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Watch Hill Catering is a full-service catering company located in Westerly, Rhode Island, serving weddings and events in Rhode Island and Connecticut Executive Chef John Kolesar brings 20 years of high-end culinary experience and a staff with over 100 years of combined experience. Watch Hill Catering focuses on providing elegant, upscale catering and innovative culinary presentations with an emphasis on quality and positive energy.

Cuisine

Watch Hill Catering offers a variety of catering options that feature classic and traditional dishes with a modern twist. Catering options include display stations, hot and cold passed canapés, salads, appetizers, pasta, entrees, vegetables, potatoes, and rice dishes. Watch Hill Catering is able to serve seafood, American, Southern and Cajun, French, Asian, Mexican, and Italian cuisine. This catering service can also accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions, including gluten-free, lactose-free, no pork, nut-free, organic, vegan, and vegetarian options.

Services Offered

Besides upscale catering, Watch Hill Catering offers event planning services, vendor and venue recommendations, bar services, cocktail receptions, plated receptions, station receptions, and cake cutting. This caterer can also provide barware, china, flatware, glassware and linens. When working with Watch Hill Catering, you’ll have access to bartenders and a cash, limited, or open bar. Couples can opt for a champagne toast, house and specialty beer, house and specialty wine, and house and premium liquor.

Frequently asked questions

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 is the starting price per person for bar service?

$20

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

Bartender(s)
Limited Bar
House Beer
Specialty Beer
House Wine
Specialty Wine
House Liquor
Premium 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?

American
Asian
BBQ
Caribbean
French
German
Greek
Italian
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Middle Eastern
Seafood
Southern
Spanish

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
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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51 Reviews
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Watch Hill Catering receives rave reviews for their exceptional service and delicious food. Multiple reviewers praise Samantha and her staff for their responsiveness, knowledge, and affordability. The food is described as incredible and the best wedding food guests have ever had. Samantha is commended for acting as a wedding day coordinator, going above and beyond to ensure a perfect day. The venue is transformed beautifully with unique decor, and the staff is attentive and professional. Overall, Watch Hill Catering is highly recommended for weddings and other events.

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Watch Hill Catering receives rave reviews for their exceptional service and delicious food. Multiple reviewers praise Samantha and her staff for their responsiveness, knowledge, and affordability. The food is described as incredible and the best wedding food guests have ever had. Samantha is commended for acting as a wedding day coordinator, going above and beyond to ensure a perfect day. The venue is transformed beautifully with unique decor, and the staff is attentive and professional. Overall, Watch Hill Catering is highly recommended for weddings and other events.

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Ellie H. Sent on 11/04/2021
5 out of 5 rating

The All In One Catering/Planning Dream

MUST HIRE!!! After Covid had me planning my third wedding - now in my parents backyard, I was on the verge on eloping. Samantha and Team at Watch Hill Catering helped me each step of the way in rethinking and replanning my entire wedding. I explained how I wanted to transform my parents backyard and they came through. Next thing I know they are talking twinkle lights, bar on wheels, dancefloor, candles, and farm tables with beautiful blue glasses. EVERYTHING was magical. Along with their extremely talented visions - they helped to coordinate everything. From checking in on everything we needed leading up to the wedding to bringing me my first glass of my signature sangria after walking down the aisle. Their support and attitude made everyone feel relaxed - it felt like I was planning a wedding with friends. Not only did they transform my parents backyard into the most magical venue straight out of a movie - but they took all my idea, dreams, and wishes and executed them to a level I didn't know was possible. If you want your wedding to be a relaxing planning experience paired with what you have always dreamed of growing up, hire Watch Hill Catering. I owe my wedding bliss and magic all to them.
Nicky
Nicky V. Sent on 12/14/2023
5 out of 5 rating

After Party

We had our wedding after party here and it was absolutely perfect! We had the entire venue to ourselves, allowing for enough space for dancing, drinking games, and cigars. The late night snacks were perfect, and Samantha was so responsive. 10/10 recommend.
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Allie O. Sent on 12/21/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Hands down the best caterer you could find

There are truly no words for how much my husband and I love Samantha and her staff. We live in New Jersey and planned our wedding in Newport with so much help from Samantha. From start to finish, she was always responsive, super nice, very knowledgeable and incredibly affordable.
The food was INCREDIBLE. There was not a single thing at our tasting that we didn’t love, it was hard to narrow down what to pick. Day of the food was even better than I remembered, and all of our guests said it was the best wedding food they’ve ever had. Samantha made sure my husband and I ate first, and saved 2 boxes of food for us at the end of the night. One of the guys on her staff even dropped it off at our hotel to get late since they knew we were going out after.
Not to mention Samantha basically acted as my wedding day coordinator, setting up all of our decor for us, getting us out the door on time and in order, making sure the DJ played the right song at the right time. She even ran up to the bridal sweet when I realized I forgot the wedding rings there.

She made this a truly perfect day and I am so grateful for her and her team.

Realizing 3 months later my photographer didn’t take any photos of food (we did passed canapés, taco bar and build your own fried rice bar) so including a photo from our tasting)
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Team

Samantha Bengtson
Samantha Bengtson
Sales & Events Manager

Samantha is originally from southern Connecticut but spent many years as a resident of Westerly, RI. She has worked in the restaurant industry for 19 years. She started out as an expediter and eventually worked her way up the ladder, to management. She spent 10 years at Two Steps Downtown Grille in Danbury, CT as the manager and in-house coordinator for events. After spending some of her time living in Louisiana and Florida, she has found her way back to Rhode Island! She spends the summers as a front of house manager for Paddy’s Beach Club. and after her first year, was welcomed as the Catering Sales & Event Manager for Watch Hill Catering! Her many years of experience in the industry have prepared her to deliver exquisite customer service and her extensive knowledge contributes to producing successful, stress free events! Sam brings positive energy along with vast experience to ensure each event reflects the clients’ specific taste and personal style. Contact her now to provide a quote for your next event!

Marisa Remley
Marisa Remley
Event Coordinator

Marisa is originally from southeastern Connecticut, but relocated to the Westerly area in 2019 to work with Watch Hill Catering. Prior to Watch Hill, Marisa has spent the last decade in the service industry! Her first job was with Two Steps Downtown Grille in Danbury, CT as a seasonal catering server. Eventually, she fell in love with the fast pace of restaurants and has held positions from server to bartender to line cook; learning as much as she can form all sides of the industry. After spending a couple of years working on commercial fishing boats across New England, she found her home as the Front of House Lead with Watch Hill Catering and bartender for Paddy’s Beach Club. We are now excited to have her continue her journey as the new Event Coordinator for Watch Hill Catering. Marisa’s wide range of experience, positive vibe, and passion for a great party have prepared her to continue to produce meaningful, memorable events for our clients.

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Watch Hill Catering frequently asked questions

At Watch Hill Catering, the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings
  • China
  • Linens
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
The bar service starting price at Watch Hill Catering includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Limited Bar
  • House Beer
  • Specialty Beer
  • House Wine
  • Specialty Wine
  • House Liquor
  • Premium Liquor
Watch Hill Catering offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
Watch Hill Catering offers the following catering services for weddings:
  • Breakfast / Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Custom Menu
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings
At Watch Hill Catering, you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • Caribbean
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Spanish
At Watch Hill Catering, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Watch Hill Catering provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Open Bar
  • Champagne Toast
  • Signature Drink
To cater to all tastes, Watch Hill Catering offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
Watch Hill Catering is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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