Stir Catering and Event Management

An Edmonton-based boutique caterer & event management service

Welcome to STIR - we cater intimate dinners, corporate cocktail parties, business meetings, luncheons and conferences, weddings and family celebrations. We believe that outstanding food is integral to providing memorable experiences.

Home Sweet Home

This was my first full weekend off at home since May.  

I was so excited - had no real plans other than looking forward to how the “others” lived - enjoying a weekend, a Friday night sleep free from thoughts about the upcoming event and a Saturday where pyjamas are worn after 9pm (ok: maybe 8pm).

This Saturday saw a quick stop for mediocre coffee and muffin en route to my daughter’s volleyball tournament with 6-year old son in tow.  5 HOURS later, it finally ended (those benches aren’t comfy).  

One hour later, took said 6 year old to hockey practice.  Sat in cold arena and watched little tykes flail on the ice (well, that part is kind of amusing).

I started to wonder if my time is better spent on a Saturday with amazing company and working towards an event for clients with whom I'm so excited to be a part of their big day.  Watching others be active isn’t my thing; and this day was far from self-indulgent, which I thought I had earned.

However, a stop at the store after hockey practice found us with a whole chicken, potatoes, veggies, not to mention the lemon, herbs and various condiments at the ready in our fridge.  And in that hour+ my kids and husband commented on the wonderful smells and excitement for dinner. 

I putted about the kitchen, and I was totally happy.  

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Happy Second

Happy Birthday!

We are two years old this month, this Stir baby.  And it’s been a ride.

We’ve been pretty busy - product and media launches, fundraisers, private parties, intimate events, things called “galas” (love galas!) and crazy big weddings and intimate small ones.  We’ve expanded and learned and adapted to this mad path of starting a new business.  

A lot has been learned.

Though I’m confident in what I do, taking a bow for an event is a painful exercise.  Not because I’m shy, exactly.   Fact is, I know the truth of the matter:  Being successful is not due to any one thing I do.  And it’s simply not fair to take the credit.

Working an event in the thick of things, where we cater 12 straight weddings in a row amongst a few weekday events, take a weekend, and then cater that many more is like being a part of magic.  It’s far from rote, every event is so different, but often subtly so, where it can make your head spin (a group hates rosemary one week, the next loves it the following week - Do NOT get that mixed up)! 

I’ve surrounded myself with amazing people. There are so many people in my midst and on the roster that do things better than I could ever dream.

Stir bartenders, servers and kitchen support: they inspire people to love this company - they built this thing, staying until the wee morning, taking care of guests and venues, caring about all aspects of each event.

I have a husband that loves me even when I'm distracted and in the thick of it  and he takes on whatever role is required at the moment, despite his own challenging career.  He is to thank for my website and for the half credit of our children (I’m not absent - I get the other half).  I try to get him to tweet, but he’s all about having me learn these fan dangled things.

I have a retired accountant dad who insists I learn the business part of it all, and he won’t do it for me.  I’d rather he would, but I appreciate that he doesn’t.

This is my take-away from 2015:  Surround yourself with people that do things better than you, and focus on what you do best.

z.

 

Breathing Room

I've been reading a bit more than usual these days.  

I love books, but I'm not the sort of person that always has one on the go - my personality is far too obsessive.  When I'm into a book, I can remain in pajamas far past an acceptable hour, procrastinating even the most regular of daily duties in order to get to the end. 

The book I'm into now is called The Happiness Project.  I'm not sure what I was expecting.  I've been reading a fair amount of autobiographies lately, and thought it would be both light and enlightening (much like The Year of Living Biblically).  It is, but it's also almost self-help'ish, a genre that I really don't bother with (that's what my 20's were for, until a self-deprecating sense of humour came along to save me).

I'm early into the book, the point at which the author is examining Growth.  It touches on fear of failure (which has pretty much always been my guiding light) and working smarter (with a busy, young family and a caterer's schedule we rarely co-exist harmoniously without some purposeful measures).

It addresses stress: I often joke that unless I'm feeling nauseous from nerves before a big event, the reason for my stress becomes that I'm not stressed.  My best work has always been performed under intense pressure.  In the moment, it's a terrible feeling, and I've often sworn (literally) that the level of stress is not normal for a human being to healthfully endure.  But the post-glow of a great event makes these feelings quickly forgotten.

And so it should be with all of us, no?  Stress means growth.  So when we are in the thick of things, we should strive to remember that this is us moving forward and putting on the best show.  Where would any of us be without the feeling of “holy ----“.?

z.

Stir Catering & Event Management, 2013.