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Reviewed On 11/21/2022 by Jessica D
My husband and I absolutely loved our dual plated meal for our wedding last month at Castle Farms, and our guests were raving about the meal and the service received. We had the beef tenderloin and chicken topped with a delicious caper sauce th...
at they modified to have artichokes instead of mushrooms to accommodate my husband's strong dislike of mushrooms and it was AMAZING. This modification was created during our planned tasting prior to the wedding, which we were grateful we were able to organize a few months before the wedding. The servers were wonderful and attentive, bringing us and the entire wedding party beverages after the ceremony, and checking in with us often during dinner to make sure our glasses were full, our meal was exceeding expectations, and making sure the personalized glasses and cake cutters gifted to us were used. We worked with Josh Kelly during the planning process, he was kind and very clear cut on what to expect the day of, and even provided a list for us on alcohol amounts for us to purchase at Costco to help keep the cost of everything within our budget. We're so grateful for how much Catering by Kelly's helped make our day perfect.
Reviewed On 10/25/2022 by Ryan P
This team is amazing! The best food we’ve ever had hands down! Everyone loved it and they were so quick and efficient with great customer service!
Reviewed On 10/11/2022 by Callie S
Catering by Kelly's was the best money we could have spent! Everyone at our wedding loved the food (we did a duet plate of chicken moutarde and tenderloin) and it came out piping hot to every table. The staff was incredible - they were so profe...
ssional and the services they offered were amazing. We also had them staff the bar and everyone RAVED about the bar tenders - no one had to wait for a drink and everyone just kept saying how nice and helpful they are.
I genuinely cannot recommend them enough.
Reviewed On 8/26/2022 by Sara Z
Catering by Kelly's catered/bartended my wedding on 5/29. I cannot say enough good things about working with Dan and his team. The prices were incredibly fair and the food was delicious. I have never had good food at a wedding, and my family an...
d I are "foodies" with a selective palette. This food was absolutely delicious. And we had so many unique requests and Dan was able to accommodate them was best as they could without increasing costs, and was honest about requests that did not seem feasible. During the tasting for example, we requested that they made changes to the salad dressing and they made those changes at the wedding. They were accommodating and displayed desserts that we brought from our favorite bakery. They served caviar that we brought in special for the wedding and served it with garnishes that we requested. They made very intricate signature cocktails. The servers and bartenders were amazing, and made sure that my husband and I had any food or drinks that we wanted at all times! I was blown away by this company and their food and service. Would recommend them again and again.
Reviewed On 7/26/2022 by Lindsey K
This is the caterer you NEED to hire. INCREDIBLE. AMAZING. WONDERFUL. There are not enough nice things to say. From the customer service, food, and bar tending, they made our wedding spectacular.
Reviewed On 7/22/2022 by Allison W
Catering by Kelly's did a wonderful job at our wedding. The guest loved the food and many said it was the best wedding food they have ever had. They were very organized and helpful throughout the process.
Reviewed On 7/18/2022 by Kristina R
I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Catering by Kelly's. They catered two meals and a cocktail hour for our wedding weekend and the guests absolutely RAVED about it! One guest told me the food was a 15/10 and so good she d...
idn't even use the (super delicious) sauces because the meat was prepared so well. Their staff was extremely professional and sweet. They really steered us in the right direction and elevated the food menu we were going for. LOVED working with them and will be sure to recommend to anyone in need of a 5 star catering service.
Reviewed On 6/19/2022 by Emily F
I booked Kelly's because my sister had such a wonderful experience with them at her wedding in 2016. They're professional and communicative and we received many compliments on the food at our wedding. They were able to execute three different e...
ntree options and they provided bartending services, linens, and a coffee bar. However, we did have an issue with the payment. They don't collect the final remainder until the end of the night, so I gave a blank check to my wedding planner to pay them. They ended up charging me $2,000 more than what my contract said. When I called to discuss it, they explained that some of the prices had increased, which I completely understand, but we had 5+ phone calls in the weeks leading up to the wedding and they could have explained the increase at any point in time. They ultimately refunded me $800 but that wasn't until I was in tears.
Reviewed On 6/03/2022 by Courtney K
It was important to my husband and myself to have good food on our wedding day and Catering by Kelly's delivered this for us! Both Dan and Josh prior to the wedding had great communication, got back to us quickly with answers and were over all ...
great to work with. The food was full of flavor, fresh and was served hot! The servers did check on the two of us during our cocktail hour while we were taking pictures and made sure to set aside some appetizers as well as get us both a beverage which was much appreciated. The food was great, the staff was professional and they were great to work with!
Reviewed On 10/26/2021 by Samantha B
We hired Catering by Kelly’s for our wedding this past weekend. Dan is amazing and knows his stuff! I trusted him and his staff to make our wedding great and he did just that. We received so many compliments on our food. The food was amazing an...
d the service was top notch.
Reviewed On 10/07/2021 by Leeza M
Catering by Kelly's did a great job at our wedding. The food and service were great! My husband and I (sadly) didn't get to try any of our appetizers, but all of our guests said they were amazing, the dinner was super tasty. During the entire n...
ight, I never had to worry about service - our main server made taking care of everything the day of easy. Highly recommend!
Reviewed On 9/28/2021 by Taylor G
AMAZING food. Our guests honestly all told me multiple times throughout the night how great everything was. As the bride I didn’t get to enjoy it as much as I wanted lol but I was so happy. The staff was also phenomenal. We had someone attend t...
o us as the bride and groom all night. I was so happy with our catering choice!
Reviewed On 9/08/2021 by Kari A
Catering by Kelly’s was the one blight on our daughter’s otherwise perfect wedding day. While we fully appreciate the challenge of delivering a wedding during a pandemic, the communication pre-wedding was arrogant and dismissive. The day of s...
taff was less than 50% what was promised and in our contract. Water and wine glasses sat empty during dinner and toasts. The food was fine, but staff was overwhelmed - dropping trays, and at best indifferent and at worst downright rude and uncaring. We so appreciate all the vendors that made my daughter’s beautiful wedding day possible, unfortunately, Catering by Kelly’s was not one of them.
Reviewed On 9/08/2021 by Kari a
Our experience before, during and after the event fell far short of our expectations. In pre-wedding meetings and communications, they were arrogant and dismissive. On the day of, the servers and bartending staff was understaffed by at least ...
50% versus what was promised. Wine and water glasses sat empty during dinner and toasts. The servers were overwhelmed at best (dropping trays) and downright rude at worst. While we appreciate the challenges of holding a wedding during Covid, and are so grateful to the many vendors who helped to make our daughter’s wedding day so special, unfortunately Catering by Kelly’s was not one of them. As one of the biggest expenditures on your wedding day, I would take your dollars elsewhere!
Reviewed On 9/07/2021 by Ellie J
Dan and his team catered my wedding at Ciccone Vineyard in August. Catering by Kelly's came highly recommended to us (you can see why based on his other reviews). Unfortunately, Catering by Kelly's did not fully live up to our expectations and ...
I had a different experience than many others who have posted reviews.
I want to preface this review by acknowledging that we are in a nation-wide staffing shortage, so I appreciate the Catering by Kelly's staff members who are probably working double-time because of this. That being said, they seemed severely understaffed at our wedding and it made the service quite slow and frustrating. Water and wine glasses were only filled once during dinner (nearly 2 hours total). People started to get up from their tables in search of water and wine. There were only 2-3 servers passing out entrees to 170 guests - they were trying so hard to get the food out that one server actually tripped and fell down with a tray of food. None of these issues were the end of the world, but I found it especially frustrating because one of the reasons we chose Catering by Kelly's is because they expressed so much confidence in their ability to do a plated dinner at a large wedding.
The communication leading up to the wedding was efficient - but slightly unpleasant. We felt rushed and somewhat unwelcome during our tasting. My questions were met with a condescending tone and over-confidence in the team's abilities.
The food was solid (the beef tenderloin is actually delicious - need to give credit where credit is due).
All in all, Catering by Kelly's did a fine job. They have very competitive prices and good food. The service was a bummer and the communication was cold.
Reviewed On 7/31/2021 by Emily Jo W
HOLY MOLY! Catering by Kelly's food was fantastic! They were amazing to work with and loved that we could get wait staff and bartender through them (he kept the drink coming all night long), it was a blast! Every service they provided was aweso...
me from linens to staff to the food, all was exceptional and really easy to work with!
Reviewed On 7/09/2021 by Amanda C
Catering by Kelly's catered my wedding this past weekend and the food was to die for. Several of my guests (myself included) stated that this was "the best food they've ever had at a wedding". The staff was super friendly, kind, and skilled as ...
Reviewed On 6/27/2021 by Magan C
We had Catering by Kelly’s Cater the food and bartend for our wedding up in Northport MI on 6/19/21. We cannot speak highly enough of this catering company! The food was phenomenal, we received many compliments! The catering staff and bartend...
er went above and beyond. Everything was amazing and just what you would dream of for your wedding day. Would recommend 10/10!
Reviewed On 6/08/2021 by L K
Kelly’s was incredible. Dan, the owner, was incredibly organized and you could tell he knew exactly what he was doing. At our tasting he provided many recommendations and helped pick out the perfect pairings. The wedding day, his team did an in...
credible job. The appetizer display was beautiful and the bruschetta was to die for. His staff went above and beyond and took appetizers to the dressing room for the bridal party to enjoy, without us asking. They thought of everything. Staff came out to bring drinks to my husband and I while were taking photos at the venue. They orchestrated the champagne toast perfectly. We used them for bar and catering. For the bar, we did specialty drinks which they made and were well stocked of. We did a plated dinner and they were so efficient with serving 170 people and making sure everyone was served at the same time. I have been to weddings where the first people to receive meals were already done eating before the final table received their meals. This was by far not the case with Kelly’s. They were incredible. Many guests told us it was the best wedding food they have ever had and we definitely agree. I have gone to two weddings they catered and the food is unsurpassed. We did a duet plate of tenderloin and chicken moutarde with Gouda potatoes and Brussel sprouts. Even the vegetarian risotto had rave reviews. There are not enough stars to explain how amazing they are.
Reviewed On 6/02/2021 by Ariel C
We have gotten so many complements about our food. We chose a family style breakfast which was incredibly affordable and super tasty. The staff was all friendly and super helpful. I highly recommend them.
Reviewed On 11/23/2020 by Jodi M
Catering By Kelly's was an easy choice for our wedding! The experience and professionalism is wonderful and the food we amazing! Our guests were blown away at the flavor of the meal and props to the servers who took it upon themselves to come ...
and find my husband and I to make sure we had a beverage and some appetizers before we took our pictures. Catering by Kelly's will always be a great option!!
Reviewed On 8/22/2020 by Justine C
Catering by Kelly’s catered our wedding on 8-1-2020 at Aurora Cellars and we could not have been happier with them! I remember when we had our first tasting with the owner, Dan Kelly. When we arrived at the tasting he said, “I hope you’re hungr...
y.” Dan had prepared four different chicken dishes, salmon, risotto, pasta and two different salads for us to try. We were so impressed! All the meals were excellent and he let us take home whatever food we couldn't finish.
We chose three fantastic entrée options for our guests: chicken moutarde, grilled salmon and vegetable risotto. Smoked gouda redskin mashed potatoes and asparagus with fire-roasted sweet peppers were the delicious sides. The wonderful salad we chose had organic spring greens, a pear infused white balsamic vinaigrette and was topped with goat cheese, dried cherries and toasted almonds. During cocktail hour, five amazing hors d’oeuvres were served: 1) a chef’s display of cheeses, olives, fruits and crackers, 2) bruschetta with fresh pesto, tomatoes, capers, garlic relish, feta cheese and tapenade, 3) swedish meatballs, 4) baked vegetable stuffed mushrooms, and 5) assorted mini croissant sandwiches. As a late night snack, three different flat bread pizzas were served: traditional, pesto with tomato and mozzarella and wild mushroom with asiago cheese.
Catering by Kelly’s knocked it out of the park! The food was outstanding, it was beautifully presented and the service was terrific. So many guests told us how much they loved the food and how impressed they were by the service. We were also very happy with the bartenders, the way they made our signature cocktails and the wine service they provided during dinner. Most importantly, all the food and drinks were served safely to a large group of people during this COVID pandemic. All the servers and bartenders wore masks and gloves and sneeze guards were put up at the appetizer table and bar. Catering by Kelly’s was so professional and we could tell they really love what they do. Thank you Dan Kelly and the rest of the Catering by Kelly’s team! Thank you for being such an important part of our big day. We are so happy we chose you as our wedding caterer! We highly recommend Catering by Kelly’s for your next catered event!
Reviewed On 8/06/2020 by Arianna H
Kelly’s catering was amazing and had the best tasting. All of the other vendors we told that we were using Kelly’s were so excited for us and told us their food was to die for. We had the most delicious tasting and they really worked with us to...
help us plan a unique, small wedding. They have clearly done a lot of weddings and are very good at what they do. They were even willing to travel out to Indian River for us, one of the few caterers in the area that was willing to do that.
We unfortunately didn’t get to have our wedding due to COVID but Kelly’s was graceful in handling our cancellation and I would highly recommend you book them sooner than later since they are in high demand.
Reviewed On 3/11/2020 by Julia C
We were absolutely thrilled with the work Catering by Kelly's did for our wedding. From the beginning stages they were kind, accommodating, creative and punctual.
They worked with us on making our menu exactly what we had dreamed of and even s...
pecial ordered a specific item for our menu!
Our tasting was spot on with the flavors we would taste on our big day!
The day of the event was executed flawlessly. The Catering by Kelly's team on-site was a level of service i could only dream of. They were kind, quick, punctual and fun! We were assigned a personal server for just myself and my groom and she went out of her way to make our night special. Consistently checking on us to see if we needed a beverage, water, food and to make sure we were eating! I felt like royalty!
The food displays and plated meals were all on time, generous portions and fresh.
I would highly recommend Catering by Kelly's to anyone in the Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties looking for a caterer.
Reviewed On 12/01/2019 by Daniel W
We couldn't be happier with the caterer we had at our venue. Please find more details below!
Ease of doing business: this is Dan’s differentiator IMO. Dan kelly is a pro. A few examples were after our tasting we completely switched our entire ...
menu and the price changed by a couple hundred dollars and it didn’t affect Dan’s demeanor. Also, we flew in cakes from Milk Bar in NYC and he gladly received them, stored then and brought them to the venue for us ... like I said, never was there a ? that caught him off guard or a request he couldn't handle with ease
Food: we had the duet plate of prime rib and Parmesan encrusted fish with Gouda potatoes and season veggies in a tent. Guests could not believe how hot the food was and some folks even said it was some of the best food they’ve had at a wedding! Margie and I absolutely loved it and couldn’t have been more proud of what we served.
Service: All of our guests mentioned how attentive and “in the moment” the servers and bartenders were for our event. Food was great but having people who were invested in the magic of a wedding day was amazing.
Collaboration: this was another characteristic that I hadn’t taken into account enough until it rained our entire wedding day and we needed to call some serious audibles (ie serve alcohol as of 440pm instead of 630, having to run and grab more alcohol at 930). Given dan and Kris have such a good relationship ... they were able to tag team everything the whole day and everything went off perfectly!
Reviewed On 11/22/2019 by Katelyn S
Dan and his team did an incredible job for our wedding. The food was SO GOOD. We heard so many compliments saying it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding. Thank you guys so much! We highly recommend them, you will not be disappointe...
Reviewed On 10/24/2019 by Shelby B
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dan and his team. Of course he checks off all the things you hope your caterer will be; professional, high quality, responsive, flexible, etc. etc. etc.!! That being said, it's Dan and his team’s commi...
tment to go above and beyond what was asked from him that makes him so special. For example, we knew we didn’t want traditional menu options for our wedding. He put together an amazing build-your-own gourmet burger bar which everybody LOVED. I still have guests, coworkers, etc. come up to me and say it was the best meal they’ve had at a wedding. Additionally, his bar staff was amazing, friendly, and accommodating to all of our specific bar requests. Without being asked, their team prepared a plate of appetizers for my husband and I that was at our table when we got back from taking photos during cocktail hour. Like many couples at their wedding, we were so busy greeting and spending time with guests we didn't have time to sit down and fully enjoy our meal. CBK’s staff boxed up some food for my husband and I to take with us. Not only did we get to properly enjoy the meal later on, but it saved us having to make food when we were exhausted after the festivities. It’s those little details they did without being asked that really makes Dan and CBK the best caterer in northern Michigan.
Reviewed On 10/22/2019 by Stephen G
Catering by Kelly's provided food for our wedding with over 170 people. They offered a huge array of delicious options for every course and were completely flexible at every step. We used their full china and plate service to reduce the trash t...
he wedding generated. We had local bison, walleye, and a nine bean ratatouille for mains. All of the food was exquisite and the service was impeccable. While there may be lower and higher cost options, Catering by Kelly's is by far the best value and the most flexible for menus and locations. You can't go wrong with them!
Reviewed On 10/11/2019 by Meghan K
Absolutely amazing! We got so many compliments on how delicious the food was and there was no shortage of it! Everything was hot, delicious and all of the staff were professional and courteous! Thank you all so much!
Reviewed On 10/02/2019 by Liah V
Absolutely delicious food! Dan Kelly was super easy to work with. The chicken piccata exceeded all expectations. Highly recommend.
Reviewed On 9/29/2019 by Meghan J
We used catering by Kelly’s for our wedding at Fountain Point resort and were extremely happy. Our initial planning with Dan was great and he was incredibly flexible with the menu we requested. Our appetizer spread was fantastic and our plat...
ed meal was delicious. A number of guests commented on how much they enjoyed our food (and so did we)! We did have a miscommunication through our wedding planner about some menu items, as well as style of service (family vs plated) but Catering by kelly’s was very responsive afterwards, explained what happened and worked with us to make things right. Definitely recommend a wedding or other event!
Reviewed On 9/25/2019 by Abby G
Exceptional service and incredible food, Catering by Kelly’s helped make our wedding day the best day of our lives. Highly recommend to hire them, they will not disappoint! Everyone shared with us how amazing the food was and how professional...
the staff were, Dan knows what he is doing and will make anyone’s dining experience memorable.
Reviewed On 9/09/2019 by Clare R
Hiring Catering by Kelly's was a great choice! Dan was very flexible, easy to talk to, and honest with us about what he thought would work well vs. what wouldn't. He made us a super delicious custom menu that our guests loved - super flavorful...
, unique, and beautifully presented!
Reviewed On 9/01/2019 by Vivienne H
When we started wedding planning, we agreed that having great food was a priority. We asked around to find out which catering company in the Traverse City area had the best reputation, and the overwhelmingly unanimous answer from everyone we as...
ked was Catering by Kelly’s. Everyone was right - our food was AMAZING! We were blown away by the food at our tasting and again at the wedding, and our guests raved about how good the food was. The gouda mashed potatoes were especially a hit!
Reviewed On 8/17/2019 by Ann Harper C
What can I say...
Catering by Kelly’s was EXTREMELY professional and on the ball. By the time the wedding rolled around I had complete confidence in Dan and his team. Our wedding planner, MerryMakers introduced us to this dynamic team and as a...
result our wedding meal was one I will remember for years to come.
We had fresh local organic fare whenever possible. Everyone loved it. We chose roasted leg of lamb and lake trout to serve family style with green beans and a roasted fingerling potatoes. They did it all out of a cool tent in the back of my parents yard. AMAZING!
Reviewed On 6/15/2019 by Lisa M
Dan Kelly told us at our tasting - "There will be things that we do for you that you won't have even thought to request" and he was right! One example: the bridal party was famished after pictures, but before dinner. The Kelly team had large p...
latters of our appetizers prepared for them prior to their introductions - without my request! All evening long I felt they were one step ahead, always so pleasant and accommodating. Our "up-scale" taco bar exceeded our expectations - highly recommend the Kelly team!
Reviewed On 6/12/2019 by Angela L
Catering by Kelly’s did two events for us the wedding weekend. First, on Friday, a South African themed welcome party. We knew this was a weird request but they absolutely nailed the food for this event. Everyone loved it! The food at the weddi...
ng was also incredible, and people are still talking about it (especially those yummy Gouda mashed potatoes). Beyond that, every expectation was met and their service was outstanding.
Reviewed On 6/02/2019 by McKenna C
Catering by Kelly's catered our wedding reception at the Sojourn Lakeside Resort. One word for y’all: yummmmmmmmmm. Seriously, their food is amazing! Not to mention, their wait staff was impeccable, and Dan was great to work with!
Reviewed On 10/31/2018 by Dana F
The food was ABSOLUTELY delicious! Even my picky in laws to be ate everything. The staff's presence was perfect in that you did not know they were there yet everything was done and clean. Planned our entire menu via email. Chef Kelly was so...
easy to work and communicate with!
Reviewed On 10/20/2018 by Aubrey P
Catering by Kelley’s was great. Food was delicious and they took care of everything for us. I would highly recommend.
Reviewed On 10/19/2018 by Terri G
After reading many amazing reviews about Catering by Kelly's, it seemed to be a no-brainer to contact Dan Kelly about catering our daughter's wedding in northern Michigan. Once we confirmed he was open on the wedding date, we received a sample ...
dinner and appetizer menu from him. We perused the menu and never looked back - everything sounded delicious and we had no reason to make a single change to it. He even had vegan and vegetarian options available. The food was phenomenal and everyone raved about it which is not something you typically hear about "wedding food". Our venue was in a barn where every single thing needed to be brought in, but because Dan and his staff were so familiar with the venue, there was absolutely no cause for concern. They provided all the dinnerware, glasses, ice, etc. as well as the servers and bartenders. His casual, laid back attitude was exactly what we needed in the weeks leading up to the big day! His staff was excellent, very attentive to the guests, great bartenders and the food was HOT! They cleaned everything up at the end of the night, organized the rest of the items that needed to be left behind and the place was immaculate when we went to pick things up the next day. I can't praise Catering by Kelly's enough - we had an awesome experience!
Reviewed On 9/25/2018 by andrea b
From the 1st tasting to the reception, Dan was so great to work with! Everyone complimented us on how excellent the food & service was. He was helpful & communicative through out the whole planning process.
Reviewed On 9/19/2018 by Sarah B
A breakdown in communication with the owner resulted in a negative experience. We had a large appetizer display and BBQ with several sides at our reception. To our surprise, there were NO left overs boxed up for us to take home.
We contacted ...
the owner to express our disappointment. He stated that this detail should have been discussed during the "final checklist." We never received a "final checklist" and would expect a professional catering company to disclose this information. He also made several excuses why he doesn't box up left over food rather than acknowledging our frustration or learning from the experience. After our conversation with Dan, we started to wonder if boxing left overs was a standard practice.
Come to find out, every other caterer proposal that we received during the planning process INCLUDED boxing of left overs for the bride and groom. Our recently married friend's and family also confirmed that they received this service without asking their caterer.
Catering was one of our largest expenses and we do not feel like we received a good value from Catering by Kelly's. It's unfortunate because the food and service were exceptional but poor management made all the difference for us.
Reviewed On 9/14/2018 by Sonja O
Dan was always an email away and responsive to my gazillion questions. The menu offerings are impressive and the star items were definitely the mashed potatoes and the marinated flank steak. My guests raved about their duet plates all weekend! ...
The bartender, I believe his name was Mike, was everything I could have hoped for in one. Friendly, professional, personable and overall PERFECT for the intimate tone of my small winery wedding. The whole team was polite and on the ball, I am SO relieved and happy I went with catering by Kelly's without sampling them beforehand, they were exceptional with service & food and even catered to my vegetarians and Crohn's guests. Thank you guys!
Reviewed On 9/08/2018 by Michelle M
Catering by Kelly's did an AWESOME job for our wedding! They were professional, very easy to work with from the beginning to the end (which is a MUST when planning a wedding!), and their food was DELICIOUS! All our guests enjoyed the quality fo...
od put out by Dan and his team. I would definitely recommend Catering by Kelly's for any event in the Traverse City and surrounding areas... Thank You Catering by Kelly's!!
Reviewed On 9/08/2018 by Lisa L
Catering by Kelly's made my son's wedding day completely stress free. We had appetizers, sit-down dinner and taco bar for 175 people and everything ran flawlessly. Their crew was professional, unobtrusive and attentive. The food was outstand...
ing and our guests were very complimentary. I highly recommend Catering by Kelly's.
Reviewed On 9/04/2018 by Alec M
Catering by Kelly’s is an ultra professional catering company. The food is top notch, the servers are well disciplined, and the Bartenders are knowledgeable. However if you go in for a tasting it will be short and sweet, Dan is not one for smal...
l talk, we were in and out in about 30 minutes. The food was well received by all of our guests including those who were vegetarians! If you are looking for proper plated meals for your wedding to match the quality and class of Castle Farms look no further. As a side note this vendor does not offer vendor meals so we ended up ordering pizza for the other vendors, they do offer half priced kids meals though which was nice. Also paying on the day of the wedding by check is sort of annoying and not really something I wanted to deal with. I would have preferred paying by credit card over the phone before hand, but that wasn’t really presented as an option. Don’t let that scare you away from this fantastic caterer!
Reviewed On 8/29/2018 by Justine D
Catering by Kelly’s team did an amazing job catering our wedding reception. Dan was prompt with phone calls and emails and set me at ease while planning from a far. The food was absolutely delish I still have guest telling how good the food was...
especially the steak! The presentation of the food was elegant as well. If you are planning an event or wedding in northern Michigan I would recommend Catering By Kelly’s in a heartbeat!
Reviewed On 8/17/2018 by Sarah M
We were extremely pleased we chose Catering by Kelly's for our wedding reception!! :) Dan was very easy to work with and answered all of our questions promptly! He was kind enough to work with us to do a food tasting on a weekend we were in to...
wn prior to the wedding since we don't live in TC so that we could select our menu! Food & service was top notch! And it was awesome that he put together a handful of gluten & dairy free plates for our guests that needed them! It was a magical day! :)
Reviewed On 8/11/2018 by Lorraine B
Dan Kelly and his staff and wonderful. Our guests from as far away as Ireland and England are still raving about the great food and service at our daughter's wedding. Since the wedding was at our home, it could have been difficult for Dan and h...
is staff to accomplish all they did......but they did it, and they did it perfectly. From appetizers to bar service, to a wonderful dinner and late evening pizza, everything was spot on. Every person was who involved in cooking, serving, or cleaning up did it with courtesy and a smile, even on a HOT day and evening. The entire crew was great, from start to finish. Thank you, Dan, and staff.
Reviewed On 7/30/2018 by Julie W
I am so glad that we used Catering by Kelly's for our wedding day! Our venue did not have food provided so we were looking for a caterer. I was recommended by an acquaintance who also used Catering by Kelly's for their wedding. Dan was great...
about communicating with me and also accommodating my guests with specific food requests and allergies. We chose to do a mixed grill which was beef tenderloin, lamb, and shrimp scampi. I highly recommend that meal! It was delicious and our guests loved the food! I highly recommend them for catering!
Reviewed On 6/19/2018 by Tracy P
Catering By Kelly's was amazing! Dan was extremely adaptable as we have a lot of food allergies in our families. The food was outstanding and still hearing from guests that it was the best food they have ever had at a wedding, especially for ha...
ving a pop up outdoor kitchen! The wait and bar staff was beyond helpful and knew when to move stars around to keep the flow of the bar going! They definitely helped made the night an amazing one! Cannot recommend Cater by Kelly's enough!
Reviewed On 6/10/2018 by Emma R
Everything about our experience with Kelly’s exceeded our expectations. The setup, the wait staff, the FOOD. They just did a knockout job. Our favorite thing about them was that they made everything go so smoothly and took care of all the littl...
e details. They have so much experience with catering weddings that they make it seem easy, which made us feel very comfortable! During the reception, they always made sure we were at ease, offering to get us food or a drink so we could continue to chat with our guests. Everyone loved the food, from the spread of appetizers during the cocktail hour, to the chicken and carved beef for dinner. Working with Dan Kelly beforehand to plan out what we wanted was a breeze as well. Dan is such a nice guy, and made sure everything turned out exactly as we hoped.
These guys are total pros. Thanks Dan and the entire staff for such an awesome job!
Reviewed On 6/02/2018 by Nancy K
Great food, great prices, great choices and the staff is always so very professional. Would highly recommend Catering by Kelly’s.
Reviewed On 12/05/2017 by Samantha W
Cannot say enough good things about Catering by Kelly’s. The planning process was so easy, the staff was beyond attentive and kind, and we received compliments about the food all weekend long. The staff made sure we were never without a drink, ...
appetizers or food. I highly recommend Catering by Kelly’s to anyone hosting a wedding or special event.
Reviewed On 10/16/2017 by Rebecca B
I cannot day enough about Dan Kelly and his team. From the quote to clean-up on the night of our wedding we had all the help and insight we could ever need. Not just that but I am STILL getting phone calls, texts, and Facebook messages about ho...
w we had the best wedding food our guests have EVER had. The meat was cooked perfectly, was hot when it was served, and was accompanied by the best mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts I’ve ever had. Also, everyone was full, but not uncomfortable and definitely not left hungry looking for snacks. So happy with Catering by Kelly’s, I recommend them to everyone, you will not regret working with them.
Reviewed On 10/16/2017 by Lynn S
Excellent food and service for our daughter’s wedding at Higgins Lake!
Reviewed On 9/18/2017 by Jordyn Z
We chose catering by Kelly's for our wedding and it was the best decision we made. Everybody was raving about the food, it was INCREDIBLE. The chicken Marsala was so tender and flavorful and the beef tenderloin and mashed potatoes were just as ...
amazing. Can't say enough good things. Dan is so very helpful and he knows what he is doing that's for sure!
Reviewed On 9/12/2017 by Katherine M
Catering by Kelly's was wonderful to work with. The communication with Dan, the owner was prompt and respectful. I really really was impressed by his communication with me. He accommodated a tasting for my parents and I and made more than he...
usually does for a tasting to make sure we were happy. The steak was such a huge hit at our wedding, we were getting non-stop compliments. Everything was delivered and promptly served without a hitch. We were very impressed and will recommend him for any future catering needs. Yum. Thanks Dan.
Reviewed On 9/07/2017 by Concy R
Catering by Kelly's was wonderful. They were so easy to work with, brought everything with them that we could have possibly needed, had excellent servers who were polite and speedy, and served absolutely delicious food. They know this busines...
s inside and out and make the process so easy!
Reviewed On 9/05/2017 by Jessica M
Catering By Kelly's catered our August 2017 wedding and the food was delicious! Working at a new venue, they were able to make my wish of having a plated dinner a reality. Food was served hot and servers were very attentive. We served the veget...
arian Penne Pasta and Mixed Grill (grilled salmon, beef tenderloin & lamb chop) and all three proteins were excellently seasoned and cooked to their appropriate temperatures. Additionally, we were pleased that the Mixed Grill entree was gluten-free to accommodate some of our guests with dietary restrictions.
Reviewed On 7/20/2017 by Alysha R
The food was absolutely amazing. The caterers were all nice and professional to our guests and they made enough food to feed an army! What I really liked though, is dan the manager set up a food tasting around our schedule unlike most places th...
at make the bride and groom go to an event on a certain time and day. The catering company also allowed us to pick up the linens the day before and return them the day after instead of making us set up and tear down during the reception. Very accommodating. Highly recommend!
Reviewed On 7/10/2017 by Ally S
We live in Colorado and got married at Houghton Lake, MI in June. We booked Kelly’s without a tasting and with only a couple of emails back and forth because of the other stunning reviews. After reading a few pages of reviews, I just knew he wa...
s going to be right for us. BEST DECISION we made for our wedding day. It was the one splurge we made and it was money well spent. You get what you pay for with Kelly’s!! It poured rain the entire day at our venue (stopped right before the ceremony!) and our incredible chef still prepped the most amazing meal I’ve ever had at a wedding right there on site! He did a fantastic job, and we received a TON of compliments from our friends and family confirming that it was the best wedding food they had ever had as well! Honestly the best red-skinned mashed potatoes I have ever tasted.
I also cannot say enough kind words about the staff. When we picked up tablecloths from Dan the day prior, not only did he give us extra just in case, but he also brought extra on the day of the wedding. Thank goodness he did, because it saved the day. 3 separate times the wind knocked over all our flower vases and spilled flower water all over tables. So 3 times the staff removed all the centerpieces and decor, put new tablecloths on, and replaced everything.
Although the food was outstanding, I will say you are paying for their incredible service. The bartenders were PHENOMENAL, funny, entertaining, and thoughtful. The waitress staff continuously checked in with us and our parents to ask if we’d like a drink or if we’d like them to make us a plate of food. When we ended up with a ton of leftover food, they boxed it all up so we could eat it throughout the week (we totally did--it was so delicious!). When we forgot to put the cake out in all the weather chaos, they set up the cake, the groom’s cake, and hunted down our knife and server. They went ABOVE and BEYOND to make the day incredible. One of the servers even gave me a genuine and warm hug and congratulations when she was leaving as if we were old friends. In three words: book them now. You won’t regret it.
Reviewed On 6/25/2017 by Megan S
These people are incredible. If you're as lucky as we were to book them, you will not be disappointed. Amazing team, impeccable food, great service, extremely professional and fun! Loved having them for our rehearsal dinner, reception and Sunda...
Reviewed On 2/18/2017 by Kelly B
Catering by Kelly's did a phenomenal job at our wedding. The food was absolutely delicious and all of our guests commented on how good it was: "best wedding food I've ever had!" was a common compliment we received. Dan was able to take the me...
nu we created and help us tweak it to make it work for a large group, and was very accommodating to our family-style service preference. Another hit of the night from Kelly's was our bartender - everyone loved him! (unfortunately I don't recall his name as I never even made it to the bar!) We were thrilled at how smoothly our family-style meal went, thanks to the very professional serving staff. We highly recommend Dan Kelly and his team!
Reviewed On 11/24/2016 by Brandi S
I'm a little behind on this review, but what better day to say, "Thank you," than on Thanksgiving?
We live downstate, so all of our wedding planning was done online. We didn't even come up to do a tasting, but we were 110% confident based on o...
ur communication with Dan, plus all of the stellar reviews. The service was nothing short of impeccable and the food was incredible. I watched many guests go up for seconds and thirds! Our venue had never had Catering by Kelly's for any of their weddings, but the owner stopped us at the end of the night and wanted to tell us that they loved working with them. They even added them to their preferred vendor list because they were so impressed! And that was after one wedding! You really can't go wrong with Catering by Kelly's. Just be prepared for friends and family to constantly tell you how amazing the food was!
Reviewed On 10/28/2016 by Katie B
Catering by Kelly's is amazing. We held our reception at their outdoor venue, which was beautiful and spacious. Their staff was extremely friendly and flexible. Working with Dan Kelly, the owner, was so easy. He is very flexible and accommodati...
ng with any requests, but will be upfront with you if something is not possible. And, of course, the food was outstanding. My guests raved about the food, saying it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding! I would highly recommend Dan and his team!
Reviewed On 10/26/2016 by Lauren W
The food and service at our September wedding was unbelievable. We selected Beef Tenderloin and Chicken Marsala with mashed potatoes and vegetables for our sides. The food was incredible and we had guests commenting on how wonderful everythin...
g was. Very happy with our choice in using Catering By Kelly's.
Reviewed On 10/16/2016 by Beth T
We hired Catering by Kelly's for our wedding reception and could not be happier with our experience. All of our guests were telling us it was the best wedding food they've ever had. We had the filet and lobster tail and everyone's filet's were ...
cooked perfectly!! The service was so great and the bartenders and servers went out of their way to make sure everyone was happy.
Reviewed On 10/14/2016 by Katherine C
Dan and his crew were flawless. Their set up and clean up was on point. Their displays of the appetizers was impeccable. The food almost looked too pretty to eat. Dinner service went perfectly. We had the beef tenderloin with salmon combo ...
plate with gouda mashed potatoes. The food was perfectly prepared and everyone raved about the gouda mashed potatoes. We also had a late night snack of flatbread pizzas that was the perfect ending to the night. We had a plated dinner service and everyone's food came out hot. There is nothing I would change about the meal or the service. A+++ Food is usually the most remembered part of a wedding, I highly recommend Dan Kelly and his team for any special event. Thanks for helping make the day go so well!
Reviewed On 9/22/2016 by Blair G
The food and service was absolutely amazing!! We had so many of our guests come up and say it was by far the best wedding food that they had ever had. Catering by Kellys brought a huge grill to our venue and grilled beef tenderloin right in t...
he cook tent. We had a wonderful smoked fish on the appetizer table, and the gouda mashed potatoes were so good! Dan Kelly works to answer all of your questions. I was so, so happy with the food at our wedding. Many times you do not hear people say much about wedding food, but not this time!
Reviewed On 9/22/2016 by Erica B
Catering by Kelly's is a huge part of what made our wedding so wonderful! We have heard over and over that our food was the so great and the best wedding food people have had. And it was hot when it came out! The staff was so professional an...
d did such a great job. We seriously could not have asked for a better catering service. Highly recommend!
Reviewed On 8/19/2016 by lynzie n
We used Catering by Kelly's for our wedding reception. Wow, were we amazed! Not only was the food amazing, the staff was outstanding! The owner was very knowledgable during the process and helped quickly with any questions that I had. Great to ...
do business with!
Reviewed On 8/02/2016 by Amanda J
Dan was one of the best choices made for the wedding. He was concise, direct, and responsive throughout the planning process . The food was fantastic, it was the first wedding that I can remember actually eating the food at. The portions were g...
enerous and everyone raved about how delicious everything was. In addition to fantastic food, the service was phenomenal. Dan has a great team and it shows in every aspect. A+++ vendor.
Reviewed On 5/27/2016 by Katy J
Dan Kelly was one of the best choices we made for our wedding. The staff were professional, kind, and flexible. The food was, according to most of our guests, "the best food we've ever eaten at a wedding."
Dan was able to provide wait staff, ...
bartenders, appetizers, linens, glassware, table settings, and the best beef tenderloin I have ever eaten. He does it all!
Reviewed On 5/19/2016 by Kristen L
The food for our wedding was awesome! I got so many compliments from our guests about everything and would highly recommend them to other brides.
Reviewed On 9/06/2015 by Samantha R
We got so many compliments on our food. Dan was super easy to work with to get the details ironed out and his staff was top notch. Everything ran so smoothly and Dan was really awesome about taking our thoughts into account. True professionals!...
Reviewed On 9/06/2015 by Mike M
As with all of the other reviews, we couldn't be happier with Dan Kelly and his team! They were incredible to work with from our first consultation all the way through the end of our wedding night. The guests could not stop talking about how go...
od the food was.
Reviewed On 9/01/2015 by Jessica F
We hired Dan Kelly and his crew for our wedding and would do it again in a heartbeat.
From the beginning, working with Dan was easy. He is very direct and will tell you whether or not something is feasible. This is not to say that he is not f...
lexible; he is a professional who will give you his opinion readily about logistics or food choices. He still allows for creativity and suggestions-- for example, he did some Armenian appetizers for my husband's family and they were a huge hit with everyone. Dan was the one vendor that I had no worries about at all.
We didn't make it easy for them either--the wedding was an hour away, at my parents' home on the river, down a very long driveway with very limited space. The staff got to work quickly and had everything set up in no time. The food was outstanding. The staff was exceptional. One of our guests got behind the bar and started making drinks and their bartender got him out without incident and made a joke of it. We had apps at our table when we sat down which was nice because we would never have been able to hit the app table as we arrived slightly behind schedule. They filled our drinks, made sure we were happy, and made us feel at ease.
Working with Dan and his staff was an excellent experience and I would hire them again without hesitation.
Reviewed On 7/25/2015 by Christine P
The food was amazing and the service was so great! We were working with Dan Kelly long distance and we always felt comfortable after talking with him over the phone. Always quick to answer our questions. Everyone was raving about the food the d...
ay of the wedding. The service was great -- very professional and did their work quietly and efficiently so no one noticed. Highly recommend the venue! We used the outdoor tent space -- nice open area but still felt intimate with all the trees around. Great for a summer wedding.
Reviewed On 7/15/2015 by Courtney M
Catering by Kelly has delicious food. We chose to go with a very simple menu but what was there tasted great and everyone loved it. Some family members even asked them for recipes. There was a mistake made regarding cutlery and china. I had ...
ordered disposables to save on cost and I received the real deal. I brought this to the attention of the servers and upon reviewing the invoice they noticed it was their mistake and I was not asked to pay extra. Everyone was very professional. Even before our event I met with the owner, Dan, and he answered all of my questions and then some. I will recommend them to anyone who asks. They were a wonderful addition to my wedding vendors.
Reviewed On 3/15/2015 by Kathryn K
This Caterer came highly recommended by multiple people because of that we booked with them, and they do not disappoint! The customized Menu that we worked with Dan Kelly on for our wedding was amazing! The food was absolutely delicious and we ...
still get compliments from our guests on how great the food was! and the service we received was amazing as well. Dan and his team are Full service, with linens, place settings, servers, bar tenders, you name it. Truly wonderful experience.
Reviewed On 12/30/2014 by Jennifer M
One of the biggest pieces of advice I got as a bride was to choose the things that are most important to us and focus on those things and everything else will fall into place. For us, because we were having a "destination" wedding I felt strong...
ly that the least we could do was give our guests a fabulous dinner. When we shared that with our venue, they absolutely recommended Catering by Kelly's and I'm so glad that they did! Our meal was amazing and we got lots of compliments from out guests about how delicious it was. Not only that, but we were informed at the very last minute of a food allergy that one of our wedding attendants and Dan was amazing - he actually made a separate sauce just for him! Highly recommend them! You won't be disappointed!
Reviewed On 10/24/2014 by Lauren F
We were advised by the venue when we booked our daughter's wedding for this October, that if great food was at the top of our list, we wanted Catering by Kelly's, and they were exactly right! Dan was great to work with, always responsive and p...
atient to my many questions throughout the year, and the food was beyond compare. All of our guests raved about the food, including our vegetarian friends, who said theirs was the best they had ever eaten! The filet and chicken duet was so moist, you could cut it with a fork, and the gouda mashed potatoes were also unbelievable! His staff was extremely professional and very attentive. We didn't have to worry about a thing. This is the caterer you want for your wedding or event!!
Reviewed On 10/11/2014 by Marie H
Dan & his team were OUTSTANDING! Very professional to work with. The food & service that was provided was beyond 5 stars! All our guest raved about the food & service of staff :) thank you Dan & your team for everything.
Reviewed On 10/04/2014 by Meredith N
Kelly's had catering at some other events that we had been to and the food was wonderful. Our wedding was no exception - the food was awesome. We had many compliments. We did an appetizer and dessert type reception and everyone definitely ha...
d enough food - none was leftover and everyone was full! Everyone was professional, nice and helpful. Dan was great to work with - very professional and took care of everything. He is very creative and willing to work with you to have whatever you want at the wedding - even if it isn't on the menu :)
Reviewed On 9/02/2014 by Amber D
Extremely satisfied with Catering by Kelly's! Food and service was great! All of our guest raved about the food! Couldn't have asked for anything better!
Reviewed On 10/24/2013 by Amanda S
We recently hired Catering by Kelly's to cater our wedding reception. The food was great (much better than the tasting)! Many of our guests have been telling us how impressed they were with the food we served! The price was low, but this did no...
t mean the food was subpar or the service. We received great service and the food was great. They were also very helpful with planning - I reached Dan, the owner, each time I called - I never had to leave a message, which is something to appreciate when planning your wedding.
Reviewed On 9/03/2013 by sylvia v
Catering by Kelly's is wonderful. Dan kelly is willing to work with our smaller budget and gave us a fantastic meal! I've been two other wedding where they catered and their quality is consistently delicious. His team was incredibly attentive t...
o my request and really took care of the entire party
Reviewed On 7/14/2013 by Krystal M
We had our wedding and ceremony at Dan's location. From the very beginning of the planning stages, he is very reassuring, very organized. I was planning from Minneapolis and only in town a couple times during the planning stages and every time ...
I was in contact with him, I felt so comfortable that things would be exactly as I had pictured. When we tasted the food, it was so hard choosing the menu only because everything tasted so good! On wedding day, everything was organized and went off without a hitch. The bar staff was excellent with working within our budget and keeping us informed. We had a couple special requests for Dan and he nailed it! The location is gorgeous and so natural that some of the decorations we had planned for didn't even get used, we didn't want to mess with the beauty. We are so lucky to have found this venue! The value was worth every penny and we wouldn't have changed a thing! Everyone is still talking about the beauty and how good the food was!
Reviewed On 7/09/2013 by Jessica K
Everyone was very impressed with how great the cocktail hour food and plated dinner was at our wedding! We chose a combination plate of chicken moutarde, tenderloin filet, smoked gouda mashed potatoes and asparagus and the meal was a big hit! O...
verall, the service was pretty good too. We were hoping to have the cake service start immediately after dinner and there was a bit of a lag but things worked out well anyways.
Reviewed On 7/08/2013 by Stacey J
We had trouble finding a caterer who could work our wedding because it was an outdoor tent reception in Bay Harbor. Most caterers were going to have us rent everything separately which would have been a big pain. Kelly's provided all plates, fl...
atware, linens, etc. This made the planning much easier. They also provided bartenders and served alcohol that we provided which saved us a great deal. However, it was hard to decide which was better, the food or the service, since both were excellent. Everyone commented how great the food was and the quality of service was far beyond our expectations. I would highly recommend Catering by Kelly's for your wedding.
Reviewed On 10/18/2012 by Erin F
I could not have asked for a better experience. All of our guests raved about the food, saying it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding! The few bites that I was able to sneak in were delicious! The dinner service was also very profe...
ssionally done and spectacular! If you're having a Northern Michigan wedding, I highly recommend Kelly's.
Reviewed On 10/18/2012 by Jennifer B
I was married at the Williamsburg Creekside on October 6, 2012. Being that it was October and Northern Michigan we knew we were taking a chance on having an outdoor ceremony. Two weeks before the wedding Dan called me and we decided to move the...
reception inside to the dinner theater that was not in use. As for the ceremony, that call could be made the Friday before the event. By the time we got to the venue for the rehearsal, the forecast was 90% chance of rain, the wedding was moved indoors. Even though we did not have our outdoor wedding, our wedding day was perfect. The staff was very helpful with everything. I can't say enough about how awesome the service was! The food, well that was amazing as well! If you are looking for an outdoor (or indoor) venue in the Traverse City area, I would highly recommend the Williamsburg Creekside. The outdoor ceremony site is beautiful, but if you have to move it indoors you will not be disappointed! :)
Reviewed On 9/06/2012 by Emily L
The food was so delicious and everyone enjoyed it at the rehearsal. Dan was wonderful to work with, so professional and willing to help us in any way possible to make our day as smooth as possible. The day of our wedding he had one server pay...
extra close attention to my husband and I to make sure we were always taken care of; that was so nice. The whole catering team did a flawless job. I would highly recommend them!
Reviewed On 8/03/2012 by Natalie A
Food was really good for wedding food, he does a lot of cooking on site. Communication was an issue. The menu we had at the wedding was not what we signed up for.
Reviewed On 6/18/2012 by Mindy B
Dan is a busy man, but for reason. He has great menu selections for all budgets. The y can travel or have their own venue. We had tenderloin and salmon + apps for less than $40 a plate. All of our guests left full and happy.
Reviewed On 6/14/2012 by Jessica N
Dan was really great to work with. My husband and I are very picky about food, but we loved the beef he served at our wedding (so tender you could cut it with a butter knife). Our guests raved about it! The vegetarian option (spinach lasagna ro...
ll) was also very good. Our guest list included numerous self-proclaimed "foodies", but everyone left full and happy. I would definitely use him again for any event. I especially loved that he was so prompt with returning phone calls and e-mails, as we were planning the wedding from out of town.
Reviewed On 10/22/2011 by Whitney H
Dan and Jan were just great!! They and there staff we amazing! No one in the wedding party or guest had anything negitive to say about the food, it was gone within seconds of it being served.
Reviewed On 9/10/2011 by Kelly M
Dan Kelly knows his shit.
On our first meeting, Dan Kelly accurately drew my venue and explained what he's learned is best there. He helped chose an amazing menu and answered many of my questions.
They made (what many of my guest said wa...
s the best meal they've ever had at a wedding) on-site. They meat was so tender and delicious. The food didn't just taste good, but looked amazing. And the staff was enjoyable and professional.
A few days before the wedding I informed him of my Aunt's garlic allergy, and he was able to create a delicious, garlic-free dish for her. He also worked with nut allergies and vegetarian dishes.
All in all, everybody raved about the food and service. And remember brides, food is definitely one of the aspects that people remember about a wedding.