The Goodrich Gourmet Catering Co

The Goodrich Gourmet Catering Co

Richmond, VA
804.750.1400   Visit Website   Email Vendor
out of 5.0
29 Reviews
Quality of Service

After having to end a contract with a different wedding caterer due to very negative circumstances, we found Goodrich Gourmet on this website and were amazed by the excellent reviews about their food and service. We began speaking with them about possibly catering our wedding in May, 2012, and after going to their office for a tasting about 4 months before the wedding, we decided to hire them for both the wedding and the rehearsal dinner.

In planning the catering for both events over a period of about 4.5 months, Goodrich Gourmet was very helpful, organized, and responsive via email. When there was some confusion at the tasting about the pricing (we had been initially quoted something that was incorrect by one of their representatives who no longer worked for the company), Goodrich Gourmet honored this arrangement and worked with us to be sure we were happy and the events would run smoothly. We were very pleased that all of the pricing information was clear and there were no "hidden costs" with hiring staff, taxes, cake cutting, or anything like that. Additionally, we loved how they worked with us to make sure the events flowed as they should (in relation to the food) and the presentation would fit our vision (such as spreading leaves on the buffet table). They always answered all of our questions, and we also appreciated their expertise when it came to overall logistics and the catering questions in general.

As for the actual catering at the events, they were early to both events and everything was set up and organized just as we had discussed. For our rehearsal dinner, we had Virginia barbecue with cole slaw, baked beans, and cookies. We had our hearts set on Carolina-style barbecue, but were absolutely blown away by Dale's (the chef) Virginia-style barbecue, and our guests said the same exact thing. This was perhaps the best barbecue we've ever had, which is saying a lot as we pride ourselves on trying as many different types of barbecue as we can throughout the US. We also appreciated Goodrich Gourmet's willingness to make some gluten-free barbecue for our gluten-intolerant guests (and for packaging it up separately, so it was easy for them to find). We were also appreciative of their willingness to tell us what was gluten-free for both events about 5 days before, so we could notify our gluten-intolerant guests, and they also included vegetarian signs on their food cards for each food item at the wedding reception, so our vegetarian guests knew what options they had.

Moving on to the catering for the wedding, we enjoyed the fruit & vegetable platter, crab balls, & barbecue meatballs for appetizers, all of which were absolutely phenomenal. We had people who have eaten seafood all their lives saying the crab balls were the best they've ever had, and the meatballs were amazing as well. Plus, Goodrich Gourmet was willing to make hummus for an additional dip option for the vegetables, which we really appreciated given that we are both fans of hummus. Moving on to the dinner, we decided to have a buffet-style dinner, since we had about 100 guests and an outdoor reception under a tent. We started with a spinach salad with strawberries and candied walnuts, which was delicious. For the entrees, we went with tilapia, pasta w/ spinach and mushrooms, and herb-roasted chicken, and for the sides, we had the honey-glazed carrots, wild rice, and rolls. To be honest, the chicken and the pasta were probably our favorites, although everything was spectacular and our guests repeatedly complimented us on the food. We also appreciated how they made 2 dinner plates for the bride & groom and delivered it to us just as we entered the tent (we missed the start of dinner because we were taking pictures). We didn't ask for this, but they did it anyways! Finally, for the cake, they were willing to cut the cake in the kitchen and place it on the buffet table for our guests to take, and they also made sure to bring us an extra piece of cake (since we only cut ourselves one during the cake-cutting extravaganza). They were also willing to deliver two gluten-free cupcakes to our two gluten-intolerant guests, which really meant a lot to us.

Also, we decided to have a family friend serve as the bartender for the event, but we wanted to have a second bartender work the first 1-2 hours of the wedding reception, when the guests drink the most. When we asked Goodrich Gourmet if they were willing to have a staff member begin as a bartender and then transition into a server later in the event (to avoid hiring more people, thus saving us money), they were willing to do this. We also decided to provide our own alcohol and drinks, which they did not have a problem with, and they even answered some of our questions related to the bar, even though they weren't getting paid for this. That really meant a lot to us, as it shows that they were willing to go above and beyond to help us with our event.

Overall, we were very happy with Goodrich Gourmet. The food was incredible (Dale is a phenomenal chef!), the service was amazing (we loved working with Anne!), and we would definitely recommend Goodrich Gourmet for weddings and other events! This was probably the best food we've ever had at a wedding, and we can't believe that we were able to do this while still staying within our budget (which Goodrich Gourmet respected and worked with us on).

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112 S 2nd St, Richmond, VA 23219

You bring the appetite, We'll bring the rest!

At the Goodrich Gourmet Catering Company, we believe in delivering the highest quality foods at a great value to our clients.  Brides-to-be will love our easy to navigate website and our over the top customer service.  We will walk you through the process until you feel comfortable enough to let us take over and relieve you of the pressures ... read more

At the Goodrich Gourmet Catering Company, we believe in delivering the highest quality foods at a great value to our clients.  Brides-to-be will love our easy to navigate website and our over the top customer service.  We will walk you through the process until you feel comfortable enough to let us take over and relieve you of the pressures that picking a caterer can bring.  We can cater your wedding with our skilled chefs and helpful wait staff. We offer many options and are very easy to work with as well.  With two location in Richmond, VA and in Virginia Beach, VA, we service most of the state of Virginia from the ocean front to the mountains. Leave the stress to us, you'll be glad you did.


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Catering services: Buffet, Cake, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated...
I had the pleasure to work with Dale and his staff on Saturday, September 24th, 2011. What a great crew to work with. The bride and groom and the guests were pleasantly surprised with their service and professionalism. And, the food was absolutely DELICIOUS! There was more than enough food when many of the guests went back for seconds. Their bartenders were wonderful and created a summertime signature cocktail on the spot using their fresh squeezed lemonaid and vodka. I can't wait to work with Goodrich Gourmet again! P.S. Make sure you taste Dale's homemade bruschetta!!
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The Goodrich Gourmet Catering Co is a wedding Caterer from Virginia. We service weddings throughout the local area, including Richmond, Charlottesville, and Hampton Roads. The Goodrich Gourmet Catering Co is a professional wedding Caterer that has been part of the Virginia wedding industry for 10 years. We specialize in Gourmet Comfort Food