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From Scratch-Cooking, Prepared “Fresh on the Spot!” How can we earn your business?farm

Farm to Fork, a well know Restaurant in Emporia Va. who focuses on Fresh, Local, Organic, made-from-scratch dishes,  Has taken its good grub on the road and expanded its operations by launching its Mobile Food Unit! A fully equipped mobile kitchen that can be setup up at your office or place of business and a customized menu can be prepared “Fresh on the Spot!”

Marcus Gilliam, Chef at Farm to Fork, said the interest in Corporate Catering was inspired by the demand from diners for more food options at the work place. With the explosion of interest in Healthier Eating, the “POP- UP” Catering Service has already proven to be a hit with businesses. Gilliam is not new to the Food Business! He has spent the last 15 years preparing food and serving a variety of clients, ranging from corporate, civic organizations, non-profit groups and individuals from Washington DC to Atlanta. In March of 2016 Gilliam opened Farm to Fork a fast casual restaurant where their mission is to provide healthier food for the community and where Gilliam currently works as executive chef.

By Visiting Farm to Fork’s website guests can Order a Catered Lunch and have it delivered to your Office or Place of Business or Request a Quote for a Customized Menu as well as Schedule a Food Truck!  www.FarmtoForkVirginia.com

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RESTAURATEUR MARCUS GILLIAM BRINGS FARM TO TABLE DINING TO EMPORIA, VIRGINIA

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Owner and operator of International Events and established restaurateur Marcus Gilliam, is not new to the food business, he has cooked and catered events up and down the East Coast since 2005. Now, with the launching of his new venture Farm To Fork, Marcus proudly returns to his home town of Emporia, VA to promote healthier living through combining modern sensibilities with southern soul; in an effort to create a place that bridges the gap between locally grown foods and the community at a distinctive dining destination in the south end of town.

The new location will be a casual dinner that treasures the best of Southern living, both in style and culture. “Our style is what we like to call Rustic Chic,” says Gilliam, while highlighting the importance of local, naturally grown food and the relationship between suppliers and the chef. “Our goal with Farm To Fork is to create an atmosphere that truly resonates with the local community and celebrates the best of what surrounds us— great food and great people!!!

Rooted in a core belief of cultivating community through a conscious commitment to locality and sustainability, Marcus and his team are tirelessly committed to seeking outstanding local products and the talents of passionate artisans, growers and purveyors to provide them with the defining ingredients that create the overall experience at Farm To Fork.

Lead by Marcus Gilliam himself, Farm To Fork’s kitchen will be a workshop where a dedicated team creates ever-changing menus dictated by the season’s finest farm raised products and responsibly raised meats.

“The specialty of our product is the defining factor in everything that we do,” says Marcus. “Sourcing for us is a constant, and the core of our inspiration.” From Organic produce, naturally raised meats, fresh-from-the farm eggs, locally sourced dairy, you will be able to taste the quality in every bite. “We wanted to create a space that resonated with the community and pay tribute to the past farmers whose hard work and passion once carried our town.”

With a hip Design, the sunlit urban space revokes a modern theme with a vibrant colors scheme, wide-open windows that wrap around the corner, creates an urban culinary experience. For our décor we used a lot of reclaimed materials, natural woods, clean vintage details that come together to create a hip space. A large 20-foot counter serves as a centerpiece of the interior, while the high-top tables and comfortable seating provides a place for friends and neighbors to await their orders. When you arrive to the location the first thing you will see is the outdoor patio, with plenty of parking in the back.

Daily menus will offer market-fresh options such as the Free Range Chicken Sandwich or the Earth burger, 100% Grass Fed Beef burger which defines simple perfection with a slice of aged cheddar and a smearing of fancy sauce served on a fresh bun with organic toppings and a side of hand cut fries ($8) and the essential comfort dishes such as: Gilliam’s Famous Goal Post Wings ($8). Fresh Fish, Shrimp or Chicken served with a gourmet side dish and fresh vegetables ($12) and an assortment of Hand Crafted Taco’s ($3).

Mornings at Farm to Fork start with our custom roasted coffee, we also serve “Sweet Stuff” Fresh baked Muffins and Loafs, served with house made spreads such as Apple Butter, Quince Jam, and Blueberry Compote ($2). Breakfast bowls with Creamy White Cheddar Stone ground Grits, topped with Eggs, choice of cheese and your choice of “Meat” turkey or pork bacon and sausage patty layered in a large bowl ($3). Breakfast sandwiches starting at ($2). Other tempting options include Organic Steel Cut Oatmeal with brown sugar and Organic raisins ($4). Breakfast Plate with 2 Farm Fresh Eggs, cracked to order, choice of meat, grits, potatoes and bread ($5).

Farm To Fork will also specialize in Corporate Catering, providing daily drop-offs to your office or place of business. We also offer full-service catering for weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, diner parties, showers, cocktail parties, family reunions and more. We craft each event individually and can accommodate a range of visions and budgets. We can provide the following services to make your event effortless, gorgeous, and delicious: customized menus; venue selection; pre-event tastings; event design; coordination of rentals and staffing; onsite set up, plating, and breakdown.

Farm to Fork will be open daily, serving Breakfast from 6:00 to 10:30 a.m.; followed by lunch and dinner served until 10:00 p.m. offering daily specials like Taco Tuesday with $2 taco’s , 35 cent Wing Wednesdays and Fish Fry Fridays just to name a few. Farm to Fork is Located at 647 South Main St in the city of Emporia, Virginia. For additional information, please contact 434-632-8161.

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FINDING AN APPROPRIATE CATERER FOR YOUR EVENT

  
Finding a caterer is not an easy job and calls for a well done homework before you begin your caterer search. Many aspects of the event need to be sorted before hiring or searching a catering service. To avoid any type of confusion it is better to understand your budget, venue, number of guests, menus, type of catering services required whether you want separate food catering services, desired number of waiting staff, the dress code of the wait staff (optional), presentation/ decoration and rental equipments.

Prepare a list of all these important things on a paper. May be you are good at remembering stuffs but it is always better to have a hard copy of list, to avoid forgetting.
Then begin the search for best catering service for your event. For better research of catering services try to search caterers in every possible field from internet to family and friends.
Internet is a big reservoir of various catering service companies whether it is full party catering or mere food catering, you can find a caterer from any part of the world by using a major search engine like Google, Yahoo or MSN, at your convenience. The search can further be filtered according to the requirement. Moreover, there are many websites on which you can post your event and invite bids from various best-suited professionals, like Bidgourmet.com.
You can also ask your near and dear ones for their suggestions. Your personal experience in some party can also be helpful to make a choice of the catering services company. You can contact your friends whose party’s catering services you liked and take their caterers’ contact number. If you have any special food caterer in your mind then you can also hire separate food catering services and party catering services for your event.
Many other things are also to be considered while finding an appropriate caterer for your event like catering service company’s license, permits, insurance coverage, experience and hidden costs if any. Before finalizing any catering service it is always better to ask for their recent past references and make sure to call these references to know about their services. 

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20 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Caterer

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20 questions to ask a wedding caterer before you hire one.

Choosing and hiring a wedding caterer is one of the most important decisions you will make in your planning process. The type of wedding atmosphere you envision, the number of your guests, the location and your wedding budget will all be a part of your considerations.

Here are some questions that you will want to ask any caterer that you are considering for your wedding.

1. What do you recommend for my budget and style of wedding? How much does it cost per person?
A caterer usually charges on a per-person basis. You will need to know the number of guests you plan to invite. The caterer should also give you a date deadline for submitting your final number of guests.
2. Do you specialize in a particular cuisine? Will it fit my style & budget? Can I request a recipe?
Be sure the style of food fits what you envision for your wedding reception. Maybe there’s an appetizer or entree that is special to you and your family. It would be a definite plus for the caterer to work it into the menu.
3. Do you have other weddings booked for the same weekend or the day and time?
Be sure your caterer has a concrete plan for handling all the business they have lined up for the time of your wedding.
4. Do you hold a license?
This applies to health department requirements and liability insurance. Beware of a caterer that doesn’t readily provide this information.
5. Does the cost-per-person work differently for a buffet style setup versus a sit-down dinner?
The answer is probably “yes”, but it is worth asking.
6. Do you include all charges in the cost-per-person?
Some caterers include the cost of the staff, rentals, linens and food in their cost-per-person. Find out if this is the case, so you can comparison shop smartly.
7. Can you provide a detailed list of included and additional charges?
Caterers are going to charge you for every service provided (at a premium price). Be sure you know what all the charges are. A good caterer will list out all charges including for-instance charges in case the reception starts late (overtime charges), gratuities and set-up/clean-up charges.
8. Do you provide any extras?
Some caterers provide the glasses and other dinnerware, linens, tables, chairs, serving dishes, etc. You will want to know their price and find out the price it would cost for you to arrange these items from a wedding equipment vendor. It may be worth the extra money to have the caterer handle it.
9. If you do provide linens and dinnerware, do you provide options in color and style?
Caterers often have a selection of dinnerware and linens in a limited range. It may be possible for them to obtain a special request from a wedding equipment vendor. The price will increase if this is the case.
10. Who will be responsible for the catering the day of my wedding?
You will want to meet the person who will be in charge of your wedding catering. It’s important to insist on this because you want to trust they will do the job you are hiring them to do.
11. How long will it take you to set up and break down?
You will probably be allotted a timeframe by your reception location for setup and cleanup. Be sure the caterer can work within these timeframes.
12. Do you make wedding and/or grooms cakes?
This may be a plus if the caterer can either arrange for a baker to create your cake(s).
13. If you don’t provide cakes, can you cut and serve one that we provide?
The caterer may charge you a cake cutting and serving fee, but it may also be included in the catering package price. Be sure to find out because you will have to enlist some help if they do not provide this service.
14. How does your beverage service work? Can we provide our own alcohol?
Some caterers require you to buy the alcohol through them. Others will just charge you a corkage fee for the stemware and service.
15. Will you setup a station for the other wedding vendors to eat (photographer, musicians, DJ)?
The caterer may include a vendor food area, but they may also charge for it. Check out what pricing is involved. These vendors do not have to eat the same meals as your guests. A simple beverage and hors devours station may suffice.
16. Can you provide meals that are “kid friendly”
The caterer may be able to provide a discounted “kid’s meal” option that you can use in a children’s area. This is a good way to save some dollars if you are expecting a lot of families with children.
17. Will you let us look at your standard contract?
This should be a no-brainer for an experienced caterer. A caterer who operates without a contract on an event as large as a wedding is not practicing good business judgment. Be sure to get everything in writing just in case circumstances change. You never know.
18. What is your required deposit to hold the date? When do we pay the rest of the bill?
This is a very important question because the deposit seals the deal. You should receive the contract with these terms outlined.
19. Will you let us sample dishes proposed for our wedding?
Sampling the food is a great way to determine whether a caterer is worth hiring. A caterer should receive a major plus if they do let you sample. Most should.
20. Do you have any former clients we can call?
Word of mouth is the best way to find out about a business’ true dealings. Speaking with a former client can help you make the decision on this very expensive wedding cost.

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