A wedding reception organized by Simply Entertaining might go something like this: A limousine chauffeur whisks newlyweds to a white-tent gala, where stemware chimes and festive music floods the air. Every napkin, plate, and cup advertises the nuptials. Guests dine on organic cuisine as the father of the bride switches on a microphone and proposes a toast. Meanwhile, a photographer immortalizes every moment.
Simply Entertaining could take credit for each facet of this scenario. Supporting celebrations at every stage, the company's services ensure that milestone events live up to expectations. The shop prints custom invitations on premium heavyweight card stock and can add digital photographs or thermographic raised print that records dates and times into fingertips' memories. Chefs prepare catered fare with locally grown ingredients and happily accommodate vegetarian, vegan, or special dietary needs. Entertainment and photography services couple up to ensure that everyone has fun and can relive the memories.
The chefs at A La Provence show discipline in their commitment to classic French recipes as well as to how they source ingredients; they use only natural grass-fed beef from Harris Ranch, domestic veal and lamb from Marcho Farms or Strauss Farms, and fish and shellfish brought fresh daily from Southern Seafood. Using these meats, they craft a gallery of traditional French- and European-American fusion dishes, relying on precise recipes rather than just carving steaks into the shape of Napoleon's face. They showcase their talent and creativity through a nightly changing amuse-bouche, a bite-size appetizer that servers ferry to tables before the main dinner. They follow this introduction with French classics such as rack of lamb, duck confit, and filet mignon. At lunch, they prepare salmon and rainbow trout with sides such as herb risotto and garlic haricots verts. The aromas of these dishes and international wines fill the stone-tiled dining room, where walls are hung with mirrors in gilded frames, delicate sconces, floral displays, and oil paintings of tree-lined French streets.
An active photographer for 39 years, with 27 of those spent in Tallahassee, Richard has long proven himself a master of the memory-capturing craft. With an eye for capturing emotion, Richard turns his aperture to events of all kinds, including weddings, family gatherings, and senior portraits.