Bayfield Bakeries and Their Favorite Desserts
One of the biggest components of your wedding reception is the food! The caterer and menu you choose should reflect both your style and palate. Bayfield, Wisconsin and the surrounding Chequamegon region is home to a vibrant community of local farmers and producers, offering a variety of fresh fish, fruits and vegetables. This allows local caterers to provide you the best of the best!
We asked three local caterers to describe a favorite appetizer, entree or dessert that they commonly provide for weddings. Along with their favorite dish, they each offered up a catering recommendation for couples planning a Bayfield Wedding! Get ready for your mouth to water. Enjoy!
Cafe Coco- Artisan Bakery and Good Eats
Located in the neighboring town of Washburn, Cafe Coco serves breakfast and lunch along with a delicious deli and bakery. They pride themselves on using local ingredients and offering a variety of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. In addition to offering catering services, they can also make your wedding cake!
We spoke with Noreen, the owner of Cafe Coco, about her favorite dishes to cater. A favorite appetizer is Veggies and Dip, local vegetables with a basil and pesto cream. A favorite dessert is a pastry assortment, cheesecake danish, chocolate focaccia, raspberry kolache, baklava, hazelnut cream tarts and local blueberry bobka.
Noreen’s catering recommendation? Book your caterer early and discuss all details and charges with them.
Cafe Coco: Pastry Assortment + Veggies and Dip
Good Thyme Catering, Events and Lodging
Good Thyme is a well-established catering company that provides artisan, house-made cuisine for weddings and events in the Chequamegon Bay area. They have a fully licensed mobile kitchen, which enables them to prepare your food on site.
One of Good Thyme’s favorite dishes to cater is Wisconsin Cheese Curds with Dipping Sauce. A local favorite- no matter where you’re from! They dip fresh Wisconsin cheese curds in a signature batter and fry them until they’re golden brown with just a hint of crisp on the outside, with all the melty, cheesy goodness you could hope for on the inside. The cheese curds are excellent on their own, but they are happy to help you choose one or two of their scratch-made dipping sauces to serve them with.
Good Thyme: Wisconsin Cheese Curds with Dipping Sauce
Good Thyme’s favorite entree is Lake Superior Whitefish Provencal. Unbeatably fresh, local whitefish is poached in white wine, shallots and butter, then plated with Israeli couscous and topped with a colorful ensemble of cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, capers and herbs. It’s wonderfully elegant without being fussy, and it’s absolutely delicious. This dish also works wonderfully with tender chicken breasts, and makes a lovely family-style presentation as well!
One of Good Thyme’s top catering recommendations is to let the seasons help you choose your menu! It’s always best to start with what’s in season. Bayfield’s local fruits and vegetables are fresher and more flavorful than the store bought varieties, so they suggest including them whenever possible. From there, start thinking about your favorite dishes and determine a theme for your menu. One small little detail- like a specific herb, or a dish enjoyed while traveling- can provide inspiration for everything from starters to desserts.
Good Thyme: Lake Superior Whitefish Provencal
Landmark Restaurant at Old Rittenhouse Inn
Located inside the Old Rittenhouse Inn, Landmark Restaurant offers upscale American and French cuisine all year long in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Open for breakfast, lunch (by appointment) and dinner, Landmark Restaurant offers elegant ambiance with a casual feel. Landmark Restaurant offers many dining options for small weddings and intimate celebrations.
We spoke with the owners of Old Rittenhouse Inn about their favorite dish to cater, and their answer? Champagne Chicken. Their champagne chicken dish is marinated chicken breast char grilled and served with roasted mushrooms, a champagne-Gran Marinier cream sauce and julienne sliced fried prosciutto. Yum!
Landmark Restaurant’s catering recommendation is: Don’t try to please everyone! Go with what you like best, or go with locally sourced fare for the best, freshest experience.
Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant: Champagne Chicken
Also known as a rehearsal dinner, a groom’s dinner is a smaller, more intimate event typically held the night before the bride and groom’s wedding. Here in the Bayfield area, many couples get pretty creative with their groom’s dinners!
Read ahead to learn how to plan your groom’s dinner, especially if you’d like it to be done Bayfield style!
Groom’s Dinner at Good Thyme Restaurant
Typically a groom’s dinner’s attendees are the bride and groom’s immediate families along with their wedding party. Spouses/dates of any immediate family and wedding party members should be invited, along with your officiant and their spouse. Of course, the guest list can fluctuate to include any out of town guests, family members or anybody else for that matter!
Groom’s dinners are intended to be a celebratory night where the families and wedding party can spend more intimate time together. A relaxed setting with your closest family and friends allows your wedding weekend to kick off to a really great start. You will be able to loosen up some of the anticipation you have been building up for your wedding weekend!
Cheese Curds Catered by Good Thyme Catering
What is the difference between a groom’s dinner and rehearsal dinner? Traditionally this event is hosted by the groom’s family, in this case it would be referred to as the groom’s dinner. If the couple, bride’s parents or mix of all three are hosting the event then it would be referred to as the rehearsal dinner. Groom’s dinners can be anything from a backyard BBQ to a formal banquet dinner.
The Bayfield Style
Here in Bayfield we see a wide array of groom’s dinners. Good Thyme Restaurant had a groom’s dinner under a tent on the restaurant’s property where they served a fresh crab boil! The tables were covered with kraft paper, boots filled with succulents and wood crab mallets!
Lace & Brass Events had clients looking for a fun and relaxed meal for their rehearsal dinner. They recommended fish fry and beer! Having Lake Superior at our doorstep allows many local restaurants and caterers to serve fresh fish caught that morning.
Whether you are going to a restaurant for your groom’s dinner, hiring a caterer or doing the DIY approach the biggest tip we have is to relax and enjoy this intimate time with your closest family and friends!
The famous Old Rittenhouse Inn is an appealing venue for many brides and grooms who want to incorporate the historic charm of Bayfield into their special day. Whether looking for a place for guests to stay, a location for the rehearsal/groom’s dinner or a special venue for the wedding itself (or all of the above!) – The Old Rittenhouse Inn provides an ideal backdrop for your Bayfield wedding.
We spoke with Wendy Phillips, the Wedding and Event Director at Old Rittenhouse Inn, to learn more about their venue and everything it has to offer.
Wendy prides herself in being an organized and detailed person when planning your wedding from afar. Read ahead to hear what advice she offers and what she can do for you and your wedding, elopement or honeymoon!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and Old Rittenhouse Inn.
Old Rittenhouse Inn was started by my in-laws 41 years ago. Interestingly enough, I started my first job here when I was 16, met my husband and ended up getting married here! I have been the Wedding & Events Director for the last 13 years. Old Rittenhouse Inn was the first bed and breakfast in Wisconsin 41 years ago. Now it is comprised of 2 Victorian mansions and a guest cottage. We offer 20 rooms all year around along with gourmet dining.
What services does Old Rittenhouse Inn provide for weddings and honeymoons?
For weddings we offer full service, wedding and event planning. We can do as little or as much as desired. We can refer officiants, photographers, florists, musicians, and bakeries and provide music, chairs, all of the setup and cleanup of the event, catering services, full wine and liquor, and lodging services. For smaller elopements we can even provide witnesses!
For honeymoons we offer a special Honeymoon Package, which includes a room of your choice, a candlelight dinner at Landmark Restaurant, homemade sweets, cookies & bottle of champagne for your room, a keepsake Old Rittenhouse Inn ornament, a hand-crafted mug with glazed Old Rittenhouse Inn, and a choice of two Bayfield preserves.
How many weddings to date have taken place at your venues?
In the last 13 years since I have been the Wedding & Event Director we have done more than 300 weddings. Weddings have been taking place at Old Rittenhouse Inn since opening 41 years ago, so that number would be much larger!
Tell us a little bit about the process of hiring you to plan a wedding.
We offer a free consultation and tour for anyone who is interested. After determining the clients needs we provide them with a general proposal. Once someone has determined they want the Old Rittenhouse Inn for their wedding, we require a deposit and signed contract. After receiving the deposit and signed contract, we start the planning process! I do a majority of the planning during the winter time, which couples appreciate having most of the details worked out far in advance.
Tell us about elopements.
Elopements have become very popular in the last 4-5 years, this may be due to the fact that we began heavily marketing elopements around that time. We have an elopement package that is basically a one-stop-shop. We cover all of the major things people would be looking for in an elopement. Typically elopements are for 2-10 people, and we can provide witnesses if needed.
Do you have many couples who were married there return in the years to follow?
Many couples return every year for anniversaries. It is really sweet to see people come back year after year and eventually come with babies in tow. I have couples come back that were married by my in-laws years ago.
Do you have any recommendations for brides looking to get married in Bayfield?
I highly recommend you plan in advance, especially for the larger weddings. There are a limited amount of venues that can cater to larger groups, and they book up quickly. Keep in mind lodging can book up quickly too. All in all, Bayfield is gorgeous. There are so many neat things that people do these days with their weddings. I say do it! Bayfield is more natural to me, orchards, woods, and gardens offer many pretty and unique experiences.
What is a piece of advice you tell all of your clients?
The biggest thing I stress to all of my clients is don’t forget your marriage license! One time I had someone show up with a Minnesota license. You need to be very careful with marriage licenses. Couples can overlook it, leave it until last minute or just not prepare for it as they should be. Educate yourselves on the laws as far as which state/county you live in and what documents you need to bring with you.
Muffins, quiche, local fruit, freshly brewed coffee… who doesn’t love brunch?!
Many couples decide to extend their wedding weekend festivities into Sunday. Whether the concept of brunch the day-after your wedding is new to you or something you’ve already contemplated, here are some tips and ideas for your brunch here in Bayfield.
Mini Quiche and Breakfast Pastries made by The Fat Radish
Who to invite?
Patti Holman, owner of The Fat Radish, has found that 25-50 guests is the most popular guest count for brunch. A day-after wedding brunch is perfect for those who want to spend more time with their wedding party, immediate family and out-of-town guests.
Your wedding day will be very busy and you may wish you could spend more time with the guests that traveled to celebrate with you. Not only would inviting your out-of-town guests be a nice gesture, but it would allow you to have quality one-on-one time with them without being distracted.
Hosting a brunch is a very sweet way to say thank you, again, to your wedding party and immediate family. By Sunday everyone is relaxed and enjoying each other’s company.
Yogurt Parfaits Provided by Lace & Brass Events, LLC
Where to host?
The really nice thing about a day-after wedding brunch is there are no rules! It can be as formal or informal as you would like. Emily Jeffress, owner of Lace & Brass Events, LLC, suggests hosting your brunch either at or near the location where your guests are staying. This will eliminate additional traveling for you and your guests by keeping the logistics simple. A few suggestions for the location: the hotel where you had room blocks, a local restaurant, the venue where you had your wedding or a family member’s home.
Fresh Roasted Coffee from Big Water Coffee Roasters
What to serve?
Noreen, owner of Café Coco, says quiche and pastries are her most requested brunch items. Other popular brunch items are local fruit, honey baked ham, yogurt parfaits, breakfast sandwiches, juice and coffee.
Big Water Coffee Roasters is our local source for fresh roasted coffee that can be picked up or delivered in large cambro containers, along with everything you would need for coffee service. Add a mimosa bar or bloody mary bar to spice up your brunch! Provide all of the fixins’, allowing your guests to design their own drinks.
Day-after Wedding Brunch Catered by Café Coco
Planning a wedding or day-after wedding brunch? Take a look at our Bayfield venues and vendors!
It is getting later in the night and everyone is still having a blast at your wedding. Dancing, drinking and socializing have worked up quite an appetite for you and your guests. It has been hours since dinner and soon guests will begin traveling back to their hotel rooms. Make your great wedding a fantastic one by surprising everyone with a late-night snack! Not only will a late-night snack satisfy their appetite, it can also sober them up a bit. There are endless possibilities for what snack you can choose.
You can never go wrong with pizza, sliders, corn dogs or sandwiches! Everyone loves these classic go-to carbs, which you can customize to your preferences or wedding theme. You could have the pizzas delivered or talk with your caterer about taking care of the snacks.
You can really have fun and get creative with this one! Pretzel bars, taco bars, popcorn bars or nacho bars are just the beginning. Start with the basics and provide all of the fixins so your guests can really customize their own snack. Having a bar set up is a great option because your guests can snack throughout the night while your caterer keeps the food refilled.
Ice cream sundaes, cookies + milk, and fruit + chocolate are just a few snack ideas for you and your guests. Everyone will be sure to enjoy these sweet tasty treats while finishing up the night dancing away!
Keepin’ it Classy
Who’s to say you can’t snack on smoked salmon or a cheese torta at night? Good Thyme Catering has even provided sushi as a late night snack! Your guests will really enjoy these appetizer-like snacks even if it is at 10 p.m.!
Whatever you choose for your late-night snack, there is no doubt that your guests will be happily surprised and grateful! Whether you tackle the snack yourself or have your caterer or coordinator handle it, make sure you don’t wait until last minute to plan it!
Check out Bayfield’s venues and vendors here.
It’s time to tackle the task of finding a caterer for your wedding! This is a major to-do on the list and the quicker you get it checked off, the better off you’ll be. In demand caterers can be booked up to a year in advance. We asked Renee Holman of Good Thyme Catering to give us some insight and tell us what to look for when booking a caterer. You’ll be better off once you’ve reached the bottom of this page.
What is your job title and what does that mean to folks planning their wedding?
My name is Renee Holman owner / head chef for Good Thyme Catering. Good Thyme Catering is a well established catering company and we proudly take an artisanal approach to our food. We are very old school about our preparation; making everything from scratch. We have been catering weddings and events in the Bayfield area for over 16 years. We have a tremendous amount of experience and will make your wedding a truly special event.
What is one thing that separates your business from other similar businesses?
We are the only caterer in the area with a mobile kitchen. Our mobile kitchen enables us to prepare the food on site and ensure your food is as fresh and hot as if your were sitting in our restaurant!
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What is your favorite part about catering weddings?
My favorite thing is to serve people’s creative ability and see it come to life and have a memorable event.
What are the most common mistakes couples make when planning their wedding?
Don’t forget to keep your eye on what’s really important to you. Don’t get bogged down in so many small details that you don’t spend enough time on what’s important.
If something goes wrong, try your best to take deep breaths and think about the big picture. Above all, keep your sense of humor!
Is there one aspect of the actual wedding day that could go smoother?
The crucial thing about a fabulous wedding celebration is knowing what’s suppose to happen when. I will work with brides to ensure this part of the wedding goes as smooth as possible and can suggest changes where I feel they might be needed.
What’s your best advice for couples working with a tight budget?
Planning a wedding on a tight budget is a challenge. The key to making the most of a wedding, regardless of it’s cost can be boiled downs to 3 things: set priorities, use resources that are available and be creative. Buy used! There are so many wedding purchases that can be made secondhand, and considering most wedding items are only used once, and gently at that, you can get many things for a deal. One-time use items, such as toasting flutes, cake knifes and servers are things we as caterers can provide at no extra cost I have a basement full of gems from past weddings available to be used.
When finding a caterer, what are three things couples should look for?
1. Listen to word of mouth recommendations. No amount of advertising can replace a good recommendation from somebody.
2. Schedule to meet in person and try some food. Meeting in person is nice when possible to really get a feel for the couple and their likes and dislikes and show off your cooking style.
3. Consider the caterer’s specialty and what services are needed. We all have our strengths, so try to find the caterer that meets your needs. Good Thyme has the equipment and experience to professionally handle a party of 10 or 200.