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: 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: 10/6/2013
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!
Member Since: 9/17/2011
Sarasota Catering Company was a dream to work with. Over the year that we planned our wedding, Kayla was beyond helpful. She was consistently friendly, professional, and willing to do anything (e.g., change our menu a million times, schedule tastings and site visits around my family's busy schedule, answer any question in a timely manner). The day of, Kayla and Cari kept everything running smoothly. I honestly didn't worry about a thing. Honestly. And Carly, who was assigned to "take care" of my husband and me (e.g., make sure we were fed and that our glasses were filled all night) was very fun and did an amazing job.
Member Since: 8/1/2011
Sarasota Catering Company helped in so many ways for my wedding. They provided amazing food, great professional service, delicious cake, and fantastic wedding planning support!
Kayla, the event coordinator was so much help all throughout the planning process & was even more help on my wedding day. She helped assure everything was running on schedule, and it was perfect! I had a destination wedding, so having someone help me along the way with all the planning truly made things less stressful.
This company helped make my wedding wonderful and I can not thank your company enough, especially you Kayla :)
Member Since: 9/22/2011
This company does a great job from service to taste of food! The company communicates well, offers a food tasting, and is very organized. Not only did the food taste great, but it came out looking beautiful. First off the company was able to accommodate us at an outdoor venue with few electrical outlets and no kitchen, and on top of that they traveled all the way from Sarasota to Boca Grande for my wedding which was early in the morning. One unique thing we did was have picnic baskets filled with food, which the company went out of their way to help us with. In the morning before the wedding the staff filled our picnic baskets with guest meals. In addition, we had a photo booth and bean bag game that had to be brought out and set up. The SCC did this directly after the ceremony. They take care of every detail and are great at accommodating guests. Everything looked beautiful. My guests really enjoyed the day and it would not have happened with out the SCC! Cari has wonderful ideas and is very hardworking. Excellent company!
Member Since: 3/6/2012
The food was excellent and the staff was very attentive to all of my guests!
Member Since: 10/29/2011
We would like to thank Kayla for the unbelievable job she did at our wedding! We were completely impressed with her professionalism, attentiveness and flexibility with a smile from start to finish! She really made it all happen! We would like to extend our deepest thanks for making our day a success!
Best Wishes, Mark and Jess
Member Since: 7/30/2002
I stumbled upon Sarasota Catering Company by accident and am so happy I did! After attending a tasting, we knew they were our catering company and coordinator. The food we sampled was excellent, the staff was professional and the options they offered were amazing. We also had a great coordinator, Kayla Smith.
I was at a complete loss and had no clue what I was doing not to mention we were planning from afar. Kayla answered all our questions, offered suggestions and ideas and made things less stressful. I handed her the reigns and just put my trust and faith in her and the company. I as not disappointed!
The day of was amazing from the decor, to the ceremony, to the food, niceness and professionalism o he staff...just AWESOME.
You will not go wrong with Sarasota Catering!!!
I highly recommend the day of coordinator because without Kayla, I would have been a mess. She handled it all so we could just relax and have fun. It was perfect. :)
Member Since: 9/27/2007
Thats all I need to say. Its so good. And Cari is so amazing, she will help you in every way she can. I asked her questions that had nothing to do with catering and she gladly answered. The staff is super nice everyone at my wedding loved them.
Member Since: 5/1/2011
Sarasota Catering Company was a fantastic company to work with. Our wedding was a destination event, so everything was arranged over the phone. I worked with Cari, and she just came up with all the details I didn't even think about. She drew a site plan; we worked together to coordinate everything from linens to centerpieces. She took a lot of tasks off my shoulders. This fails to mention that the day of, everything from the hors d'oeuvres to the cake tasted AMAZING (and that deserves all caps)! Definitely consider this company; it was the best choice we could have ever made.
Member Since: 4/10/2010
After reviewing several caterers online for our (out of town) wedding reception, I made the call to Cari at Sarasota Catering Company. She was so helpful and immediately understood what we were looking for and was very accomodating. I must have had 100 questions and 50 emails and Cari was always happy to hear from me and had the answers I needed! The staff was amazing and so nice and the food was incredible. Thank you so much for taking such good care of us!
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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.
- Price Range: $$
- Specialty: American Regional, Asian, Continental, Dessert Specialists, Eastern European, French, Fusion, Indian, Italian, Kosher Style, Latin American, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Other Cuisine, Seafood, Vegetarian
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- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2010