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Reviewed On 11/02/2022 by Sharon C
I am delighted to be able to provide a review for Asher & Olive Catering. Their company did a fantastic job with the food accommodating a diverse group of people! Everything was fresh and well prepared. The presentation was also beautiful an...
d they incorporated the theme of the wedding in the decor very nicely, too. The most extraordinary thing about this company is they were so incredibly flexible with us. My daughter and her fiancé went through multiple iterations of how they wanted their day spent. Starting with catering a small, immediate family only dinner for twelve to be done at an Airbnb on Orcas Island, to increasing the size to around 30 to be held at a venue on Orcas, to finally saying they wanted the wedding to be done on their farm on Whidbey Island (a long ferry boat and drive from Orcas) for 60+ guests. There was even a change in the wedding date along the way. Over a year's time passed in planning this wedding and Asher & Olive just kept in stride with us and all the changes. They reassured us they would be able to accommodate the wedding, even when the couple moved it off of Orcas Island! Also, having the wedding at the farm meant no available kitchen for them to use, but again they reassured us it would be no problem! They even made a trip to Whidbey Island for a site visit prior to the wedding so they would be prepared for the big day. Then come wedding day, they brought trucks and supplies and fresh food and cooked a delicious meal and made a beautiful display as well! We continue to be so grateful for their patience with all the changes and updates and especially the wonderful meal. Our guests raved about the food. We really cannot say enough about their services and HIGHLY recommend them!
Reviewed On 11/19/2021 by Christine B
A local, healthy, gorgeous meal of colorful, vibrant, unique foods that weren't dripping with sauce or a variety of beige! And Gavin and the crew are equally as colorful, supportive, and bring such a great energy to your event (wedding, in my c...
ase) that a meteor could have crashed nearby and we wouldn't have even known. So taken care of, such delicious food, and incredible flexibility--they helped us plan around a specific budget to still have top-quality service! They were with us every step of the way and celebrated our journey toward getting married as if it mattered to them. Simply put, these are great people and fantastic chefs who have a zest for life that is clear in the way they run their business. I highly recommend!
Reviewed On 9/28/2021 by Lindsey B
Asher &Olive was such a great company to work with! Gavin was so helpful with not only the food and decor but referring us to other local vendors. He was very responsive. The food was AMAZING! Our guests are still talking about it. Hire them!!!...
You won’t regret it!
Reviewed On 1/21/2021 by Svetlana B
We hired Asher and Olive for a wedding that was scheduled for September 26, 2020. Then COVID hit, and we had to postpone the wedding to August of the following year (2021).
Several months passed, however, and it became more and more apparent t...
hat COVID would prevent us from holding the type of event we had envisioned.
After the groom's mother nearly died from heart attack and required a quadruple bypass surgery, we realized that the risks were too great and unless we wanted to put off the wedding to an indeterminate future date, we had to fully change our plans.
We decided to cancel the wedding entirely and to instead focus on holding an immediate family only backyard micro-wedding.
We contacted Asher and Olive in October 2020 regarding our decision to cancel the catering and asked whether something could be arranged for the deposit we paid.
Several months passed without so much as an acknowledgment of the cancellation from Asher and Olive.
Meanwhile, the venue that we had rented, which is a nonprofit organization, responded immediately and with the complete understanding that the situation that was beyond our control. They kindly refunded our full deposit.
In January 2021, we reached out to our wedding coordinator to let him know of our concern that we still had not heard anything back from Asher and Olive regarding our cancellation at all.
He contacted Asher and Olive on our behalf. Finally, after two and a half months of radio silence from Asher and Olive, they responded by saying, essentially "too bad" and that they were unwilling to make any kind of accommodation after we paid them about $5,000 for our deposit.
I understand that the contract says they are not obligated to refund a deposit, but the situation we are in is so far outside the realm of anyone's control.
We are not expecting the entire deposit to be returned but had anticipated that we could get at least a part of it back, just some sort of accommodation given the circumstances.
We gave them nine months advance notice of the cancellation, we heard nothing back for months. The fact that they were entirely unwilling to consider refunding even a portion of the deposit shows the way they run their business.
They don't care about their clients and are entirely unwilling to be accommodating or understanding.
We paid $5,000 for absolutely no service in return, aside from them "holding the date."
This is not a cancellation under normal circumstances where we would fully understand them having to protect against a loss by declining to return our deposit.
If you are looking for a caterer that cares about their clients and acts with integrity and understanding, this is not the place to go.
Reviewed On 12/28/2019 by Sam H
We had a great experience on our wedding day with Asher and Olive. The food was fantastic, and they listened to our many dietary restrictions when making the menu for the day. We had a little trouble with communication delays during planning, b...
ut everything got sorted out by the day. Everyone we encountered in the process was friendly and helpful.
Reviewed On 3/29/2019 by Cristin C
We hired Gavin to do our wedding on Orcas Island in Summer 2018. His communication was always short and standoffish. He kept pushing us to select Asian-fusion food when we asked for Mexican. We felt very mixed, but didn't feel like we had many ...
options. Then, two weekends before the wedding he was seen by my wedding coordinator serving Costco food at a wedding rehearsal. Based on that we decided to cancel our contract with him. He said he was glad we canceled because he had double booked the weekend (even though all along he promised he only booked one event/weekend). He never paid our $4,000 deposit back. He said he didn't have the money because he had spent our deposit on someone else's event. He promised to pay us back all through the Fall and Winter. It is now 8 months later and he has stopped returning our emails.