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Ba-Li Cravings Catering is a premium food service company that is based out of Ithaca, New York. Whether you are planning a menu for your rehearsal dinner or your big day, Tal impresses with exquisite Mediterranean cuisine like you’ve never tasted before. Choose this masterful chef who turned her passion into a business to share her amazing talents with you and your guests.

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Ba-Li Catering is an authentic and unique food option for your wedding day that has really built a name for themselves thanks to their highly-rated services and amazing menu. Tal begins her process by inviting you in for a complimentary consultation and tasting for you to decide on the perfect menu. After the menu is built, you can relax and leave the heavy lifting to the Tal and her staff. On the day of your wedding, your catering will be delivered, setup, served and cleaned up, so you and your guests can indulge without having all the mess! Catering packages have numerous options and plenty of flexibility, with something that will work for everyone. Choose a Mediterranean menu on your wedding day and wow your family and friends! Many dietary need options can be accomodated and include:

  • Gluten free
  • Kosher
  • Lactose free
  • No pork
  • Nut free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Woman-owned

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Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering?

Set Up
Clean Up
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Chocolate Fountain

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Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Specialty Wine
Champagne Toast

What event services do you provide?

Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

Breakfast / Brunch
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Custom Menu
Hors d'oeuvres

What types of cuisine do you cater?

Middle Eastern

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Nut Free

What bar services do you provide?

Champagne Toast

Which of the following items can you provide?

Chocolate Fountain
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Leah A. Married on 08/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Experience

I knew minutes into our first conversation that I had found an unbelievably perfect match in Tal. Tal has equal parts professionalism and passion for both food and providing a memorable experience for all those involved.
My guests are still raving and many have said that it stood out as the best food they’ve ever had at a wedding. Tal worked with me to ensure the menu and event would flow smoothly and on the day of I knew she would take care of everything and anything. Without her I wouldn’t have been able to so easily relax and enjoy the day.
Emily D. Married on 06/17/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Ba-Li Cravings

I put off writing this review because I wanted to make sure I had enough time to give Tal of Ba-Li Cravings all the credit and praise she deserves. She was, hands down, the best decision we made when it came to planning our wedding - apart from our location and the decision to get married, of course! Buckle up for this one.

As a 2023 bride, I knew finding vendors post-COVID was going to be competitive and expensive. My husband and I knew we wanted to get married in his hometown in upstate NY, and searched everywhere for local caterers - preferably a small business that could accommodate a variety of dietary needs. When we finally found Tal and Ba-Li Cravings, we loved her right away. Her whole focus is on variety, color, flavor, and just gorgeous-looking food. We love Mediterranean cuisine, and she was the first caterer we interviewed who was openly excited to accommodate our vegetarian diets. (There is no way I was settling for just eating lettuce on my wedding day. I like to eat well.) In addition, her expertise and professionalism shone through in our first call together, and we knew she was the one we wanted.

To be fully honest, budget was a concern. We knew we wanted quality food, and between inflation and the cost of food increasing, we had some challenges along the way keeping to our tight budget. (We also lived out of state, so planning long-distance was also a challenge as we had to fly in for our menu tasting.) By the wedding week, we were able to make it all come together financially and have absolutely no regrets about investing in Ba-Li Cravings. On the contrary, Tal was an absolute superhero and went above and beyond.

Things Tal did that we especially loved:
1) Checked in on us throughout the day, starting before the ceremony to see how we were doing and ask if we needed water or any snacks. This continued until the end of the night, and it made me feel valued and well-cared for.
2) Made sure we ate well! She had her staff serve us food at our sweetheart table, even though it was a buffet style meal, and they ensured our glasses were never empty. She also set aside plates of appetizers and desserts just for the two of us that we enjoyed the next morning. (This was one of my favorite parts of our wedding weekend.)
3) Oversaw all the clean-up. I did not expect this to fall under her job, but she was on top of everything and made sure things ran smoothly, even when our day-of coordinator disappeared and was (at times) nowhere to be found.

In summary: The pricing was more than fair for the quality and quantity of food we received, along with the professionalism and all the extra add-ons included in the cost per person. We and our guests were truly blown away. Tal is a warm person, an excellent chef, and my biggest regret in hiring her is that we don’t live close enough to hire her for all our future events!
Maggie S. Married on 09/03/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing food, great planning help

We loved working with Tal. The food was delicious and there were plenty of options for different food restrictions for all our guests, and was doable with our budget. Also loved the variety offered. Tal was also super helpful with planning food and beyond. Everyone loved the Turkish coffee. Lastly, she learned how to make a Korean dessert for us specially. We recommend Ba-Li!
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Take Your Pick Flower Farm Take Your Pick Flower Farm Wedding Florists

Tal Cohen of Ba-Li Cravings is the BEST! Her food is fresh, delicious and presented beautifully. Her menus are unique. Not your cookie cutter chicken and pasta that you find at so many events. Most of all, she is one of the nicest, most caring individuals you will ever meet. Her goal is to make your wedding day special, personal and a meal your guests will remember and be talking about for months to come.

The Treman Center The Treman Center Barn & Farm Weddings

Tal with Ba-Li Cravings is a delight too work with. She has a great team and her food is so interesting, multi-cultural and not your every day food affair. I have used her for weddings and small retreats too.

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