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Guest Star: A Window into Wolfgang Puck Catering

Stitely has worked with many A-List caterers over the years. Their delectable dishes are works of art that grab your attention while titillating your taste buds! We had a chat with Pamela Swisher, Director of Sales from Wolfgang Puck Catering, to get an inside look at what it’s like to work at such a high-level caterer.

Wolfgang Puck Catering

Stitely Entertainment (SE): How did you get started in catering, Pamela?

Pamela Swisher (PS): I started to cook part-time on parties with a company called Gaper’s Catering.  I had a full-time job, but fell in love with the team work I experienced putting out an event.  Shortly after starting with Gaper’s, I interviewed for a full-time position and was placed as the sales representative for one of their top corporate companies.

SE: How do you develop a menu?

PS: We listen to our clients about their vision and budget.  Then I work with our talented culinary team to personalize a creative seasonal menu that will exceed their expectations and wow their guests.

SE: Since you work with food for a living, do you enjoy cooking at home? What are some of your favorite things to cook?

PS: I love to cook!  In the summer it is everything to do with tomatoes and whatever I can buy at the Farmer’s Markets – I let the gorgeous produce lead me in the right direction.  I make a mean meatloaf and “world famous” Italian sausage lasagna when it gets cold!

SE: What is the craziest event story you can share?

Wolfgang Puck

PS: The night of one of the galas we were catering, we actually had Wolfgang Puck on site and really wanted to make him proud of his Chicago team…Just prior to the first course being served, a circuit blew out in the kitchen tent – no lights and no ovens!  As we are waiting to hear when the electricity would be back on, a “surprise” table of 12 started to become agitated because there was no table set for them.  We were all trying to keep everyone calm and look as professional as possible.  Over the radios, someone let the cold kitchen know they were ready for the salads to go out – even though we had no electricity in the hot food tent!  So, salads went out, a 12-top table got popped up and the electricity magically came on – all at the same time!  Big sighs of relief, but so stressful for an intense minute!

SE: What sets Wolfgang Puck Catering apart from other caterers?

PS: We are a passionate group, committed to delivering on Wolfgang’s vision.  Our restaurant-quality experience includes creative presentation and the best ingredients, as well as personalized service – sometimes a challenge in the special event setting!  Our food is easy to sell because it is always prepared a la minute (to order) so we know it is going to be delicious.  Our service is perfect.  Our customer relations are of utmost in importance to our sales team.

Wolfgang Puck Catering

SE: What advice would you give to couples when working with their caterer on their wedding?

PS: I start by telling couples that the whole process should be fun and if it ever gets stressful, they need to take a break and walk away from the wedding planning temporarily.  I also tell them to get all of their vendors hired and then we can do a tasting as one of the last phases of the planning.  I think it helps them relax about making so many big decisions at once.

SE: Put your iPod on shuffle. What are the first three songs that come up?

PS: 1. Lady Gaga – “Born This Way,”2. Gipsy Kings- “Volare,” 3. Nat and Natalie Cole -“Unforgettable”

Thanks for sharing Pamela! In case you haven’t seen enough mouthwatering pics from the Wolfgang Puck menu, here’s a few more. Enjoy!

Wolfgang Puck Catering

Wolfgang Puck Catering

Wolfgang Puck Catering

Wolfgang Puck Catering

Wolfgang Puck Catering

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