07/30/2014 

Featured Wedding Reception Venues – Lighthouse Point New Haven, CT

Lighthouse Point Wedding Reception - New Haven, CTWith so many beautiful wedding venues in Connecticut it can be a very difficult and time consuming task to choose the venue that is most suitable to host your wedding reception. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering has worked with countless wedding venues throughout Connecticut. We have decided to showcase our favorite wedding venues across Connecticut and pay tribute to one venue each month. This month we will be paying tribute to Lighthouse Point in New Haven, CT.

Lighthouse Point in New Haven is widely known for its beautiful location on the Long Island Sound and providing soothing sea breezes as well as breathtaking ocean views. It is considered a historical building and will provide plenty of space for your wedding reception. The property also includes a historic lighthouse, beaches, and a unique carousel which was built in 1916 and restored to its current state of magnificence in the 1980′s.

Lighthouse Point Wedding Reception - New Haven, CTAt one of our recent events at Lighthouse Point the wedding planner was telling us how excited she was about all of the capabilities of the property and all of the options that the open space allowed her to have. We recall the wedding party having a great evening of listening to music and dancing on the enormous dance floor that the facility offered.

With hundreds of wedding venues to choose from in the Connecticut area, deciding where to hold your event will likely be one of the most difficult decisions of your entire planning process. We hope that we can provide some insight for those of you considering your wedding venue choices. Each Connecticut wedding venue that we will be showcasing is different and will have its own unique layout, pricing structure and regulations. Each venue will have its own pros and cons, but hopefully the experience of Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering should give you some insight help you make the right direction.

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07/21/2014 

Choosing a caterer for your wedding reception | New Haven, CT

Wedding Catering - New Haven, CTYour wedding should be the most memorable day of your life. However, it can also become one of the most stressful days of your life, which is why choosing the right wedding cater is crucial to experiencing a flawless wedding. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering has years of experience in catering weddings and we will work with you to understand your specific needs and expectations and we will work with you to stay within your budget.

We have complied a list for you to assist you in choosing the best caterer for your Connecticut wedding, here are 5 quick tips.

Begin your search by reading online reviews of local catering companies, which will help you to narrow down your search substantially. We invite you to read reviews from some of our previous clients, which have been posted on the following websites. We can provide references upon request.

Martha Stewart Weddings
Customer Lobby
Wedding Wire

Explain your specific budget limits with the caterer in the initial meeting, so you will both have a mutual understanding when moving forward with the plans. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering offers creative options so that we can work within your budget and provide the most cost effective choices for your New Haven wedding reception.

We recommend that you request a sampling of the menu options available. If you would like to schedule a tasting at one of our parties, we can set this up for you. This will also give you the opportunity to learn more about meal alternatives for any potential allergy or diet restrictions your guests may need to be accommodated for.

Finally, we recommend that your review the contract thoroughly before making your final decision. Be certain that you will be receiving everything that you had requested and within your required budget with no hidden charges.

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07/12/2014 

Tips for choosing wines for your Connecticut wedding

As you begin planning your Connecticut wedding, you will find that there are a whole host of decisions to be made. From the choice of the wedding reception venue to the floral arrangements, there are so many choices to make that it can all seem very overwhelming. One of the most important decisions that couples have to face, is the choice of refreshments for their guests. To assist you on planning your wedding, we have compiled five important tips for how to choose your wedding wine to please your guests, yourself and your wallet!

You should always have at least one white & one red. It’s safe to serve at least one white, and one red, and sometimes also a rosé over lunch or dinner. Pinot Noir is a food-friendly option that will be a safe bet whether your guests are eating chicken, steak, or mushroom ravioli.

How much wine do you need for your wedding reception? You can usually plan on one drink per guest per hour, but when in doubt, it’s best to have too much wine on hand than too little. No one wants to stop and make a booze run midway through the evening, and you certainly don’t want to have to worry about things like that on your big day.

Buy by the case, it’s less expensive. Many wine retailers give 10% -15% discount or more on case purchases, so it makes sense to buy this way. A case is 12 bottles.

Choose a sparkling wine for your toast. One of the most memorable moments at the wedding reception is the toast. A good alternative to champagne is a nice sparkling wine.

Wine has been served at weddings since the beginning of time. Nevertheless, tasting and choosing the wine for your own wedding is an important and challenging job. When planning a wedding or any important event, attending to the details can make all the difference in how memorable your special day is to you and your guests. You can contact Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering for any questions you may have for your wedding. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories.



02/25/2014 

Connecticut Wedding Caterers

Wedding Catering ConnecticutWhen it comes to hosting the perfect Wedding, planning is key. You’ve obviously prepared for the business aspect of the event, but what about the event itself? Since it’s a social event, you’re going to keep things professional. When you’ve decided on a wedding caterer in Connecticut, the next step is to decide on the menu. There are many things to consider before you choose what food will be served at your wedding and it’s important to take everything into consideration. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering can help you with menu selection so everything goes off without a hitch.

For those who are getting married, Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering provides excellent wedding catering for the Connecticut area. This unique type of catering provides excellent, dinner buffet, hot and cold, for the bride, groom and guests at the reception. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering is considered to be one of the best Wedding catering services in Connecticut.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Since 1948, the name in catering synonymous with style and elegance. For over sixty years families and corporations have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, located in Black Rock, CT, provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. Our commitment is to truly “make you a guest at your own party”.



02/25/2014 

How to Choose a Wedding Caterer for your Connecticut Wedding

When selecting a Connecticut catering company you are looking for excellent food, service and the ability to work with the enormity of the detail involved in your day. There are certain key factors that you should discuss when meeting your caterer for the first time.

Availability

First and foremost you need to see if your caterer is available on the date you require and find out what the booking and payment process is. Be sure to understand at what point your date becomes secure and when payments are needed. The last thing you want is a sudden shock and unexpected bill just before the wedding.

We suggest that you ideally start researching and meeting with caterers at least 9 months before your wedding. Many venues may have a list of preferred suppliers, including caterers, so once your date is chosen and the venue is booked that’s a great time to start contacting catering companies. Some of our recommended venues include: The Waveny House in New Canaan, The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Penfield Pavilion in Fairfield, and The Burr Mansion in Fairfield.

Budget

It is important you get an early indication of catering costs and what they include. Ask about what options are available to you, if you are on a limited budget tell your caterer what it is – at Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, we always provide a package to suit your needs. Consider what is and what isn’t included in the price as often this can vary from one caterer to the next.

Quality of Food

When selecting your Connecticut caterer you are looking for stunning presentation paired with sensational taste. Here at Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, we understand the importance of having professional, commercial facilities and a team of talented individuals to serve your guests on the day. Fitzgerald’s also creates seasonal menus and free tasting sessions.

Professional Service

Finally, service is extremely important, equal to the quality and style of your food. It’s important that you receive the utmost level of service right from your initial inquiry, through to your tasting session right up until the end of the wedding day itself. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering of Connecticut will provide you with the enthusiasm, excitement and expertise your wedding deserves!

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Since 1948, the name in catering synonymous with style and elegance. For over sixty years families and corporations have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, located in Black Rock, CT, provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. Our commitment is to truly “make you a guest at your own party”.



04/22/2013 

Connecticut Wedding Venue Showcase: The Waveny House in New Canaan, CT

The Waveny House in Connecticut is a historic Tudor mansion located in Waveny Town Park, managed by the New Canaan Recreation Department. Waveny House is a popular site for Connecticut weddings and receptions, social events and cultural activities. The beautiful grounds and open air patio compliment the early 1900′s period dated wood paneled walls and ceilings, tudor style leaded glass windows, marble fireplaces, hand stenciled muraled walls, and wide plank wooden floors. Take a tour down the flagstone walkways through the gardens and fish pond to discover the beautiful Walled Garden, a special nook for a small ceremony. The bride and groom truly have an opportunity to create that special wedding at Waveny House.

photo and content taken from New Canaan Departments Recreation website

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Since 1948, the name in catering synonymous with style and elegance. For over sixty years families and corporations have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, located in Black Rock, CT, provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. Our commitment is to truly “make you a guest at your own party”.



04/01/2013 

Connecticut Wedding Venue Showcase: The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven

We wanted to take some time this month to highlight a great wedding venue in New Haven, Connecticut called The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park. The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park is a unique historic facility. Besides housing the antique Carousel, the building provides ample space for private functions with beautiful views of New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound, especially at sunset.

The carousel building was built in 1916, replacing an earlier one. The building and its carousel were together listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 15, 1983. The carousel includes 70 figures and two chariots. The carousel appears to be a hybrid put together of figures from different sources, including figures by Charles Carvel of Brooklyn and by Charles Looff.

The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park is located on an 82-acre park on Long Island Sound and is the perfect place to hold your wedding reception. The venue is available from April 1st to November 1st and has a 275 person capacity. Please take the time to view some photos of the venue below:

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Since 1948, the name in catering synonymous with style and elegance. For over sixty years families and corporations have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, located in Black Rock, CT, provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. Our commitment is to truly “make you a guest at your own party”.



03/15/2013 

Creating a Wedding Reception on a Budget?

If you need to plan an affordable wedding, Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering in Connecticut suggests several ways for planning a wedding reception on a budget. Some affordable wedding tips include hosting a back yard wedding reception or an outdoor wedding reception, considering affordable wedding rentals, providing a limited buffet reception, or hosting a cocktail reception instead of a full buffet or sit-down dinner. With the right menu and an affordable venue, your budget wedding will be stunning!

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering offers budget wedding packages that will still let you have an elegant reception. Contact us for a quote and we will work together to plan a beautiful wedding within your budget.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering Since 1948, the name in catering synonymous with style and elegance. For over sixty years families and corporations have come to know that when they hire Fitzgerald’s, they will receive undivided attention to detail and quality. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering, located in Black Rock, CT, provides everything you need. A menu to excite your palate, experienced personnel, polished silver and china, rich linens and elegant serving accessories. Our commitment is to truly “make you a guest at your own party”.



10/23/2012 

Christmas Party Ideas

There’s only a couple of months until Christmas! My Goodness, how the time flies.

If you were thinking of hosting a holiday party for your close friends, office or business clients look no further than Fitzgerald’s Catering to help make putting together a wonderful party stress-free! Here are a few tips when it comes to putting together your party:

1. Themes: Before the invites are sent out, choose the theme you want for your party. It helps you as you pick designs for your invites, decorations, party favors and even your menu. Here is a website that offers you 12 Christmas party themes you haven’t thought of yet.

2. Invites: As soon as your theme is picked send out your invites ASAP so that your guests can plan ahead to attend your fabulous party. Also, mix up your guest list. Find a good balance so that people will be able to social and have a great conversation.

3. Decoration: Don’t stress about decor. Many may think that their home has to look like its straight out of Better Homes and Garden magazine but do not fear! I say, simple is classic. Decoration with candles, hang candy canes on your tree or fireplace mantle and use colored table linens.

4. Menu: Appetizers are very easy to plan for and easily accomidate for any number of people. Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering has a large menu for you to choose from and we can customize a menu according to your party budget. Our Swedish Meatballs and our Teryaki Chicken Skewers are some of the items that are popular at parties.

Contact us today and let us help you plan to perfect holiday party and make planning it stress-free!

Eat, Drink, and be Merry! Happy Holidays!



08/12/2012 

The keys to having beautiful wedding decor and floral design

Wedding décor can help make or break a beautiful reception space and the right combination of floral and other accents are a key component. The first step toward making your vision for wedding décor come to life is setting up a floral consultation. When approaching your florist, here are some items to consider in order to make your consultation as successful as possible:

Bring ideas or examples of your wedding colors, favorite flowers, and arrangements or centerpieces you like. Also, would you consider yourself a traditional or more modern bride? It’s wise to have a foundation to build upon when creating your vision since there are so many elements of varying styles. These decisions will help shape the mood and overall atmosphere of your wedding.

Where is your ceremony and do you plan on having ceremony flowers? If the ceremony is in an outdoor space, you may need to rent pedestals or an arch to display the flowers. If it’s at a church, ask the onsite coordinator what is permitted. For example, many churches and venues allow floral arrangements to be displayed but do not allow real flower petals to be thrown or placed in an aisle.

What type of flowers do you want for the bridal party and how would you like them to mix with your bridal bouquet? For your bouquet, do you want an arrangement that is mostly white or filled with color? Should it be tight or cascading? If your bouquet is mostly white or ivory, check if it might blend in with your dress; sometimes a bouquet of different types of flowers can help alleviate this concern. What about the flower girl and ring bearer? And don’t forget about some family members; sometimes it’s nice to make sure the mothers and grandmothers have something pretty to wear.

Centerpieces are a key component of the reception décor, so invest a good amount of time into contemplating your vision. Is your style clean and simple, or extravagant and ornate? Also, don’t forget about auxiliary tables throughout the venue, like belly bars and such. Many times people opt to have a very small arrangement (a small vase with a simple flower) for these items.

And lastly, the season. You may have some of your favorite flowers already picked out, but choosing ones that are in season can help a great deal with cost.

Fitzgerald’s Fine Catering is one of the top caterers in Connecticut. We’re a full service caterer for weddings, social occasions and corporate events, serving Fairfield County and surrounding areas including New Haven and Litchfield, Hartford and parts of New York. When the day of the event arrives, there is only one chance to make things perfect. Our experience and know-how make it happen.