Guest Blogger: Sarah Hendler, food lover’s list of caterers

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When searching for a catering company for our wedding we needed someone who would respect our overall philosophy of local and seasonal foods. The company we went with was a restaurant which also had a catering operation, called Prune Restaurant. It helped that my husband had eaten there many times and knew the kind of food they served. Plenty of my friends wedding locations dictated their catering. Some venues have contracts with specific vendors and caterers. They will charge you a fee to use someone else or simply not let you. If you do have a choice make sure you do your research. If you find a company that sounds good, but you have never had their food, ask for referrals.


The girls at 100 Layer Cake and I checked in with some of our favorite foodie friends all over the country to see what the cool more boutique caterer’s were in their cities. Here is our short list by city.

Fork & Spoon Productions
Taste Catering

Animal Restaurant
Heirloom LA
Love Catering
Pure Joy Catering
Serves You Right Catering
The Food Matters

Cleaver Company
Mamma Duchess
Marcey Brownstein
Roquette Catering
Stuart & Welch
The Red Table

Avalon Catering

Mangetout Catering
Herban Feast

Ciao Thyme

Another Roadside Attraction Catering

Savoury Chef

Who are some of your favorites?

{photo c/o a la mode & Mel Barlow of Clever Co.}

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Nichole on Feb 10, 2010

My favorite caterer in South Florida is "The Catering Group" They were sooo professional, proactive and the food was amazing! Carolyn Lasser, the Catering Manager is warm, patient, and sooo helpful! We had them cater our engagement party, complete with a crepe chef and an emergency rain/cold plan that we had to utilize! When I told her our wedding vision, she came up with a list of places we should check out - she did things that I would never expect a caterer to do for us...and totally delivered on the goods. A+++++ amazing.

Caitlin on Feb 10, 2010

I can honestly say I didn't really look for a caterer for our upcoming November wedding in South Bend, IN. One place was all I needed - Jaworski's Market is a locker plant a few miles from my parents' house, and they! do! barbecue! If it had been a summer wedding, we'd have totally done a hog roast - how fun would that be?

Paige on Feb 10, 2010

I think an amazing Seattle caterer was left off this list- Ravishing Radish! I contacted Herban Feast multiple times and they were not helpful at all. I already had my venue chosen so I wanted to hire them for off site catering and I'm not sure if they just didn't understand what I was asking but they kept telling me I needed to change my date because their facility was booked- Even though I wasn't interested in their facility. I got frustrated with them and looked elsewhere. I'm so glad I did- Ravishing Radish is absolutely amazing and I couldn't be happier with our choice to use them instead.

miss fancy pants (the bride) on Feb 10, 2010

Great post! I love how it's been divided by city. It's especially great for brides planning a wedding in a state other than where they live.

Erin Wigger on Feb 10, 2010

In the Seattle area the best hands down is Ciao Thyme Catering. They are simply unbelievable! Everything is cooked from scratch on site. They source as many ingredients from local producers and catered both my rehearsal dinner and wedding. For my wedding the salmon we served literally came out of the water the day before. They were so accommodating of my special requests and answered all of my questions. I wrote about them on my blog: But I got their name from famous food blogger Orangette. Here's what she said about them: I wish I could get married all over again just so I could eat with them!

Sarah @ Foglio Press on Feb 10, 2010

This is an excellent post! Of course I had to check out the Atlanta pick and they look amazing...I can see why Avalon was chosen! Another great boutique caterer in Atlanta is Sun In My Belly. :o) Food is SO important for making your wedding memorable and enjoyable - so bravo on this very useful information!

melanie carter on Feb 10, 2010

In Atlanta, I also love Sun in my Belly and I Sheri Davis Catering. Very delicious local and organic foods. Yum!

Diana on Feb 10, 2010

Love the food focus. My fiancee and I are all about great food and wine in our everyday lives, so why wouldn't this be equally important as say, my dress, on our wedding day? We are thinking of using Gourmand Catering ( in the Greater Sacramento Area, CA. They source their food from local farms and purveyors and only do seasonal menus!

Meg on Feb 10, 2010

In the bay area Trumpet Vine. The one in Berkeley, NOT the one in the central coast. Amazing, local, seasonal. Very Alice Waters slow food (it is Berkeley after all).

Cathy on Feb 10, 2010

My husband and I are both foodies and we used Patty Long Catering in St. Louis, MO ( We had our reception at the 9th Street Abbey, one of their event sites. It's an old church with beautiful stained glass windows and an outside courtyard for a cocktail hour.

redfrizzz on Feb 10, 2010

For the INDIANA people: Simple, beautiful food that is as delicious as it is wholesome. The caterer, Cynthia, is also a great person to have around during a wedding. She keeps a cool head, is great at starting conversations between strangers, and keeps a clean, well-oiled production. Her cakes are great as well!!!

Jessie on Feb 10, 2010

Any ideas for KC metro/midwest (other than st. louis)

Joann on Feb 10, 2010

In Northeastern Flroida...The Perfect Pair Catering Co. They are the best! Amazing food and styling. Rachel and Mike I can't wait for the big day, thank you so much for all of your efforts so far. We are dying for the slider bar!

Anna on Feb 11, 2010

I'm so glad you guys mentioned the Cleaver Company! They catered our wedding at Angel Orensanz and it was just perfect. Mary, the owner is just the most beatiful person and it shows in her food. We still go and eat at their restaurant The Green Table in Chelsea Market all the time!!!

emmyjane on Feb 11, 2010

in Baltimore: Water For Chocolate. They have an adorable cafe in Butcher's Hill and fantastic "real" food for events. Local, seasonable, sustainable, and delicious!

Heidi on Feb 11, 2010

i would definitely recommend our caterer Michael Woodward ~ in northern california. for our wedding he created some delicious, unique dishes that were anything but "wedding food" if you know what i mean. He also comes to your house to prepare your tastings, which is a real treat!

Hannah on Feb 12, 2010

Spice of Life Catering in Cleveland, Ohio. Local, sustainable, and meticulously styled and seasoned. They matched our palates perfectly. Jess, Ben, and Brandon have all been so wonderful!

Holly on Feb 12, 2010

For our wedding we used Season To Taste, based in Cambridge near Boston. They were sooooo amazing!! Seriously, one of the top meals of my life. And they were so helpful during the planning and execution phases. They use local and organic foods whenever possible and incorporated ingredients from the farm we got married on to create our menu. We really couldn't recommend them more!

sarah on Feb 12, 2010

So glad everyone has loved this post. Keep spreading the love about your favorites. It is always nice to have the inside scoop on great caterers!

Lisa on Feb 13, 2010

I have worked with Heirloom LA on many occasions and they are by far the best caterer in Los Angeles! Matt and Tara treat all their clients like family and their food is amazing, beautifully presented and truly unique. Lasagna Cupcakes...out of this world!

cc on Feb 16, 2010

Charlottesville, VA, A. Pimento Catering

becky on Feb 16, 2010

Greater Philadelphia area: DiSh Catering in Frenchtown New Jersey {} It was love at first taste. Michele-chef and owner- is crazy talented and down to earth, and James- executive captain- has been great through the planning process so far. I looove food, and they have worked with me to create my perfect seasonal menu. I'm going to make sure I have time to eat at my wedding!

Kelsey Hendrickson on Feb 17, 2010

I love Windows Catering company in Washington, DC. They epitomize elegant DC soiree's!

Nicole on Feb 18, 2010

In Atlanta, try the Bleu House Cafe (they do lunch and catering) - such a fun and sweet company!

Meow! on Feb 19, 2010

Any ideas for a Key West wedding catering company? Tapas style menu is our thought and any help would be great!?!

Simply Delicious Catering on Mar 11, 2010

Hi, I would like to add one in Northern NJ. This is very reliable and renders professional service. Simply Delicious Catering 127 Plaza Center Secaucus, NJ 07094 Phone: (201) 863-7666 Website: Email: Description: Specializing in Catering to large and small businesses in Northern NJ - Secaucus, Jersey City, Newark, Meadowlands, Lyndhurst, Rutherford, North Bergen, Hoboken, and all surrounding NJ areas. Hours: 9am-5pm Payment type: Visa, Mastercard, AMEX

Emily on Apr 20, 2010

Any ideas for Ann Arbor, MI catering? Thanks! Emily

Emily on Apr 20, 2010

Any ideas for Ann Arbor, MI catering? Thanks! Emily

Erin on Jun 28, 2010

Your site is genius and gave us so many gorgeous wedding ideas! (We even sent our photographer over here to set up a few specific photos that look like some of the magical shots you feature!) We selected fabrics and guests' take-away gifts based upon inspirations on 100 Layer Cake. My beloved husband Anderson and I owe you a debt of gratitude. Most honorable mention goes to our phenomenal caterer GourMel in LA ( We met Mel at a Brentwood dinner party last year and knew we had to have her food dancing on our tongues on our perfect day.

catering service in manila on Oct 4, 2011

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Silver Chef on Mar 19, 2013

My husband and I had the pleasure of eating at Prune when we were in New Your a couple of months ago. Great food! One of the stand out meals of our trip.

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Will Lange on Nov 5, 2013

Best caterer I have seen, hands down, is "The Abbey Catering and Event Design" in San Diego, CA. Recently, I went to an AMAZING Halloween party they catered and it was much classier and more refined than any Halloween party I had ever been to in my life!

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