Cru Wedding Catering ~ Borrowed & Blue Charleston

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Curious about Cru Catering? We have over 40 weddings featured on Borrowed & Blue Charleston, SC and we are a proud to be a Best of Borrowed & Blue award recipient! Visit Borrowed & Blue for great wedding inspiration from our Cru Catered affairs like the ones below:

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Cru Catering Featured in Weddings Unveiled Magazine

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We are overjoyed to be able to share this Charleston Wedding inspiration shoot with you. Our Cru Crew had so much fun creating tasty (and beautiful) creative dishes for the shoot done for Weddings Unveiled Magazine. It was amazing to work with such great talent. Big applause to Stephanie Gibbs Events, the crew at The Legare Waring House, Jennings King Photography and everyone else who helped make this happen. 

*For the full gallery please visit WeddingsUnveiledMagazine.com

WEDDING INSPIRATION – A CHARLESTON AFTERNOON

From the darling florals and exquisite paper goods to the stunning landscape at Legare Waring House, there’s so much loveliness in this classic wedding inspiration styled by Stephanie Gibbs Events and captured in beautiful images by the talented Jennings King Photography. Inspired by an afternoon wedding in the Lowcountry, the table is set beneath massive live oaks draped in Spanish moss and the decor features accents of warm gold and royal blue. Blending European heritage with Charleston charm, the design includes a selection of Belgian details, from delicate lace veils and a rich Belgian chocolate cake to a variety of Belgian-inspired cuisine by Cru Catering. We love the bride’s gorgeous dresses from Maddison Row and the pretty bridesmaid dresses from Bella Bridesmaids in Charleston. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for a list of the vendors and creatives who worked together to create this charming wedding inspiration. Enjoy!!

Images courtesy of Jennings King Photography.

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Complete Vendor List:
Photographer: Jennings King Photography @jenningsking // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas @weddingpaperdivas // Fashion Stylist: Alexandra Munzel with Alexandra Styles @alexandra_Munzel // Event Stylist: Stephanie Gibbs with Stephanie Gibbs Events @stephaniegibbsevents // Flowers: Stephanie Gibbs with Stephanie Gibbs Events @stephaniegibbsevents // Make-Up: Pamela Lesch @primetimepretty // Hair: Hunter Ashton with UpDo Charleston @hunterashton833 // Venue: Legare Waring House #legarewaringhouse // Cake: DeClare Cakes @declarecakes // Veil: Jacqueline Sydnor with Mariee Lace Veils @marieelaceveils // Wedding Dress: Maddison Row @maddisonrow // Bridesmaid Dress: Bella Bridesmaids @bellabridesmaids // Flower Girl dress: Amalee Accessories @amaleeaccessories // Rentals: Event Haus @event_haus // Caterer: Cru Catering @crucatering // Calligrapher: Page Palmer with Penned By Palmer @pennedbypalmer // Models: Millie Lewis Charleston @millielewischs // Suitcases: Terrace Oaks Antique Mall #TerraceOaksAntiqueMall // Linens: Nudge Design @nuagedesignsinc //#BelgianLaceVeilStyledShootCharleston

VOTE Cru Catering~ Best Caterer in Charleston

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Best of Charleston voting is underway and we would be humbled to have your vote 
for Cru Catering as your BEST Caterer 2016.

Voting is Easy!
Visit www.Bestofcharleston.net
Click on the Eating & Drinking Category
and Select CRU CATERING for your Best Caterer

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Travers Horton- NEW Pit Master for Pit Cru

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While many of you may be familiar with our Pit Cru BBQ Catering Division we are looking forward to a big 2016 with lots of new changes for this Cru division including a new Pit Master! Cru Cafe Chef Travers Horton will be moving over to our Catering side as the official Pit Master for Pit Cru.

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Travers  joined Cru Cafe as Chef de Cuisine in 2008 and was promoted to Pit Master for Cru Catering’s Pit Cru division in 2016. During his time at Cru Café he was an asset to Cru’s brand of eclectic Lowcountry cuisine adding innovation and gourmet flare to Charleston’s beloved traditional dishes.

His claim to fame? His Bar B Que. “BBQ isn’t simply applying BBQ sauce to meat and throwing it on the grill.  Cooking with a smoker is somewhat of an art, a difficult one, if you’ve ever tried it yourself,” says Horton, making him the perfect fit to take lead and mold the newly launched Pit Cru BBQ and Southern fare catering division.

We are looking forward to a tasty and fun 2016 here at Cru! 

Don’t forget to LIKE our new Pit Cru Facebook Page for all the latest news and updates!

What Makes a Good Caterer? ~Cru Catering Charleston

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What Makes a Good Caterer?
These items are some of what separate the ‘men from the boys’ in the catering world:

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Cooking

At its most basic level, catering is all about food. No matter how beautifully the venue is decorated or how carefully the place settings are arranged, none of it matters if the food is awful.

Food safety

A good caterer (and their staff) should be aware of and comply with the most-up-to-date food safety laws in their particular state. In hot states, such as South Carolina, knowing and following these regulations is particularly important.

Customer Service

Caterers work with clients to design a menu. Good communication and people skills are vital to building up a client repertoire and catering a successful event. A satisfied customer is the best recommendation, and word-of-mouth remains some of the most effective advertising out there.

Flexibility & Creativity

Recipes may need to be adjusted to cope with food allergies, and cooking methods may have to be altered to conform to religious dietary requirements or personal preferences. An imaginative and adaptable person will be able to triumph in these situations, and instill confidence in their clients in the process.

Leadership

A caterer has to manage a staff of cooks, servers, cleaners, and dishwashers, while ensuring their team is aware of their schedules, place settings, serving customs, and food safety regulations.

Motivation

Caterers must be enthusiastic and proactive at all times for all events. During the busiest times of year, a caterer may work long hours, seven days a week, which demands stamina.

Attention to detail

A caterer may also be in charge of some décor, table arrangements and food presentation. Setting up, running and clearing the dining room all fall under the task of a caterer.

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Read more characteristics of a good caterer here.

 

It’s The Season to Buy BLING! ~ Cru Catering, Charleston SC

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December makes up 12.3% of all diamond engagement ring sales- making the holiday season the most popular for proposals. But, what you may not know is that “engagement rings were originally designed to function as somewhat of an insurance policy for the woman” according to The Atlantic‘s article ‘Everyone You Know Really Did Just Get Engaged‘.

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Diamond rings didn’t become popular until after the Great Depression, writes George Mason University law professor Margaret Brining. At the time, women had few economic opportunities outside of marriage, so a “breach of promise” lawsuit “entitled a woman whose fiancé had broken off their engagement to sue him … for damages, including the actual expenses she had incurred in reliance on the marriage. She might also recover for her embarrassment, humiliation, and loss of other marriage opportunities.” But by 1945, most states had banned breach of promise lawsuits, so women needed a new way to ensure their beaus followed through on engagements. Around the same time, DeBeers launched its “a diamond is forever” campaign, and Americans, spooked by bank runs, began to prefer storing their assets in physical goods rather than currency.

Engagement rings no longer serve this type of down-payment role, so perhaps modern men are just trying to save some cash by rolling future Christmas and anniversary gifts into one.”

Who knows why but December continues to lead the year in popping the question with a total of 33% of engagements during this month.  Are you newly engaged? Join the fun and book Cru Catering for your special day! 

Read the full article from The Atlantic online here.

Cru Review- Kudos to Dara

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We were so humbled to get this letter from a recent Cru Bride we just had to share and 2260_1022932219208_9938_ngive a huge shout out to Dara Jones- she rocked this event! We are proud to have her as part of the Cru Family!

“I worked with Dara Jones for my wedding this past May.  She reached out to me the other day to review Cru Catering on Wedding Wire, which I happily did.  As I was writing the review, it reminded me how awesome she was to work with and I wanted to take a few moments share that with both of you.

I planned my own wedding and worked with a bunch of vendors…. she was, by far, the best to work with…. a breath of fresh air!  I worked at a private country club in my previous career and understand the importance of providing excellent customer service and creating raving fans.  Normally, people just let you know when something goes wrong & too often people don’t let you know when things go right. 

Dara answered the phone when I first called Cru last fall to ask about catering options.  She was so very detailed, professional and helpful.  We exchanged many, many, many emails over the next few months finalizing all of the specifics – from the bar & buffet menu to staffing and the overall flow of the evening.  I am sure she was extremely busy with other events and day-to-day duties, but each time she promptly responded in a cheerful & positive manner.  She made the planning process very easy and stress free.  

She was on point the day of the wedding and everything went off without a hitch – set up, cocktail hour, champagne toast, dinner, cake cutting and clean up.  She and the whole Pit Crew most definitely went above & beyond with their customer service and attention to detail.  They even packed up all the table décor and food & put it in our cottages at the end of the evening.  I had friends & family members ask who she was because she was so friendly to everyone.  I wish she could have been one of my guests! 

She was truly wonderful to work with from beginning to end.  I wanted to be sure she was recognized for all of her hard work & excellent customer service. 

 Warmest Regards.”

Cru Charleston- Thanksgiving Menu 2015

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Don’t stress about all the cooking this year- let Cru prepare a delicious traditional meal for you and the family! Order today! 

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Cru Catering Featured in Charleston Weddings Magazine

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We are loving the NEW issue of Charleston Weddings Magazine
Check out this beautiful spread featuring one of our Cru Catered weddings:

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And thank you to Tec Petaja Photography for capturing these great Cru Catering & Cru Bar images:

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Charleston Weddings Magazine Featuring Cru Catering

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We are loving the NEW issue of Charleston Weddings Magazine
Check out this beautiful spread featuring one of our Cru Catered weddings:

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And thank you to Corbin Gurkin Photography for these delicious Food Photos:

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