A Romantic Italian Trattoria on Vancouver Island
We love sharing our favourite Vancouver Island wedding vendors! We especially love sharing the hidden gems that not everyone knows about! So it goes without saying we are very excited to share this one...Cuckoo's Trattoria in Coombs, BC, and Chef Fausto. Fausto took the time to sit down with us and answer some questions to help give brides some extra information about the experience of having your wedding at Cuckoos. As wedding photographers, we see all the little details that venues offer, and Cuckoo's not only offers amazing food - but a one of a kind experience for your wedding day!
Chef Fausto with our couple, Ethel & Olson
By the Julien's Steve & Courtney www.julienphotography.ca
We met up with chef at Cuckoos in Coombs to find out a little more about the venue, and some behind the scenes information that brides can expect from their wedding at Cuckoos Trattoria. Chef was a lot of fun to chat with, we had a few questions and here's what he had to say:
Q: Why/How did you and Cuckoos get into weddings?
Fausto: Cuckoo Italian Trattoria is the result of the “marriage” between the family values and cultural traditions of the Geekie family, Owners of Cuckoo & the Old Country Market, and the Bellicini family, my family, back in Italy…We strongly believe that creating a place where our Guests and their families can come together to celebrate life with friends and relatives, with good food and good wine in the impeccable yet simple elegance of our venue, is a recipe for success, and a joyous place to be.
Q: We really loved hearing about your wedding experience on the Mainland - can you share it with us again please!
Fausto: During my 36 years career, I had the fortune to work side by side some of the most mythical Chefs, and all those experiences came together when I joined the North Shore Conference Center in North Vancouver. We hosted an average of 85 Weddings per year…Italian Weddings…450 guests and up. That experience gave me the confidence to provide high quality food & service to large groups of guests, personalizing each event, according to the wishes of each client.
Q: What is your favourite part about Weddings at Cuckoos?
Fausto: The intimacy and classic elegance of our venue, which is second to none! We always make the point to tell our guests that we are not a banquet facility. Cuckoo’s Heritage Dining Room is unique in to itself and it provides a stunning background for memorable events that will stay with our guests for a lifetime.
Q: What are a couple of your favourite features unique to Cuckoos?
Fausto: Our Food and our Staff! Beside the above mentioned beauty of our venue, our authentic food is the primary reason why Cuckoo Italian Trattoria is successful as a restaurant. We also have been very fortunate to attract and retain a great group of staff that, sincerely, share our passion for serving our guests and becoming part of their celebrations. Being a private property, away from the traffic and noise, also provides our guests with an oasis of tranquility and a sense of “being transported to a Country Home in Tuscany”
Q: What question do brides ask you the most?
Fausto: “How much is it going to cost me?”….no, wait…that’s usually the Groom’s question…! Joking aside, most couples ask questions about the whole process, however in the end they comment on how easy we make the whole process for them…we keep an open line of communication and exchange emails with our couples, we like to meet in person whenever it is possible and we answer all their questions… I imagine it is a big decision, but most brides have a pretty good idea of how they envision their wedding to be. We make ourselves fully available to assist them in making their dream come true…
Q: What do you do different that some other venues on Vancouver Island?
Fausto: I truly believe that we wear our heart on our sleeve and our sincere passion for serving our guests comes through at the first meeting… Every bride has a different vision, every couple has a different story, every family is different and personalizing each event is key. We pride ourselves in tailoring every decision regarding each wedding, according to the wishes of the couple, according to their taste and their budget. Simple elegance is a trademark of our venue and simplicity is appreciated throughout the process of organizing a memorable Wedding!
Q: Is there anything you would like to promote or some additional information?
Fausto: This is the most “advertising” we have done in the past several years, regarding Cuckoo Italian Trattoria. Word of mouth has developed our business in to what you see here today…our guests have always given us sincere and fair reviews and have helped us be better each time. The addition of the Fountain Garden patio and the Country Cottage Room, are the direct result of the success we have had in the past several years. Cuckoo Italian Trattoria is about serving our guests with freshness and passion! Combining West Coast ingredients with traditional Italian recipes. Come on over…your table is ready!
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