Here at i-do Boutique, we are fortunate to work with wonderful vendors on a daily basis. This week we had a chance to chat with Jeff Thomas, owner of Jeff Thomas Catering. Here’s what Jeff had to say about the business he loves:
Jeff Thomas Catering has a 30th birthday this year. Established in 1985, we have proudly provided many happy memories to life events in the greater Cincinnati area. Our success has been built on quickly identifying client needs and designing a proposal that fits their taste and budget. Our “one on one” approach is one we still use today. I meet with each bride first to determine her vision. A proposal is turned around within 48 hours. And if all is acceptable, the family tasting for up to 6 people is set with me in my East Walnut Hills condo. The evening is complete with wine and fun discussions from timelines to floor plans. And sometimes, just fun discussions!!
Our web site www.jeffthomascatering.com shows a list of several venues we frequent. These are some of the most prestigious in town. Also, our site will give ideas of things we’ve done and things we do well. No cuisine scares our culinary team. I have extensively traveled the world to understand different seasonings, cultures and cuisines. So you can expect us to present anything from Indonesian Rjjstafel to Indian street food!! Please challenge us!!
At Jeff Thomas Catering, we feel the service is just as important as the food. We pride ourselves on top notch staffing to meet your every need. We are also very good at “flipping” a room from ceremony to reception. Over 20 years experience with Cincinnati Park weddings has prepared us for such venues.
5 Questions in 5 Minutes
Question #1 – What is your favorite wedding day story? While I have lots of favorite wedding stories, one that sticks out in my mind is a Jewish wedding we catered at the Freedom Center a few years ago. During the Hora, (a traditional dance), they not only lifted the bride and groom in their chairs and paraded them around, but they next placed them in a large blanket and tossed them into the air as if they were on a trampoline. As if that wasn’t enough, the groom got back up in a chair and stood up as the groomsmen held him in the air on his chair. He then proceeded to balance yet another chair on top of his head. Truly amazing. Circus like, but better! Who could forget a sight such as that?!
Question #2 – (Where would we find you on a Saturday night assuming you’re not working a wedding?) You would most likely find me in my home kitchen cooking for friends. While I played chef for my first six years in business, I rarely get to step into the commissary kitchen in an apron. Thus, my job is an extension of my hobby!
Question #3 – What is your “go to” drink to order at the bar? My favorite drink at a bar would be a dry “Rob Roy”. That’s one part dry vermouth and two parts scotch. It’s served chilled and straight up like a martini. But Danger Will Robinson!! Only allowed one of these!!!
Question #4 – Favorite thing about being involved in the wedding industry in Cincinnati? What I like most about the wedding industry in Cincinnati is all of the new and wonderful venues. Years ago, it was a struggle to find great wedding venues. Today, the variety is great. And you have everything from vintage to contemporary to rustic to breathtaking views. It’s always fun to fit the food to the venue.
Question #5 – What is the best thing about your job? The best thing about my job is two fold. First is the super cool trays, props, gel beads and LED lights that are so much more fun than the table cloth “clouded” buffets of 30 years ago. Everything is streamlined and crisp. The second thing I love is that all of my travel is research for my company. And I travel extensively to find new ideas and fun inspiration.
Hungry yet? Us too! Contact Jeff Thomas for a no obligation consultation.
815 Oak Street
Ludlow, Kentucky 41016
P. (859) 291-0286
F. (859) 291-3290