Check out some great event-planning tips from our ISU Alumni Center team. This piece was written by Angela Horner, ISU Alumni Center Program Assistant. For more tips and assistance planning a special event at the ISU Alumni Center, call Angela, Lexi, or Brooke at (515) 294-4625 or visit www.isualumnicenter.org.
Over the next several weeks, we will be putting each of our approved caterers in the “spotlight” and giving them a chance to answer a few questions about their food, beverages, and services. This week is Olde Main Brewing Company, more than a downtown Ames restaurant and brewery.
- Who or what influences your catering?
My clients influence me the most, learning what type of event they are holding or what type of special occasion they are celebrating helps create a vision for the event and inspires me to create and capture the essence of their event. Working with brides-to-be is especially influential, nowadays there are so many options for couples that creating their menu is influential as well as just plain fun!
- What sets your catering business apart from others in the industry?
Olde Main Brewing Company’s catering services are unique, custom as well as constantly changing. We strive to provide our customers with one on one personal service from the initial planning stages to the very last detail. No event is too small or too large, we will cater to it all. The staff at Olde Main pay careful attention to detail and offer exceptional customer service from beginning to end. While we offer a full catering menu, our Chef will happily develop custom menu items based on your requests. Chef Jamie has been a Chef all over the world and is influenced by many different cultures and types of food.
- What is one thing most people do not know about your business?
That we in fact cater. Most people think that we are just a restaurant and that we brew beer. We offer a full range of catering services for any occasion large or small. We have full service catering as well as full service bar catering, one of the few in Ames!
- What is your chef’s favorite entrée to make?
Many of Chef Jamie’s menu items are influenced by the French. He does a wonderful job of tying in American cuisine with that of other cultures as well. Chef Jamie’s range is limitless and he takes great pride in preparing and presenting his food. Any dish that a guest raves about brings a smile to his face!
- What is your most popular menu item?
From our catering menu, the most popular item would have to be the Boursin Stuffed Chicken Breast, oven-roasted chicken breast, filled with spinach, boursin cheese and sun dried tomatoes in boursin cream sauce. This entrée item not only looks great and tastes great, but is hands down our most popular buffet entrée item.
For more information about ISU Alumni Center approved caterers click here.