About this Vendor
Creative Catering for Weddings and Special Events!
Executive Catering is First in Jacksonville's Favorites List. ? Established over a decade ago, we pay close attention to main stream cuisine and thoughtfully craft new menus each year based on trending flavors and color palette's. Our Executive Chef has over 30 years of experience and has a passion for food styling, taste and creativity. EFS can provide off site catering at any location. Wedding venue's, conference centers, back yards, boats and bridges. Any location any time. EFS can also provide bar services, linens, tent's, china, tables and chairs and much more- A one stop shop for all your catering and event needs. At EFS our goal is to provide you a Total Experience from start to finish. Our professionally trained staff are fun loving, knowledgeable and full of ideas. :)
$$$ – Moderate
Cajun, Hawaiian, Northeastern, Southern, Southwestern, American, Chinese, French, Greek, Latin American, Mexican, Middle Eastern, BBQ, Fusion, Seafood
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Kosher, Nut Free, Organic, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Buffet, Catering Clean Up, Catering Delivery + Setup, Chef Stations, Family Style, Menu Tastings, Passed Appetizers, Seated Meal, Servers, Food + Catering, Service Staff
Olivia and her staff were absolutely amazing! She was also my wedding planner! She made the ENTIRE planning process super easy; she would send me text messages with funny/crazy emojis just to make me laugh! When I tell you that I was not stressed at all when it came to planning the wedding, I felt like I didn't do anything at all but show up, which is what I wanted to do in the first place LOL! I loved her so much that during the reception celebration I went outside and sit on the stairs and just had a conversation with her about random things and laughed with her. I'm so pissed that my wedding is over because I don't get to work with her but I'm hoping one of my other crazy friends get married because Olivia will be my gift to them! Love you Olivia!!!!!!!!!! :-)
Olivia is nothing short of amazing! I loved her so much that I decided to ask her to be my planner for our wedding on 7.16.17 even though I chose another caterer, and she still supported me 100%! Olivia impressed my husband and me from our initial meeting and continually throughout our wedding planning process. Despite being in an entirely different state while planning my wedding in Florida, Olivia was only a text or phone call away, and she never hesitated to rearrange her schedule to help make time for our meetings when necessary. Our vendors raved about Olivia for days because they loved her so much as she made their jobs easier to carry out! Her organization and planning skills are second to none, and even more, she's very personable with a genuine spirit and love for what she does. I recommend Olivia Gonzalez without reservation!! She'll forever be in our memories not only because of her tremendous role in making our wedding day as special as it was, but also because she's now our friend for a lifetime. Xoxo--The Halls
I could write a novel about my experience with Olivia and her team and it still wouldn't be enough to explain how amazing she is! She did catering & provided day of coordination for my wedding and I could not have made a better choice! I decided to provide all my own decor as well as centerpieces, etc & Olivia set them up even better than I had pictured in my head! She made sure we had everything we needed, changed things as we went with all of my annoying indecisiveness and our day went PERFECT because of her! If you're looking for catering or planning for your wedding, you must hire Olivia!
Choosing Olivia as our coordinator (aka: my fabulous fairy godmother) and EFS as our caterer were some of the best decisions we made in our wedding planning. We were blown away by the topnotch service that was provided. The EFS staff was very attentive & professional. And the food was absolutely amazing..so amazing that our guests are still talking about it. We missed the food at our cocktail hour, so they saved a plate for both of us so we didn't miss out. They also packed us a dinner to go. Those are the little touches that you remember. They went above and beyond to make our wedding special and genuinely cared. Olivia helped us through the whole planning process, answering all of my questions, giving suggestions and most importantly - understood exactly what we wanted for our wedding day. I trusted her from the first time I talked to her, and she made everything fun. We love Olivia and plan to keep her for life..(seriously) Thank you Olivia & EFS for helping give us our Happily Ever After!
EFS was an amazing caterer! The appetizers and buffet were delicious our guests are still talking about it 2 months later! It was not only delicious but beautifully displayed and hot. Sean and all the staff were so friendly, professional and helpful throughout the night. Chef Larry Grosshans is so talented and created a beautiful menu for us. Olivia was just fabulous during the whole planning process and wedding day! As our day of coordinator we met with her ahead of time and she took away all our anxiety! For the rehearsal she kept us all on task and made sure everyone knew what to do. For the wedding day, she stepped right in and took care of everything for us so we could just enjoy our special day. She was truly a blessing!!
One of our best decisions was choosing Executive Food Service to cater our wedding reception! From the start, Olivia was beyond amazing with helping my now husband and I select everything and we loved that she was so creative with options that were unique to us. She took the time to actually get to know us as a couple and what we liked. Anything that you can dream up, EFS will make happen for you and they will execute perfectly. The EFS staff was incredibly professional and attentive at our reception and of course the food was outstanding. The staff made up a plate for us and had it ready by the time we arrived with a selection of everything on our menu, which we definitely appreciated since it was a whirlwind for us. Oh, and the mac and cheese was the bomb and they kept the veuve clicquot flowing for us.
We had such a great time planning our wedding with Olivia. She was so great during the tasting, helping us meet all the specific needs for our guests - including some severe allergies where we had to worry about cross-contamination! Olivia did it all, glassware to food to desserts. We got RAVE reviews from all the guests and so many people going back for 2nds and 3rds - the ultimate compliment. Thank you Olivia!!!
We worked with Josylynn, who was great! She was very hands on and provided us with great advise and guidance while creating the menu we wanted for our wedding. There was a great presentation at our food tasting, which we really enjoyed! We selected a buffet for our wedding opposed to a traditional sit down dinner. The only complaint we have from our wedding is that our guest were told they could only select 1 meat options when they went up to the buffet line, and several of our guest were turned down for seconds. The service staff was great! They were very attentive and checked in on my wife and me several times. It was just not the buffet experience were had in mind, but the food was great!
Olivia and Josylynn were hands down amazing to work with!!!!! Absolutely love them and the services they provided. Couldn’t be happier. Food was amazing and staff was very polite and friendly. So easy to work with everyone to make our day just absolutely perfect.
Olivia and her staff are absolutely amazing! From the start, Olivia was fun and easy to communicate with. She took the time to get to know us as a couple and listened to what we really wanted. The taco and fajita buffet was amazing and everybody loved it. Olivia was also our wedding planner and really helped us get on track for the big day. We procrastinate and without Olivia, we would have been a mess. We Would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Olivia and Executive Catering and Events!!
The staff at our wedding was great! Even though I was "slightly intoxicated" during the reception I noticed the staff did an awesome job with keeping my wife, our guests, and myself happy throughout the night. My frat brothers were in attendance and can be a force to take in, but Olivia was able to handle all of them in awesome spirit. Olivia is great! Highly recommended!
We absolutely LOVED EFS! Josylynn was who we worked with and she was simply amazing! From the very beginning they were the only company who really gave us a break down at what our choices were and pricing. Josylynn was professional, friendly and organized. My wedding coordinator was thrilled to hear we had gone with this company and said that they were by far the most friendly and easy to work with from a planners side. Our guests could not say enough good things about the food. Josylynn made this part of planning so simple and stress-free for me. We recommend EFS for so many reasons! Cross your fingers you get Josylynn to work with! :)
When it came to catering, my husband and I love food! We came across this vendor and heard nothing but good things about them! They had great pricing and were very responsive. Then, we came across Olivia Gonzalez, who is the VP of this company but also became my day of coordinator. Our tasting went off without a hitch! That was my husband's favorite part of course. We had so much food to taste, I was able to be very honest about changes we wanted for our wedding day and it was very honest and open from the beginning. And on that day it was the best ever! Everyone loved the mashed potato bar that was placed in martini glasses :) She added so many touches to the catering that made it even that more special. Majority of other catering services try to drain your pockets of money! We also hired them for the rehearsal dinner and that was also amazing! I have absolutely no complaints, the food was excellent!
We Love EFS catering! Olivia is really awesome to work with. She will make your catering dreams come to life! Everyone at the wedding complimented us on the food! definitely would recommend them and /or use them again for other catering needs!
To put into one word how amazing Olivia and her staff was is hard. So I will put a few more out there. Incredible, sweet, talented, awesome, marvelous, wonderful, and unbelievable. She is so good at her job and makes you feel like she is constantly in your corner helping you every step of the way. She was also my wedding planner which made it even better. She will talk to you no matter what time of the night it is and tries her best to make sure you get what you want. The night of the wedding went off without a hitch and her staff was on top of everything. Not to mention the food was beyond delicious and all my guests were raving about it. You won't go wrong choosing her to help your wedding be everything you want it to be because our wedding was truly a dream come true. I can't thank her enough :-)
My husband and I could not have been happier with our choice of Executive Catering and Events for both our catering and our event planning! We came to Olivia with an off-the-wall idea of having a space-themed wedding to showcase our interests, and she took our idea and turned it into a wedding better even than I could ever have imagined. She was so easy to talk with and bounce ideas back and forth with. She kept me organized (and sane!) through the planning process and made sure we could actually execute all of my crazy ideas in such an elegant, beautiful, and seamless way. We were more than ecstatic about how it came out, and all of our guests were blown away as well! And the food! I can't say enough wonderful things about the food--it was perfect! Even one of my guests who is a professional chef went back for seconds and thirds! At very reasonable prices for absolutely better-than-the-best service, EFS and Olivia deserve the highest ratings and my eternal gratitude.
Our wedding was perfect. Guests complimented on the food and service over and over. EFS was so professional and efficient. I enjoyed planning our big day with them and highly recommend them. From the cheese and fruit display, to the sushi, and last but not least chicken and waffles were to die for!! It was absolutely fantastic. Olivia and her staff exceeded our expectations and we loved them. Thank you so much for playing a role in our big day. You are the best.
EFS Catering did a phenomenal job at my wedding! First of all anything they make is delicious! Olivia held a beautiful tasting which was such a special memory for the whole family and we all got to delve into their delicious creations before having to make the difficult decision of what to actually serve at the wedding. Olivia listened to everything I asked for and delivered, and even put special sauces on tables that she knew my family would like! The food was absolutely delicious and people tell me about it whenever we talk about my wedding! Also her staff was amazing! They stayed till the end of the night and the woman who served the head table even stuffed my dress into the car at the end of the night, you could tell they genuinely cared about us (after only spending a few hours with us!) and it made the day even more special. Olivia also surprised Zack and I at the end of the night with a thoughtful detail she knew we would love. I can't imagine anyone listening to us more and creating the vision that I have dreamed of since I was a little girl. Going with anyone else would be a mistake, this is the best catering company in Jacksonville. Thank you endlessly EFS Catering and Olivia, you made my wedding a high class event with absolutely no stress.
Executive Catering and Events, THANK YOU! The food and the service were delicious. Our reception was at The Treasury on The Plaza in St. Augustine. Olivia was the nicest person to deal with and her staff was amazing at our wedding. Helpful, Pleasant and very attentive to our guest's needs. All the food came out hot and fresh. I highly recommend them for your wedding!
There is something special to be said about Olivia and her staff at EFS. My husband and I were adamant about having authentic cuban flavors but tying it in with MY Italian family's likings. Not only did she come up with a mouthwatering menu, but the execution was perfect!! In addition to being my caterer I hired her for my day of coordinator for my wedding at the Treasury on the Plaza and I am THRILLED I did. Not a single beat was missed and it was just stunning. I am one lucky girl to have come out friends with such an amazing lady!!
Olivia and the team at EFS made my wedding catering an absolute dream. They have one of the best price points in St. Augustine and you get so much food! The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful! I knew we were going to pick them from the time we tasted the food! Do yourself a favor and book EFS!
I cannot say enough about Olivia and her team. The food was delicious and completely customized based on what I wanted. Olivia was also my coordinator and she made the planning process SO much less stressful for me. She provided me with preferred vendor lists that made narrowing down my vendors much easier and decorated and helped clean up all of my decor since I had to bring in much of it with my venue. She is truly amazing and I would strongly recommend her services for your special day!!!
Olivia was one of my favorite vendors to work with simply because she actually seemed like she cared about us as a couple and how we wanted our special day to go. I could not make up my mind to save my life about our menu and Olivia did not rest until she knew that I was 100% satisfied with everything. She would text me after hours to suggest different ideas for appetizers and food stations and she did everything in her power to make me happy. If anything I knew that Olivia had our best interests in mind and was on our side throughout the entire process. I could not have imagined my day without her or the delicious taco station! Thanks Olivia for all of your hard work- it did not go unnoticed! Cheers!
EFS provided delicious food, amazing service, wonderful presentation and all at a fantastic value! Guests raved about the Prime Rib and the hor d'oeuvres, and complimented the friendliness and attentiveness of the serving staff and bar attendants! I couldn't be happier with our decision to go with EFS for our wedding. Olivia Gonzalez created an amazing menu and was so flexible with any changes we requested. Separately, we also hired Olivia as our day-of-coordinator. Where do I even begin...Olivia is literally worth her weight in gold! She is beautiful inside and out, she is a calming spirit no matter the storm you are weathering, she is perfectly organized, creative, a wonderful sounding board, unbelievably responsive, listens to your vision and can execute like no other, she gives great hugs, voices her opinion respectfully, and I'm convinced that she can handle everything that comes her way with ease. Without a question, Olivia is the best decision we made regarding our wedding. I still sit here in disbelief at how quickly that day flew by! I can hardly imagine what the day would have been like if I had to worry about placing decor, coordinating vendors, etc. in addition to getting ready, getting married, and enjoying time with our guests! I can assure you that hiring a day-of coordinator, or full coordinator if your budget allows, will be the best decision you will make, but you shouldn't hire just any day-of coordinator, you should hire Olivia Gonzalez! I can guarantee that she will do a phenomenal job and she will save your sanity. She truly is the best there is <3
First off what can I say about Olivia? She's absolutely AMAZING! She went above and beyond to make planning my wedding and the actual big day as memorable as she can. I worked very closely with her for a year, and she did not fail to put a smile on my face; even when things got stressful. I’m literally tearing up happy tears right now writing this review about her. 5 stars is just not enough. Olivia is very professional, kind hearted, and she’s on top of EVERYTHING! One thing that will always stick with me is how caring Olivia was. When things got too stressful for me, she put aside her wedding planning hat and just talked to me as a friend. I'm a very indecisive person, and throughout the whole planning I may have changed my mind on things we originally picked out about 20x. Olivia was so patient and only wanted me to be happy 💕 I’m extremely grateful to of had her as my planner. Now EFS. OMG! They did an awesome job. The food and the staff were so professional, and polite, and catered to everyone's needs. To this day the guests at our wedding still rave about how good the food was. Olivia and Executive Catering are HIGHLY RECOMMEND! You definitely won't be disappointed.
Meet The Director of Sales
Olivia Burkhalter Gonzalez
Olivia Burkhalter Gonzalez is a professional qualified by 22 years of notable achievements in the culinary arts and hospitality industry. She offers a history of performance excellence in event planning and customer relations. A chef in her own right with expansive culinary knowledge, Gonzalez works with the Executive Catering team to create custom menus for your special occasion. Her absolute commitment and willingness to go to the extra mile will ensure that your event is a total success.