(note: this review is absolutely separate from the cake/cupcake review)
Vendor grade: D
We were really struggling with the menu for the reception. We wanted something nontraditional and delicious. We wanted roasted vegetables, meat and something other than potatoes. We wanted a meal that our guests would remember.
We decided to work with Miel y Leche for our reception meal.
I approached Sheela with a price that we were comfortable with (with room to wiggle in either direction, we were completely ready for a counter-price) – a price that was right in the range of their catered meals – and she accepted the price.
I presented my thoughts on the menu:
chicken skewers —– beef skewers
roasted vegetables —– fresh fruit
bread and butter —– couscous
(no drinks were included and we provided our own dishes)
When we met, Sheela suggested we add:
eggplant rolls with mint and chili
quinoa with fruit and nuts
I was all for the additions — how delicious!
When we presented the quote, we were anticipating 150 – 160 guests and MyL was to plan for those numbers, accordingly.
The day of the wedding, dinner started late. The catering team arrived late, so we gave them a little slack. Dinner was supposed to begin at 5, and they pulled up to the reception site at about 4:50 – and started to unload.
Dinner began, and the groom and I decided to buck the trend and continue socializing, with the plan to grab our dinner a bit later.
By the time we went through the line, we were horrified to see that much of the food had run out. There was no beef, no chicken, no roasted vegetables, no eggplant rolls.
My dear husband and I dined on couscous, what was left at the bottom of the watery fruit bowl, and bread. What a disappointment.
The part that really shocked us was that we’d been planning for 150, and we only had about 118 guests eat — 12 of whom were under the age of 10. It seems that Miel y Leche grossly miscalculated the amount of food needed.
On top of it, I heard (after the reception) from several family members that, as food needed to be replenished (bread, skewers, etc), they had to personally go INTO the kitchen, to ask the staff for more. Further, the Miel y Leche crew was apparently just standing around in the kitchen (they didn’t do any clean up for us) – playing on their phones. When I went into the kitchen, they actually offered, “we can run to Jimmy Johns if you want.”
The food smelled good, and looked good, but we (along with about 25+ of our guests) weren’t able to sample everything that was supposed to be available.
I wouldn’t feel comfortable recommending Miel y Leche to anyone looking for a caterer.