In a word - brilliant!
In a sentence - Emily's Cafe & Catering literally made my wedding.
From the first email, our experience with this caterer was professional, accommodating, and enjoyable. We worked mostly with Samantha and she was amazing. We are a frugal couple (perhaps to a fault!), but Samantha was more than happy to work within our budget to make our dream wedding happen. In just one meeting, we went from having literally *no idea* what we were doing for the wedding to walking out with excitement, details, and a very agreeable estimate.
During the wedding, Emily's staff handled a variety of unexpected issues with poise. Everything from estranged parents, sudden rain, tipsy guests, to a bride that constantly calls you "Emily" instead of "Samantha", it was all handled with utmost professionalism. Every single guest complimented the food and decor of the wedding. I am so grateful for their service and I couldn't recommend them enough.
Perfect! The food was totally customized for my husband and I. Guests have been raving about the food from both the coctail hour and the dinner. And amazingly, plates were filled for us and we got to actually enjoy all of the food at our wedding. Also the leftovers were packed up for us and my parents ate for days!
Emily was a wonderful coordinator and willing to help in any way that she could. She understood budget constraints and really did everything to work with us. I really couldn't have asked for a better caterer.
We have worked with Emily's for my daughter's wedding and we liked them so much we worked with them for my in-laws 50th Anniversary. The food was amazing, the server were wonderfully warm and friendly. They came up with a custom menu for my in-laws anniversary to suit our Jamaican inspired theme. All the guests at both events talked about how wonderful the food and service was! Not only would I recommend them, but I have-several times!
We had our 185 guests wedding in our backyard and did not have a wedding planner. Of all the vendors we dealt with while planning this wedding, Emily’s Café and Catering was by far the best! Everyone we worked with was super sweet and extremely helpful. The food was AMAZING! So many of our guests complimented the food and asked who the caterer was. We were even able to keep the leftovers. ( although there were very few leftovers because the guests were going up for seconds and thirds) This catering company goes beyond the food. They helped us schedule our wedding and made sure all our guests, especially our families, were comfortable and always taken care of. They set up most of our rental equipment, served our guests food, and cleaned up during and after the reception; yet, they were never in the way. I highly recommend Emily’s Café and Catering for any event. They are so professional, but also very friendly. It was like having a close friend cater the wedding, without ever feeling guilty or hesitant to making requests! Thank you so much Emily and crew!!!
Anonymous and Michael
We'll admit - we're food snobs. There was no single wedding decision that was more important to us than our choice of caterer. As we visited venues, every last one recommended Emily's. For a good reason.
Samantha (our coordinator at Emily's) worked closely with us in the beginning to put together the menu. We went through several iterations without any pushing for any particulars from Samantha. Emily's can do the full range of options. Formal seated dinner? Sure. Cheesesteak, taco, and pasta stations? Sure. (That's what we did!) We did a tasting about a year before the wedding, so we were able to sample most of the exact menu we chose. All of their food is high-quality and expertly prepared. Bonus - several of their stations require onsite cooking (e.g., grilling the cheesesteaks) so the food is incredibly fresh when served. Made to order! People raved about the quality of the food throughout the night and for many days after.
Included in your choice of Emily's as a caterer are day-of coordination services. We cannot stress how valuable this was. We did a significant amount of set-up the day before, but at a venue like ours, there is a lot to be done day of (working with the rental company, setting up all tables and rental equipment, setting up our homemade floral arrangements, etc., etc.) and Samantha did all of it. Oh, and she helped clean up stuff that was completely our responsibility at the end of the night.
Did I mention that they were also the least expensive caterer we got a quote from? Somehow they provide this incredible food and incredible service for less than most of their area competitors. We actually came in well under budget for food, and there were no changes in the food quote at all once we set the menu.
On responsiveness - there were no real problems with information flow, but they didn't respond to every email. You might need to push them a little on specific communications, but they'll always respond.
Samantha of Emily's Cafe and Catering has to be one of the sweetest people in the world. She had an unending amount of patience with us as we hemmed and hawed over our food and alcohol budget and not really having much of an idea of what we wanted the food to be like, and she never, ever did anything to make us even remotely feel bad for it. That's the opposite of this other caterer I called who when I told them we were going to do an afternoon reception with mainly just light hors d'oeuvres was rudely skeptical of the idea. Samantha, on the other hand, had many creative ideas (and delicious samples) like serving ice cream cones in artists' palettes to help guide us to the final product after many revisions. She also had the experience we needed to help us figure out the right quantities for everything and handled all the rentals, even meeting with us on a holiday to do a walkthrough of the venue to figure out the placement of everything.
I think she does all the coordination and planning for Emily's Cafe, and I was always a little worried that she was working too much during wedding season, so it's understandable that sometimes it could be awhile before I heard back from her. She kept meticulous notes on everything though and was always fully prepared for any meetings that we had. She was also really flexible about us adding last minute things to the menu (like a cake...we were going to do just a small store-bought cake before but then decided to just have it be all together to make it easier) and having our family and guests bring some dessert contributions.
On the day of, the staff were all really professional and on top of things. They were thoughtful enough to bring us some food right after the ceremony, which was greatly appreciated as it's true that I didn't really eat anything at all after that. The little bit that I did taste was delicious though, so I'm sad that I didn't grab some more of the baby lamb chops when I could.
The one thing was that afterwards, we had some confusion over the alcohol bill--we thought we were doing just a prosecco cocktail bar and a few different kinds of beer, but some wine was ordered and served as well. People drank it and the additional option was probably appreciated by them, but it was just a bit of surprise for us. It's partly on us that we didn't review the alcohol order before the wedding day as we got too busy with everything else, so let that be a lesson to other couples to check on everything that you're going to get a bill for afterwards.
Food was the most important thing to me about our wedding and we got so many compliments on our brunch buffet. All of the hors d'eouvres were delicious and everyone was raving about our menu - the arugula salad was the biggest hit! Tommy was so great as our captain and was helpful even with decor. I am so happy I found a great caterer with which to work. Wedding food is usually so boring but ours was delicious. Will definitely recommend and use this vendor in the future!
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Emily runs an extremely professional and caring company that do an oustanding job down to every detail. She is so, so very sweet and cared so much about dong a great job for our wedding. She listened to all of our ideas and really worked hard to create our vision with us. The quality of the food was outstanding and I had no concerns, knowing she came so highly recommended. The only complaint I would give is the lack of responsiveness at times, which I believe came from being so busy doing a great job! The cafe is a warm and friendly place and we always felt comfortable at our meetings there.
Emily's was really great to work with at the beginning. Our tasting was perfect and we seemed to have all of the details set. Then, 3 days before the wedding, it seemed like everything fell apart on their end. For some reason they changed our day of coordinator and did a really poor job communicating what we had discussed earlier. The day of the wedding the main course was great but hors d'oeuvres and other courses were cold, mushy and bland and details that were important to us were missed. We spent a lot of time running around apologizing to our guests and making sure that things were going well when we should have been enjoying our reception. Overall they did a lot of things great but at the same time we paid them a lot of money to feel like we were thrown to the side 3 days before our wedding and have things that we cared about a lot ignored.
Our wedding was June 2, 2012
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