From Zsa Zsa to Malcolm Gladwell Experience Matters

After decades of custom-catering weddings, Savoury City Head Honcho, Donna Wadsworth, probably knows more about weddings than Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dahling! Indeed, when it comes to weddings, she’s catered every conceivable style, type, venue, and size. This is the benefit of hiring an experienced custom caterer for your wedding because the truth is, you get much more than just world-class culinary expertise but rather a team that can guide you through the whole trajectory of the wedding planning process.


Ten Thousand Hours

I’m reminded of Malcolm Gladwell’s theory that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. Based on Gladwell’s hypothesis, most people won’t ever become experts at weddings no matter how organized or intelligent they are, as most brides and grooms-to-be only ever plan one wedding in their lives (ok, maybe two), so you’re not likely to log in those requisite hours! And that’s where Savoury City comes in.


Wedding Gurus

I had the pleasure of speaking with some of Savoury City’s former wedding clients and what they all conveyed to me about Donna and her team was that they were so much more than just wedding caterers. More like wedding gurus. They told me that when they picked out a venue, Donna and her team provided invaluable advice that only experienced wedding caterers would have been able to provide. One couple, for example, chose to have a barn wedding, and Donna advised them to prepare little care packages for all wedding guests that included allergy medication–advice that ended up saving the day for many of their guests who were allergic to hay and farm animals. Crisis prevented! It’s an example of how small details can make a profound difference to the success of a wedding!

Anticipating Needs

Another story from one of Savoury City’s past wedding clients exemplified a skill that Donna and her team have perfected over the years–anticipating the wedding party’s needs even before they know what they are! They explained to me that right after the wedding ceremony, Donna brought them hydrating drinks and some snacks. They said they were so grateful for the extra attention to their needs, as they didn’t realize how parched and hungry, they were after having just gone through hours of ceremony-related duties. They felt that Donna wasn’t just providing them with food but took an active role in taking care of them. Not surprising, as Donna explains to me that when she caters a wedding she does so as if she was catering her own.


Love for the Client

Another couple loved the fact that Donna had saved their dinner for them so they could enjoy it later in the evening. She knew that there were so many people vying for their attention during the dinner portion of the wedding that they wouldn’t’ get a chance to eat, so she prepared a special dinner package for them to enjoy later. They were so grateful for her thoughtful attention because otherwise, they wouldn’t have had an opportunity to enjoy the meal that they had put so much work into choosing for their big night!

Food is Love

I think it all comes down to what Donna always says: “food is love.” Her years of experience custom catering weddings has not diminished her philosophy at all. So perhaps to amend Malcolm Gladwell’s theory, it takes 10,000 hours and a lot of love to master custom wedding catering.


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