Sarasota Catering Company
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Catering Reviews and Testimonials

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Customer Emailed Testimonials

"It was INCREDIBLE! Your team was outstanding. The food was excellent, many of my guests expressed this as well. Rest assured you will be my first choice the next time I need catering and will definitely suggest you to everyone else. Josephine was extremely professional and put together some fabulous suggestions (missed her for the cosmos though!). Michael and the girls were awesome – so professional and although he tried, Michael just couldn’t nail the bride and groom down to eat – sorry. The flexibility they provided us was most generous (my guests were more into socializing than eating so they were able to push the carving back a bit for me). Thanks again to the entire team!"
- Teresa
Mother of the Bride

Wedding at Terra Ceia Bay Condominium


"It was a pleasure working with you this past weekend! Everyone raved about the food and service. You guys are so easy to work with which is a nice treat."
- Jessica and Lori
Simply Divine Events - Wedding Planners

Wedding at Ringling Museum of Art - Ca' d'Zan Mansion


"Everything was truly lovely on Saturday. And, as usual, you and your company did a great job."
- Sheri
Bride

Wedding at Lakewood Ranch Private Residence / Home


"I cannot even begin to explain how happy we were with your services. Michael went above and beyond expectations, his personality was wonderful and the smile on his face never faded. All of our guests complemented the food and presentation, we even had one guest request a business card for your services! We begin running out of food around 7:15, so next year we will order more, we had more people show then RSVP’d and more turnout than we had expected. I unfortunately did not get to try anything (Michael offered to set us plates back-adore him!) but it all smelled wonderful and looked tasty! Next year we will have to do a taste test for sure, I am still craving a crab cake! Once again, we were completely satisfied with the service and greatly appreciate all of the hard work from Michael and all of the assistance you provided me. I will reference you when asked about a caterer. I look forward to working with you again next year."
- Kimberly
Opinicus Wealth Management - Holiday Party

Manatee Central Banquet Hall


"You and your organization did a wonderful job. Guests raved about the food and the service went very well. Thank you Cindi, for taking such great care of us."
- John
Open House

RE/MAX Alliance Group


"The Foundation for Manatee Community College, Inc. has engaged the services of the Sarasota Catering Company on several occasions over the past few years for special events including building grand openings and donor cultivation events. When we select a caterer our criteria involves much more than being the lowest bid. We look for high quality presentation and service, menu creativity, professionalism, flexibility, ease of the working relation ship as well as price. We have never been disappointed with our selection of the Sarasota Catering Company. We first became acquainted with Sarasota Catering Company when Dr. Sarah Pappas, our previous college president, attended an event where she was so impressed she asked for the caterer’s card. She immediately brought that card to the Foundation and suggested we include them on our bid list. The first opportunity that presented itself Sarasota Catering Company was invited to submit a menu and a bid. They were successful, and since that event they have catered every on-campus function the Foundations has coordinated. Foundation events rarely take place in just one location. Our events typically include a reception in one location or building followed by a dinner in another building. This requires flexibility and creativity on the part of the caterer as no kitchen facilities have been available. In two instances, they were required to be set up simultaneously in an indoor and outdoor setting. These settings require more than one staging area, staff being available on schedule, and a must for us – a seamless transition in the flow of the event. The catering staff has blended well with our own Foundation staff, pitching in to ensure the overall success of the event. From setup to take down, the Sarasota Catering Company has delivered and absolute first class experience for our Foundation."
- Peg
The Foundation for Manatee Community College

State College of Florida


"Thank you for such a wonderful job last night! I have people asking who the caterer was… the presentation and selection was just wonderful. You worked so hard and the staff were incredible! Because of you, we pulled off an amazing event. I sincerely appreciate all of your help."
- Melissa
Retirement Celebration

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc


"We were very pleased with your service as was our client. We especially appreciated how your servers wrapped up the excess food and carried it into the sales center for us. Our client was very appreciative to have the leftovers. The servers were dressed very professionally and they acted professionally. The buffet table was set up beautifully and we thought the flower arrangements were very pretty and coordinated well with the linens. Everyone who ate the food enjoyed it. I thought the pasta salad was delicious! "
- Lisa
Priority Marketing - Open House

Casey Key Marina


"The catering was AWESOME and well received by all. We liked it so much that we plan to order this exact same tray for our upcoming Silver Oak tour. The presentation was beautiful, very professional. We were proud to serve the catering. Everyone asked where we got it."
- Maripat
SKY Sotheby's International Realty

Open House Tour


"I just wanted to say thanks very much to you and your staff for a great job at our party! The food was delicious and enjoyed by all. We had a great evening and really appreciate the wonderful job you did. I will be sure to keep you in mind for referrals!"
- Gemma
Birthday Party

Private Residence / Home


"Jack and I were absolutely delighted with the food, the presentation, the quality of plates, glasses, etc that you rented. We thought Joanne was excellent, professional, and competent. Since she arrived at 9 a.m. I had lots of time to work with her staging the various areas I'd prepared. We worked very well together. I thought the chicken was delicious with the sauce. One of the guests wanted to know the recipe for the brownies, said they were the best she'd ever eaten. So send along ! Thank you so much for sending a good helper and we look forward to working together with you at another time."
- Lucinda
Reunion Brunch

Centenary College Fundraiser


"As always, it was a pleasure to work with you. The set up was lovely, the food was presented beautifully, and the taste was excellent. The dessert tray was gorgeous and delicious... All in all it was a great event, and your staff did a great job. I just recommended your company to another bride of mine."
- Meghan
Dream Day Productions - Wedding Planner

Wedding at Private Residence / Home


"Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!! Everything was amazing and perfect!!!! I couldn't of asked for a better day!! Everyone loved the food and the service and just everything was great!!! I can't think of anything you could improve on. It was perfect. You went above and beyond our expectations. "
- Shawna and Ryan
Bride and Groom

Wedding at Manasota Beach Club


"We wanted to say thanks for making our day special. Everyone told us they loved the food. I heard rave reviews on the sushi and the mini reubens. You did an outstanding job decorating and serving too...things couldn't have gone better or look nicer."
- Debra and Doug
Bride and Groom

Wedding at Tropical Breeze Resort on Siesta Key


"Thanks for the follow-up. The event went great. Here’s a breakdown: The staff was on time and friendly. They set everything up perfectly and the catered to everyone’s needs. Everyone commented on the job they did and how friendly and attentive they were. The appetizers were good and fresh. We never ran out of anything and all the guests enjoyed them. The comments I got on the meat were positive. They said the meat was cooked perfectly, medium rare just as ordered and Michael and Garry made sure that the well done portions were delivered to the correct guests. The staff cleaned everything up and left the kitchen and house exactly as when they arrived. Overall, everyone had a good time, there was plenty of food and the staff was great. I would definitely recommend Sarasota Catering Company again. Thanks again for all your pre planning help and guidance."
- Robert
Easter Dinner Party

Private Residence / Home


"The opinion of everyone that attended our holiday party was very positive. Everything was delicious, from the salad and dressings to the pies. We were very happy with everything and will certainly call you for our next party. Thanks again for your help and have a wonderful Christmas!"
- Pat
Holiday Party

Bay Marketing


"I highly recommend Sarasota Catering Company.... They are fabulous to work with and will exceed all your expectations. You will work with a woman name Josephine, she is great. I guess reason I had such a great experience with them is because they are more attentive than the others, nothing against Michaels, they do a great job as everyone knows, maybe that is the problem...everyone else knows them and uses them! Amie has used Sarasota Catering for events at Northern Trust, also my other girl friends have used them with great experiences.. They did my engagement (for 100 people at a house) and the wedding for 180 at the outside Farm Bureau."
- Knickole
Bride

Wedding at Sarasota Farm Bureau


"I wanted to say yet again how FABULOUS were all the goodies that you donated for our Volunteer Recognition event. We got rave reviews – and I sure wish I had the recipes for more than one of them (the cookies were especially yummy!). You clearly showed everyone how wonderful Sarasota Catering is."
- Emily
Volunteer Appreciation Gala

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens


"Thank you for catering our Black & Red Gala, and your sponsorship. The food was outstanding as well as your services. We received excellent feedback from the attendees. We look forward to working with you again."
- Barbara
Sarasota Film Society - Black and Red Gala

Chelsea Center


"The food for our affair on Saturday was so delicious and we had plenty. Compliments to the chef on everything especially the stuffing. And a special THANK YOU to you for all your help."
- Joan
Holiday Party

Sarasota Power Squadron


"Thanks for everything. Everyone was very happy………you guys rock!!!"
- Tish
Board Meeting

Zenith Insurance Company


"Everything was so delicious! Thank you for your help in making our events a success!"
- Brianna
Grand Palm - Realtor's Open House

Neal Communities


"I cannot say enough about the quality of the service and the meal that was prepared. Michael and his crew did a wonderful job. Everyone commented how wonderful the food and service was and that there was plenty of help for the evening. Michael brought me my plate of food to be sure I sat and got something to eat. I really appreciated that. I just wish I had you take care of the drinks and dessert. Oh well next time. From the first call I made to the end, you have been a pleasure to work with. I will surely call you for any catering needs in the future. Thank you again for making such a delicious evening."
- Lynn
Bride

Wedding at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium - Courtyard


"I just wanted to THANK YOU for the GREAT job that you and your staff did on Saturday!!! I can’t stress enough how friendly, efficient and accommodating everyone was. Sorry I couldn’t control the weather, I hope no one gets sick from getting drenched. Please extend my thanks to all who were involved…Kudos :-)"
- Lisa
Employee Picnic

Sun Hydraulics


"Our housewarming party was a huge success. I cannot tell you how impressed we were with everything about Sarasota Catering. Your staff was excellent – on time, professional, efficient, and on top of all that adorable and friendly! All of our guests commented on them, the food, and the service. We were blown away at how good the food and dessert was. I did not know what to expect since I hadn’t even taste tested anything beforehand. My fears were quickly laid to rest. The best part of it was, though, that they did not allow me to do anything. It was such a relief to be able to enjoy the party knowing that we were in good hands and that our guests were being taken care of. I could certainly get used to doing parties that way! I hope that in the future, I will be able to call on you again to do another event. Again, thank you so much for everything and please let your staff know that they did an EXCELLENT job!"
- Cheryl and David
Housewarming Party

Private Residence / Home


"The food and service was amazing, and I am so pleased that we were able to book you."
- Tiffany
Bride

Wedding at Ringling Museum of Art - Courtyard


"The food was great, everything turned out perfect, our guests were impresed, and we will be definitely will be calling back in the future if there is something more to celebrate! Thank you so much for your wonderful services."
- Jill
Dinner Party

Delivery / Drop Off


"I have nothing but positive feedback for you, we had an awesome time. The food was great, everything was set up and ready to roll right on time. The whole wedding weekend went so well that a couple of Mel's friends want to just repeat the whole thing for their weddings so if that happens I will pass your info along. "
- Derek
Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

Wedding at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium - Chickee Hut


"Thanks, great personal attention!"
- Angel
Corporate Reception

Asolo Repertory Theatre


"Good Afternoon! I just wanted to let you know that not only did we think that our server was terrific but that Manatee Association of Realators was very impressed with your attention to detail and Sarasota Catering Company. I felt that this email warranted me to send it to you. We do not always hear of the positives."
- Peggy
Coldwell Banker's Technology Tour

Manatee Association of Realtors


"Cari it wouldn't have been so wonderful without you and Sarasota Catering Company!! Thank you for everything, it was beautiful!!! Everything was perfect!!! Great crew and great food!"
- Betsie
Bride

Wedding at Southbay Yacht Club


"I see this as the beginning of a long and beautiful relationship. Thank you for making my life easier. "
- Ellen
Working Lunch Meeting

Friendship Volunteer Center


"We all had a great time at the tasting. Chef Lance was so helpful and the food was great. "
- Jessica
Bride

Wedding at RSVP Open House Tasting


"Our event went exceptionally well and the Sarasota Catering staff was outstanding and very professional. The displays looked lovely and we had many complements on the hors d’oeuvre selection. We will definitely use Sarasota Catering in the future! Thank you for making our event a success!"
- Alexis

SAFE Planning, Inc.


"Thanks for everything. Your crew did a great job and the food was wonderful. Best of all my guests had a wonderful time."
- Ron
Rotary Club Meeting


"I wanted to let you know that the food was outstanding and you and your staff did a great job. I heard nothing but good things from friends and family. I appreciate all of your efforts and the time and energy you put into making Mike and Anne's day very special."
- Kate
Mother of the Bride

Wedding at Powel Crosley Estate


"My daughter was married on April 20, 2008 and we used Sarasota Catering Company as our caterer. We worked closely with Josephine Jenkins, their Event Manager. I must say that from the first taste testing right on through the event they were wonderful to work with. They were creative and fun and made the entire process a positive experience. We appreciated their expertise on pairing just the right foods at the right time for just the perfect result. They were professional and caring and by the end of the day we felt we had made friends. Our guests couldn’t quit raving about the food so thanks SCC and Josephine and your fine staff. "
- Kate
Mother of the Bride

Wedding at Powel Crosley Estate


"Thank you so much for the magnificent spread yesterday. The presentation was spectacular, and many individuals asked me who did the catering. Everything was delicious, too, and we had plenty of food. All in all, the afternoon was an enormous success. And Sarasota Catering Company played a large role in that success. I hope that we can work together again in the future. You were always accessible to me, and generous with your time and advice."
- Judy
Lido Beach Tour to Benefit Key Chorale

Open House Tour


"Thank you Cari once again you guys nailed it ...a job well done.. Everyone was ranting and raving about the food.. I look forward to the next time we can enjoy your fabulous food."
- Robyn
Celebration of Life

Bill Buck's Chevrolet in Venice, FL


"The guests were very happy with the food and I was very pleased with how efficient the set up was. Of the caterers I contacted to have this party, you were the only ones to offer the chafers, serving pieces and etc. all at a good price. You made it very easy to have a nice event on a budget. I'll certainly use you again when the opportunity arises and recommend you. "
- Michele
Cinco de Mayo Party

Private Residence / Home


"It was a great evening and both servers were excellent. I do hope we will be able to use your services again and some time in the future."
- David
Birthday Party

Private Residence / Home


"I've had the great pleasure of working with Cari at many special events throughout Sarasota. She always maintains the highest professional standards, but with a relaxed personal flair which makes her approachable and easy to work with. Whenever our clients requested last minute changes or if adjustments needed to be made at a function she flawlessly adapted in guiding us all, attaining those desired successful results. She possesses that very special gift of being able to communicate at all levels, from the delivery personnel, event vendors, all the way up to the most demanding clients. Cari is a true leader and anyone that has the opportunity to work with her is fortunate indeed."
- Wayne DeLair
DJ

Wedding at DeLair Entertainment


"We were very pleased with the food and the service for our graduation party. Gary and Johanna did a wonderful job! Our guests (both teens and adults) enjoyed the variety of apps and loved the Mexican fajita theme. Thanks for everything,"
- Susan and Michael
Graduation Party

Private Residence / Home


"Just wanted to thank you for the event last night. Everything was perfect. The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. I can’t say enough about your staff and how great they are. They are so professional and worked hard to make sure that everyone was happy. Thank you again for making last night such a success for us. Please also thank the person(s) who prepared all the delicious sweets."
- Lucy
Corporate Reception

Ringling College of Art and Design


"Everything was just Fabulous! My family and friends were so impressed with your food and service. Everyone commented on how kind and polite you and the wait staff were to everyone. Chris and I were delighted with everything. Nothing could have been done better. Sarasota Catering Company and you are Wonderful thank you so much for serving our event. We will definitely recommend you to all of our friends and family."
- Miriah
Bride

Wedding at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium - New Pass Room


"As far as feedback, the event went great. I know that one friend in particular will be calling you for much smaller events. Everyone said that the food was great. And the hall looked beautiful. Your staff was friendly. And you made me at ease. The event went great."
- Christina
Bride

Wedding at South Gate Community Center


"Thank you so much for making our evening a success. Everyone has been raving about the food and especially the service. They have all asked for the name of the caterers so hopefully you will gat some more business. You two did a fantastic job. I cannot tell you how many positive comments we got on your service. The food was delicious too and well appreciated by all. We will definitely have you again. I did not get to sample a lot of the food but I did not get any negative comments so all was good. Thanks again for being so helpful."
- HIlla
Cocktail Party

Private Residence / House


"You guys did such an amazing job last night. Even though it was a small event, it was one of the nicest events we've had. Thank you so much for making it such a success last night!"
- Lucy
Basch Gallery Grand Opening - Press Party

Ringling College of Art and Design


"Hello there! I have only wonderful things to say about both your food (which I didn't really get to try until the next day haha) and your staff. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful! I hope that your staff was able to enjoy themselves, as well. Several people have asked the name of the catering company and I eagerly passed along your name. I also spread the word to the ladies who did my hair, makeup and nails. "
- Alexis
Bride

Wedding at Private Residence / Home


"Thank you. Everyone said it was a first class party with excellent food. You made our special event extra special!."
- Captain Dawn
Hors d'oeuvres for a Party Cruise

Drop Off


"In a nutshell I was thrilled with Sarasota Catering, the staff provided, the food and the service. It was all done so professionally and efficiently. The party was over and in a wink, the house was clean and put back to order. In addition, the staff was incredibly pleasant!"
- Gail
Dinner Party

Private Residence / Home


"Everything was wonderful. The entire dinner was great and everyone had a good time. We will look forward to doing this again."
- Karen
Easter Dinner

Private Residence / Home


"The pot roast was the BEST I have tasted in 20 years- since my grandmother died. Please say thanks to the chef!"
- Elaine
Holiday Party

Drop Off / Delivery


"Thank you for making our Thanksgiving celebration the most delicious, easiest holiday for me in as long as I can remember. Shannon was exceptional and we all will have wonderful memories of our this special day. I wish you well and look forward to working with you again."
- Pam
Thanksgiving Dinner

Private Residence / Home


"We could not have been happier with the wonderful person who helped us with our dinner! Although our affair was quite small, we couldn't have been more pleased. Sashi was so professional and friendly and efficient. I was able to enjoy a carefree evening because of your great staff. Should we have another dinner party when we return next year, you will be the first person I call!!"
- Anne
Dinner Party

Private Residence / Home


"Thank you, Cindi, for all your help. Everything was delicious and the wonderful food and evening was enjoyed by all. It was lovely to meet you and I'll look forward to the next time our paths cross."
- Eileen
Dinner Party

Private Residence / Home


"Our wedding was beautiful, everything Steve and I had hoped for and mostly because of you (Cari) and the entire Sarasota Catering staff. Right from the beginning and through the entire process, you took my hand, literally and figuretively and helped us through the entire event. Everyone had a great time, the food was wonderful (Steve and I were told) and the service was impeccable, as I wrote in the survey. My biggest hope was that everyone should just have fun and have it feel like one big cocktail party. So many people came up to us and said how much they enjoyed it all. As a Concierge, my biggest fear was that I wouldn't let go and allow you to do your job. After only five months of planning and literally doing everything in preparing for our special day, I thought I'd still have to continue doing things. But, Cari, you didn't let me down. You stayed, which I was grateful for and took charge. I did not see anything but Steve and I talking with our guests. As you know, I've already recommended your services and will continue to do so. You are definitely number one in our book. Thanks again with a special thanks to the entire staff that made our wedding, a day we will always remember with smiles on our faces."
- Elaine and Steve
Bride and Groom

Wedding at Lakewood Ranch Private Residence / Home


"The lunch at church was great- thanks to you all. Dwight was especially helpful!!! AND THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS! "
- Elaine
Gift Lunch

First Presbyterian Church


"We were pleased with your services again this year and anticipate using Sarasota Catering Company in the future."
- Jeanette
Client Appreciation Lunches

Suncoast Pathology


"We had a great time at your kitchen for Nadia Wood's birthday celebration. I'm so glad we had the opportunity to use your company and look forward to many more events with Sarasota Catering Company!"
- Alison
Birthday Celebration

Sarasota Catering Company


"Just wanted to thank you for the event last night. Everything was perfect. The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. I can’t say enough about Shannon and how great she is. She was so professional and worked hard to make sure that everyone was happy. Thank you again for making last night such a success for us. Please also thank the person(s) who prepared all the delicious sweets."
- Lucy

Ringling College of Art and Design


"It was truly amazing. Beautiful presentation and delicious. Lots of positive reaction from our guests. Thank you so much!!!"
- Lucy
Corporate Reception at the Sarasota Museum of Art - Artist Series Janet Echelman

Ringling College of Art and Design


"What can be said other than the collective effort was amazing to experience this year and each of your individual talents and skill sets contributed to our having another successful Design Summit in a completely new venue/facility"
- Mary
Corporate Reception - Design Summit

Ringling College of Art and Design


"Thank you for your voice mail and the WONDERFUL lunch yesterday. All of our attendees were so pleased with lunch. It was truly amazing and our staff was even happier when they had left overs. There is not a thing that I would recommend that you guys could improve on. Just great!!"
- Jennifer
Green Business Leadership Kickoff

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce


"One word…..WOW! It was wonderful to work with you (Cindi) and have your guidance and expertise especially since I wasn’t sure what I wanted and was very last minute with my booking. The presentation was very professional and Shannon (I believe that was her name) did a great job with her set-up. The food was very tasty and you received several compliments. I also gave out the Sarasota Catering name to everyone who asked who did the catering…..I think that speaks volumes. Thank you for everything and I will definitely be calling you again for our catering needs."
- Teri

State College of Florida


"I just wanted to send an email to thank you for the wonderful Easter dinner you prepared for our family. The lamb top round was perfectly prepared and the herbs and demi glaze were delicious. The dauphinois potatoes were a hit with young and old!!! The salads were also a big hit especially the Strawberry Salad with the Raspberry Vinaigrette. Thank you so much for meeting me on Saturday evening and for helping me with my last minute request for rolls! It was a pleasure to meet you. We are already looking forward to our 2010 vacation and hopefully we will be able to have some more of your wonderful meals. "
- Delores
Easter Dinner

Vacation Rental Property


"Thank you again for helping make the Realtors Association Event a success - we appreciated all your hard work - and the staff really appreciated the food."
- Lennie
Sarasota Association of Realtors - Tech Fest

Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center


"Dinner was wonderful and Ed was surprised, I picked up the food a little after 4pm and it was hot and ready to go. Everything was great and we have been telling our friends about you guys. "
- Jennifer
Anniversary Dinner

Pick Up


"I just wanted to say thanks to you and your staff for the wonderful lunch you provided for me for the Holiday Inn Express Ribbon cutting. Everyone just raved about the great food."
- Sharon
Charter One Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Holiday Inn Express


"We received rave reviews on the meal you prepared for our Board meeting. Thanks for everything!"
- Paula
Board Meeting

Gulfcoast South AHEC, Inc.


"Hey Cari! I wanted to thank you sooo much for everything!! Everything was better than I could have imagined that you and the catering company did!!! The food was amazing and everyone was going on and on about it! Also thank you for all the extra work you did. You went above and beyond and I appreciate it so much! You are awesome and I really loved it all!! If we ever do anything down that way again we will definitely be calling you! You will probably want to run the other direction!! I promise next time it wont be so difficult:) Hope you are doing well and again thank you soo much!!"
- Courtney
Bride

Wedding at Boca Grande Amory Chapel


"Thank you for doing a great job!! Our guests had nothing but great comments about your work."
- Pat Neal
Grand Palm - Grand Opening

Neal Communities


"The food was just wonderful. I was so happy when I saw the final set up. It was just lovely. We will definitely be using this menu for our next event coming up next month. Another kick off to a new program."
- Jennifer
Kickoff Party

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce


"We had a great time. Really enjoyed the time there and the food was excellent. The Food demonstration was great, everyone we had attend participated and had a great time. I would recommend this type of evening event to all of my friends and in fact my wife and friends raved about the evening."
- Sean
Aprimo Global Services


"Great! Thank you. Wonderful service and great sandwiches. You (and we) received many compliments on the spread. "
- Erin
Working Lunch

Berlin Patten


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