With great pleasure, my family celebrated my mother’s 75th birthday on Sunday, January 18 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. At the center of it all was The Classic Catering People.
Terri Young. What a treasure. It began as a simple e-mail---”Terri, my family would like to host a party for my mom.” The flurry of activity that those simple words set into motion is stunning. Through a series of questions and attentive listening, Terri created the vision for the venue, menu, decor, invitations and music. We remain in awe of how she captured Mom so brilliantly. Plus, the care she took in creating the setting with floral, linens, lighting and tableware, the “reveal” for the dessert, hot beverages and signature cake design, the coordination of all the vendor teams with a master timeline---brilliant.
The food, second only to Terri, is the reason we chose The Classic Catering People. Always creative, delicious, plentiful, and approachable. I mention approachable in the most positive way. Your culinary team’s use of fresh ingredients is the highlight of each dish. To know what we are eating in this generation of garish garnishes and distortion of real flavors!
Dinner was perfection. My mom is known for feeding her family very well and this menu was a reflection of her holiday meals. We are still hearing these compliments, one week later.
Event Manager Pat, Chefs and Team Members continue to be shining stars of the day. From taking great care to ensure that my family was well-hydrated and fed to the precision in which each guest received their dinner courses and wine, the service demonstrated by The Classic Catering People remains unmatched. Family from across the country were impressed by the five-star service. Of course, we in Baltimore know it simply as A CLASSIC!
My wedding was at the National Aquarium and Classic is one of the two caterers that the aquarium has a contract with. From the beginning (which was nearly 18 months of correspondence), Nicole Van Natta was very responsive and helpful. It was a very hand holding process with me; as I had little to no knowledge going into choosing a caterer, but she walked me through it. Once we had decided to work with them, Nicole invited us to their office and asked us questions to learn not only about our food preferences, but what we are like as people. They customize the menu based on the couple. We tried many many things including multiple hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and entrees until we found the perfect tasting meal. And, in fact, after our official tasting, they sent us home with tons of delicious leftovers! They are also very, very cognizant of special needs guests (allergies, celiac's, dietary issues) and act accordingly. I had one guest with celiac's and the entire staff was aware regarding his food preparation and service.
Nicole was extremely responsive, and when it came to the big day, it was like having another friend with me. When I expressed that I was worried about having childcare available, she offered to help me find it. When I was a bundle of nerves, she made sure her staff pulled me aside to ensure that I ate. The staff was extremely professional and worked very very hard. The signature drink suggestion was also amazing. Everyone was absolutely wonderful to work with.
Their prices are very reasonable, and they are easy to work with regarding last minute guest changes, children add ons, additional vendors, and all the crazy drama that goes with a wedding. Finally, the food was absolutely fantastic, and I heard nothing but great things. Definitely recommend using Classic for any event!
The Classic Catering People were the caterer’s for my daughter’s wedding two weeks ago. If I had to sum it up in one word it would be “amazing”. Working at an off premise site has so many more challenges than having it at a hotel, but you would never know it based on the outstanding job they did.
First of all, the food was restaurant quality. I had guests tell me “I never eat the food at weddings”, yet cleaned their plates! One table of guests proudly lifted their plates to show me that nothing was left. Another table asked for extra bread to “sop us the sauce”. The chefs did an extraordinary job. The waitstaff and the bartenders were wonderful. Service was efficient, courteous and professional.
Lynn Piette was our account executive. I can’t say enough. She took care of all the details – recommending vendors, ordering rentals, rehearsing the processional, touching base with all of the vendors the day before the wedding to make sure everything was in place. She made sure the bride and groom were taken care of. Her attention to detail, while keeping such a calm demeanor, made the evening seem effortless.
It was a fantastic party!
The Classic Catering People catered our wedding at the Carriage House at Evergreen Mansion this past November and it made all of the difference! Lynn Piette helped us pull all the details together and acted essentially as our day of coordinator, everything from helping us develop the timeline of the evening, to making sure that everything was set up ahead of the ceremony, and keeping everything on time. The food was absolutely delicious (I saw a lot of clean plates) and the service was impeccable. Lynn made sure that all of the details came together as we had asked and was completely open to our requests, but she also brought a lot of knowledge - she has worked at most venues many times and knows how to make sure that things go smoothly. As the bride and groom we had a server assigned to us personally, Angie, and she made sure that we got to fully enjoy our wedding! Angie brought around the appetizers to us as well as glasses of water and wine and just generally made sure that we felt like royalty and that we were completely taken care of.
All of our guests had as great of a time as we did, and Classic made it all come together. Highly recommended!
We used the Classic Catering People for our wedding at the National Aquarium. In every aspect, from the start to the finish, they were awesome. From the original meeting, when we were given samples of food that was being prepared for other events, to the tasting, where we were blown away by the food and the presentation of everything, to the wedding itself, where we got compliment upon compliment, everything was amazing.
Through the whole process we worked with Nicole Van Natta. She was very responsive, and basically served as our main point of contact for just about everything related to the wedding. She went way above and beyond what I would have expected of someone essentially just representing the catering company. Not only did she run the show food-wise, she told us when to enter for the processional, she got our table name cards alphabetized, she took care of the picture we used as our "guest book", so on and so forth.
Miscellaneous things of note: We were told "never in my life have I been to a wedding where I left the ceremony and within 30 seconds had bacon in my mouth." We were told by several people that all the staff was super friendly and accommodating. We were told by our vegan friends that this is the only time they've left a wedding feeling full (we had a vegan meal option in addition to the normal meat options). We didn't get charged extra to have more choices in entrees.
All in all, I'd recommend Classic for any event you might want catered. I'd use them again myself!
I can’t thank the amazing staff at the Classic Catering People enough for their hard work at our wedding! The staff was friendly, the cake was beautiful, and the food was delicious!
We loved working with Nicole Van Natta. She was always great with responding to my emails and answering all of my questions. She also helped me organize pretty much everything surrounding the ceremony and reception. Nicole made it so easy to relax and enjoy our wedding, because I didn't have to worry about anything. Everything was setup perfectly the day of the wedding (centerpieces, card table, cake table & topper, etc.). Nicole also made sure we were taken care of the entire night. At the reception I had a really bad headache and she was able to get me something to take right away! I am so grateful for everything she did for us!
The serving staff was also incredible. I received so many compliments about how friendly and helpful all of the servers were. We were very impressed with everyone from the Classic Catering People. People are still talking about how great the food was!
I also just want to mention how incredible the cake was! It was beautiful; exactly what I asked for!
The Classic Catering People were our caterers for our wedding. Being foodies, we wanted a caterer we could count on and knew that CCP would execute a flawless and memorable gourmet experience.
Terri Young was our event manager and was wonderful. She is a creative genius; her attention to detail, personal touches and beautiful presentations helped to make our wedding so much more.
The waitstaff and bartenders were amazing, providing professional, attentive and friendly service. Not once did we or our guests have to wait or have a need that wasn’t provided for.
And the Chefs did an awesome job with the food. From the shrimp and grits, chicken ‘n waffle cones and oyster shooters on our reception to our corn & crab chowder and our delicious duo entrée on our dinner to our desserts and homemade ice cream on our post reception – each offering was an epicurean delight.
Our guests are still raving about our wedding.
The Classic Catering People helped to make our wedding our dream come true and it would not have happened without them. Their expertise, professionalism and phenomenal staff and chefs made them our caterer of choice and I would highly recommend them!!!
The food at the wedding tasted just as amazing as the tasting! making food for 200 taste like for 2 is no small feat! The Classic Catering People have NEVER disappointed! This team is A+ and Lynn was an all-star for our special day. While our wedding planner was lacking in many skills Lynn really stepped up and did more than I ever expected a caterer to do. She helped organize vendors, order linens, chairs, and valet and she really made our day flow so seamlessly despite the chaos of having to use a rain plan. The team at Classic really impressed our guests and I was so happy we had them!
We worked with Lynn and her team at the Peabody Library, where they helped us put together an incredible experience for both us and for our guests. From the first tasting to the event itself, their professionalism, experience, and familiarity with the venue made the planning and execution as easy as wedding planning could possibly be. Lynn worked with us to create the experience we wanted, and gave us her honest opinion (in a good way) to help us figure out what would work well and what wouldn't. When we got to the wedding itself, they took care of pretty much everything, from coordinating with our vendors to keeping our family and friends happy. They even smoothed my bride's dress and were the last people to see her, aside from her father, before she walked down the aisle.
You hear a lot of couples complain about how they didn't get a chance to eat on the day of the wedding. The Classic staff made sure that didn't happen to us, especially our guy the day of, Cory. He brought up a plate of hors d'oeuvres while we were signing the marriage license right after the wedding, made sure that we had a drink in our hands if we wanted one while we were talking to our guests, and brought out our food first so we could sneak in a meal while everyone else was working on their salads. It was great having someone there making sure that we were happy as we were bouncing back and forth between guests.
Plus, the food was great and the cake was beautiful. I would heartily recommend Classic to anyone looking to get married in or around Maryland.
Our wedding reception was at the Pier 4 wing on the National Aquarium. Classic catering was the only alternative to the Aquarium’s in house meal service provider. Nothing about their services, food, or attentiveness were short of phenomenal. Staff (we personally worked with Nicole V.) was so thorough in their planning and consideration that they put us at ease leading up to the wedding. As the largest expense at our wedding, and arguably one of the largest components of the reception, their competency and their art made the service portion of our wedding so memorable. Nicole and her staff worked seamlessly with our other vendors. Perfect flow. Our guests raved about the food, drinks and service. If you are having your reception at the National Aquarium, they are the obvious choice. Elsewhere, we recommend them without hesitation to anyone in the region.
When my husband and I decided to have our wedding at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, we looked into the 2 available caterers that are contracted with the Aquarium and chose Classic Catering People because they had a bigger selection of food. We worked with Nicole Van Natta, and I can say without inhibition that she was fantastic to work with. Catering was probably the most time-consuming and involved part of planning the wedding (we started months in advance) and I am very grateful that Nicole was so helpful, easy to reach, patient, and nice. Nicole was attentive and totally willing to work with us within budget constraints, and also was super flexible in helping us customize a "kosher-style" meal. It was helpful too that our venue was the Aquarium, and Nicole knows the venue well. The food from Classic Catering was fantastic - we got so many compliments from guests on how delicious and beautiful the food stations were. I really couldn't be happier with Nicole and Classic Catering for the wonderful job they did for our wedding :)
We vetted four caters during the initial planning stages for our May 2014 wedding. In the end, Nicole Van Natta’s professionalism, inventiveness, and the quality of food Classic Catering People brought to the table (pun intended) won us over.
The planning and execution was seamless, as Nicole kept us abreast of what was happening with the catering every step of the way. This was particularly crucial given we live in Texas and were negotiating a Maryland wedding!
During the ceremony and reception, Nicole stepped up and took charge of every detail, above and beyond the food preparation. Her team was professional and service oriented. Treating us and our guests graciously and with the utmost consideration.
In addition, the food was awesome! Several guests commented the food was the best they had ever had whether it be a wedding or a restaurant.
Nicole and her team went above and beyond for us, and it is in no small part due to their efforts and execution that our day was tremendous!!
My wife and I looked all over the place for a company that would make our wedding perfect. I won't say his name but Mr. O (was in charge of the entire wedding ceremony and reception), who works with the company, was in charge of our wedding and he did a perfect job in making everything run smoothly. Every time I brought something up, he handled it with care and speed. The food was amazing to us and once everyone had it, it was also a huge success to the guests and everyone enjoyed the salad, filet Mignon, and crusted salmon. It couldn't have been any better. Food is important but the service is even more important and the servers and bartenders were incredible. They met every need whether it was planned ahead or requested on the spot. I would definitely recommend The Classic Catering People to anyone who wants excellent service and food. I'm retired Air Force so I asked for a military discount and they gave me a discount overall. Again, you can't go wrong with this company.
We did a blended cultural wedding, East-meets-West. The Classic Catering People were very accommodating in having food that reflected an Italian and Chinese heritage. They changed the bbq shrimp to shrimp pesto, changed the salad from raddichio to red pepper (fits both Italian and Asian), and changed the Thai codfish dish to a Chinese salmon dish. The Chinese long green beans were a clever touch as a side for the entree. They also replicated a Chinese steamed bun dessert (which they never had done, and were eager to learn).
They also were gracious in providing a liqueur and canned lychees for our signature drink, and gave us an extra bottle of St. Germaine and Prosecco.
Throughout, Nicole was very helpful in asking questions and answering our questions over email. And she helped provide options so we could as stay in budget, and it was lovely that she was there for part of our reception to ensure that things ran smoothly.
Terri Young, Gail Kaplan and crew outdid themselves for our wedding. We were impressed with their creativity and presentation for the evening. The tasting blew our minds....we never expected such a large caterer to deliver the sophisticated menu items and taste profiles. From shot glasses of soup to a raw bar w shucker to passed shrimp and grits in a spoon...they were awesome. As good as we found the food, the service was equally tops. The staff was efficient, but blended into the background when that was called for.
Just the best catering experience EVER!
One of the best decisions we made during the wedding planning process was choosing Classic Catering. Our venue provided us with two catering options and we agonized over which one to go with, ultimately making our decision after speaking with Classic Catering’s Lynn Piette. From the very first email exchange, Lynn exhumed professionalism. Lynn guided us through the entire planning process. She helped us with everything from menu selections to our linens. Lynn was always happy to accommodate any of our requests (and we had several!). Two days prior to the wedding, we dropped off an entire carload of items that needed to be set up at the Peabody. Lynn gladly loaded her car up and made sure that each item was setup, as we had desired. We never once worried with Lynn.
Lynn’s staff was also wonderful. All the servers were happy and very attentive to the guests. The food was served quickly and we maintained on our tight schedule all evening. We have heard several comments from our guests that the food was wonderful. We could not have been happier. I would highly recommend Classic Catering. Truly one of the best decisions we made!