Nothing brings people together like a shared meal. This is exactly what Save the Date Catering strives to convey through delectable dishes at every one of their events. “Whenever people want to gather, that’s who we want to work with,” says Kate Duggan, a catering coordinator at Save the Date.
Owned by Pamela Briere, Save the Date has worked over 60 events since their recent opening in October of 2016, including weddings, anniversary parties, and rehearsal dinners. Pam has been in restaurant management for almost two decades and is responsible for operations at multiple restaurants outside of Save the Date. “I enjoy watching my employees excel,” she says. “I have employees who have been with me since day one of ownership.”
While weddings are their primary niche, Save the Date is expanding. Pam is currently in the process of hiring catering coordinators in a variety of markets to serve a wider scope of clientele. Two of these employees, Cathy Ebers and Kate, are catering coordinators who have known each other personally for years. They combine their unique skill sets to create an unstoppable duo. “Cathy is more organized in preparation, and I really like the execution,” says Kate. “That includes things like getting the food on the table, making sure everybody has what they need, making sure the bride is happy and that the toast happens at the right time.” Working at both intimate and large-scale events, Save the Date is comfortable with a party size anywhere from 20 to 1,000 people.
Inside their brand-new location at 1902 Betz Road, in Bellevue, Save the Date houses an industrial kitchen, an elegant waiting area, and a posh new tasting room for potential clients to sample the food before the big occasion. Working with Chef Peter Vanderzyl (“Chef Pete”), Save the Date will be offering a brand-new menu that features locally sourced ingredients with a gourmet flair. Cathy is especially pleased by the focus on local produce. “We’re chopping it ourselves, we’re cooking it ourselves, we’re aiming for more fresh food,” she shares.
Creating comfort food with a gourmet twist, Chef Pete makes mashed potatoes with roasted garlic-infused oil to enhance every flavorful bite. If a more formal cocktail hour is on the menu, Chef Pete can create petite amuse-bouches with fresh herbs and spices—small bites with big flavor. Save the Date provides everything from sit-down dinners to buffet-style meals. They will even recreate Grandma’s favorite lasagna from scratch, if a recipe has sentimental value for your guests. “We want to make sure to get it absolutely perfect for your event,” says Cathy.
“The thought of entertaining 60-plus people for an annual family Christmas party was overwhelming,” says customer Jane Ford. “I want to thank Cathy Ebers and Save the Date for coming to my rescue. Cathy was in contact with me diligently prior to the event, planning all the details—including the full menu. The day before the event, Cathy came to our house to set up the buffet line and help with decorations. The food was delicious, and we received great feedback from the guests. This was my first time using a caterer for an event like this, and I can honestly say it was well worth the money and peace of mind. I would give Save the Date a five-star rating!”
Cathy and Kate build personal relationships with their clientele, forming a special bond by the time the event itself comes together. “It’s emotional,” says Cathy. “This is their special day!” Whether you are looking for a full-blown affair or a sweet and salty fix, Save the Date can accommodate virtually any request. They offer gluten-free options and can easily cater to specific dietary needs.
To the staff at Save the Date, nothing is more rewarding than their mutual success. “I have been able to watch my team grow and become successful, and that is very satisfying to me,” says Pam. “It’s the best reward I could ever receive.” Her team feels the same way about their work. As they thrive under pressure, Kate stresses that her favorite part of her job is “executing an event where everyone is happy at the end. Even if things have gone wrong, as long as everyone’s had a wonderful time, we’re happy.”
With the tools and leadership of Pam and skillful catering coordinators like Cathy and Kate, Save the Date Catering stands to become one of Omaha’s top catering destinations. If you want to put a fun twist on your next event, call Save the Date Catering at 402-504-4466 or visit them online at savethedatecateringandevents.com.
Written for Women’s Edition February 2019: https://www.womensedition.com/omahaenterprisingideas