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BOOK YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION HERE!!! Great food, awesome staff, flawless execution. This is by far the most beautiful event space in Sarasota and it has the best food and nicest staff around. We were married on 10/24/15 and had our reception at The Francis. We had originally planned to have our ceremony and reception in the same spot, but after some plans fell through, we had to find a new reception space -- that is when we found The Francis. Booking here was the best decision we made on our wedding day. From the first time we met with Lisa, she made us feel extremely important and took away a lot of our planning stress. The Francis is an awesome spot. It's in the heart of downtown, there is a free parking garage attached, and the interior is spacious, gorgeous, clean, and modern. Lisa worked with us to create the perfect menu -- full of delicious hors d'oeuvres, a flatbread station, amazing entrees, and an awesome dessert room. We had so many guests that the food was the best food they had ever had at a wedding (because it doesn't taste like wedding food -- it tastes like high-end restaurant quality). Lisa allowed us to get creative with our menu and gave us valuable guidance and input along the way. With her help, we were able to transform the formal dining room adjacent to the foyer, into our "holding room" before our grand entrance, and then the staff transformed it into an elegant dessert room for our guests. The dessert selection was amazing (donuts, tartlets, chocolates, cheesecake lollipops, fruit, and slices from our cake). This was a huge hit with our guests -- we even did a powder sugar stencil and The Francis staff made it look beautiful on the table. Lisa was fantastic in helping us with decor and set-up, and even coordinated with our planner and other vendors to ensure the day went perfectly -- and it did. The staff working our event were professional and so nice to our guests. If you want to have a one of a kind wedding with great food and great service, go to The Francis. This place (and the staff) are amazing!
Love The Francis catering!Reviewed on 4/16/2015 Nancy F
We are overwhelmed with gratitude to Ryan Hill, Lisa Seidensticker and the staff at both The Francis and Libby’s Cafe for the outstanding job they did catering both our daughter’s wedding at Selby Gardens and the rehearsal dinner at Libby’s Cafe. From the moment we made contact with Ryan with our initial inquiry to the end of the wedding evening, we experienced personalized, professional and exceptional service. Ryan worked with us to customize the menu to our taste and the food was both delicious and presented beautifully. We had several guests tell us that the food was the “best wedding food EVER”. Ryan and Lisa also worked with us to help design and execute our reception, meeting with us several times in advance, offering valuable advice and in the end creating a magical setting using beautiful lighting and table settings. We were all absolutely thrilled. Five stars to Ryan and his crew!!