It’s been a while since my last vendor interview and today I am excited to introduce Athens-based ARIA Fine Catering to you. We chatted a little about their work and Mediterranean Catering trends… Enjoy the interview!
1. ARIA Fine Art Catering – What does “fine” in your name stand for?
“Fine” is for the total experience you get when attending events we cater for; this is not only about the taste, as our goal is to create a real feast for all the senses. It is the ideal combination of an exquisite menu created by excellent chefs, beautifully presented and served by a well-trained and discreet waitstaff, in a stunning location. Last but not least, “Fine” doesn’t necessarily mean expensive.
2. Greece is a country with rich culinary traditions, how do you incorporate these into your menus?
In our menus one will find authentic Greek recipes, but we also love to interpret traditional cooking methods in a modern and lighter way and propose Greek dishes with a twist such as e.g. vegetarian moussaka. Furthermore, we mainly use locally grown products of very good quality which is an assurance for the customers that what they’re eating is real, in every sense of the word.
3. Describe your work philosophy, what makes ARIA unique?
We are inspired by the couple’s personal style and story to create and serve a tailor-made menu for their wedding reception.
4. What, in your opinion, should brides-to-be keep in mind when it comes to choosing their wedding menu?
The bride has to take into consideration the number of guests expected and, depending on the style of the wedding reception – should it be more casual or formal – should discuss the set-up with her caterer: should it be a seated menu or a wedding buffet. It is a good idea to have a chat about some personal food preferences, as well as favorite family recipes.
5. Are there any current culinary trends ARIA is embracing and particularly fond of?
Greek cuisine is the cornerstone of the much acclaimed Mediterranean trend, so how could we not be fond of it… We are also big fans of sustainability and follow the main principles of healthy eating; we use extra virgin olive oil and avoid any other type of oil, butter or cream. We also have reduced the use of salt and sugar. When the recipe allows, we use low fat equivalents of traditional ingredients, such as natural yoghurt and white cheese. Also, our sauces are based on pure stocks made from meat, fish or vegetables.
Thank you for sharing these insights with us!
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