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.

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

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.

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

Award-winning Catering: 3 Reasons to Host Your Event during Warm Weather Months

February 18, 2014

Award-winning Catering: 3 Reasons to Host Your Event during Warm Weather Months

For every season we have our favorite things about hosting a special event or celebration. In the coziness of winter, we love crafting warm cocktails and deliciously rich dishes. But now, albeit only February, we’re excited to focus on the bright, fresh flavors of spring and summer that showcase ingredients grown in our backyards.  We think you’re going to be excited too when you see our new Spring and Summer menus.

Here are three reasons we think you’ll want to throw a party this summer!

1. Asparagus!!!! Found in our savory asparagus, gruyere, goat cheese, and chives tartlet.

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Photo courtesy of Laurel McConnell Photography

2. Berries. Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries like those featured in our Farmer’s Market Summer Salad with fresh berries, goat cheese, candied almonds & strawberry-basil vinaigrette.

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Photo courtesy of Van Whye Photography

3. Beets. The star of our Red and Golden Beet Tartare with red and gold beets, Cabrales blue cheese, almond dust

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Photo courtesy of Jen and Jody Photography

Not to mention the return of wild Alaskan and Pacific Northwest Salmon and basil (we love pesto!)

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Photographs of our Citrus Rubbed Wild Pacific Salmon with blackberry and brown butter emulsion

AND Kale and Pistachio Pesto-crispy focaccia and oven roasted kale courtesy of Jean-Marcus Strole Photography.

Ready to book your spring or summer event!? Call us at 932-4717 or email marketfresh@herbanfeast.com.

Like us on Facebook or Twitter for updates and inside information.  Follow us on Pinterest for pinspiration.

Hot Wedding Trends and Fresh Ideas for All! One Love Celebration

January 20, 2014

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We’re thrilled to be part of the Third Annual “One Love” Wedding Showcase on February 16th! We hope you’ll join us for this fresh and fabulous event that offers ALL couples a friendly, warm-hearted and FUN environment to come, be inspired, and get all of their “Big Day” questions answered.

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Photo from the One Love website, last year’s event.

Check out all of your wedding planning needs in one day at one location with more than 100 fabulous vendors, including us!

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Photo from the One Love website, last year’s event.

We look forward to seeing you!

Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

 

Eat. Drink. Be Married! at Weddings in Woodinville

January 3, 2014

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We are excited to announce that we will be participating in the 5th annual Weddings in Woodinville wedding wine tour, on Sunday, January 26th, 2014! Find us at Delille Cellars alongside our favorite vendor partners.

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Photo by Alante Photography

Weddings in Woodinville is the original chauffeured wedding boutique wedding tour and wine tasting experience for brides and their wedding party to enjoy while viewing and visiting with the best vendors in the industry at some of Woodinville Wine Country’s most sought-after wedding venues.

Gather your friends and families to join this exciting afternoon tour of wine tasting, catered food, fabulous décor and live entertainment during a special open house of Woodinville’s top wedding venues. Ticket holders for this event will board chauffeur-driven luxury transportation for a half-day tour that will escort your group to each venue.

Check in time is 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Woodhouse Wine Estates, where parking is available. Please visit the Weddings in Woodinville website for more information.

Locations include The Woodhouse Wine Estates, Columbia Winery, DeLille Cellars, JM Cellars, Novelty Hill Januik Winery, and Willows Lodge.

Make your reservation today and purchase your tickets online! If you are making plans for your very special wedding day you won’t want to miss this fantastic bridal event!

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Photo courtesy of Tasha Owen Photography

We look forward to seeing you!

Inside Our Newest Venue, The Foundry

December 8, 2013

To celebrate the season, we hosted a fall/winter themed open house at our newest event venue, The Foundry.  Taking guests on a trip to the City of Lights, we showcased the versatility and uniqueness of the venue, our delicious new seasonal menus, and décor and Seattle wedding floral inspiration from our Herban Design Studio.

For those who couldn’t make it, follow us on a virtual tour! All photos courtesy of Gabriel Van Wyhe.

Welcome to The Foundry! Be greeted at our entry:

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Take in our elegantly decorated Press Room:

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Featuring a ceremonial vignette:

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Take in tabletop décor from Herban Design Studio team led by Nicole Haynes that emphasized stately, yet simple elegance with gold and white:

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Stop by “The Bar” for a signature French cocktail, a Kir Royale:

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While sipping, sample our featured fall/winter menus including red wine braised short ribs and pumpkin fregola:

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And our new pumpkin and goat cheese rice fritter with cranberry puree:

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Finally, top off the evening and satisfy your sweet tooth with our ever popular house made “Ding Dongs”:

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Book your own fete today! Call 206-932-4717 or email us.

Bonsoir mes amis!

Holiday Menus for Seattle Corporate Events

November 12, 2013

Still waiting to book catering for your Seattle company party? This should get you inspired!

We’ve made our list and checked it twice…. Our holiday menus that is! Ride away in a sleigh of delicious apps, treats, and cups of cocoa this holiday season and check out our scrumptious holiday catering menu!

All images: Sarah Flotard

Hungry? Find out more about Seattle holiday catering at Herban Feast by calling 206-932-4717 or emailing marketfresh@herbanfeast.com.

 

Happy holidays!

Thank YOU for making us a Best of Bride Winner Again!

July 17, 2013

We can’t remember the exact moment we found out that we’d won Seattle Bride’s “Best of Bride” Awardin five different categories because it’s very possible we completely lost consciousness.

But we did, and we are more grateful than we could ever convey in one little blog post.

Thank you to all of the brides, clients, partners, friends and family who voted for us, helping us win these amazing accolades:

  • All-Around Best Wedding Vendor
  • Best Caterer
  • Best Quintessential Seattle-Area Reception Site: Sodo Park
  • Best Place for a Large Gala Wedding (200+): Sodo Park
  • And, Best Repurposed Venue for our newest venue, The Foundry

We are grateful for your support and humbled by this experience.

Thank you again from the very bottom of our hearts.

xoxo The entire Herban Feast staff