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Wedding and Event Catering
Chef Rich provided a phenomenal experience for our daughter's birthday party! He was highly communicative through the entire process of getting ready for the party. Chef Rich showed early and his level of knowledge on how to prepare to cater to our guests eased our party day jitters. This gave us the opportunity to handle other aspects of the party as guests arrived. During the party he was once again great in providing a delicious meal that everyone enjoyed. Next time we host a party we are definitely calling Chef Rich!Sep 18, 2017Verified
Wedding and Event Catering
Rich came and cooked an Italian style meal for my birthday party at our home. We had over ten adults and ten kids and Rich catered really well towards everbodies wishes, appetizers vegetarian dishes, meat and pasta dishes... Terrific grilled pesto shrimp, home made hummus and dressings, lovely salad, super tender chicken etc etc. Kids loved the fresh baked cookies for desert and Rich really made sure everything was well presented during dinner and he left my kitchen spotless. Could not have been happier!Jan 20, 2016Verified
Initially contacted Rich to do the bartending at my 50th birthday party. After discussing my catering plans with Rich, he proposed that he stays in the kitchen and coordinates the food while he brings in additional people to help with the bar and serving the food. I am very happy with Rich in the way he managed the kitchen and the servers. In summary I would say Rich personally did an excellent job and would have no hesitation in recommending him. Rich and his crew cleaned up everything after the party. We only had a minimum amount to do the next day.Mar 31, 2016Verified
Event Help and Wait Staff
There is not enough I can say about Richard and his staff who showed up prior to the start of the wedding in total catering professional mode, ready to cater to my 150 guests. Words can not tell you how pleased I was with the work of Rich and his staff. I had a five minute talk about where things were, about what time to serve appetizers, entrees and dessert. I totally forgot I was at my own party, they did such a good job. I did not have to correspond with him or his staff the whole day. They were so on point with making sure all went right from serving the hot food, presentation of the food to cleanup. I was able to correspond with my guests the whole day without worry. They were amazing and I would like to thank them for making my wedding party a success.Jun 7, 2018Verified
If you are seeking a true PROFESSIONAL for your event, do not hesitate to hire Rich! 5 stars all the way for this awesome bartender! I hired Rich Stein for my wedding at the Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven. Approximately 100 guests and he handled them all with ease, demonstrating the professional he truly is! Totally focused, kept on top of everything! Prior to the event, he was very helpful in assisting me with liquor decisions, among other issues specific to this venue, and answered questions promptly and completely. I had certain liquors set aside for a few certain people, and that went smoothly. I felt totally stress-free knowing he was in charge of everything at the bar. I would not hesitate to hire Rich again, next time, perhaps a catering gig because I hear he is a great chef, as well! Thanks, Rich!Aug 13, 2016Verified
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?The whole process is a learning experience at times, both for the client as well as myself. Lots of questions, lots of listening, and lots exploring. Digging to find the needs, wants, likes, and dislikes are what makes a successful event.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have three decades of experience! I have not only been a participant, but an observer of what to do and what not to do at events. The best education is that of experience and doing.
- What types of customers have you worked with?My customers have run the spectrum. From Titans of industry to the Party Planner to the Housewife to the spouse who wants to do something nice for their love.