WOW Factor Catering – Bringing the Party to You!
Aug01

WOW Factor Catering – Bringing the Party to You!

Summer is upon us as evidenced by the long hot days, children (okay, and me) playing Pokémon Go in the streets, and endless festivities. Between weddings, backyard parties, baby showers, birthday parties, and dog adoptions parties (yes, that is a thing) it oftentimes seems like there are not enough hours in the day to get anything done. That’s where Waiter on the Way comes in. You most likely have heard of Waiter on the Way, Fort Wayne’s locally owned restaurant food delivery service, that brings over 150 restaurants directly to you. Owner Derek Berkes prides himself on excellent customer service and delivering beyond expectations. Having been with the business 15 years, he has has seen it expand from food delivery, an acquisition of local dessert staple Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies (can I just tell you how addicting the Lemon Ricotta cookies are?!), and a change in locale. The business exploded in popularity and demand until it literally ran out of space. Berkes made the decision to move downtown to be more central to the city and create better visibility with an actual storefront, WOW Factor, that serves quick grab-and-go boxed lunches that include delicious sandwiches, salads, and, of course, the aforementioned cookie. In typical fashion, Waiter on the Way is expanding once again with the addition of WOW Factor Catering. This new venture has Berkes partnering with General Manager, Brandi Schorey, to custom-make creative culinary concoctions for anything from bridal showers to dinner parties, baby showers, weddings, and more. I was especially intrigued by the brunch option in which you can design your very own backyard brunch (or indoors if you prefer!) for you and your friends. They deliver everything to your specifications, including utensils, and can even bring the beer and wine as long as you give them advanced notice! Its like Uber for your party! While you have the ability to order pre-designed items online, Brandi recommends that you contact her directly so that she can work with you on custom-designing your event. She has been working with Waiter on the Way for 13 years and has organized numerous events. She can help you navigate through your event menu and make sure everything matches your specifications. When I met with her she was overflowing with ideas from custom-designed cupcakes to mouth watering entrees. You can even schedule time for a tasting to see what flavor profiles you prefer. Nakia, formerly the in-house baker at Vanilla Bean, designs many of the desserts on their menu and enjoys the creative challenge. I peeped her Hello Kitty cupcakes that were custom-made for an event and they were beyond adorable! You will be able...

Read More
Planning a Wedding in 2016?…Me Too! (Part 2)
Feb24

Planning a Wedding in 2016?…Me Too! (Part 2)

Now that Valentine’s Day is behind us, I’m sure there are a few more newly-engaged couples to join in on the wedding planning conversation. Congrats, by the way!! Before we venture into more options for your upcoming nuptials, let’s quickly recap my original “Planning a Wedding” post: 1) Andy and I are finally “taking the plunge” this year; 2) our guest list was over 400 people; 3) I shared my favorite findings regarding where to purchase a dress, rent tuxedos, and amazing bakeries for that perfect cake; and finally 4) for those who have an extensive guest list (such as mine), I shared some great venue options that can accommodate very large gatherings. Yes, yes…I am sure that most of you reading this blog are waiting for me to explain what I meant by saying “our guest list was over 400 people.” The key word is “was.” After all these years of planning our big day around trying to make everyone else happy, Andy and I have decided to compromise – a lot. It was a difficult decision, but all-in-all we just want to finally get married. We have ultimately decided to cut the list down to simply our kids, parents, grandparents, and brothers and sisters. In total we have narrowed the count down to 25 people from over 400. Now that I have explained our new guest count, let’s look into other venue options for those who have a smaller guest list: SMALL-MID SIZE WEDDING VENUES Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation has a plethora of relatively inexpensive venues! One of my favorites is the ever-so-popular Botanical Conservatory in downtown Fort Wayne. This venue is a beautiful setting for intimate weddings, and they can also host your reception. A few of my other favorite gorgeous venues with Fort Wayne Parks & Rec include: Lakeside Rose Gardens, the Bridal Glen at Foster Park, and the Wells Street Bridge. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Museum in Auburn is a romantic destination with a classic feel! Besides a great indoor venue, you can choose to share your nuptials on the grand staircase if desired! Baker Street Station offers an amazing historic background and detailed scenery for your big day! This former rail station is located in downtown Fort Wayne. MUSIC I am going to take the chance to brag on the musicians that we have booked for our “big day.” Ken Preston plays guitar and Linda Kummernuss plays the violin. This magical duo from Auburn plays all original music in harmony together. Just a couple weeks ago they came to our home and played for us in person, and I had tears in...

Read More
Planning a Wedding in 2016?…Me too!
Jan13

Planning a Wedding in 2016?…Me too!

The holidays might be over with, but if you are newly engaged the overwhelming feelings of warm-and-fuzzy are probably still lingering inside! For many it’s exciting to think about planning a wedding, but others might cringe at the task. No worries – Living Fort Wayne has you covered! Over the next several weeks we will share our findings, wish lists, and realities when it comes to planning a wedding. As for me…well my fiance, Andy, and I are a “special” case. After three children together and almost 10 years, we have finally determined that 2016 is the year. That’s right: no more excuses, no more letting finances get in the way, no more being simply Ms. Farmer and Mr. Adkins. A little back story: Andy and I both come from large Catholic families. For those of you who were raised Catholic, you know what that means. For those of you who were not raised Catholic, let me clue you in a bit: besides our immediate families we also felt it necessary to invite the extended family (as we are all close – all 103 of us), our friends (who are all married and have children of their own), and let’s not forget our parents’ and grandparents’ close friends, coworkers, old coworkers, and so on. Our guest list was over 400 people. If you find that your guest list is also pretty extensive, below are a few places I looked into that can accommodate such a number and I highly recommend for your big day. (Of course there are so many other great wedding venues around Fort Wayne, but these are my favorite.) VENUE Shiloh in Fort Wayne can hold up to 450 people in each of their 2 wings, and they have a beautiful outdoor area for wedding ceremonies. The National Military History Center in Auburn can accommodate up to 1,350 people in their largest room. They are also able to help you organize an “indoor” wedding inside the facility if desired and can quickly transform the space into your reception. The Hay Loft in Hoagland consists of a beautiful old barn and a large lawn surrounded by fields – perfect for those wanting a “rustic” feel in the country. The barn has two levels; one can hold roughly 100 people and the other can accommodate around 200 guests. * Another thing to keep in mind is that most venues require you to use either their own catering services or a caterer from their “approved catering” list. Make sure you inquire about catering options while looking into venues! CAKE Now that you have a few leads on a venue, let’s move on...

Read More