Vendor Spotlight: The Salt Box Cafe

The Salt Box Cafe - French's Point Recommended Vendor Spotlight - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue

“The SaltBox Cafe is Maine’s only Tiny House Food Truck serving gourmet breakfasts, lunches and beverages in Bethel and Portland!” ~The Salt Box Cafe

 

How long have you been operating your business?

Three years.

 

What inspired your passion for catering?

Working in local Portland restaurants during culinary school piqued my interests in working for myself in food service.

 

What gave you the idea to create a food truck?

While waiting for a breakfast brunch table to open at a local restaurant on a weekend, I decided to create a breakfast/brunch/lunch food truck for services on the Eastern Promenade in Portland so breakfast, brunch and lunch didn’t require a table for service. I wanted to create a no-wait/outdoors venue for people to gather and enjoy a meal without the confinements of a table or dining room.

 

How would you describe your fare and service style?

Simple. We focus on simple flavors and menu ideas, and do them well. Rather than attempt to create menu items which wow the customer, we chose to focus on what already sells on menus across the state- and refine the structure of the sandwhich and make it as flavorful as possible.

 

Please provide an example menu of your breakfast creations with pricing.

Our brunches start at $1600 as a base rate for up to 75 people. Over 85 is $20 per person, including tax and tip. French’s point is going to incur a $400 travel (from portland) fee which covers road expenses, fuel and labor travel time. for that price I offer a four option menu (breakfast biscuits of either bacon or sausage) handmade crabcake croissants with a lemon-ginger aioli, shaved red onion Gruyere cheese and an over medium fried egg, and a choice of sweet potato or pulled pork breakfast burritos with handmade black beans, greens, sliced scallions and sharp cheddar cheese. we can offer this as half portions (crab cake and burrito, biscuits are standard) as a buffet or per person ordering (full portion). Coffee is included (hot and iced) and I don’t mind picking up a few gallons of OJ. Food is served on paper and foil.

 

What is your favorite menu option?

the crab cake croissant with gruyere and shaved red onion.

 

Can you accommodate food allergies?

absolutely.

 

How early in advance should our clients reach out to you when planning catering for their wedding weekend catering?

six months is preferred, since our calendar begins filling 12 months prior to dates and books full by July for the remainder of the season.

 

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

Hands down, route 35-5 from Harrison to Bethel – Gorham NH and back through Bridgton via motorcycle in late summer.

 

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Owner(s) Name:                  Matthew Glatz

Business Name:                   MLG FOODWORKS LLC

Address:                                  currently mobile

City/State/Zip:                     Portland Maine 04102

Phone:                                      207 242 3387

Email:                                       [email protected]                               

Facebook:                                https://www.facebook.com/saltboxcafemaine/

Instagram:                              @saltboxcafemaine

Vendor Spotlight: Churchill Events

Kate Crabtree Photography - Craig from Churchill Events - Maine Wedding Catering

Our mission is to provide the finest service, event planning, and creative cuisine available. ~Churchill Events

How long have you been operating your business?

23 years

 

What inspired your passion for catering?

No doubt I was inspired by my mother and two grandmothers…all of whom were excellent (and often inventive) cooks.  I was always underfoot in their kitchens, asking if I could help…and even if I could prepare the entire meal.  At the age of 11, I was asked by a university grad student, newly arrived from India, to help him and his wife learn to cook “American style” food.  I guess I was ‘hooked’ at that point.  In addition, I have always had a desire to create, to please clients, and to work with co-workers who are as compassionate about their work as I am.

 

What food items would you suggest to a client hosting a destination wedding in Maine?

Sustainable products from Maine (seasonal vegetables and fruits, lobsters, clams, oysters, salmon, haddock, scallops) wherever and whenever possible.

 

Do you cater rehearsal dinners and other various wedding weekend meals?

We can provide services for rehearsal dinners, sports events kickoff continental breakfasts, brunch, picnic lunches, lobster bakes, and welcome receptions…along with after parties.

 

Please describe your ideal client.

The ideal client: someone who can verbalize what they want in terms of the overall design theme and who can articulate what they like for food…then leave it all to us to propose the complete package for their final approval.

 

How would you describe your wedding fare and service style?

Our wedding fare is generally described by our clients as “the best wedding food we’ve ever had” and tied for first place with the service staff who are always polite, attentive, helpful, and don’t know how to say ‘no’.   Whatever (within reason and the regulations of French’s Point) they want we should be able to provide.

 

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Owner(s) Name: Craig Williams

Business Name: Churchill Events

Address: 1037 Forest Avenue, Suites 8-9

City/State/Zip: Portland, ME 04103

Phone: 207-878-2277

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.churchillcaterers.com

Facebook: @churchill.events

Instagram: @churchill.events

 

Photography by Kate Crabtree Photography