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La Sure's Does It All For Weddings and Other Special Events

By Pamela Sosnowski

For over 40 years, La Sure's of Oshkosh has worn many hats at once. It's a wedding cake specialist, caterer, and restaurant all rolled into one. In 2002 it even opened up its own banquet hall, complete with a full bar and audio/visual capabilities, that can accommodate up to 400 guests. A family-owned business, La Sure's still "does it all" as their website states.

"Shirley 'Sure' and Tom Heisler were the original owners of La Sure's," Talia Stone, the Catering Sales Manager, said. "Shirley, a talented baker and cake decorator, always wanted to open her very own French bakery so she turned her cake-making hobby into a business in 1974, naming the bakery La Sure's. The cafe was added in 1982 and Shirley and Tom's son Bob, along with his wife Bev, joined the business in 1985. Bob and Bev added to the business by building the banquet hall in 2002 and are the current owners of La Sure's."

With the opening of the cafe in the early '80s, La Sure's started to provide home cooked meals so good you'd think your mom was in the kitchen. Every breakfast, lunch, and dinner dish is made from scratch using the freshest quality ingredients. The cafe serves a variety of breakfast combos, signature sandwiches, wraps, and comfort food dinner entrees such as roast turkey dinner, chicken cordon blue, and spaghetti with meat sauce. The catering services expand on these menus by providing small plates, a soup and salad bar, build your own breakfast, elegant plated entrees, and more for both on and off-site catering.

La Sure's award-winning bakery also makes all of its breads, pies, cakes, and other treats fresh daily. The bakery has the distinction of making over 10,000 cakes since its opening. The bakery staff can also make birthday and special occasion cakes in virtually any theme or style.

"You could say we are experts in the wedding cake business," Stone said. "We are known for our moist cakes and delicious 'not too sweet' French buttercream frosting. We offer over 25 different flavors and have hundreds of designs to pick from, or, we can custom design your cake. We offer one on one meetings so we can discuss your vision and create the cake of your dreams!"

La Sure's newest offering is its ceremonial garden, which compliments the banquet hall by providing a beautiful landscaped backdrop for a wedding ceremony. Opening in spring 2017, the garden features a pergola, stone water fountains, and seating for over 200 guests in a peaceful fenced-in area.

"With more and more couples wanting the ease and convenience of holding all facets of their wedding day in one location, Bob and Bev decided it was time to add onto the business once again," Stone said. "La Sure's is now able to offer couples a ceremony site, reception site, catering, and hotel rooms, we are attached to the Hawthorn Suites, all in one location."

This versatility and dedication to service is sure to keep La Sure's going for at least another forty years.

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