56 Reviews for Colorful Palate
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Ragan, Tara, and their entire team are fantastic -- they catered our wedding at the NC Arboretum in May, and I could not recommend them more! When our original caterer suddenly bailed on us four months before the wedding, and just a few days before our tasting (which we had scheduled weeks in advance since we live in another state), Colorful Palate stepped in and saved the day. I called them in a panic, and not only were they so calm and helpful, but they put together a private tasting for us with only a couple days' notice. Once we tasted their food, we were sold! Everything we tried was so delicious, the hardest part was narrowing down the menu. Our guests loved the food, too.
Aside from the food itself, they worked with us to get the exact menu we wanted within our price range, answered all of my questions promptly, and kept detailed spreadsheets of everything. I'm so happy they ended up catering for us -- I only wish we had booked them from the start!
Coulorful palate was amazing to work with! We had a breakfast themed wedding and our guest are still talking about how good the food was! It came out warm and delicious. There staff went above and beyond for us! Highly recommended them!
Tara and everyone at Colorful Palate are amazing!!! We got so many comments on how great the food was. I must have had 10 chicken and waffle bites myself. We had salmon, chicken, and filet mignon on our buffet, and typically when you have those sorts of meats on a buffet, they come out dried out and overcooked. That was not the case. Honestly, it was some of the best salmon and steak I've ever had. I am so happy with how great everything was, and how beautiful the presentation was - I couldn't ask for more. Hire Colorful Palate if you want the best food ever!
There is not a single guest that went to my wedding that did not talk about how good the food was. It was AMAZING. From the cocktail hour to the reception, there was just plain raving going on. Most people do not like wedding food...well....our wedding was a totally different experience for our guests because of Colorful Palate and their staff. The name says it all. Magical things happen when you taste their food. THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR WEDDING UNFORGETTABLE!
Good food, good service, good people! Easy to work with from start to finish.
AMAZING! Really can't dote on them enough. Raegan and Tara are amazing cooks and also pretty awesome people! They are super creative and did exactly what we wanted. Hubs and I are huge food people; when it came to our wedding, the food was a huge priority and they nailed it. Everything they fixed us was local and seasonal and I felt like they really embodied the town of Asheville with their catering services. For instance, an insanely good caesar salad with dressing made from locally caught and smoked trout instead of anchovies. They made small changes to things we tried based on what I suggested and were so helpful with everything that I didn't even realize caterers were involved with (booze, plate rentals, etc). I just wish I took the time to eat more of their deliciousness on the big day!
Colorful palate was professional and prompt from the day I first contacted them for my intimate wedding. The food was amazing. The displays were beautiful and coordinated perfect with my decor. The staff was so kind and helpful. She even stayed longer than needed to help serve the cake. I could not be more pleased with the ladies at colorful palate--from the service to the great southern cuisine
Colorful Palate was absolute perfection for our day! They created the perfect high-end barbecue spread for us that felt equal parts elegant buffet and also down-home potluck. Their staff is fabulous, their cooking is top-notch, & their value for money was more than I could have ever imagined for a reception caterer. My parents couldn't help but tip them a little extra at the end of the night!!!
I have mixed feelings about this vendor. Essentially, we LOVED the food, but felt it was pretty spendy and had some issues with the service.
Colorful Palate was very willing to make a mostly-vegetarian/pescatarian menu that suited dietary choices and restrictions of the bride and several of the guests. People RAVED about the tapas choices. Some of our favorites were: Butternut Squash Soup, Brie Nutella Blackberry Canapes, and the Spinach & Cheese Empanadillas.
We were disappointed that the communication process was so complex. We received a ton of seven-page invoices that were difficult to wade through, even with a planner's help.
Also, we have two major complaints. Firstly, the food was cleared far too soon without any sort of "last call" announcement to us or our planner. Secondly, because we didn't stop everyone for a formal cake cutting, CP cut the three tiers (each a different flavor) and didn't reserve a piece of each for us. That means that we ended up missing one of our flavors completely, which was a bummer.
All in all, I would recommend CP for the quality of their food. Just be very specific about what you want in terms of day-of service (ex: Please reserve a piece of each flavor of cake for us).
Delicious, beautiful, and perfect. I can't rave enough about how awesome Colorful Palate is. We got married August 6, and we are still hearing wonderful comments about the food. My fiancé and I knew we wanted a macaroni and cheese bar, and oh my did they deliver. We had four types of mac and cheese (the spicy pimento might be the best thing I've ever had), several kinds of corn bread, delicious salad (some with cornbread croutons, which have forever changed my life), and the list goes on. They made amazing appetizers for happy hour too. We had vegetarians (my husband and I and a number of other guests) and rabid meat eaters, and everyone was happy.
Tara, Ragan, and Lacey were also so friendly, organized, and professional. It was so easy to work with them. I cannot recommend them enough. We also had a couple of vegan guests, and they made a small batch of vegan mac and cheese for them!
The best thing may have been the awesome and huge to go boxes they made for my husband and I. We had mac and cheese the morning after our wedding, and it was blissful.
Going into the wedding planning process we knew three things: 1. it had to feel like "us" 2. open bar is a must 3. good food is non-negotiable. Originally I stumbled upon Colorful Palate because they were a preferred vendor of the wedding venue, which provided a list that we had to choose from. Browsing through websites, Colorful Palate's was the best and most up to date and seemed to pride themselves on local yummies. I took a chance and booked a tasting with them just crossing my fingers and toes it would work out since I put all my eggs in one basket. BOY did it work out!
The tasting experience was the most fun part of the wedding planning process. We were blown away by the quality, flavor, and local influence that Colorful Palate incorporates into their meals. We booked instantly and loved them so much that we booked them for the rehearsal dinner too. For ten months, we looked forward to eating at our wedding and sharing this with our guests because we knew the food was out of this world.
After the wedding, our guests are still raving about the food, one even saying she's craved the pimento cheese fritters every day since then! Everyone has declared that it's the best wedding food they've ever had. We know that's the truth, but it's great to hear, especially from a group that's notoriously hard to please.
Colorful Palate was really great to work with, especially considering we're an on-the-go couple that's not easy to get a hold of sometimes. I do recommend keeping up with your invoices, though, as we lost track along they way and there was a billing error. Colorful Palate caught the error after we poked a bit and were beyond gracious in how they handled it and went above and beyond to make sure we felt comfortable. It really meant a lot to us that the quality of food was just as great as the quality of service.
Everyone asks me what the best part of my wedding was- the ceremony. But if I had to pick anything else, it would be the food 100x over!
The Colorful Palate was outstanding! Tara and Lacey were very flexible in terms of communication, helped us to plan, and answered the multitude of questions we came up with. The food for our rehearsal dinner was excellent - no complaints! They delivered at ease, and were very prompt. Would highly recommend, and will totally use them again when the opportunity delivers itself. :)
This company did a phenomenal job catering our wedding. We planned a destination wedding; Tara and Lacey communicated so well through email throughout our months of planning. They are so organized and accommodating! They took their time to research and provide me with sustainable, organic, local choices. The guests raved about the food quality and menu. The staff was so professional and kind! One of the servers brought me water/appetizer prior to the reception starting and found me stressing out about bustling my wedding dress. She put her tray down and proceeded to help me figure it out! They gave us to-go boxes at the end of the night, which was the best idea ever! I can't recommend this company enough- professional, willing to go out of their way, knowledgeable, I could go on and on....
Absolutely loved Colorful Palate. The team was wonderful. They were very helpful, and flexible, especially regarding our indecisiveness around the menu. Everything was prepared wonderfully, the staff were all attentive and professional. Could not have asked for a better catering experience.
GREAT FOOD! Great company- they were wonderful to work with and helped us plan the perfect menu for our wedding. Many of our guests were very complimentary of their food and we are very happy with the service we receive throughout the planning process and on our wedding day. All the servers were very professional and did a great job taking care of our guests.
You won't be disappointed if you book with Colorful Palate!
I loved the food and enjoyed meeting with them to taste test. My biggest problem was how they decided to change their policy last minute and made us increase all of our courses (tripling the amount of food) out of fear that we may run out. Well we had to throw away pounds of food because of this and all I saw were dollar signs going in the trash. It's unfortunate but the food was still delicious. They just look to make as much money as possible after you sign a contract so be careful.
They were SO patient, creative and kind. The food was AMAZING but that wasn't even the best part about their service. They thought of things I wouldn't have been able to and genuinely cared about how the wedding played out. I didn't have an event planner and the support that was provided from picking out the menu, dipping sauces, drinks, decor set-up and rental equipment was unparalleled. It is rare to get the customer service that the team offered. They helped me turn a vacation home into a vintage garden wedding reception. I couldn't be happier with this team. AWESOME!!! We had so many compliments on the food as well!!
Thank you so much Jordan! What a sweet review. It was such a beautiful wedding and we were thrilled to be a part of it!
Colorful Palate provided great food for our wedding. They were very flexible on the menu, and provided lots of great suggestions. They worked with our unique needs, and provided a great service for our wedding.
The food was a bit expensive, but high quality for sure.
Colorful Palate catering my daughters wedding for 125 people -- they also provided the bartenders and setups. We have received so many comments from our guests about how delicious the food was. We served a variety of appetizers during cocktail hour -- all very tasty and unique. We chose buffet style dinner so people could chose what they liked --- fried chicken, beef tenderloin, lettuce salad, potato salad, whipped sweet potato bar, roasted veggies plus corn bread and biscuits. The buffet was displayed so beautifully and there were little extras I didn't expect -- mason jars of pickled okra and watermelon, a variety of jams and sauces to compliment the meats. The staff and bartenders were very friendly and accommodating. At the end of the night they wrapped and refrigerated the left overs for us to take home. Thank you to Colorful Palate for an outstanding meal and service.
The food was absolutely delicious, and it was beautifully presented! I received so many compliments on the menu! I would not change anything! The Colorful Palate was very helpful and responsive. They helped me to create a menu that was perfectly suited to us and our guests! I just wish we could do it again!
Long story short: the food was okay, pricier than some; the staff on site at my wedding were very nice; however, Colorful Palate was very difficult to work with throughout the planning process and MANY instructions were not followed
If you want someone to tell you exactly what to do, then maybe this is a good caterer for you. However, I am very Type A and had specific plans for my wedding... and she argued with me about them. At the wedding, the hors-d'oeuvres and cocktails weren't ready for cocktail hour even though our ceremony started late, didn't bring any to the bridal party during pictures (I didn't even get to taste a single one), they didn't use the correct glasses or recipes for our signature cocktails. We also had 6 people not show (still paid for their entrees) and didn't even get the leftovers - and my mother saw them in the kitchen with staff names on them.
I think the thing I looked forward to the most about our wedding in May was the food!! After we had a tasting with the Colorful Palate team, I just KNEW the food at the wedding would be amazing. I actually was wondering how they would manage to keep everything so wonderful on such a large scale, but they succeeded! Our wedding guests are still raving about the food (we even had multiple people tell us it was the best wedding food they have ever had!!). There were certain items my husband and I wanted and the Colorful Palate Team made everything work. I can't say enough about Tara, Ragan and Lacey! Thank you guys for everything!!
Before hiring the colorful palate for our wedding, we didn't have the opportunity to do a tasting since we aren't from the Asheville area. I read from other reviews how amazing the food was and I will say this... They were right! The food is to die for! So many of our guests said the food was the best they have ever had at a wedding and they went back to the buffet for seconds! Lacey, Ragan, and Tara were so helpful with the menu selections and answering all of the million questions I had during the planning process. I would absolutely recommend them for any wedding or event in the Asheville area!
Thank you so much Julie! We loved working with you and your wedding was so sweet!
We got married in western NC on the most beautiful late October weekend. I'll never forget our first meeting with Colorful Palate, and how fun it was to go taste testing! My husband and I were completely blown away by the food and how it was simple, yet creative, and each item had a personal twist. We ended up hiring Colorful Palate to cater our Rehearsal Dinner, breakfast and lunch on Saturday morning, our Wedding Dinner on Saturday night, and then Sunday morning for our guests. They were able to help us create the most unforgettable and DELICIOUS menu! Our guests are still raving over the food! It was delicious. Everything was fresh and perfect. Not to mention the tasty food, but the entire staff is absolutely a joy to work with. They are professional, kind, creative, talented, and extremely helpful with any request you may have. We are so lucky that we had the chance to work with them! Wish we had more words to describe how amazing this caterer is!
Excellent, creative, helpful, and willing to work with ever single one of your needs!