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A Sharper Palate

Richmond , VA

LOCATION

5511 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA US 23228 (map)

PHONE

804-553-0495

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ABOUT US

Imagine the perfect event and your mind conjures up all sorts of gourmet delights, from delectable hors d'oeuvres to elegantly presented desserts.

At A Sharper Palate, that's... Read more
Imagine the perfect event and your mind conjures up all sorts of gourmet delights, from delectable hors d'oeuvres to elegantly presented desserts.

At A Sharper Palate, that's only the beginning. For us, it's about creating an unforgettable experience from stylish table settings to unmatched personal service. We pay attention to every detail so you can relax and enjoy your event.

Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or an elegant gala, A Sharper Palate Catering Company can assist you with your special day.

Our skilled chefs are able to offer custom menu creations, because our kitchen strives to always fresh, local quality ingredients whenever possible a make our food items.

A Sharper Palate’s event planners tailor each event to best suite our client’s taste and budget. Our years of off- site catering experience have taught us the key elements to making every event the best it can be.

Our approach takes a little more time and experience, but it's what sets A Sharper Palate apart from our competition.

Please contact us regarding your future event at (804) 553-0495.

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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Cash Bar, Limited Bar, Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor, Rail Liquor, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, French, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Mexican, Southern
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Do you allow outside alcohol? If yes, what is the corkage fee?
No corkage Fee
Do you provide rentals for items such as linens and flatware?
We coordinate the rentals to simplify your off premise event.
Are you able to provide your own wait staff?
A Sharper Palate employees professionally trained wait staff, bartenders and chefs to service your reception.
What is your maximum catering capacity?
1000

REVIEWS

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Caitlan
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
I can not say enough wonderful and positive things about Leslie Stone and everyone at A Sharper Palate! They are top notch, extremely flexible, talented, worked within our budget, our foodie requests and presented and executed a fantastic wedding evening! I never saw one dirty anything, they were on top of their game; the attention to detail and presentation blew me away. They know what they are doing here!
Do not be fooled by the cheap processed, reheated food that comes in bulk from other caterers!
A Sharper Palate serves nothing but fresh delicious gourmet food!
We will hire them again and again! They helped with ALL the rentals and linens. It was so easy and cheaper than finding them separately. I will tell every bride I know to at least schedule a tasting to see what I am talking about. Excellent on every level, our guests are foodies and they couldn't stop raving about the food. I would like to take some credit that we picked good items from their amazing menu, but it was hard we wanted everything. Their menu is so versatile and they can accommodate every dietary need, even kosher and gluten free!
I will recommend Leslie Stone and her staff over and over again. You want the best for your big day right? Go with A Sharper Palate!!!
I can not say enough wonderful and positive things about Leslie Stone and everyone at A Sharper Palate! They are top Read more...
I can not say enough wonderful and positive things about Leslie Stone and everyone at A Sharper Palate! They are top notch, extremely flexible, talented, worked within our budget, our foodie requests and presented and executed a fantastic wedding evening! I never saw one dirty anything, they were on top of their game; the attention to detail and presentation blew me away. They know what they are doing here!
Do not be fooled by the cheap processed, reheated food that comes in bulk from other caterers!
A Sharper Palate serves nothing but fresh delicious gourmet food!
We will hire them again and again! They helped with ALL the rentals and linens. It was so easy and cheaper than finding them separately. I will tell every bride I know to at least schedule a tasting to see what I am talking about. Excellent on every level, our guests are foodies and they couldn't stop raving about the food. I would like to take some credit that we picked good items from their amazing menu, but it was hard we wanted everything. Their menu is so versatile and they can accommodate every dietary need, even kosher and gluten free!
I will recommend Leslie Stone and her staff over and over again. You want the best for your big day right? Go with A Sharper Palate!!! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
1/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Wonderful food for our Jan 2014 wedding. Our guests are still talking about how good the food was. I loved the variety of menus offered to us, the flexibility in ensuring food needs for our guests were met (vegan, gluten, nut allergy, etc), and the highest quality with food preparation and service. Everyone went out of their way to not just provide excellent food but to also create an elegant ambience for the venue (science museum in richmond), they provided high quality service with flair and style. I never had anything but the most responsive, helpful contact with Kristen Walker and her team, she was super organized, efficient, and also just a lot of fun to work with. I can't recommend them enough. I just wish I could have more of the delicious food again soon!
Wonderful food for our Jan 2014 wedding. Our guests are still talking about how good the food was. I loved the variety of Read more...
Wonderful food for our Jan 2014 wedding. Our guests are still talking about how good the food was. I loved the variety of menus offered to us, the flexibility in ensuring food needs for our guests were met (vegan, gluten, nut allergy, etc), and the highest quality with food preparation and service. Everyone went out of their way to not just provide excellent food but to also create an elegant ambience for the venue (science museum in richmond), they provided high quality service with flair and style. I never had anything but the most responsive, helpful contact with Kristen Walker and her team, she was super organized, efficient, and also just a lot of fun to work with. I can't recommend them enough. I just wish I could have more of the delicious food again soon! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I wanted BBQ for our October 2013 rustic wedding in Maidens, VA. When Q-BBQ/Sharper Palate Catering was suggested to me, we set-up a tasting. From the moment we arrived, we were treated wonderfully. As if that weren't enough, the food was AMAZING! We decided to go with them to cater our wedding and I am so thrilled we did. The experience was seamless throughout the process. We worked directly with Leslie Stone, who was a joy to work with. She had great ideas and made us feel comfortable. We were in great hands. At the wedding, there were 3 staff members working the event - a chef, server, and bartender. They were all extremely professional and helpful. They waited on us hand and foot, even though it was set-up buffet style. This was a no-brainer decision for us and we are so happy we went with them. True professionalism and great tasting food - it doesn't get much better than that. Thanks so much!
My husband and I wanted BBQ for our October 2013 rustic wedding in Maidens, VA. When Q-BBQ/Sharper Palate Catering was Read more...
My husband and I wanted BBQ for our October 2013 rustic wedding in Maidens, VA. When Q-BBQ/Sharper Palate Catering was suggested to me, we set-up a tasting. From the moment we arrived, we were treated wonderfully. As if that weren't enough, the food was AMAZING! We decided to go with them to cater our wedding and I am so thrilled we did. The experience was seamless throughout the process. We worked directly with Leslie Stone, who was a joy to work with. She had great ideas and made us feel comfortable. We were in great hands. At the wedding, there were 3 staff members working the event - a chef, server, and bartender. They were all extremely professional and helpful. They waited on us hand and foot, even though it was set-up buffet style. This was a no-brainer decision for us and we are so happy we went with them. True professionalism and great tasting food - it doesn't get much better than that. Thanks so much! Read less
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Cindy
Wedding:
5/19/2013
5.0/5.0
A Sharper Palate was an amazing catering service to work with. They listened to our needs, made great suggestions, handled everything from the wonderful food and presentation right down to coordinating to the rentals, matching linens with wedding colors, providing all of the service ware, and providing amazing service during the entire event. I couldn't be happier with the professionalism and enthusiasm encountered while working with Stephen Coffelt, our event coordinator, and all of the staff onsite at our daughter and son-in-laws wedding held at Main Street Station on May 19, 2013. Thank you all!
A Sharper Palate was an amazing catering service to work with. They listened to our needs, made great suggestions, handled Read more...
A Sharper Palate was an amazing catering service to work with. They listened to our needs, made great suggestions, handled everything from the wonderful food and presentation right down to coordinating to the rentals, matching linens with wedding colors, providing all of the service ware, and providing amazing service during the entire event. I couldn't be happier with the professionalism and enthusiasm encountered while working with Stephen Coffelt, our event coordinator, and all of the staff onsite at our daughter and son-in-laws wedding held at Main Street Station on May 19, 2013. Thank you all! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
4/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Lauren was our point of contact throughout our engagement. She helped us pick a menu, held a tasting, then met with us to fine tune the details. Nothing was left unplanned, but she did all the work. I didn't have to worry about forgetting about a beverage station or to mention the time for the toast. It was such an easy process. And the food was fantastic. We had heavy hors d'ouvres, and there were so many interesting and tasty options to choose from. They also provided our beverage service and wait staff. Again, I'm so glad it was a one stop shop. Everything was perfectly coordinated with minimal work on my part.
Lauren was our point of contact throughout our engagement. She helped us pick a menu, held a tasting, then met with us to Read more...
Lauren was our point of contact throughout our engagement. She helped us pick a menu, held a tasting, then met with us to fine tune the details. Nothing was left unplanned, but she did all the work. I didn't have to worry about forgetting about a beverage station or to mention the time for the toast. It was such an easy process. And the food was fantastic. We had heavy hors d'ouvres, and there were so many interesting and tasty options to choose from. They also provided our beverage service and wait staff. Again, I'm so glad it was a one stop shop. Everything was perfectly coordinated with minimal work on my part. Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
I wish I could give 10 stars because they are amazing!!! Coming from Charleston SC, I was trying to create a southern- inspired menu. They created a menu that that was southern-inspired and completely delicious! We got TONS of compliments saying that the food was some of the best they had ever had at a wedding! The communication was great throughout the whole process (Kristen was the best!), and they were extremely prompt to every meeting and to the wedding. Highly recommend!
I wish I could give 10 stars because they are amazing!!! Coming from Charleston SC, I was trying to create a southern- Read more...
I wish I could give 10 stars because they are amazing!!! Coming from Charleston SC, I was trying to create a southern- inspired menu. They created a menu that that was southern-inspired and completely delicious! We got TONS of compliments saying that the food was some of the best they had ever had at a wedding! The communication was great throughout the whole process (Kristen was the best!), and they were extremely prompt to every meeting and to the wedding. Highly recommend! Read less
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jshub87
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
AMAZING!! Everyone was RAVING about how fantastic our food was. Would use them again in a heartbeat.
AMAZING!! Everyone was RAVING about how fantastic our food was. Would use them again in a heartbeat.
AMAZING!! Everyone was RAVING about how fantastic our food was. Would use them again in a heartbeat. Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
4/28/2012
5.0/5.0
A sharper Palate went above and beyond to make our day perfect!! They were quick to offer help in any area they could. The food was amazing!! We received so many compliments from our guest on their professionalism, great food, and presentation. I can't recommend them enough!!!
A sharper Palate went above and beyond to make our day perfect!! They were quick to offer help in any area they could. The Read more...
A sharper Palate went above and beyond to make our day perfect!! They were quick to offer help in any area they could. The food was amazing!! We received so many compliments from our guest on their professionalism, great food, and presentation. I can't recommend them enough!!! Read less
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Jill
Wedding:
10/16/2010
5.0/5.0
I had a wonderful experience working with A Sharper Palate. Their professionalism and responsiveness was far above the other caterers we contacted. They worked with me to find a menu that fit my budget all while keeping the quality of food at a high standard. The food was delicious! I would definitely work with A Sharper Palate again in the future.
I had a wonderful experience working with A Sharper Palate. Their professionalism and responsiveness was far above the Read more...
I had a wonderful experience working with A Sharper Palate. Their professionalism and responsiveness was far above the other caterers we contacted. They worked with me to find a menu that fit my budget all while keeping the quality of food at a high standard. The food was delicious! I would definitely work with A Sharper Palate again in the future. Read less
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rain
Wedding:
8/1/2009
5.0/5.0
Very good food. And very considerate.
Very good food. And very considerate.
Very good food. And very considerate. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
The caterer is one of the most importance choices you make for a wedding reception. I chose A Sharper Palate and I am very happy with that choice. They made the time to meet with us for an initial consultation, during the holidays, when another caterer would only do a teleconference. They were prepared at that consultation just based on our estimated headcount and knowledge of our venue, and were able to offer advice right away. Throughout the process they were very professional, responded to my many questions, and made recommendations. They also took care of all the rentals which I appreciated. One of the most important things at a wedding reception is the food and A Sharper Palate did a great job. One recommendation I wish I had taken was to have more food open earlier. However, Sharper Palate saved the day. The set up was beautiful, the food was delicious (I received compliments on the food), and there was plenty. We didn't run out of anything even after I made my guests wait to eat so they were hungry. They also took special care of the bride and groom, from making sure they got some of the passed hor d'ouevres (which they had to miss for pictures), taking care of them throughout the evening, and even prepared a to go basket for them. The caterer is a major expense for a wedding but A Shaper Palate's rates are competitive and they did a fantastic job.
The caterer is one of the most importance choices you make for a wedding reception. I chose A Sharper Palate and I am very Read more...
The caterer is one of the most importance choices you make for a wedding reception. I chose A Sharper Palate and I am very happy with that choice. They made the time to meet with us for an initial consultation, during the holidays, when another caterer would only do a teleconference. They were prepared at that consultation just based on our estimated headcount and knowledge of our venue, and were able to offer advice right away. Throughout the process they were very professional, responded to my many questions, and made recommendations. They also took care of all the rentals which I appreciated. One of the most important things at a wedding reception is the food and A Sharper Palate did a great job. One recommendation I wish I had taken was to have more food open earlier. However, Sharper Palate saved the day. The set up was beautiful, the food was delicious (I received compliments on the food), and there was plenty. We didn't run out of anything even after I made my guests wait to eat so they were hungry. They also took special care of the bride and groom, from making sure they got some of the passed hor d'ouevres (which they had to miss for pictures), taking care of them throughout the evening, and even prepared a to go basket for them. The caterer is a major expense for a wedding but A Shaper Palate's rates are competitive and they did a fantastic job. Read less
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Karen
Wedding:
8/13/2010
4.8/5.0
They made my day worry free as they took care of all the details...the food was amazing and so professionally delivered. Will certainly use them again to cater other events!
They made my day worry free as they took care of all the details...the food was amazing and so professionally delivered. Read more...
They made my day worry free as they took care of all the details...the food was amazing and so professionally delivered. Will certainly use them again to cater other events! Read less
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Meghan
Wedding:
10/20/2012
4.5/5.0
Wonderful food !! Very easy to work with.. Will do what they can to make your day stress free
Wonderful food !! Very easy to work with.. Will do what they can to make your day stress free
Wonderful food !! Very easy to work with.. Will do what they can to make your day stress free Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
9/25/2010
4.5/5.0
Leslie and her staff were amazing. Our guests are still raving about the food, from the tenderloin to the oysters, and I’ve never had such fantastic veggie skewers. The presentation was beautiful!

I especially appreciate the truly professional service they delivered. The staff was always there when they needed to be, but never there “too much.” They made everything happen seamlessly. I can't wait to tell future brides about their amazing work!
Leslie and her staff were amazing. Our guests are still raving about the food, from the tenderloin to the oysters, and I’ Read more...
Leslie and her staff were amazing. Our guests are still raving about the food, from the tenderloin to the oysters, and I’ve never had such fantastic veggie skewers. The presentation was beautiful!

I especially appreciate the truly professional service they delivered. The staff was always there when they needed to be, but never there “too much.” They made everything happen seamlessly. I can't wait to tell future brides about their amazing work! Read less
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momma1208
Wedding:
8/28/2008
4.5/5.0
They were exrtreamly professional. I was pregnant when I got married and had many adjustments made to our menu and they were very understanding about everything. I asked for sparking cider as I and some of our guests did not drink. I pointed them out at the begining of the reception to make sure they were not offended and offered any chmapagne and they did an excellent job. It was very expensive but the food was delicious and the bartenders were great. We got our cake from them as well but instead of cake we got cupcakes and a small cake to save for ur anniversary. They did a fantastic job and I was extreamly pleased with their service.
They were exrtreamly professional. I was pregnant when I got married and had many adjustments made to our menu and they Read more...
They were exrtreamly professional. I was pregnant when I got married and had many adjustments made to our menu and they were very understanding about everything. I asked for sparking cider as I and some of our guests did not drink. I pointed them out at the begining of the reception to make sure they were not offended and offered any chmapagne and they did an excellent job. It was very expensive but the food was delicious and the bartenders were great. We got our cake from them as well but instead of cake we got cupcakes and a small cake to save for ur anniversary. They did a fantastic job and I was extreamly pleased with their service. Read less
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Britt
Wedding:
9/12/2009
3.0/5.0
I was disappointed with their catering services. Before the wedding, I had a difficult time getting in touch with the event planner. It would take several emails from me before she would reply. On the day of the wedding, the servers did not pass out cake or champagne for the toast. The food tasted delicious but the portion sizes were incredibly small, even for heavy hors d'oeuvres. The bartenders were excellent. For the amount of money that we paid them, I was not happy with their service.
I was disappointed with their catering services. Before the wedding, I had a difficult time getting in touch with the Read more...
I was disappointed with their catering services. Before the wedding, I had a difficult time getting in touch with the event planner. It would take several emails from me before she would reply. On the day of the wedding, the servers did not pass out cake or champagne for the toast. The food tasted delicious but the portion sizes were incredibly small, even for heavy hors d'oeuvres. The bartenders were excellent. For the amount of money that we paid them, I was not happy with their service. Read less
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