http://sunsidecateringandvending.com/
http://sunsidecateringandvending.com/

http://sunsidecateringandvending.com/

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Introduction: We are professional food people. We can feed 10 or 100,000 people on any event and location anytime. We serve food at large festivals, and we do beach-side dinners for two. Please call, and we will take care of all your needs. Sunside Catering and Vending is locally owned and operated by me, Chef Tom Ford. I have been in the restaurant and catering business for 39 years, 20 of them here on The Emerald Coast. We offer catering of all styles for all events: Weddings, Graduations, Retirement Parties, Birthday Parties, Private dinners for intimate groups, Large gatherings for special events, and much more! We can accommodate the most extravagant event, or events as laid back as backyard BBQs and Crab Boils. Menus are individually designed and priced for each event. We also sell food at local festivals and some larger music festivals. Because of this, we have the equipment to cook fresh food onsite at your event. Grills, Fryers, canopies, tables etc. etc. are ready for your event. We will save you money on equipment by charging much less than equipment rental companies. I look forward to helping you have a wonderful, stress free event with delicious food in a beautiful presentation. We are located in the Santa Rosa Beach/ Destin area. We serve from Pensacola to Panama City and beyond. Feel free to call me anytime so we can begin planning your event. Sincerely, Chef Tom Ford
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Hired 7 times

25 employees

13 years in business

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Mendi H.
Sep 22, 2015
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Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

Wedding Catering
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Thumbtack Customer
May 10, 2014
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From Facebook

From Facebook

My son got married on the beach near Destin. We hired Sunside Catering for a barbecue the night before the wedding and my son and his bride hired them for the actual wedding. We were very pleased with everything. They arrived when they were supposed to, ready to work with everything they needed to make sure everyone was well fed. He had plenty of help to cater to the guests and the food was spectacular. His prices were very reasonable. I do not like seafood, but my son does, so they had a lot of seafood and because Tom uses FRESH ingredients, I actually liked the crab cakes with remoulade sauce. The best thing for me about Tom was that I have a lot of food allergies and he took the time to check all the ingredients to make sure I could eat all the food he made. I have seldom met a person so willing to help. He was very accommodating when we asked if we could set up the tables and chairs on Friday and leave them for the wedding on Sat. without charging us extra. My husband and I like to bake, we made a lot of things and froze them and brought them to Florida. Tom helped us set up a desert table and loaned us equipment to keep them fresh while the barbeque was in progress. He just did a lot of extra things and didn't charge extra, I was amazed! Tom told my husband and I that when he is hired for an event he will be there for the entire event. He doesn't schedule two or more events for the same day. If you hire him he is there for the entire event and won't leave until he is finished. Our bride did not get all of the flowers she ordered, they came two days after the wedding, but Tom knew a florist who came through for her at the last minute, so she got to have the flowers she wanted. None of us live in Florida so this had to all be done by phone and e-mail. No problem, Tom made sure he knew what we wanted and delivered it all. Very, very happy with everything. If you need a caterer please do not hesitate to hire Tom Ford from Sunside Catering, you will be glad you did. We began our relationship with Tom as a business transaction, but I now count him as a very good friend!
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Thumbtack Customer
May 10, 2014
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From Facebook

From Facebook

My son got married on the beach near Destin. We hired Sunside Catering for a barbecue the night before the wedding and my son and his bride hired them for the actual wedding. We were very pleased with everything. They arrived when they were supposed to, ready to work with everything they needed to make sure everyone was well fed. He had plenty of help to cater to the guests and the food was spectacular. His prices were very reasonable. I do not like seafood, but my son does, so they had a lot of seafood and because Tom uses FRESH ingredients, I actually liked the crab cakes with remoulade sauce. The best thing for me about Tom was that I have a lot of food allergies and he took the time to check all the ingredients to make sure I could eat all the food he made. I have seldom met a person so willing to help. He was very accommodating when we asked if we could set up the tables and chairs on Friday and leave them for the wedding on Sat. without charging us extra. My husband and I like to bake, we made a lot of things and froze them and brought them to Florida. Tom helped us set up a desert table and loaned us equipment to keep them fresh while the barbeque was in progress. He just did a lot of extra things and didn't charge extra, I was amazed! Tom told my husband and I that when he is hired for an event he will be there for the entire event. He doesn't schedule two or more events for the same day. If you hire him he is there for the entire event and won't leave until he is finished. Our bride did not get all of the flowers she ordered, they came two days after the wedding, but Tom knew a florist who came through for her at the last minute, so she got to have the flowers she wanted. None of us live in Florida so this had to all be done by phone and e-mail. No problem, Tom made sure he knew what we wanted and delivered it all. Very, very happy with everything. If you need a caterer please do not hesitate to hire Tom Ford from Sunside Catering, you will be glad you did. We began our relationship with Tom as a business transaction, but I now count him as a very good friend!
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Thumbtack Customer
May 10, 2014
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From Facebook

From Facebook

My son got married on the beach near Destin. We hired Sunside Catering for a barbecue the night before the wedding and my son and his bride hired them for the actual wedding. We were very pleased with everything. They arrived when they were supposed to, ready to work with everything they needed to make sure everyone was well fed. He had plenty of help to cater to the guests and the food was spectacular. His prices were very reasonable. I do not like seafood, but my son does, so they had a lot of seafood and because Tom uses FRESH ingredients, I actually liked the crab cakes with remoulade sauce. The best thing for me about Tom was that I have a lot of food allergies and he took the time to check all the ingredients to make sure I could eat all the food he made. I have seldom met a person so willing to help. He was very accommodating when we asked if we could set up the tables and chairs on Friday and leave them for the wedding on Sat. without charging us extra. My husband and I like to bake, we made a lot of things and froze them and brought them to Florida. Tom helped us set up a desert table and loaned us equipment to keep them fresh while the barbeque was in progress. He just did a lot of extra things and didn't charge extra, I was amazed! Tom told my husband and I that when he is hired for an event he will be there for the entire event. He doesn't schedule two or more events for the same day. If you hire him he is there for the entire event and won't leave until he is finished. Our bride did not get all of the flowers she ordered, they came two days after the wedding, but Tom knew a florist who came through for her at the last minute, so she got to have the flowers she wanted. None of us live in Florida so this had to all be done by phone and e-mail. No problem, Tom made sure he knew what we wanted and delivered it all. Very, very happy with everything. If you need a caterer please do not hesitate to hire Tom Ford from Sunside Catering, you will be glad you did. We began our relationship with Tom as a business transaction, but I now count him as a very good friend!
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Thumbtack Customer
May 10, 2014
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From Facebook

From Facebook

My son got married on the beach near Destin. We hired Sunside Catering for a barbecue the night before the wedding and my son and his bride hired them for the actual wedding. We were very pleased with everything. They arrived when they were supposed to, ready to work with everything they needed to make sure everyone was well fed. He had plenty of help to cater to the guests and the food was spectacular. His prices were very reasonable. I do not like seafood, but my son does, so they had a lot of seafood and because Tom uses FRESH ingredients, I actually liked the crab cakes with remoulade sauce. The best thing for me about Tom was that I have a lot of food allergies and he took the time to check all the ingredients to make sure I could eat all the food he made. I have seldom met a person so willing to help. He was very accommodating when we asked if we could set up the tables and chairs on Friday and leave them for the wedding on Sat. without charging us extra. My husband and I like to bake, we made a lot of things and froze them and brought them to Florida. Tom helped us set up a desert table and loaned us equipment to keep them fresh while the barbeque was in progress. He just did a lot of extra things and didn't charge extra, I was amazed! Tom told my husband and I that when he is hired for an event he will be there for the entire event. He doesn't schedule two or more events for the same day. If you hire him he is there for the entire event and won't leave until he is finished. Our bride did not get all of the flowers she ordered, they came two days after the wedding, but Tom knew a florist who came through for her at the last minute, so she got to have the flowers she wanted. None of us live in Florida so this had to all be done by phone and e-mail. No problem, Tom made sure he knew what we wanted and delivered it all. Very, very happy with everything. If you need a caterer please do not hesitate to hire Tom Ford from Sunside Catering, you will be glad you did. We began our relationship with Tom as a business transaction, but I now count him as a very good friend!

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    We are very fair in a competetive field. We maintain high standards of food quality. We use fresh, locally sourced seafood, produce etc. when at all possible. I can promise that our prices are as good or better than our competition. I can explain much more when contacted.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Find out the customer's needs - location of event, date of event, number of guests to feed, budget available. What type of foods are being considered? Answer each question in detail.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have been engaged in the culinary field for almost 40 years. I have owned Italian restaurants, a Chinese restaurant, several bars with full menu, a pizzeria, breakfast/lunch restaurant. Several fine dining establishments. Each time I had a partner or 2. In 2009 we (my wife and I alone) started Sunside Catering and we have been extremely happy making people extremely happy!!!

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