Sourcing Locally: The Importance of Ingredients in Texas Catering

Fort Worth caterer Vestals Catering

 

From tender Texas beef and fresh Gulf Coast seafood to juicy peaches, flavor-rich peppers, and complex herbs, fresh Texas ingredients sing in catering dishes like nothing else quite can. As one of the country’s leaders in everything from agricultural production to cattle to poultry, the Lone Star State gives us tons of options to choose from for more delicious dishes in Texas and Fort Worth catering… every single time.

Whether you’re chopping up fresh veggies for a Tuesday dinner or hiring our Texas-based catering team to customize a menu for your Fort Worth catering event needs, sourcing local — and focusing on fresh — can make all of the difference.

 

Venue: Timberview Farmstead https://timberviewfarmstead.com

The importance of local ingredients in Fort Worth catering and at home

 

In a world of DoorDash and Instacart, it can be a lot easier to worry a lot less about sourcing and a lot more about convenience. (We get it, and there’s always a place for convenience!) However, adding fresh, local Texas ingredients to everything from your breakfast omelets and the cream in your coffee to the meat at your dinner table and the berries you eat for a snack matters. 

Wondering why? 

Fresh Texas ingredients let you shake up the menu:

As the seasons change, there are always different (and delicious!) ingredients making the rounds through Texas farmers and producers. Embracing the changing seasons with new flavors keeps your grocery lists diverse and your flavors even bolder. (Psst… click here to see some of our favorite seasonal Texas ingredients!)

Locally sourced ingredients are better for you:

While you can purchase healthy food anywhere, there’s a special benefit to fresh, locally sourced ingredients that you can’t get at every grocery store. Since your Fort Worth-grown blackberries, Canton-grown okra, and Mission-grown tomatoes don’t have to travel as far, they’re processed and stored for less time than something grown in Utah. Plus, you’re able to get a better quality ingredient.

You’ll enjoy flavor (and quality) you can taste:

Those Fort Worth-grown blackberries, that Canton-grown okra, and those Mission-grown tomatoes we mentioned are also harvested right at their peak ripeness when they’re only being transported throughout the state. This gives you a juicier, deeper flavor that sings on your plate. 

Local sourcing reduces your environmental impact:

Supporting local farms and Texas growers on your grocery lists and in your catering menus means fewer miles traveled — reducing your carbon footprint and allowing you to enjoy food grown on Lone Star soil. Psst… that’s not all! Often, supporting local farms also allows you to support places that are prioritizing things like biodiversity and soil health.

You can support your local growers and artisans:

As one of the most agriculturally active states in the country, Texas has an endless amount of incredible farmers, artisans, and growers to support — and by supporting those local producers, you can build relationships with people in your neighborhood and support the economy.

 

Local farms and suppliers to support: Fort Worth caterer edition

With almost 250,000 farms (USDA data), there are a ton of local Texas farms to support. And, that doesn’t even begin to touch additional suppliers, growers, and artisans in the state. If you’re wondering how to support more local Texas suppliers, you can try out everything from a CSA box to simply looking for local options at the grocery store. Luckily, it’s not as tricky as you may think to prioritize Texas suppliers! 

At Vestals Catering, we cater events in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Austin — and have tons of recommendations for farms, venues, and suppliers to support. Here are some of our very favorite local Fort Worth, Texas farms and Fort Worth event venues to support as a catering company:

 

Timberview Farmstead

Timberview Farmstead is our new non-profit teaching farm located in Fort Worth, Texas. We are currently working towards the goal of sourcing the majority of our produce from the state-of-the-art aquaponic greenhouse on site. Timeberview’s mission is to help young people in Tarrant County live a more deeply rooted life. Using a medley of farm-based learning and the embrace of unreasonable hospitality, Timberview Farmstead has a vision of educating and empowering Fort Worth’s kids to thrive.

At Timberview Farmstead, you can find 26 acres of climate-controlled barns, gardens, and animals — and all ages can explore the teaching farm and try out hands-on experiences and activities. Teachers show everything from aquaponics and hatching to how to hold baby chicks, feed goats, and interact with horses, cows, and donkeys. 

To support locals at Timberview Farmstead, you can buy eggs from on-site hens and home-grown produce, shop inside The Farm Shop, and join in for the grand opening on March 2, 2024. We are also offering exclusive Timberview Farm Dinners are available to start reserving now, rooted in the importance of gathering over a shared meal. Each menu is seasonal, curated by our local chefs, and sourced with the highest-quality, local ingredients. Click here to learn more about dining at the Farmstead to share the most universal human conversation — a meal.

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Want to support further? By joining the Timberview Collective, you can invest in Fort Worth’s future — and you can donate here, volunteer here, and learn more here.

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Photographer: EE Photography https://eephotome.com

Dove Ridge Vineyard 

Eggs, produce, and meat are not the only things you can purchase locally! Did you know Texas is home to some incredible vineyards and wineries? As a Texas caterer who specializes in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin events, we work with several venues that bring us (and our clients) so much joy. One of our favorite Fort Worth wedding venues is Dove Ridge Vineyard, a 56-acre vineyard nestled in Tarrant County with breathtaking views and a focus on sustainability that we love.

While Dove Ridge Vineyard is a stunning venue, it’s also an active vineyard, and we cater their wine tastings at their Parker County tasting room. From curated cheeses and cured meats to slow-braised short rib, we love getting to pair our food with Dove Ridge’s Texas wines. Learn more about their tasting room and wine options here.

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Fort Worth caterer who prioritizes local

 

Are you planning a Fort Worth wedding or Cowtown event? Driven by unmatched hospitality and powered by culinary excellence that prioritizes the local market, our Vestals Catering team would love to help you produce your next event. 

Our custom menus can be designed for Fort Worth catering needs in events from weddings and private parties to galas, corporate events, and more — and we commit to using the best ingredients available, always. As culinary experts committed to crafting your most meaningful event, we stand behind each Texas ingredient we put on the table. We’d love to meet you and show you what we love. Get in touch to plan your event with a Texas caterer here, and reach out for a Fort Worth caterer event quote here!

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A Day in the Life of a Texas Caterer: Event Day Edition

 

Whether you’re planning a massive wedding, a unique corporate event, a glitzy nonprofit gala, or an intimate dinner party, one thing always matters: your experience and that of your guests. However, that experience doesn’t exist without a lot of moving parts from a lot of people… which is why choosing the right Texas caterer is such an important decision.

At Vestals Catering, we employ a team of talented, incredible people who love making your experiences equal parts magical and memorable. Our dedication to unmatched hospitality starts with those very people we call part of our team and family and translates into flawless, memorable events for you.

During each event — and with every team member — we strive to create meaningful experiences, make delicious, excellent food, and never falter on our unwavering passion for hospitality. Our team, which is a few dozen people deep, is built on that framework and weaves it into every party we help produce, no matter how big or small.

Day in the life of a Texas caterer: event edition

 

Depending on the day or the season, we can have anything from a massive gala to a small elopement on the books. Every client who comes to us for catering builds a relationship with their event specialist, who helps them craft a vision for an experiential, delicious menu. Then, it’s up to our team to bring that event, no matter the size, to life. 

By the time we get to the day of an event, we’ve already worked for months on each and every detail. From deciding on tablescapes and menu selections to handling logistics and staffing, most of the event has already been put into motion. However, when the morning of an event gets here, it’s really showtime.

Wondering how we do it? Come along for a day in the life with three of our team members: Arin, one of our sales managers; Jose, one of our lead event chefs; and Nate, one of our warehouse specialists.

Photographer: Natalie Barrett (https://www.nbarrettphotography.com/) Venue: On The Levee

 

Spend an event day with the people who make it happen

 

Jose, one of our Vestals Catering lead chefs

 

 

As one of the lead chefs for Vestals, Jose describes his job as being “responsible for making sure all event food is flawless.”

For Jose, event day mornings start bright and early. He heads straight to the kitchen to get started on any necessary prep work and connects with the rest of the kitchen staff. The kitchen team typically packs up and heads over to the venue in the early afternoon, and then the magic begins: warming the food, getting it ready for plating, and making sure it’s up to taste standards.

“I get to cook, which is what I love to do,” he says.

Nate, one of our Vestals Catering warehouse specialists


As one of the warehouse specialists for Vestals, Nate is responsible for “making sure all items are pulled for the event.”

For Nate, mornings kick off with a lot of logistics: pulling anything still needed for the event from the warehouse, unloading the vans, and heading over to the venue. He has an opening list that he references as he goes and, along with his team, makes sure that everything necessary is where it’s supposed to be.

This usually includes ice chests, beverage urns, cambros, hot boxes, chafing dishes, and more. Nate also inventories and packs all of the alcohol for each event with bar service, confirming the amounts are all correct. Then, once the events are out for the day, Nate immediately resets the warehouse and begins preparing for the next day’s events.

“Everyone is so nice to work with,” he says. “I feel happy where I’m at.”

Arin, one of our Vestals Catering sales managers


As one of the sales managers for Vestals, Arin explains that her job “encompasses taking my client’s vision for the event and making it come to life. This is especially true on the event day by ensuring that all of the details we spoke about are executed.”

For Arin, mornings on an event day are a culmination of everything she’s already worked on with the client. She wakes up, checks emails in bed to make sure nothing has popped up, and then spends her morning drinking a black iced coffee and taking her pup Alfred for a walk. Then, she’ll tackle her pre-event checklist, head to the venue, and give everything a double-check along with her team: making sure that the vans are unloaded, checking inventory, and cross-checking rentals.

“My favorite part of the event day is when the room set is complete, and you get to see your client’s reaction to the space for the first time,” she says. “It’s truly one of the most rewarding feelings.”

Photographer: Madison Shewmaker (https://madisonshewmaker.com/)

 

Our event philosophy at Vestals Catering

 

Once the event is wrapped, our team tackles different things to get ready for the next event. Arin focuses on her post-event top 3 to round out the experience: sending out thank yous, checking for client satisfaction, and sending photos to vendors. Jose goes right into kitchen clean-up — from packing up and loading the truck all the way to mopping and sweeping — while Nate works through his closing list back at the warehouse.

No matter what, every team member is laser-focused on one thing: creating the most impeccable experience for everyone in attendance (and for their own teams, too). From the reaction of our clients to the enjoyment of the guests to the fulfillment of our Vestals family, no detail is too small — and this is never more true than on event day.

Photographer: Natalie Barrett (https://www.nbarrettphotography.com/) Venue: On The Levee

 

 

Plan your 2024 event with our Texas catering team

 

Regardless of the event, our team works together to alleviate all stress from our clients and deliver an impeccable, taste-filled event… and we’d love to treat you to the same experience. From planning a Texas wedding to hosting a DFW corporate event, our expert team is your top choice for crafting a memorable, tasteful day.

Whether you’re dreaming up your delightful event with Arin, eating culinary masterpiece food from Jose, or sitting near a display thoughtfully decorated with items from Nate’s warehouse, we can promise that your event will be one you’ll never, ever forget.

Tell us about your 2024 event here, and we’ll be in touch. We can’t wait to meet you!

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