in our commissary, operations staff who manage your event logistics and deliver and set-up your event, as well as the event chefs and service team who personally serve your guests during the event and clean up after a successful event. The type of service style you select will impact your budget by determining the staff-to-guest ratio required to successfully produce your event; the more complex your menu is, the more staff it requires. For some full-service events, labor costs may compose up to half of your catering budget, while more simple events require significantly less staff.

EVENT LENGTH
Your event duration has a direct impact on your budget. Evening wedding receptions are typically 4-5 hours in length, so choosing to party later into the night will increase your hourly service costs and extend your food and beverage service.  Mid-day receptions, however, require less food offerings as well as less event staff needed to execute the event successfully.

 

Impressions Catering stocks a full line of event rental equipment.

RENTAL EQUIPMENT
At Impressions Catering, have a wide selection of tables, chairs and linens available for your event at competitive rental pricing.  In addition to these more common event rental needs, we also stock a large inventory of event décor, buffet enhancements, and display pieces to fit the theme of our event.  Coordinating these items through your Special Event Planner streamlines your experience and saves you hours of planning and set-up on your event day.

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
Gratuities for excellent service are greatly appreciated by your event staff, however they are completely at your discretion. Many clients offer $50-$100 per service member in thanks for wonderful service. The kitchen facilities at your event location may limit the food selections or service styles we can offer, or require the set-up of a mobile kitchen space. Impressions Catering is well-equipped to cater from any location, however rental fees may apply depending on the type of set-up you desire.

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Menu Style


Menu Style


CUISINE STYLE OPTIONS

Depending on your event and menu, your service could take the form of hors d’oeuvres, chef bars, buffets, or served (sit-down) meals.

HORS D’OEUVRES
As is customary, you can add our Passed Hors d’Oeuvre selections to any style of service as a tasty preview to your meal. If you want to create movement, variety, and a seriously social atmosphere, go heavy on the hors d’oeuvres, add chef bars, and let them take the place of dinner altogether.

CHEF BARS
For the perfect complement to our other service styles, look into our Chef Bar events. Sprinkle these stations around for a fun, social atmosphere that gives your guests an exciting eating experience with many choices.

BUFFETS
Can’t make up your mind? Then go for a traditional or family-style buffet. Both offer a down-to-earth feel and, more importantly, lots of choices for those finicky eaters in your party.

SERVED
For a more elegant atmosphere, consider one of our served sit-down lunches or dinners with a formal menu. In this instance, you may choose to offer your guests one entrée or dual entrées, prepared with the utmost care and attention.

DELIVERY & PICK-UP ORDERS
Not interested in a full-service event? Your Special Event Planner can assist you with selecting delicious food that can be delivered to your event or picked up at our commissary.

CONTACT
Contact one of our Special Event Planners for help selecting a menu that’s perfect for your event and budget. You can even sample some of the suggested items before making your final decision.

Self-serve buffets allow for more variety

Interactive Chef Bars range from Mac 'n Cheese to Nouveau Taco to Blow Torched S'Mores and get your guests involved with all five senses

Passed Hors d’Oeuvres add an upscale feel and create movement  

 Examples food and design creations by Impressions Catering, of Cleveland TN, at The Reserve at Bluebird HIll. Photo by Steven Bridges http://sbphotos.com

Service Style


Are you a Social Butterfly, a Diva, or a DIY-er?

Service Style


Are you a Social Butterfly, a Diva, or a DIY-er?

 

 

Celebration Menu Style: What Kind Of Impression Do You Want To Make? 

Plated Dinner – 

Who should choose it: Events or Couples who want a quieter, more formal atmosphere and to make a grand impression. 

Who should avoid it: Minglers / Social butterflies. Dinners take time – spent eating, not dancing or chatting with anyone outside your table. 

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Plated dinners lend toward a more formal feel

Buffet presentations offer a variety of menu choices

Buffet / Performance Stations – 

Who should choose them: Those who want to offer several entrees with a free-flowing vibe. Anything goes, from Mac ‘n cheese and sliders to a carving, pasta station or an impressive mashed potato bar.  Think about Dessert too and add a Blowtorch S'more or Creme Brûlée station!

Who should avoid them: Couples with limited spaced. You’ll need several buffet tables or stations to keep lines from forming. 

Cocktail Party – 

Who should choose it: Minglers / Social butterflies and those who want multiple food stations with a variety of menu items. A heavy hors d’ oeuvre menu provides guests a meal but in a walk - around friendly impression. 

Who should avoid it: Brides seeking the spotlight. Socializing guests don’t always gather around for introductions or first dances. 

 

Impressions "Food Wall" is a great addition to any cocktail party

Casual Barbecue – 

Who should choose it: Those on a smaller budget and those looking for the informality of a backyard or park surroundings. 

Who should avoid it: Those who are not into DIY weddings.