Yummy Goodness Catering Company

Virginia Beach, VA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

We are a local small women-owned and -operated business located in Virginia Beach with a passion for supporting local growers, artisans, and other small businesses wherever possible.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

From our exceptional private and corporate catering experience to our cocktail party service, we are the best-kept secret in town. We are focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction; we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.

Location

Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Years in business

6

Number of employees

41

Times hired on Thumbtack

14

Reviews

6 Reviews
  • Karen S. Mar 16, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Best food and service EVER!
    Yummy Goodness provided food and service for my March 11th wedding. Our wedding was held at a luxury home in Sandbridge. The food was displayed beautifully! Little signs told everyone what the food was and setup was gorgeous. Guests raved about the food and said it was the best wedding food ever! From the brisket to the mac n cheese / mashed potato bar to the shrimp and grits .. the food was outstanding! Lori and her team were perfection at its best. We would recommend them highly!
  • Ashley M. Mar 9, 2017
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Unreliable
    I contacted yummy goodness about the possibility of catering my wedding. I received an email with a couple of dates to set up an appointment. I selected a date but was then told it was not available after all and then I never heard from them again.
    Yummy Goodness C. Mar 9, 2017

    I am so sorry! This is unlike us in every way. We just found your email, with your response in the junk folder. Sometimes this happens. We actually thought you might have just found another caterer. If this is not the case, and you would like so speak with me, My name is Kelly, and I am the owner. Please take down your review. This is not how we do business. We aim to satisfy everyone, if they use us or not. I can also extend some discounts to you if you had not found anyone yet.

  • Jonna W. Mar 6, 2017
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    A wonderful evening
    Everyone was amazed at how lovely everything looked. She had the table arranged with different heights, it was stunning. Then the food, it was fabulous. One friend had to leave early and when she got home she called and booked Yummy for an upcoming event. The bar tender was very good. He had the bar set up so to make drinks very quickly. Wish my husband could make a chocolate martini like the ones served at the party!!! We will diffintely use Yummy again!! And recommend them to our friends.
    Yummy Goodness C. Mar 7, 2017

    Thank you for the great review and pictures! I will pass along to our awesome staff and let them know your are a satisfied customer! We appreciate your support of our small business :) Chef Kelly

  • Roxane W. Jan 24, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Beyond amazing!
    Yummy Goodness was excellent!!! The food was delicious, the staff was friendly, on time and we plan to use them over and over again!! We loved everything about them and are spreading the word!
    Yummy Goodness C. Jan 27, 2017

    Thank you so much for your kind words! This is exactly why we like owning our own business! Chef Kelly Type your response to this review.

  • John H. Oct 22, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Hurricane Wedding
    Chef Kelly, Chef Lori and their team were amazing. They went above and beyond our expectations. They worked with us to stay within our budget for our wedding, making adjustments along the way. Communication was excellent and the follow up was timely and addressed every detail. The day of our wedding, Hurricane Mathew came to town and the Yummy Goodness Team was up for the challenge. They adapted, they improvised and they overcame in order to make our wedding day the most unforgettable event of our lifetime. The water from the storm came up into the tent, encroaching on the dry land little by little. As time went on the water had taken over most of the area under the tent. By the end of the event, The Yummy Goodness Team was maneuvering through mud and ankle deep water. The bar tenders were serving drinks while standing in 6 inches of water. They never missed a beat. The food and drinks kept coming right up until the predetermined ending time. The Yummy Goodness Team did an excellent job of cleanup and packing leftovers and left the venue in pristine condition. Oh and did I mention the food was incredible ? Planning and executing a wedding is one of the most stressful things we have ever done in our lives. The Yummy Goodness Team helped to reduce our stress and make our wedding an over-the-top event that our 150 guests will never forget. Thank You Yummy Goodness!!!!!
    Yummy Goodness C. Oct 30, 2016

    Thank you so much John! We had a great time being your Hurricane Wedding Caterer! I am glad you enjoyed our services. We always appreciate positive feedback for our clients. Congrats and again to you and Louise!

  • Theresa N. Jul 20, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    They arrived on time with everything they needed. It was a hot day but they were cheerful, helpful and fantastic throughout the event. The food was PHENOMENAL!! So many compliments! I want the Mac and cheese recipe which was loved by all, even the adults, and the best I ever had. Appreciate the flexibility on menu choices, it made it more my own versus a set event.
    Yummy Goodness C. Aug 8, 2016

    Thank you so much! We love to hear feedback, and I will pass along to my staff. Please tell all of your friends and family! Chef KellyType your response to this review.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Its always best to personally talk to them about their tastes and needs, then determine what the best menu and service is for the budget they have.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Lori Verity is a classically trained Chef with certification from Johnson and Wales University and a Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University. As a military brat, she has lived in many different regions of the country before settling in Virginia Beach. She traveled abroad and did her culinary training in Europe and trained at Walt Disney World Resort. She has served in the positions of: Executive Chef, Sous Chef, Service Manager, Catering Manager, Bar Operations Manager. Kelly McMoran is a Chef by trade. She was born and raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, so she knows what locals want and like. She worked tirelessly for many years to rise to the top of her field. Her culinary experience has earned her the titles of: Executive Chef, General Manager, Owner/ Operator of Blue Bayou Café, Food Service Director, and Operations Manager.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
*Tips for Pricing- Many people ask why we don't have pricing on our website. Everyone has different needs and tastes. We custom build each menu and event. We ask our clients to imagine entertaining their guests at a local restaurant, and how much it would be per person, then add drinks, dessert, and service (onsite, offsite or delivered). Our prices are competitive and reasonable for the highest quality of food and service you will receive.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Five years ago, we started Yummy Goodness Catering Company. We started very small with only a few events and have been growing steadily ever since. We had to expand our kitchen twice in 2015, to accommodate the volume of food and events we are doing. We have built ourselves into a premier caterer with a great reputation in the community.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We work with a large variety of corporate clients and the general public, catering for all occasions.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Two day grand opening event for Towne Bank in Ghent, always a lot of moving parts!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do your homework!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Budget, services required, rentals, menu