Olivia Cooks For You is a woman-led, boutique caterer focused on sustainability, seasonality and responsible sourcing across a variety of cuisines. We take great pride in our highly personalized menus and beautifully presented food reflecting your vision for the day. Owner and Head Chef Olivia Williamson has been in the food and beverage industry for more than 25 years and our team of highly experienced wedding professionals will guide you through the planning process and to make sure your wedding comes off without a hitch. We want nothing more than for you to be able to relax and enjoy this amazing time in your lives.
Our menus are crafted to meet each client's desires and our food is lovingly prepared and presented to complement your vision. We are happy to accommodate several dietary restrictions, including gluten-, lactose-, pork-, or nut-free, vegan or vegetarian. We focus on organic, sustainable, seasonable ingredients and sourcing. Dessert can be provided, and cake can be cut. We offer many different service options, including buffets, cocktail receptions and "floating dinners," family-style meals, and plated courses.
Before you decide to work with us, you will be invited to a tasting. This will ensure that you love your custom menu, and give us a chance to talk through your plans and get to know your tastes and preferences.
Olivia's team provides staffing, bar service, limited planning, rental coordination, delivery, setup, and cleanup as part of our standard service.
You are welcome to provide your own beverages for us to serve, or you can opt for one of our bar packages. Bartenders are happy to run a limited or open bar. They can serve house, specialty, and premium beer, wine, and liquor. You are also welcome to select a champagne toast and signature drink.
If you are planning your own wedding, we also offer extended day-of coordination or onsite event management to set your plans in motion and your mind at ease.
15 Reviews for Olivia Cooks For You
Recommended by 100% of couples
Kasey Gieschen · Married on 02/22/2020
Everyone is still RAVING about our wedding food!!
Olivia just understood us! From the very beginning, her creativity and professionalism helped my fiance and I sculpt the wedding of our dreams!Sent on 02/27/2020
We called Olivia after speaking with many caterers about approach, cuisine and budget, and we were honestly getting a bit defeated. My first conversation with Olivia was so incredibly refreshing in that I told her we are trying to decide between tacos or barbeque and she responded with a very effortless, "why choose?". This immediately put me at ease as we started to brainstorm together. All other caterers were now subpar.
She crafted a beautiful menu for us that included mini (single-bite) sized tacos as part of the hors d'oeuvres and an upscale barbeque with hometown roots for the entree. Our guests have not stopped RAVING about our food (strong accolades for the BBQ still rolling in from our Texas and Tennessee-native guests, so you know it was great!).
At the start, my fiance and I were trying to work within a budget of $10,000 for catering for our wedding at 501 Union, which is why so many vendors either laughed and told us to consider food trucks or opened with all of the ways we would have to cut in order to meet the budget, including not serving the cuisine we envisioned. Although our initial quote started around there, we added some things along the way that landed us around a total of ~$11,500, including an additional server to pour wine at the tables.
We received a truly personalized experience with Olivia. She even stepped in to work with us directly when we had questions and get saleswoman was unavailable! From the first conversation through the tasting and our wedding, Olivia was one of our top vendors. Her saleswoman, Christina, was excellent at offering advice and ideas as well as suggestions from other events they'd catered (either at 501 or otherwise). Christina handled all rentals through Broadway Rentals (a requirement of our venue) which was VERY helpful! On staff, Olivia also has a food design team member who created the most instagram-worthy displays! Definitely an added bonus.
Would 10/10 use and recommend Olivia!
**Additional note for catering a wedding at a venue that doesn't provide anything but glasdware: One thing I'd like to add for consideration for anyone trying to budget accurately for a wedding, is the rentals. There's no way to get an accurate number early, so we were kind of thrown off when that estimate came back just under $4k a week before our wedding. We improvised and provided the linens, plates and some cutlery ourselves to bring costs down, but just want to share that for those concerned about unknowns in their budget (FYI, our wedding was 125 people and Olivia provided a buffet service).
Olivia Cooks For You's reply:Thank you so much, Kasey and Natty!
Steve & Kathy Soll · Getting married on 01/01/2022
Wonderful Catered Private 90th Birthday Party
Not a wedding but a 90th Birthday Party for my father as a plated dinner for 19 people in our apartment. Olivia and her team exceeded all of our expectations (which were very high to begin with) in every way. The food was fabulous, the service gracious and timely, the planning and coordination flawless and flexible and their ability to come into your home and run an event as if it were their own kitchen (allowing us as hosts to feel like guests and enjoy our own party) was exceptional. They helped create a memorable evening for all of us. They made everything seem so easy which, as we know, only happens with a lot of hard work! Kudos and thanks to the whole organization from the initial contact through the final cleanup. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Would give them more stars of the app allowed.Sent on 01/26/2020
Steve & Kathy S.
Olivia Cooks For You's reply:Thank you, Steve and Kathy! We loved working with your wonderful family and look forward to future events!
Arianna Lebed · Getting married on 04/02/2021
Olivia and her team brought our BBQ wedding vision to life in the most perfect way.Sent on 03/08/2020
Our wedding food was incredible and so beautifully put together! We were told many times by guests that it was the best food they ever had at a wedding. The staff was incredibly attentive and kind as well. Shout out to you Christina for putting up with our million questions and meeting our type-A scrutiny always with understanding and patience. We always felt that we were in good hands.
We are so thankful to have found Olivia Cooks For You as a catering partner for our big day, and we hoped that our leftovers never ran out!