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Innovative Dining

Sarasota, FL View map Visit website

About

Innovative Dining is a catering company serving clients’ weddings and other special events throughout Sarasota, Florida, and the surrounding areas. This boutique-style catering business is proudly run by professional chef, Rich Knowles. This dedicated chef was inspired by food from an early age as he would go fishing, hunting, farming with his Father in East and West Bradenton. With a taste for fresh and local food, Rich embarked on a career in cooking which led to the creation of Innovative Dining.

Cuisine

Just like he did when he was younger, Rich sources all of his ingredients from local farms in the surrounding areas. He creates customized menus to meet the needs of his clients’ specific desires and requirements. As all meals are made from scratch, this chef can create delicious plates that meet strict dietary requirements. This includes dishes that are gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan, vegetarian, and more. Innovative Dining’s menus are inspired by cuisine and flavors throughout the world including classic American, Mexican, Medditarrean, Japanese, and Middle Eastern to name but a few.

Services Offered

Chef Rich Knowles can present your personalized menu however you wish. From formal sit down dinner experiences to classic buffets, your chosen cuisine can be professionally served to best suit your big day. In addition to the delivery and set up of your cuisine, you can also be supplied with beverages that flawlessly complement your dishes. This includes a range of beers, wines, champagne, cocktails, and more. Tables, linens, and all barware are also available.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

$100

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

$100

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$100

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

$21

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
Chocolate Fountain

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$30

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

Bartender(s)
Limited Bar
Open Bar
House Beer
Specialty Beer
House Wine
Specialty Wine
Champagne Toast
House Liquor
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink

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
French Service
Hors d'oeuvres
Lunch
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tapas
Tastings

What types of cuisine do you cater?

African
American
Asian
BBQ
British
Cajun
Caribbean
Chinese
Ethiopian
French
German
Greek
Indian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Latin American
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Middle Eastern
Russian
Sandwiches
Seafood
Southern
Southwestern
Spanish
Thai
Vietnamese

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
No Pork
Halal
Kosher
Nut Free
Organic
Vegan
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

Team

Rich Knowles
Rich Knowles
CEO/Owner

I am a fifth generation Bradenton boy through and through. I grew up fishing with my uncle and friends on the waters of West Bradenton and hunting on the land of my father’s orange groves in East Bradenton. My culinary inspirations began during these times, when I was encouraged to clean, prepare and eat the product of the days take. In addition with my dad being a citrus grower he gave me good insight into the farming world – the true beginning of everything culinary. I have great childhood memories of working in the grove and squeezing fresh orange juice. We often went to the Geraldsons Barn in NW Bradenton for fresh tomatoes and veggies throughout my whole life and now I buy most of my fresh produce from the third generation of Geraldsons (who are my age). I had an early taste for the good stuff – fresh and locally sourced food – and have been addicted ever since.

Map

1431 Tallevast Rd Sarasota, FL, 34243
941-376-9915
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Innovative Dining frequently asked questions

At Innovative Dining, what does the full wedding catering service cost include?

At Innovative Dining, 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
  • Chocolate Fountain

At Innovative Dining, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Innovative Dining includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Limited Bar
  • Open Bar
  • House Beer
  • Specialty Beer
  • House Wine
  • Specialty Wine
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Liquor
  • Premium Liquor
  • Signature Drink

What event services does Innovative Dining offer for weddings?

Innovative Dining offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up

What catering services does Innovative Dining provide for weddings?

Innovative Dining offers the following catering services for weddings:
  • Breakfast / Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Cake
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Custom Menu
  • Dessert
  • Family Style
  • French Service
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Lunch
  • Outside Cake
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tapas
  • Tastings

What types of cuisine can you find at Innovative Dining?

At Innovative Dining, you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • African
  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • British
  • Cajun
  • Caribbean
  • Chinese
  • Ethiopian
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • Russian
  • Sandwiches
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Southwestern
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

What dietary needs can be accomodated at Innovative Dining?

At Innovative Dining, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • No Pork
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

What type of bar services does Innovative Dining provide for wedding events?

Innovative Dining provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • 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

What type of food and beverage items does Innovative Dining provide for wedding services?

To cater to all tastes, Innovative Dining offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens

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