David C. Mau Cha-ching!!!!
Twice a month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau pops by Stick A Fork In It to chime in about a random OC food or drink musing of his choice. Enjoy!
I catered my own wedding.
Yep, you heard right. I like to keep busy anyway and had some good friends in The Biz willing to help so it seemed a great way to stay occupied, shake off pre-matrimonial jitters and save a mountain of cash, the last one being most important. The money some caterers charge for a wedding is obscene. As far as I'm concerned, they should be classified as war criminals and it's not just because of the often times lackluster food. Caterers might hit you for way too much and that's just the start of things. A case in point: A friend of mine has a kid who is nuts about our own Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/Fullerton/Buena Park or whatever other OC metro area they are currently co-branded with. She had a great idea! Let's throw a baseball-themed birthday party for Junior with all the appropriate trimmings, cotton candy machine, pretzels, churros and hot dogs. She started calling around, figuring she could just rent a hot dog cart and get one of her buddies to steam some buns and wieners. (HA! I just said "buns and wieners").
"Whoa-ho-ho, not so fast!" boomed Johnny-Jackass-Hot-Dog-Cart-Guy over the phone when she called. "Of course we rent the carts but you have to use our staff to run it and buy the product from us." Sure, fair enough. So how much? "Well, it's 250 to rent the cart for a day, 50 dollar delivery/setup/cleaning charge plus 25 an hour labor and 18 dollars per head for food. So with 75 guests you are looking at 1775 bucks".More »