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10th Annual Bridal Open House & Menu Tasting Vendor Spotlight: Deborah’s Specialty Cakes

25 Feb

Leading up to our 10th Annual Bridal Show & Tasting, we would like to shine a light on our wonderful vendors. Today we present a little of what Deborah’s Specialty Cakes has to offer. We hope you will plan to join us on March 2nd to see how 20+ vendors can make sure your wedding is the best day of your life!

“Deborah’s Specialty Cakes is excited to be part of the Foundry Park Inn’s Annual Bridal Open House again this year!

Deborah’s delights in making your cake unique and delicious. This isn’t just a job to me, it’s my creative outlet and something I love to do. I can’t think of a more wonderful thing than to be a part of people’s special moments, and being Italian means the best way to do that is with food, of course!! Each cake is the result of in-depth consultations with you. I like to get to know you, get to know your personality a little. Once I get a feel for what it is you are looking for I do a sketch and we use that as our working model.  The end result of this careful attention to detail is a centerpiece that harmonizes with your celebration and adds that extra special something. I can make a life-size guitar, complete with all the doo-dads. I have hand sculpted everything from an eight point buck to delicate, gumpaste magnolias. I’ve done Hobbit cakes and wedding cakes with zombies. After 25 years of making cakes there is not much I haven’t done and I am continually updating my skills.

A cake may be beautiful to look at but if it’s dry and tasteless the loveliness is soon forgotten. I make every single cake, from scratch, the day before your special event. Since all my cakes are by special order only I have no need to freeze cakes in order to meet an unexpected demand, and so my cakes are fresh, moist, and flavorful. I’ve developed a storehouse of recipes over the years that yield old-fashioned, truly yummy cakes, every time. The flavors, textures, and frosting combinations are endless. The thing I am most proud of is my authentic, Italian meringue icing. If icing has confectioner’s sugar in it then it is decidedly not an authentic buttercream icing. I am the only bakery in town that makes this wonderful icing. Not too sweet, not too heavy and full of real vanilla. It feels so luscious and delicious in your mouth, you’ll never want the other stuff again. Guaranteed!

Last but not least, I am very happy to offer Vegan, Non-Dairy, and Gluten Free cakes in addition to my regular flavors. I am fairly certain I can work around any food allergens or sensitivities you may have. I love to offer this to my clients because,no one should have to be without cake…..ever!!

I am giving away a door prize that every bride is eligible for, a gift certificate worth $50.00 towards your wedding cake for 125 people or more! Please come join us and have fun and eat cake!!

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Deborah’s Specialty Cakes






10th Annual Bridal Open House & Menu Tasting Vendor Spotlight: Sugar Kneads Cakery

22 Feb



Leading up to our 10th Annual Bridal Show & Tasting, we would like to shine a light on our wonderful vendors. Today we present a little of what Sugar Kneads Cakery has to offer. We hope you will plan to join us on March 2nd to see how 20+ vendors can make sure your wedding is the best day of your life!

You will NOT want to miss sampling some of their delicious cakes!

awesome-225x225classic1-225x225orchid1-225x225“Custom Cakery! We specialize in all things cake! We offer a huge selection of cake flavors, fillings & design options to make your big day a Sweet One! All of our Wedding, Grooms & Specialty cakes are custom designed & made to order. Sugar Kneads Cakery also offers a number of other scrumptious menu items ranging from Cupcakes, Cheesecakes, Pies, Petit Fours and Macaroons to guarantee to please even the pickiest of palates.

We also offer an elite line of Edible Wedding Favors.”



9th Annual Bridal Show & Tasting Vendor Spotlight: Carefree Celebrations

20 Feb

Leading up to our 9th Annual Bridal Show & Tasting, we would like to shine a light on our wonderful vendors. Today we present a little of what Carefree Celebrations has to offer. We hope you will plan to join us on February 24th to see how 20+ vendors can make sure your wedding is the best day of your life!

photo by Zoomworks

“Let me get the headaches! Let me solve any problems that pop up!

I do what is called ‘day of’ coordinating. However, I spend hours ahead of time – emails, phone calls, personal visits. Not only with you, but also with all your vendors.

My over 25 years as a caterer/manager made me very detail oriented and with weddings, there is no ‘small’ detail!

I keep my price very competitive because I really love what I do and get a lot of satisfaction from my always-thrilled brides, grooms, & their families (check out Happy People on my website).”

No matter when you book me, my services include:

* Going over all vendor contracts (making any suggestions for things I see might not be right) and suggesting 2 -3 vendors in each area if needed,

* Contacting vendors before the day and going over the details just to make sure we are on the same page about times, expectations, etc., Meeting with vendors as needed

* Tying together all the details for each vendor so they interact seamlessly and creating a personalized master detail & timeline sheet for you and all vendors, distributing those sheets BEFORE your wedding day,

*Calling those guests who don’t RSVP – if you supply me the phone numbers!

* Rehearsal, pre-ceremony, ceremony, reception & post reception coordination – I’m at the site when the first vendor arrives and I stay until it is over (10 – 12 hours) – assisting vendors as needed, insuring contractual items are met, and taking care of you!

*Extensive emergency kit travels with me!

* Coordinating all the timing and activity of the reception – being there to make sure the cake knife is at the cake for cake cutting, Bride & Dad are ready for their dance, caterer is providing per contract, music is playing as requested, etc.,

* Hand delivering your vendor checks day of as needed,

* Collecting all the personals items such as gifts, extra favors and programs, articles of changing clothes, and anything needing attention without family having to worry about it,

* Minimum of one (1) meeting now and one (1) closer to wedding with unlimited emails and phone calls – expect a lot of those! I will meet with vendors as needed.

I am whom you ask etiquette questions of, rely on to listen to you, and vent to when needed! If I don’t know the answer, I do the legwork to find the answer. It is the Bride and Groom’s wedding, not mine, so I’m very careful to learn their wishes and dreams and help make them come true. * Additional services available

Donna Pahl

706.202.1907 dpahl548@msn.com


Save the Date for our Fall Open House & Tasting October 14th!

26 Sep

We would like to invite you to join us for our Fall Bridal Open House & Tasting Sunday, October 14th from 2-4 pm.

Tour our historic banquet spaces and suites while you sample a wide array of cuisine prepared by our award-winning culinary team and taste gourmet wedding cakes and specialty cocktails.

Enjoy spa services and register for an exclusive Foundry Park Inn & Spa giveaway.

Tickets are $10 per person, payable at the door

RSVP to Sales@Foundryparkinn.com

*Brides or Hosts with an event on the books will receive 2 complimentary tickets

Welcome! Summer Bridal Tasting & More….

24 Aug

Welcome everyone to The Foundry Park Inn & Spa wedding blog! I am so excited to be able to put together something for our Foundry Brides & those checking out The Inn!

 It is my goal to keep you updated on the new goings-on around The Inn as well as  to offer tips, pictures, & new wedding ideas – from the cake to the decor:)

Last weekend we had a great turn out at our 2009 summer bridal open house and tasting. 

Sharon Edwards of the Athens Banner Herald was there taking photos for Spotted, and can they be seen at the below link:


We also had Zoomworks photography come to take some photos prior to the tasting:


PINK! Yes, we went with champagne pink, black & white – so very plush & traditional – works great for any season!  It also compliments our newly renovated banquet spaces – new paint & carpet!



Thank you to Gardenia Floral Design for creating our fabulous centerpieces.

Make use of those bouquets!  Seen above as a centerpiece – bridal bouquet in the center with bridesmaids florals in mint julep cups around – Beautiful! 

This also works well for your cake table….



 Another thanks to Enrique with Cecilia Villaveces Cakes (our preferred baker) for bringing 6 beautiful and tasty cakes – Enrique was also our guest speaker for the afternoon, offering tips and answering questions about cake ordering and decor.  My favorite is the Spanish lemon….



Fruit Carving Stations are a cool twist on the typical sliced fruit display – and a great way to get your guests involved in the action!


Each plate is carved to order by  one of our wonderful chefs, and a wide selection of fruits (papaya anyone?) can be offered based on the season – we even dress it up with dipping sauces and toasted coconut:


Speaking of action….


Executive Chef  Martin Smetana keeps the pasta station going.  Action stations could be created for a range of menus from fried green tomatoes to fajitas, shrimp & grits, & don’t forget the fruit! A cool way to wow guests & it can all be cooked to order!

As I mentioned before, we had a full house with lots of brides, grooms, parents and friends there to taste food, Sangria:) and cakes….


Thank you to everyone who could make it! I hope it was informative & helpful to you in creating your dream menu, cake and event!

Keep in mind that we do put together these tasting events 4 times a year, so if you were unable to make it to this one, the next is scheduled for February 28th & it is going to be a doozy!  Not only will we have food to taste, but Athens Premier Vendors (florists, photographers, cakes, musicians and much more!) will also be on hand to discuss booking options as well – this will take place throughout ALL of our banquet spaces, including The Melting Point.

I mentioned that we recently finished the renovation of our banquet spaces, but neglected to let everyone know that we are wrapping up a complete renovation of our sleeping rooms as well.

Shiny white bathrooms, lux white bed linen, plush new carpet, & fresh paint just adds to the charm here at The Inn!  I can’t wait to show it off…..

As soon as we get some photos, I will be sure to get them here for all to see!