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Reviewed On 9/08/2013 by Shalom K
We hired Festive Foods Catering as our wedding caterer – the principal coordinator and most important vendor of the event. Festive Foods’ performance during the months of planning, set-up and execution stages of our wedding was absolutely rema...
rkable and far exceeded every expectation we had of their service. We could not recommend Lauren Levine and her Festive Foods crew more highly. Organic, cruelty-free, healthy and gourmet foods are Lauren’s forte and the primary reason we chose Festive Foods after a tasting that lasted several delicious hours at their rustic office. While the quality and taste of the food was foremost on our minds, we were also highly impressed with Lauren’s patience, responsiveness, attention to detail and innovative style. Lauren was truly as excited about our wedding as we were and her responsiveness proved it: she responded to myriad calls and E-mails generally within a couple of hours and often within minutes. She really pulled out all the stops to accommodate and recommend special flourishes and customizations that only a highly experienced professional could do. Lauren and her team worked her magic within our budget. She made expert recommendations regarding décor, menu, bar items, linens and even other vendors to ensure we didn’t spend more than we planned. The result was an exceptional value. Lauren’s service and expertise easily rivaled or exceeded other DC caterers who would not even consider our business unless we were able to increase our budget by 30%. On the day of the event, Lauren coordinated almost every aspect of the wedding with our other vendors to ensure the event was perfectly flawless. Our tables, seating cards, linens, place settings and bar were breathtakingly beautiful. The Festive Foods catering staff were efficient, professional and well dressed. The whole evening flowed due to Lauren’s choreographed direction. The real proof was in the pudding, however. We received numerous praise and compliments on the meal from our guests, both during and after the wedding. Lauren was with us every step of the way. Festive Foods made our most special day a memorable success and we have no doubt she could do it for you, too.
Reviewed On 6/18/2013 by Cecelia M
I recently got married and the reception was held at the Woodend Sanctuary at the Audubon Naturalist Society. They had a list of caterers you had to choose from - I was initially upset by this since I wouldn't be able to shop around as much, bu...
t Lauren Levine and her team at Festive Foods were absolutely amazing. I think they were one of the more affordable caterers on the provided list, and Lauren was absolutely fantastic. She was prompt in answering emails, incredibly calm and flexible with last-minute adjustments, and was helpful at making suggestions when I was unsure with details. She has a wonderful knack for putting a bride at ease!
And of course, the food was excellent. We had a free tasting, where we were served with such professionalism and care. I know the bride isn't supposed to eat a lot at the reception, but I couldn't get enough of the appetizers - and I definitely filled my plate. We ended up doing a buffet line, which worked very smoothly for the guests. Festive Foods also took care of our bar and alcohol service, which I have absolutely no complaints about. We gave them some home recipes (both for an alcoholic drink and for some of the dinner items), which they were able to accommodate and serve with no problem.
Lauren has worked at Woodend numerous times and knew the venue and rules like the back of her hand. She is a fantastic coordinator, and Festive Foods is a fantastic caterer. I recommend!
Reviewed On 4/30/2013 by Czarina B
I did a lot of research before choosing our wedding caterer, but I used three key criteria when we were deciding on our caterer: their responsiveness, their price, and the taste of food. Festive Foods right from the start was the best at addres...
sing these criteria, and were very willing to do anything to make wedding planning easier. I was planning our wedding for about 11 months, and I had a lot of questions, and Eduardo Carrasco answered all of them promptly and was a calming presence because they were one vendor I didn't have to worry about. They were also the most cost effective based on my comparison, and worked with me even when I would change my mind on the menu ideas. We were on a budget, and they were also flexible with how we can break down the payments in several installments, looked for ways we can save money, and even eased my mind about day of coordination by offering staff support on the day of. Lastly, their food was delicious; and our guests raved about! My absolute favorite are their cakes and pies! Overall, Festive Foods made my wedding day wonderful, and they exceeded my expectations not only in the food, but the service, and coordination of the wedding. I didn't have to worry about any of the set-up because I trusted Festive Food staff Khoa Ly who made everything flow smoothly and on time. I would definitely use Festive Foods again if given the opportunity and highly recommend.
Reviewed On 6/25/2012 by Bonnie Y
Delicious food and amazing communication. Lauren and her team were on-point with everything! Our guests kept commenting how delicious the food was - and how great it all looked and was presented. I didn't need a wedding planner be ause Lauren i...
s a Superwoman and practically was one. Our wedding was flawless and a big part of it was because of Lauren and Festive Foods!
Reviewed On 4/02/2011 by Lindsay L
Festive Foods provided our tables, linens, food, and staff for our wedding at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. From our first meeting approximately one year before or wedding through our post-wedding e-mails, our coordinator E...
duardo took care of us and made sure every detail was perfect. Local ingredients was important to us, so it was great when they suggested Chesapeake Rockfish and VA raised short ribs (both of which were amazing). The appetizers were delicious and not your standard run-of-the-mill-wedding crabcakes... They put together a tomato puree with grill-cheese topper, apple sausage strudel, and other delicious goodies. Plus, awesome sliders that came out around 11pm, just in time to keep our guests standing.
In addition to the great food, the staff was amazing and made sure our guests never had an empty glass. The linens, tables, and everything else was great too. If you need a caterer, you should at the minimum give festive foods a call. You won't be disappointed.
Reviewed On 5/10/2010 by Meredith H
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