Testimonials Page 2

 
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"Real Food Catering was excellent. Yen and Gary made it all happen and we are so grateful they put in so much effort and care to make sure everything was perfect!! The Food was excellent too, everyone was raving..."

 Shana & Justin 

"We selected Real Food after we attended a wedding of a friend's which they catered; our friends gave them rave reviews. What I liked about Real Food is that they were super easy to communicate with and extremely responsive. They were honest and even tried to save us money. They acted as a substitute wedding planner at times (and didn’t mind it). We used their Day of Coordinator services - totally worth it..."

Ina & Bruce

Yen,

Thanks so much! I only have a minute to write: joe and I are just taking off from Bangkok and heading to Sydney.  Before Bangkok we were in Phuket -- khao lak, actually, which was the perfect place to relax. We miss you! Again, we were so pleased with everything and continue to receive numerous compliments about the wedding -- and especially the amazing food!! 

                                                                                                                        Love, 

Joe & Joe

"...I'm not going to describe to you every detail about the wedding and how they made it better. What I will do is write some things that separate RealFood from other providers. 

1. First of all, they are NOT a catering company. They are a full service wedding provider. Period. They made us feel so comfortable and confident during the planning phase and during the actual wedding ceremony/night. They coordinated everything and were on top of every detail. 

2. Trust: It is amazing how much they looked for savings and passed those savings on to us. Weddings of course can be expensive and having your main vendor as one you can trust when it comes to budgeting and pricing is so awesome and one less thing to worry about. ..." 

 Renee & Edward

"They made sure the day ran seamlessly and we really would not have had the amazing wedding day that we did without them. Thank you to Joseph, Yen and Gary for the attentive service and for really keeping us on track with all the helpful suggestions. They really made the whole process look and feel easy, and kept our nerves at bay while answering all of our questions (which we had a LOT of). We highly recommend Real Food..." 

 Rosa & Billy  

"Value – The most bang for your buck, plain and simple. We did tastings with three other caterers (all of which were really good) but their prices were at least a third more and in no way was the food better. We were absolutely amazed at what we were getting for the price that we paid. The attention to detail and the organization are incredible. Yen has every detail pointed out right from the get go. She really knows what she is doing and our day would not have turned out the way it did without Real Food. 

Overall the experience was fantastic. Compliments are still being made weeks later about the food and professionalism on our wedding day. If you need a caterer to make your day perfect than Real Food is it. Yen is so incredibly organized and reassuring that you feel like nothing bad can happen on your special day...." 

 Michael & Marian 

"...We've been getting notes left and right from numerous guests who LOVED the wedding food. The most common compliment was "it was the best wedding food I've EVER had," and "I can't stop thinking about your wedding food!" Guests have also told us they expected the cocktail hour food to be the peak, but were amazed when the dinner was equally excellent. I've been daydreaming about the food ever since -- Asian fusion that both our American and Chinese guests thoroughly enjoyed. Let's put it this way: RFC actually had to wash more plates because they weren't expecting so many guests to come back for seconds! 

We researched many caterers in the NYC area, but RFC was by far the one we felt spoke to us and the type of wedding we wanted to have. They're a smart, top-notch caterer with great attention to detail and logistics. They truly have a passion for what they do. Also, they're such lovely people in general! We're actually kind of depressed that our wedding is over because we already miss Yen, Gary, and their wonderful staff. 

We're so, so happy that Real Food Catering was part of our special day. We dare not imagine what our wedding would've been without them. So if you want an INCREDIBLE wedding, book Real Food Catering!..." 

 Julie & Jamie

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"Real Food Catering did a FANTASTIC job at our wedding. The food was delicious, the bar was well stocked, the service was impeccable. From our very first meeting to the day of the wedding, Yen was such a pleasure to work with; helpful, knowledgable and flexible. I can't say enough good things about our experience with Real Food- if you can get them for your wedding, book right now!" 

 Rebecca & Tim

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"Yen and Gary were so much more than caterers to us – they were our ‘go to’ people for many decisions – related to the menu as well as other aspects of the event – music, flowers, décor, tipping – anything that came up – we felt comfortable asking them. I think that was the best part about working with them. We felt so comfortable. My husband and I are not originally from NYC and hosting an event here can be intimidating. Yen and Gary made it so manageable, enjoyable, and exciting. We ended up with a wedding reception that truly reflected ‘us’. 

But of course, I would be remiss if I did not mention the best part of our reception – the food. After several meetings and a fantastic tasting, we were able to create a menu with Yen and Gary that was so unique, fresh, creative, and delicious. Guests are still talking about specific appetizers and dishes that were served. Yen went out of her way to create an amazing, distinctive dessert for us, as well as perfecting some special cocktail requests. Presentation was top notch, as was the wonderful, warm Real Food staff. They made us feel like a million bucks and followed my husband around making sure he did not miss one bite...." 

 Annie & Scott

 

"Yen and Gary were so much more than caterers to us – they were our ‘go to’ people for many decisions – related to the menu as well as other aspects of the event – music, flowers, décor, tipping – anything that came up – we felt comfortable asking them. I think that was the best part about working with them. We felt so comfortable. My husband and I are not originally from NYC and hosting an event here can be intimidating. Yen and Gary made it so manageable, enjoyable, and exciting. We ended up with a wedding reception that truly reflected ‘us’. 

But of course, I would be remiss if I did not mention the best part of our reception – the food. After several meetings and a fantastic tasting, we were able to create a menu with Yen and Gary that was so unique, fresh, creative, and delicious. Guests are still talking about specific appetizers and dishes that were served. Yen went out of her way to create an amazing, distinctive dessert for us, as well as perfecting some special cocktail requests. Presentation was top notch, as was the wonderful, warm Real Food staff. They made us feel like a million bucks and followed my husband around making sure he did not miss one bite...." 

 Annie & Scott

 

"...First, the food was a SMASHING success. The passed hors d'oeuvres were show-stoppers. At least half of my friends took the time to tell me that ours were the best passed apps that they had ever tasted. We ultimately settled on 8 different passed apps, but you could tell that Yen could have done a hundred more. We went with salmon and steak to suit the relatively conservative palettes of our guests, but each of the entrees had just enough idiosyncrasy to know that the cook REALLY knew what she was doing. 

Second, the level of organization was jaw-dropping. Yen and Gary could have run this event in their sleep - and I don't mean that to sound like they didn't pay very careful attention to our unique preferences. I just mean that they are so good at choreographing all the other vendors - and at executing logistics generally - they can take the time a lesser caterer would waste running around barking orders and spend it with the families, making sure that everyone gets exactly what they want. Gary ran the whole night like a Broadway production - no mistakes, nothing off time, and he did it all with a big smile. My mom has a little crush. 

Finally, it's obvious from the beginning that Yen and Gary are not trying to milk every cent from you. They have access to the stuff they have access to at the price they can pay for it, and they are very up front about when their price might be more than you might spend getting it on your own. I saved thousands of dollars because of their refreshing candor. Of course, they can do everything for you, but they were incredibly thoughtful about and respectful of our financial limitations...." 

 Cherie & Lee 

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"We have been meaning to write this review for a while now because we had the BEST time at our wedding, and a large part was because of 2 very wonderful people, Yen and Gary of Real Foods Catering. Honestly, from the moment we met them, we both felt instantly that we wanted and HAD TO work with them. We were actually just at the first stage of looking at different wedding venues, and happened to meet Yen while she was setting up for another wedding at Studio 450. She has an amazing way of reading people, and even though my husband and I didn't exactly have a clear vision of the day yet, Yen was able to present to us a picture of what she could offer after just a short conversation with her about what was important to us. We were immediately drawn to her energetic and positive personality and decided then and there that we wanted to work with her... and we never looked back! 

From our first formal meeting with Yen and Gary at their office, we felt all the stresses of wedding planning dissipate. They were incredibly organized and made us feel like we were their most important client, even though we know they are quite busy. Every email, every concern, every question we had was immediately answered. They paid attention to every detail while helping us keep our eye on the big picture...." 

 Juliane & Reshad

"...None of these glowing reviews can begin to explain to you the pure elation you will feel once you have surrendered the well being of your food/event to the administrative-culinary masters that are Yen and Gary. Of course, the food was outstanding, the presentation was beautiful, and the service was impeccable, but Yen and Gary are so much more than just a pretty plate. Yen is a master of culinary psychology - she knows when people will eat, how much they will eat, and where they want to be while eating. From our first phone call it was clear that she was knowledgeable, capable, and efficient. We trusted her taste and judgment from the beginning and the outcome exceeded all expectations. Gary is the flow-master. He is the oil that keeps the machine running smoothly. If something is wrong or missing, Gary will know about it and will have his team correcting it before you even knew it was a problem in the first place. He knows you better than you know yourself - he made us sit, eat, and take it all in, even when we swore we weren’t hungry and didn’t need a break...." 

  Stephanie & Chris

"The food and service provided by Real Food Catering was OUTSTANDING. In my opinion, a weedding planner is not needed because Yen and Gary provide many of the services that you would pay a wedding planner. All of our guest commented on the how delicious the food was, but also on the outstanding service provided by the wait staff/bar tender. Gary was the Day of Coordinator and he made sure everything ran smoothly without any problems. Not only was the service exceptional, but Yen and Gary and the rest of the Real Food Catering staff were so kind and wonderful. If you are looking for a caterer for an event, please consider Real Food Catering as you will not be disappointed...." 

 Tim & James

 

"...and if I had to mention anything of concern it was taken care of before i even thought about it again. They were so accessible at all times yet not intrusive the entire day. Our guests could not stop raving to us about how delicious the food was and how great the service was. We went through a few rough spots at the beginning with our families and our budget and Real Food Catering was so patient and understanding and must have modified our proposal for us 10 times, never once even mentioning money or a deposit until we sorted it out. After the wedding was over, they were again immediately available and genuinely interested in what we thought of everything. I want to have a party again just so I can work with them again - we will miss them!..." 

Liz & Michael

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"...They took the time to explain the entire process—and if you've never worked with a caterer on a large event, there is a huge learning curve. It's not as simple as "here's the food, and here's how much it costs." But Yen and Gary helped educate us on everything from ways to cut down on rental costs to the best dishes to serve a large group with varied tastes. They listened intently, were incredibly accommodating, and refreshingly direct. Their expertise is apparent from the first meeting, but they were never patronizing. It really felt like a wonderful, collaborative relationship. 

The day of the wedding was understandably chaotic, yet Yen and Gary kept the entire evening running smoothly. They made sure we were fed (thankfully!), tended to our guests' needs, oversaw the other vendors. In short, they are so much more than just caterers...." 

Amy & Jeff

"...Out of all of the vendors we worked with, Real Food catering was the most professional, courteous and kind. They helped us create a vision and guided us through all aspects of the wedding reception - from creating a timeline, floor plan, menu, and décor - their professionalism shown through (even when our guests arrived 30 minutes early!!). 

They were extremely patient with us in order to create a menu that met the needs of all of our guests. We received compliments on everything from hors’ d’oeuvres, drinks, dinner - all the way to dessert. Where Real Foods Catering truly differentiates themselves is with the service. Yen’s calm demeanor and helpfulness was exemplified by the entire staff..." 

 Heather & Craig 

"...Our wedding was challenging in that our families are from very different backgrounds so we needed to make sure we had a menu that would meet the taste preferences of and impress everyone. Yen and Gary nailed it. Passed appetizers made their way through cocktail hour until people were so full that they couldn’t eat anymore. We actually made the decision to push dinner back 30 minutes just to give people some time to digest a bit. Smart move on our part, because I was trying to discretely find a way to lick my dinner plate. We kept things simple with a traditional steak and fish dinner. The steak was great and the sea bass was like nothing I’ve ever had at a wedding. Yen even made vegan meals for two of our guests. Our friends/family continue to rave about our food. The bartenders poured great drinks and the wait staff was both attentive and courteous. They did an amazing job setting up the room – everything looked beautiful when we walked in. Yen and Gary are a great team who really gave us a tremendous sense of comfort throughout the process..." 

 Diahann & Gregg

 

"...They made our wedding truly fantastic and executed our vision perfectly. Yen and Gary really worked with us to create a menu we loved and were flexible so that we could stay within our budget. They took care of everything from the food to the rentals and made the entire process extremely easy and stress free. They answered all of our emails and phone calls right away and took the time to really go through everything with us, making sure we were happy and comfortable with each decision along the way. They were so patient with us and we really appreciate everything they did and how hard everyone worked. The food was fantastic! So many people came up to us at the wedding and after and told us how much they loved the food and a few guests even asked for the recipes...." 

 Alexandra & Jason

"...Yen and Gary were organized, responsive, competitively priced, and such a joy to work with! I had looked at her stunning reviews before choosing Yen, and now understand why they were all so positive....she and Gary made my wedding day and the planning leading up to it so much easier on me and my husband. The food was fantastic and their help with planning the day and coordinating between vendors was amazing. I simply cannot recommend them highly enough!..." 

 Amy & Guy

"We had 140 guests for a sit down dinner and everything was flawless. From the very beginning of our planning process, we knew we were in good hands with Yen; after a long phone conversation, she put together a very comprehensive proposal for us that was considerably cheaper than others we had received. We were initially nervous at the idea of working with a completely blank space like Studio 450 but after our first meeting with Yen and Gary, we knew that we could pull it off. They helped us plan every aspect of the day – not just the food and drinks, but the timeline, rentals, décor, and the other vendors we worked with. Gary was our day of coordinator and with his help the day went off without a hitch. Also, the staff they brought in were professional and hard-working. 

Most importantly – the food was absolutely delicious and there was plenty of it! We got so many compliments on the food and the general set-up/décor of the room, and it was all down to Real Food Catering. We would not hesitate to recommend them..." 

 Kate & Kenny


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