Yay! Congrats on starting your process! I'm still looking for caterers and I've booked a venue. We are doing essentially a backyard wedding so we're piecing it all together. If you want any recommendations I'm happy to give them to you!
We TRIED to get a hold of Blue Heron catering for a while but they never seemed to get out of their own way to actually call us back. I don't have time to track down vendors to communicate with me.
We looked into Delaney house/Tavern on the Hill for catering. Good food, decent price but their servers will most likely be bored 18 year olds who had no idea how to discuss the menu with folx.
We ended up with Longitude catering which was in our price range and was in the local community. (The restaurant is Latitude in West Springfield) and even though we are less than 40 days away, I can tell you that we have constantly been blown away by their customer service and food. We went to the restaurant multiple times prior to contacting them for catering. My FH's work uses the catering all of the time, but I was worried that they couldn't "step it up a notch" for wedding catering. I was WRONG.
The catering coordinator is EXTREMELY communicative with you. The tasting! OH MY GOD the tasting! We all walked out of the tasting still drooling thinking about the meal. They even make their own homemade ice cream and will serve it with the cake whether or not you use them to bake the cake.
Oh and the servers have been with the company/restaurant for years and can easily explain the menu to folx
On the day of, Longitude catering will also be providing us (the wedding couple) with a personal butler to get us food when we need/want it.
Oh and Cake bakeries - Cakes by Amanda is hands down one of the best in the area and is still affordable
We are going for an upscale BBQ feel, as it's summer time and at a summer camp! My fiancé loves Southern food and I like some lighter, fruit and veggie-based fare, so we're trying to get a good balance! One I would NOT recommend is Wheelhouse catering, they were horrible to work with. But the ones that seem pretty good so far are Peppermill Catering, Rita Welch Catering, Inspired Catering, and Clambakes of MA. What's your vibe and who are you talking to?
I am getting married at Mountain Rose Inn. Its a gorgeous venue and a great price too! I have also booked my caterer: Seth Mias Catering. I have heard great things about him, so I am super excited. Another great caterer is Wheel House Catering. Let me know if you have any other questions, I did a lot of research!