Member Since: 10/6/2013
I worked with Cari from Sarasota Catering Co. Cari was incredibly responsive since the moment I emailed her. SCC organizes everything from food to rentals, and we needed both services.
We decided to do a destination wedding and use a rental home as our reception site. Because of this, we were unable to see the property until two days before the wedding. We had only seen photos and had driven by the house once. We were unable to measure the courtyard space until literally two days prior to the ceremony. I can understand how this situation would make pretty much anyone nervous, but luckily for us, it worked out perfectly. I called Cari the moment I got to the house and updated our rental needs based on what was there. She was super helpful and calm.
The food was delicious. Everyone at the wedding thought the food was superb. One of our guests was a gluten-free vegan, and SCC made a meal for her in advance to accommodate her dietary restrictions.
I would highly recommend this company based on their responsiveness, customer service, and quality of food. The caterers at the event were wonderful - they made sure to take care of myself and my husband. While I didn't have the chance to talk to them much, they certainly made a strong effort to take care of us.
I'm so glad that I went with SCC. Knowing very little about the Florida west coast wedding scene, I can see why SCC is consistently well rated. Cari and her team are the best.
Member Since: 7/17/2013
Sarasota Catering Company was a phenomenal addition to our wedding. Cari was incredibly easy to work with, very friendly, and offered wonderful advice. The food and service provided on our wedding day was fantastic. We received lots of comments from our guests about how good the food was! The buffet stations were decorated beautifully. The staff were helpful, friendly, and provided excellent service to our guests.
Member Since: 4/28/2012
I could not have been more pleased with the level of service, professionalism and delivery that we received from the Sarasota Catering Company for our wedding at Selby Gardens. Our AMAZING coordinator - Cari - took us through every little step & detail of the event to ensure that we would have the night of our dreams - and we did!! Not only was the coordination effort fantastic, but the food was A HUGE HIT! Everyone was asking us who we used and we will no doubt recommend Sarasota Catering Company 100% of the way! The food was absolutely amazing and delicious and their menu options are unlimited. And we opted for the open-bar which was such a great deal, not to mention made our reception a blast! Thank you for serving a delicious first-class meal to my family and friends!!
Member Since: 1/12/2014
We hired Sarasota Catering Company for our wedding at Selby Gardens. They provided the most value for the price and actually gave the best, most friendly and helpful, impression right off the bat. We also hired Cari McDowell (within Sarasota Catering) as our Day or Coordinator, and she was absolutely amazing. It rained on the day of and the team changed all the plans to move everything inside, and required very little from me during the process. Everyone within the company were so nice and pleasant the day of. And I will say that the food was so good! We had tons of compliments from everyone that attended!
Member Since: 1/24/2013
We are from Illinois and decided to get married on Siesta Key. My husband's only 2 requests for our wedding was toes in the sand and good food. The sand was easy but the best decision we ever made was hiring Sarasota Catering Company! We hired Cari as our day of coordinator and she was amazing!
Anything that we booked through SCC was perfect. They are a one stop shop for other vendors you may need for your wedding. Cari helped us with so much planning and the day of the ceremony, she took care of everything. We didn't have to lift a finger. The entire staff was so professional but also like family. They all blended in so well with everyone and handled everything with ease.
To top everything off, the food was amazing! Weeks later, we still have guests talking about the food. I am a firm believer in that if guests like the food, everything else will be ok. Sarasota Catering Company delivered that, and so much more! You can't go wrong with this vendor!
Member Since: 7/2/2014
We used Sarasota Catering for our Day of the Event Planner & to make our wedding cake, as well as, catering our event.
The staff was highly professional & capable. We did not have to worry about anything. Everything came off w/o a hitch & the guests were very complimentary of the whole evening. Cari was our "Day of the Event Planner" & was the best money we ever spent/worth every penny & much more. She coordinated all of the vendors & brought everything together in seamless fashion.
We also used them to make the cake. Our daughter wanted a "naked" cake, which they had not done before but were happy to oblige & every last piece was gone. It was delicious & moist. Their signature raspberry salad & dauphinois potatoes, as well as the flank steak w/chimi churri sauce (which they served on the side @ our request), were so good that many guests commented on them. We would highly recommend them to anyone, & if it is for a wedding, include Cari in the package. She is worth her weight in gold!!
Member Since: 11/4/2013
Sarasota Catering was in a word, AMAZING. Seriously, my wedding went off without a hitch and I attribute that fact to their incredible work. It's a catering company, so I'll talk about the food first - it was DELICIOUS. If they were a restaurant, I'd be one of their best customers. I am still dreaming about the dauphinos potatoes (I may be butchering the name). The real difference with Sarasota Catering is that they will anticipate your needs before you even know them. I worked with Cari to plan every last detail and then my Day of Coordinator was Kelly. These ladies were awesome. They are caterers/wedding planners extraordinaire. From helping nail down a timeline to sending little planning tips, I was extremely impressed with their service, professionalism and really making me feel special on such a fun (but stressful) day!
Cari is a consummate professional and really got every single detail right. She really helped me with table settings, decorations, lighting. She knows her stuff. She also knew all of our vendors and had very helpful suggestions for us as we planned an out-of-state wedding.
Kelly and the Sarasota Catering staff executed the wedding reception brilliantly. My husband and I felt well-taken care of -- from making sure we ate to having our favorite drinks ready for us to even helping with that proverbial drunk uncle. She was so nice and I was completely at ease with her. She handled all the last-minute craziness (someone didn't RSVP, then others didn't show up, then wind kept blowing our table cards away) with total aplomb! She even won over the toughest critic I know -- my mom! (Cari too, because my mom had the pleasure of doing our tasting and she could not stop raving about the food and Cari). If Sarasota Catering gets my mom's thumbs up, you should hire them and only them immediately and for any catering business you've got :)
We are already planning to have a big family vacation in a year and I am planning to have Sarasota Catering come take care of us for a night!
NOTE: The total cost of service included a tent, tables and chairs rentals in addition to the standard catering type linens rentals. We had 77 guests.
Member Since: 1/27/2013
We were so pleased with Sarasota Catering Company! I researched all the catering company's in the Sarasota Area and we were so glad we went with this company. They did an outstanding job. Not only were they affordable and worked with our budget but they went out of there way to make sure we were happy with everything. Cari was absolutely amazing. She helped me every step of the way with all the choices I needed to make. She made me feel very comfortable, and when I changed my mind a million times, she was ready to make it happen. She was always available when I needed to speak with her and she was very helpful in making suggestions. Lance did an amazing job with our food as well. We did a buffet style and the food was extremely fresh and tasty. I would definitely recommend the spinach ravioli's and strawberry salad. People are still talking about how good the food was. We also had them make a special rum punch for our signature drink and everyone loved it. The day of the wedding the staff was on point the whole night. We had our own servers assigned to us and they were excellent. They even brought us drinks while we were doing our sunset pictures! I am a very picky person who has high standards especially for my special day and they definitely exceeded it! I would highly highly recommend them :)
Member Since: 5/3/2014
I give them a exceptional rating they where wonderful to work with, this was my first wedding so i had very little knowledge about planning a wedding and Cari McDowell was amazing in helping me plan my special day. As for the day of the wedding Taylor my day of coordinator was wonderful very attentive and on her game the staff as a whole were very professional and awesome.I couldn't of asked for anything more. I would definitely recommend them to family and friends. Also I will use them in any future events i may have.
Member Since: 1/20/2014
I have catered many a wedding and special event in New England. That is why every caterer my son looked at he sent me their info. I hadn't even finished reading the proposal from Sarasota Catering and I knew this was the one for Him to use. From the very first communication to the perfectly executed wedding event, Sarasota Catering was first class. They thought of every detail. The food was fantastic, the staff was exceptional. One waiter literally gave my son the dress shirt off his back when he realized that only the suit and tie were in his bag 20 minutes before the ceremony was to start. There was even 1 special server just for the Bride and Groom. From food and drinks on the beach while they had photos taken to special dinner service at the reception. All in all Sarasota Catering was exceptional in their service, food and help in planning this special day. Thank you so much!
Member Since: 11/21/2012
I can't say enough how much we enjoyed working with Sarasota Catering company! Our consultant Cari, was professional, helpful and very enjoyable to talk to. The food was outstanding and the staff were very professional and wonderful to my husband and I on the night of our wedding. We had one hiccup with the rental chairs we contracted through them from another company and they fixed it in 5 min flat! They definitely made our wedding day one to remember!
Member Since: 10/11/2012
The food was great! The cake decorating could have been better, and it was pushed into a corner so having people take pictures of us cutting it was awkward and we didn't really get any good pictures. We were so busy during the reception we didn't get to eat more than half of it, but they gave us enough leftovers to not have to buy food for 2 days! :-)
Member Since: 10/6/2013
I had a destination wedding in Florida and had to do all my planning over the phone and email. Sarasota Catering made it easy to do. I felt comfortable with the process and no question was too small to answer. Cari did a great job holding my hand all the way through the process. When the week arrived they helped me with the DJ and the rentals. Flowers too. I didn't have a chance to taste their food before my wedding but relied on the reviews and they were right the food was awesome. The servers were helpful and very attentive, they took care of Jeff and me and my family. I could not recommend them enough.
Member Since: 10/6/2013
I was lucky enough to work with Cari at Sarasota Catering and from start to finish my experience was excellent. We had many guests comment about how much they loved the food and how surprised they were at how MUCH they were served - they were all amazed at how huge the portions were. They also did our cake - at first I was looking at bakeries but ended up going with SCC due to budget. I knew they would do an excellent job, but the cake was even more beautiful and tasty than I expected! Finally I must suggest utilizing their day-of planning services. For a small fee, Cari literally guided me through the entire planning process. She is on point professionally, but she also treats you like a friend, not a client. I don't know what we would have done without her on the actual wedding day - the weather didn't cooperate and she/the team adapted to the situation like the professionals they are. Our outdoor reception at the Powel Crosley was moved inside so seamlessly that many guests didn't realize it was supposed to be outside in the first place. I could go on and on about how happy we are - but you get the idea! It's an easy decision - Sarasota Catering Company is the best!
Member Since: 10/5/2013
Sarasota Catering was the best. they really care about their customers and strive to make your event go with no flaws. The service was great, food was FABOULOUS and Kari made sure that everything was taken care of and the bride/groom and all the guests were happy and satisfied. My daughter's wedding has been talked about as the best occasion anyone has ever attended and the food was to die for. You need to look no further - Sarasota Catering Company is the one for your event! Can't wait to plan my next event with them.
Member Since: 8/5/2013
I Loved Sarasota catering company! They were super flexible with me and my needs. The food was to die for! After a year people are still talking about it. And it was more then just food. They had everything from tables and linens to staff and bartenders. They set everything thing up and I didn't have to worry about a thing. They made everything so easy. They also made sure I was eating and not starving! They think of everything. I would never use anyone else.
Member Since: 8/9/2013
My daughter got married on New Years Eve of 2011 on Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, FL. We live in Atlanta so finding a caterer who could handle the details while we made a few trips down to FL to finalize details was a godsend. Cari McDowell and her team made this event truly memorable with an attention to detail that was over the top. I remember seeing the look on my daughter's face when she entered the clubhouse that Cari had transformed into a magical and perfectly appointed ballroom:-) Working with her team was so easy. They took the stress right out of what could have been a stressful situation. They are the best!!
Member Since: 2/25/2013
Cari McDowell at Sarasota Catering Company was absolutely wonderful to work with. Extremely prompt in replying to our many, many emails, very accommodating with our special and last minute requests and just a pleasure all around. After contacting other companies, I was blown away by her immediate responsiveness and professionalism. Even the contract is great- everything is clearly spelled out and easy to review.
We had a destination wedding on Anna Maria Island and held the reception in the backyard of a private home. In addition to our catering, Cari arranged for our rentals and the rental company she works with was also timely and professional. I am very detail oriented and a bit of a perfectionist, and she put my mind at ease during what could have been a stressful planning time across the miles.
The food was absolutely delicious and our guests raved about it. Our servers had great personalities and were extremely attentive, making sure my husband and I constantly had drinks in hand (as the bride and groom, be forewarned, you will lose your drink all day as you move about!) and that we and all of our guests were enjoying everything.
Upon request, Cari sent some cute beachy decorations and candles along with the waitstaff to doll up the buffet which was very much appreciated and perfect for us. They used these decorations to make a nice display around our wedding cake later in the evening too. The buffet presentation was simple, so if you are looking for an upscale-wow display, you may want to hire an actual event designer who will incorporate arrangements and embellishments into your display.
As a hospitality professional and the previous owner of an event design and staffing company, I would highly recommend Cari and Sarasota Catering Company. No detail will be overlooked. Outstanding customer service and fabulous food.. the key to a great party!
Member Since: 5/20/2013
Their food is amazing!
Sarasota Catering Company took care of us for our early-May wedding and we couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Days after the wedding, friends and family were still commenting on what their favorite foods were.
Cari McDowell was our coordinator that day and she really did a great job. She was both friendly professional. Thanks to her, everything went according to schedule and we were able to just relax and enjoy ourselves.
Oh, and did I mention the food...? ;)
Seriously, though, their staff is super-helpful and awesome at what they do.
Member Since: 9/11/2012
Great service and excellent variety of delicious appetizers! We had a small reception (less than 40 people) and their options were so great we had a hard time deciding what to choose. Overall, great quality for the price. Highly recommend!
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Fabulous Food - Service with Style
Allow us to take the stress out of your Wedding! We can provide food, liquor, cake, staff, and rentals for your entire day, plus Day of Coordination if needed. We realize this may be your first time hiring a caterer and planning a wedding and are happy to “hold your hand” or stand back and assist.
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