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The Romantic Appeal of a Winter Wedding

June 23, 2016

Congratulations to Katie and Corey on Their Big Day!

Is there really a more perfect color combination than grey and white? It seems that no matter the time of year a couple weds, this color duet always looks magnificent, especially in the winter at The Green Valley Chateau! Using the holidays (naturally!) to create an unique reception atmosphere, Katie and Corey’s beautiful winter wedding was nothing short of magical. The sun was shining brightly and the weather was absolutely perfect for their winter affair. We want to congratulate Katie and Corey again on their wonderful winter wedding with us and we can’t say “thank you” enough for choosing ViVA Catering!

We are so thrilled to share Katie and Corey’s beautiful photos of their special day in our Chateau!



Katie and Corey


The Bridal Party








The happy couple enjoyed taking photos of the best moment of their lives outside under the bright and beautiful sunshine. Later on, Katie made an enchanting entrance at the start of her candlelit ceremony, walking to her groom through rows of rose petals. Following their vows, Katie and Corey shared their first kiss as husband and wife and then the newly-wed couple joined their guests with tons of joy and happiness.

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The Chateau’s Grand Ballroom created a unique reception space for the bride and groom with chalkboard snowflake signs announcing them as the very new Mr. and Mrs.! Classic lighting hung overhead and throughout the entire Ballroom to add more touches of warmth along with beautiful holiday wreaths. Tables were dressed with dark blue linens, pink napkins, candles, and winter decorations. Champagne was poured, great food was served, and Katie and Corey were glowing with bright smiles all day long!

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A buffet can be a convenient and affordable way to serve a meal at a wedding reception. With care and consideration, Katie and Corey’s buffet reception was just as elegant and delicious as any seated meal. Check it out!

Cocktail Hour

Butlered Hors d’Oeuvres

Crispy Ricotta Ravioli with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Mini-Meatballs with Fra Diavolo Sauce

Sumptuous Tasting Stations

Angus Sirloin Beef, Pulled Pork and Herb Grilled Chicken on Brioche Rolls

Balsamic BBQ Sauce, Balsamic Red Onion Reduction with Gorgonzola, Roasted Peppers, Bacon, Ketchup, & Lemon Aioli Toppings

The Warm-Up

Lobster Bisque with Sweet Corn (Served Table-Side)

Salad Selections

Tomato & Mozzarella Caprese Salad

Chopped Garden Fresh Salad with Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette

Pasta Perfection

House-Made 4-Cheese Lasagna

The Main Event

Main Entreés

Herb-Encrusted Chicken Over Wilted Spinach & Tomatoes with Alfredo

Filet Medallions Oscar with Asparagus & Hollandaise Sauce

Complimentary Vegan Meals

Starches and Vegetables

Pecan-Encrusted Caramel Mashed Sweet Potatos

House-Made Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Sauteed Asparagus with Brown Sugar Butter & Parmesan

A Sweet Ending

Wedding Cake & French Vanilla Ice Cream

Dessert Display

Peanut Butter Caramel Cheesecake

French Vanilla Crème Brûlée


Cookies (Host Provided)

As stunning as Katie looked to her groom, the happiness that showed on the faces of all guests made the reception look even better! We were so glad that Katie, Corey, and their guests had a great experience and wonderful time in The Chateau last winter.

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Keep scrolling down to see more lovely photos of Katie and Corey on their very special day!

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Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t have a fabulous winter wedding inside! Katie and Corey’s wedding was awesome, just like them!

We can’t say “thank you” enough to the wonderful vendors who helped us to create such a beautiful event for Katie and Corey last winter!

Life Story Photography

Nosegay Florist

The Well Dressed Cake

DJ Steel Thunder

Sculpted Ice Works



Food, Weddings

Up-and-Coming Food Trends for Your 2016 Wedding

May 26, 2016

Ultra-Personalized Menus

Right now, couples are looking to produce unique menus for their big day based off of their personal preferences and experiences. At ViVA Catering, we try to create a menu based on the couple’s travel experiences and any memories they have built together. Getting the couples involved in the catering process makes them feel like it is more special and personalized! With a simple question like: “Is there anything special or unique you two enjoy for brunch together on the weekends?” we may find out about something we can use as an appetizer!


ViVA Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli Credit: ViVA Catering


How about cultural dishes? Wedding couples may draw from their cultural backgrounds and family-favorite dishes to produce a very personal wedding menu. Our chefs are always willing to try new ideas from different cultural backgrounds!

Diet-Friendly Menu

Fresh and healthy is now a trend! People are rapidly going gluten- and dairy-free and a wedding menu to suit these requirements is sure to please!  A fresh and healthy yet classic wedding favorite, shrimp cocktail will surely leave guests feeling refreshed. Garden-fresh salads are the perfect balance to other tasty dishes. It is not surprising to see that fresh and healthy dishes are now a priority for wedding menus! We also know that some who choose gluten-free don’t have a choice, so we always offer complimentary dishes to accommodate vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free needs.


Chilled Shrimp Cocktail Credit: ViVA Catering


Out-of-the-Box Options

Wedding couples are trying to create unexpected experiences for themselves and their guests on their big day and we are eager to “wow” everyone with our specialties. For every wedding, we try to design some customized menu items to help the wedding couples and their beloved guests experience the ViVA difference!


Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Horseradish Aioli Credit: ViVA Catering

Signature Drinks & Stations

Besides the traditional and craft beer and wine, how about having a designated drinks station to offer your specialty cocktails? A little bar is designed for you to make any spirit or signature drink of your choice! Drink stations are created as something movable and active to stir up the guests’ interest. The bartenders can mix or shake the martinis to each guest’s preference or serve the extra special beer or wine the couple has chosen. The drinks are now very unique and customized, just like the wedding itself!


Credit: Theo Milo Photography

Let’s Have a Snack!

Wedding couples are showing interest in incorporating their favorite late night snack into their wedding menu so guests can dance the night away with something to nibble on! We can always facilitate all kinds of fun snacks for an event, from chips and popcorn to heart-shaped pretzels from Philly Pretzel Factory. Don’t hesitate to check this cool idea out!



Dessert Station with Cannolis and Vanilla Crème Brûlée Credit: ViVA Catering


Food and Love

February 25, 2015

A Chef’s Blog on Wedding Cuisine

I have spoken to many brides and grooms and their families over the years and I have planned and executed many events.  Everyone has a vision of what kind of reception they want; some folks want a cocktail party atmosphere (usually the bride and groom), some folks want an elegant sit-down dinner (usually moms and dads), and others want a little of both. At the end of it all, everyone wants a great party and almost as importantly…a great value.

Planning and paying for a wedding reception have changed over the years.  In 2015, it is usually a collaborative effort between families so it is very important to select a caterer who understands what everyone wants and who can turn that vision into reality.

The most popular trend today (and a great value) is a “grazing” type of party, also known as a “Station Style” party.  The grazing party allows you to provide an upscale, yet casual gathering amongst family and friends with varied food stations.  It is a more relaxed atmosphere where everyone can eat, drink, mingle, and catch up with friends and relatives without the traditional structure of a formal wedding reception.

As a chef, I enjoy cooking for these grazing parties because I get to make great foods on a smaller “tasting scale”.  People love this concept; they get to taste a little bit of everything…mingling and grazing! We take grazing stations to a higher level. Braised Short Ribs with Parsnip Mash, tasting portions of your favorite seafood, comfort foods featuring mini pot pies, pasta dishes, wonderful dessert stations…the options are endless.  Team that up with great cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and people you love and you have a recipe for a great party with a great value as well.

The wedding process can be a yearlong relationship and it is important to me that the families feel that they are in good hands and that the Chef is personally involved at all stages of the planning.  I am always available to answer questions, talk about menus, and offer my advice and experience. I want to ensure that you are comfortable and confident that your event will be awesome.

Baked Brie Wheel en Crute

Baked brie wheel en crute

Antipasto Display

Antipasto display