First Supper

Photography by Ashley Holstein

The Catering Company, Gourmet Goodies, and Sugar & Slice give us the ideal wedding sampler that will have us counting down the hours until the reception.

When you’re planning a wedding, one of the biggest items on your list is food. No matter what you plan to spend, there’s no doubt that food and drink will be some of your biggest expenses. Luckily, here in Winter Haven we have a few local options serving delicious and unique options with a personal touch. Having met with all of these vendors myself, I can assure you that they are working their hardest to give each bride the best, no matter the budget. 

When planning your main entree, you are surely considering the guests and what may suit their wants. If you are also looking for something a little more exciting than the tired-old chicken and mashed potatoes, look no further than The Catering Company. 

No matter the event, Owners Christa Morgan and Phil Robinson’s goal is to make your day special. The Catering Company initially meets with the couple to get an overall feel for the event and then curates a menu to fit their vision. From there, they make as many tweaks as necessary. No matter the vibe, budget, or size of the wedding, The Catering Company has you covered. 

A Mississippi native, Robinson studied at The Cordon Bleu in Denver. From there, he made his way to Winter Haven. He met Morgan while working at the former Tanner’s downtown. After their time there, they started their own restaurant together — the much loved (and still missed) Bebo’s. When they eventually closed Bebo’s, Morgan and Robinson continued to get numerous catering requests that eventually grew them into The Catering Company. 

The Catering Company is also able to provide bar service — a relief while wedding planning as it makes for one less moving part. And while they do not create wedding cakes, they have worked with brides in the past to make alternative desserts, like a donut wall and petit fours. The Catering Company also regularly collaborates with Gourmet Goodies and Sugar & Slice on weddings. 

The Catering Company, Gourmet Goodies, and Sugar & Slice are all aces of the wedding industry. You can’t go wrong with any of these local favorites on your big day.

There’s no denying that one of the best parts of wedding planning is the cake tasting. Of course you will want it to look beautiful, but tasting great is important, too. When it comes to cakes, turning to one of our local bakeries is your best bet for a cake design unique to your tastes. 

Sugar & Slice bakery takes pride in using only the freshest ingredients. Nothing on their menu has ever been frozen. Sugar & Slice Owner, Kristin Ford, and her team work closely with each bride to create a custom cake to fit the bride’s vision. They offer a variety of flavors, from classic vanilla and chocolate to lavender or champagne. The team assures that a cake can be both beautiful and delicious; you will not have to sacrifice taste to achieve beauty. Their most popular wedding cake flavor is their hummingbird cake. Sugar & Slice can be found in downtown Winter Haven across from the Ritz Theatre. 

Gourmet Goodies is a fan favorite. A staple of downtown Winter Haven since 2015, Gourmet Goodies can be found across from Central Park. Their most popular wedding cake flavor combination is vanilla cake with strawberry filling, and they are forever working to redeem fondant. 

Owner Carissa Hughes says, “In the past, fondant has tasted bad and left people not wanting to use it. But with today’s cake designs, we often need to use fondant for certain design applications, and our fondant tastes great!” Gourmet Goodies books wedding cakes up to a year in advance. They offer private cake tastings and consultations with a professional cake decorator to create a custom and unique design for every couple. 

The Catering Company, Gourmet Goodies, and Sugar & Slice are all aces of the wedding industry. You can’t go wrong with any of these local favorites on your big day. 

The Catering Company
233 Avenue O SW
Winter Haven, FL 33880
863.207.7057
thecateringcompanyofcentralfl.com

Gourmet Goodies
68 4th Street NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881
863.318.1400
ggcupcake.com

Sugar & Slice 
222 W. Central Avenue
Winter Haven, FL 33880
863.299.1166
sugarandslicebakery.com