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Asian Wedding - Grand Catering from Jacky Young

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Asian Wedding - Grand Catering from Jacky Young

I found a 2009 thread discussing Jacky Young from Grand Catering, but it was fairly limited. I'm hoping someone has more experience and feedback they'd be willing to share about him. We were fairly comfortable chatting with him at the Bridal Show yesterday. But before I jump on board with his catering company for my wedding, I'd like to see if any RFDers can give me some feedback from weddings attended that he catered or dealt with him directly.

Or, suggest alternative reputable asian caterers and halls. :) We did look at MEC and La Rosa, but those just didn't go low enough under our budget.

Thanks.
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Yes knowing your budget would help us help you.

I've both spoken to Jacky regarding our wedding and I've been to a couple of his catered weddings. We did not choose him in the end, but we were quite impressed with him. He is a very reasonable, easy-to-deal with person and really friendly. He has deals with several halls (a lot in Woodbridge) and I believe he has personal interest in Le Jardin. He was able to offer the best discounts for this hall. January-April is low season so bargaining at this time is easiest (he explicitly said that...I never bargained with him though, didn't come to that point).

His food is pretty good; not spectacular but it should suffice. Portions are generous and there was a reasonable amount of shark's fin in the soup. You should know that the food is cooked off-site though, so it may not taste as fresh. They only use the on-site kitchen at the banquet halls to re-warm the food.

His food is WAY better than MEC (which IMHO is terrible, one of the worst places for Chinese wedding banquet in Toronto food-wise) but not quite as good as La Rosa. We wound up going with Dragon Dynasty catering at Atlantis (on the Lakeshore) and everyone was duly impressed. Great food and great service. We had countless people, including our older 40-50's aged guests, telling our parents how happy they were with the food. My parents who are from Edmonton were thrilled and thought it was definitely one of the better banquets they'd eaten (but they're from Edmonton haha...Chinese food sucks there).

I would whole-heartedly recommend Dragon Dynasty and also give a recommendation to Jacky for decent food at a good price, and dealing with an honest, friendly man.
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imak wrote:
Jan 14th, 2011 11:56 am
Yes knowing your budget would help us help you.
You should know that the food is cooked off-site though, so it may not taste as fresh. They only use the on-site kitchen at the banquet halls to re-warm the food.
This is my opinion as a guest to 2 weddings.

I agree with the poster above that the food did NOT taste fresh and that some of the items were just warm, not hot as if you held it in a Chinese Restaurant and it came right out of the kitchen. ( I found out later that he just warms it up at the hall). Not bad overall.

The second wedding we went to, it was horrible, the roasted pig did not have crispy skin but soggy and cold. Most of the dishes were a little sloppy and mostly luke warm to cold.

This was one in 2008 and the second one in 2009.

Funny Info about Jacky (I use to live "near" him) : He loves to talk on the phone while on the can. :) (he kept his washroom window open and talks really loud!).
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Thanks guys.

Budget is around 30K. Guest list 200-250, trying to get it exactly 200 to minimize costs.

@IMAK - We had asked him where the food was cooked, he said onsite. So I'm surprised that you got offsite food. Hmm, that raises up a bit of a flag. I'm glad though, that his food is better than MEC.

@SUPSD - Thx for the heads up on the can. :P

I mean, he did mention that we pay him after the wedding, so if the food's cold, then we could ask for a discount.
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Jan 14, 2011
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Hey!

I'm in the same shoes as you, as my bf and I got engaged a couple months ago. I went to a lot of weddings last summer, so I've had first hand experience with most of the banquet halls. Here's what I've gathered so far, hope this helps:

Jacky: as one of the posters said, his food is good, but definitely not spectacular. I think I went to a total of 2 weddings that were catered by him. His food was definitely catered in though, I've confirmed it with a couple of friends. Some of our food came out cold and it just didn't have the same taste to it. However, my friends did say he was easy to deal with, so that's a plus and he does deal with a lot of banquet halls, so you get a good selection of venues there.

Markham Event Centre: very nice place. Went to 2 weddings here last year too and contrary to some posters here, our friends and I thought the food was good, but definitely not the best. In my opinion, I feel their food is better than Jacky's though. The food came out at a very reasonable temperature and we really enjoyed their fusion Sweet Table. This is one of our top choices, and we really like how they include a lot of stuff in their packages as well.

La Rosa: I personally think out of all the Chinese banquet halls, they may have one of the better tasting food. I visited them for the 2nd time last week and they were doing some renovations to their banquet hall, so that's a plus, cause before their hall was very dark & gloomy the 1st time I visited there.

Shangri-La: nothing special. food was ok, service was ok. I don't really like their hall and how the rooms are, but that's my opinion.

Dragon Dynasty: another caterer that we are going to look into as we may be looking at Grand Baccus. If you are interested, PM me and I'll fill you in after we meet with him.

Lai Wah Heen: one of our top choices again. Food & rep is good, but at the same time, it's also a lot more expensive than a lot of other places...sigh...

Hope this helps. PM me if you have any info that you can give me too! :)

- M
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I am on the same boat at most of the people here. Iam planning in getting marry in September or October and was in search for the best deal for a Chinese wedding.

MEC - had a meeting with Edmund and the hall look nice, bridal room is really big ( 200 sqft ). They have a 33K min for 2/3 of their hall, which fit around 30-35 tables. Price is on the expensive side, I chose the $1109 menu, so after tax and tip it cost around would be $1419 per table. Their package include decor, dessert table, open bar with domestic beer and bar brand, hor' derv.

Jacky Young - Met with him a week ago and he seem like a friendly guys and know what he talking about. My girlfriend's dad went to a wedding that was cater by him at Le Jardin and he said the crab claw was the best he ever had. However, another guest also told me that there wasn't enough food for a table of 10. Price wise, for the cheapest hall, his $650 menu ( which is really good comparing to other menu ) and servers cost are around $1200 per table. The hall include a open bar, dessert table, decor, chair cover. The price is base on hall, it can range from $1200 - $2000 per table base on the hall you pick.

Dragon Dynasty - They are all booked when I contacted them, so I do not have a review on them. However, I assume they are good and that why they are booked up so quickly.

All the price listed above is before negotiation.

Hope that help. As for me, my hunt continue!!!!
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pmao83 wrote:
Jan 18th, 2011 11:01 am
I am on the same boat at most of the people here. Iam planning in getting marry in September or October and was in search for the best deal for a Chinese wedding.

Just as a general comment, if you are looking to have your wedding in September/October 2011, then you better hurry! I looked around at various banquet halls starting July 2010 and a lot of the more popular banquet halls (like MEC, Grand Baccus, Diamond Banquet Hall, etc.) were already booked for August/September 2011.
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@NYIK are you sure Jacky said food is cooked ON SITE?? It is warmed at the on site kitchen but I'm 100% sure it is cooked in a kitchen elsewhere. Jacky was quite honest with me when we discussed this. Seems like other posters have concurred with me on this.

If your budget is $30K and you want it around 200 guests I suspect you won't have an issue. I don't mind divulging that I paid $1000/table for Dragon Dynasty at Atlantis, INCLUDING open bar package. This works out to $1280 (after tax/tip) per table of 10. If we assume you have 20 tables, then you can safely get away with $26,000. Ours wound up being just a bit more than your budget because we had 270 guests, added apps and added dessert table. We also had several vegetarian guests who required special meals which cost extra in a Chinese banquet setting. I also brought in some extra alcohol/red bull at my own expense (my favorite drink is the jagger bomb and I couldn't imagine having my wedding without that). Of course there was some bargaining involved, but my message is that your budget is completely reasonable. Good luck!

In the Toronto Asian wedding scene, your options are fairly limited to these ones that have been bantered about (Jacky, Dragon Dynasty, MEC, La Rosa, Shangri La, Lai Wah Heen) if your goal is to have Chinese banquet in a hall-type setting (ie NOT a restaurant). I think the best bang for your buck comes at restaurants though. I feel like you could easily have a banquet under $1000 per table including tax/tip.
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This might be helpful to you but I met with the two gentlemen from the Rovey group who caters Chinese food from Dragon Dynasty to a lot of different banquet halls. I met with them at their Grand Baccus location and they were pretty helpful.

http://www.rovey.ca/eng/contactus/contactus.asp
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I am deciding between these two companies, any suggestions/tips/advice?

It seems like Dragon Dynasty charges more for wait staff compared to Grand Catering. How negotiable are these guys for their food menu?
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I had Jacky for my wedding. Very easy to deal with, quite honest and he does his best to look out for your interest. One thing I *really* liked about Jacky was that he always answers his phone - a big plus when you're dealing with vendors. Regarding cooking, he made it clear to me which halls could support cooking on site and which didn't (or what would be cooked and what would be warmed depending on hall location). I thought the food portions were quite small though but you get satisfied enough. He's not very flexible when it comes to certain tweaking of the dishes (i.e. if one dish has too much sauce or a little too much salt). The food overall was good, not amazing. I would highly recommend getting the baked conch to start. I thought his "yee meen" and fried rice were bland. There seemed to be less sharkfin on the wedding day than what was shown to us during the tasting.

Happy with Jacky overall - it's a wedding and I don't expect food to be on the wow side - unless I went with some overly expensive hotel (e.g. lai wah heen) or duke it out in a chinese restaurant backdrop.

You should also know that if you have your heart set on a banquet hall, you may not have a choice of caterer because a lot of the more popular banquet halls have a contract with Jacky if you want chinese catering.
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imak wrote:
Jan 19th, 2011 12:35 am
@NYIK are you sure Jacky said food is cooked ON SITE?? It is warmed at the on site kitchen but I'm 100% sure it is cooked in a kitchen elsewhere. Jacky was quite honest with me when we discussed this. Seems like other posters have concurred with me on this.

If your budget is $30K and you want it around 200 guests I suspect you won't have an issue. I don't mind divulging that I paid $1000/table for Dragon Dynasty at Atlantis, INCLUDING open bar package. This works out to $1280 (after tax/tip) per table of 10. If we assume you have 20 tables, then you can safely get away with $26,000. Ours wound up being just a bit more than your budget because we had 270 guests, added apps and added dessert table. We also had several vegetarian guests who required special meals which cost extra in a Chinese banquet setting. I also brought in some extra alcohol/red bull at my own expense (my favorite drink is the jagger bomb and I couldn't imagine having my wedding without that). Of course there was some bargaining involved, but my message is that your budget is completely reasonable. Good luck!

In the Toronto Asian wedding scene, your options are fairly limited to these ones that have been bantered about (Jacky, Dragon Dynasty, MEC, La Rosa, Shangri La, Lai Wah Heen) if your goal is to have Chinese banquet in a hall-type setting (ie NOT a restaurant). I think the best bang for your buck comes at restaurants though. I feel like you could easily have a banquet under $1000 per table including tax/tip.

Positive that he said that when we first saw him at the bridal show. We wanted to be clear and make sure we didn't get a caterer who cooked offsite, so we asked him that question. And he said YES it's cooked onsite. So yeah, will definitely need to check this with him when we talk to him later.

Thx for the numbers tho - really helps.
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Grumpy wrote:
Jan 19th, 2011 9:47 am
This might be helpful to you but I met with the two gentlemen from the Rovey group who caters Chinese food from Dragon Dynasty to a lot of different banquet halls. I met with them at their Grand Baccus location and they were pretty helpful.

http://www.rovey.ca/eng/contactus/contactus.asp

Any rough numbers you could share?
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I can confirm that Jacky now cooks on site. Was at a wedding at Le Jardin catered by him. Asked the waitress and she said it was cooked on site. My bad I guess he changed it up from when we talked to him in 2009
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