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On WeddingWire since 2011

Bartleby & Sage are a fine catering and event planning company based in Brooklyn, New York. For over 20 years, they have been creating delicious contemporary and artistic food for weddings and other celebrations. Under the guidance of owner and founder Leslie Nilsson, Bartleby & Sage continue to craft personalized menus and tablescapes for each couple they work with. All of their food is entirely handmade and features local, seasonal ingredients. Their delicious, sustainable catering has earned Bartleby & Sage a total of seven outstanding WeddingWire awards.

Services Offered

Bartleby & Sage use locally-grown produce and sustainable resources to cater to those interested in being green. In addition to catering, Bartleby & Sage are able to provide rentals and serving staff. They also offer full planning and day-of coordination packages to ensure couples' events go smoothly. Their services include:

  • Sustainable products
  • Event planning
  • Flatware
  • China
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Barware
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings

Cuisine

The team at Bartleby & Sage is proud to provide each couple they work with a personalized menu based on their unique vision, preferences, and backgrounds. From American to European, Indian to Caribbean, their chefs are able to make any menu come to life. They are also able to accomodate a variety of dietary restrictions, providing delicious vegitarian, vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, and Kosher-style options. No matter the couples' selections, Bartleby & Sage always promises the finest, freshest ingredients from their foodie-loving hearts to yours. Serving styles and services include:

  • Buffet
  • Cocktail reception
  • Family style
  • French service
  • Passed hors d'oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Stations
  • Chocolate fountain
  • Cake
  • Dessert
  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

$90

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$70

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$70

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeuvres?

$60

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

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up
Cake
Cake Cutting
Dessert
Cocktail Reception
Server(s)
Tastings
Chairs
Tables
China
Linens
Flatware
Glassware

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$25

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

House Beer
Specialty Beer
House Wine
Specialty Wine
Champagne Toast

What event services do you provide?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What types of cuisine do you cater?

American
Asian
BBQ
Caribbean
French
German
Greek
Indian
Italian
Latin American
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Middle Eastern
Seafood
Southern
Spanish

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Nut Free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Open Bar
Champagne Toast
Signature Drink

Which of the following items can you provide?

Chairs
Tables

Which of the following items can you provide?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
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Reviews of Bartleby & Sage

4.9 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
4.9 out of 5 rating
101 Reviews
98% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.9 out of 5 rating
Topher
Topher P. Sent on 04/07/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent Experience

Our experience with our caterer, Bartleby & Sage, was nothing short of extraordinary. From the first bite to the last crumb, their culinary creations left our guests raving and our taste buds dancing. The slow-braised short ribs were an absolute highlight of the evening - tender, flavorful, and simply divine. Working with Stacey Cervellino Thorp, our dedicated contact at Bartleby & Sage, (and our day-of coordinator) was an absolute pleasure. Stacey not only demonstrated impeccable professionalism but also brought an infectious energy and enthusiasm to the planning process. She went above and beyond to ensure that every detail of our day was tailored to our preferences, encouraging creativity and offering valuable suggestions along the way. From our first meeting, working with Stacey immediately felt like working with a good friend. And let's not forget about the pièce de résistance - our wedding cake, expertly crafted by Bartleby & Sage's talented pastry chef, Hans Baang. We presented Hans with a challenge of a cake flavor combination he hadn’t made before. The result was exquisite, and it was evident that Hans poured his heart and soul into creating a masterpiece that exceeded our wildest dreams. Our compliments extend beyond the outstanding food and service for our wedding; The Bartleby & Sage team also went above and beyond to establish a genuine personal connection with us. What truly amazed us was their continued support even after the event was over. It's rare to find a vendor who not only delivers exceptional service but also genuinely cares about their clients on a personal level. In summary, Bartleby & Sage exceeded all expectations and played a significant role in making our wedding day truly unforgettable. We wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone seeking exceptional cuisine, impeccable service, and a team that genuinely cares about making your event a success.
Michaela
Michaela O. Sent on 06/10/2024
5 out of 5 rating

We love B&S!

Bartleby & Sage exceeded our expectations at every turn. We first met with Rachael at their office for a tasting, and we immediately knew they were the ones to go with. The food was delicious and presented beautifully, and we were so at ease with Rachael, who answered all of our questions (even the ones we didn't know to ask!) Once we got underway with planning, Rachael was such a huge help--we consulted her about lighting, seating charts, ceremony timing-- you name it, she was game. Even when things got stressful at times, she kept a cool head and brought us back to earth.

Our guests absolutely raved about the food!! We had a family-style meal, which was so much fun and such a lovely communal experience. We especially loved the tomato risotto and lemon caper salmon. The catering staff made sure that we got to eat, too (which is easy to forget on the big day!) and made us feel so comfortable. The passed desserts were such a fun way to keep people fueled on the dance floor, and the bar was pouring great drinks all night.

Thank you so much to Rachael and everyone at B&S for helping create such an unforgettable and wonderful night. We would highly, highly recommend them to anyone!
Chao
Chao H. Sent on 05/12/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful to work with and amazing food & staff

Leslie and her entire staff are incredible. She is the exclusive caterer for our venue, the Wainwright House, and also served as the venue coordinator. She made planning the entire day an absolute breeze and was always responsive and on top of details. She is also clearly very experience and just a wonderful person to work with - I really trusted her and all the advice she gave. It was clear she wanted our day to be the best it could be. Everything from the food to setup was wonderful - my family and friends raved about the Tuscan table, the cake, and the food. One friend specifically said she always has low expectations for wedding food, but was surprised at how amazing the food was. My husband was also impressed by how attentive the staff were to make sure our glasses were never empty, and we were always informed where we should be next. Highly recommend for any event you are planning!
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner

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Bartleby & Sage frequently asked questions

At Bartleby & Sage, the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Cake
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • China
  • Linens
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
The bar service starting price at Bartleby & Sage includes:
  • House Beer
  • Specialty Beer
  • House Wine
  • Specialty Wine
  • Champagne Toast
Bartleby & Sage offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
Bartleby & Sage offers the following catering services for weddings:
  • Buffet
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings
At Bartleby & Sage, you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • Caribbean
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Spanish
At Bartleby & Sage, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Bartleby & Sage provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Open Bar
  • Champagne Toast
  • Signature Drink
To cater to all tastes, Bartleby & Sage offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
Bartleby & Sage is recommended by 98% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in flexibility, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.9 in value and 4.8 in average response time.

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