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Black Pelican Catering is located in Kitty Hawk, NC. As one of the largest and longest operating restaurants and catering companies on the Outer Banks they take pride in providing you and your guests with the best food and hospitality have to offer! Their talented and culinary trained chefs create each menu to your desire using the freshest and finest ingredients while also providing extreme caution to detail and exceptional presentation. Their catering team will take care of you and all your guests making a memorable and lasting impression by cooking, serving and cleaning up while you sit back, relax and enjoy your big day!

Cuisine

Black Pelican Catering offers an extensive selection of menus and options for you to choose from. Their menus can be custom created to provide light appetizers and finger foods, stations, plated dinners, heavy hors d' hoevres, family style, passed appetizers and buffets with attendants. Cuisines offered include:

  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • Cajun
  • Caribbean
  • Greek
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Sandwiches
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Southwestern
  • Spanish

Services Offered

The professional and enthusiatic catering coordinators work closely with each client to ensure all needs are met and exceeded by providing exceptional service for an everlasting and memorable event! Services offered:

Delivery & Setup

Custom menu building

Set up and break down of buffet

Removal of all dinner ware (washing and re-racking for rental company)

Set up of water glasses, plates and silverware placement on tables

Cake cutting and passing

Champagne pouring and serving

Trash removal at the end of the night

Guest Maintenance (assisting all guests with any needs that arise, refreshing drinks, clearing plates, glasses, flatware, etc.)

Black Pelican also prides themselves on working closely with other Outer Banks vendors for each event to ensure an extraordinary experience!

Included with our onsite services

Buffet Tables

Buffet linens

Chafers/sternos and serving utensils

Not looking for a buffet? No Problem!

We also offer Family Style services, Plated meals and Stations!!

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

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

$45

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

$30

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$35

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

$30

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

Set Up
Clean Up
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Server(s)
Tastings
Tables
Linens

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$25

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

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Wine
Champagne Toast

What event services do you provide?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

Breakfast / Brunch
Buffet
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Custom Menu
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What types of cuisine do you cater?

African
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
Kosher
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 Black Pelican Catering

5.0 out of 5 rating
5.0 out of 5 rating
79 Reviews
99% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    5 out of 5 rating
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Black Pelican Catering received rave reviews for their food and service. Multiple reviewers praised the delicious and well-balanced meals, with options for different dietary needs. The staff, including event planner Jen, were described as friendly, helpful, and responsive. Guests were impressed with the attentive service and the overall quality of the food. Black Pelican Catering is highly recommended for weddings and other events.

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Black Pelican Catering received rave reviews for their food and service. Multiple reviewers praised the delicious and well-balanced meals, with options for different dietary needs. The staff, including event planner Jen, were described as friendly, helpful, and responsive. Guests were impressed with the attentive service and the overall quality of the food. Black Pelican Catering is highly recommended for weddings and other events.

Tia
Tia P. Sent on 11/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible food!

The food from Black Pelican was absolutely amazing! Our guests still rave about how good our wedding food was weeks after the wedding. We had salmon w/ honey chipotle bbq glaze, chicken w/ tarragon riesling sauce, mashed potatoes, rustic veggie blend, and a garden salad. Appetizers were mozzarella risotto balls w/ marinara sauce, crab-less cakes, fresh fruit kabobs, and tomato bruschetta. The ladies who worked the buffet at the wedding were very kind and even offered to make my plate! 

The best part about Black Pelican is they even cater to different dietary needs/restrictions. Being a vegan, sometimes it can be difficult to find a good, well-balanced meal and especially difficult when trying to plan a wedding meal that everyone can enjoy! Black Pelican made this process so easy. I told them I was vegan and they sent me their vegan catering menu. I was shocked that they had this! I had crab-less cakes as my main entree (they were so delicious and even my guests enjoyed them!) They were able to make the mashed potatoes vegan as well. So, I was able to have a delicious vegan meal while my guests wee able to enjoy their meal with salmon and/or chicken. Thank you, Black Pelican for considering people’s dietary needs! This was one of the main reasons why we booked with them. I cannot recommend Black Pelican enough!
Nicole
Nicole P. Sent on 05/24/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent Food and Service

Black Pelican provided truly delicious food for our wedding! Our guests gave us rave reviews, and backed that up by fighting over leftovers the next night at the house! Beyond the high quality food, they also provided great service throughout the planning process. Their catering team is very quick to respond via email and phone, and was always helpful answering all of my questions. Our tasting was so much fun, and genuinely helpful as we made our menu selections. They are tried and true in the Outer Banks, and continue to provide the excellent food and service that has earned them such a fantastic reputation!
Nicole
Nicole Sent on 02/28/2024
5 out of 5 rating

All around amazing

Had hired a different company for my catering and 1 month before my wedding they cancelled .. went to black pelican and they jumped through hoops to help me.. food was delicious and they ppl were wonderful!!
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Awards

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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 2015 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner

Real Weddings

Amanda & Chris
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Professional Network & Endorsements

6 Endorsements
First Colony Inn First Colony Inn Hotel Weddings

Black Pelican's food is some of the best on the beach and always a topic of conversation at the wedding receptions they cater! Their staff is professional, organized, and experienced in the wedding industry on the Outer Banks.

Outer Banks Productions Outer Banks Productions Wedding Photographers

As photographers, we have the opportunity taste a lot of OBX catering! The Black Pelican is top of the list! Never had anything but amazing food from them and everyone is super nice! They are ALWAYS on our referral list for top caterers!

Brooke Mayo Photography Brooke Mayo Photography Wedding Photographers

Their catering is just as delicious as their restaurant! We love the creativity of their dishes that they can bring to your venue. Their staff is professional, punctual and personable.

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Black Pelican Catering frequently asked questions

At Black Pelican Catering, the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings
  • Tables
  • Linens
The bar service starting price at Black Pelican Catering includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Wine
  • Champagne Toast
Black Pelican Catering offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
Black Pelican Catering offers the following catering services for weddings:
  • Breakfast / Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Custom Menu
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings
At Black Pelican Catering, you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • African
  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • Caribbean
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Spanish
At Black Pelican Catering, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Kosher
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Black Pelican Catering provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Open Bar
  • Champagne Toast
  • Signature Drink
To cater to all tastes, Black Pelican Catering offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
Black Pelican Catering is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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