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Reviewed On 8/02/2019 by Kate T
MBP is affordable AND delicious. We're still getting compliments on our mashed potato bar, beef tenderloin, and appetizers! I also appreciated the bartenders and serving staff - very sweet and lots of kudos to them! Kim is AMAZING! She just get...
s it. Thanks for keeping us organized and answering all my questions leading up to our big day.
If you don't want to spend a fortune but want an affordable open bar with wonderful food, HIRE MBP - you will not regret it! :)
Reviewed On 7/31/2019 by Laura G
MBP was literally some of the best wedding food I’ve ever tasted. They were courteous with delivery and exceptional service, specifically to the head table. Would recommend.
Reviewed On 6/09/2019 by Jordan H
We got married in a venue that had MPB listed as a preferred caterer. I had used them for work events in the past and had been impressed, so I started to explore getting a quote from them for the wedding. Right away, I had numbers in my inbox f...
rom Kim, one of their Event Coordinators. She worked with me for a few days to customize menu options and put a unique spin on the bar. There was never a "no we can't do that." It was always, "I think we can... Yep! We can." This also meant that they secured some of our favorite local beers for the bar. The day of the wedding they weren't on time. They were early and Kim came by numerous times to check in and see how things were going.
In full transparency, I've put five stars on this. However, there was a hiccup with someone on their team. However, Kim and Sylvester's quick and professional response to the issue squashed something that could have really put a damper on the day.
When talking to family and friends in the week since our wedding, they talk about how much fun it was. However, they also bring up two things that are all due to MPB. First, how great the food was and second, how much they loved Sylvester. Catering is hard, event coordination is hard, working a wedding is hard. The team at MPB went above and beyond our expectations making our day special.
Finally, MPB is very LGBTQ friendly. We kicked off Pride Month with a gay wedding and they were beyond welcoming.
Reviewed On 6/03/2019 by Emily O
Originally, our catering company was sold and fate brought me and my fiance to MBP Catering, but it was the biggest blessing of my entire planning process getting to work with them! They are the utmost professional, detailed and service-oriente...
d staff I worked with. Their food was AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS, affordable and we got compliments all night! I truly couldn't have asked for a better coordinator, evening with MBP and wedding food for our special day. Christina is the best, and I highly recommend the entire staff!! Anything I needed, they were there with open and honest communication. They helped make my wedding flawless, and I really can't thank them or recommend them enough to others!
Reviewed On 5/20/2019 by Stephanie S
MBP Distinctive Catering is worth every penny!
I don't think you hear that often when it comes to catering companies. And from my personal experience, catering at a wedding can leave a lot to be desired. This is not the case with MBP!
off, Mary Beth, the owner, is a wonderful woman and great to work with. She helped me make so many decisions, and offered expert advice. Not just about the catering, but the overall wedding planning as well. Her recommendations were priceless. She also worked with us to create a truly customized menu that met all our needs.
We wanted something different, and most importantly, food that our guests would enjoy. From the delicious cocktail hour apps, to the amazing variety in our dinner stations, to the late night snacks instead of cake - MBP helped us create an experience that accommodated our style and event.
We received SO MANY compliments on the food! Not one negative remark; people actually enjoyed it and went back for seconds. I personally have never had that experience at a wedding before, and was so glad that we could provide that for our guests.
Mary Beth also ensured that my husband and I were waited on and received everything from the menu. My husband is still talking about the food almost 4 weeks later!
Reviewed On 4/27/2019 by Julie B
My husband and I are so lucky to have worked with the staff at MBP!! From the beginning, they were great and easy to communicate with and were excited to begin working together on our wedding. Our tasting went so smoothly, and the food was abso...
lutely delicious! During the course of wedding planning, the staff member that we were previously working with left the company, and we were placed with a new staff member, Brandy. Brandy was great to work with and made the transition for us seamless. She had all of our information about the wedding from the previous employee, and it was like they didn't skip a beat! The wedding food was absolutely delicious, and we received so many compliments throughout the night! Would recommend this company 1000 times over!
Reviewed On 3/20/2019 by Ming R
MBP Distinctive Catering was the best of the options available at Laurel Hall. There were a few hiccups, but overall things went relatively well. I loved my wedding, and if the worst thing that happens at your wedding is a few minor snafus reg...
arding catering, then I think you can count yourself very blessed. The short version of the below details is that MBP isn't the best at details or coordination, but does make fine food that your guests will enjoy.
1. Outstanding tasting session.
2. Food that my family really loved. Hearty and flavorful portions.
3. Took requests from tasting and responded to them fully, i.e. adding more mustard to the honey mustard dressing and switching to a crunchier lettuce.
4. Decent communication skills. Compared to some vendors who did not get back to us in a timely fashion, we could count on MBP to keep in touch, and we really appreciated that.
5. MBP staff was always polite and respectful at all times, and unlike some businesses I talked to maintained a high level of professionalism at all times.
1. Despite specifically noting from the start that we would have a gluten and dairy free meal due to dietary restrictions (mine and some of my guests), dairy was added to our mashed potatoes. MBP provided a partial refund for this, but it was very disappointing given the amount of time and energy we put into communicating this from Day 1.
2. Because we were doing a candy buffet with a smaller cake for a cake cutting and because of some other MBP review, MBP was specifically asked not to handle dessert for us. However, MBP was insistent on helping with the cake once on site and since I was in the middle of greeting guests I accepted that MBP could cut the cake for us after the ceremonial cake cutting. Instead, one of MBP's servers took away the cake BEFORE our cake cutting and removed the top tier. Luckily I ran (in my huge dress through a crowd of guests) and semi-rescued the cake before it was butchered, but the icing had already been smudged. There was literally a sign next to the cake about the cake cutting which was also noted in our contract, so this was really inexcusable. Nobody should EVER think it is right to do that even without clear notes and a sign.
3. We communicated to MBP months before the wedding that we would provide table linens and confirmed on the quote what linens would be needed. Then two weeks before the wedding we were informed that MBP also needed linens for their bar and had to rush order for this purpose. When we pointed this out, instead of simply apologizing for not letting us know, we got the shoddy excuse that they just assumed that we would know and take care of this which would have been impossible since we're not mind-readers.
4. MBP agreed to pick up the linens but only picked up the napkins. My bridal party wound up picking up all the table linens together with help from Laurel Hall staff while MBP staff were literally sitting in the other room doing nothing (I saw them myself). Overall, I wasn't impressed with MBP's ability to come through with directions that were clearly discussed previously. If you work with MBP that the majority of the onus will be on you to make sure that your event set up and take down goes smoothly and that what you want is executed properly.
Reviewed On 12/30/2018 by Amber F
Great food, fantastic to work with and very affordable. Brandy and her team were amazing and highly recommended for any special event.
Reviewed On 11/25/2018 by Abby M
Yum!!! All of our wedding guests keep telling us the food was amazing and it was! The staff was wonderful and very generous to help the bride and groom. Get the macaroni and cheese you will not be dissatisfied!
Reviewed On 10/08/2018 by Danielle W
we went with mbp for our catering for our wedding and the food was out of this world. we did a non traditional style, so instead a plated dinner or buffet we did stations. And it was great. they had mac and cheese bar and mashed potato bar. we ...
did Turkey and beef tenderloin sliders.
Reviewed On 8/29/2018 by Deborah M
A friend of ours attended a wedding over a year ago and commented about how amazing the food was. I did some investigating and found out it was MBP Distinctive Catering. I asked for the same menu they had for their wedding for my own and it di...
d not disappoint. We opted for buffet stations with beef tenderloin and carved Turkey Breast. Wow, everything that was offered was amazing. My guests are still commenting on the food. I worked with Anne Perry and she was so helpful. She helped me figure out the best options and helped make it very affordable. Thank you MBP!
Reviewed On 8/22/2018 by F A
The presentation, i.e. layout was pleasant, and met expectations at the reception. But we had two concerns: The bride’s mother was informed that 2/3 of the 80 person cake was uneaten at the end of the evening. Yet, she was handed two v...
ery small chunks of cake. Where did the rest of the cake go? Did the staff eat it? Was it thrown away? Also, the main dish tasted differently than at the tasting. We provided this feedback and have yet to get a response. You get what you pay for with MBP.
Reviewed On 7/26/2018 by jeanne s
MBP was amazing! There is a certain expectation that wedding food will be a boring chicken dish and some sides. That is not at all what MBP does. The food was incredible. Our guests were blown away! One of our guests, a Chicago fireman, even ...
went home and made some of the dishes for the firehouse! Not only was the food phenomenal, the wait staff was also very attentive. Anne, our coordinator, was so easy to work with. We couldn’t have been any happier with our experience with MBP!
Reviewed On 7/11/2018 by Amelia M
I am so glad that we went with MBP catering. Early in our process our coordinator left the company and Kim stepped in. She is the BEST. She was so helpful, went above and beyond, and really served as a whole event coordinator. She came up with ...
ideas that complemented and completed my vision, answered all my questions, and put special touches on our big day. MBP is a great value compared to other caterers and allowed us to have everything we wanted--passed appetizers, cheese board, seated dinner, open bar, they offer it all! Not to mention the food is extremely tasty!!
Reviewed On 6/10/2018 by Alexandra F
MBP did a great job! From our first meeting with them everything went well and they were very responsive the whole time. The staff was great, Mary and Loryn were great and the food was amazing. I didn’t get to eat much, but everyone told me eve...
rything including the hors d’oeuvres was delicious.
Reviewed On 4/18/2018 by Jillian H
Food was absolutely fantastic! The wait staff was professional, courteous, and kind. There was not a single complaint about the food or the amounts, in fact most plates were licked clean. The only advice I will give is make sure you are explici...
t and clear about potential allergies, they will absolutely work with you but there are a lot of people involved in making a wedding day run smoothly.
Reviewed On 11/01/2017 by Morgan H
Working with Christina and her crew at MBP has been an absolute joy! Our venue, Mill Top in Noblesville, did have contracted caterers that we were able to choose from and ultimately we went through MBP. We are so glad that we did. Christina is ...
such a huge help - not to mention a total sweetheart - and knows exactly what needs to be done. She was so incredibly knowledgeable and answered all of our questions quickly and completely throughout the process. They also have so many different options to choose from regarding serving styles and food options. Scheduling the tasting was easy and we were so happy we could bring along a guest or two. We ended up bringing the maid of honor with us and we had (probably way too much) fun during the meal. When it came down to making the menu, my husband and I knew we both wanted buffet style and Christina was quick to point out the option she thought might work best for us. Turns out, it was perfect! It was also customizable so that we could pick and choose, add and take off things that we wanted or didn't want. Served hors d'oeuvres included grilled cheese bites w/ tomato bisque shots, cordon bleu bites, and a cheesy sausage tart. For dinner, we ended up with served salad, buffet that included 3 cheese mashed potatoes, garlic green beens, italian chicken, and then a separate build-your-own pasta bar. I didn't have the chance to try the pasta, but it was a lot of fun for the guests and they all said it was delicious. We also added in a late night snack that included a hot chocolate bar and mini milkshakes and french fries. When I initially asked about the milk shakes and fries, they were worried that it wouldn't be able to work. Christina and her crew, thankfully, found a way to do it and they were also a hit with the guests. The bar manager even came up to me and mentioned how personal it was and that he absolutely loved it. After all was said and done, Christina sent me pictures she captured of my dad and I as we prepared to walk down the isle. Our photographer was preparing for everyone to walk, so she went ahead and captured the moment. We are so glad she did that!
DEFINITELY try the 3 cheese mashed potatoes and the hot chocolate bar if you can. Everything on the menu was absolutely phenomenal and I honestly would give anything to eat this food again haha. These two items just seem to be the favorite of my guests as I still am getting rave reviews about them.
Reviewed On 10/26/2017 by Roleen B
Staff was awesome!
Reviewed On 3/19/2017 by Jana S
MBP did a great job with the catering for our wedding. The food was hot and delicious, and our guests really enjoyed the food! Christina was great to work with throughout the process and was always available to answer our questions. The cate...
rs also had access to rent the linens for our tables so we didn't have to work with another vendor for these items. They had everything we needed and were great to work with!
Reviewed On 10/26/2016 by Lynsey S
MBP was a dream to work with. We wanted homey food at our wedding - nothing too formal or overly done up. Our dream food came to life in the form of heavy appetizers, including a mashed potato bar! We've received so many compliments from our gu...
ests about the food - I'm sure they were skeptical when we were first describing the menu. They also double checked the table cloths that we ordered in gold because gold looked like mustard. I really appreciated that attention to detail. They were very patient with us as we figured out what the menu/drink package looked like within our budget. We also loved that they recommended Costco sheet cake because it's delicious and no one would see it anyways. Highly recommend!
Reviewed On 5/01/2016 by Lindsey B
MBP was our first choice from the list of caterers our venue gave us, and they happened to be the most reasonably priced. The food tasted amazing, looked elegant, and was exactly what we wanted. They have a wide selection of packages, with seve...
ral different food items. Christina is one of the main reasons we had such a successful wedding. She is organized, detail-oriented, incredibly responsive, and after listening to exactly what we wanted, executed every single detail perfectly. She was flexible in several ways, including allowing us an additional person at the tasting, and making some tables larger than others to accommodate our requests. Once we told her our preferences, she made other decisions we didn’t want to, and was a behind-the-scenes all-star. A lot of detail went into planning the centerpieces, seating chart, name cards, other décor, etc. and she and her team did an outstanding job making sure those details were exactly how we wanted it. She communicated with the florist, cake baker, wedding coordinator at the venue, and others to ensure each component of the wedding was cohesive. It was very nice to turn over all of our thoughts and ideas, trusting she would just take care of everything we wanted without us having to do a thing.
Reviewed On 9/05/2015 by Stephanie M
MBP not only did our food but rented our linens, cocktail tabes, bar tables, etc. they had a great variety of food choices being that I and many of my friends are vegetarian they were very accommodating. The food tasted just as good as it did d...
uring our tasting, and they got new dishes ready to go for me and my husband to take back to our hotel that night. They also stayed and helped my family take everything down that night which was unexpected but great!
Reviewed On 8/11/2015 by Sandy M
Our caterers were amazing! We had a great tasting with them free of charge, and they were patient with my many questions and last-minute changes. The food turned out great, and the service was outstanding. They even helped move and clear things...
as needed. Would highly recommend!
Reviewed On 7/05/2015 by Jennifer P
We loved having MBP cater our wedding. Anne Perry was great to work with, and the food was delicious.
Our venue only has a few caterers that they work with, and MBP was more affordable than the other options. They had a pretty good menu of...
options, but we decided we wanted to do something totally different, and they put together exactly what we wanted. People who attended are still telling me how great the food was. We changed our mind about a few little things up until the day before and they had no issue with that. I'd definitely recommend them to anyone.
Reviewed On 6/25/2015 by Kayla G
MBP provided exceptional service! We had a Sunday brunch wedding and she provided an amazing waffle bar. This was my most anticipated part of my wedding and she did not disappoint!
Reviewed On 12/28/2013 by Laura S
We held our daughter's wedding reception at the Indiana Historical Society where MBP has catered LOTS of events. The food was wonderful and we received a lot of compliments. However, we had several serving/staffing issues with the sit down dinn...
er. First of all the room was not set up in time so we got started a little late (possibly not enough staff to facilitate this?). The booster chairs we ordered were not at the tables I had requested and I had to track down the event manager to get that squared away (Frustrating since I had emailed a detailed chart to specify tables) Worst of all, MBP ran out of beef and 17 of our guests did not receive the beef/chicken combo meal we had planned. This was very embarrassing when we found out the Monday after our Saturday reception. Lastly, I had also given explicit directions on how I wanted the multi-flavored cake served....these were not followed as I had requested and guests were told we were out of a certain flavor of cake even though there was plenty left! I know MaryBeth is working to correct the staffing issues that led to our disappointing experience.
Reviewed On 11/12/2013 by Kimberley R
If you are looking for excellent food, look no further than MBP. My event was at the Indianapolis Yacht Club and you are required to use MBP, but I didn't have an issue with that. I had heard good things and I wasn't disappointed. Our menu c...
onsisted of light and heavy hors-d'oeuvres, including a mash-tini bar. Several guests commented on the food. Big Tom's shrimp got raving reviews.
Reviewed On 9/17/2013 by Amanda M
We used MBP for our wedding and it turned out great! Anne was really easy to work with. The food at the wedding was so yummy and the catering staff was awesome! All of my guests commented on how we had such a variety of food and there was so mu...
ch to eat. Everyone said everything tasted really good too and it wasn't the typical blah wedding food.
Reviewed On 7/30/2013 by Elizabeth F
Anne Perry with MBP catering was such a Godsend for our wedding. She was able to coordinate a beautiful wedding reception for 150+ people, making my life so much easier. The food was delicious, and the service was wonderful!
Reviewed On 11/06/2012 by Kim C
The food was WONDERFUL! We were nervous about the food because we were trying to not spend an arm and a leg, but we wanted to make sure that the food was good and something everyone would like. The food ended up being excellent and we keep gett...
ing phone calls from friends and family still raving about the food. The service staff was top notch all the way. And when the venue suddenly told us that we had to have everything out that night (even though we were orginally told we could get everything the next day), the service staff all pitched in to help!
Reviewed On 7/27/2012 by Maggie H
The food was very good. However on the day of the reception, the location was not set-up on time. When guests arrived at the venue, they saw tables with no linens and an employee shirt hanging from the bar area.
When I notified them of the pr...
oblem after the wedding, they were very apologetic and corrected the situation monetarily. They truly were saddened by the mishap. Although we had issues with presentation, we would use them again.
Reviewed On 6/26/2012 by Stephanie B
MBP did a fabulous job! They met us at our venue to discuss our wedding and coordinated all of the rentals we would need to make our wedding a success. They were so helpful the day of the wedding, making sure everything went as planned. A stre...
ss of my shoulders for sure! I'm a vegetarian as well as a few of my guests and my husband is probably the pickiest eater ever, because he was a chef, and we were thoroughly impressed! The dessert table was a hit with our guests and all of the staff made our day so special. Thank you for everything!! I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for professional staff and amazing food!
Reviewed On 5/18/2012 by Emily H
I was very surprised when I looked around and saw Mary Beth Poe herself walking around my reception checking on the guests! She came up to me several times and made sure we were happy, which really made me feel good!! We absolutely loved the fo...
od and I am still (four months later) hearing about the Chicken Piccata and the prime rib!! The wedding party (men) were actually fighting over the caprese salad, it was soooo good!!! The buffet was gorgeous and everything was cooked perfectly!! My wedding was everything that I had ever wished for and MBP catering was a large part of that!! Thank you!!!
Reviewed On 4/14/2012 by Jill E
We had the pleasure of working with Caroline and Christina at MBP. They assisted with everything from start to finish...helping with the selection of linens and food to set up and tear down the day of the wedding. The entire staff was pleasan...
t and hard working the day of the wedding, ensuring guests were happy. We've gotten more compliments on the food than any other portion of the wedding and we served chicken which is always a gamble. We've all been to meetings, weddings, etc where we were served a piece of dry, rubber chicken. Well not with MBP, the chicken was moist and delicious and we've gotten rave reviews on the entire menu! Thanks for everything, MBP! You truly made it painless!
Reviewed On 3/12/2012 by Windy S
Bartenders were friendly. The waitstaff was fantastic. Dinner arrived on time, everything was delicious. And MBP was significantly less expensive than the other preferred catering vendors at our venue.
Reviewed On 9/21/2011 by Caleb J
We worked with Caroline on our event and she is fantastic. She had great suggestions and really made sure the reception went smoothly. Our outdoor cocktail hour had to be hastily moved inside due to an unexpected downpour. Everyone moved int...
o the reception hall and the staff was able to continue with the food service. Everyone raved about how great the food was. We did a served salad and then a buffet for about 140 people and it was delicious, hot, and well prepared. The overall cost of food and alcohol (MBP provided an open bar for us) was much more reasonable than any other caterers approved by our venue.
Reviewed On 4/05/2011 by Jennifer T
MBP provides and has all the essentials to make a wedding feast wonderful!
1. There are options and they are flexible!2. The FOOD is so tasty!
3. The food you taste in the tasting actually tastes the same on the wedding day!
4. They accommod...
ate to your needs.
5. They really do know best...floor plans, linens, bars, etc
6. Always showed you what you wanted, but always provided the less expensive options
Overall, MBP provided great service and gave me confidence my wedding day would go smoothly!
Reviewed On 11/07/2010 by Jasmine R
We used MBP for our wedding, and they were amazing! They let us customize our menu to match our theme "Autumn in Indiana", and they were very careful in preparing a meal for our guests who have special dietary needs. The staff was very attentiv...
e and polite, and they went out of their way to make us feel special. Thanks so much!
Contact Info for MBP Distinctive Catering
950 S. White River Parkway West Dr., Indianapolis, IN | Indianapolis(317) 636-4444