I’m thrilled to be sharing part of my wedding journey as Scratch Events first bride-to-be blogger! I can’t say catering is the most important part of our day (though secretly, to me it is) but it’s definitely the tastiest! You shouldn’t expect anything less from a foodie.
Here’s the thing, hailing from New Jersey, I think many would expect a different wedding than the one that I’ve been dreaming about. I’ve been swooning for months about all the spectacular details of our very unique rustic wedding. A scenic authentic barn venue set on an Ohio Farm surrounded by trees draped in fall’s beauty. A celebration of both our love and local love, our wedding promises to make hearts flutter while the leaves and petals fall.
Our theme of local love and my taste for Southern Charm lead me right to Chef Matthew Hayden. Undoubtedly, his reputation for preparing meals with a unique blend of flavors and his distinct style of cooking are what drew me in. I sort of knew what I was in store for but now I know I really didn’t.
A few years ago I took a trip to Savannah that rocked my pallet. THE FOOD. If ever you want a taste of the south that’s spiritual, you need to get Georgia on your mind. I’ve remembered my visit quite a few times while planning for our wedding. From the whimsical trees and gorgeous blooms, to the charm and cuisine that captured my heart, I’ve daydreamed about giving my guests those very same feelings I had while on my trip.
Southern Charm with A Twist
My first session or introduction to Chef Matt and Scratch Events happened by chance before our appointment. At Prime Time Rentals Bridal Show, he wooed me in with Pork Belly Sliders and a warm smile. One taste of those sliders and I knew this guy was for real. I’d also been to several events out and about while around in Dayton where his unforgettable food was on the menu but after our encounter at the bridal show, I found myself even more excited to meet with him about our wedding!
At our “official” meeting, Chef Matt had lunch prepared for me which I suspect was an extra measure to win me over. If so, his plan worked. It started with “Memas Salad”, a blend of romaine lettuce and colorful greens, candied nuts, shaved red onions, sliced strawberries and a magical dressing you’ll have to just taste for yourself. The romance continued with Shrimp and Grits then Petit Chicken and Waffles. I mean he had me at the salad, frankly.
Every bride is different and loves something more than anything about the planning of their wedding; the invites, the flowers, the music. For me it’s definitely been daydreaming about Savannah and having a menu like no other. Today Chef Matt sent me the first pass at our menu and I can’t even express how excited I am! I also can’t tell you what he’s got planned. Not yet anyway.
John and I have a very special and unique day planned. Every detail is authentic, from the vintage doilies and lace, antique milk glass and mason jars, we have truly created an experience of Southern Charm that I could have never imagined. Our love for Dayton and the city’s entrepreneurial spirit has kept us working with only vendors from the region, a compiled list of some of the most talented people I’ve ever met. All of this aside, I can’t help but be overwhelmed with excitement to work with Chef Matt and the staff at Scratch Events on some unforgettable food for our reception and cannot wait to share all the details from our final menu to sharing our day with his amazing staff!
– Shana D, Bride-To-Be
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