If you have never heard of THE Entertaining Company, then its time to listen up.
Entertaining Company is the premier catering company in Chicago. Stan Mansion has had the absolute pleasure of working with them on several occasions, so it really was a no brainer when deciding who to focus our very first feature Vendor Spotlight on.
Kenneth Woodward is Entertaining Company's Sales Consultant Extraordinaire. He is often times the face behind all of the fabulousness and always brings a certain energy to the events. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Kenneth recently to discuss what Entertaining Company is all about, and what he thinks would be the perfect event.
See our interview Below:
SM: What are your favorite 2016 wedding trends?
KW: I like to think at Entertaining Company we create our own trends. I love the concept of edible centerpieces and fun food that is offered between courses. Creative ways to introduce food to guests, whether it is roving stations, coordinated combos of food and drink such as a crystal champagne coupe filled with warm tomato soup and a grilled cheese. The juxtaposition of the stylish coupe, soup and grilled cheese, “Elevated comfort”.
SM: What is a trend that could/should be left in 2015?
KW: Just plain vintage. How about mixing it up in an industrial location or in a modern fashion. One again the juxtaposition of ideas and concepts always inspire me.
SM: What was your most favorite event, that you have helped produce?
KW: Honestly all events become favorites for many different reasons. Entertaining Company is continuously creating custom unique events so the opportunity to be creative is daily. No two events are ever similar or boring. One creative idea was spray painting 100’s of succulents gold and planting them in a martini chiller with a summer salad on top, in an event space dripping with natural flora.
SM: What are your most popular dishes amongst your couples to serve at their weddings?
KW: Global cuisine to reflect their personal style and life as a couple traveling and exploring the world together.
SM: If you could create your own “dream” event what would it look like?
KW: A version of The Harmonia Gardens from, “Hello Dolly”. A feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Roving stations and waiters amongst lots of activity and fantasy. Much happening. A method to the madness.
SM: What is one piece of advice you have for our couples?
KW: Make sure that your budget is realistic to your wish list. There is nothing worse than wanting more and not having the funds to support and indulge your fantasy event.
SM: What do you think sets you apart from the other catering companies in Chicago?
KW: Entertaining Company offers not only unique and global cuisine upon request but we also create an atmosphere to match, through specially designed food stations/tablescapes, unique garnishes on passing trays and of course tantalizing food and custom beverages/presentations.
Entertaining Company offers not only unique and global cuisine upon request but we also create an atmosphere to match, through specially designed food stations/tablescapes, unique garnishes on passing trays and of course tantalizing food and custom beverages/presentations
To find out more about Entertaining Company or to schedule a consultation for your next event please check out their website!