Eleven Courses Catering
I can't recommend Jim Benson and Eleven Courses highly enough. We planned a wedding for about 150 people on a fairly limited budget. Jim and his team were wonderful from the very start. My husband is a chef and was very specific about what he wanted for food. Jim and his team were flexible with our specifications and gave us everything we asked for at a very reasonable price. The food presentation was impressive, and everything tasted delicious. Jim and his team are also extremely experienced and truly cater to their customers. We had a day-of planner, but we ended up counting on Jim predominantly to give us an overview of how things are handled at our venue and what would work best logistically. Everything went seamlessly the day of our wedding and everyone commented on how spectacular the food was. If you are looking for a professional company that will provide a top-level product and work with you on cost, Jim Benson and Eleven Courses deserves your business. You won't be disappointed.Jan 20, 2018
Jim and his staff did an AMAZING job for our wedding reception. The service was excellent and all the guests only had rave reviews for the food. Here are some examples of how Jim and his team went above and beyond their hired duties. Even though we did not hire a bartender from them, they assisted with setting up the drink station and serving wine to the tables during dinner. They did a beautiful job setting the tables and even helped the DJ load her equipment in and out. They made sure that Thad and I had everything we could possibly need for the duration of the evening, we felt so pampered! Everyone was so gracious and flexible during the few hiccups that occurred (through no fault of their own of course). We are so pleased with everything they did for us and I highly recommend their services if you are in need of event catering. Thank you Jim from the bottom of our hearts for making our night such a special one! Sincerely, Lucia & ThadSep 5, 2016Verified
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LocationOwings Mills, MD 21117
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- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?First we want to get to know you - in order to design menu options, we want to get a sense of your food style and event vision. What is your favorite casual restaurant? What about a special occasion? Are you thinking low-key creative comfort food or intricate avant garde? Heavy hors d'oeuvres all night, interactive stations or a sit-down dinner? It only takes a few minutes, then we can move forward with designing a proposal that reflects your desires. After that a tasting typically ensues and we can start finalizing details - layout, timeline, etc.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?Our Story: Exec. Chef/Owner, Jim Benson A Baltimore native, Chef Jim Bensons first and only culinary job before launching Eleven Courses was illegal. Just barely a teenager, not officially old enough to work, Jim got a job at a local grocery store in the produce department. He fell in love with the simplicity, beauty and freshness that surrounded him every day and started bringing his work home. Over a decade later, after graduating college, countless dinner parties for friends and family and extensive international travel, Jim created Eleven Courses with his wife, Melissa. Jim is regularly featured on FOX, ABC, CBS, and USA for the latest in wedding, food and event trends. Event Director/Owner, Melissa Benson Melissa grew up in a very food centric family exposed to great restaurants from a young age and use to something always cooking in the kitchen. Family dinners were a big deal in my house and I loved every night was a true celebration of good food and people. Jim and I met in college and he started spoiling me with his cooking right away. We entertained all of the time and I was constantly going out and buying new places settings, centerpieces, etc. to design the perfect event. After one epic eleven course dinner party, our journey began weddings, galas, corporate affairs and soirees of all kinds. Melissa often joins Jim on his television appearance as a design & event expert.
- What types of customers have you worked with?Eleven Courses specializes in event catering: weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, bridal/baby showers, sweet 16's, bar/bat mitzvahs and corporate catering. We have worked with the Dutch Embassy, US Army, Explora Securities, Gunnison, St. Jude, March of Dimes, several schools and many many couples!