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We researched many options for our wedding menu. We had the chance to use the vendor that our planning service offered us, but we didn’t want standard buffet food. After looking at reviews on wedding wire we reached out to Chef Marisoll. From the start her communication was spotty. Sometimes going weeks with no reply and several follow ups. When she did reply she was very professional and detailed.
We ran into an issue about a month out from the wedding. The venue we selected (Tres Palmas Inn and Villas) did not allow the Chef to use the kitchen. Now, we had alerted her to this months before and encouraged her to reach out to them to ensure there were no issues on the day of. She not reach out to them as we had asked. She informed our wedding coordinator that she would need a tent setup and tables in order to execute the day, as she could not use their kitchen. Again, this was two weeks before our wedding. Our coordinator had no choice but to charge us for the rentals, so an extra $600 we did not plan on spending.
We understood with planning a wedding that little surprise fees/charges would happen. The reason this was upsetting is because we feel had she reached out to the venue sooner we could have better planned for this. Chef Marisoll also told us she was bringing staff with her, but the day before the wedding my wedding coordinator informed me she asked for her to provide staff. Our wedding coordinator was nice enough not to charge us (again).
Day of, appetizers were great, the soup was great, but the entrée was just okay. The entrée was going to be the star, but just did not wow at all. Presentation was okay. To be honest by the time we got to this point we were already kind of disappointed with the experience.
I would recommend going with your gut when dealing with vendors. If you feel something is off from the start change it up.
Delicious!! My husband and I wanted to make sure we didn't have "wedding food" at our wedding. He found Chef Marisoll on Wedding Wire. She was sometimes a little hard to get a hold of, but once we did get in touch, she answered all our questions and had everything under control. We also had a dramatic change in the amount of guests we expected, which she was immediately flexible to without a problem. We had hors d'ouevres for the cocktail hour, a dinner buffet with fish, steak, pork chops, chicken, sweet plantains, rice and beans, a pesto pasta salad, green salad, yuca (all of that was for dinner!), and a late-night asopao served in glass bowls to our guests! The presentation of the food was great, and more importantly, the food was awesome. The food tasting took place in her beautiful kitchen studio and was an opportunity to share a nice meal with our parents just a few days before the wedding--complete with wine pairings. We don't live in Puerto Rico, but we waited until the week-of the wedding to do the menu tasting--we trusted her and had heard so many great reviews, that we were actually not worried about this at all. Chef Marisoll also supplied the glassware, plates, and flatware--everything was tasteful and good quality. Chef Marisoll and her staff are phenomenal. She was on-time and prepared for our wedding. It was an all-around great experience!
Chef Marisoll was excellent, really excellent. The food was awesome. It looks exactly like the pictures - beautiful presentation. Marisoll was super flexible with us and accommodated our budget, last minute increases in the number of guests, and our desires to stray from the menu. We did two tastings with her - one before we decided on the menu and one after - which I highly recommend because I barely ate on the wedding day. You. Will. Love. Her. She is so professional and sweet and has great wait staff. She will do whatever she can to accomodate your needs and desires and I would work again with her in a heartbeat. Thank you Marisoll for a beautiful wedding reception!
It's been a week and everyone continues to rave about that soup!...and that dessert!...and those little twinkie looking appetizers that were fabulous. The food was delicious, the dessert was delicious, and the staff was fantastic! Chef Marisoll and her staff made it their mission that we and the wedding party were fed. During pictures, they brought over appetizers just for us, and they ensured that our table had food on it at all times.
We were really sad that we didn't get to see the chef before she left but the delicious wedding dinner made up for it!
Great food, traditional Puerto Rican food for us - was not too salty and had great variety. The appetizers were my favorite! Marisoll's staff was wonderful, they made sure me and my husband were taken care of the whole night, they were friendly and happy to go out of their way for all of our guests.
Everyone loved the food! Very responsive and professional. Highly suggest Marisoll and her team!
I cannot stop thinking about Chef Marisoll's food! It was the highlight of the reception by far. The food was really important to me, so I'm so happy that she delivered! Not only was the food amazing, but her staff was absolutely phenomenal. It was flawless. My only complaint was trying to get ahold of her, so I could book her. Don't give up, because she will get back to you, and it will be worth it! Here was our menu:
Mofongo Fritters - I wish there were leftovers of these!! Holy cow, the best thing I ate on the island.
Corn Sorullitos, Roasted Tomato-Mayo
Grilled Chicken & Chorizo Brochettes, Chimichurri Oil
Rolls with Herb Butter
Mixed greens, Balsamic Vinaigrette
Mediterranean Salad with Pasta, Petit Mozzarella & Olives, Pesto Oil
Skirt steak with sauteed onions
Rice and beans
Everything was truly amazing, the only downfall was that everyone loved the food so much, that there were hardly any leftovers! :)
One word, AMAZING! She helped me plan the menu and accommodated my wish of having some local flair (I highly recommend the yuca salad and the mahi mahi). The ceviche and empanada appetizers had so much flavor. Even the hummus and bread were to die for! Very nice and easy to work with. Her whole staff was great, leaving no one at the party without food or a drink in hand.
Food was delicious and she had a perfect menu for our PuertoRican and Peruvian family in our destination wedding. She worked within our budget and I thought she was very affordable for what we were getting! Not to mention, planning was a true pleasure with her as she always always responded to emails within hours. Due to having such amazing reviews and to Mariosoll's professionalism, catering was an area that I was not worried about leading up to the wedding. Truly an AMAZING experience from beginning to end and it was a pleasure to have met her at the wedding!!! Everyone in our family raved about the food!
We feel so lucky to have found Chef Marisoll to cater for our wedding event. She was incredibly quick to respond to our requests and delivered exceptional food with the highest quality. All of my guests were impressed with how fresh, warm and delicious the food was. Simply put, the food is outstanding! Chef Marisoll is a very kind and warm person and her staff were incredibly professional. It was such a pleasure and privilege to have Chef Marisoll at our wedding. The best catering I have ever had…making it the best and most enjoyable night of our lives.
Chef Marisoll was perfect! She was extremely patient answering millions of questions and recalculating my estimate leading up to the wedding. We chose from her prepared menus and everything was delicious. My husband is a bit choosey about food, and he couldn't stop mentioning how delicious the fish was and how perfectly the steak was cooked. Rather than ordering a super pricey cake, we opted to have Chef do a dessert buffet. It was AWESOME. There was still a cake to cut, and I think it was soaked in amaretto. So. damn. tasty. There were also little brownies, cookies and cupcakes. It was perfect for our group and Chef Marisoll will be the perfect compliment to your wedding. Thank you Chef!!!
My wedding took place May 11, at the beautiful Casa Olimpica in Old San Juan, PR. . I am from Florida and the whole "looking for destination wedding vendors" process really scared me as I wanted everything to be perfect!! I started planning everything quite early and I was extremely happy when I met with Chef Marisoll for a proposal. From the minute I met her I knew that her service was what I wanted. She values food quality, service, and presentation, and those 3 qualities were significant for my wedding dinner. She was very professional, punctual, and had a pleasant demeanor. I wanted a fancy sit down dinner, but was on a strict budget. Chef Marisoll was able to tailor to my needs. We kept in touch via email and she was very responsive and prompt. Chef Marisoll was able to accommodate the tasting at my aunts house on a separate occasion because I was on a tight schedule flying out that same day. Wedding day came and Everything was PERFECT. Hor D'oeuvres were exceptionally tasty and she saved us a plate while we took pictures. We chose surf and turf with a butter quash soup and scrumptious salad, and my guest were raving about it all night. The staff was very friendly. We utilized the bar service as well and had no complaints. I completely recommend Chef Marisoll to anyone seeking an extraordinary caterer! I am happy to have met this lovely team and look forward to using her services again when we renew our vows if not sooner. Thank you so much! and thank you for making my wedding day as perfect as it could be! My family says hello!=)
Chef Marisoll was a pleasure to work with. Since my husband and I are both vegetarians, she worked with us on a wonderful menu that we could really enjoy while also providing our meat eaters with plenty of options. She is professional and attentive to her clients needs. We received great feedback from our guests on the food and her presentation was excellent. I highly recommend working with Marisoll and already recommended her to close friends.
Thank so much, Sharon! It was a lovely wedding, and it was certainly my pleasure to serve you. I'm so glad you and your guests enjoyed my services!
Always at your service,
You know those really picky people that have high standards when throwing parties? Well, that's me, and Chef Marisol FAR EXCEEDED my expectations!
From start to finish, Marisol was attentive and responsive and ON IT. Prior to the birthday party event, she made recommendations on a menu, asked me my budget, and did not try to push or oversell at all. Her prices are reasonable and when she arrived with the food, I was in awe. She was on time (waiting for me, actually), and brought a few nice live floral/plant decorations to ensure the food table was beautiful. Her food was FABULOUS. Tasty, natural, non-greasy. Everyone was raving about the food. And, there was much more there than I expected. The presentation was nice as well, and very professional. We could have fed 50% more people.
I highly recommend Marisol for any event. She takes personal interest to ensure the event goes well and the food was delicious. Don't hesitate - she's THE ONE.
Thank you Vivian!
It means the world to me to know your expectations were met and exceeded. The details you mention are things I do because I feel your party is my party! I do for you what I would do for my own guests. I'm so glad you liked it!
Always at your service,
Chef Marisoll helped make our wedding cocktail hour and reception so amazing. People were going nuts over the food, and even as busy as I was, I made a point to sit down and taste as much as I could -- it was delicious! The three-bean salad, the yucca, the steak, fish, rice and beans... it was absolutely perfect. I only wish I had tried more of the cocktail appetizers but we were running around quite a bit! I really appreciate Marisoll's patience and flexibility throughout the planning process, and her help with thinking through things all around.
Maureen & Zachary:
I'm honored you chose me to be a part of your special moment, and I'm so happy you were able to enjoy my food yourselves! So many times the bride and groom are so caught up with the details they don't seem to have time to sit down and enjoy! I think you were very clever to make a point to stop and eat!
Thank you for your kind words. It was a true pleasure to serve you.
Chef Marisol did a spectacular job on our wedding!! Marisol worked within our budget and provided us with everything we needed to have a classy beach backyard wedding. When I hired her I for some reason was expecting catering...but boy was I wrong...Marisol cooked onsite @ the house we rented and in our contract we req. 2 servers and a bartender, she brought more then two and they all did a super job making sure everyone was taken care of. If you are like us and are trying to plan a wedding in puerto rico I def. Recommend CHef Marisol. Everyone of my friends are still raving about the food and mojitos :-)
Thank you so much!
I honestly didn't know you were not aware I always cook on site! I like to be there, to be a part of your special moment. In my head, it is my party and your my guest of honor!
I'm glad your guests were happy with the food and cocktails. It was my pleasure to serve you.
We found Chef Marisoll through our venue and could not have been happier with the service and above all, the FOOD! When we were planning our wedding, we placed a lot of emphasis on the food, especially doing a destination wedding, we wanted to make sure that we received the same, if not better, quality than we would have gotten at home in NYC. We were a difficult client, pushing Chef Marisoll to do a family style dinner which she does not typically do, and custom creating our menu from scratch (with MANY revisions). Chef Marisoll was always quick to respond, provided helpful suggestions, and was positive & friendly at every turn. And boy did she deliver! The food at our wedding was top notch - a live paella station, beef tenderloin, empanadas, and much more. We had a mix of american favorites with a latin twist. Our guests were raving about everything, including the presentation & service from the waitstaff who were very attentive throughout the evening. We are more than happy to share our exact menu with any couples because there is not a single thing we would do differently. We even had late night sliders (which were a huge hit) and Chef Marisoll went above and beyond with the presentation to put them in adorable NY times newspaper print wrappers as a throwback to our home town. It's those little touches that really make the difference when you are spending so much money and time on one evening. Make sure you request lamb chops!
It was a true pleasure to be able to bring a little bit of your hometown to your wedding. You were not a difficult client. You brought me back to why I do what I do: to make people happy through my food. To go through each item of the menu with you, and ensure each bite was exactly what you wanted, is what I'm all about. I'm very happy it all came out great for you and your guests!
Thank you for making me a part of your special day!