So- for multiple reasons spanning from my control freak nature and our mutual love of cooking (bordering on obsession!) to a relatively limited budget, we would like to refrain from hiring a caterer. I was originally thinking of cooking myself, but I know I'm not going to be happy with that choice in the end.
What I'd really like to do is have a "day of" caterer to prepare the dishes we've prepped (e.g., heat things, cook the meat, etc.) but I am afraid proposing this to caterers will be offensive or a nonstarter. The idea of hiring (a group of?) culinary students was also suggested, but that too makes me uneasy.
Have any of y'all every heard of caterers that do something like this? Is it totally out of line to suggest that you don't want a caterer's food or menu but need them to cook YOURS? Or, do you have suggestions for how we can have more control over our food than we'd have with a traditional catering situation?
Thanks a lot for any insight you can provide!!