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About

On WeddingWire since 2013

Carmela Marie is a wedding catering company based in Plantsville, Connecticut. This family-owned business specializes in delicious cuisine for gatherings of all sizes and serves numerous venues throughout Connecticut. With over 30 years of experience in food preparation and event planning, the expert staff is at hand to help couples coordinate their wedding banquet with ease.

Services Offered

Carmela Marie offers various catering services for weddings, rehearsal dinners, and parties. Before their wedding day, couples can meet the culinary team for a consultation and tasting session. The chefs will work closely with them to design a custom menu that matches their unique tastes and preferences. Numerous cuisine types are available, including American, Italian, Mexican, and French. To-be-weds can have a buffet-style spread or a formal sit-down dinner for their reception meal. The catering staff will be happy to provide cake-cutting services when the evening dinner is over. Other services offered include:

  • China and glassware
  • Table linens
  • Delivery
  • Set-up and clean-up
  • Gluten-free options
  • Vegan and vegetarian meals

Frequently asked questions

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

$38

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

$29

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$41

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

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

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?

American
BBQ
Caribbean
French
Greek
Italian
Local
Mexican
Seafood
Spanish

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Halal
Kosher
Nut Free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

Which of the following items can you provide?

China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
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Reviews of Carmela Marie

4.6 out of 5 rating
4.6 out of 5 rating
6 Reviews
92% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.3 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.5 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.5 out of 5 rating
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Heidi N. Sent on 01/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

High end food and service without breaking the bank

Mom of the bride's perspective.
A month long search ended with us choosing Carmela Marie. Many caterers never even bothered to call us back. We liked their pricing options and even more so their food selection.
The bride, mother of the bride and the groom's mom met with the caterers at their store and were treated to some very yummy foods to sample. We got to meet the chef and he was able to help us choose a menu that met our needs and that of the our bride and groom.
They worked with us and our reception site. They provided us with linens and all of the plates, utensils, etc. They delivered the linens the day prior so that we had them to set up in advance.
The day of the event, they were timely, the food was well presented and the just as yummy as what we had sampled.
They cleaned up, took their stuff, and didn't leave a mess in the kitchen.... thank you! They also left us with a lot of the leftovers and all of the leftover desserts.
Our only snafu was a pricing discrepancy because we were not using their bridal cake. They quoted us a discount but it wasn't on the contract and we didn't have a copy of the contract.... so be sure you get a copy of the contract or take a picture of it. In the end, it wasn't a huge deal, it didn't break the bank, and we were more than pleased with the service.
Also, we went with the banquet stations and strongly recommend that serving method. They had 4 servers and this was perfect for 60-ish attendees.
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Darrilyn Sent on 09/27/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing!

John and Betsy were truly amazing. The food was incredible, the staff was beyond friendly and everything with so smooth with the their help. I will be hiring them for future events.
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Michael S. Sent on 09/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Great Food and Great Advice from Top's Catering / Carmela Marie

I was hosting a reunion party of college classmates. Quite a few responded that they would attend. My wife and I were in a quandary as to how to prepare enough good food. We met with Betsy at Top's catering / Carmela Marie. She made great suggestions for appetizers, main course, and desert. The food was excellent! All my classmates raved about the food and the presentation. We highly recommend this catering for your next party. And the people who run it are first rate at their business.
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John  Salerno
John Salerno
Owner

Carmela Marie was named after John's mother who was a true second generation Italian who loved spending time in the kitchen making homemade pasta for her family. John carried on with that passion for food and purchased a supermarket in 1979. In the early 80's, Tops Marketplace started offering prepared meals and catering was born! A few years later, they were catering large events and weddings. Today, they employ multiple chefs and staff to support their off-premise catering business.

Betsy  Tooker
Betsy Tooker
Co-Owner

John and Betsy have been working together for over 40 years. Betsy Tooker's passion is the kitchen when she's not communicating with newly engaged couples helping them plan their big day!

Ron Hackett
Ron Hackett
Sous Chef

Ron Hackett joined Carmela Marie in 2020 and has spent the last 35 years of his career in the banquet industry in various roles in the kitchen.

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