Hi Yen & Gary,
Laureta & I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the hard work and skill involved in Friday's wedding!
I'm sure you hear great things quite frequently, however you guys blew it our minds and all our guests minds! The food and service was impeccable and perfect! You guys are absolute professionals of the highest quality and we were so happy you worked with us to make our wedding amazing!
My aunt and uncle who attended own one of the largest bridal store is Florida, and are considered to Kleinfeld of Florida. They said "The best wedding they ever attended and the food was perfection!"
One of our guests recorded our first dance and uploaded to YouTube, if you care to see it again, it was the talk of the evening, other than the service and food! http://youtu.be/2GRrM4l-C8I
Thank you again and best wishes,
Tommy & Laureta South
"If I could give Real Food Catering a million stars I would! We had our wedding in the middle of Hurricane Irene, a couple blocks from an evacuation zone, but it went off without a hitch thanks to Yen and Gary. The food was absolutely phenomenal and had all of our guests raving. One guest loved Yen's Miso Cod so much that he was craving it the next week and ordered it in a restaurant, only to be disappointed that it wasn't as good! Even our 80-year-old great aunt (who's been to her fair share of weddings) said that it was the best food she's ever had at a wedding! Everything was delicious, cooked to perfection (medium rare actually had a hot pink center!) and was even hot when served - something unthinkable at weddings! :) Yen is an absolute delight to work with and brings her passion and creativity to the table with the elegant and unique menus she creates. For our dessert station, she came up with a beignet station and even ordered ingredients from New Orleans so that we could surprise our guests with something different! She goes above and beyond, but always works within your budget to get the best bang for your buck. But it's not just the food that makes Real Food Catering such a valuable vendor, it's their professionalism and dedication that puts them at a higher standard. The day before our wedding, we found out we had to move everything up 2 hours and change our outdoor tented reception indoors to avoid the hurricane. I would have started panicking, but I didn't have time to since Yen and Gary immediately jumped in and took care of everything, from figuring out new floor plans and..."
"Yen and Joseph and their team at Real Food Catering are AMAZING!!! They are beyond helpful when it comes to the entire process - from menu planning to rentals to general wedding selections. They are both consummate professionals AND a lot of fun. I had a blast working with them, and they were so flexible, super realistic and helpful when it came to the budget, and willing to do/try different things for our multi-cultural wedding. On top of it all - the food is DELICIOUS!!! Even Hurricane Irene did not get in their way. It was an amazing wedding and very much thanks to everyone at Real Food's and all their hard work...."
"...In addition to providing the typical catering services, they were also extremely helpful in working with me to plan the sequence of events for the day and lots of other logistical details I would not have thought of on my own. Yen and Gary were excellent to work with and very professional. I was able to make menu changes up until a week or so before they wedding and they even agreed to do the wedding cake with only a couple of week's notice! The night of the wedding, we got TONS of compliments on the food AND the service. The wait staff was phenonmenal. Both Gary and Yen paid close attention to me and my husband the night of the wedding to make sure we ate, had a drink at all times/when we wanted one etc - and I really appreciated that extra touch. We did our ceremony and reception at the same venue and Gary was so helpful in getting everyone organized (and keeping them that way!) right before the processional. Real Food was great and I would highly recommend them!..."
"My husband found Yen and Gary through weddingwire.com so it would only be appropriate to wrap up our wedding 'to do list' here. We went with Real Food Catering, after a few email exchanges with different caterings and venues, simply because they were the most prompt & professional vendor, we could not find 1 single bad review and based on the estimates, they offered the best value.
I must admit, I was a challenge to work with, we didn't have a date or a venue but my husband would not book anything without knowing we could definitely land Real Food Catering. He wanted them so badly, we worked our wedding date around THEIR schedule and when they gave us the green light, I ran to the venue during my lunch break to put down a deposit.
It was the best decision we ever made; Yen & Gary worked with all the challenges we had come in with: we had vegans, we had foodies, our family members were picky and we had kids that ate like adults! I didn't know how to plan a wedding, I wanted a menu that really flowed and worked with each course and I HAD to have a sit down meal ON A BUDGET! All our needs were met with a smile, they answered every wedding question possible- even the ones that didn't involve food......"
"This is the best catering company EVER! From the very beginning, Yen and Gary were super professional-they always got back to us very quickly with answers to our MANY questions. They also gave us their true honest opinions on whether they thought certain ideas of our were going to work or not (since this was, after all, our first time planning a wedding). They catered many occasions at our venue (The Foundry) so they knew the place inside and out. The whole party was perfect and it is all thanks to them. They set up the space perfectly-the food was AMAZING-every person that I spoke to that attended our wedding raved that the food was the best they had ever had at a wedding-it was truley high end restaurant quality. Not to mention, Yen and Gary don't act like catering weddings is their "JOB"-you can tell that they really truley enjoy what they do for a living, and that is what makes them so good at what they do. My husband and I AND our guest felt very taken care of throughout the whole evening-the service was impeccable-which really means a lot on your special day. You want everyone to enjoy themselves to the fullest and to be comfortable the whole night, and that is what Real Food did for us. I couldn't say more great things about this company......"
"If you get Real Food catering your wedding,... (consider urself LUCKY) and get ready to have THE BEST WEDDING COCKTAIL AND DINNER EVER! Our guests LOVED LOVED the food!! the sangria was amazing,.. this coming from a bride who doesn't drink much... LOL. most of the time when you do the tasting, the food is great,... its even BETTER at your wedding! AND Gary the day of coordinator, is the savior for the day of! b/c on the day of, the bride tells everyone to ask Gary not her! So all you have to do is look pretty, smile for pics and have a blast!..."
"I can't forget to mention that during the entire 6 month or so period between us hiring them and our wedding, they replied to all our emails and phone calls promptly and courteously. I know they were busy with other weddings during this time, but I always received a response that made me feel like I was their only client!
If you're getting married in New York City, I would recommend not looking elsewhere and going with Yen and Gary. They are willing to work with any budget, meaning if you're tight on money (which we were) they can still do a phenomenal wedding for very little cost. On the contrary, if you have some to spare and want all the trimmings, they can do that too and will exceed your expectations, guaranteed! My husband and I are not only extremely happy we went with them, we are also happy to just know them, as they are fantastic people that we'll probably continue to keep in touch with...."
"During my life in New York for almost 22 years I attended various wedding, some more luxurious than others, some in NY Botanical Garden, some in private country clubs in NJ and NY. However, none had a class and such a distinction as your appetizers, main courses and desserts. I was first amazed during the sampling time. BTW, it was one of the most unusual and wonderful dining experiences in NYC. But during the wedding your food made a whole new difference. Night lights of Manhattan combined with asian touch of your dishes and modern design of appetizers and the way they were served, luscious buffet, all of this added such a great tune and spirit to the wedding that I do not have words to express my gratitude and appreciation of your talent as a cook, as a chef, as an extremely creative person and as a manager who like a captain of the ship was always alert and left the wedding scene the last minute, making sure that everybody was properly fed and satisfied.
Your warmth and professionalism was also reflected in your staff, especially Gary who was calm, alert and paid attention to details all the time. Thank you again and again for the memorable catering during such important event in my family. Please, feel free to use this as a testimony on your web site. If you do, I wish to advise your potential customers who shop for the caterers: "Stop shopping right now and call Yen immediately to make an appointment! And do not bargain with her!" Feel free to send any potential hesitant customer my way and I will be happy to share my experience with them...."
"We had a 180 person wedding in Manhattan with nearly 20 kids at a venue without a professional kitchen or elevators, and her staff pulled off an amazing wedding which included a separate kids' buffet. Our guests were raving about the appetizers and entrees and they were even better than the delicious teasers we had at her complimentary tasting!! She strives for unique and creative menu items and she put together an Asian/Latin fusion menu for us that was absolutely delicious. We had a dual entree with Miso Chilean Sea Bass and Ribeye with Chimichurri. Everything was cooked perfectly and presentation was beautiful :)
She took care of rentals for us as well as event planning and provided a day of coordinator, Gary, who was calm and always on hand at just the right moment to keep things moving smoothly. Her staff kept our guests merry and filled with food and drink while maintaining stealthy discreteness and utmost professionalism! And to top it all off, you'd think she would cost a fortune for such amazing service, but she has extremely competitive pricing and is wonderful at working within your budget to meet and surpass your catering needs. She has worked at so many different venues..."
"...Real Food Catering is excellent to work with! Yen is very organized and always had great ideas to share. She made me feel at ease with the wedding planning process. We had a delicious food tasting prior to the wedding so we had confidence they would do a great job. And they exceeded our expectations! Our wedding guests continue to tell us how much they enjoyed the food and service. Gary, the day of coordinator, was very helpful during the wedding; coordinating a ceremony rehearsal and making sure everything went according to plan. Thank you for making our wedding amazing..."
"They did a fantastic job of putting together all the details I wanted for a cocktail style wedding with food stations. Yen's staff not only served excellent food but help setup everything that I needed with the decor, etc., and Gary was everything I could ask for in a DOC.
The most important part was that the food was really delicious. The majority of compliments we got from guests were about how great the food tasted. Yen really worked with me to put together the exact menu I wanted and add other little touches that I wanted too. For as stressed out as I was before the wedding, Yen was always very calming and responsive to everything I requested. I also want to point out that for a bride like me that really likes to know everything in advance and be fully prepared..."
"Not only was the food delicious, Yen is very professional and was with us every step of the planning process. From our first tasting, to cutomizing a menu (both cocktail hour and dinner), Yen was prompt in returning e-mails and was open to meeting with us to finalize seating charts and last minute details.
It was also helpful that Yen had done events at Studio 450 and was able to recommend vendors. We live in New Jersey and were overwhelmed when we first started researching. Yen was very helpful in helping us find affordable vendors. She worked with my husband, Sharvin, every step of the way to make sure we stuck to our wedding budget. She was always patient and professional!
Also, the servers and staff were so attentive to our needs and our guests needs too.
I cannot say enough about how happy we were with Real Food Catering. We had the wedding of our dreams and it would not have been possible without Yen and Gary's assistance!..."
"We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving our daughter her fairy tale wedding. We as parents work so hard and try do the best we can so our children can grow up to be hopefully kind,hard working,loving,happy adults. We tried are very best to save as much as we could to try and give our daughter a fantastic wedding. Well it was a dream come true fabulous wedding.
You,Gary and your entire team were so wonderful throughout the entire wedding from beginning to end. We loved your enthusiasm and professional manner throughout it all. Your entire team were wonderful, kind, smiling, attentive to everyone and looked so happy to be there. It was unreal...."
"...Comes the night of the event and seeing the event space and how it was decorated left me in awe. It felt great having the opportunity of being a guest. I observed how every detail havd been taken care of.I felt I was at a party that was going to be fun. Yen and her staff in particular her assistent Gary were extremely easy to work with.They had every detail taken care of and I felt were 1 step ahead of all of us in attending to the guests that evening. In particular I have a 90 year father who is confined to a wheelchair. I was wondering how he would be able to attend to the cocktail hour and photo shoots. Gary had trranged for the elevator to be available prior to all the moving around and whenever I asked for my father to be moved it had already been taken care of. For this i cannot thank him enough.
The evening was perfect. The guests marveled at the food and how smooth everything went. It was a great joy to see my daughter married. It was a pleasure to know that she and Chris could enjoy their special evening knowing that they had a wonderful catering company taking care of all their needs. It was truly appreciated by them and my family. Thank you Real Foods for a wonderful evening...."
"...Real Food Catering is a true gem of a company in New York. For a couple on a budget, wanting to get married in New York can be difficult. Then we found Real Food Catering. Such amazing value. We were able to throw the party of our lifetime and Yen helped us cut costs only in places us and our guests wouldn't notice. Our guests wound up eating the most delicious food, drinking top class cocktails and receiving impeccable service.
The events team, Joseph and Jennifer, were absolutely amazing that day, making sure we always had a drink, a plate of food, even running out to get the NY times for me. We felt so well taken care of. Jon or I didn't have to lift a finger, even when it came to packing up.
We chose right to choose Real Food as our caterer and we'll always remember how much calm, organisation and fun the team brought to our big day. All of our guests keep telling us that it was the best wedding they have ever been to..."
"...She and Gary were so helpful from the very start to finish. She provides a lot of experience, organization and advice w/ the planning and menu. She and Gary were the epitome of grace under pressure on the day of! I never once worried about the food or catering all night. Her prices are very reasonable particularly for the quality of service and food you get! Our guests were raving about the hors d'oeurves and food all night long. We still receive compliments after the wedding! I can't recommend Real Food highly enough!..."
"...Our wedding was everything we dreamed of and more. From the first conversation, they made us feel confident we'd achieve our vision. They are responisve, thoughtful and flexible. Their offerings are extensive, refined and mouth-watering. We loved everything we tasted so it was hard to narrow down but we got rave reviews from our guests on the food. Real Food offers a full-service experience (including planning, rentals and wedding day coordination) which makes things simple and seamless. They were truly a pleasure to work with and deliver tremendous value. We recommend them wholeheartedly."
"...They had come very highly recommended by the venue and had glowing reviews from past clients. Having used them...we completely understand why! From our very first meeting with Yen we felt completely comfortable and taken care of. Yen made us feel like all of our ideas were great and possible!
We were BEYOND thrilled with not only the food (incredible!) but the service and professionalism of Yen and her team. Special thanks to Gary for handling our day of needs on site as well!"
"...They're not just caterers, they're essentially wedding planners and the way Yen and her crew works with the other contractors (flowers, rentals, site, etc...) it made us feel very at ease leading up to and on our wedding day. As far as food goes, I've never been to a wedding where there were so many compliments for the food. Everything was delicious and the service was impeccable. We can't recommend Yen, Gary, and the rest of the amazing staff of Real Foods enough for your wedding or any event."
"Yen and Gary are extraordinary and put every effort into ensuring that everything from food to decor runs without a hitch. From our initial meeting to the big day Yen was helpful, informative, and fabulous. The food is simply to die for. Our guests were literally raving about the hors d' oeuvres we chose (and the food was mentioned in more than one toast). Being gluten-free, Real Food was more than able to "cater" to my food needs and all our friends be they vegan or vegetarian or gluten-free like me had more than one delicious dish to chose from. If I could get Real Food to cater my whole life, I absolutely would. My husband and I had a terrific experience, and hey all these 5 star reviews can't be wrong (and they aren't)!"