Three Fabulous Fall Events We’re Participating In

September 4, 2014

Fall is arriving and with it comes fall fashion, food and fabulous events.  Here are three that we are participating in and hope you’ll join us!

Join us at the first ever Ferraris and Fashion event to benefit the Inspire Youth Project, which provides emotional support to at-risk youth affected by HIV/AIDS.  It is expected to be an unforgettable evening hosted by CityGuru with a delicious multi-course meal, European inspired street wear on the runway alongside Ferraris, live music, and cocktails from Cocktail Carpentry’s Brian Lee. Early bird special pricings are available online until September 8th.

Date: Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Time: 5:30PM- 11:30PM

Location: Bell Harbor Conference Center- Elliot Hall

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We are excited to host the GSBA’s 2014 Taste of SVEDKA Cocktail Contest at The Foundry.  The GSBA aims to expand economic opportunities for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. Join local bars and restaurants, including Ray’s Boathouse Café, the Lobby Bar and El Gaucho, for a night of sipping unique craft cocktails. RSVP by September 15th by calling (206)-363-9188 or email office@thegsba.org, including include your guests’ full name and email addresses.

Date: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Time: 6:00PM- 8:00PM

Location: The Foundry by Herban Feast

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And, last but certainly not least, our team is excited to participate in Seattle Bride Magazine’s annual Urban Unveiled event, which will be held at the Seattle Design Center. This sophisticated event is a celebration for nearly-weds to allow them to mingle with Urban Unveiled partners, including US!, who can help turn their “Big Day” visions into reality.  Guest will enjoy sampling cuisine, desserts and fine wines while witnessing a fashion show by the legendary Luly Yang.  This year’s theme is Versailles, so be prepared for the royal treatment. Tickets here.

 Date: Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Time: 5:00PM- 8:00PM

Location: Seattle Design Center

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Happy Fall Friends!

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Love,

Herban Feast

Introducing our New and First Outdoor Event Venue!

August 6, 2014

We are thrilled to announce our newest and your soon to be favorite outdoor venue for weddings and special events! Friends, escape with us to Froggsong Gardens on Vashon Island.

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** All photos courtesy of Eliott Peacock Photography

Entering Froggsong Gardens you’ll wind your way through stately trees to a front gate that opens into a series of sprawling English-estate-inspired garden features, including a recirculating stream that flows 150 feet through the garden – from a shady hillside down through the sunny lawn. Punctuated by leafy architectural statements, a contrasting color palette and floral adorned structures, Froggsong Gardens’ mesmerizing estate is certain to become your first choice for booking your most special outdoor events.

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Froggsong Gardens is a 16-acre uniquely styled garden estate designed to host extraordinary events – from weddings and private parties to corporate retreats. Located centrally on Vashon Island, Froggsong Gardens is fully equipped for intimate events of 25 to large celebrations up to 250 with complete event planning services, including our award-winning locally-sourced cuisine and the option of event styling and décor from our Herban Design Studio.

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Guests will enjoy being immersed in the lush, private gardens while taking in rolling territorial views and special spaces with features like indoor/outdoor fireplaces and covered pavilions. To arrive at the venue from the North or South end of the Island, guests can choose chartered private boats or public ferries and personal or private car, or bus service.

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Operating an outdoor event space has been a longtime dream for our owner BJ Duft and since we are in the business of turning dreams into a reality, here it is!

Froggsong Gardens is available for event bookings June – September. To book the venue, please call 206-932-4717.

Seattle Bride “Best of” Winner

July 14, 2014

We are excited and grateful to be honored in Seattle Bride’s “Best of” 2014 competition!

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Along with our friends, colleagues, partners, and peers, our team attended Seattle Bride Magazine’s annual unveiling event, where 2014 “Best Of” winners were announced.

We were honored with the “All-Around Best Wedding Vendor”

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Our Sodo Park event venue was awarded as the “Best Quintessential Seattle-Area Reception Site”

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And, “Best Place for a Large Gala Wedding (200+)”.

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From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for recognizing us and honoring us with this prestigious award.

Love,

Your Herban Feast Team

 

The Most Important Questions to Ask Your Caterer

June 23, 2014

Your big day requires a bunch of big decisions.  To help you in your planning process, we’ve captured a list of the top questions we receive from our couples about our catering services.  Even if you are not hosting your event with us, these are the best questions to ask your caterer to ensure a wonderful, fun and well-planned event.

How do I choose my menu?

This is important because you may find some caterers have set options, while others invite you to create your own menu from scratch. At Herban Feast, we offer our couples the option to choose from one of our featured menus as well as the opportunity to work with our culinary team to craft their own menu.  We find the majority of our couples find items they love on our featured menus.

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Photo: Watermelon gazpacho, seared beef canapé, roasted pork loin (back), golden beet tartare (front), and crying tiger chicken endive leaf spoon

Do you offer tastings?

For many couples, it will be imperative to sample the dishes being served at their event.  If this is you, make sure you ask about tasting events! We invite our couples to attend our bi-annual open house tasting events or sample dishes during a private tasting.

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How do you handle last-minute requests, such as additional guests who forget to RSVP?

Aunt Millie thought she mailed her RSVP. To your surprise, you now have two more guests. It happens.  More often that you might expect.  It will be important that your caterer can accommodate such last minute requests.  At Herban Feast, we strongly encourage our clients to capture a final guest count one week prior to the event.  This enables us to ensure there is the perfect amount of food for all of your guests and reduces food waste.  However, we recognize surprise guests happen and will always make sure to accommodate them.  There may be a slight variance on the meal and an additional fee incurred.

 Will you be at my event?

This may be important for some brides. If this is you, you must ask this question.  Our Event Service Teams are structured to ensure that the onsite team is well connected to all the details from start to finish. With strong communications in place, your event services coordinator will seamlessly transition the event to your onsite team whose mission is to make your Big Day or event carefree, fun and memorable.

Will you handle all table settings, such as place cards and favors?

This question will often result in a mixed answer. Be sure you are clear on your responsibility.  As a Full-Service Caterer, we provide or coordinate all aspects of equipment rentals from tenting, tables and chairs to china, glassware, flatware & linens.  This does not automatically include place cards, favors or floral décor.  However, we can accommodate this through our Herban Design Studio.

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Do you have a per-person price minimum?

Financial questions are always the most difficult questions, but the most important in keeping on track with your budget.  Most caterers will gladly share this information.  At Herban Feast, we have seasonal minimums for off-site catering.  Our venues also have seasonal food and beverage minimums.

We hope you found this helpful! Did we miss any burning questions?

Like us on Facebook for inspiration, special invites and event updates.  Book Herban Feast catering by calling 206-932-4717

Herban Feast Real Wedding: Shelley & Jason Green

June 4, 2014

Herban Feast Real Wedding: Celebrating “Coupledom”

We are thrilled to share the special day of Shelley and Jason. Filled with joy, love and jello shots, we adored the spirit and uniqueness of their wedding.

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Shelley and Jason met online and felt like they had been close friends for a long time.  This closeness and their ability to bring each other into full on belly laughs led to their gorgeous proposal at Jason’s annual Christmas party in front of closest friends.

Let the wedding planning begin!

The couple focused on truly enjoying the planning of their wedding using a “joy” filter – that is to say, it became the couple’s metric for making decisions.  When faced with each planning question, they would ask themselves “How much joy will ‘x’ provide on the day?” (we love!) and then make the decision.

The couple also felt that without a strong cultural heritage and no religious affiliation, they would focus on celebrating their “coupledom”.  The celebration was shaped by their favorite and most meaningful things as key elements of their wedding day (this is where the jello shots came in – a Jason specialty!).

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A Borracinni’s sheet cake featured a design by Jason’s Best Man.

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House made jello shots.

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Cheers to Shelley and Jason! A long happy, healthy life filled with lots of belly laughter.

Spring/Summer Showcase Open House

May 28, 2014

Seasonal Catering and Stunning Seattle Venues Showcased at Spring/Summer Open House Events

Thanks to our vendors, attendees and team for making our spring/summer showcase open house events at Sodo Park and The Foundry an incredible success!

A special shout out to ABC Special Event Rentals, Blue Danube Productions, August Wine Group, Prop Gallery Events, Butler Valet & Transportation, The Paper Paramour, Vintage Ambiance, Choice Linens, Celeste Cooning Artist, and Bruce Pavitt :: DJ!

And, John Parker (Jmidland Parker) for these beautiful photographs!

Our Herban Design Studio brought together a variety of textures with warm neutral colors for an elegantly stunning décor.

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Hello Orchid – the pantone color of the year!

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Delicious bites reflecting the best of the season and our signature Sweet Potato and Dungeness Crab Cakes garnished with chipotle remoulade and chives.

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Topping off the evening with our assorted soda float parfaits – an open house favorite!

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Visit us on Facebook for inspiration, events and special invites.  Planning a summer event? contact us at 206-932-4717.

Our West Seattle Restaurant, Fresh Bistro, is Celebrating 5 Years!

May 19, 2014

Our West Seattle Restaurant, Fresh Bistro, is Celebrating 5 Years!

We’re thrilled to be celebrating five amazing years in West Seattle!

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We hope you’ll join us for a two week special menu, showcasing favorites from our original menu.

They include appetizers such as:

Pan Fried Garlic Chive Cakes with crispy garlic chive rice cakes, sweet ginger sambal, soy lime gastrique, pickled ramps

Ahi Tuna Avocado Mango with sesame brittle, plantains, lime soy pudding, chili onion oil

And these entrees:

Cedar Seared Wild King Salmon with pea vines, morels, black garlic puree, salmon caviar, potato pea cake

Fennel Crusted Halibut with wine & butter spring veggie ragout, arugula pistou, fennel and micro green salad

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And Kurabuta Pork New York with creamy white wine butter jus, morels, pea vines, spring peas, pan roasted French fingerlings

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You’ll also go home with a sweet treat from our pastry chef!

It’s sure to be a full house, so make a reservation online today or call 206-935-3733. Fresh Bistro is online at www.freshbistroseattle.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/freshbistro

Q&A with photographer Ryan Flynn

April 8, 2014

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Ryan Flynn from Ryan Flynn Photography (natch) is one of our favorite local photographers. We caught up with him recently to find out some pro tips on the sometimes tricky process of finding the right photographer to capture your special day. Check out his tips and some of his gorgeous photography below:

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What is your top tip for hiring the right photographer? Find someone whose photos you really connect with, and then find out if you connect with them as a person. You’ll spend a lot of time together on the wedding day, so it’s important to really click with not just their work, but them. Finding someone whose work you really love and are moved by, and can envision yourself in, gives you room to trust your photographer to do what they do best. The best images really come from a place of collaboration and sharing a vision.

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What are your must-shoot photos for any event? Every wedding is different. There are commonalities, for sure, but you have to let each wedding – and each couple – be what, and who, they are. To that end, my “must haves” are the moments and emotions that connect the bride and groom to everyone they care about at the wedding. I truly love the portraits of the bride and groom, as well. It’s great to be able to find a few moments for them to just be together and make some awesome photos.

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When should brides and grooms select their photographer? The sooner the better! It might sound cliche, but it’s true. There are only so many weddings we can physically photograph each year, and things tend to book quickly. If you find someone whose images you can’t live without, lock them down as soon as you have a date!

Check out our Partner Vendors list for more experienced partners.

You are invited: Experience award-winning catering and events in Seattle

March 6, 2014

Please join us at one of our upcoming Open House events!

We’re thrilled to host our semi-annual showcase open house events this April! These not-to-miss events are the perfect opportunity to enjoy an amazing experience at one of our distinctive venues.  You’ll get to taste dishes from our featured seasonal Spring/Summer menus, see stylish event presentation from our Herban Design Studio, and take in our customized service.

Choose to attend one of our two semi-annual Open Houses at either Sodo Park or The Foundry:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5-8pm

Sodo Park at 3200 1st Ave S, Suite 100 Seattle, WA 98134

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 5-8pm

The Foundry at 4130 1st Ave South, Seattle, WA 98134

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RSVP (up to 4 guests) for your preferred Open House location by Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by phone 206-932-4717, or email marketfresh@herbanfeast.com

We’ll be sharing more details later this month.

We can’t wait to see you!

xo Herban Feast

Working with an award-winning Seattle catering company: Q & A with our new Herban Design Studio Coordinating Assistant

February 26, 2014

Working with an award-winning Seattle catering company: Q & A with our new Herban Design Studio Coordinating Assistant

We are so happy to introduce you to Herban Feast’s newest member of the Herban Design Studio team, Chelsea Edwards.   Chelsea assists the studio’s creative director, Nicole Haynes, in every aspect of an event décor project’s planning, production and design.

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Find out what it’s like to walk in her shoes!

 Give us a quick “day in the life”:

In this industry every day is different, which makes it fun! We are constantly looking for inspiration so I could be in the office coming up with new design ideas to create the perfect personalized experience for our clients. My favorite part of the day is in production. It’s amazing to see an events vision take shape and come to life in this romantic fairy tale sort of fashion.

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Photo courtesy of Sarah Flotard Photography

How did you begin your career in event design?

It was kind of an accident. I was a Recreation & Tourism major in college and had a background in Food & Beverage. I hadn’t found my niche yet and here was this career opportunity that wrapped all of my passions into one position.  I was enthralled in learning everything I could about event and floral design. It is pretty special to be given the opportunity to bring someone’s dream to life.

What do you love about working at the Herban Design Studio?

I love being able to create something original and exciting and memorable. I love weddings because every bride and groom has their own story and we get to create a true experience for their guests based on all the things that are special to them as a couple.

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What are your favorite event design trends for 2014?

My favorite themes right now are actually new twists on old favorites. I will always love the vintage look. There is something incredibly romantic about adding old world charm to today’s modern lifestyle.

Thanks Chelsea, for being an amazing part of our team!

For more information on the Herban Design Studio, please visit http://www.herbanfeast.com/seattle-floral-design/

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