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Trusted Saskatoon Caterer Nicola from PickNics makes a yummy fruit Pavlova

What's the difference betweewn good food and absolutely incredible dining? Fresh, quality ingredients, generous portions, imagination and creativity! From a simple catered lunch with gourmet sandwiches, to a Picknic Box for 2 for a romantic evening in, to a fabulously catered wedding or event, let Picknic's Catering and Fine Foods create something special for you!

PIckNics Catering & Fine Food is a TRUSTED SASKATOON CATERING EXPERT

Check out this great demo - Nicola makes a yummy and easy dessert!

Find PickNic's Catering and Fine Foods at 210 33rd Street West or online here- or go to their listing in Saskatoon Catering & Bakeries to read all of the wonderful things her clients had to say about PickNics.

PickNic's Catering your Trusted Saskatoon Catering and Wedding Cake Expert answers your Facebook Fan Page Questions - Part 3

What's the difference between good food and absolutely incredible dining? Fresh, quality ingredients, generous portions, imagination and creativity! From a simple catered lunch with gourmet sandwiches, to a Picknic Box for 2 for a romantic evening in, to a fabulously catered wedding or event, let Picknic's Catering and Fine Foods create something special for you!

PIckNics Catering & Fine Food is a TRUSTED SASKATOON CATERING EXPERT

PickNics Catering are known for their wedding cakes. 

TrustedSaskatoon.com Talk to the ExpertsTrusted Weddings & Events Show - Questions for Nicola - PickNic's Catering and Fine Foods 

Part 3:

Q: Courtney Mang: I know it is the bride and groom's day but food/courses are what I worry about. Not everyone has the same tastes so how do you select the right foods/courses?

A: Its always a good idea to have a few classic dishes mixed in with some slightly edgier options.  It pleases all types. Check out our menu online for a selection of both classic and modern dishes: http://34fresh.com/order/weddingcatering_online_order.htm 

 

Q: Sherah Mayer: Do you have vegan cakes and options?

A: We do!  We can make Vegan Vanilla, Red Velvet, Marble, Carrot or Chocolate Cake. We can prepare our buttercream with Vegan margarine and vegetable based shortenings. They can be flavoured in every flavour that our non-vegan icings are.  *Note: Due to the additional cost of some specialty ingredients, you overall cake price may be higher than the ballpark prices noted on our website.

For a proper estimate, Call us to schedule a Cake Consultation.306.343.7374! 

Q: Brenda Loehndorf-Johnson: What is a great menu for a smaller group such as a tailgate party!?

A: Check out our Party Platters and Appetizers menu – its suited for groups small and large! http://www.picknicsrestaurant.com/PDFmenus/SpecialtyCateringMenu.pdf  

 

Q: Kayla Camboia: I'm planning a surprise party 30th birthday party for a friend in November. I'm wondering what a good theme and location in Saskatoon would be?

A: Please visit our Facebook page for our list of event halls that allow outside caterers.  If you are having a smaller group size, perhaps consider a penthouse suite at a hotel, for a sophisticated feel.  

 

Q: Jacqueline Rybchinski: For catering how far in advance do recommend planning? This is for an event for approx 25 people for an entire weekend.

A: PickNic’s Catering does not cater on Sundays (as all of our staff have families), but in general, for a group of 25 People, 3-4 days notice is perfect. 

 

Q: Krysta Doerksen: How far in advance do you need to book churches, halls, services like you offer etc in order to get want you want for your big day? In Saskatoon, that is, not just in general.

A: 1 Year in advance is generally safe for catering.  If it is a high-interest date, like mid-July, plan a couple months more than one full year to ensure you get the venue and service providers you have your heart set on. Wedding Cakes – we recommend 6 months in advance.  If it is a quiet time of year, like November or March, we can often accommodate a request within a couple of months.

 

Find PickNic's Catering and Fine Foods at 210 33rd Street West or online here- or go to their listing in Saskatoon Catering & Bakeries to read all of the wonderful things her clients had to say about PickNics.

PickNic's Catering your Trusted Saskatoon Catering and Wedding Cake Expert answers your Facebook Fan Page Questions - Part 2

What's the difference between good food and absolutely incredible dining? Fresh, quality ingredients, generous portions, imagination and creativity! From a simple catered lunch with gourmet sandwiches, to a Picknic Box for 2 for a romantic evening in, to a fabulously catered wedding or event, let Picknic's Catering and Fine Foods create something special for you!

PIckNics Catering & Fine Food is a TRUSTED SASKATOON CATERING EXPERT

PickNic's Catering are known for their wedding cakes. 

TrustedSaskatoon.com Talk to the ExpertsTrusted Weddings & Events Show - Questions for Nicola - PickNic's Catering and Fine Foods 

Part 2:

Q: Brandie Parker: A wedding reception is it still ok to do a large meal or is something lighter such a finger foods more appropriate, and can both be done in a balanced manner to stay on budget?

A: Being upfront about your budget is the best way for your caterer to help you build the menu to encompass your vision. It is trendy to have a couple light hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour to welcome your guests, and then a proper entrée style meal. The meal doesn’t have to be as elaborate, and yet your guests will look back on the evening and have the overall impression of being very well taken care of.

Also, an ongoing selection of Appetizers, for a cocktail-type reception is lovely if you are having a non-traditional schedule for your wedding day. For instance, an early afternoon wedding ceremony followed directly by an afternoon reception in an outdoor setting is light on the budget, easy on the waistline, interesting for the guests and allows for a lot more circulation and mingling of your guests as they stop by the variety of food stations. 

 

Q: Bruce Voldeng: Food choices always seem difficult but now a days even more so with allergies to nuts, gluten, color dyes, diabetics, low sodium etc. How can I juggle these all with my meal, cake, and midnight lunch as well as gift opening food choices? It seems impossible to accomodate everyone. Is there a point where you just say that's all I can do? or is that totally rude?

A: I think it is important to attempt to accommodate everyone up to the point of the dinner itself. If there is a single gluten free person in your group, its not crucial to do a gluten free cake for them as one of your layers of your wedding cake. Perhaps a single gluten free cupcake can be prepared for them instead. So, they don’t get a slice of the real thing, well, they will still be thankful that you thought to manage their needs in some way.

In regards to nuts, just because they can be so deadly, we advise any groups with a nut allergy to stay away from nuts in the wedding catering and especially cake altogether, its tricky when slicing one layer not to cross contaminate the next layer. Best avoided.

Sometimes, when we have three or four allergies, we will create a single dish (casserole) style entrée that encompasses all the needs: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Nut-free etc. We have tent cards in place to let the crowds know what it what.

By the time midnight lunch rolls around, I would not spend too much energy managing needs - other than a deathly serious allergy. Picky eaters can just nibble at what may be available or not at all. At that time of the night, many people don’t really have a voracious appetite anyway. If their dietary needs are not met, they likely won’t hold it against you. 

 

Q: Jessi Kildaw: How do I avoid cliche's while still staying safe enough to keep everyone happy (within reason, its still my day damnit lol).

A: If a cliché on a menu is meat and potatoes, for instance, then there sure are a ton of alternatives these days.  If you have a theme going, use your food to carry the theme through.  People won’t be upset if they don’t have turkey and ham at your wedding. They might just sigh in relief when they see fun and alternative items on the buffet lines.  We have an “indulgent Mac ‘n’ Cheese” dish that is so unexpected on the buffet line that it is the heaviest hit item every time.  People have their guilty pleasures and if you present it in a dressy enough fashion, your guests will be thrilled!  

 

Q: Vanessa Pauls-Doell: If you are new in the wedding business what do you recommend as the best way to gain new clientele?

A: A strong online presence is crucial in this day of internet savvy brides. Make sure you have a facebook page/instagram account/other social media pages, and take lots of photos of everything you do.

If you are a services based business, testimonials are great.

Also key to getting some bridal biz is to be well presented at some of the excellent Bridal trade shows here in the city.

Make sure you have lots of advertising paraphernalia, some sort of fun/memorable sample and lots of visually interesting work on display.

Be dressed for success - stylish and classy.

Read up on trade show etiquette and advice.  I have certainly done so and have had a lot of success with bookings because of it. Once you have done a few they get easier and easier to prepare for. The first ones will feel like a phenomenal amount of work for a few hours of exposure, but it is absolutely worth it. And the more weddings you book and the more brides you make especially happy on their big day, the more happy brides will be chatting about and referring you/your services to their friends. Referrals are powerful and exponential in their scope.

And never, never, never cancel out on a bride! If you commit to a product or service for a wedding, move mountains to make it happen. There is nothing like the desperation and anger of a bride who has been jilted by a supplier/service provider. And she will likely vent online. Ouch. 

 

Q: Vanessa N Pat: How do I know what size of cake I need? How do I know that I’m not getting too little or too much cake?

A: Please take a moment to check out our Wedding Cake info page on our website: http://34fresh.com/wedding-cakes.htm

You will find a handy cake serving chart that helps you decide on number of tiers, size of tiers etc. It is important to note, if cake is your main dessert or not makes a big difference on consumption, thus size accordingly.  We are always here to help you choose the right sized cake.  Call us or schedule a cake consultation. Our number is: 306.343.7374! 

 

Find PickNic's Catering and Fine Foods at 210 33rd Street West or online here- or go to their listing in Saskatoon Catering & Bakeries to read all of the wonderful things her clients had to say about PickNics.

 

PickNic's Catering your Trusted Saskatoon Catering and Wedding Cake Expert answers your Facebook Fan Page Questions - Part 1

What's the difference between good food and absolutely incredible dining? Fresh, quality ingredients, generous portions, imagination and creativity! From a simple catered lunch with gourmet sandwiches, to a Picknic Box for 2 for a romantic evening in, to a fabulously catered wedding or event, let Picknic's Catering and Fine Foods create something special for you!

PIckNics Catering & Fine Food is a TRUSTED SASKATOON CATERING EXPERT

PickNic's Catering are known for their wedding cakes. 

TrustedSaskatoon.com Talk to the ExpertsTrusted Weddings & Events Show - Questions for Nicola - PickNic's Catering and Fine Foods 

Part 1:

Q: Kenzie Hanson: How has the prevalence of food allergies affected your business?

A: Allergies and Dietary Restrictions are a part of virtually every large group catering we do.  We are extremely careful to manage all allergies from cross-contamination, but due to liability issues, we don’t GUARANTEE products to be completely free of all allergens.  We can not control how our ingredients are produced or shipped to us, so we can’t in turn be guaranteeing allergen-free products.  Thus far we have been successful with handling allergies and dietary needs.  Best way for us is labelling items clearly, at events.   

 

Q: Tynnella Jade TooToosis: Are your services for catering available for out of town Weddings?

A: We are comfortable and properly equipped for weddings within a 2.5 hour radius of Saskatoon. 

Q: Christine Laffey: When having an event what are some key factors into making it a memorable experience for everyone?

A: Bringing in a theme can be a ton of fun to personalize the day, whether you and your fiancé are outdoorsy, into Movies, love the Tropics, whatever it may be, bring it in, add it and even have your caterer come up with some special appetizers or side dishes that encompass your theme. Sometimes it the way the food is presented that can really drive the theme home. 

 

 

Q: Joann Polsom Gauthier: What kind of foods would you do for an outdoor/ranch style wedding?

A: Our BBQ wedding catering menu is a great fit for an outdoor/ranch style wedding. By having our on-site servers there to manage the event, is still maintains the classiness of a traditional wedding, with the great grill flavour of fresh BBQ. We can make your event and formal or informal as you desire. 

 

Q: Brandon Ferland: What if I was planning a semi-goth themed wedding and honeymoon?

A: What type of food and drink could you provide to facilitate the theme. Remember its goth, not Emo or vamp. Sometimes it is not the food, but the way it is presented that can lend the best to overall theme. Using goth-themed Linens to dress up the buffet line, using black bowls to present all the sides to the main. Sometimes we get the best ideas from Google and Pinterest, whatever your theme may be, because guaranteed, someone else out there has done it and documented it. Pick and choose ideas that suit you the best. If you are doing a very specific theme, make sure you have lots of time to plan, as you may be ordering specialty items online and need time for returns etc.  

 

Find PickNic's Catering and Fine Foods at 210 33rd Street West or online here- or go to their listing in Saskatoon Catering & Bakeries to read all of the wonderful things her clients had to say about PickNics.

 

 

 

Trusted Saskatoon.com Talk to the Experts - The TrustedSaskatoon Wedding & Events Show on Newstalk 650 CKOM

Trusted Saskatoon.com THE Saskatoon Directory   is proud to be hosting a Talk to the Experts show " The Trusted Show' Monthly on Newstalk 650 ..the first show aired June 9th.  Find them all here in our tips library or on our Trusted Channel on You Tube which is a fabulous resource of Tips, Interviews, Demos and Tours.

What this means is you can listen to all the shows ON DEMAND, you can share them with friends who may be interested in the shows subjects and this makes sure you never have to miss a Trusted Show - we think out of the Box when it comes to marketing, so we can provide the BEST Possible service for YOU the public- we are the Only Local Directory that works for you...and the only  place to offer this kind of service in Saskatoon!  

This latest show we are featuring is the TRUSTED SASKATOON Directory Wedding & Events Show

All of the questions on the show are submitted by our wonderful Trusted Saskatoon Facebook Fans  and one lucky fans question will be chosen by Brent to win the Prize package submitted by the 3 Trusted Businesses worth over $500!

 

This months Trusted Saskatoon Partners for the Wedding and Events show are : 

 

 

*Milton from Imagery Photography - Your TrustedSaskatoon Photograpy Expert- donating a couple engagement or family session which includes a 10inch

print. As well as a portrait planning session to ensure a great image. Value $175.00

 

*Nicola from PicNic's - Your TrustedSaskatoon Catering Expert- donating a candle Lit diner in a box!

 

Enjoy the show!!

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