10 YEARS OF MEMORABLE MOMENTS
As we enter the 10th year of what’s been a whirlwind ride at Bar Harbor Catering Company, I can’t help but look back in awe at the countless events and milestone moments that have occupied our calendars over the last decade. Most recently, our new sign that marks our new location in Bar Harbor! In honor of turning double digits, I’m sharing my top 10 most memorable moments, in no particular order.
1. Dana and Cassie
Dana and Cassie stand tall in my mind as one of our most memorable early Spring weddings. They say “April showers…”, but this May 2014 wedding was host not only to two of my favorite brides but also to one of our most epic downpours. It rained buckets, but these two fearless females grabbed their rain boots and didn’t let anything stand in their way of holy matrimony and one ruckus good time! Their photographer friend Erica Camille took advantage of the stormy skies and created stunning photos that would never have been possible on a “perfect” sunny day.
2. Skye and Allen
9/10/11 is a date not easily forgotten and this fall wedding in Trenton was one for the books. Mother Nature gave us gorgeous weather and the decor was on point as Maine Season’s events Megan Gilpatrick worked her magic turning the bride’s family home into a wedding wonderland. The BHCC crew was even able to step in with sunflowers from our gardens when the family’s flowers didn’t bloom in time. We propped them up just in time for delighted squeals from Denise, the matriarch and mother of the bride. As the years have passed, we’ve watched the happy couple, Skye and Allen, turn from newlyweds to parents of twin baby boys and have had the pleasure of their company at a yearly wedding “revisited” private chef event at their home.
3. Lila and Dan
When Lila and Dan wanted to create a carefully curated elementary school inspired event in a local theatre to honor the time when they first met, we were excited to create a menu fit for the theme. We immediately set about to put spins on Lila and Dan’s favorite ‘90s lunchbox classics, (which also happened to be ours)! We started with a BHCC version of Lunchables, with house-made chicken terrine and parmesan crackers, red dragon cheese, and jam. “Tuna on Whitebread”, PB n’ J Tarts with Toasted Fluff, Cherry Milkshakes with Twizzlers Straws, and Malted Milkbread shortbread were all featured. For beverages, our bar manager Nick incorporated the couples’ favorite cocktail flavors to create “Teacher’s Pet” and “Lunch Milk,” served to guests from the venue’s ticket window.
4. Jenna and Steve
Many of our clients have become friends and friends have become clients, but catering your best friend’s wedding AND being in the bridal party isn’t something we experience every day. Our team killed it in the kitchen while I waltzed down the aisle (after an impromptu chorus of “Going the Chapel”) in what is my 4th most memorable moment. The waterfront wedding was a fairy tale fit for a queen and an Avenger (or two).
5. Laura & Brendan
Laura grew up summering on Great Cranberry Island, a small outer island off the coast of Mount Desert Island, and it was host to her and Brendan’s epic summer wedding in 2013. It was the first of what would become many outer island weddings for our company and let’s just say, no events give us as quite as much pride as one of these logistically challenging and undeniably stunning celebrations. Outer island weddings require a careful amount of planning where every detail, down to the last ice cube, must be considered. There are no bridges, so everything including food and people must arrive via barge, mail boat, or water taxi. Our favorite detail, however, had to be the bride killing it in her wedding dress and Bean boots.
6. Maine Coast Heritage Trust
When we were tasked with transforming an unused tennis court into a Rockefeller worthy party, we eagerly accepted the challenge. Using the Asian-inspired gardens as the backdrop, we created edible terrariums, a Cambodian beef station, and house-made waffle cones with pate and pistachios. The end result was a sunny August event complete with a few swoon worthy celebrity sightings.
7. Sweet Details
Every event has it’s own unique personality that aligns with the vision of the couple getting married or the host. One of my favorite things about events are all the fun, personalized details that go into each and every one. Here’s just a snippet of my favorites!
Working in the catering industry has afforded us some really amazing experiences, not the least of which is our annual excursions to Catersource. We anxiously await our trips each year to places like NOLA and Las Vegas and revel in the opportunity to immerse ourselves in catering, catering, and nothing but catering for several days straight. When our loved ones back home get tired of our ceaseless catering conversations, our friends at Catersource never tire of it, as they are blessed with the same affliction. We always come back refreshed and ready to take on the next season having learned, eaten, and socialized our way through each conference. We’re also especially proud to have been nominated for a few national awards there, although we jokingly refer to ourselves as the Susan Lucci of Catersource, having left empty-handed thus far.
This one is not a single date or a moment or even an event, but rather a compilation of bonds and relationships that have been forged in the blank spaces between all of the goings-on: the moments between prep and event and planning and execution, the long hours spent driving and bouncing to our favorite throwback jams in our lovingly worn pick up truck, and the many times we reflect on what we just accomplished, together. These moments, which when strung together form the true identity of who we are as a company, a bunch of weird people who love food and Maine and sharing it with the people who live and visit here.
10. New Digs
No memorable moments compilation would be complete without the mention of our new home at 367 State Highway 3 in Bar Harbor. The purchase and renovation of the former convenience store during the winter of 2017 was tedious and time-consuming but made all the better by our trusted partnership with our favorite builder (and patient human) Jake Johnson, owner of J. Johnson Builders. Jake and his partner (and wife!) Rachel, transformed this once dark and dreary space into the light-filled production kitchen, tasting room, and office space of our dreams (and then some). It has hosted countless tastings, meetings, and is the epicenter of all of our crazy ideas and foodie fantasies, many of which come to life on the plates of diners at one of our many events.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mandy Fountaine is the Owner and Chief Culinary Officer of Bar Harbor Catering Company, lifelong Mainer, and lover of all things food and travel related.