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Samantha · Married on 11/08/2019
Wedding at the Lightner Museum
WOW! Incredible! When choosing our caterer for our wedding so much time and effort went into this area our heads could have been spinning, but we found Chef's Garden and everything was PERFECT! Liz is an absolute doll and so accommodating. She genuinely cares and will make sure your day is special! We got married at the Lightner Museum and everyone was ranting and raving about how delicious our food and service was! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! Hire Chef's Garden for your event, you will be soooo happy you did! We miss working with Liz so much already!Sent on 01/07/2020
Chef's Garden Catering & Events's reply:Thank you so much for this awesome review. These are the words we strive to hear! It was truly our pleasure to be part of such an awesome wedding reception!!
Gillian Newton · Married on 11/02/2019
Above and beyond!
We had an amazing experience with Chef's Garden. We planned our Jacksonville wedding from New York, which could have been difficult, but with Chef's Garden, everything was a breeze. They have so many delicious food options and are willing to personalize your wedding dinner menu to make it that of your dreams. Elizabeth was always quick to answer my emails, and was flexible with menu changes and accommodations. They allowed my in-laws to do a tasting of our full dinner menu selection since we couldn't be there to do so. On the day of our wedding, all of the staff were beyond professional and friendly, and assisted with everything we needed. We hired the bartending service as well, and it was phenomenal! I cannot say enough good things about this catering company. Everyone raved about the food!Sent on 11/20/2019
And the to-go bag we took to our hotel the night of the wedding (with a special treat inside) was icing on the cake!
Chef's Garden Catering & Events's reply:Gillian & Travis,
Rebecca · Married on 04/27/2019
Delicious and perfect for our St Augustine wedding
We booked Chef’s Garden for our wedding at the Lightner Museum. Liz was great during the planning process and made everything easy. We had a wonderful buffet and had so many compliments on the food. Highly recommend!Sent on 05/08/2019
Gretchen Markowski · Married on 03/30/2019
Chef's Garden was wonderful, So professional, easy to work with, and accommodating. Elizabeth was so personable and everything tasted and looked amazing for my wedding! I would definitely recommend using them if possible.Sent on 04/26/2019
Katie · Married on 03/30/2019
Everything was perfect
Let me start by saying that food was the most important part of our wedding (besides getting married of course!), so we had very high expectations for the food served at our wedding.Sent on 05/08/2019
The Chef's Garden exceeded our expectations by far. They worked with us to create the absolute perfect menu for both cocktail hour and dinner. Everything from the presentation, taste, and service was impeccable. The team at the Chef's Garden (especially Jennifer) made the process so fun and easy through great communication and consultation every step of the way.
The day of the wedding was the icing on the cake. From providing us with our own server/appetizers during our photoshoot to packing up left overs for us to enjoy the next day, this catering service went above and beyond to meet our needs and exceed our expectations. We highly recommend the Chef's Garden for your catering needs and are forever grateful to them for all of the work they put in to make our wedding extra special.
Jessica · Married on 03/23/2019
Best wedding food ever!
Our wedding was held at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. One requirement of having our wedding at the Cummer was that we use their caterer (Chef's Garden). We met with Jennifer Earnest, who was very pleasant and professional to work with. Everything went so smoothly on the day of our wedding. The food was absolutely amazing. Many guests raved about the food, even the most critical friends and family members. We provided our own alcohol/liquor, but Chef's Garden supplied the bar tender and all the mixers at a small fee. My husband and I absolutely loved having Chef's Garden cater our wedding and would highly recommend them to everyone!Sent on 03/29/2019
hillary · Married on 02/23/2019
So happy with my wedding food and bar!
Chef's Garden knocked it out of the park. The chicken, short rib, and veggie dishes were all amazing. I had multiple people tell me how great their food was over the course of the night, and for good reason. The bartending service was amazing as well. Could not recommend them more!Sent on 02/25/2019
Kristen Howard · Married on 11/04/2018
Amazing Service and Food!
What struck me most impressionable about Chef Garden's team was how amazing the service was. The staff really strove to make sure my husband and I not only got to experience the food, but that we were comfortable and had everything we needed at all times. Amazing food, amazing staff. They even helped us move the entire ceremony outside after it stopped raining. Great, great catering company.Sent on 12/01/2018
Amanda · Married on 10/27/2018
How is it SO good?
I was actually thankful we had a couple of no-shows for the wedding reception because it meant LEFTOVERS the next day from Chef's Garden! I could not have possibly hoped to find such delicious wedding food - Rave reviews from our guests all night and wonderful staff to work with. THANK YOU!!Sent on 11/11/2018
Julie · Married on 10/27/2018
Creative, flexible caterer with exceptional service
We were very impressed by Chef’s Garden ability to create a completely custom menu for our wedding. They went above and beyond for us. Elizabeth was our point of contact and she was kind, helpful, and accommodating. Not only did she diligently work with our planner to stick to our budget, but she was very responsive to our questions and concerns. The proposals she provided were extremely detailed and updated after each tasting. And all the CG staff on the day of was very professional.
Some of our more unique requests included seafood soup, lamb tagine, and vegetable curry. CG embraced all our ideas whole-heartedly! At the tasting, the food was presented beautifully, and we were most excited about our entrée choices. We realized we wanted to change direction with the appetizers and dessert. Thankfully, Chef’s Garden was willing to do a second tasting, which was a huge relief, and we selected options from their catering menu that we were really happy with.
The duck confit tacos were by far the favorite hors d’oeuvre at our wedding. So much so, there wasn’t any left for us! Whether you want to stick with their tried and true menu choices or come up with your own, I highly recommend Chef’s Garden.
One suggestion I do have for Chef’s Garden is to provide a short list of “favorite” hors d’oeuvres and entrees with photos since their catering menu is so extensive. It’s hard to choose for the tasting. I was driving from a far distance for each tasting, so there was extra pressure on choosing well. There are some photos on the website and social media but would have loved more.
Great team! Great experience!
Sent on 02/12/2019
Christine · Married on 10/20/2018
Delicious food and presented beautifully!
I got married at the Cummer Museum in October and had the pleasure of working with Jennifer and the Chef's Garden team. The food was better than I ever could of imagined! We picked plated meals and gave our guests the option of chicken, beef, or fish. You couldn't go wrong with ay of them, they were all amazing! I had so many compliments about the food served, so I'm thrilled. The staff on the day of the wedding was also so sweet. Thank you so much Jennifer!
Pictured is the passed Hors d'oeuvres and our dessert table. Taken by Olivia Morgan Photography.Sent on 12/13/2018
Carlson · Married on 05/05/2018
The food was amazing!
When planning our wedding, we were not quite sure what we had wanted our menu to be. However, with Chef's Garden and their incredible options, we were able to find exactly the kind of food that suited our tastes and style. Our guests could not hold back their excitement and appreciation for the food. Everything tasted amazingly! The Team at Chef's Garden was extremely helpful along the way and ensured our Wedding was as seamless as could be.Sent on 05/27/2020
Chef's Garden Catering & Events's reply:Carlson and Paul,
Sochenda · Married on 03/04/2018
The Chef's Garden catered our wedding on March 4th, 2018, and even 6 weeks later, we are STILL receiving compliments with how great the food and service was. Elizabeth, the catering and events director, was wonderful to work with and was always there to answer any question I had. She made the whole process very easy and stress-free for this bride.
They were very attentive to my now husband and I during the cocktail hour, making sure we got to sample the hors d’oeuvres, and then again during the reception dinner. Although, I couldn't eat much because I was so excited that I am now a wife! :)
I would definitely recommend The Chef's Garden to any other couple there (and have already done so numerous times already!) and will keep them in mind for any future events we may have.
Thank you, Chef's Garden, for a wonderful wedding experience.Sent on 04/19/2018
Chef's Garden Catering & Events's reply:Wow, thanks for the sweet words. It was really our pleasure to be a part of your wedding! We love that you loved everything!! xo
Woody · Married on 02/02/2018
Best food ever. We had over 100 guests and everyone raved about the food.Sent on 02/27/2018
The cornbread is to die for.
We highly recommend chefs garden and Elizabeth
Brittany · Married on 09/23/2017
Amazing food and working with Jennifer was an awesome experience she was one of the main reasons our wedding was so successful! When you hear wedding food you think gross u ser seasoned and over cooked food.. not the case w chefs garden!!! EXCELLENT food, presentation and service and we had a great time working with chefs garden from beginning to end an overall pleasure! HIGHLY RECOMMENDSent on 10/03/2017
Chef's Garden Catering & Events's reply:Brittany, thanks for this awesome review. It was such a pleasure working with you and your family too! I hope we get to work together again in the future:-)
Amy · Married on 04/08/2017
We had our wedding at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and were lucky enough to have The Chef's Garden as our caterer! Coming from a large New York Italian family that loves to eat... the food was very important to us. Jennifer was incredible to work with and helped us create the perfect menu. Everyone always tells you that when you are the bride and groom, you never get to eat on your wedding day, but Jennifer made sure we did! I can honesty say that I got to try (and enjoy!) everything everyone else ate at the wedding. Before cocktail hour, The Chef's Garden set up a small bistro table for my husband and I, where we were personally delivered the cocktail hour appetizers. It was so nice to take a few minutes, just the two of us, to enjoy the food and each others company before we joined everyone else at the cocktail hour. We had a sit down dinner for 145 people and all of the food came out at the same time, hot and delicious! Everyone talked about how the food was unlike any wedding food they'd ever had! Thank you to the team at The Chef's Garden and to Jennifer for making our day so memorable!Sent on 04/19/2017
Tristan · Married on 12/10/2016
We worked with Elizabeth who was outstanding. We had nothing but praises on the food served at our wedding. The quality of food was exceptional and presentation was spectacular. I have never had food this good at a wedding before. Our wedding became a culinary experience and Elizabeth was wonderful! The team was very accommodating with menu changes we had and were extremely flexible with different needs we had for our wedding. Thank you so much!Sent on 01/18/2017
Kate · Married on 11/05/2016
We used Chef's Garden as our wedding caterer and they were absolutely wonderful. It was a seamless process from start to finish and our wedding guests raved about the food. Honestly, I don't think they could have done any better as the food quality was brilliant and the display was just beautiful! I highly recommend them for any catering needs.Sent on 11/11/2016
Lauren · Married on 10/22/2016
Jennifer worked with me to make a special cornbread, and didn't stop until they had gotten it down perfect. The food was wonderful and I was so thrilled to see that we left with some midnight snacks that they had packed up for us in the limo! We are still getting compliments on the food and service. Chef's garden went above and beyond in helping us have an amazing night. They surpassed our expectations. If you want food that is personal, detailed and memorable look no further. Jennifer and her staff understand how important the sentimental details are and I truly felt like she shared my vision. The execution was flawless and I could not be happier. These are the people you have been looking for, book early they are in high demand!Sent on 12/27/2016
Amanda · Married on 06/11/2016
Jennifer Earnest at The Chef's Garden is absolutely amazing!! I cannot stress how pleasant the experience was to work with her. She kept our budget in mind, catered to our changes (a lot of them last minute), and even went the extra mile to send us home with some extra goodies at the end!!! Jennifer made the catering portion of my wedding planning so easy and so fun. The food was INCREDIBLE. I still have friends and family tell me how delicious and beautifully set up everything was that day! Jennifer even helped decorate on the day of my wedding with my day of coordinator. (She didn't know I knew that, but I can't speak enough of her kindness.) She is a dream to work with and I promise you she will not disappoint!Sent on 12/13/2016
User7540549 · 2+ years ago
The Chef's garden was such a pleasure to work with for our April wedding! The food was amazing! Almost a year later I still have guest telling me that the food was the best they have ever had a wedding!Sent on 12/28/2016
Brittany · Married on 11/21/2015
They were amazing! Our guests can't stop talking about how great the food was especially the mashed potato bar and the sweets table. Thank you to Elizabeth for all of your help throughout the process and for everything the day of our wedding :)Sent on 12/11/2015
Victoria · Married on 10/24/2015
Honestly, there aren't words to say how amazing Elizabeth and her team at Chef's Garden are. We had a negative experience with another catering company that was very sketchy about contracts and deposits and I was feeling discouraged. But Elizabeth put my mind at ease as soon as we started working together. She created an amazing menu that fit our wedding perfectly and was within our budget. The number one thing I can say about her and her staff - professional. They made everything go so smoothly, the set up was gorgeous, and our guests were blown away by the food! Everyone says, as the bride and groom, to make sure you eat and stay hydrated and the catering staff captain, Bart, took care of us all night. He came out while we were taking photos to make sure the bridal party got to try all of the delicious appetizers (the bacon-wrapped scallops are life-affirming), and took care of us throughout the night. I never worried about anything with Chef's Garden, which is exactly what you want from a wedding vendor. I would recommend them to any bride.Sent on 01/09/2016
Alicia · Married on 05/03/2015
Chef’s Garden was a delicious asset to our wedding! Elizabeth Van Nuy did an exceptional job keeping in touch with us and discussing all of our desires for the dinner. We found Chef’s Garden one year in advance before our wedding and we are so happy with our decision. We arranged for a food tasting with Elizabeth and their chef which we enjoyed tremendously. Not only was the food good, but the conversation was great as well. We were able to pick out the menu with ease as well as the linens for the tables (we even had a pink sparkle tablecloth for our sweetheart table which I was in love with)! On the day of the wedding, we received only good reviews from our guests about the food, the servers and bartenders were wonderful and kept everyone spirited. While food was the most expensive item on our wedding budget, I absolutely believe that was money well spent. Thank you so much Elizabeth and Chef’s Garden for a tasty night!Sent on 05/24/2015
Lindzie · Married on 03/28/2015
We used Chef's garden because they manage the cafe at the Cummer, which was our venue, but I'm so thankful we did! Jennifer was excellent at getting everything pulled together. She provided the table linens and made our food station tables look lovely. Our good was spectacular. All of the guests raved about it. Her staff was top notch. They were so on top of things. They even assigned us a waitress to make sure we had food & drinks, because the bride & groom are extremely busy. I had the best day thanks to all of the wonderful staff!Sent on 04/06/2015