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5. Knotty Pine Catering
from 35 reviews
4.8 (35)
  • 8 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Houston, TX
"When I submitted a request for services for a double birthday celebration, I had a very small window of time between my request and the date of the event. Of the 4 vendors that I reached out to via Thumbtack, Knotty Pine was the quickest to engage. They were very professional and responsive. The owner, Lyndall Locke, was very accessible, flexible. and easy to work with. There were lots of options for the menu and the price for full catering was competitive. I appreciated that I could be comfortable naming my budget and Knotty Pine's was very agile in turning menu changes around promptly. In the end I had a Mediterranean menu that covered all preferences and nuances of my guest: nut allergy, vegetarian options, at least two (meat) protein choices, and a balanced starch dish. I had my event on 10/18 for 50 guests. Whatever was going on in Houston that afternoon would have put a damper on my timeline, considering everyone was running late, Knotty Pine included, due to traffic! However, Lyndall and his assistant Stephanie, maintained professionalism and worked speedily to set up and serve the food quickly. Everyone, including the kids loved the selections: margherita sushi roll (big hit with Grandma and the aunts and uncles), quinoa cakes (packed with nutrients and oh so delicious--my favorite!), Cornish hen (brined and seasoned with herbs, cooked just right to be tender and infused with flavor), two choices of hearty meatballs (lamb or beef) in an awesome tomato based sauce, pasta primavera packed with veggies with choices of olive oil or marinara dressing. The chef and his assistant, I'm sure, had every intent to attend to all the details. The only drawback I could see from the experience was the time and a few minor elements, but I planned dinner to be an hour after guests were set to arrived and had other food items for guests to munch on so, dinner itself happened 30 minutes later than planned, but did not feel late at all. In the ideal situation (Houston rush hour traffic factored in), I would picture the guests arriving greeted by a beautifully laid out buffet style table with chef on hand, relaxed and ready to engage. Nonetheless, I, my husband, and my co-celebrant brother-in-law, were quite pleased with the whole experience and would gladly recommend Knotty Pine for your special occasion. I believe Mr. Locke earnestly sets out to please his customers and his dishes are worth noting. I normally stress over my parties given that I typically handle all arrangements myself, but having Knotty Pine to cater and provide chef service, made my 50th birthday celebration relatively stress free! Thank you Knotty Pine! Hope to have you celebrate with us in another occasion soon! Bella Belleza-Bascon"


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How do you choose a wedding videographer?

A wedding videographer will create a lifetime memory for you from edited video footage of your wedding day, ceremony and reception. Choosing a wedding videographer starts with looking online at portfolios of their past work. There’s no need to talk to anyone unless you love what you see. Next, make sure they have good reviews and past client experience; don’t be shy about asking for references if there aren’t any posted online. When you find someone who has a style you love, ask if they are available on your wedding day. If so, it’s time to talk pricing. Be clear about your maximum budget, and ask what kind of packages they offer. Pricing will depend on the number of crew needed for filming, the hours they are required to be onsite, post-production editing, and the length of the final product. Talk with several wedding videographers to get a feel for what prices are like in your region. Nationally, the average cost for wedding videography ranges between $990 and $1,260 per event. Once you agree on a product and have a plan, get everything in a written and signed contract. Clearly state the details of what is expected for your wedding day and from the final product. Be prepared to pay a deposit to reserve their services for the day, then pay the remainder upon receiving the video.

What is a wedding planner?

A wedding planner is a professional service provider whose job it is to organize and execute all the details of a couple’s wedding. A wedding planner can be contracted at any stage in the wedding planning process to help to any degree the couple is willing to pay for. Wedding planning is similar to event planning in that a planning team handles the coordination of multiple wedding elements including catering, venue, guests, entertainment, decor, transportation and more. Anyone who has ever been involved in a wedding can confirm that wedding planning is hard work. Experience brings wisdom when it comes to avoiding or resolving day-of challenges. There is no legal regulatory body that oversees or certifies wedding planning as an industry. Anyone who chooses can call themselves a wedding planner. When looking for a wedding planner, be sure to read reviews, and make smart hiring decisions by asking about licenses and insurance.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

How do you rent a luxury car for an event?

Renting a luxury car for an event can be easy. Executive car rental companies provide set rates and package options based on the time of day, the type of car, and the length of time for the rental. A Bentley on a Saturday night will definitely cost more than a stretch Lincoln on a Thursday afternoon, so consider vehicle type and day if you’re concerned about budget. Typically when you rent a luxury car for an event, you are also hiring a chauffeur to drive. If not, you can rent a luxury car through standard car rental companies. For chauffeur-driven executive car rentals, make sure you have a clearly outlined contract to help avoid any potential problems.

Once you have decided on the type of car you want and the length of the rental, review your written contract carefully before paying a deposit. Confirm the price and check to see whether booking fees, tax, gas and surcharges are included. If they’re not, go back and renegotiate to make sure everything is in writing. If driver gratuity is not included in the total, be sure to set aside cash to tip driver at the end of the night; 15 percent to 20 percent is standard if they’ve done a good job. Another way to know upfront what to expect is to request photos of the vehicle you are renting. Now, sit back and enjoy the ride.

Where is the best place to take baby pictures?

Baby pictures are among the most popular types of portrait photography, and most newborn photographers are well versed in the best places to take baby pictures in their local areas. Some newborn photographers will come to the hospital to shoot the baby within a day or two of birth, while others have set up their studios to accommodate the needs of infants. Some parents prefer to have the newborn photographer come to their home or travel to a favorite park or other outdoor location. Like any portrait photography, the best place to take baby pictures is the place you like best and that will yield the types of photos you want of your baby, whether that’s posed and carefully lit studio portraits or spontaneous, casual photos at home. Work with a local newborn photographer to find a safe, calm location with great lighting and some privacy for your family.

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