In 2014, on our old website, we posted catering stories to our blog. We’ll be republishing a bunch of them to this website. Here’s the first one, originally published on October 26, 2014:

The Pork Ninjas cater in various configurations, with various amenities. At the most basic, we bring our own cookers, cooking utensils and ice, and need access to electricity and potable water. The blog post I wrote about Spencer & Suzanne’s wedding, for example, said

Top Chef challenge style, we didn’t have access to running water.  No problem for The Pork Ninjas! We came with bottled water.
We enjoy those weddings just as much, but Sarah and Patrick’s wedding was the opposite of that.

Sarah and Patrick got married at Camp Manitou near Parry Sound, a kids camp that, during the camp season, serves over 700 meals a day. They have a proper kitchen. Knowing that, we left most of our utensils at home out of fear of mixing ours up with theirs. We brought food and we brought cookers. Little else.

On the menu:

  • Chicken Lollipops (Jerk and Honey Garlic)
  • Mini Greek Salad Skewers
  • Moinks (bacon wrapped meatballs)
  • Ribs -Baby Back Memphis Style (225 pieces)\
  • Pulled Pork\
  • Smoked Chicken Thighs
  • Mac N Cheese -Gluten Free
  • Mac N Cheese -Gluten Free with bacon
  • Grilled Portobello Mushrooms Caps
  • Corn (cut in half, with butter lime sauce)
  • Kitchen Sink Salad

+ Onion Jam, kimchi,  coleslaw,  ciabatta buns,  soft taco shells,  Carolina BBQ sauce,  sriracha and Squealer sauce.

apps at Sarah & Pat's wedding
The wedding was held by the lake, the apps were served in the dance studio, and dinner in the mess hall.

The evening before friends acted as greeters in the mess hall, checking in guests and directing them to their cabins.

We got a cabin to sleep in too, the first time this summer we didn’t do a sleepover on the bus. With the full kitchen and a cabin, it was luxury, one we don’t take for granted or expect. We go with the flow.

Additionally, the bride and groom ordered the good weather and got summer weather the first weekend of fall. We even found a brief (too brief) window of time to take a swim on Saturday. Slow food involves some “hurry up and wait”.

VIew of the water with the fall colours

VIew of the water with the fall colours

Our dog was thrilled with all the space.

“Bourbon: Lost & Found”

I call this one “Bourbon: Lost & Found”

We recommend Manitou as a wedding venue (facility rental info here). Thanks to long time staffer Dave for being so awesome.

Another great scenery shot:

fall leaves, camp Manitou

fall leaves