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Marti · Getting married on 06/24/2023
I’m Thinking this is Really Happening Because we can make our Wedding DreamSent on 12/31/2017
Wanda Gemmell · Married on 09/21/2019
Great Food and Service!!
We worked with Erin start to finish and were very pleased with her knowledge and customer service. She ended up working the wedding due to someone leaving and could not have been more pleasant. Jake (chef/owner) is very personable and was very responsive to the allergy meals that were required. Food was absolutely delicious. My husband said that it was much better than anticipated, even though we did a tasting a year earlier. The service staff were very attentive and took excellent care of the guests. Would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a mid price caterer. You will not be disappointed.Sent on 09/27/2019
Renaissance Chef Catering Company's reply:Thank you so much for the kind words! We are thrilled that you enjoyed the food and service so much. Best wishes to Taylor and Nathaniel!
Taylor · Married on 09/21/2019
I am so happy my husband and I chose Renaissance Chef to cater our wedding. They were so flexible and responsive. Erin did such a great job at getting back to be in a timely manner when I had millions of questions. The food was absolutely incredible - Jake does an amazing job! The staff on the day of our wedding were so polite and made sure we had everything we needed. I would highly recommend Renaissance Chef to anyone who is looking for a caterer for any type of event - you won’t regret it!!Sent on 10/06/2019
Renaissance Chef Catering Company's reply:Thank you, Taylor! We loved being a part of your celebration and are so glad that we helped to make it special! Congratulations!
Nicolette Oppelt · Married on 09/01/2019
Amazing catering company!
We hired Renaissance Chef for our daughter's wedding and could not have had a better experience!! Erin was our contact person, so professional and so incredibly attentive. She helped us every step of the way, had wonderful suggestions and I truly felt she had our best interest at heart. Plus she was just about the easiest person to communicate with, so quick to respond! Emily was extremely thorough in our meeting before the wedding and everything was done exactly the way we had asked.We cannot praise Jake's cooking enough and we are not that easily pleased, having eaten great meals all over the world. From the first to the last bite, all was delicious. We had some station appetizers including the meatballs and the passed appetizers included the Maryland Crab Balls and the DaVinci Towers. We opted for family style dinner and it was important for the couple to have grass-fed beef. Jake went out of his way to accommodate and both the beef and the salmon were cooked perfectly, not easy to do for a large crowd! And the mashed potatoes were just awesome. The whole event exceeded expectations and Ren Chef was a huge reason for that! Thank you Jake, Erin and Emily!!Sent on 09/06/2019
Renaissance Chef Catering Company's reply:Thank you Nicolette! We loved being a part of your celebration and are so happy that it was a success!
Susie Blumenthal Herron · Married on 08/18/2019
Delicious and Wonderful Table Service
The food was absolutely delicious. I loved how each table had its own platters and table service so the guests didn't have to wait on a buffet line. The service was perfect and almost invisible. I never noticed when items were brought to the table or refilled, they just were! I especially appreciated that plates were not cleared before everyone at the table was finished eating. Everything tasted just as I remembered from our meeting months earlier with the chef. I would definitely choose this caterer again.Sent on 09/08/2019
Renaissance Chef Catering Company's reply:Thank you, Susie. We are so happy that our service met your needs without being intrusive...that is always our goal! Best wishes to Erin & Nina!
B & K · Married on 06/15/2019
Best wedding decision we made
After a miserable first catering tasting with a major company in our area, we reached out to Renaissance Chef on a whim. And wow, we are so glad we did. We did a tasting with them in their Frederick base of operations -- the back entrance of a performing arts building. And though we weren't sure what to expect with that sort of location, by the time we finished the appetizers we were sure Renaissance Chef was the way to go. The owner Jake met us and walked us through everything, let us take our samples to go, and made changes on the spot to what we wanted. When we got to the wedding week, we met Chuck, our day-of manager. This guy means BUSINESS -- he oozed competence and made our event look like a piece of cake to cater. We got drinks delivered to the ceremony site right after the ceremony ended (with a range of apps, too), we managed to eat our own wedding food (delicious!), and our bartenders and service staff ensured we never ran dry with what we needed. Prices were more than fair. Holy moly, this was a six-star experience. We'd hire them again in a heartbeat.Sent on 07/09/2019
Renaissance Chef Catering Company's reply:Wow, thank you so much! We are thrilled that we helped to make the day a success. Chuck definitely means business at all times and we are so lucky to have him. Please reach out with any needs in the future!
Jeanie Denison · Married on 06/08/2019
5 stars all around; professional; delicious food and caring!
Renaissance Chef catering company was amazing! They were extremely professional, flexible and we got so many compliments on the food! They quickly responded to our emails and the tasting before our wedding was an accurate demonstration of what their food was like and what would be provided. At our wedding, we had a situation where a guest was very belligerent and then by accident, someone else got hurt. One of the caterers approached our drunk guest with compassion, kindness and professionalism instead of aggression and hostility. He helped diffuse the situation. This employee went above and beyond to make sure everyone involved (including us - bride and groom because the other people were our guests) were taken care of. We couldn't have been happier (and luckier) to have a great catering company on our special day! Thank you again!Sent on 06/24/2019
Renaissance Chef Catering Company's reply:Hi Jeanie, thank you so much for the kind words. I'm so glad that we were able to care for you and your guests. Best wishes to you and Jeff!
Rosalyn Altman · Married on 06/04/2019
Great experience and delicious menu!
Planning our daughter's wedding with the help of Jake and Erin could not have been easier. They provided us with many choices to taste, making it a delicious experience and offered their honest opinion and know-how to help us choose a menu that suited the needs of a variety of guests. Everything was delicious and served at the correct temperature, receiving rave reviews from everyone! Our dinner was served family style which was greatly received by everyone! Thanks again!Sent on 04/26/2019
Renaissance Chef Catering Company's reply:Hi Roz, thank you for the review. We are so happy to hear that everyone enjoyed the food and that we helped to make wedding planning just a little bit easier. Best wishes to Deena & Jason!
Sergio · Married on 09/28/2018
The food was incredible, the staff was incredibly courteous and they did a tremendous job of making my wife and I feel tended to. After speaking with my guests, they confirmed that the lines at the bar were minimal and that they had nothing but good experiences with the staff. Planning and coordinating was simple and convenient considering we set up a tasting to preview the menu.Sent on 12/21/2018
Renaissance Chef Catering Company's reply:Hi Sergio, thank you so much for the review! We are thrilled that everyone enjoyed the food and that, most importantly, we made you and your guests feel taken care of all through the evening. Best wishes to you and Tiffany!
Adrienne · Married on 09/15/2018
Renaissance Chef Catering was the best for our Sept. 15th wedding at Thorpewood. They were so flexible and easy to work with. Food was great and so many of our guests complimented the service as well. Highly recommend this for anyone looking for a caterer!Sent on 09/20/2018
Renaissance Chef Catering Company's reply:Thank you so much for the kind words! We are so happy to hear that we helped to make your day special. Congratulations and Best Wishes to you and Marvin for a long and happy life together!
Liz Jobse · Married on 09/08/2018
Delicious food and awesome staff!
We used Renaissance Chef for our wedding and the food was absolutely delicious. Their customer service was awesome - the whole team is super nice. My mom and I did the tasting at their kitchen which was stellar and we received a ton of compliments about the food at our wedding. We are so happy we went with them. Also, that crab dip!!!!!!!!!! I wish I had it now! :)Sent on 02/04/2019
Renaissance Chef Catering Company's reply:Thank you so much for the review. We loved being a part of your celebration and would be happy to serve you crab dip again anytime ;) Best wishes to you and Ryan!
Samantha · Married on 08/11/2018
Renaissance made all of our wedding dreams come true, including dreams we didn't even know we had.Sent on 08/19/2018
From the very beginning, we were delighted with the prompt communication and vast variety of options, ranging from budget friendly to high-end. They offer both pre-set and a-la-carte options with endless opportunities for customization. The team was so respectful of our budget and vision, proposing both creative and delicious options to keep us on track. They were even able to concoct authentic Peruvian delicacies!
So many people came up to us to say how much they loved not only the stellar food, but the amazing staff, who went above and beyond to cater to every single person's needs, from special dietary requirements to beer preferences over wine. Many guests were on a first name basis with staff by the end of the night, who truly treated our guests as family. I was beyond thrilled that the staff connected so closely with our guests.
Upon entering the reception, our signature drinks were waiting for us along with full portions of every single one of our menu items. The food was served piping warm and delicious. Staff were so attentive to us that we felt like royalty the whole evening. Renaissance completely delivered on our request that all guests leave uncomfortably full, and even boxed up our leftovers for us to enjoy the following day. I wish I had a photo to share, but everyone gobbled the food up so quickly we didn't get a single one!
Not only did Renaissance provide exceptional service, somehow did so in a way that helped us to come in under budget and ensure we started our married lives together free of debt.
I can honestly say that our day would not have been the same without Renaissance, I know that a large part of the magic we felt on our wedding day was created by them. I cannot recommend Renaissance highly enough!
Renaissance Chef Catering Company's reply:Thank you Samantha! We had a great time working with you and Joseph and are so glad that we were able to make you and all of your guests feel special. Best wishes for a long and happy marriage!
Kelly · Married on 06/16/2018
Jake and the staff at Renaissance were so flexible and such a delight to work with!Sent on 06/23/2018
More than a year before the wedding, we had a tasting and determined our menu. Six months later, we realized we wanted to invite more people without a huge expansion to the budget, so we held a second tasting and changed the menu around -- and Renaissance was so helpful and gracious and full of good ideas to help us do so.
They worked with us on some special requests like:
- Food for vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free folks, people with allergies, and people with combinations of all of these dietary restrictions
- Providing all the non-alcoholic components of our speciality mixed drinks
- Acquiring a special type of cherry that my husband likes in his Manhattan
The day of the wedding, their service was impeccable and truly almost invisible -- their team worked together seamlessly to have all the right food in the right place at the right time. They even boxed up leftovers for us as a surprise to nosh on during our honeymoon.
The best part was the guests raving about the food. Thanks, Jake and team! Really appreciate all the work that you put in to making our day amazing.
Ben · Married on 05/27/2018
We were very happy with the catering services provided by Renaissance Chef! We used their services for both our rehearsal dinner and our ceremony. The food was delicious! Our guests raved about the teriyaki salmon, chicken a la renaissance, and the crab dip! We did a BBQ style rehearsal dinner and it was perfect for Memorial Day weekend with our families. Jake, Steve, and all of their staff were very helpful and responsive throughout the process. The tasting was great and very informative. We went with the bamboo plates and silverware and were pleased with the durability, eco-friendly use, and rustic feel. We had ~140 guests and the food came out quickly to everyone. If you are getting married in the Frederick area, we highly recommend using Renaissance Chef!!Sent on 06/22/2018
Clay · Married on 05/19/2018
We were married this past May 2018, but believe it or not we had originally reached out to Renaissance in October of 2016 to get the ball rolling with our wedding planning. Not only are the staff at Renaissance extremely responsive, friendly, and personable, but they make sure that you feel like the most important person for whatever your occasion. I remember we went for our tasting and we were treated like royalty. We worked the most with Steve and Jake and cannot say enough just how truly kind and skilled they are at what they do. All of the food we ordered was fabulous and our guests were raving about it all evening. We did the BBQ buffet dinner with brisket, grilled chicken, roasted rosemary potatoes, mac n' cheese, baked beans and for appetizers, the veggie spring roles, meatball marinara, and pigs in a blanket. The food tasted just as good on our wedding day. We also had some guests with food restrictions, and not only did they accommodate, but they had made sure to have the plates made and served to the guests that needed them so there was no confusion, and they were just as fresh!Sent on 06/27/2018
The staff at Renaissance also includes all of their workers that helped set-up our tables, kept the buffet fresh, and the bartending service. Everyone was just so professional and interacted with our guests to make them all feel special. Lisa especially made sure to find us throughout the night to make sure we taken care of, and also brought us our own appetizer tray once we finished our photos.
There is a lot to choose from as far as types of cutlery and tupperware, napkins, tableclothes etc and they make sure to sit down with you to review every single detail to match your theme or style. Never would we have imagined that we would be so impressed with everything that comes with working with our caterer. Renaissance should always be your #1 go-to for any catering needs. To Jake, Steve, Lisa, Erin and the rest of your staff, we truly thank you for everything!!
Renaissance Chef Catering Company's reply:Thank you so much for the kind words, Clay! We are so glad that we were able to help make your day special. Best wishes to you and Matt!
Maryanne · Married on 04/07/2018
We decided to go with Renaissance Chef for our daughter’s April 7, 2018 Wedding Reception, at the recommendation of our planner Rachel at Rachel Kendall Events. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of the wedding planning. From the tasting (which offered so much food we took a bunch home to eat that evening) to the day of the wedding, Jake and his team were so helpful and accommodating, always attentive and quick to answer emails during the planning process. Not only was the food fabulous and very reasonably priced, Jake and his team were some of the kindest people we’ve ever met. Several of our guests commented on how “nice the caterers were”. I heard one story from a guest about one of the servers offering to run and get our ’92 year young’ Gramma Cumberland’ an extra blanket during the Cocktail Hour (It turned out to be a very chilly April evening!). After my husband’s “Father of the Bride” speech one of the guy servers made a point of congratulating him and showered him with accolades for a speech well done. They really went out of their way to take each available opportunity to be pleasant and helpful. And the food… WELL, we are still hearing good things from wedding guests about the food! Just in case you need a little assistance with decision making for your own event… here’s what our daughter and son-in-law decided on for their reception: Appetizers … Maryland Style Crab Balls (these are a must!), Spinach & Artichoke dip (really good), Fresh fruit & cheese display, Cranberry Spiced Meatballs (I make a mean meatball that our family & friends love, so clearly these were a must and earned a 10 from everyone). Dinner …. Beef Burgundy, Teriyaki Glazed Salmon, Roasted redskin potatoes, green beans almandine, garden salad (we had this plated - and was a nice touch) & dinner rolls. All the left overs were sent away with us and devoured at the after party! Thank you Jake and everyone on your team for all the special care. Highest Recommendations!Sent on 07/18/2018
Renaissance Chef Catering Company's reply:Hi Maryanne, thank you so much for the kind words! It makes our day to hear that we helped to make Caitlyn and Andrew's day special. Please reach out with any needs in the future. Best wishes to Caitlyn & Andrew!
Katherine · Married on 01/13/2018
My husband and I are foodies from very different foodie backgrounds who wanted to showcase that at our ThorpeWood winter wedding. After meeting with both of ThorpeWood's recommended caterers, we decided on Renaissance Chef first because of their willingness to work with our menu on a limited budget and afterward because they were amazing!Sent on 02/20/2018
Jake Sgueo and his staff did a fantastic job combining my South Louisiana cuisine and my husband's Maryland menu with a sprinkling of our personal family recipes on top. From our first tasting through the wedding itself, Jake's friendliness, adaptability, and effortless skill allowed us to have fun playing with the food!
Even now, our guests can't stop talking about the food: best at a wedding by far, we were told. We were able to have the menu we wanted while making accommodations for all kinds of allergies and palates. My husband's aunt, who is gluten free among other dietary needs, was thrilled that she could eat absolutely everything: something she has never been able to do at a wedding. And the staff was so attentive and wonderful; my wine glass was never empty for long with Renaissance Chef's fantastic servers.
Working with Jake and Renaissance Chef was great all around. I highly recommend them.
Charlene · Married on 01/06/2018
OMG the food was GREAT - Meatballs the best we have ever Had - OMG the Mac and CheeseSent on 01/08/2018
They did a wonderful job for my Daughters Wedding and would Highly Recommend to anyone
Staff Very attentive during the wedding - wanted for nothing - Great to work with every step of the way
Megan · Married on 11/18/2017
We had our wedding at Thorpewood in Thurmont and RenChef was a preferred vendor for catering. Honestly, I can't say enough about Jake and his team. Picking the menu was super fun and laid back. Jake is amazing and his food is awesome!!! We did a family style serving which was so fun and perfect for our venue. We had the beef, chicken parm, and caprese tortellini. So ridiculously good. All guests were raving about the food! Steven ran the show on the day of. His set up for our cocktail hour was beautiful. The staff was so helpful and really took care of all our guests. My husband's grandmother was hospitalized earlier in the day and was unable to attend and they packed up a plate of food and cupcakes to take home for her!! Also just need to give a special shout out to Dee, one of the amazing wait staff! She was so professional and personable and made it her job to make sure that dinner went well. Thanks so much RenChef for the amazing job!!!!! Highly recommend!!!!Sent on 11/14/2017
Adam · Married on 11/04/2017
Renaissance Chef catered our wedding at ThorpeWood in early November. The staff was fantastic and attentive to my husband, myself, and our guests throughout the night. Jake, the owner, was always available for questions and helped put together a wonderful and tasty autumn menu for our big day. Jake and his team also accommodated our guests with allergies or vegans. We had stationed hors d'oeuvres, which the crab dip and the meatballs were amazing! For dinner, we had a number of menu items, but the beef burgundy was delish. My husband and I enjoyed working with Renaissance Chef and they helped add to a perfect day!Sent on 11/18/2017
Robin · Married on 10/15/2017
Jake, Steven and the staff at Renaissance were simply wonderful to work with. They provide extensive menu options, arrangements and configurations. We used them for a wedding and they were more than happy to recreate a few of our favorite dishes. The tasting was wonderful and there was so much food left over we had it for lunch the next day. Jake always made us feel special and not like just another wedding.Sent on 10/22/2017
Steven met with us at the venue and explained how the day would proceed. He and Jake answered any and all questions we had. I never once felt like I didn’t know or understand what Renaissance’s plan was for the day. I felt fully confidence in them and they met and exceeded my expectations. Everything was absolutely perfect!! The food was even better then I remembered from the tasting, everything ran on schedule, the wait staff were courteous, polite, attentive and so accommodating. They accommodated the children and special diet needs. I can’t remember the last time I have dealt with such wonderful staff. They truly made us feel special. We even had Bride/Groom leftover containers prepared which we ate the next day. Numerous guests remarked about how impressed they were with the food and the catering staff. I can’t praise them enough except to say thank you for everything they did and for making us feel so very special.
Christina · Married on 09/23/2017
One of my top priority's for my wedding was having great food for the guests and Renaissance Chef was perfect. We selected the "Family Style" catering and had the Chicken Parmesan and Salmon. Additionally, I gave a Peruvian family recipe and the chef was super accommodating and made it (perfectly) for the wedding day and we served it as a third entree choice. The staff was all very professional, accommodating, knowledgeable, and helped make our day run perfectly smoothly. We are so thankful that they were also very accommodating to the many allergy safe requirements and adjustments we needed for different guests. I would recommend Renaissance Chef over and over again!Sent on 11/12/2017
Jessica · Married on 08/12/2017
I can't even begin to describe how much I love Renaissance Chef - who catered my wedding day this August. From our very first meeting, to the tasting, to my millions of emails, requests for quotes, changes of menu, etc. etc. they were so incredibly flexible, accommodating, friendly, down-to-earth, and prompt at communicating. Then to top it all off their food is amazing!! Tasty and also beautiful displays. I received so many compliments from my guests! If you're reading this and wedding planning, I know you're stressed - and that's why you need to go with Renaissance Chef for your catering. They actually alleviate your stress just by planning with them. Their attitude and caring demeanor and their relaxed pricing and flexibility is what every bride and family needs. Jake, Steven, and truly the entire staff were amazing - and their warmth and good food is exactly what you need for your event! :)Sent on 09/17/2017
Shaina · Married on 07/15/2017
From the moment we went for a tasting, we knew that we wanted Renaissance Chef to cater our wedding at ThorpeWood. They were fun, personable, and made delicious food at a reasonable price! They let you combine any of their menus and come up with a customized meal plan. However, we were blown away at the services they offered on our wedding day. They had a whole team preparing the food, serving, and bartending, and they always took time to make sure that my husband and I had some food and a drink in our hand. We left our wedding full, which was an awesome surprise. Everything was beyond our expectations, and they even sent us back with goody bags of leftover food that we were able to enjoy. They were able to accommodate everyone with food allergies, and were extremely kind to all of our guests. If you're looking for a caterer, go with Renaissance Chef- they truly do take care of you and your own! I hope to have other events planned in the future just so I can order food from these guys!Sent on 07/27/2017
Melanie · Married on 05/27/2017
What an amazing company!!Sent on 05/30/2017
From start to finish, both Jake and Stephen were so accommodating to our needs - whether they were budget, allergy, or guest number related, they took care of everything with a smile!!
After two separate tastings, my fiance and I were unsure of exactly what menu to choose, so Jake allowed us to create our own menu for the evening. This included a large number of pescatarian and gluten free meals. I was especially please to find that at our reception, I (the bride) was given a special gluten free plate of crab balls (our appetizers); this wasn't discussed, but was a very happy and welcome surprise. Our guests loved the food, and especially had a great time with the staff. They made themselves apart of the party, instead of just working it. As a few other reviews have stated, whatever food you do not eat, they package up for you to take home! Who does that?!
We are so pleased with our decision to go with Renaissance Chef, and would definitely use them again if we needed an event catered!