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Eleven Courses was fantastic in every way. From the passed apps, to the stationary dips, to the buffet dinner, to the plated desserts -- their food was incredible! Such a good value too. We were able to get all the dishes we desired and actually stayed within our food budget (which, in the DC metro area, is quite the feat!). My favorite part of working with Eleven Courses was the people. From our first interaction, Jim was friendly and responsive and flexible. I felt like we were working with a friendly neighbor. Janae was our coordinator for the event and she was the bomb. Such a great sense of humor and she had it COVERED. The wedding went off flawlessly and we are so grateful.Oct 6, 2018Verified
They were easy to communicate with, came right when they said they would and handled all my needs throughout the nightNov 6, 2017Verified
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.Nov 30, 2016Verified
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!Jan 9, 2016Verified
Excellent experience. Jim and Melissa worked closely with us and delivered the most amazing experience. I highly recommend them.Dec 30, 2015Verified
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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!