Schaal's Catering & Events
We had superb service from Schaal's Events:
- Hunting Hills Country Club Venue
- Food and bar service
- prep and serving help at wedding eve open house
Their staff is responsive, professional, and pays attention to details.
Jim's menu gave us a fabulous selection of delicious food throughout the evening. Presentation of food is beautiful! He can work within your budget. The Hunting Hills Country Club venue is absolutely wonderful. There is all new comfortable furniture . . . many seating arrangements . . . provides many spaces for comfortable visiting/eating in addition to the dining area. We had the largest dance floor area available which was great for our dancing crowd. Outside wedding on patio . . . beautiful with forest backdrop. Inside reception space was teriffic! Felt pricing was very reasonable.
The Schaals were absolutely wonderful to work with at the Kyle House. They made sure to cater to our needs at all times--we weren't sure about the table linens so they offered to purchase new ones because they liked our color scheme. They were always easy to work with and made the wedding a breeze. The food was also delicious!
We used Schaal's catering for our May 30th wedding in Fincastle, Va. We chose to both get married and have our reception at the historic Kyle House on Main Street.
The venue was beautiful and vintage - with lots of character. Original woodwork and hardwood floors throughout. The upstairs "ballroom" is fabulous - the paint is very lovely and because the venue already is set up with tables and chairs and tablecloths it's very reasonable to rent - as you don't have to pay to rent those things as extra - they came included with the venue rental price.
Because we were planning our wedding from afar - and in only two months - I had to take much of what was happening on faith - as there were several things which were being done to the venue in preparation for our wedding in the back barn area (the garden, trellis, pond, painting, some decoration etc.) still needed to be completed.
I was happy that I was able to get ready there, rehearse there and decorate the night before, and bring my dog so that he could be in wedding photos.
The only complaints I have are these:
1- Some of the food we had - we chose finger foods as a cocktail hour in lieu of sit down dinner - probably should've been warm - i.e. - fried green tomatoes and stuffed mushrooms - as they were cold, nasty, and soggy. If they couldn't be kept warm - they should've been replaced with something else. Overall though - the food was good and everyone loved it - particularly the large shrimp and the delicious spinach dip.
2- Some of the decor was not fitting for a wedding - though I know that is not all the area is used for - we had to move a bunch of really tacky bird decoration out of the room I was getting ready in because I didn't want stuffed bright blue birds in my wedding photos.
3- Being herded for the sake of the almighty $$$. What I mean by this is - our wedding was on a Saturday and I was informed SEVERAL times by several people that there was another wedding there the following day - basically they were trying to get me to change as little as possible in order to make it easier on them I felt - so I got some resistance on some things I didn't like that I wanted to change. There was an issue with an arch and I didn't like what had been done to it - SINCE the last time I had seen it - which was pretty dramatic and not suited to all tastes. No worries, I fixed it with relative ease - but was told that I was "only one of 6 events" and I had to understand that. I didn't like that, although my meager $2000 wedding spend may not have been considered grand - it was still my wedding and I didn't ask for that much - I just didn't like something that had been changed after I'd initially seen it.
Overall however, I was very pleased. They were able to squeeze my wedding in in only 2 months - worked with me on several issues - did manage to change the small things I wanted although I felt they didn't want me to - in the end, when I pushed for it - I got what I wanted, and they transformed the barn and garden into a BEAUTIFUL venue in only 2 months. I was very impressed with how beautiful the pond and garden area looked and you could tell they had put A LOT of work into it and done it well.
Also - their staff were very nice and friendly - they packed us a "to go" plate for the ride down the road to our honeymoon B&B - put some water in the car for me - and loved my dog. They also moved things around when I asked and were very helpful.
I would recommend them to friends - only not the cold mushrooms and friend green tomatoes...eww. :)