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Gino Spano

Your wedding deserves the best of everything, from the venue to the music—and, of course—the food. Discover how to find the best Toronto wedding catering businesses.

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Read the Reviews

The internet has made it even easier to review potential catering companies, presenting a variety of sources to look at. Check out the caterer’s own website, review their social networks, and scope third-party sites, such as Caterers.ca, Yelp, and WeddingWire.

See if you can find any comments from the bride and groom in particular, as they were once in the same position as you are in now. In order to make a fully informed decision, you want different perspectives on all possible options.

Ask about Their Experience

If you’re having a big, lavish wedding, you want a Toronto wedding catering business that specializes in this. They’ll be better equipped to handle last-minute problems; they can recommend alternative menu styles; they can arrange the timing between meals; and they can finalize other small, pertinent details.

Choose a caterer that specializes in wedding and event planning—one with plenty of experience. It’ll reduce your stress levels significantly. They’ll deliver exceptional style and inspired service because they know exactly how weddings play out.

Taste Test the Menu

The menu may look great on paper, but you want to ensure that translates into the kitchen. Menu sampling is the best way to approve the food. Schedule a tasting to give you a better idea of the dishes you want to serve. If this isn’t something the caterer offers, see if they’re working any public events where you could sample the food. You want everything to taste just right.

Ask for Recommendations

Who better to talk to about caterers than those with firsthand experience working with them? Most venues have a preferred vendor and caterer list, and they can provide plenty of advice, along with the pros and cons of each company.

Talk to your newlywed friends to compare the catering companies they used and their experience with them as well. These contacts are excellent starting points if you don’t know where to begin your search.

Observe Their Presentation

The food itself should be mouthwatering, which is where plate presentation plays an important part of the menu. Watch how the Toronto wedding catering service accounts for every element of décor, from dressing tables to arranging the food on plates and laying out the silverware and glasses. A great caterer understands your vision for the day and can create a gorgeous and delicious dining experience.

Pay Attention to Their Communication

How well is your potential caterer communicating with you? If they take a while to respond or don’t provide comprehensive answers to your questions, consider this a red flag. How a caterer treats clients is just as telling as the food they create.

If they delay responding to calls and emails, aren’t getting all of the details about your wedding correct, and are sending incomplete proposals, look for a different catering business. Attention to detail is key, and a lack of it in the early stages is a warning sign to future job performance.

Know Your Budget

There’s a great caterer for you regardless of your budget. You just need to be clear about what you have to spend. The caterer can’t realistically pull options together for you when you haven’t given them an accurate total.

Provide them with a realistic number and any menu suggestions you want in order to see whether this caterer can work with your budget.


Gino Spano

Starting with roots in a kitchen at 14 years old, he worked his way up the ranks and by the young age of 17 was responsible for daily events of 50 to 600 people. Gino continued to use his talents to work in catering, banquet and restaurant kitchens across the GTA. His love for Italian, French and Asian cuisine paired with his wide variety of knowledge brought him success in his new venture at Seventh Heaven in 2001. Over the past 12 years, he has cooked many meals for social events, corporate events and government officials. His love for new challenges brought him into corporate sales where he and the Seventh Heaven team won Best Catered Event for Canadian Linen’s “The Great White North” – Facility Grand Opening in 2009.
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