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Reviewed On 2/26/2021 by Taylor B
Y'all. Black Pearl is out-of-this-world incredible. The food is just amazing. Every single one of our guests are still talking about it. The staff were SO friendly, professional, and very COVID-safe (we discussed a plan ahead of time that worke...
d for our guests; all staff had two masks on; and each of the apps were so creatively plated to ensure portions didn't touch each other). We had a few people in our party with serious allergies, and they went above and beyond to make sure those guests were safe and got a dish equivalent in experience to the other people. I CANNOT wait to work with Black Pearl again and would highly recommend you do so soon!
Reviewed On 1/08/2021 by Erin K
I cannot say enough good things about Black Pearl. Our guests are still talking about the food and raving over cocktail hour and the attention to detail they paid to make everything perfect. I am REALLY big on sentimental, well thought out deta...
ils and Black Pearl did such an incredible job making my Pinterest board come to life! The food was incredible (people are still texting me sporadically saying they're thinking about the boudin egg rolls), the staff was so kind, and Katie was so great to work with and made my vision come to life. It was better than I could have hoped or planned for, especially in light of Covid. I am really picky and hate "wedding food" (I am the most judgy wedding guest of all time my now husband says) and it was paramount to me that our food feel more like dining out in a nice restaurant than eating dry chicken in a banquet hall. I cannot stress enough how fantastic our catering was from the flatware to the napkins to the smoked drum croustades. I love love love Black Pearl! 1000/10 would hire again.
Reviewed On 12/15/2020 by Carolyn N
Cannot say enough great things about Black Pearl. The food was amazing and all of my guests were coming up to me saying how impressed they were with the food. The presentation was impeccable as well. They were very attentive. My mother has seve...
ral food allergies, and they made sure to have a special meal prepared for her. My mom was very touched that they sought her out to make sure she was taken care of. Katie at Black Pearl listened to all of suggestions and concerns, and the customer service was beyond great. I’m so happy we had them as our caterer and highly recommend! I would not hesitate at all to hire them!
Reviewed On 5/26/2020 by Barbara R
Black Pearl has delicious food and amazing service! We had box dinners delivered to the park for a safe pandemic wedding reception.
The menu choices were spectacular and unique. Everyone raved about the food. And Walker arrived early to ou...
r hidden spot in the park and even helped carry chairs to our site. The boxes were pretty and each included utensils, wipes, etc.
Katie was incredibly helpful and personable while answering questions during my several phone calls.
I highly recommend Black Pearl for whatever your catering needs may be.
Reviewed On 5/16/2020 by Caroline S
As a couple planning a wedding from Brooklyn, we relied heavily on reviews for food knowing we wouldn’t have a chance to do a testing. The reviews were spot on for Black Pearl. The presentation and food was absolutely flawless. Our guests loved...
it and so did we! Katie was an absolute pleasure to work with!!! I can’t thank them enough.
Reviewed On 5/06/2020 by Dorie D
Black Pearl Catering Co. is the best. Everything that comes out of their kitchen is delicious and of the highest standard. They also conduct their business admirably and honorably, caring for and giving back to the New Orleans community when it...
has been in need. I WISH I had known about them when I got married! I will be recommending them to everyone I know for the rest of my life. If you want knockout food by the best New Orleans has to offer, you cannot go wrong with Black Pearl Catering. STANDING OVATION!
Reviewed On 3/25/2020 by Kate G
I would give Black Pearl 10 stars if I could! I have been planning events for 11+ years and this is the BEST catering experience I have ever had. Black Pearl & their staff are everything – kind, patient, flexible, professional, reasonable, deli...
cious, decorative, creative and more.
We contracted them for a corporate event in New Orleans centered around the College Football National Championship. My client is always wary of "wedding vendors" as this is a more masculine, business group, but Black Pearl is the definition of "get you a [caterer] that can do both!" It was important that this dinner hit a few marks: not a wedding, not traditional chaffing dish buffet catering, a taste of New Orleans without just the stereotype dishes, and hit the very sophisticated (and littered with dietary restrictions) palate of our group. This is a TALL order for a group of 90+.
After months of back and forth with a very patient Katie, we finally came to town for a tasting. She and Chef Walker tirelessly addressed all our dietary concerns without blinking. It was the nicest, most enjoyable experience that completely solidified our choice (and raised the bar frankly too high for me when it comes to other catering tasting requests!). I can’t even explain how Black Pearl was able to create the New Orleans, but uniquely twisted menu for us, but it was absolutely perfect. Action stations with texture, color, sounds, décor – everything was presented so beautifully and part of the price.
I highly suggest pairing your Black Pearl catering experience with Cocktail Creative to ensure your bar is up to par with the amazing food. Quinn and the C+C group have an exceptional product and the craft ice, individually hand-smoked old fashioneds, delicate tiny garnishes, unique glassware and recipes made it a night everyone won’t stop talking about. Our event was at Race & Religious (another amazing venue I can’t recommend enough). I would recommend Black Pearl to anyone and if/when we land another event in New Orleans, they’ll be my first call!
Reviewed On 3/19/2020 by Geoff E
Simply put, Black Pearl is amazing. The caterer we were originally working with went off the rails. We reached out to Black Pearl as our wedding date was quickly approaching and they put together a plan with ease. Katie and Walker were so warm ...
and helpful through the whole process. All of our our wedding guests were blown away by the food and the presentation. Highly recommended.
Reviewed On 3/15/2020 by Heather M
I can not say enough kind words about Black Pearl Catering. The owners are thoughtful and kind and all of their food is creative and delicious. I had some allergies and picky eaters in our wedding group and they we're helpful and patient with a...
ll substitutions and their outstanding food and service left everyone full, happy and ready to dance the night away. I would recommend Black Pearl to anyone having an event in New Orleans.
Reviewed On 3/01/2020 by Amanda R
Ashley has known Walker since college, so Black Pearl Catering was the first vendor she knew she had to have, and we could not have been happier with the catering. They truly go above and beyond making sure that the catering menu is unique and ...
special and a reflection of the couple. He even served our favorite Jazz Fest dishes as our late night snacks! The food is out of this world amazing, not at all like your typical wedding/catered food. The food is also displayed so beautifully that it adds decor to the reception space. Black pearl also supplies the bar set up and all staff for food and drink service which is amazing! Everyone that we have seen since our wedding has commented on how AMAZING the food was. We will definitely use Black Pearl for ANY catering needs we have in the future. Walker and Katie are an absolute dream team!
Reviewed On 2/23/2020 by Kat W
Food at our family weddings is front and center. Black Pearl came through with the delicious menu we wanted and outstanding service. 2 weeks after our party friends and family still mention how good the food was!
Reviewed On 1/28/2020 by Melanie G
Black Pearl did an amazing job for our daughters wedding and my only regret is that I didn’t sit down to eat what they served! Every guest raved about the presentation, the uniqueness, the variety and the delicious taste of what they experien...
ced that night. We had quite a few out of town “foodies” and it was great to hear that they loved the food. We will definitely use Black Pearl again and recommend them to everyone 🍽🥂
Reviewed On 1/05/2020 by Richard J
The food was a hit! When we started planning out wedding, we knew food was our top priority. My wife is of Chinese heritage and wanted to make sure that our food would be appealing to her side of the family. We decided to go for an Asian-Cajun ...
fusion theme for the wedding, and Walker hit it out of the park. It captured a great deal of traditional flavors while still preserving that essence of Cajun food that is authentic to New Orleans. They were very easy to work and very open to any and all feedback during our tasting session.
Reviewed On 12/23/2019 by Ellie W
Hunter and Katie are simply incredible. Thorough, generous, beautiful displays and high quality food. Not to mention, DAMN DELICIOUS! We love them!
Reviewed On 12/11/2019 by Morgan W
Black Pearl was such a pleasure to work with and their food was beyond amazing. They were so patient with us to plan exactly what we wanted for our destination wedding. They brought our vision to life and everything was beautiful. All of our gu...
ests were talking about how good the food was and loved the passed beignets and oysters for our New Orleans themed menu.
Reviewed On 11/18/2019 by Erin O
Black Pearl Catering is AMAZING! From our menu tasting to our bar choices to our wedding day, each step was easy and fun with this awesome team! Katie is so helpful and was there to answer all of our (many) questions leading up to our wedding....
The food was absolutely delicious and looked beautiful as well! Our guests could not stop talking about it! Everyone on their team was so helpful and accommodating to our guests which was awesome. We HIGHLY recommend Black Pearl. It was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding day!
Reviewed On 10/13/2019 by Brandon G
If you’re reading this review, my wife and I want to congratulate you. You just found the caterer that you were searching for...
Working with Black Pearl for our destination wedding in New Orleans was an absolute dream. Their self-proclaimed ...
artisanal twist on traditional Cajun fare provided for a truly incredible dining experience at our wedding. It is not hyperbole or an exaggeration when we say that we had countless guests raving about the culinary delight that they enjoyed at our wedding, and not just in comparison to other “wedding food”, but compared to dining experiences in general. Our guests were offered a premier bite of food at every turn, from the cheese spread to the passed appetizers, the array of main dishes, to the decadent desserts. Using the term delicious would not do it all justice.
Backtracking to the planning process, Black Pearl could not stress enough that they were there to serve us. While we let their expertise guide us in crafting our menu, they also accommodated every last personalized detail that we requested. (Side note: do yourselves a favor and schedule a tasting. Your tastebuds will be quite thankful) And sure enough, when the big day rolled around, Walker and his staff executed our menu to perfection. Meanwhile, Katie, leading the charge in operations and logistics went above and beyond, basically doubling as an event coordinator and saw her thoroughly detailed wedding plan for their team unfold before our eyes. Having extensive knowledge of our wedding venue led to the most appropriate layout of different stations, each carefully located in such a way that served our guests in the best way possible.
We were so excited to have them as our caterer that we even utilized their services, on somewhat short notice no less, for our rehearsal dinner. True to form, they took an otherwise simple drop off catering order for a small group of people, seized the opportunity, and turned it into a wonderful patio dining experience for us. Because that’s who they are. Katie and Walker have developed Black Pearl Catering Company into the best catering company that you can imagine. They hold themselves to an extremely high standard and it shows. They were an absolute joy to work with both leading up to and on our wedding day. Hire them — you will not regret this decision. You will be amazed at how making this decision will enhance your wedding day to a level that you might not have realized that a caterer otherwise could.
Reviewed On 10/13/2019 by Maia M
Working with Black Pearl was great! They really took the time to consider what we wanted to convey about ourselves thoughtfully in a way that celebrated both of us. My partner is originally from Mississippi and I am from Southern Colorado so we...
discussed regional delicacies with Walker and Katie who in turn found ways to incorporate those specific flavors into a menu that still has our guests talking! There were even a few particular requests about food allergies and substitutions for some guests that they happily accommodated.
If you don’t want the choose column A, B, or C kind of menu that many wedding caterers offer and want something truly special made with fresh ingredients sourced as locally as possible, you’ve found your people!
Reviewed On 6/19/2019 by Kristen M
LOOK NO FURTHER FOR YOUR WEDDING CATERER!
The team at Black Pearl Catering is absolutely phenomenal and by far the best wedding caterer I have ever tasted. Being from New Orleans there are no shortage of choices for amazing food and picking th...
e best caterer for your wedding can be stressful: no one wants average food at a New Orleans wedding---you want the best! Walker, Katie, and the team made sure everything for our menu was perfect and even helped us customize a menu that encompassed the flavors and cuisines my husband and I have experienced in our world travels while also doing the traditional New Orleans fare better than anyone I've tasted. EVERYONE couldn't stop talking and raving about the food! My only regret is I didn't take more to go of the bbq shrimp and grits or the etouffee for after our wedding because my husband and I finished our box within minutes! We loved the food so much that we are hoping the team will cater a dinner of our wedding favorites in the future for an anniversary (and we have only been married 3 months!). THANK YOU for keeping us well fed on the best day of our lives :)
Reviewed On 6/18/2019 by Jason B
If you're looking for catering in New Orleans, you can stop now because you've found the perfect team. Black Pearl was a true highlight of our wedding. Working with them during the planning phase was a breeze, and their easygoing yet incredibly...
professional approach made the process completely stress free. Their on-site execution was flawless, and the quality of the food was talked about by all of our guests. Weeks after the wedding, friends are still reaching out to tell us how the food was some of the best they've ever had. I cannot say enough good things about Katie and Walker – book them and you will be so glad that you did.
Reviewed On 6/13/2019 by Emma B
We were so thrilled with the menu that Katie and Walker put together. We had a Hindu wedding with a New Orleans style reception, and we wanted our food to reflect that. Walker put together a creative menu that highlighted a few Indian flavors a...
nd also gave us the best of Creole/Cajun food. They made absolutely delicious mini desserts as well because we didn't want a traditional cake. Everything was personalized and done with care and precision. Our guests had great feedback about everything they served. We felt that the pricing was very reasonable for the excellent quality of food and service we received. Finally, the fact that they provided bar services but allowed us to independently purchase liquor was awesome, as it saved us some money and allowed us to serve only our favorite brands and types of alcohol.
Reviewed On 6/06/2019 by Kate H
First of all, we absolutely loved that we got to do a tasting at their home. It was a very special experience, especially since we're not from New Orleans.
Second of all, THE FOOD! They knocked it out of the park!! We had so many people tell ...
us that it was the best wedding food they ever had.
Without knowing my husband and I very well, they listened to our preferences and made an eclectic menu that was perfect for us and within our budget.
We loved the little touches like the Fried Rice Jambalaya that was served in Chinese takeout containers. Everything was beautiful and delicious!
Reviewed On 5/27/2019 by Claire M
Omg! The absolute best caterers in the game! The food was incredible, unique, fun, and whimsical.
I almost cried at our tasting bc they made us feel so special.
Our guests raved about the food on our wedding day like we knew they would. ;)
lack pearl co. even helped us organize bartenders and a specialty cocktail.
You are missing out if you don’t book them .
Reviewed On 5/09/2019 by Jenna C
Let's start here: If Katie & Walker are available for your event, BOOK THEM ASAP.
We were really torn on a caterer for our destination NOLA Wedding...everything felt like a different language for us. When we went to visit our venue about 6.5 m...
onths-out, we mentioned Black Pearl had been recommended to us by another caterer that couldn't fit us in on our weekend. The folks at Race + Religious fully backed that decision and wrote them down as our caterer before we even met Katie & Walker.
K&W squeezed us in that weekend for a quick meeting & tasting in their home. We immediately loved them and felt like our wedding would be in amazing hands. Their attention to detail on the service and food flavors is unmatched.
Katie & Walker's hospitality is outstanding.
Oftentimes you go to a wedding and have a standard meal - this was above and beyond. Our guests raved about the food from the first bites, "the best wedding food I've ever had" was a common statement that day.
We are so incredibly grateful for finding them and have zero regrets. The entire menu was perfection.Thank you thank you thank you, Black Pearl.
Reviewed On 4/05/2019 by Beth W
Katie and Walker are fantastic and made our wedding dinner dreams come true!
From the minute we had our tasting with them, we knew we wanted to work with them. They treated us to a fantastic meal that best what we wanted on our menu. It was o...
ne of the best vendor tastings we went on throughout the entire process -- you could tell Katie and Walker really listened and understood what we wanted. So, from there, we knew we needed them.
Initially, we had our reservations just because Black Pearl was just a bit over our budget. No matter, though, Katie was so patient with us as we worked through cutting down on menu items while also trying to maintain our vision.
The day of, we got so many compliments on the meal. People were super excited about the whole roasted pig, and the jambalaya was spectacular! Katie had also previously worked with us on concocting a specialty cocktail, which was also delicious and perfectly suited for the meal.
Katie had also created some beautiful menus for both the bar and the buffet table, which we did not expect. I had been thinking about signage for all that stuff in the weeks leading up to the wedding, but we got so bogged down with some of the bigger pieces that it slipped my mind. So it was a nice surprise to see Katie had thought of and taken care of those details, as well.
And the food presentation was outstanding. They don't do the traditional chafing dishes -- they went with rustic wood boards and cast iron pans and it fit perfectly with our vibe and the space.
On top of that, their staff was courteous, friendly and professional -- my brother and I had some fun conversations with some of the servers and the bartender throughout the night.
Reviewed On 2/14/2019 by Claire R
Much of my experience planning my wedding was overwhelming. There is so much to think about for your wedding day and food was one of those things I didn’t expect to care much about, didn’t know where to start, and wasn’t even a major priority f...
or us at first. A friend of mine referred me to Black Pearl Catering and from the minute I came in contact with them I felt so much better about this aspect of my wedding planning and wedding day! My husband and I have deemed our tasting with Black Pearl one of our favorite parts of our wedding planning process and definitely our favorite encounter with vendors. It was a special time to spend dreaming about our day and they took such good care of us, made our menu so uniquely special to us and took into account a Louisiana bride marrying a Scottish groom. Our guests continue to rave to us about the food and how good it was, how beautifully presented, and what a great job their staff did for our wedding. We are not one of those couples who forgot to eat at our wedding…it became one of the aspects of the day we couldn’t wait to partake in! We are beyond thrilled that we got to have Black Pearl take care of the most important catering we’ll have. They did a phenomenal job and we have zero complaints from beginning of the process to end. Thank you thank you for your hard work and talents. We are grateful.
Reviewed On 2/02/2019 by Kelly E
The most delicious dinner of my life was at our wedding. Black Pearl designed a custom menu just for us. For a few precious moments of our cocktail hour, I stepped away and ate a plate of appetizers--crab hushpuppies, shrimp remoulade, fried ok...
ra and creole corn cob. I did not want to miss out and I am still smiling weeks later! (As a vegetarian, I had to pass on the ribeye and turkey appetizers but our guests enjoyed those too.) Our buffet dinner was outstanding; guests from Texas raved about the steak and the shrimp was amazing, seared with an indescribable buttery finish. Even our most food-obsessed guests were flat out impressed and delighted.
Working through the planning process with Katie was a pleasure. She is personable and detail-oriented; she will make sure that your menu is exactly what you desire. Walker is an extraordinary chef; every dish is unique. We were grateful to work with Black Pearl for our wedding. Everything was personalized for us and flawlessly executed. The food was presented beautifully. The cooking and serving staff were delightful and diligent.
If you are dreaming of excellent food for one of the happiest days of your life and you want to work with gracious people, choose Black Pearl. Katie and Walker will make sure that your wedding food is unforgettable!
Reviewed On 11/12/2018 by Alden W
THE BEST! Don't just take my word for it -- food was one of the TOP compliments we received about the wedding. Everything was SO good. Katie and Walker were a joy to work with. The food was so amazing and the service just as spectacular!! Walke...
r asked about us as a couple so he could incorporate something into the menu (sweet potato empanadas in honor of our backpacking trip to Argentina). He even made sure the potatoes au gratin were made with lactose free milk for me. Katie made sure everything went seamlessly and answered my many, many, many questions. In addition to being fun and lovely people, they excel at their jobs! We gave people a great taste of New Orleans (beignets, raw oysters, fried green tomatoes) without overloading the menu. There was seriously something for everyone to enjoy (including one very picky bridesmaid/sister who ate two plates!). The buffet service was so smooth and all the tables (especially the cheese and charcuterie table!) were beautiful and added to the ambiance. If you're looking for delicious food for your wedding, you won't regret working with these vendors, I promise.
Reviewed On 7/24/2018 by knottie0e7f9cd4f3529e9b
Where do I even begin?!?!?
Black Pearl Catering Co is awesome! Katie and Walker are an amazing dynamic duo. Walker is a fantastic chef, a true artist and the friendliest guy. Katie is professional, warm and SO ON TOP OF IT. You're signing up f...
or more than just the catering of your wedding when you work with Black Pearl Catering Co. During the planning process, Katie was able to contribute countless recommendations for us unrelated to catering. She genuinely wants to make your experience planning and attending your wedding the best and easiest it can be. Walker was very receptive to our feedback about his menu during the planning process and our tasting. He was able to adjust things just as we had asked him to and always knew when to give suggestions. Walker was able to stay true to his style while incorporating who we are as a couple seamlessly. Our guests had only positive things to say as well. The service was exceptional to boot!
We actually ran into Katie and Walker at a restaurant bar a few days after our wedding and ended up sharing a few cocktails with them. They are good people and we hope to see them again in the future. Black Pearl provided a truly wonderful experience. The best!
Reviewed On 7/23/2018 by Abigail C
Do yourself a favor and book this lovely duo for your wedding or next event!! Katie and Walker are amazing at their jobs, and as a bonus they are super fun people! We had Black Pearl cater our 150+ wedding at Felicity Church, and it was flawles...
s. Chef Walker helped curate a versatile menu that was delicious, and worked within our budget. Katie managed all of the logistics and styling, and patiently worked with me and my hundreds of questions. We had the most beautiful charcuterie display, and our family and friends raved about the entree dishes! Also, the entire staff was so courteous and helpful all night. Our friends and family kept the bars busy, and the bar tenders didn't miss a beat - during the evening they were kind enough to tell me congrats and that I was a pretty bride (very smart & attentive staff I'd say!). We couldn't recommend this pair enough, they will be our go-to caterers for life and now consider them friends!
Reviewed On 5/08/2018 by Hannah W
Ok. I really don’t know where to begin. Katie is a rockstar. Her and Walker created a menu that was exactly in line with my vision. Katie literally answered all my questions and was so gracious with every small comment and question I had. Walke...
r is top notch. His execution was flawless for 200+ guests and the food was AMAZING! Literally that’s what everyone keeps talking about! The food was absolutely delicious! They were so easy to work with and so much fun to be around! I would highly recommend them anyone!
Reviewed On 3/30/2018 by Jaclyn P
WOW!! We had an amazing wedding thanks to the hard work of this team. They truly went the extra mile throughout the entire planning process. We cannot thank them enough.
Katie and Walker did an outstanding job! My husband and I were so happy...
with the professionalism and quality of their business.
They are very accommodating to all food and service options. The staff was very knowledgeable about what was being served and so pleasant with all of our guests.
Our guests (many of which are chefs), as well as us, were so impressed with the quality of food, presentation and selections. Everything was executed smoothly and discreetly.
I highly recommend working with Black Pearl Catering for any event, and will do so myself again!
Reviewed On 11/09/2017 by Nadia U
Katie and Walker did a fantastic job with our wedding! After some incisive communication and fine-tuning to a very small event (9 people) we were totally blown away by the quality of the food - oysters and a gorgeous cheese tower with perfectly...
matched accoutrements, the presentation was stylish and Walker was a discreet and friendly presence to have on-site during the ceremony. They also had access to most of the extra equipment we needed that falls between the cracks when you're planning a more intimate setup. Very happy with their work!
Reviewed On 10/26/2017 by Kimber D
Can I give them 6 stars? Walker and Katie were AMAZING. I don't know how many guests came up to us during our wedding to tell us this was the best food they had EVER had at a wedding. (Including our foodie guests!) Food was amazing, service...
exceptional, very easy to work with, would recommend for any event.
Reviewed On 5/24/2017 by Elsie S
Y'all were a delight to have at our reception, & the food was so good it was almost hard to believe. I wasn't disappointed with a single dish. Your staff is friendly & laid back--a great addition to the crowd that showed up! The gift you gave ...
us was also a thoughtful & pleasant surprise at the end of the night. We couldn't have chosen better for catering.