Recommended by 99%
Kelsey · Married on 05/26/2018
My husband, Dan McDonald, and I are overwhelmed with gratitude for our experience with Messina’s Catering. Messina’s provided food and bartending service for our wedding on May 26th, 2018 at the Beauregard-Keyes House in New Orleans. Executive Chef Mark Daniels and Sales Manager Lydia Casler worked tirelessly from the time of our very first contact—I discovered them serendipitously thanks to our venue’s preferred vendor list—through the conclusion of our wedding day. From start to finish, Mark and Lydia provided the highest standard of service and ease of communication, not to mention the incredible food!
Mark and Lydia made the process of planning our wedding effortless and straightforward. Both were easy to contact by phone or e-mail and they responded promptly, answering all our questions in detail. Mark helped us design a traditional New Orleans style menu for our buffet dinner that would please both our local Louisiana friends and our out-of-town families from Arizona and Massachusetts, who are largely unfamiliar with southern cuisine. Both my husband and I are teachers, so Mark guided us toward menu selections that would accommodate our budget while still providing an incredible meal. Many of our guests reported that Messina’s was the best wedding food they had ever eaten, some emphasizing that it was the best food they had ever had, period. In a foodie dream city like New Orleans, there is a great deal of competition for such praise!
Mark and Lydia and the entire Messina’s team could not have done a better job. Every aspect of our interaction with Messina’s—from initial menu design, to tasting, to contracting and payment, to execution of the big day—went seamlessly. Our families are big food fans, and we have heard only the highest praise regarding the quality and taste of the menu. Thank you, Messina’s, for making our day stress-free, unforgettable, and delicious!
With deepest gratitude,
Kelsey & Dan McDonald
Courtney · Married on 09/16/2016
Planning a destination wedding is a stressful event. Next to our location, the second most important element of our wedding was food. Not being familiar with caterers in New Orleans was terrifying. Luckily, our second meeting on our tasting tour changed the game for us. We had the pleasure of meeting Stacey Messina and her crew at Messina’s catering. The food options we tasted were not just good, the were true restaurant quality. As we went through we explained to Stacey and her chef that we really wanted to create an authentic NOLA event for our out of town guests that they would never forget. The more we talked about crazy ideas, the more excited Stacey became! It seemed like there wasn’t anything we could throw at her that couldn’t be done. Needless to say, we secured them immediately.
Leading up to our big day, the last thing I worried about was the catering. Communication was effortless. We had so many special requests, from a serve yourself top, top shelf bar of personally selected bourbons and scotches, to the MOB changing her mind weekly about her specialty cocktail-every request was granted in the sweetest way.
Due to unexpected rain the day of our event, Stacey and her crew of amazing magicians transformed our outside event into a blend of indoor food stations and indoor and under tent seating. They went above and beyond, passing small portions of plated items throughout the crowd all night long. Our surprise guest of the evening was a whole grilled alligator with all sorts of alligator sausages and grilled meat. I don’t know what was better, it or the grilled oysters?? Everyone was in awe! The drinks flowed, the food never stopped and we all had the time of our lives. There wasn’t a single item we would have changed on the menu. It was all that good! At the end of the night, Stacey packed up a big box of goodies to take back to our hotel with us.
We now joke that when we go back to New Orleans, we want Messina’s to cook for us again!
Rebekah · Married on 04/26/2014
We used Messina's to cater our reception party at Club XLIV at the Superdome. They had an extensive food selection and the prices were reasonable. We had pass food, a buffet selection, and carving station. We also had an attendant just for the bride and groom which was nice. The food was absolutely amazing!!! We received rave reviews from our guests on the food. The set up was done nicely. They even packed a nice to go box for us which was great when we got back to the room. I would highly recommend Messina's Catering!
carolyn · Married on 02/09/2013
I had a destination wedding in Punta Cana, we hosted an at Home Reception at Messina’s Catering. They were amazing very responsive they allow you to create your own menu within your budget. We provided our own décor and they allowed us to setup 3 hours before the event. Their staff is very helpful. We had a signature drink that they placed at the entrance, which created a very welcoming feeling. I would recommend Messina’s for any private event you might have. Inquire about their house DJ, as he is very affordable and has a variety of music.
elizabeth · Married on 07/28/2012
This venue is beautiful and affordable. Everything was perfect.
Lacey · Married on 05/28/2016
Delicious food, great drinks, comfortable space, friendly service, and decent price. What more could you want?!