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Do you want a perfect wedding? If so, then consider the advantage of the wedding planner also being the caterer. “I’m more in tune to the whole concept of the wedding,” says WALLNUTS Expressive Catering owner Laurie Wall. “Usually, when people first talk to me, they’re looking for WALLNUTS to cater the wedding reception. Once they realize we also provide bar service, complete setup/teardown and full event planning, there is a huge sigh of relief. We’re literally one-stop shopping. You write out just one cheque in the end, rather than 10.”

Raised in a rural Saskatchewan household of “natural caterers,” Laurie Wall embarked on her Regina business venture about 15 years ago with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for food that she sees as vital. “Being a chef is like being an artist. It’s more important to ‘have that thing’ than to be schooled. It’s something you need to be born with to be super successful.”

WALLNUTS employs four full-time staff and many part-time workers for all the weddings Wall caters across the province each season. Her wedding meals vary greatly, and the caterer infuses international flavours with superior ingredients for truly unique culinary experiences. “Our meals are conventional or traditional, but with a twist. Our food is always super fresh and locally sourced. It’s the way my family has always done things — it’s the right way to eat. We aren’t doing frozen pea-carrot mix out of a bag. We’re growing gardens, we grow our own herbs, we’re connecting with farms and we source things as close to the origin as possible — and we have a greenhouse in winter to keep it all going. Our tagline is "Food so fresh you want to slap it!”

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Constantly on the prowl for exceptional food and drink, Wall is an avid traveller. She completed a stint at one of Europe’s most renowned culinary institutes, studying traditional butchery and charcuterie in southern Italy. Also, she recently took an in-depth cheese-making course on B.C.’s Cortes Island. Making connections around the world means bringing a taste of her travels back home. “I covet food. I go to places such as Istanbul or Cairo, Paris or Vietnam, and I’m looking for interesting ideas I can ‘wow’ my clients with.”

She adds: “This is still Saskatchewan, though, and while a bride might be cool with something different, her farmer father still might want ‘meat and potatoes.’ Still, I can incorporate some international themes such a decor or interesting drinks.” Along with catering weddings, Wall also offers full bar services through “BarNuts - All Things Liquid” — a spinoff company run by her partner, Ryan Moore, which was developed to complement the food side of things.

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As a planner, Wall also works with local vendors to coordinate everything — from decorations to flower arrangements, photographers to DJs, and fireworks to simply everything else. All the while, she communicates diligently with her clients to ensure their perfect day is exactly what they envisioned. “Since many wedding couples aren’t from Regina, we stay connected through Pinterest. I create a board with the couple’s name, and we just connect through social media, and they’ll send me their ideas and I’ll provide my ideas as we put together the idea board.”

Weddings aside, Wall also caters a variety of local and regional events of all sizes and types. Ever the entrepreneur, Wall also created a storefront called “EATABLE - Wicked Food to Go” that provides ready-made, delicious and always-fresh meals to customers. It is run in part by Megan Weinberger, who Wall says is the most imaginative chef. Wall adds: “Who knows what’s next. But I guarantee there will be some good times ahead!”

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WALLNUTS Expressive Catering

232-A College Ave. East

Regina

306.543.9255

wallnuts@accesscomm.ca

wallnuts.ca

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Published on October 2, 2018 under Featured, Indulge by

Carter Haydu

Carter Haydu

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