Nancy and I both turn 70 this year, Nancy on February 19 and me on July 9. We decided to have a combined party for each other on a date that was somewhere in between those two dates. We chose Saturday, May 5 as that was past a date when most of our "snowbird" friends would have returned and before the heat and humidity of summer would have set in. Our daughter suggested the Fion Wine Room as the venue, and that indeed seemed like the perfect spot for such a gathering.
Knowing that the space there would accommodate up to 50 people, we developed a list of 45 guests, and then went about the business of selecting someone to cater the event., We had heard good things about the Whitmore House of Bellefontaine, and started the process to contact them and develop a menu that would be appropriate for the season and for the guests invited. Early in this process, we discovered that the operations of Whitmore House had transitioned to YMCA Camp Willson Catering. We worked with Kelly Cronkleton to develop a full menu from appetizers and salads to cheese and fruit trays to main entrees to desserts and coffee. Kelly was a delight to work with, intently listening to our needs and requests, while adding suggestions from her wealth of knowledge as an experienced caterer.
The planning and execution of those plans came off without a hitch. We developed the menu for the party, had a preliminary tasting of the items chosen and waited for May 5. That evening Kelly's staff of servers and assistants had everything under control. With only one hour from the conclusion of a previous event, they arrived early and had everything ready and waiting when our first guests arrived. They worked diligently through the meal until the last desserts and coffees were served. Leftovers were packaged and made available for us to take home or distribute to guests as fitting.
We could not be happier with the service, the quality of all of the food, the pricing offered and the professional attitude and presentation by Kelly and all of her staff affiliated with our 70th birthday party It made our special event even more special. We would not hesitate to use YMCA Camp Willson Catering for any future event of this nature in the future. We would also not hesitate to recommend YMCA Camp Willson Catering to any of our family and friends or the public in general.
I don't know how it could have been any better! The meal was perfect - the plates of food were just beautiful and were the picture of summer! The place settings were perfect - so glad I went with the plastic plates. They were just classy enough to tie a summer luncheon together without being over-the-top. The ladies did a super job of serving and of course - the desserts topped with homemade ice cream were AWESOME!! Thank you so much. I know these folks from California have been totally impressed. We couldn't pull off these tours without you : )
Your daughter did an amazing job. Everyone raved about the food. Very well done. Thanks again!
We were SO pleased with what we received from YMCA Camp Willson Catering on Mom's 90th birthday celebration. Thank you for offering such a high quality catering service for the area. The YMCA should be proud of the food you prepare, the ease of my dealing with the logistics from a distance and the work and attitude of your servers. Those two gals worked in heat and humidity with continuous smiles. Please pass along our sincere thanks to your food preparers and serving staff as well as yourself for your helpfulness and pleasant demeanor.
-Ann and Jim Wilkins