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She Went To Y.Lo!

The famous saying “food is the way to a man’s heart” can take another meaning; when the mouth to please goetiffany-wedding-cake-11s from one to a whole party. Before the “something borrowed, something blue, and something new” love rendezvous comes, weeks (and maybe even months or years) of meticulous planning. Brides go to extreme efforts to nail down the specifics that will make or break their special day. We’re talking photographer, venue, and the icing on the cake (literally the food), it’s no wonder couples everywhere are taking their time to peruse on through the extensive list of caterers floating around. When it comes to feeding the guests after they’ve had to suffer through a drawn out ceremony-we’re only kidding!- it is important to deliver the food to get them in the mood and the energy to dance the night away! With so many caterers, menu options, and budgets in mind, finding the perfect caterer can seem like an on-going, endless search.

Let your fear stop here as we suppress all the stress that comes with picking the perfect meal for YOUR BIG DAY! Sure, we strongly encourage test driving multiple caters.  Who passes up the opportunity for a free lunch anyhow? Y.Lo offers complimentary tastings so our clients can “try before they buy.”

Additionally, many caterers take care of just the food and nothing else… which inevitably means more homework and hard work on your part. Here at Y.Lo we strive to make planning your wedding as painless as possible!  From the flowers, set-up, the bar, a photo booth, and of course the food you name it we can tackle it for you! What are some of the more popular menu choices we’ve come across in our time as caterers you ask?  Well, most couples go with two entrees in addition to a few appetizers, a mixed salad, and rolls, for variety. We suggest our tasty Honey Mustard Chicken with Grilled Asparagus & Grilled Beef Tenderloin with a tangy horseradish to pair with! We must not forget the few family members and friends who are on strict dietary restrictions. To satisfy the vegetarians in the crowd, we recommend our hearty stuffed Mellow Portobellos.  The even more rare gluten free, dairy free, or vegan guests will take comfort in seeing they have been thought of like everyone else.

Any way you slice it, the main course, is the most important component of a wedding next to the “I Do’s.” Pick a catering company that is dedicated to making any wedding the talk of the century! Before wedding bells rings, feel free to give Y.Lo a ring to plan your wedding!

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Somewhere between the daunting daily grind for dollar signs, the strong, gripping bind with technological devices, the magnetically drawn glued eyes to the boob tube, and the social media time warp trap among other things, we’ve managed to lose sight of what’s most important- eating a meal together as a family. Since we are creatures of habit and like to stick to routine eating a meal away from the table has become quite the norm. The ability to sit down together as a family and enjoy a meal has become quite the chore in the average American household. It has more or less vanished and become a thing of the past in society today.  With the convenience of fast food, the ever-popular TV dinner, or the duty calls downfall of a work-aholic, it’s no wonder sharing a meal as a family has become nearly extinct.

Clearly, 24 hours in a day isn’t enough to conquer everything on our plate, but it shouldn’t ever prevent us from sharing our plates together either! When we miss out on this essential event regularly, our ties can loosen and our foundation can crumble resulting in a less than perfect family unit. This is an earnest mistake we are all guilty of, but don’t just take our word for it.

            According to Spark People, an online article emporium, “The Family who eats together stays together (The Benefits of Eating Together…”).  Here are eight reasons why:

1.)    Communication is the key in any relationship and the ability to sit down and share, reflect, connect- what have you- helps us strengthen the bond that a family should encompass. Additionally, spending this time together fosters a growing love and sense of belonging that each family member is entitled to.

2.)    Appropriate mannerisms, table etiquette, and social skills are all established and refined through eating together.

3.)   Expanding your taste buds by encouraging your children to try new things will in the long run make them more open minded to stepping out of their comfort zone!

4.)    Meals that have been prepared at home are more nutritionally based than those not. The food pyramid becomes more prevalent and utilized in the home and strays away from the countless calories, high fat, sugar-loaded foods that do more harm than good for our bodies.

5.) Becoming self sufficient and independent is a crucial part of growing up for a child. Learning how to prepare meals, cook, clean etc. leads to a more independent and responsible child who can take those skills as they become a teenager and then an adult.

6.) Eating together at least 5-6 times a week can prevent harmful and destructive behaviors like smoking, drinking, and illegal drug use so often seen in pre-teens and teenagers. When schedules become even more complicated eating together helps to maintain the growth a family needs to be successful.

7.)  Young children and teenagers academic performance is shown to be much higher in those families that eat together at least four times a week than those who only eat together a mere one to two times a week.

8.)    Eating out can be costly- two to four more times than those meals prepared at home, in fact.

With these cases in point, it is now more important than ever to bring the family back to the kitchen table. After all, sharing time at the dinner time can help each member find their own unique identity, alleviate day-to-day conflicts and hiccups, and build everlasting traditions and memories for years to come!  So, let the dinner bell override the ringtone, the fine china replace the plastic bag, a home-cooked meal substitute an overpriced take out.

Spending this time together as a family is a crucial component to establishing a strong, unbreakable bond, and while taking the time to prepare the meal may too facilitate a deeper relationship it isn’t always realistic. Between afternoon sports activities and enough errands to make you insane, making and preparing a meal may be the last thing you are thinking about. That’s where Y.Lo comes into play! We offer meal plans for two or more people straight from our menu, or your own customized, that come ready to be devoured after simply being reheated. So, while making a home-cooked meal may not always be feasible, sharing a meal together as a family can be as easy as a phone call to your favorite caterer.

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