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Blue Plate Catering Reviews
4.9 out of 5.0
Reviewed On 11/20/2023 by Kelly D
David and team went above and beyond for my daughter's wedding, from menu planning to flawless execution at the reception. From the hors d'oeuvres to the meals to the late night snack, we could not have been more pleased. Not only was the foo...
d amazing, but the professionals at the reception were wonderful - could not have asked for a better experience! Thanks to you all!
Reviewed On 11/19/2023 by Jen I
We hired Blue Plate Catering for our daughter's wedding. They were spectacular to work with. Great communication leading up to the day. David was easy to work with; detailed and friendly. The day was perfect and we had lots of comments on h...
ow good the food was. The catering staff the day of the event made the whole process look effortless. They were very professional and we barely knew they were there but they were always on top of things. Highly recommend.
Reviewed On 11/16/2023 by Jessica T
Blue Plate was nothing short of amazing throughout our wedding planning process all the way up to our wedding day. They worked with us to make the best menu. There is not a single guest who said they had a bad meal, in fact, we were told over a...
nd over again the food was phenomenal! We worked with David Porto, and he made everything so stress free and easy. From setting an initial menu, to finalizing everything, to making sure us newlyweds got saved appetizers and were served first! Blue Plate nailed it. Very professional staff and great food. You couldn't ask for anything more.
Reviewed On 10/10/2023 by Kasey H
Gary was our point of contact throughout our wedding process, and he was spectacular. He was always easy to get in contact with and offered us fantastic advice along the way. We appreciated his insight and valued his opinion, and he did not ste...
er us wrong! On the day of our wedding, the staff was fantastic at executing our timeline and catering needs. They were professional and efficient (what more could you ask for on your event?!) Our guests raved about our food and the service they received. For reference, we had a lot of guests with dietary restrictions, so we chose to offer the Taste of Italy buffet and it was a HUGE hit!!
Reviewed On 9/19/2023 by Brody P
Blue Plate, specifically David, was so great to work with when trying to figure out which caterer we wanted to go with for our wedding. They were super up front about everything and helped guide us choose our linens, style of service, and the f...
ood without trying to push us into spending more. They are a little pricy but what you pay is definetly worth the price! My wife and I didn't have much time to grab our own hors' d'Oeuvres during cocktail hour, but Blue Plate was on top of it and made sure that we both had one or two of each sitting at our head table as we sat down for dinner. The food itself was so delicious! The chicken tortellini was by far our favorite and we had guests tell us they even went up for thirds because it was so good. We have already recommended Blue Plate to our other friends in Madison, you won't be dissapointed!
Reviewed On 9/01/2023 by Rachel O
Blue Plate was an absolute pleasure to work with over the course of our wedding planning efforts. We’d like to especially thank David for working with us from our tasting over 2 years ago to nailing down the final details in the week leading up...
to our wedding! He was responsive, flexible and willing to go the extra mile for us. The chefs and servers at our reception were also fantastic, and of course the food / service received rave reviews from our guests, especially (but not limited to) our many guests with dietary restrictions — they especially enjoyed the stuffed pepper! Many thanks to David and the entire Blue Plate team!
Reviewed On 8/21/2023 by Jennah H
Blue Plate was AMAZING to work with both leading up to and on our wedding day! David's organization and communication made the planning and execution seamless. He and his team made us confident we didn't have a thing to worry about on our big d...
ay. The food was amazing and we appreciated how his team took special care of the bride and groom to make sure we got to enjoy everything as well. We can't thank them enough! Highly recommend!
Reviewed On 8/08/2023 by Sarah S
We cannot say enough good things about working with Blue Plate Catering for our wedding. David was a great coordinator and worked with us to plan from afar, right down to making sure we could get a tasting that worked for our travel schedule. H...
e was prompt in his communication with us and made sure that every detail was taken care of. He and his team on the day-of were so professional and welcoming to us and our guests. The food was AMAZING. A few weeks later, we are still getting unprompted comments from our guests about how great the food was. They also made sure that we, as the bride and groom, got a separate plate of appetizers during cocktail hour and that we went first in the buffet line and had enough time to eat dinner. We absolutely recommend Blue Plate Catering to anyone looking for a caterer in the Madison area.
Reviewed On 8/01/2023 by caroline w
We found David and Blue Plate through our amazing wedding planners at midwestern bride. The team was incredible and we ad such an easy and organized experience. the tasting was actually a fun time with LOADS of food and tons of options. they to...
ok care of everything from set up to plates to napkins and linens - it was really an easy and pleasant experience. Also people raved about how good the short rib was. all around a great catering choice.
Reviewed On 7/24/2023 by Chelsea B
Gary and the entire team at Blue Plate Catering blew our expectations out of the water! From the very first phone call to the final check in at the conclusion of our event, their professionalism and expertise in the industry kept us fully at ea...
se. If you're like me and planning your own wedding, work with Blue Plate! They will help you make informed decisions and guide you through keeping everything organized so that your catering ends up being the absolute last thing you worry about that day because you know they have you! People have not stopped talking about how good our food was! Cannot recommend this caterer enough!
Reviewed On 6/29/2023 by Emma L
David and his team at Blue Plate Catering were a dream! Everyone always says wedding food is bad, but Blue Plate is here to prove you wrong! David was incredible to work with every step of the way. From our initial phone consultation, he made i...
t clear that our experience was his priority. He went above and beyond for everyone, including our dietary restriction guests. Our tasting experience with Blue Plate was luxurious - they had us set up at a table and brought us out a plethora of food to try and assess. On the actual day of our wedding, everything not only ran incredibly smoothly, but it tasted wonderful! We had nothing but glowing compliments from our guests. We loved our experience with Blue Plate and would happily recommend them to anyone.
Reviewed On 6/28/2023 by Leona Z
Blue plate catering was absolutely phenomenal! They’re an institution in the area for a reason. They have the scale to have plenty of availability and David is so dedicated, knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly—we were lucky to work with him.
The food was incredible and all of our guests raved about it from dinner through late night snack. Pricing seems very par for the area and an especially good value for the quality and service. We can’t recommend them for your event enough, thanks Blue Plate!
Reviewed On 6/26/2023 by Dan K
Blue Plate was great to work with and very quick to respond with any questions. During our wedding day they showed up and setup so quick and seamlessly I barely knew they were there. The food was excellent, and the staff was all very friendly.
Reviewed On 5/17/2023 by Jessica F
Blue Plate was so wonderful to work with! They were incredibly helpful and professional and helped make our wedding day run so smoothly. We used both their catering and bartending services - we had SO many compliments from guests on the drinks ...
and quick service to help the drinks flow all evening. Overall, a great experience!
Reviewed On 5/09/2023 by Kyle M
Blue Plate is hands down the best and only caterer you should consider for your wedding! Food was very important to us on wedding day and Blue Plate knocked it out of the park! The food was amazing and our guests can't stop talking about it sti...
ll! They give you big portions and delicious food!
In addition to their great food they have better staff! From the chefs in the kitchen to their front office and their servers everyone is so nice! They know their able to gather your guests wherever you'd like, and they are all so attentive!
One of the things that we liked best is when you go in for your tasting, they serve it to you as if you were having it on your wedding day! You're not mislead by someone serving you something fresh for your tasting but it tasting completely different your day of! They are also flexible and will work with you and tailor your meal to your desires!
The only thing we wish is different is that Blue Plate is a full service restaurant so we can eat their food again!! Thank you Blue Plate!!
Kyle and Ashley
Reviewed On 4/22/2023 by Mattie M
We had Blue Plate Cater our wedding and everything about it was great. We worked with David, he was so kind and professional. The food was delicious, I had a lot of guests tell me they had to take a second to get on the dance floor because th...
e food was so good they couldn’t stop. We did buffet style, and they were quick and efficient with their set up, and letting guests up and through the line. We had just a wonderful experience with them all around. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Reviewed On 4/08/2023 by Tori R
We had Blue Plate Catering for our wedding on April 1st. The food was amazing, the service was awesome and Gary made everything so easy for us! We had multiple guests come up to us during the wedding and rave about the food! We highly recommend...
them to everyone!!
Reviewed On 4/01/2023 by Paige A
Words cannot possibly describe how incredible Blue Plate Catering was from the initial planning all the way to our big day! We were lucky enough to work with David Porto, who is extremely charismatic and made every single detail of our wedding ...
catering his focus and dedication. The food was SO good and the staff was so wonderful, we continue to get complements months after our big day! Blue Plate was hands down the best vendor we hired for our wedding and we will forever recommend them to anyone looking for a caterer. Never ending thanks to David and the whole BP crew!
Reviewed On 3/11/2023 by Anna B
We enjoyed working with David and the Blue Plate team for our wedding day. The process was easy, the food was great, and our guests really enjoyed the family-style dinner. Blue Plate has events down to a science - everything was perfect and w...
e had no unplanned moments. We were not stressed one bit leading up to the big day or day of :) Definitely recommend for not just great food but for great service.
Reviewed On 3/03/2023 by Lexi K
Blue Plate has great food and great service! We had Blue Plate cater a plated dinner followed by dessert and late-night snack bars on February 25th, 2023, at the Field's Reserve in Stoughton WI. The food was wonderful, served hot, and served pr...
omptly. The service staff was wonderful. They made sure all the right tables were served first and they came up multiple times in the night to check in with us. They even offered to grab us drinks from the bar. Gary was easy to communicate with and always provided the best customer service. I was hesitant about a meal being cooked off-site, but Blue Plate nailed it. Additionally, their prices are reasonable for the service they are offering in the area. Many of our family and friends are "foodies" who appreciate a good steak and can easily point out a bad one, but Blue Plate managed to wow them. In fact, many our guests came up to us throughout the night and mentioned how much they liked the food. I would recommend Blue Plate for a wedding or any event for that matter. Make sure to try the tortellini with chicken and pesto!
Reviewed On 3/03/2023 by Jackie C
David and the Blue Plate staff were outstanding! We received the highest compliments on our food, from both vegetarians and our meat loving friends. Food at weddings is always just okay in my eyes but everyone devoured it! Additionally, they ar...
e extremely fair priced from the other quotes we received.
Before starting the wedding planning process I was naïve in how much the caterer plays a role, but they really do so much from the linens, table set up, the toasts, etc. Having no wedding planner I blanked on a lot of last minute items and David picked up the pieces for us the week of with no extra charge. I would say our caterer was probably our favorite vendor to meet with because they handle all of the details for you and let you sit back and enjoy! 10/10 recommend!
Reviewed On 1/31/2023 by Julie K
We hired Blue Plate for our wedding in August. David was absolutely amazing to work with - he answered so many questions, was very responsive, made sure we had exactly what we wanted and needed, and the day was carried out beautifully!! The foo...
d was wonderful as well.
Reviewed On 1/12/2023 by Alicia L
The only request by the groom for our wedding was a fine steak. Blue Plate came in and fine dined us and our guests which lead to the best dinner party of all times. Our guests were raving about the food and we were flattered by how pampered we...
were by the BP servers. Our feast could not have been possible without BP and they're the pros!
Reviewed On 11/16/2022 by Mary Claire K
David at blue plate was amazing to work with! He was always there to answer my never ending questions and making me not feel like a burden. Sadly he wasn't able to be there on our wedding day but Maria filled in and was amazing! We have gotten ...
the most compliments on our food since the wedding. People keep mentioning how it was one of the best meals they've had, not just at a wedding! We keep getting compliments on their staff as well. Our guests were so surprised by how quickly they got everyone through the buffet line and how efficient they were at cleaning up once everyone was done. It's no wonder they keep winning awards!
Reviewed On 11/09/2022 by Ashley M
Gary and the team at Blue Plate were amazing to work with. Between our first venue closing and then Covid happening they handled each challenge with grace. When the time finally came for our big day everything was amazing. The food was amazing ...
and the portions were huge. The staff was attentive and made sure that we and the rest of the wedding party were well taken care of. Gary checked in when he first arrived and as he was leaving for the night. I cannot say enough great things about Blue Plate Catering and would recommend them to anyone holding an event.
Reviewed On 10/23/2022 by Irelyn D
People told me that I wouldn't have time to eat on my wedding day. I said that wasn't an option because I absolutely need to enjoy the chicken saltimbocca from Blue Plate. David was incredibly helpful in planning other parts of the day, such as...
recommending other vendors and giving ideas on how to handle florals with a family style dinner. We also had many guests with dietary restrictions and Blue Plate made it incredibly easy to accommodate them.
Reviewed On 10/14/2022 by Jason R
Blue Plate was incredible! From start to finish, David and his Team were amazing. David was very easygoing and a great communicator. We also had Blue Plate cater a Brunch for us the day after the wedding and loved it. 10/10 would recommend!...
Thank you, David!
Reviewed On 9/28/2022 by Derek S
Their banquet menus have many appetizing options to choose from. The proprietor, Gary Breedlove, was friendly, professional, and enjoyable to work with. They were very amenable to setting up tastings for us with the nice added touch of being ab...
le to do so on a table with a full setting. Come the day of the event, all of our dishes were delicious and we heard nothing but compliments from our guests. We couldn’t have been happier with our choice!
Reviewed On 9/27/2022 by Stephanie B
We hired Blue Plate to cater our wedding and we are so glad we did! Gary and his team were fantastic to work with and answered all of our questions throughout the process. Our food tasting gave us a chance to try a few options we were thinking ...
about and allowed us to talk to Gary about which meals would work best for our plated dinner. Our guests RAVED about the meals all night.
Gary checked in with us throughout the night to make sure we were on the same page of when food should be served (we needed our guests served before we were done with pictures because we were running behind) and if we wanted to keep the top of our wedding cake.
Even before the wedding, every time I mentioned Blue Plate was catering our other vendors and people we told responded with “oh good choice!” Which shows you the reputation they have in our community and the industry.
(For reference, we chose the apricot glazed chicken, peach bbq pork, and southwestern stuffed pepper for our entrees.)
Reviewed On 9/26/2022 by taylor b
My husband and I hired Blue plate catering and chose to do family style. It was the best food we have ever had at a wedding for both dinner and our appetizers. All of our guest said it was also the best they have had. The food had tons of flavo...
r and was cooked perfectly! It was also served nice and warm! They were so easy to work with during the planning process! They are very knowledgeable and gave so many great suggestions! I couldn’t be happier with my decision to hire them!
Reviewed On 9/13/2022 by Aleksandra F
Blue Plate Catering is amazing! Maria made the whole process seem smooth and easy. They are a well oiled machine, running with efficiency and perfection, very accommodating with all requests and special meals, and every detail was taken care ...
of for the couple. It was the perfect wedding weekend for us, filled with love and joy, amazing music and dancing, and truly great food!!!
Reviewed On 8/22/2022 by Monica L
Blue Plate Catering was a dream to work with! Maria was organized, helpful and detail oriented. The rest of the staff was attentive to all guests, professional and very kind. We had a wedding in our home, and Blue Plate made sure everything ...
was perfect. My guests raved about the food and the service. I highly recommend Blue Plate for all catering needs.
Reviewed On 8/20/2022 by Elena S
I cannot recommend Blue Plate Catering enough. The food was excellent (we had the brandied chicken, cherry pork medallions, and stuffed acorn squash), and our guests complimented it all weekend. The staff was also courteous, kind, and attentive...
. But perhaps most importantly, the level of professionalism Blue Plate, and Gary in particular, showed us was unmatched. We were originally told that they were unable to do a New Years Eve wedding, but when we said how much we wanted to work with them, they were able to move things around to accommodate us; then when we had to delay our reception, Gary sent us the kindest email and was completely willing to be flexible with the new date. Plus their prices are reasonable, especially for the quality you receive.
Reviewed On 8/20/2022 by Autumn M
Amazing food and staff! We booked Blue Plate for our wedding, we had compliments on our food all night. We also opted for the cheesecake bar for dessert and mac n cheese bar for our late night snack, best decision ever! Highly recommend.
Reviewed On 8/17/2022 by Jade L
The food was delicious! I am still getting compliments on the food now 2 weeks after the wedding. The food is the first thing people mention! The staff was professional and fun. This catering company is top notch and I highly recommend!
Reviewed On 8/05/2022 by Alicia C
Thank you, Maria, to you and your staff for your excellent food and service. The help you gave me when our centerpieces were quarantined by COVID in Michigan was perfect. I heard from many guests that the food was outstanding. I was also tol...
d that the wait staff was not visible, but were there as soon as you needed them. What a compliment! We will recommend you and hire you again!!
Reviewed On 8/02/2022 by Lillie A
Really enjoyed working with Maria and her staff. She gave us advice about how our wedding day could work, shared norms that we didnt think of, and was very receptive to what we wanted.
We had the taco bar with some passed apps and everything w...
as tasty. Our veg friends were happy too.
The bartenders we had made tasty old fashioneds and ritas for us.
10/10 would get married again.
Reviewed On 7/20/2022 by Madison H
Our food was delicious, the whole staff was friendly and easy to work with and they made dinner go so smoothly! Highly recommend working with blue plate for your big day!!
Reviewed On 7/09/2022 by Dana D
David & the Blue Plate Catering team were awesome to work with for our wedding! We went with a formal-dining-style - butler passed apps & plated 3-course dinner. It was all fantastic & the food was delicious! All of our guests were impressed ...
with how quickly dinner was served to everyone (130 guests) & enjoyed the large portions of food at dinner. Highly recommend!
Reviewed On 6/26/2022 by Nicole M
We hired Blue plate catering for our Sunday morning brunch wedding for over 100 people. Everything from the tasting, the menu planning , the details and the event was exceptional. Gary, was so responsive and quick to answer any and all question...
s we had. The food was so delicious. The staffing and service was phenomenal. So happy and impressed by all aspects. Highly recommend.
Reviewed On 6/21/2022 by Mandy W
Blue Plate did such an amazing job for our wedding! The food was so good and David was helpful from the beginning. The staff was also wonderful and friendly! I was so impressed one of the servers knew I was gluten free and made sure all the foo...
d I had was safe for me to eat. So awesome and highly recommend!!!
Reviewed On 1/14/2022 by Alicia L
If you want great tasting food, beautiful presentation, and a great catering staff -- you must use Blue Plate for your wedding! Nikki and her team made our daughter's wedding really wonderful (people are still commenting how yummy the food was...
at the big day!).
Reviewed On 12/08/2021 by Brie B
We were so pleased with Blue Plate and their staff. We worked closely with Gary who was so responsive and approachable with all of our questions and provided us with needed guidance/recommendations throughout the entire process. He was also so ...
accommodating during our tasting and gave us all of the options requested, as we are foodies and essentially wanted to try everything! He was also so patient with us as we changed our menu several times up until the final decision/head count needed to be made for the event. During our cocktail hour/reception, the staff with Blue Plate were so professional, attentive, and willing to help out at every corner, even asking us Bride and Groom if we needed drink refills, more food, napkins, etc! Food was excellent and delicious also with great flavor and was perfectly warm throughout the whole meal! You will not go wrong by choosing this catering team!
Reviewed On 11/19/2021 by M&S K
Easy to work with, great food.
Reviewed On 10/26/2021 by Jessie G
Blue Plate Catering knocked it out of the park! We had a wedding reception with over 350 people and their service, attention to detail and quality of food was exceptional. They took care of all our bar needs as well and provided fun cocktail id...
eas for our guests. The dessert display was a big hit, too. I highly recommend them!
Reviewed On 9/22/2021 by Amanda W
The food was delicious and everything we wanted for our day. Blue Plate had a large range of options for us to choose from and was very helpful in choosing what worked best with our wedding vision. The staff the day of were super helpful and pr...
ofessional. They were wonderful to work with.
Reviewed On 9/22/2021 by Aura W
David and the whole Blue Plate team are truly the best! They were so wonderful and easy to work with. We used them two separate times for our re-re-planned weddings, and they stuck with us through it all. I am so grateful to them for being so g...
enerous and accommodating over the past year. I HIGHLY recommend Blue Plate catering for any event. The food is to die for, and the service is just exceptional.
Reviewed On 8/30/2021 by Amanda R
Blue Plate was amazing, their food was delicious and when dinner was running 15 minutes late they were so apologetic and got everything back on track.
We also used them for bartenders too and the bartenders were so amazing and kept everyone saf...
e and having a good time.
Reviewed On 8/23/2021 by Bailey M
David and the Blue Plate Catering team are phenomenal. Planning a wedding during the pandemic is not easy, especially when you add in planning from out-of-state. David was flexible, graciously answered every email and questions quickly, and had...
a great process for getting ready for the day! On the day-of, the Blue Plate team did a fantastic job serving and bartending. They were professional and the woman running point kept everything running smoothly and kept us in the loop if she had any questions. Outside of the service, the food was also delicious and was enjoyed by everyones. One aspect we truly appreciated was the willingness to work with dietary restrictions/allergies and make anything we needed to happen, happen.
You cannot go wrong with having Blue Plate Catering as a wedding vendor - you won't regret it!
- Matthew and Bailey
Reviewed On 8/22/2021 by Patrick C
Greg and the whole team at Blue Plate Catering were remarkable, and the food was DIVINE! Can't say enough good things about how much of a pleasure it was to work with them!
Reviewed On 5/20/2021 by Molly Z
Blue plate went above and beyond for our May 2021 wedding. We heard from several guests that the food was “spectacular” and “outstanding” - and the service was seamless too. They even helped answer our questions about beverage and dessert servi...
ce, even though we only hired them specifically for the food portion of the evening. David was friendly and easy to communicate with and the day-of crew was super flexible and accommodating.
Reviewed On 2/02/2021 by Megan R
David at Blue Plate Catering was the most responsive, reassuring and professional vendor I had the pleasure of dealing with while wedding planning. Although our plans unfortunately had to change due to COVID, I'll definitely be in touch with th...
em down the road for any catering we may need. Great company with wonderful customer service!
Reviewed On 11/02/2020 by Lyndsey R
Ashley and the team at Blue Plate Catering were wonderful to work with. We had a last minute change of wedding plans due to the pandemic and it was so nice not having to worry about anything related to the food! Everything was delicious and t...
he whole team went above and beyond to make our day special and safe.
Reviewed On 10/26/2020 by Becca M
Blue Plate Catering was amazing. We loved the appetizers and the dinner. Kristin and Greg were our bartender and caterer. They were professional, followed safety precautions during COVID, and made sure we always had food or a beverage in hand. ...
It was spectacular!
Reviewed On 10/21/2020 by Jordan A
We booked Blue Plate for our wedding. Blue Plate had amazing food and were a preferred Caterer for our venue so they were our first choice.
I would have given 5 stars if solely rating off of day of performance. The gentleman we had working ou...
r event was sweet, timely, and stealthy. Also gave us our leftovers which was a nice bonus. He was extremely attentive of us and our guests.
But, setting up our event with Blue Plate was the hardest part of our wedding, and we got married during Covid. We were working with Gary and getting him to reply to our emails was like pulling teeth. I always felt like I was annoying him with each call.
The worst of it all, I reached out to Gary a few times telling him our Point of Contact at the venue had been trying to get ahold of him...he never reached out. So the day of, no one had any idea when they were arriving and it was a mess.
Communication was absolutely poor. Food was great. Gentleman day of was a delight. But I am so glad we no longer have to work with Blue Plate because it was a headache.
Reviewed On 10/15/2020 by Michael Y
We had a wonderful experience working with David and the rest of his team at Blue Plate to cater our wedding last month! His communication, reliability, and flexibility throughout our planning process was second to none. We had to reschedule ...
our wedding date on two separate occasions and downsize our guest list significantly to accommodate Covid restrictions. David was right there to work with us through the challenges that 2020 threw our way, and was always willing to go out of his way to help us navigate these challenges as they arose. Blue Plate’s pricing structure was transparent, and we believe we received a very good overall value for the high level of service his team delivered. The quality of both the food and service on the day of our wedding was excellent. We highly recommend working with Blue Plate to cater your wedding!
Reviewed On 10/10/2020 by Leanne M
Blue Plate Catering was everything we wanted and more! Due to COVID, we changed our wedding venue and ended up needing a caterer 4 weeks before our wedding date... this tight of a timeline can be stressful but David was so kind and reassuring....
Thanks to David and his team we were able to have a delicious dinner buffet that was served safely to our guests. Blue Plate also helped serve our desserts to guests from our dessert buffet table to prevent any cross contamination. I was very impressed with the can-do attitude.
The number one thing that stood out to me: The staff was very attentive to the wedding party. I have been in 3 weddings and have never before been able to partake in appetizers, Blue Plate came up to the wedding party both before and after the ceremony asking if we were hungry (before the ceremony) and brought us a tray of appetizers when we were taking photos during cocktail hour. I was so thrilled to actually be able to eat the appetizers that we had picked out and really appreciated the extra effort from the staff. Thank you Blue Plate Catering, Jon, Greg, Miranda and Lizzie for making our wedding day dreams come true.
Reviewed On 6/09/2020 by Meghan R
If we could give them 6 out of 5 stars, we would! Gary was amazing to work with! In fact, he was the one who reached out to us when our reception venue suddenly went out of business. Had it not been for him going the extra mile, we would have f...
ound out about this on the news. He has been amazing through this entire journey as our plans ebbed and flowed through the pandemic crisis. He has been incredibly supportive, is very knowledgeable about the industry in general, and has been an amazing guide through this entire process. We could not have asked for a better caterer! Having both attended events catered by Blue Plate before, we knew they had great food and service, but we could not have predicted how amazing they were to work with on our own event! Thank you, Gary and Blue Plate, for your incredible service and amazing support! We would recommend you to any couple in the Madison area looking to cater their wedding!
Reviewed On 5/04/2020 by Jess S
Blue Plate is AMAZING! David worked with us from day one setting up the tasting and was SO helpful along the way piecing together a menu that truly matched our style. We have gotten so many compliments, even months later about our food at the w...
edding. For our wedding we went with salmon, BBQ pork chop, and stuffed chicken breast, and all were delicious. The appetizers and late night snacks were a hit amongst the guests as well. We would highly recommend Blue Plate! Customer Service was top notch!!
Reviewed On 3/27/2020 by Zach L
Blue Plate Catering was amazing! We worked with David to get all the details squared away, and he was extremely responsive and helpful! The pricing was very competitive and they gave us a discount since we had an off season wedding. The salmon ...
and veggie lasagna were delicious and it was zero hassle on our wedding day! The egg rolls and samosas were delectable!
Reviewed On 12/16/2019 by Elizabeth M
We used Blue Plate Catering for our wedding. We live out of state so were not able to work a tasting into our schedule, but they were at an open house for our venue, so they kindly brought samples of the meals we were considering for us to try ...
at the open house. They were responsive and great to work with leading up to the big day. The food turned out delicious, and the appetizer display with fruits, cheeses, dips, etc. was beautiful! Thank you for helping our big day to be perfect!
Reviewed On 12/16/2019 by Luiza B
The Blue Plate Catering staff was a joy to work with. They were very attentive throughout the process. They provided an amazing tasting for us and our parents. They were great at making adjustments and recommendations to our order to best fit o...
ur needs and budget. They were professional and efficient during the wedding day itself. And the food was very tasty! Great great choice. We absolutely recommend these guys!
Reviewed On 11/25/2019 by Kathleen B
We got married at the end of October and went with Blue Plate Catering for the reception dinner – and we are SO happy we did! Everything about our experience with them was phenomenal! Gary was super responsive to our emails about setting up mul...
tiple tastings, gave us all kinds of different food options, and the Blue Plate team did a ton of work at the wedding to make sure the dinner went smoothly. And the food! The portion sizes were great (we got raving comments about that both during and after the reception), and everything was absolutely delicious! Working with Blue Plate was an excellent experience, and if we could do it all over, we’d pick them again in a heartbeat.
Reviewed On 11/03/2019 by Anna H
Great service, delicious food, and fun bartenders, everything ran so smoothly we would highly recommend blue plate for catering!
Reviewed On 7/23/2019 by Angela S
Such an excellent experience working with Blue Plate Catering, specifically David Porto. They were extremely helpful in crafting our menu and catering to our tastes when we had a few special requests. The staff that helped at our event was abso...
lutely excellent and helped everything to run so smoothly and just as we had planned. We had so many compliments on the food and the service. I would highly recommend Blue Plate for any event!
Reviewed On 7/13/2019 by Josh B
We hired Blue Plate's bar services for our wedding reception. Although their prices are a bit on the high side, it was definitely worth it. Our guests were very happy with the service, and there were no surprises between the estimate and the fi...
nal bill. Blue Plate was professional and easy to work with overall; our contact person was very clear in our email exchanges, and the bartender who worked our reception was punctual and professional. They may not be the most flexible catering company, but they are good at what they do and we were happy with the outcome.
Reviewed On 6/24/2019 by Becky C
We worked with Gary at Blue Plate and had such a wonderful experience! He was responsive and flexible and so knowledgeable about the planning process.
We had two tastings with Blue Plate - one with my (then) fiancé and my two parents and one w...
ith just me and my fiancé. The food was excellent both times. We were able to sample three different entrées at each tasting so we could pick the perfect options. They also included different side options so we'd have all the information needed to make the best decision. Such great service!
At the reception on the day itself, everyone we talked to said the food was delicious! In addition, they even helped us set up our tables' minimal decorations (candles and some greenery) and our cupcake display (which we ordered through a different vendor)! Couldn't recommend Blue Plate more!
Reviewed On 6/11/2019 by Bianca S
David was so helpful through the entire process, from setting up a tasting, to selecting our appetizers and dinner selections, to helping plan what we needed for our open bar. He answered all of my many emails so quickly and helped us cater an ...
amazing meal that all of our guests complimented us on. The servers and bartenders were very professional and did a wonderful job as well. Will recommend to all of my friends who are getting married in WI!
Reviewed On 5/13/2019 by Jennifer G
We had Blue Plate Catering handle everything at our wedding including the main buffet and the desserts. Everyone has complimented how sweet and fun the cheesecake bar was, and guests were raving at how warm, and delicious the chicken and fish w...
ere. The attention to creating a smooth meal process and helping to tailor the meal to our wants was so very professional and helpful in creating a stress free day. We had special plating requests for salads, as well as needs for two buffet lines and everything was exactly as we had talked about. I would definitely consider their services again in the future for events we may have.
Reviewed On 5/09/2019 by Katherine K
Delicious! My husband and I were just married and selected Blue Plate Catering out of Madison. We decided on a plated dinner and we couldn't be happier with our decision. The food was delicious. The servers and wait staff were very professi...
onal and very attentive. I HIGHLY recommend them for your next event. They have options for every budget. THANK YOU Tim and everyone!
Reviewed On 2/24/2019 by Leah G
We were so happy with Blue Plate Catering for the wonderful job they did catering our wedding in October! Maria and the whole team was great to work with - helpful, detailed, and accommodating. I also really appreciated that Maria took the time...
to explain everything to us at our tasting/planning meeting. Knowing how Blue Plate usually runs weddings gave us confidence in their ability to coordinate with other vendors and deliver a high quality "product" both in their service and the actual food. Maria was very patient with us throughout the whole process and made a point to ensure my husband and I had a chance to actually eat some of the appetizers on our wedding day. She also checked in with me during the reception to see if everything met my expectations! Truly great service!
The quality of the food was excellent and we received many compliments from our guests. I wanted something a little different than the typical meat, veggies and potato people usually eat at a wedding and Blue Plate had some great ideas! We ended up going with a pasta bar and Maria helped to ensure it was exactly what we wanted! The appetizers were also delicious and beautifully displayed - be sure to ask about the fruit/veggie/cheese/meat/cracker display they can do!
We made some additions to our order a few weeks before the wedding - a popcorn & diet coke bar for my mom's birthday! Not only was the Blue Plate team accommodating to this, they drafted up a separate invoice and helped keep it a surprise until the reception! It ended up being a fun way to honor my mom and I'm so appreciative to Blue Plate for making it come together.
Overall, we were impressed with the professionalism, flexibility, price point, service and quality of food at Blue Plate and would highly recommend them to anyone else!
Reviewed On 2/13/2019 by Morgan C
Blue Plate Catering was perfect for our wedding. We planned a brunch wedding and the food and service was great! So yummy! David was wonderful to work with and had things rolling smoothly for us. If we had to plan another gathering, we would us...
e Blue Plate again.
Reviewed On 1/28/2019 by Bridget R
David was so helpful and such a joy to work with. We very much appreciated all the work they did to make our evening lovely and everything flow smoothly.
Reviewed On 11/26/2018 by Kaylene K
Absolutely loved having Blue Plate as our food and beverage service vendor. Not only was the food amazing (we chose the All American BBQ), but the staff was courteous and nice. Customer Service is very important to me and they are on top of the...
Reviewed On 11/05/2018 by Laura F
Blue plate was responsive, reliable, and delicious! They took care of last minute requests and made sure we didn't stress on our wedding day.
Reviewed On 10/30/2018 by Cody M
From our first meeting, these guys were very professional. They fielded a gazillion questions from an over the top bride and I could never even tell if they were annoyed with me. They also asked me a bunch of questions that I hadn't thought a...
bout, which was extremely useful. The day of the wedding I barely even noticed them there (good thing). They were quick and efficient pre-dinner and during dinner and I assume after dinner. Their bar staff kept the drinks flowing and guests had no complaints. We had them running 2 bars, one upstairs and one downstairs, without issue. The contact person was very polite and had a smile on his face, you could tell he was enjoying his job. They've worked a lot with The Lageret (my venue) and I could tell that made the day run smoothly. The food we ordered was good. It was better at our taste testing, but that is to be imagined due to the mass production that was done for the wedding day. Presentation was great. Guests really enjoyed, we received several compliments. Overall great company to have cater your wedding or event. They make things easy!
Reviewed On 10/29/2018 by Katrina S
We had Blue Plate cater our 9/29/18 wedding and they were fantastic! David was prompt in answering all questions prior to our wedding and was great at offering suggestions to help us with our day. The staff the day off was great and very attent...
ive. We did the taste of Italy for our dinner and the cheesecake bar for dessert. Both were fantastic and our guests loved it!
Reviewed On 10/15/2018 by Ted G
So glad that we went with Blue Plate Catering for our wedding! Everyone loved their meal (including the bride and groom!) and they did a fantastic job accommodating guest's dietary needs, our other food-related wedding needs, and helping us out...
with any needs that popped up during the day. If you want a great caterer that makes sure your guests are well-fed while not breaking your budget, go with Blue Plate!
Reviewed On 9/11/2018 by Megan P
Blue Plate was a preferred vendor from our venue. From the initial contact, David was SO helpful. He helped to get all of our ducks in a row effortlessly, and even helped to make our vision of food stations come true.
The reason I am giving t...
hem 4 out of 5 is the staff on the day of seemed a bit confused. They couldn't find the silverware (they brought), and were a tad behind schedule. Right away when I greeted the servers and thanked them for being there, they had no clue who I was -- they just didn't seem overly knowledgeable or friendly about our event.
However this is all minor and wouldn't stop me from hiring them again. The food was delicious, and the rest of the evening went without problems. Many guests commented on the variety of the food as well as the great flavor. We went with a smashed potato bar, pasta station and carving station. I would highly recommend the smashed potatoes-- delicious!
Reviewed On 6/18/2018 by Julie D
We got married on 5/18/18 and had such an amazing experience with Blue Plate and Helen Pole. Helen was so helpful, flexible, and professional from the very beginning. She was quick to respond to emails and all of my bride questions. :) We got...
so many compliments during and after the wedding about how great the food was. The chefs and servers were so fast and efficient getting the food out at the reception. It was very impressive! I highly recommend Blue Plate!
Reviewed On 6/17/2018 by Jeff S
Blue Plate was an EXCELLENT caterer. They were extremely helpful throughout the entire planning process, offering help with any aspect of our day - even finding a band! The food was excellent and the serving staff were wonderful. The room looke...
d wonderful and Blue Plate charged by the hour, not task, and their manager made very good use of their hours! We had to remove several tables to make room for a dance floor and it all happened so seemlessly! Very personal and at the same time professional, I would highly recommend Blue Plate to any couple!
Reviewed On 12/21/2017 by Jillian P
Awesome food and helpful service! Thank you!
Reviewed On 11/14/2017 by Megan R
Blue plate was so amazing for our wedding. The pasta bar was so good- we got many compliments. The staff was very helpful and reliable.
Reviewed On 11/09/2017 by Sean M
Tim and the staff at Blue Plate catering could not have been more helpful as we worked to plan our wedding. On the day of, they masterfully managed to overcome the obstacles of being the first event in a new building. Additionally the guests ra...
ved about the food and the service provided by their bar staff. We highly recommend them for your wedding or event.
Reviewed On 10/29/2017 by Allison T
Blue Plate catered our wedding reception at Wisconsin Brewing Company, and we couldn't have asked for better food and service. They were easy to work with and very accommodating as we were planning the event. At the reception, they were true ...
professionals...they took care of everything and made it very easy on us. Plus the food was excellent! I would highly recommend Blue Plate if you are thinking about using them for an event.
Reviewed On 10/18/2017 by Kimm T
We were so impressed with Blue Plate Catering! Food was delivered quickly to all of our guests, the service was exceptional, and working with David to set up the day was easy, and he was always helpful.
I was especially impressed with how flex...
ible they were for our guests with dietary restrictions (myself included!). Everyone got something to eat that was delicious and within their needs!
Reviewed On 10/02/2017 by Dan M
Blue Plate Catering helped make our wedding reception dinner a delicious part of a fantastic day! With such an incredible selection of food, narrowing down our options was the hardest part, but Gary was most helpful guiding us through multiple...
tastings, and we ended up with a menu that was just what we were looking for! Getting photographs caused us to miss the cocktail hour, so it was great when they brought out each of the hors d’oeuvres just for us to try. The specialty drinks (especially the brandy old fashioned sours) were a hit with our guests, and gave out of towners a chance to try some Wisconsin flavor. Highly recommended!
Reviewed On 9/20/2017 by colleen m
Blue Plate was amazing to work with! Great communication, friendly and helpful staff, and delicious food. Our guests were extremely happy and we are too!
Reviewed On 9/11/2017 by Alyssa V
Fantastic! Gary was so patient throughout our whole wedding process and Blue Plate Catering really delivered on our wedding day. Awesome servers, so polite and talkative. We are so happy to have gone with Blue Plate.
Reviewed On 7/16/2017 by Angie T
Blue Plate did a wonderful job catering our wedding reception! Dinner, appetizers, and pie for dessert were all fabulous. Tim was very responsive and organized so the event ran extremely smoothly! Would definitely recommend for weddings and oth...
er catered functions.
Reviewed On 7/01/2017 by Arianna L
Easy to work with, although sometimes taking up to a few days to respond to emails. Food was great and guests raved about it. The serving team was very flexible with the schedule on the day of.
Reviewed On 6/21/2017 by Bonnie G
Tim and all the staff at BPC were very helpful, easy to work with, and were able to continuously work with us to find the best meal for our guests, within our budget. Staff were easily able to handle service to 250 people on our wedding day, e...
ven with a slight delay due to our schedule. Food was good and we were overall very impressed.
Reviewed On 11/20/2016 by Abby C
Blue Plate was an excellent choice for our wedding. They were very helpful and accommodating, and they prepared some really excellent food (I highly recommend their whiskey sage mushroom ravioli, it was a big hit). There is some room for improv...
ement with their chicken dishes- we found they were consistently dry. Beyond that, we were very pleased with Blue Plate and recommend them as a great option for your wedding reception.
Reviewed On 11/16/2016 by Alissa U
The food from Blue Plate is amazing! We were able to choose a number of options from a wide selection of types of food, and stayed in a reasonable price range. We had a number of appetizer options buttlered out during our cocktail hour, which w...
ere delicious, but the staff was also so great with it. Everyone we came in contact with was so friendly! For our dinner, we ended up having a buffet style dinner. The staff was able to setup quickly and tore everything down just as quickly so we could start our dance. Fantastic food and service!
Reviewed On 11/02/2016 by Kristen C
My daughter got married in September and after extensive research on catering companies, we decided to go with Blue Plate and I am so glad we did.
Not only was the food incredible (I have only got incredible reviews from the guests) but the s...
taff was kind, attentive to details and so easy to work with. We couldn't have asked for a better company to provide our food for us.
This means a lot coming from me since the food at the wedding was my main priority. There is nothing worse than having bad food at a wedding. I knew they would do a good job, but they blew me out of the water with how delicious and top notch quality everything was.
Will use them for all of my daughters weddings and all catering needs I have in the future. I highly suggest them!!
Reviewed On 10/31/2016 by Emily T
Blue Plate was so wonderful to work with - professional and efficient. David is so easy to talk to, and my husband and I felt very comfortable throughout the entire planning process. Our wedding venue was thrilled with the catering staff at Blu...
e Plate, and our guests raved about the food. Overall, we were very pleased and would definitely recommend this terrific team!
Reviewed On 10/31/2016 by Nicola P
What a perfect match! Working with Blue Plate Catering was one of the easiest parts of our wedding planning process. They know food and weddings - it's obvious. Our guests loved the dinner buffet and everything went better than we could have ho...
ped for - especial for a larger wedding reception. They also handled our bar, which was busy all night long. Everything was professional & delicious. Thanks, BPC!
Reviewed On 10/28/2016 by Lynn M
David was easy to work with, available throughout the process of planning our wedding and always prepared. Blue Plate was accommodating, catering staff were pleasant, and our wedding dinner went smoothly because Blue Plate was so professional. ...
The staff member in charge that night checked in several times to ensure the dinner was going just how we wanted and we were incredibly happy with the service.
Reviewed On 10/24/2016 by Kori A
We are so happy that we selected Blue Plate for our wedding! From the food, to our signature drink, they got every little detail. People raved about the food, especially the mini crab cakes and mini fish tacos. Special MVP to David and Patrick ...
who went out of their way to make the day perfect, even running to the store and making more of our signature drink, to keep our party going. We could not have made a better decision.
Reviewed On 10/22/2016 by Kayla O
Blue Plate did such an amazing job at our wedding! I would highly recommend them to anyone. I kept telling people that every time I met with David throughout the process I left feeling much less stressed than when I arrived! They were so easy ...
to deal with throughout the planning phase. On our wedding day I decided to have our ceremony inside which meant moving tables and flipping the room after the ceremony and all the Blue Plate employees were extremely helpful. I didn't have to worry about anything! The bartenders were great and anytime I needed anything David and his staff just seemed to already know and were already on it! I had so much fun on my wedding day and am very thankful to have chosen Blue Plate to help make the day run so smoothly.