September 24, 2010

Career Opportunity: Director of Catering

Paul Kennedy Catering has an immediate job opening for the Director of Catering position. Join our team, and help us build relationships one event at a time!

  • Valid driver's license and good record
  • Some heavy lifting
  • Flexible hours, nights and weekends (event-driven)
  • Some computer skills
  • Motivated self-starter
  • Management, catering, wedding, and/or event experience preferred

Some Job Duties
  • Manage and coordinate events
  • Schedule and manage catering Team members
  • General facility organization

  • Competitive pay with bonus potential
  • Flexible schedule

We want to hear from you! Email your letter of interest and resume to Aaron. (No phone calls, please.) We will be in touch with qualified applicants to schedule interviews.

    September 17, 2010

    Get to Know Paul Kennedy Catering: Meet the Staff Team

    In our continuing efforts to build relationships one event at a time, we are bringing you more information about the team that caters your events. Last month, you met Paul, PKC's founder and namesake. This month, we are pleased to introduce you to the executive staff of Paul Kennedy Catering:

    (From left to right)
    • Ed Udvadia, Event Manager
    • (Darrell Cutter, Former Sous Chef)
    • Linda Wheeler, Executive Sous Chef
    • (Millie Grimes, Former Director of Catering)
    • Deidra Tober, Wedding Sales Consultant
    • Amber Hammond, Director of Social Media Marketing
    • Paul Kennedy, Founder
    • Elaine Bronson, Executive Chef
    • Paula Cox, Event Manager
    • Aaron Weeks, Director of Operations and Sales
    We've put names to our faces. Now it's your turn: Introduce yourself here, on Facebook, or on Twitter and receive $10 off one of $100 or more. We can't wait to meet you!

    Also, sample our signature shrimp and grits and meet Paula and Amber in person this Sunday, September 19, 12:30-4:00, at the Georgia Bridal Show in the Savannah Civic Center. See you there!

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    September 10, 2010

    Catering Tips: Wedding Day Timeline

    One of the most important and useful pieces of information you can provide your wedding vendors is a timeline or schedule of events for your wedding day. This document should expand beyond the basics of the ceremony and reception to include the timing of vendor arrivals and preparation events through break-down and clean-up activities. The more detailed you can make the timeline, the better prepared everyone will be to stay in sync with each other and keep your wedding running smoothly.

    From a catering perspective, knowing in advance that the salads will be served at 6:00, before the speeches, followed by the first course at 6:30, is vital to ensure the food you ordered is served to you and your guests at its highest possible quality. If you are going to have pictures taken during cocktail hour, be realistic about how long it will take. This will influence how many pieces of hors d'oeuvres are needed to keep your guests at optimal happiness until the time you have designated for dinner to be served.

    If you have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, this is likely to be a service that the company provides for you. If not, don't fret; it's not an overwhelming task! Read this Weddingbee Wiki with a sample timeline and events to consider for yours, and then use this comprehensive Google Doc template, written by industry experts Michelle Rago and Style Me Pretty, to develop your own schedule to send to your vendors. Be sure to distribute the schedule to your vendors before the wedding day to ensure ample time for them to review it and plan accordingly.

    Wedding Day Schedule Template

    September 3, 2010

    Catering Tips: Attending a Bridal Show

    2009 Georgia Bridal Show
    Bridal shows are a wonderful one-stop shop for a wide variety of wedding vendors in any given area. If you are planning a destination wedding, this is an especially valuable, time-saving tool, as you can cut the number of times you need to visit the area to secure all of your vendors.

    Bridal shows are an exciting experience, albeit a little overwhelming if you're not prepared, so we've compiled a list of advice for gaining the most out of one:
    • Do some pre-show research. Find out which vendors will be at the show you are attending. Many shows now have Twitter accounts and interact with the vendors attending in your area. Follow companies like the Elite Bridal Events, which hosts the Georgia Bridal Show, to see who's attending and which booths you'll want to visit first.
    • Bring help, but not too many people. Ask a second (and maybe third) trusted person to go with you, which will allow you to cover more booths and speak with more vendors. This will also help you later to remember everything you learned. An entourage of five additional people, however, can become confusing quickly. 
    • Plan to be there the entire time it's open. Pre-register and arrive early to secure a good spot in line,and stay until the end so you can visit every vendor and ask every question you want.
    • Bring a notebook, pen, address labels, and checkbook/credit card. Make lists of pertinent questions in each category before you go, so you can fill in the answers from each vendor you meet. For vendors hosting drawings, affix your address labels pre-printed with your name, address, phone number, email address, and wedding date to entry forms to save time and allow you to concentrate on finding all the information you need. Bring your checkbook or credit card to place deposits on vendors you are 100% POSITIVE you want to book on the spot. (Once you put down a deposit, stop looking at vendors in that category.)
    • Have a budget in mind for each vendor category. Do not waste time at vendors who do not fit into your price range. Doing so will only lead to heartbreak later.
    • Have fun! This is a special time in your life, so enjoy every aspect of it. Wedding vendors are a helpful bunch who are there to do everything they can to help you realize all of your wedding dreams.
    Visit Paul Kennedy Catering Sunday, September 19, at the Georgia Bridal Show in Savannah.