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What do wedding bells make you dream of? An elaborate summer affair for hundreds...an intimate retreat for only your family and closest friends...or something in between? Chef's Garden has helped create hundreds of weddings; however, because weddings are so uniquely personal, no one is a better expert on your wedding than you. Therefore, our first meeting will focus on YOU! Your tastes, style, vision, and values. In order for us to serve you at the highest level possible, we must build a foundation of trust, integrity, and respect, much like the union in which you are about to engage. We want you to feel comfortable expressing your thoughts and ideas so that we can help make your vision a reality on the big day.

Who We Are:

Chef鈥檚 Garden was founded in 2001 by Liz Earnest with the simple aspiration of serving delicious joy. The company grew faster than she anticipated and in 2005, Liz鈥檚 daughter, Jennifer, joined the team. Together they have grown the company into a full-service catering, event, and restaurant firm, with exclusive venues that include The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.

Catering is about more than just food. It鈥檚 about delicious food, gracious service, and innovative presentation. We believe that food should be pan to plate and hold ourselves to the highest standards and like to be judged against restaurant quality. We believe service should not only be discerning, but warm and gracious. We know that we eat with our eyes first, so food needs to look as good as it tastes.

Services Offered
Chef's Garden is a full-service wedding catering company that creates menus unique to each event. We also offer full-service bar packages.

Cuisine

Chef's Garden is a chef-driven catering business focused on elevating standard catering packages to provide a heightened service experience on your special day. Our culinary team is led by Chef Jamey Evoniuk, who's impressive resume includes time spent working under some of the biggest names in the restaurant world, like Louis Chatham of Commander鈥檚 Palace, and working as the Executive Chef of the Four Star and Four Diamond award-winning restaurant Manuel鈥檚 on 28th. Our culinary team is well versed in many cuisines including but not limited to American, Chinese, Caribbean, French, Mediterranean, Italian, Mexican, Spanish, and Japanese. We are able to accommodate many dietary needs so that you and your guests are completely comfortable on your wedding day.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

$70

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

$50

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$50

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

$20

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
China
Linens
Flatware
Glassware

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$25

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

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 Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Custom Menu
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What types of cuisine do you cater?

African
American
Asian
Caribbean
French
German
Greek
Indian
Italian
Latin American
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Southern
Spanish

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Halal
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
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
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Zach
Zach O. Married on 07/23/2023
5 out of 5 rating

"Best wedding food I've ever had"

We can't thank the team at Chef's Garden enough for catering our wedding. My wife and I kept getting the most incredible feedback throughout the night about how great the food was. From beginning to end, all the way from the first tastings to the reception dinner, Chef's Garden was so professional and communicated so well. It was clear that they valued us and wanted to bring the best for our special day. Thank you so much!!
Elisabeth
Elisabeth M. Married on 06/17/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous catering!

We're so happy with our experience with Chef's Garden! Our tasting was wonderful and made us even more excited for the big day. The food the day of was fantastic - they were able to incorporate a couple minor changes to our dishes which we really appreciated. The wonderful staff brought us appetizers while we had photos during cocktail hour, so we were happy we got to have a taste of everything! The dinner buffet was exactly what we wanted, and the gelato cart was definitely a hit! They even packaged us up leftovers for later that night. Thanks, Elizabeth and Chef's Garden team!
Sydney
Sydney H. Married on 05/27/2023
5 out of 5 rating

amazing food and experts at handling food allergies

We hired Chef's Garden while planning a wedding from afar. We didn't do any taste testing until the wedding itself and it was AMAZING. Jenn and her team were great to work with-- they crafted a menu that was specific to our general southern-seafood vision and even went to the effort to make custom buffet/bar signs that matched our wedding invitations! We had a lot of pregnant guests and they came up with awesome and gorgeous mocktails too. the BEST part -- although there are many-- is how WONDERFUL they were with the bride's severe tree nut food allergy. They thought through everything down to the source of the coconut shreds and the cleaning process of the fryer. They also handled several additional allergies in our guests. If you're ANY bride/groom that loves incredible food, but ESPECIALLY if you have a food allergy, I recommend them in a heartbeat.
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Monica Be Events Monica Be Events Wedding Planners

Chef's Garden is creative and visionary. They are great to work with and always work to get the menu and service on par with your event dream. I recommend them as a true professional, easy to work with and always do an amazing job.

Lori Parker Floral Studios Lori Parker Floral Studios Wedding Florists

We love working with the wonderful staff at Chef's Garden! They provide simply the best catering food and service in Jacksonville and surrounding areas. Always a top recommended caterer of ours for several years!!!

Choux Cake Studio Choux Cake Studio Wedding Cakes

Wonderful company. Highly recommended!

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