We strive to make every wedding speak to who the couple really are. Rebecca & Matthew gave everything of themselves on this magical night at the Branford House Mansion. From their love for baseball to their alma mater – Quinnipiac University, to family, friends and each other – it really shined through in every aspect of this special day. With Creative Concepts by Lisa by their sides too, it was bound to be a great one!

Captured PERFECTLY by the folks at Robert Norman Photography these pictures capture so many moments – the first look, the vows looking out over the water, the decadent desserts and a lot of fun!

PHOTOGRAPHY | Robert Norman Photography
VENUE | Branford House Mansion
CATERING | A Thyme to Cook
WEDDING PLANNER | Creative Concepts by Lisa
FLORAL | Flowers By Danielle
DJ | Butch Gray
STRINGS | Juhasz Music
EVENT GOODIES | Vivid Events
HAIR & MAKEUP | Dana Bartone Weddings
DRESS | A Little Something White

When a couple is this much in love, it really shows throughout their entire day. Annie and Custer were a joy to collaborate with, from the very first meeting through their final goodbyes and it created a magical evening.

These amazing shots by Maggie Conley only tell half the story of what a great night it was at Jonathan Edwards Winery.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Maggie Conley Photography
CATERING: A Thyme to Cook
VENUE: Jonathan Edwards Winery
FLORAL: Hana Floral Design
HAIR: Kathryn W. Salon
MAKEUP: Jennie Fresa Beauty



Have you picked up a copy of the Spring 2017 edition of Martha Stewart Real Weddings yet? If you casually flip to page 112 you’ll find the fabulous wedding out on Fisher’s Island that A Thyme To Cook was lucky enough to cater!

We anxiously awaited the release of the issue and our very own President, Linda, was practically skipping to the mailbox the whole week it was estimated to arrive. We just about ripped open the package when it finally got here and read through the article and then flipped back to the first page and read it again.

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

It was wonderful to relive the day while reading the magazine and to see it captured in such beautiful photos from the Martha Stewart crew. We love being a part of a wedding that is featured nationally for brides-to-be, and it truly always makes us giddy to appear in print.

A Boat Ride to Remember
The wedding was a unique one, for sure, in that Fisher’s Island is only reachable by ferry. We ventured out there not once, not twice, but three times to get a feel for the site, the space, and the logistics of working with vendors on ‘island time’. Let me tell you though – venturing to the island in the winter was no simple feat.

With a limited ferry schedule and no transportation on the island, our chariot awaited in the form of a pick-up truck driven by the mother of the bride as we hurried off the ferry to escape the December wind. She drove us through the quaint island roads through the quiet neighborhood – visibly in hibernation by the abundance of ‘CLOSED’ signs and lack of pedestrians until the spring. We truly felt like we had been transported away from the hustle and bustle of the New London city docks as we arrived in this sleepy seaside town.

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

With a four-hour gap until the return ferry, we were welcomed into the family’s summer home for a warm cup of tea after visiting the reception site.

Taking a seat in their living room, we chatted about the bride’s youth spent on the island as a bartender in her parent’s Inn (The Pequot). There, she spent summers shucking oysters by the dozen and pouring dark and stormys for the sea-faring folk who anchored on the island and were lucky to discover the only watering hole on shore.

It was such a treat to be able to immerse ourselves in the story and understand the emotional attachment the family had to the island. Getting to know each couple’s story is truly one of our favorite parts of creating the perfect personalized wedding day.

Lemonade Gets Personal
We had a brief encounter with the maid of honor (the bride’s sister) on our second trip to the island, as we boarded the ferry, she was getting off for a business meeting in Westerly, RI on behalf of Fisher’s Island Lemonade – her own brand. The bride’s sister also found inspiration from her time behind the bar at the Pequot Inn where she created big batches of homemade lemonade to mix a top-selling cocktail. Taking the recipe from behind the bar to the boardroom is how she created the canned version called Fisher’s Island Lemonade that is served at many local establishments and liquor stores.

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

As a surprise gift to the couple on their wedding day, the maid of honor had special cans produced with a custom-label just for their special day. We just love all the details that make a bride’s day that much more personal!

A Celebration of Local Delights
As a caterer who prides ourselves on locally sourced food, we were happy to coordinate with several of our local creative partners to assemble a team for this successful wedding.

Two cakes, including a delicious chocolate pistachio torte, was brought over on the ferry by Sift Bake Shop in Mystic, CT. (If you have a chance to stop by the cute upscale bakery in downtown Mystic you won’t be disappointed by the decadent treats and amazing lattes.)

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

The vibrant floral displays were created by the ever-artistic Yumiko at Hana Floral, another Mystic-based business who carefully delivered all the flowers via boat.

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

An Event To Remember
Attempting to get 20 staff members from all over Connecticut to meet at the ferry dock early in the morning while also getting our two vehicles loaded on a different ferry dock that same morning was quite the logistical feat. It was many of our employee’s first time taking a ferry and first time visiting the Island – an experience we loved providing them with.

Months later we still reminisce about the week of the wedding, how we were checking the forecast daily, how it rained while we were on the ferry, and most importantly how much fun we all had being part of such a beautiful celebration.

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

We so enjoyed our time working on this Island wedding with Martha Stewart magazine and hope that by reading through our featured segment you can relive the magic too!

Written by Fiona Saluk, Event Coordinator



After 32 years in the wedding industry, you could say we’ve experienced our fair share of weddings (seriously though – we’ve seen some things).

With age comes wisdom, with wisdom comes knowledge, and while, as a catering company, our primary focus on our bride’s big day is ensuring all goes well with the food and drinks, our knowledge extends far beyond the boundaries of the kitchen.

After each weekend, we gather our team and share stories from the events, what went well and what we didn’t expect. We are constantly taking mental notes and looking for ways to improve the day for both our brides, her guests, and us! A result of all of this continuous evaluation has been the organic formulation of a list that could be titled, ‘things you don’t think you’ll need on your wedding day but will be surprised that you do’.

There’s nothing worse than realizing you forgot something you didn’t think to bring that ends up being vitally important! So here is our composite list of the things we often notice end up left behind or things the bridal party often come running to us asking for.



This may be a surprising one, not something you think to keep on hand, but is probably one of the top most requested items we’re asked for. Think of all the tags you’ll be cutting, spare threads/strings you’ll want to trim, any packages you have to open. These really do come in handy. We even had someone borrow scissors from us to cut his pants into shorts one hot July night… but that’s a story for another day.



By: Fiona, Event Coordinator


In the New England wedding industry, it’s no secret that summer is our busy season. We are creating memories every weekend from May to October and are constantly on the go. Winter is when we take time to relax, refresh, and regroup! (I think it’s safe to say we have things we love and hate about both summer and winter)

Here at A Thyme To Cook we’ve been spending our winter revising our menu ideas, exploring new wedding trends, and chatting with our future brides about their hopes and dreams for their big days this year!

Now that spring is in the air  (Can you believe it’s March? I still can’t believe it myself!) we get to experience that wonderful feeling of waking up to 55 degree weather, walking outside to see the little green bulbs peeping out of the ground, and hearing the birds sing good morning.

This Sunday was no exception as everyone who made it to the Wadsworth Wedding Show got to experience a beautiful sunny drive to the Middletown mansion.



Hey gang! Keith here.

According to the “fun calendar”, today is National Sandwich Day. Mmmmm.

Instead of sharing some great shots of our past sandwiches, I decided to throw a curve ball at our kitchen team this morning.

Chef Joe, Chef Angela and Chef Janet were busy with prep work and I sent down a challenge to them. It was simple – I wanted those three to go into the walk-in cooler and create a never-before-made sandwich to wow our readers. They recorded the process as they worked and here are the fruits of their labor… enjoy!

First, Chef Joe emerged from the walk-in with some fennel and started to crisp that up.

First, Chef Joe emerged from the walk-in with some duck got it right into a hot pan.


photo: Beck McNeel Weddings

photo: Beck McNeel Weddings

I have a feeling that this past week may have been the last week that felt like Indian Summer, which is a good thing as we are still cranking out weddings like crazy, and many of them in tents.

Tents are tricky this time of year, as volatile weather changes have huge impacts – so we are scrambling for heaters, more frame tents for our field kitchens and dealing with the wind. Of course, that is what makes us great caterers! We have many years of wild and crazy things that have happened behind the scenes (I won’t frighten you!!). We will do whatever it takes to make our event seamless. We love the constant variety of clients, venues and menu; we love problem solving and improvising to make things work; we love getting to know our clients so we can hone in on their priorities… and create memories that last a lifetime.

So, back to Fall, the season of pumpkins, mums, cornstalks and Halloween. As we have done for zillions of years, we decorate the outer cookery steps and sills with the harvest of our neighbor, Lo Presti Farms. It is one of my favorite times to decorate – or was, until a few weeks ago. The lesson here is to never under-estimate the power of squirrels. Our local squirrel family has developed quite an organized system of carrying off whole butternut squash, gourds, and pumpkins. They move with such speed and grace…. they have literally chewed thru pumpkins on our step in between client appointments and love leaving a mess of seeds everywhere. So, since this battle began, I have been researching methods of natural ‘discouragement’ for them. Any tips you have for ‘saving’ your fall decor would be welcome!



It’s time for our Second Episode!

In Episode Two we chat with Robert Norman, of Robert Norman Photography. He visited the cookery and did some AMAZING new food shots for us and then sat down to chat.

Robert shared how he got started in the business, his favorite things to capture, thoughts on Instagram, digital vs film and tips for what a wedding couple should look for in their photographer. He also chats about his love for the World’s Fair and a recent trip to Hong Kong.

Of course, we put Robert through the 5 rapid-fire questions of Quick Thyme, too!

Photo of the Photographer

Photo of the Photographer

The A Thyme to Chat Podcast features our host Keith, chatting with event industry experts who offer up tips and trends for entertaining. From throwing the perfect Super Bowl party to thinking about the big day of your wedding – we’ll cover it all.




Summertime is fantastic for getting friends and family together for fun in the sun. While we don’t have to worry about plowing snow or icy paths, summer does bring its own set of challenges to the party-throwing world.

Linda Sample, owner of A Thyme to Cook, offers up some Do’s and Don’ts for summer time entertaining in your home.

Here are some tips that you definitely want to DO, to keep your guests happy, the food fresh and your sanity intact.

1. Think air conditioning!

Or at least shade. An uncomfortable guest is an unhappy guest. In the old days a bowl of ice in front of a fan worked just fine.

An uncomfortable guest is an unhappy guest. In the old days a bowl of ice in front of a fan worked just fine.



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We’re so excited that we’ve launched our new Podcast! In “A Thyme To Chat” we will talk with Event Industry Experts about events, weddings, and more!

In Episode 1 we chat with Linda Sample, our owner, about the history of ATTC, hot trends, a catering trip thru Italy and a lot more!

We’d love to hear your opinions! Share them with us in the comments below.

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