The details of a wedding are just the starting point. It is very possible to actually spend more time sifting through all the choices in town than you do actually at the wedding! There’s the DJ, the reception hall, the flowers, the tux, the groomsmen tuxes, the dress, bridesmaid dresses, the videographer, photographer, priest or lawyer, oh and don’t forget one of the most important aspects of any wedding, the catering!
Getting the meal of your life could be the difference between telling your future children that your reception was great, or, sadly, less than expected. To cut down the hunting time for finding the best caterer in the Quad City, Iowa area, I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 caterers to pick from. If you decide not to choose any of these, at least you’ll have a clue on what you want and to expect from your professional caterer.
Best caterers in the Quad-Cities
5. Hy-Vee Catering Service. Browse their catered meals or contact them to create your own specialized menu. Their standard catered menu offers, brown sugar and pineapple baked ham, for a party of 20 the cost will be $139.00. If your wedding reception is for a party of 50, the price jumps to $411.50, and up to $800 for 100 people. The package comes with au gratin potatoes, green bean casserole and fresh ciabatta rolls. The meal includes tableware and condiments.
The turkey rotisserie has the same price ranges as the pineapple ham package. The turkey rotisserie includes, fresh fruit salad, Catalina blend steamed veggies, and ciabatta rolls. Pastas, veggies, cakes, and pies are all available as add-ons.
The Hy-Vee of the Quad-Cities has several locations. To find out the what location is best for you visit the Hy-Vee website at, www.hy-vee.com.
4.ThunderBay Grill in Davenport, yes ThunderBay Grill. It makes sense that the pro’s who do it all day every day would be on the list. Thunderbay Grill will work any venue in the Quad Cities, feel free to make you own menus and in a few days a pricing package will be put together for your approval. If you have no idea what you’re looking for food wise, they also offer a great standard per person menu for you to choose from.
For the lunch time reception, they offer a low priced Lunch Deli Buffet menu for only $8.49, per person. They offer a lunch buffet, too, that costs only $13.99, per person. You get a choice of two entree’s, two salads, two side dishes and fresh baked dinner rolls. A pasta bar is available as well, for only $9.99, per person.
Thunderbay Grills banquet style sit-down dinners, not lunches, includes, A Walk in the Woods package at $15.99, per person. That gets you BBQ ribs, rotisserie chicken, baked beans, cheddar hash brown casserole, cole slaw, assorted brownies, and cookies. If seafood is more your taste, the cajun Seafood Boil option costs a moderate $20, per person. That gets you a wide selection of sea food including, crawfish, shrimp, mussels with corn on the cob, Andouille sausage and red potatoes cooked in Cajun bouillabaisse broth. Hush puppies and apple cobbler desert are priced in, as well.
The dinner buffet package is only $16.99, per person, which will pay for your choice of 2 entree’s, two salads, two veggies, one starch, and freshly baked dinner rolls with butter. To contact Thunder Bay Grill, call them at, 563-386-2722, or visit their website to start your search, go to www.thunderbaygrille.com.
3. The Faithful Pilot Cafe is one of the top choices for a wedding caterer in the Quad Cities. Their menus follow the seasons. The winter menu consists of 5 choices, A – E. The first, and most reasonably priced package, consists of sweet and salty nuts, red pepper dip with pita chips, a selection of imported cheeses, smoked salmon on yeasted whole wheat pancakes, with sour cream and caviar, and chocolate dipped strawberries. This small package costs $12, per person.
The highest priced package is $24, per person. The package menu is consisted of, hummus with fried pita chips, brie en croute with raspberry preserves and caramelized onions, grilled veggies crudites with blue cheese dip, skewered shrimp with proscuitto and basil, fried crab spring rolls, with wasabi and soy dipping sauce, petit croquet monsieur, with pear compote, polenta cakes, and roast lamb, and yogurt, sliced beef tenderloin on toast points, with béarnaise sauce, mini chocolate Napoleons, caramelized pear and vanilla-creme phyllo tartlets. A gourmet banquet fit for a king!Faithful Pilot Cafe can be reached by going to their website at, faithfulpilotcafe.com, or by calling them at 563-289-4156.
2. At Your Service Caters. At Your Service Caters has five packages to choose from. The first, and most affordable, is the Sea Breeze. It includes the choice between two menus, the Italian style menu and the Mexican fiesta buffet. The Italian menu includes, a choice of two appetizers, 2 salads, and two different types of pasta. The Mexican menu offers your choice of three appetizers, a buffet, and desert. The Sea Breeze package will cost only $50 a head.
At Your Service offers 3 more packages in the mid spending range of $60-$75 per person. Their highest priced and most extravagant option is called, the Sky is the Limit package. This costs $80 per person and includes, a fresh fruit and cheese display, 3 appetizers, 1 salad, 2 main courses, 3 side dishes, 1 bread item, and 1 desert. It comes with uniformed servers for set, serving, and clean up. You get glassware provided, tables, chairs, and a beach themed centerpiece for each table.
They’re located at 3990 11th street, Rock Island, fell free to give them a call at, 309-732-1885, or stop by their website at, www.atyourservicecaters.com
The best of the best is:
1. Bridge’s Catering is an excellent choice for a wedding caterer. Their prices vary based on the location being used. The company has price deals and specials with many of the Quad Cities biggest venues such as, the Quad Cities Botanical Center, the Abby station, and Stoney Creek. Their menus change per venue making the selection of meals and pricing one of the widest in the area. For specific prices call with the size of the party and favored venue, and watch them work their catering magic for you.
Bridge’s buffet style entrees options include, 23 different choices, which you choose three of. Your choice of 11 different vegetable dishes, a choice of 11 starches, and your choice of five out 12 selections of salad. It comes with dinner rolls, butter, and beverage. The banquet sit-down dinner options are just as vast. The sit down style dinner includes, your choice of 12 meats, 11 veggie sides, you get your pick of one of 8 potatoes or rice options, and a choice of six different salads. This package, also, includes dinner rolls, butter, and beverages.
They can, also, theme your wedding to a Mexican, German, or Hawaiian style. A full list of venues covered by the Bridge’s facilities are listed on their website at, www.bridgescatering.com, or call them at, 563-322-3530. Just let them know what you want, and they’ll come through for you on the biggest day of your life.