Wedding planning and Groom don’t typically go together. In my case, I was in charge of the reception planning by choice. As I met with numerous vendors, I was met with skepticism, dismissal, and the ubiquitous “Where is the bride”. From the first day I met with Lee, the interaction was completely different and I knew instantly Iron Hen was going to be my caterer. Working with Lee and her staff was great! They bent over backwards to accommodate all of my particular needs, desires, and dreams while helping to direct me when needed. Lee was nothing but open and honest in all facets of the process. Lee was gracious in working to develop a menu and reception that not only fit my vision but also my budget. As a frequent customer, I was used to the fun and friendly service that always comes with a smile. The day of the reception was no different. All of our guests commented on the delicious food and the great staff. Everyone felt bad for the two bartenders, who had to stand in the sun, but they didn’t stop serving with a smile and making sure everyone had what they needed. I was also accustomed to the high quality of food and fresh local ingredients. Creating that same plate from the restaurant in a catering setting is immensely difficult. The Iron Hen makes it seem effortless and natural for their food to be that good. Everyone has “hiccups” on the day of their wedding. Although we had our share, Lee made sure to smooth over as many as she could. When our linen order was not complete (unbeknownst to us), Lee made sure that the last table was covered with a linen. When our transportation away from the reception was not there, Lee personally called the hotel to arrange for transportation immediately. The little things and going the extra mile put Lee and the Iron Hen staff in another league from all of the other caterers in the Triad. It is assumed that you and your guests will only remember the reception, but the Iron Hen actually makes it memorable. My wife and I are so happy we chose Iron Hen to cater our reception and would make the same decision in a heartbeat!
Totally LOVE this place! The staff are always really friendly & will do anything they can to make you happy and remember all regulars. Owners are a policeman & his wife so they always try to make clientele feel connected to local businesses & owners. Big on supporting local college events & put up fliers etc. for charitable events. Coffee is SOOOOO much better than Starbucks! Did some reading on them & they have nationally recognized high marks for roasting methods & coffee blends. Big participant in "Fair-Trade" sourcing which helps to make sure big coffee importers aren't cheating farmers. Also helps ensure farms are adequately funded so that 'best practices' in agriculture can be implemented on smaller farms & laborers can earn decent wages. Environment is a bit brighter than most coffee spots & they don't play the same elevator music CD incessantly. They also have a 'Reader's Shelf' where patrons can drop off used books after they've finished with them & anyone coming into the shop can sit, relax, and try out a new author or genre for a little while. They also don't carry as much super-tempting, ultra-rich Junk Food as Starbucks. Mostly a wide variety of muffins, but also some stuffed croissants, paninis, and a collection of healthy choices like organic oatmeal & locally acquired snack/power bars. Just upgraded WiFi carrier a while ago so has a better range if you want to sit on the big patio out front (nice tables with full-size umbrellas), and the connection is more reliable. Only Downer: Parking lot kind of sucks to get in and out of if you come in from Martinsville St. Just after a curve & is a bit of a hill so you have to slow down a lot at a less-than-desirable spot.
We named it Wine Down Wednesdays. Get a 1/2 priced bottle of wine all day (after 10pm, they have to switch to glasses), and wash down some of the best Mussels Italiano in central NC. The bartenders there know what they are doing (call them your mixologist, see them smile, repeat...). Order the special drinks they have and it will be crushed fresh fruit, not sugar mix. The menu has changed for the better. On warm summer days, the patio is at capacity with young professionals looking for the nearest watering hole, and Europa not only is the nearest, it's one of the best.