"Phenomenal, memorable, incredible. That is how we describe Real Food Catering in three words. Wish we could provide 10 stars to illustrate our happiness. When selecting our caterer and reviewing the countless 5/5 star ratings from past clients, I thought "Can Real Food be that good?" I now speak from the experience of a truly outstanding evening - the Real Food team is absolutely amazing..."
"Not only is the food delicious (our guests are still talking about the lamb chops), but Yen and Gary are full service event coordinators. They helped us with our rentals, table layouts, day of schedule, and a host of other items. They were incredibly responsive throughout the whole planning process, not to mention very thoughtful..."
"Everyone told me that we looked so relaxed at our wedding, and we were! The food was amazing. I work with many world travers who are quite picky and they told me over and over how great the food was. The servers were professional and even though I chose the décor for the space, they pulled it together in such a beautiful way, it was better than I imagined..."
People asked over and over, so, what things didn’t go as planned? I guess that is a normal question to ask, with such a large event (we had around 155 guests in NYC) there are things that are bound to crop up, but in our case, everything went smoothly. I think that its really a testament to Real Food that they ensured everything ran perfectly through the entire evening!..."
"It cannot get better than Real Food. Yen and Gary is the best there is and made our wedding truly ours. Their food is amazing and Yen was able to cater to the needs and palates of the guests. We knew if nothing in the wedding turned out well, the food would be delicious and it will be ok. When we see friends who attended the wedding now, they talk about how beautiful it was and then they talk about the food..."
"Our first meeting with them was extremely thorough, we went through the whole day, the timeline of events, the whole menu, colors, decorations, etc. etc. No detail left unattended. They served more like day-of coordinators for us. I had a bunch of extra decorations that needed to be set up, and they took care of it all because they go above and beyond. They kept the party on schedule and made sure everything went smooth...."
"When we booked Real Food Catering after our tasting meal with Yen and Gary, we were sure we picked the right place but the food served and staff employed at our wedding confirmed our expectation that Real Food Catering is an amazing caterer. While I'm sure there are other amazing caterers out there (especially in the NYC area), we would have a hard time believing that any were better than Real Food..."
"I still cannot get over our wedding day. It. was. absolutely. perfect. I still get teary eyed when I think about it because I just never imagined that it would be that beautiful of a day. I felt like it was a beautiful dream. Gary, Yen, and their wonderful team MADE SURE that it was just amazing. Of course people are still talking, almost 4 months later, about the food and how delicious it was. Also as and aside, take Yen's advice when she offers it, in our case she was right the sweet potato fries they were a huge hit!..."
"It doesn't get better than this. Yen and Gary were incredible, perfect in every way. They are personable and thoughtful. They will implement your vision and they know how to make it even better. The food was outstanding, truly. Our guests, foodies and not, haven't stopped raving about the food. They all say how delicious it was and then start listing their favorite items, and these are long lists. Here are a few things worth noting before deciding on a caterer other than Real Food..."
"Working with Real Food Catering was an absolute dream come true! We had read all of their positive reviews, so I expected Yen and Gary to be great, but they truly went above and beyond our expectations. We did not use any sort of wedding planner, but relied solely on Yen and Gary to lead us through the wedding planning process. They were so responsive and accommodating, and their wedding expertise and knowledge of our specific venue – the Foundry – really showed..."
"...they really went above and beyond our expectations. Not only was the food delicious but their service was amazing and they are a lot of fun to work with. They truly understood my needs and helped me create a quality menu that was also within our budget..."
"Our food was exceptional. Our guests raved about how delicious, fresh, and flavorful it all was - from appetizers to dessert! We chose the peking duck in sticky rice buns as one of our unlimited appetizers and we literally had guests stalking the staffers for them - people texted us this week asking about our caterer and what all the wonderful food was that they ate at our wedding. Gary is the best - he is hands on and helps ensure your night is all it can be and more. We wanted for nothing during our reception - he and Yen made sure we had everything!... "
"Yen is amazing! I got married at the Foundry and wanted a non-traditional reception. She not only executed an amazing wedding/reception but she helped me feel really comfortable with the new concept. She responded to e-mails right away and thoroughly answered all my questions. Guest are still telling us that the food was amazing, and the midnight mini sliders with milkshakes was a huge hit. I can go on and on about the food but here are some highlights..."
"Yen and Gary from Real Food Catering made my daughter's wedding perfect from the first planning meeting until the last guest left! They really are wedding planners with an extrordinary catering business. The entire planning process was STRESS FREE thanks to their exceptional professionalism, timely response to email, great ideas and fabulous menu selections. Yen anticipated all necessary details and then some..."
"From the very beginning all of our planning was straightforward and easy. They were extremely professional yet created a warm and friendly relationship with us. Their knowledge and coordination of our event at the Foundry was unbeatable. And most importantly, the food was AMAZING. From the appetizers to dessert to our beer selection - everything was top notch and done with great care. We are still getting compliments from our guests..."
"More than just caterers, Yen and Gary are there with you every step of the way providing their years of proven expertise and helping to work through every wedding logistic imaginable. From floor plans to paying the vendors, Yen and Gary always seemed to be two steps ahead. They truly took the time to personalize every detail of my masquerade themed wedding. In fact, Yen would call me throughout the process telling me ways that I could save money!!!!..."
"Five stars is really an underestimate. Yen and Gary definitely deserve 10 stars, especially in the areas of flexibility and quality of service. My husband and I went into the planning process wanting to make our wedding extremely "us" and not caring so much about tradition. However, as we searched for caterers, we realized that many caterers were unwilling to execute some of our ideas. For example, we wanted to have appetizers from one of our favorite restaurants.... caterers gave us long lists of reasons why this was "not possible." Yen and Gary didn't think twice about it, and in fact, they spoke to the restaurant and organized everything themselves! Yen and Gary embraced our ideas and executed them in an effortless manner. It really made our day easy! ...
Alvina and I want to thank you and your staff for making our special night even more special. You and Gary definitely were lifesavers especially for two unorganized messy couple. Everyone absolutely loved the food and can't stop commenting on you guys.
Other than thanking you, we would love to be able to do more to show our gratitude. Is there a site or blogs I can go to tell how awesome you guys are. And if we know of anyone that needs a cater, you are the first on our list.
Big Al and Little Tsi
"On top of the amazing food, Yen and Gary were great in handling and advising on the logistics. They were a great source of knowledge in all things related to Studio 450, our venue. They also helped us pick our rentals and liquor distributor. On the day of the wedding, they coordinated all the deliveries. We had few worries on the day of the wedding and the days leading up to it because we knew that with Yen and Gary, things would go smoothly -- and we were right!..."
"From the beginning planning meetings to the final walk-through, they are thorough and make you feel at ease. I truly cannot find a single fault with their work. I only wish I had another big event coming up so that I could work with them again!!!..."
The scores of reviews below will prove how great the food and service is (and it really is.) Something elseyou should know: Yen and Gary are two of the sweetest people you will meet in the crazy wedding-planning business, and hiring them will provide peace of mind when you get stressed. These two are completely, perfectly organized and will ensure that everything runs seamlessly.
"With Real Food everything is delicious, everything is affordable, and your wedding goes like clockwork. They don't just feed everyone, they really run the wedding invisibly in the background. Nothing short of amazing..."
"Food were amazingly delicious and services were organized and well coordinated. Joseph was very accommodating. Wish I will have more weddings like this to attend to. Guests love the food and those desserts- chocolate covered strawberries and the brownies, yummy. Excellent top services..."
"Yen and Gary were wonderful to work with from start to finish. We had a ceremony/reception for about 140 at Studio 450 in NYC. Comments from our guest ranged from "elegant," "fantastic food," to "the best wedding ever." Meticulous attention to detail, excellent quality, flexibility, fair and straightforward pricing, all characterize how these folks do business. I don't plan to get married again, but if I do, Yen will be the first person I call!"
We can not express enough how amazed we were with the quality and service you and your staff provided. Every single person on your team was fantastic, but above all else, we couldn't have done any of this without you.
Even from our first phone call, I knew we were in the best hands. We truly appreciate your professionalism, honesty, and general awesomeness. We would love to show our gratitude to yourself and certain individuals from your staff, including Gary, Joseph, Jen, and Michael.
Thanks again for everything Yen; you were instrumental in creating one of the most beautiful memories of our lives.
Shalini & Ardian