55 Reviews for Catering By Vest
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Carol was very helpful in helping us prepare for our wedding. She proposed a menu for us and was accommodating when we made a few specific - and unusual - requests. She and her staff were able to adapt to working in our somewhat unusual venue without problem. Carol's staff was courteous and professional. I will only mention three minor criticisms. The food could have been warmer, the service could have started earlier, and the beef did not taste the same as it did when we had sampled it. Still, I'd recommend them to anyone, especially for their price.
Catering by Vest met and exceeded my expectations for my husbands birthday celebration at Oxon Hill Manor. I planned this black tie event in two months and the Vest staff worked with me to make sure that my menu selections and presentation were executed flawlessly.
Many people complimented not only our food but also the professionalism of her staff, which was outstanding. Carol went above and beyond to work with our point of contact for the venue who was quite challenging and seemed to undermine her work. Whereas other caterers would have responded in a defensive manner, she was quite accommodating and flexible and remained professional. The food overall was good and any challenges we had we attributed primarily to our wedding timeline being pushed back in addition to our venue’s lack of kitchen. The salmon was the best!
Horrible servicing by her staff during me and my wife's wedding day. And charged us $2,000 extra for only 10-15 more invitees. To add, the food was not what we asked for, and her staff didn't do not ONE THING, but serve drinks.
I WOULD NOT recommend this catering company AT ALL!
This review was really a surprise—particularly after getting much praise from the attendees, family members and their event planner on the food and services during the event. I can imagine that having an increase of 40 guests two weeks prior to the event was shock—but we made concessions to soften that expense. Staffing was assigned to serve at the split buffet as well as to set-up, clear, clean, replenish and finally breakdown on time. We are very conscious in following our agreement including final menu selections. Our clients are valued and we are sorry for any disappointment. More than that, we appreciate them for allowing us to cater their event at the beautiful Oxon Hill Manor.
Overall, we were pleased with Catering by Vest and would recommend them to anyone in the area. The food, cooked by one of the owners of Catering by Vest, is outstanding. Everyone always worries that the quality of the food on their wedding day won't match up to what they tried at the tasting-- that was not the case here. The food was just as good or better. Carol was very accommodating from the beginning, emphasizing that it was our event, with our vibe, and that they wanted it to be just how we wanted it-- every detail included. I really appreciated that. We got to tweak the menu just how we wanted. We also really appreciated how they provided a personal server for our sweetheart table, who always made sure our drinks were filled and asked if there was any food we wanted. She provided food to our table so we didn't have to get in line with the guests. A few things that we agreed Catering by Vest could improve upon are their communication and professionalism. There were a few times when we had to repeatedly email about the same question or concern, and it didn't seem to be answered, or the answer was confusing. There were a couple times when I felt that for a company that has been in business for 30+ years, they could have been more professional in how they handled concerns and details. I think it would help if they hired an assistant or two. That being said, their manner was always friendly, it was simply that sometimes I worried that details were slipping between the cracks, so to speak. In the end, everything went perfectly on the wedding day, so I think it was a matter of miscommunication, which could have been cleared up if Carol was clearer in her emails and kept better track of details. If you are a type-A bride or groom, and have a helping hand or wedding coordinator, you can probably maneuver these minor issues just fine and you'll be rewarded with some of the highest quality food for an extremely good value.
Catering by Vest was fantastic to work with. The food was delicious and the presentation and service were very professional. Carol provided wonderful recommendations from appetizers to the main course. When we walked into the tasting, she had everything elegantly setup! She provided linen and china selections to complement our vision and the wedding décor was extremely beautiful!. Anyone who is looking for an caterer that will provide great food, beautiful décor at a reasonable price should book Catering by Vest :) Thank you, Carol.
We appreciate your wonderful review. It was a pleasure to work with you and Dennis on this event. You were great about informing us of your vision and allowed a continuing communication which enhanced our ability to provide the desired cuisine and services. We are happy that your event at the lovely St. Francis Hall was so successful. We wish you much happiness in your marriage -- and please keep in touch. Carol
The experience I had with Vest Catering was wonderful! As it was a very special occasion I was understandably nervous but there was no need to be everything went off without a hitch (or a least my guest and I didn't know it if there was). The responsiveness and gentle care that Carol Vest took when speaking with me about my desired menu and vision for the venue and co-ordination with my planner was invaluable. The food, attentiveness of the servers and their willingness to go above and beyond for my guest, made my reception a very joyous occasion. Thank you for all of you hard work!
Carol was true to her word. Professional and kind. Chef prepared delicious appetizers and entrees that were (according to guest) out of this world. Wait staff couldn't be better. Clean up, went off without a hitch. Catering by Vest has my highest recommendation. As a busy Executive I needed a catering company I could count on. They fulfilled their mission and then some. The drama thank the Lord was not from our Caterig company but rather from our DJ. Staff handled even that with finesse. hats off to Caterig by Vest.
Food was amazing would recommend to anyone.
Carol and her husband were awesome to work with. I would highly recommend them to anyone. Everybody talked about how good the food was.
Matt thanks so much for allowing our firm to provide catering services for Charlotte's and your wedding. You both were a delight to work with and very clear about your expectations -- which was ever so helpful to us. We are glad that your guests were pleased--and our services met your approval. We wish you continuing happiness in your marriage. Chef Thomas and Carol Vest
Catering service was top notch! From the very beginning, Catering By Vest understood what we needed to make our 40th wedding anniversary an elegant affair. They were friendly, warm and assuring. They gave us a night to remember!
LSM & MM
I just decided to copy and paste my Yelp review:
I want to start off by saying the service was really good. The staff was on time with setting up the venue and were prompt when changes had to be made. Staff were dressed appropriately and were very attentive. The presentation of the food was beautiful as well. I was so pleased with it. Carol, the manager checked in with me multiple times to see how everything was and I appreciated that. My day of coordinator relayed that when she asked for refills, etc., the staff was very prompt with it, so that is definitely a plus.
The only issue I had was that a day after the event, my guests complained about cold food. The food ranged from "so cold i couldn't even eat it" to "it was kind of cold, but I still ate it." I wish that would have been brought to my attention during the event, but it wasn't so I couldn't tell you how the company would have handled it. However, cold food should have never been served in the first place, so I took off a few stars for that. If not for that, this company would easily get five stars. After speaking with the catering manager about it, I received an apology and an explanation that the food was considered room temperature and that if she was aware, it would have been handled quickly.
So, I will my share my own personal thoughts about the food. The temperature of my food was fine. I loved the food. My menu consisted of spanakopita (which was ok, but i got that for my vegetarian guests), chicken kabobs (which were delicious), teriyaki beef kabobs (again, delicious), curry chicken salad (which vastly differed from what I had at the tasting, but it was amazing), and crab cakes (they were just ok. I did not taste them beforehand, but the guests liked them). The lemonade was very sweet and good. I don't drink iced tea, but my husband liked it.
Overall, if I needed a caterer in the future, I would definitely use them again and pay close attention to the food temperature.
We were honored to be a part of this special vow renewal event. Our clients were gracious and knew what they wanted. It was a pleasure working with the "bride" who along with her coordinator did an excellent job. The reception service was in two phases with the first part being stationed appetizers of salads, fruit displays, specialty dips, crostini, cheese and lemonade. The client wanted a stand-up cocktail type of reception and requested an array of passed appetizers - chicken kabobs, teriyaki beef on skewers, spanakopita, crab cakes and curry chicken salad in phyllo cups. The passed appetizers were heated and placed on trays (except the curry chicken salad) right before being given to the waiters who circulated the throughout the venue offering the passed appetizers. Unfortunately, the venue had to run large fans because of the temperature that day. This may have contributed to a quick loss of heat, but most of the passed appetizers may be served at room temperature. We would have loved to have known of any issues during the event since our staff is trained to interact with guests and be proactive in handling their needs. Then we could have quickly replaced those items. We strive for 100% and will take this advisement into consideration as we go forward and do similar events. We only have deep appreciation when clients communicate with us since that in turn allows us to improve. Again, we send out thanks and congratulations to our wonderful clients!
Catering By Vest (CBV) was amazing. We met a few times in person and had some phone conferences, where I expressed our vision for our May 26, 2016 wedding and Mrs. Carol made our vision into a reality. With the help of my decorator, coordinator, and the catering company, the table settings were beautiful! Everyone raved about the food and it's flavor! And above all, Mrs. Carol was extremely professional, flexible, and kind throughout the process.
It was indeed a pleasure working with you on this wedding. We are very happy that our services met with your approval. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Catering By Vest is fantastic. The food was scrumptious and the staff was superb. They will be our family caterer from now on. Many thanks to them for making our son's wedding day a beautiful event.
It was so nice to see family come together at such a wonderful wedding reception. We were delighted to be a part of this memorable event. We wish the young couple continuing happiness.
Catering By Vest did an exceptional job catering my Wedding. My husband and I were very pleased with their professionalism, customer service and most importantly their DELICIOUS food!! Everything turned out exactly the way we wanted it to. Our guest have still been raving about how good the food was. I would highly recommend them to caterer your next event. You won't be disappointed.
We enjoyed the entire process of working with you on your event. We are delighted that you were pleased and appreciate your sharing those thoughts.
Amazing Staff. Awesome customer service, and the food was outstanding. I would definitely use them again.
Thank so much for sharing your thoughts on our cuisine and serves. We were honored to be a part of your lovely event at Oxon Hill Manor.
My guests RAVED about the food and enjoyed multiple servings. Great job!
Thanks so much for sharing your positive thoughts. We enjoyed being a part of your celebration and wish you much happiness.
It was a pleasure working with Ms. Carol and the Catering By Vest staff. Knowing the catering aspect of my wedding was in good hands provided me the peace of mind I needed on that day. My guest raved about how excellent the food was, which pleased me even more. I would recommend Catering By Vest to all my friends and family for future events.
Thank you Ms. Carol and Happy Holidays to you and Family!
Mr. & Mrs. Walker El
Thanks so much for your kind words. We were so honored to be a part of your wonderful event.
Mr. Vest and his staff were wonderful!! The food was great and I would highly recommend them for their services!
Loved the food, very personal and professional and the guest still talk about how good the food was today!
My husband and I are not a typical couple as we are both very unique. Our wedding theme was the combination of his likes and my likes to signify the joinging of two people as one. CBV rose to the challenge as we did not go for a traditional meal. It was a combination of his favorite food and mines. It was just as unique as we are. The food was wonderful and worked so well together that they actually complimented one another (just like us!). Everyone is still talking about the great quality, taste, and flavor of the food. If the rating could be higher believe us they deserve a 10+. They will be catering our daughter's Sweet Sixteen in October so we are looking forward to some more great food!
Catering by Vest was a great selection for us. After meeting Carol for our tasting we knew the food would be good, but the food served on the wedding day blew us away. It was delicious and the service was great. The Vest team was efficient in setting up and transitioning seating between ceremony and reception. Their focus on serving the sweetheart table first (even though we had a buffet dinner) was a really nice touch. They really did a great job with such an important part of our big day.
CBV is top notch! Our wedding was April 6, 2013 @ 6:00pm. CBV arrived at the venue minutes earlier than planned...that's an awesome thing for a bride to see - the catering company arriving earlier than originally planned. Their staff was absolutely amazing - very professional, great customer service. Oh, and did I mention the food - the guests are still talking about the great food! It is safe to say that my husband and I will be using CBV for all upcoming events.
Catering by Vest has the best food I've ever experienced for a wedding. In this area, Catering by Vest exceeded my expectations. Almost everyone at the reception said how much they enjoyed their meals!
However, that's about as far as it goes for us. They ran almost an hour late getting there. We had a contract for them to be there at 12:00 noon and they didn't arrive until 1:00pm. The wedding started at 2:00pm. When I called them to see why they were running late, they simply stated that they thought they weren’t supposed to be there until later. They were unprepared from the start. They were contracted to set up the atrium for the ceremony, but the father of the groom had to do that because none of their staff was there and guests were to arrive between 1:00pm and 2:00pm. When they finally did arrive, they moved at a glacial pace. Linens needed to be placed on the gifts table, cake table, and the guest book table and my mother had to do that. The DJ even helped out by setting up tables for us – which was not his job.
They were also contracted to set up our reception. They left out a guest table, which they had to set up once the guests had already entered the atrium for the reception. I provided floor plans for each room to the caterer, and they were not followed. They also left out two table settings in the wedding party. A goomsman and a bridesmaid had to share a chair with other people in the wedding party while toasts were given.
Overall, their service was under par. In order to have a successful event, good service is essential. I understand every wedding has its hiccup, however, their disorganization throughout the day was very visible – even to the guests.
Even the venue Newton White Mansion (who has done business with them for years) was disappointed with their service.
-Marie and Kyle
My wife actually found Catering By Vest here on Wedding Wire. We got in contact with them; they were very responsive and worked with us starting from November 2011 until our wedding day: Friday, November 23, 2012.
The attention to details, coupled with the immense experience and professionalism that was implemented by Catering By Vest was impeccable.
Our family and friends talked profoundly by the lusciousness of the food at our wedding.
Chef Thomas and his entire staff truly surpassed our expectation. We’re very elated to have had them as our wedding caterer.
And we look forward to working with them for all our future catering needs.
Thank you so much for your wonderful response. We indeed enjoyed working with both of you during the entire period of time. Your positive attitude and professional way of working with us really was a great plus. We look forward to the opportunity to connect with you in the future. Chef Thomas and Carol Vest