Eleven Courses Catering

Owings Mills, MD

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Eleven Courses is recognized as the industry trendsetter with an unwavering commitment for bringing creativity and innovation to every event. Known for transforming catering into an art form; we utilize only the finest ingredients and cutting-edge techniques to create fresh, vibrant cuisine coupled with world-class service.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

"I love bringing our client’s vision to life. I thrive on creating clean, un-muddled, layered flavors. I love to push boundaries in the kitchen; opening people up to a new experience - challenging them to rethink about the foods they’ve loved their whole lives." - Chef Jim "There is nothing better then walking into an empty room and completely transforming it into some magical - a culinary playground - where great food and atmosphere help to build lifelong memories." - Event Director, Melissa

Location

Owings Mills, MD 21117

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Times hired on Thumbtack

114

Reviews

50 Reviews
  • Jeamine Y. May 19, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I cannot recommend Eleven Courses more. I worked with Megan as my coordinator and she was such a delight! She was very professional and easy-going to work with and answered all emailed questions quickly--I can honestly say that throughout the process I felt I was in good hands. I never felt uncomfortable asking about pricing or any strange questions or requests we had and the guidance Megan provided was much appreciated. We traveled a couple hours to Owings Mills, MD (we live in Springfield, VA) to attend our tasting at their offices. We met Jim and Megan in person, and the tasting decided it for my husband and me. We immediately knew these were the caterers for our wedding. The food was incredibly delicious and now, several weeks out after the wedding, our guests are still talking about how tasty everything was. Their prices are amazingly reasonable, especially given how beautifully presented and delicious their meals are--they have an affordable price point, however, the service and food delivered is that of the super-pricy, high-end caterers (services which I often use in my firm and am well-familiar with). It was very much appreciated how they didn't nickel and dime us and were proactive in helping out and finding ways to make the wedding special. We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have hired Eleven Courses for our caterers and intend to hire them again, should we plan another huge celebratory bash.
  • Elizabeth C. Apr 6, 2017
    Wedding Reception
    Eleven Courses was phenomenal! They made our wedding reception seamless and adapted quickly to a new venue. The presentation and service were perfect. We recommend them 100% (and their prices were extremely competitive)!
  • Rebecca C. Jan 6, 2017
    Fantastic caterer!!
    Eleven Courses recently catered my son’s wedding (they also catered my daughter’s wedding) and both times they hit a home run.  The food, service and attention to detail was simply impeccable.  Jim, Megan and the rest of the team were so easy to work with and overly flexible as we constantly changed things around.  Highly Recommended!
  • Samantha B. Dec 21, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Eleven Courses sets the bar for catering
    My husband and I did thorough research before selecting the vendors we used for our wedding. Choosing a caterer is a time consuming and stressful process. In the end, Eleven Courses delivered everything they promised and completely exceeded our expectations. Jim and Melissa (owners of Eleven Courses) went above and beyond to work with us on a strict budget and did so without sacrificing the quality of their services. I'm slightly picky when it comes to food and there was an extensive menu of seasonal options to choose from that would satisfy any palate. Food was absolutely delicious and the portions were great. I would definitely work with Eleven courses again.
  • Lynn B. Dec 4, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    1...2...3...weddings
    Jim and his staff have done a tasting with my family. It was terrific. Great value. Looking forward to the 3 weddings they will be doing for us.
  • Niki H. Nov 30, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Eleven Courses Excellent Service
    Chef Benson n and his team far exceeded my expectations the tasting was great. He was able to keep me in budget while offering awesome food and selections. Can't wait for the wedding.
  • Sequoia R. Nov 12, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    AMAZINGGG!!!!!
    Amazing! Everything tasted wonderful and they were on time and professional and worked around our budget and short notice! I highly recommend for anyone planning anything!
  • Melissa R. Oct 16, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Best catering in the DC Metro area
    We just had our wedding and the catering was flawless. The food was spectacular and our guests loved everything. Hands down the best service ever experienced!
  • Lucia S. Sep 5, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Fabulous Wedding Dinner
    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 & Thad
  • Rachel A. Jul 26, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Eleven Courses did a wonderful job catering our wedding on Friday. Jim came up with a delicious personalized vegan menu for us, and he always responded to emails quickly whenever I had questions. On the wedding day, Chrissy was our catering coordinator, and she made sure we had everything we needed all night. I was also impressed with how quickly their staff was able to flip the room during cocktail hour since we had our ceremony and reception in the same place. Thank you!
  • Robin G. Jan 13, 2016
    We can't say enough about Jim Benson and his staff at Eleven Courses Catering. They are so personable and accommodating and professional! The food was phenomenal-- creative and gorgeous! Each item was a work of art. Our guests were going into the kitchen to gush over the food to Jim. It was easily the most elegant and delicious catered event we have ever been to-- anywhere. And we worried about absolutely nothing. It exceeded our expectations in every way possible. We will be using them again. Eleven Courses will make your event. You'd better grab them fast!!!
  • Amanda E. Jan 9, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Eleven Courses did a fantastic job catering our wedding. The food was all amazing and our guests couldn't stop telling us how much they enjoyed everything. Eleven Courses' selection and prices can't be beat, and we would highly recommend them to anyone!
  • John P. Dec 30, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Excellent experience. Jim and Melissa worked closely with us and delivered the most amazing experience. I highly recommend them.
  • Leann W. Dec 29, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Marie A. Dec 9, 2015
    Everything was beyond perfect. The food was over the top, the set-up was gorgeous and the service was amazing. The entire Eleven Courses team worked so well together - we were really impressed at how seamless everything was - an empty tent, transformed into a wedding wonderland in a couple of hours. It was a complete dream day. We would recommend them in a heartbeat.
  • Barbara G. Nov 30, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Leda S. Nov 11, 2015
    Eleven Courses catered our wedding in October this year at Billingsley House Museum. The staff was extremely helpful and professional. Chrissy was our day of coordinator and she was simply amazing!! My husband and I wanted for nothing and couldn't have asked for a better group of people to help our day go as planned. Oh!! And let's not forget our Bartender Tiffany!! Just awesome!! THE PERFECT MIXOLOGIST!!! Wait..wait..wait, did I mention the food?!!! OMG! Fantastic!! And trust me, I'm a foodie and I'm extremely picky with what I consider great tasting food. Eleven Courses' food was phenomenal!! Overall, Eleven Courses was the perfect addition to such a wonderful occasion. Our guests couldn't stop raving about them! Thank you so much for your help, professionalism and delectable food! We will definitely request their services again!!
  • Nicole D. Nov 6, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Working with Chrissy to coordinate the catering for our wedding made things so seamless and took a lot of the stress away! She and the staff from Eleven Courses on the day of our wedding always made sure my husband and I were taken care of & worked with our other vendors as if they'd known each other for years! Not to mention, the food was fantastic and our guests are still raving about it! Last minute changes? Budget concerns? No problem! Chrissy & Eleven Courses handled it with ease. I highly recommend this company to anyone needing catering services in the Baltimore area!
  • Caitlin G. Nov 5, 2015
    Eleven Courses catered my wedding on 10/24/15, and Melissa Benson and the entire Eleven Courses staff was fantastic from the very beginning of our wedding planning through to the big day. Our guests raved about how delicious the food was, and Eleven Courses did a fabulous job accomodating our vegan guests as well. Melissa was our day-of coordinator, and our wedding was seamless and beautifully organized under her supervision. She and her team also went above and beyond as my family dealt with an unexpected and very serious medical emergency just weeks before the wedding -- the staff of Eleven Courses could not have been more patient, generous and compassionate. I can't recommend them highly enough; they do amazing work, and they're wonderful people.
  • Melissa B. Oct 25, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Jim and Melissa are top notch! Their service was exceptional and beyond what I had expected. I can't thank them enough for the best day of my life!
  • Bailey F. Oct 18, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Eleven courses did an amazing job for my wedding. The food was delicious! They were so organized and coordinated everything perfectly. I would definitely recommend them or use them again for future events! They made my wedding day fantastic!
  • Francisca R. Oct 5, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Eric and his team did an amazing job at our wedding this past September 12th. The appetizers were phenomenal, many of our guests were raving about it, the buffet was simple which is what we had requested but everything as cooked to perfection. Thank you so much!!
  • Paola M. Sep 29, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
  • Mareneth C. Sep 25, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Eric assisted our daughter and her fiancée with their upcoming event in May, 2016. Our daughter advised that Eric is an asset to Eleven Courses. Eric assisted them in every need and budget they have for their wedding. Most specially their food is phenomenal! It is fresh and everything will be prepared at the event; they call it from the farm to the table. Great concept of Eleven Courses. I will definitely recommend Eleven Courses to any and all brides out there that are planning to have their event catered!
  • Katherine G. Sep 14, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Eleven courses catered for my wedding on 9/13/15. The food was excellent and service even better!!! We had so many compliments on the food. I'm so happy I booked with Eleven Courses Catering. They made planning easy and fun. Can't thank them enough!
  • Ken M. Sep 5, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    This crew was great to work with! Excellent food, attentive staff, I didn't hear a single bad word about the entire experience. Thanks guys!
  • Alisha B. Aug 14, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    The food was excellent, but the service was unprofessional. Erich Lewis was our contact. He assured me he would be there on the wedding day to make sure everything turned out well, but then informed me a few weeks before the wedding he would not be there. He then neglected to give me any information about who would be there, his colleague Chrissy. I had to ask Him for her contact information and she never called me to introduce herself either (very unprofessional). Also, they promised me they would not run out of food, but a number of our guests told us they left hungry because they didn't get enough.
  • Lindsey B. Aug 12, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
  • Kerri S. Jul 20, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Eric and team were fantastic Kerri:)
  • Summer M. May 8, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Eleven Courses was extremely easy to work with -- every member of the team was comfortable communicating via email or phone, and replied to our questions and concerns in a timely manner. They let us do a free tasting before booking, which was great and helped inform our final menu decisions. Both the Chef and the Day-of-Event Coordinator joined us on the walk-through 6 weeks prior to our event. This was extremely helpful for us because we did not have a clear vision for what the set-up would look like. All of the guests really enjoyed the food, and the mashed potato bar was a big hit! Clean-up went smoothly, and the team was able to finish in the one-hour window given to them (or the venue would have charged us for the extra time). One word of caution would be to carefully consider your *estimated* guest headcount before signing the contract. We were only able to reduce our final headcount (which we provided 30 days before the event) by 10%, so we ended up paying for a few extra meals. However, this does seem to be industry standard and not necessarily exclusive of Eleven Courses -- we just wish it was a little more obvious to us when we signed the contract and that perhaps we had more guidance on how to arrive at our estimated headcount. All said and done, we felt we got a great bang for the buck and would recommend Eleven Courses to our friends and family.
  • Josie K. Apr 20, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    It was such a pleasure working with Eleven Courses. As the wedding planner, I hired them based upon my client's taste to be our premier caterer for a tented wedding reception at Glenview Mansion on April 11, 2015. Eleven Courses not only worked with me throughout the whole process, (i.e. tasting, contract, and walkthrough at the venue) they were always very responsive to my questions. In all honesty, their blend of professionalism and friendliness immediately made me feel like I was part of their team. The day of the event, Eleven Courses went above and beyond to ensure that everything was perfectly executed. They arrived on time, helped to set up the table linens, plates, glasses, etc. contracted out by the tent company. The presentation of the food was immaculate. The food not only looked great, it was delicious. As well, the food was more than enough to accommodate the guest count. The guests raved all night about the cocktail hour hors d'oeuvres in the mansion, and the main entrees served during the reception. Clean up was also perfectly executed by Eleven Courses. Their staff of servers were excellent and very helpful, and our tandem coordination made things seamless. I am so excited to work with Eleven Courses again, and cannot wait to recommend them to my future clients. They will for sure be one of my premiere catering vendors! I was beyond pleased as a vendor, and individual. I am all about customer service and they are outstanding. Eric & Chrissy are beyond great, and down-to Earth individuals to work with. They also go out of their way to ensure that your vision for food at your event is executed. A big thank you! If you are looking for professionalism, quality food, and a great quantity give them a try, you won't be disappointed. They were such a blessing! -Josephine (wedding planner at www.1-stopplanning.com)
  • Rachel C. Jan 27, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Words cannot express how phenomenal Melissa, Eric and their whole team is! They worked with us to come up with a stellar menu for a corporate event. They were able to work within our budget and provided amazing ideas to make our event even better. We can't wait to work with Eleven Courses in the future! They are top notch and come highly recommended.
  • Arlene S. Jan 4, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Everyone was wonderful to work with - however, as great as the food was as the tasting, at the wedding, it was not. Very disappointing. I saw alot of the food thrown away - including my own meal. I did tell Chrissy - who was my contact person. Appetizers were great.
  • Dan M. Dec 26, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Devin G. Nov 2, 2014
    Eleven courses is an exceptional caterer. Their food and service is top notch and the best part is that they were able to work within our budget. Multiple guests told me after the wedding the food was was the best wedding dinner that they have ever had. Good food makes people happy, so I highly recommend them. Eleven Courses was perfect for us because they have set packages for the dinner and you get to pick from a long lists of delicious options. We added hor dourves and desserts, which were also a big hit with our guests. It was like seeing kids in a candy store when people first saw the dessert table displayed. Eleven Courses can also provide all the staffing necessary. The staff at our wedding was extremely friendly and seemed to really enjoy the work. They had a team of waiters to handle the service and cleanup, plus two bartenders that were all managed by the Eleven Courses. We were blessed to have Melissa Benson, who was the catering manager. She is professional, sharp, and extremely competent! She knows how to work with couples, and from the initial contact, to the tasting, to the e-mails leading up to the big day everything was executed exactly how we asked for it and exactly how we envisioned it. The confidence we had in her and her team allowed us to focus on other things and actually enjoy the wedding itself! I really can’t say enough about the great work of eleven courses and would again highly recommend them for any event!
  • Katie Y. Oct 26, 2014
    I couldn't even wait to get back from our honeymoon to write this review! Eleven courses was nothing shy of professional, fun, and fabulous. Melissa has got to be the best in the business! I gave her nothing to work with and she some how made my vision come to life. She was patient with every last minute detail I changed. I can't say enough about Melissa! Chef Jim rocked out 222 plates of food that EVERYONE raved about. The spicy shrimp app. Was the best shrimp dish I have ever tasted! At one point in the night I ran into the house and Jim was in there he took the time to congratulate us and it was so sincere and thoughtful! So thank you eleven courses and staff for making our day so perfect!!!
  • Brenda L. Oct 22, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Amber S. Oct 9, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Eleven Courses Catering went out of their way to make our wedding day memorable for us. Everything was perfect because they attended to every detail. Melissa was creative and helpful. Our guests loved the food and asked for recipes. My day of coordinator fell in love with Chrissy. She was a true delight.
  • Michelle C. Sep 25, 2014
    Great! The food, the service, payment, everything was just great. I would use Eleven Courses for any catering I'd need. Our wedding guests just raved about the food and service.
  • Lena K. Sep 2, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I don't think I can truly and fully express how blessed Ryan and I were to have had Eleven Courses as our caterer for our wedding day. From the moment we had our tasting, to the finalizing of details, to the actual wedding day, Ryan and I were in great hands. There was NEVER a doubt in our minds that Eleven Courses would let us down. I feel like I could write an entire essay on how amazing Melissa Benson and the rest of the Eleven Courses crew carried themselves throughout this wedding planning process, without mentioning how amazing the food was...because I could totally write an entire essay on that too. To keep things short though, Melissa was just great with following up and answering all of our questions. Catering to our vegetarian guests was a breeze, and making changes to the contract was effortless. Melissa, I am so sad Ryan and I never got the honor of meeting you in person, but if I could, I would give you a HUGE hug right now for everything you did for us. Chrissy was our day of coordinator, which i was personally ecstatic about because she hosted our food tasting, and I absolutely loved working with her. Chrissy, if you are reading this, I am so sad that i did NOT get a chance to hug you that day, because you were just awesome about listening to our needs, and really making sure that Ryan and I got a chance to eat. Not only that, but Ryan and I came back to the venue and found that the room was absolutely spotless. Thank you SO much for taking care of the cleanup. Now on to the food: I can only say one word: incredible. EVERYONE in the wedding commented on how crazy amazing the food was. We barely had any leftovers!! [Which, I was very sad about haha]. Chef Jim, it was such an honor to have met you....your dishes were excellent. And my goodness, can I just also add how incredibly humble Chef Jim is? This is actually turning into an essay, so to sum it all up, Eleven Courses, I am thoroughly impressed with how great you guys were on our special day. If I ever need catering services, I will call you up in a heartbeat. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Lena
  • Kathy T. Aug 20, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I highly recommend Eleven Courses. As a wedding coordinator I was highly impressed with their service and quality of ingredients. The wedding was a phenomenal success large in part to Eleven Courses. I enjoyed working with Melissa and Jim on the correspondence behind the scenes and especially Chrissy the catering manager the day of the wedding. My heartfelt appreciation to you all for making special memories for the newly married Edwards family.
  • Kate M. Jun 11, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Melissa was fantastic. She worked with our budget and provided a great team who was on time and friendly. The event logistics were changed several times, but she and her team went with the flow and provided amazing food and a warm and fun atmosphere. I would use them again for a small or large affair. It was delicious and drama free.
  • Michel B. May 6, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    The Quality of Service, Responsiveness. Professionalism and Value were great. Food was excellent - Everyone is still talking about those mash potatoes and green beans. Will use Melissa (Eleven Courses) again. Thanks!!!
  • April H. May 5, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Melissa was beyond pleasant and a true delight to work with. What an enjoyable experience and delightful expelrience.
  • Judith A. May 4, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Melissa had great rapport with me and for the most part very available when questions arose for me about my party. The work was well performed and the crew worked diligently and cleaned up the work environment well. All employees acted very professional. Future area of improvement would be to clarify what to do with leftover food. Good job!!
  • Lidia P. Mar 25, 2014
    Melissa was very attentive and always made me feel reassured and comfortable. Our experience with Eleven Courses was excellent and I would love to work with them again. Food was amazing and the mocktail signature drink was a nice cherry on top. Very pleased with service and would highly recommend.
  • Connie T. Feb 11, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Melissa was a joy to work with and she was very accommodating with our desired menu for our daughter's wedding. The crab cakes were the best! Everyone raved about them. Melissa was unable to come at the last minute (family emergency) but her staff was excellent and never missed a beat; everything went off like clockwork. Great testament to Melissa's company! I would recommend them to everyone and would hire her again in a heartbeat!
  • Samantha B. Sep 22, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Eleven courses catered my wedding a few weeks ago and everything was perfect! Melissa was amazing! She went above and beyond to answer all my questions and endless emails and was even able to get extra linens for me the night before the wedding when I was stressing out that we didn't have enough. They helped put together the centerpieces and lit the millions of candles and everything looked beautiful. Everyone at the wedding talked about how wonderful the food tasted and how great the staff was. I would definatley recommend them to anyone who was looking for an excellent caterer for any special event.
  • Edward T. Jan 20, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Prompt. Good selection. Attention to detail. Most importantly, everything tasted the way it was anticipated to taste. Not the least nor most expensive, but I've found that you get what you pay for.
  • Maigread B. Jan 14, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Eleven Courses was accomadating and professional. It was a pleasure working with them. They took the worry and anxiety out of hosting a party where I was able to enjoy myself at my own party!

Q&A

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 Benson’s 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!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We recently were invited to take part in the March of Dimes Signature Chef's Event - this was an interactive station style event with the top chefs in the area, serving over 400 guests. We play an active role in giving back to the community and always feel like it is such an honor to be asked to do these types of events! (the planning and execution process took about 2 weeks - we also did two news segments to promote the March of Dimes cause by showcasing healthy recipes for mommy-to-be eating for two!)
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Here are ELEVEN important tips to think about when hiring a caterer: 1. Make sure your caterer has first hand experience in various types of cuisine. Each year we take a culinary tour to a different spot on the globe and come back to the kitchen with fresh perspectives and it keeps our menus authentic. 2. Good chemistry is a must! You want to walk away from your initial meeting excited to build your dream day together! Trust your intuition. 3. Make sure you are getting a team. We provide each of our brides and grooms with their own chef, sous chef and event manager from the time of contract. Love continuity! 4. When talking to caterers be sure they can handle the scope of your job and really care about and understand your vision. Laid back and rustic, shabby chic, or super formal? 5. Your caterer should be an expert in allergies and dietary restrictions. Make sure they are making items from scratch and can prepare separate batches to accommodate various guest needs. 6. Look for engaging menus that will stimulate conversation and excitement amongst your guests and a menu design process that allows you to customize every aspect of your menu to uniquely reflect you and your fiancé. 7. Great reviews with standout content. High star ratings are important, but the content of the reviews is even more important. What are their past and current clients actually saying about the caterer? 8. Fresh food, cooked on site is key to incredible wedding food. 9. Proper staffing! Make sure that your day of service staff works regularly for your caterer, back to a team! 10. Feel confident that your caterer understands that your wedding is not only about the food, but, as much about the flow, management and execution of your big day! 11. Press and awards – ask if you caterer has been recently featured in any news, publications and what current awards they hold. This is a great indicator of their presence in the marketplace.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Before contacting a caterer think about the number of guests you are anticipating, the style of service and how many different food items you would like to have (this makes a difference in pricing,) your budget, length of the event, if you would like a bar or dessert package included, etc.