Essential Catering Solutions

331 S. Florida Ave, Basement, Lakeland, FL 33801 Map · Phone number
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About Essential Catering Solutions

Essential Catering Solutions, Inc. was born out of Dorcas' passion to create the whole experience for the bride, groom and the guests. Her wedding of over 600 guests and over 14 in her wedding party, coupled with her vast event planning experience has afforded her the opportunity to serve some of the most prestigious clients and create the most elaborate out-of-the-box events.

As an all-inclusive wedding caterer, ECS focuses on bringing the details of your vision to life. Whether hors d' oeuvres or a sit down meal, a horse and carriage or full band, her team of over 50 years of experience relishes in achieving the different and edgy desires of all their clients. ECS is based in Lakeland, Florida, but also serves the Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota areas.

Planning a wedding can be challenging, and planning a wedding menu is no less stressful. The catering team will take on the role of your personal chef and wedding advisor and work with you to plan a completely custom menu that you and your guests will find extremely satisfying.

Services Offered

Essential Catering Solutions, Inc. takes into consideration offers three main wedding packages that have been proven to best fit our clients needs. These packages include:

Sapphire Package-Comprehensive Planning & Orchestration of Wedding

Diamond Package-Consulting & Day of Coordination

Pearl Package-Day of Coordination

We also offer additional services as Add-ons to include all varieties of needs: These services include:

A La Carte Planning

Consultation Hours

Decor Design Consultation

Cuisine

There are many gourmet cuisine options that couples can choose from and customize. We offer cultural and traditional favorites made to order. You can choose from appetizers and hors d'oeuvres as well as a variety of self serve buffet options. We focus on the entire food and event experience, bringing the cuisine together with the atmosphere to make this your most memorable event. The team can prepare and customize the details of anything you desire.

Cocktail receptions are the perfect transition to allow your guests to pass the time for pictures and bridal party gathering before the reception.

Appetizer stations and passed cocktail hors d'oeuvres, to buffet and table service.

Customized Bar Services--Champagne toasts, a variety of wine and beer to entertain your guests while they gear up to usher you and the wedding party into the room to kick off the festivities and during the celebration.

We will prepare a traditional family meal or just add a culturally specific or personal favorite item to your menu. Either way you can have it the way you want it.

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  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Nairym Rivera · Getting married on 02/15/2020

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    The team works well together to coordinate the event in hand to meet all your requests and expectations; responding promptly to answer any questions you may have.

    Sent on 08/29/2019

    Essential Catering Solutions's reply:

    Thank you so very much Nairym! It was totally a pleasure working with you and Julio. We wish you all the best together.
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    Meghan Duperrault · Married on 09/01/2018

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    Outstanding food, outstanding service!

    Essential catering solutions catered my wedding, and I could not have asked for a better experience.
    Dorcas and her team are extremely professional, responsive, kind, and just wonderful people in general. Together we Figured out the menu that was perfect and just what me and my husband had in mind. All of my guest absolutely loved the food, and not only did it taste great, but the service at the wedding was incredible. All of my older guests were taken care of and served everybody had everything they needed, and it was set up beautifully. I highly highly recommend this catering company for any of your needs!!

    Sent on 08/16/2019
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    Essential Catering Solutions's reply:

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! We appreciate your kind words so very much. It was sincerely our pleasure to serve you.

Essential Catering Solutions FAQ

  • What is the average catering price per person for plated service? $ 26.00
  • What is the average catering price per person for buffet service? $ 26.00
  • What is the average catering price per person for stations? $ 32.00
  • What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeuvres? $ 22.00
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering? Set Up, Clean Up, Cake, Cake Cutting, Dessert, Cocktail Reception, Server(s), Tastings, Chairs, Tables, China, Linens, Flatware, Glassware, Chocolate Fountain
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 17.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Bartender(s), Open Bar, House Beer, House Wine, House Liquor
  • What event services do you provide? Delivery, Set Up, Clean Up
  • What catering services do you provide? Breakfast / Brunch, Buffet, Cake, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Custom Menu, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Lunch, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tapas, Tastings
  • What types of cuisine do you cater? American, BBQ, Cajun, Caribbean, Indian, Italian, Latin American, Local, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Sandwiches, Seafood, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish
  • What dietary needs can you accommodate? No Pork, Vegetarian
  • What bar services do you provide? Liquor License, Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Limited Bar, Open Bar, House Beer, Specialty Beer, House Wine, Specialty Wine, Champagne Toast, House Liquor, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Outside Alcohol
  • 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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  • 331 S. Florida Ave, Basement Lakeland, Florida, 33801 See on map
    8633337100 (Phone number)
    Mon-Fri. 9:00-5:00PM Saturdays 10:00-4:00PM Sundays 12:00 PM-4:00PM

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