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Amelia and Carmen Catering

Hialeah , FL

LOCATION

4542 Palm Ave
Hialeah, FL 33102 US

PHONE

305-828-8587

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ABOUT US

For over 40 years, Amelia and Carmen Catering has been converting events in the Miami and surrounding areas from ordinary to spectacular by providing exceptional service to those who... Read more
For over 40 years, Amelia and Carmen Catering has been converting events in the Miami and surrounding areas from ordinary to spectacular by providing exceptional service to those who have desired nothing less than perfection.

Our mission is to provide the best service and highest quality at affordable prices for your event

We have over 40 years of experience in:

Catering weddings, Birthdays, Quinces, Baptisms, Bar and mixes, Corporate events and much more!

We have an extensive menu to choose from, along with numerous venues from West Palm Beach to the Florida Keys. No event is too small or too large. You choose the venue and the menu. We will work with you in order to make the event an extraordinary one.

Call us today and experience the difference a first-class catering company can truly make! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
0.0/5.0
We met with Richard a couple of months back and decided not to go with his company for catering services after reading what other brides/grooms were saying about their wedding day disaster. He still has not returned the deposit we placed with him even after he stated on multiple occasions in person and in writing that he would. He is very difficult to get a hold of and has made us go to his office in Hialeah several times to get our money back, only to tell us in person that he doesn't have it. Amelia and Carmen is no longer in business, the only thing that still exists is the name. Also the office is very unkept and dirty which should have been an indicator on the quality of service that would be provided.
We met with Richard a couple of months back and decided not to go with his company for catering services after reading Read more...
We met with Richard a couple of months back and decided not to go with his company for catering services after reading what other brides/grooms were saying about their wedding day disaster. He still has not returned the deposit we placed with him even after he stated on multiple occasions in person and in writing that he would. He is very difficult to get a hold of and has made us go to his office in Hialeah several times to get our money back, only to tell us in person that he doesn't have it. Amelia and Carmen is no longer in business, the only thing that still exists is the name. Also the office is very unkept and dirty which should have been an indicator on the quality of service that would be provided. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Amada
Wedding:
12/13/2015
0.5/5.0
I hired this company for my daughters shower, because I had used Amelia and Carmen for many years before. I was not aware that Carmen had sold the business to Richard Pereyra when I asked him about her he said she wasn't in. It was horrible, they arrived 1 hour before the event started. They brought extremely dirty and stained linens , chair covers. Overlays were all different shades of color and all deferent materials and the majority were burned and had holes the stashes for the chairs also were in horrible shape. I had to run to the fabric store to buy material as overlays for the table so I could cover the disgusting stains. I called him immediately and he never picked up my call. Two days after the event he picked up and said he was going to return part of my money and he has been giving me the run around for days. THIS GUY IS A CON , DONT EVER USE THIS COMPANY STAY AWAY
I hired this company for my daughters shower, because I had used Amelia and Carmen for many years before. I was not aware Read more...
I hired this company for my daughters shower, because I had used Amelia and Carmen for many years before. I was not aware that Carmen had sold the business to Richard Pereyra when I asked him about her he said she wasn't in. It was horrible, they arrived 1 hour before the event started. They brought extremely dirty and stained linens , chair covers. Overlays were all different shades of color and all deferent materials and the majority were burned and had holes the stashes for the chairs also were in horrible shape. I had to run to the fabric store to buy material as overlays for the table so I could cover the disgusting stains. I called him immediately and he never picked up my call. Two days after the event he picked up and said he was going to return part of my money and he has been giving me the run around for days. THIS GUY IS A CON , DONT EVER USE THIS COMPANY STAY AWAY Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Chrissy
Wedding:
4/4/2015
0.0/5.0
WORST CATERER! DO NOT HIRE HIM.

This company used to have a great reputation, my parents even had them when they get married 40 years ago. HOWEVER, Richard bought this company and it is now absolutley horrible. This company needs to be closed.

We became so hesitant weeks before the wedding because we noticed horrible reviews starting going up. We confronted him and read the reviews to him and he promised us that most of these "incidents" occured because he wasn't supervising the workers at the previous weddings. He promised he would be at our wedding the entire time to ensure everything goes smoothly.

The day of the wedding: Richard did not show up until the wedding started. We only had about 4 workers, and most of them were elderly men that were not dressed properly and even had a hard time picking up the chairs because they were a bit old.. One of them even walked into a sliding door while the best man was giving his speech. The food itself was okay.

The only good thing about this caterer was that he maintained an open bar for about 200 people throughout the whole night (previous reviews stated they ran out of liquor during an open bar).

HORRIBLE HORRIBLE. Find another caterer,please.
WORST CATERER! DO NOT HIRE HIM.

This company used to have a great reputation, my parents even had them when they Read more...
WORST CATERER! DO NOT HIRE HIM.

This company used to have a great reputation, my parents even had them when they get married 40 years ago. HOWEVER, Richard bought this company and it is now absolutley horrible. This company needs to be closed.

We became so hesitant weeks before the wedding because we noticed horrible reviews starting going up. We confronted him and read the reviews to him and he promised us that most of these "incidents" occured because he wasn't supervising the workers at the previous weddings. He promised he would be at our wedding the entire time to ensure everything goes smoothly.

The day of the wedding: Richard did not show up until the wedding started. We only had about 4 workers, and most of them were elderly men that were not dressed properly and even had a hard time picking up the chairs because they were a bit old.. One of them even walked into a sliding door while the best man was giving his speech. The food itself was okay.

The only good thing about this caterer was that he maintained an open bar for about 200 people throughout the whole night (previous reviews stated they ran out of liquor during an open bar).

HORRIBLE HORRIBLE. Find another caterer,please. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Sully
Wedding:
3/21/2015
0.0/5.0
Please please please heed all the warnings from this and other reviews......DO NOT HIRE THIS COMPANY FOR ANY REASON!!!!! Richard promises the world, but DOES NOT DELIVER the day of. Richard was OH SO QUICK to cash checks made out to his name, but the day of my wedding, like a ghost he disappeared. Here are just a few of the pitfalls my coordinators and family hid from me until after the wedding (to try and keep me as calm as possible on my wedding day):

1-they did not arrive with tables and chairs until 1 hour before the ceremony (guests had to help put things together), Richard did not pick up the phone at all the day of the wedding.
2-the linens were brought to the venue in a huge garbage bag, so they were WRINKLED beyond help - since they arrived so late they could not be steamed or ironed.
3-there were NO appetizers for the cocktail hour (although I paid for them)
4-they did not provide enough alcohol for the event and my brother had to leave the wedding to go buy more alcohol and ice; also they did not have any wines, which was also something I paid for.
5-there was not enough food
6-I paid for 6 staff members, I got 3 and that was including the bartender

DO NOT EVER USE THIS COMPANY!!!!!!
Please please please heed all the warnings from this and other reviews......DO NOT HIRE THIS COMPANY FOR ANY REASON!!!!! Read more...
Please please please heed all the warnings from this and other reviews......DO NOT HIRE THIS COMPANY FOR ANY REASON!!!!! Richard promises the world, but DOES NOT DELIVER the day of. Richard was OH SO QUICK to cash checks made out to his name, but the day of my wedding, like a ghost he disappeared. Here are just a few of the pitfalls my coordinators and family hid from me until after the wedding (to try and keep me as calm as possible on my wedding day):

1-they did not arrive with tables and chairs until 1 hour before the ceremony (guests had to help put things together), Richard did not pick up the phone at all the day of the wedding.
2-the linens were brought to the venue in a huge garbage bag, so they were WRINKLED beyond help - since they arrived so late they could not be steamed or ironed.
3-there were NO appetizers for the cocktail hour (although I paid for them)
4-they did not provide enough alcohol for the event and my brother had to leave the wedding to go buy more alcohol and ice; also they did not have any wines, which was also something I paid for.
5-there was not enough food
6-I paid for 6 staff members, I got 3 and that was including the bartender

DO NOT EVER USE THIS COMPANY!!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Jesus
Wedding:
1/31/2015
0.0/5.0
DO NOT HIRE THIS COMPANY. Richard promises you the world then under delivers. The food we tasted when we booked him was not the food we paid for at the wedding. The food was stale like from the frozen food department. His employees were rude to my guests. His employees ate so much food and cake leaving some of my guests without food and cake. When my sister went to complain to them about there being no more food. they were all with their mouths full and said the food ran out. Scammer...

Do you want to help me put this guy out of business?? He has gone too far with all these people and he messed with the wrong guy. Our wedding was ruined by this guy. Let's all get together and picket his business and contact the city, state, county business bureaus and all the news channels. We will be heard.
DO NOT HIRE THIS COMPANY. Richard promises you the world then under delivers. The food we tasted when we booked him was Read more...
DO NOT HIRE THIS COMPANY. Richard promises you the world then under delivers. The food we tasted when we booked him was not the food we paid for at the wedding. The food was stale like from the frozen food department. His employees were rude to my guests. His employees ate so much food and cake leaving some of my guests without food and cake. When my sister went to complain to them about there being no more food. they were all with their mouths full and said the food ran out. Scammer...

Do you want to help me put this guy out of business?? He has gone too far with all these people and he messed with the wrong guy. Our wedding was ruined by this guy. Let's all get together and picket his business and contact the city, state, county business bureaus and all the news channels. We will be heard. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Private User
Wedding:
12/31/2014
2.6/5.0
Up to the day of my wedding I was nervous about this company, especially after every single review on this site. The company was recommended by a close friend who used them for their wedding back in 2010 I believe or after that, regardless I was worried but their price worked for me compared to what other companies were charging for a 55 person wedding.

To be honest there were ups and downs but overall I was satisfied.

The downs were:

1. Slow to answer email, the girl that is always there Maritza barely answers emails doesn't get back to you on time. They could care less if you have any concerns.

2. When you do the tasting don't expect much-it is literally just the meats that you can choose from.


3. They served the top part of the cake-that's right the bridge and groom part you take home-they served it to the guest.



Overall, my experience was satisfactory and unlike other people here pleasant.
Richard does seem to over promise things, the lines and chairs were fine. The bartender was nice, the waiters just seem to lack cohesion, fortunately I had a day of coordinator that I warned that she had to be on top of the catering company due to all these bad reviews. Everything seem to be a little bit slow.


As to the food, everyone surprisingly loved it. Was the food different than what I ordered? Yes.


I know this for a fact because I would never order meatballs. I hate them so much that when I saw them I realize they brought some stuff and not other things, like they had yellow rice even though I ordered black beans and rice. I had to use my fingers during the cake cutting because they didn't have a spare fork or small plate to use to place the piece I just cut. Overall, things ran smoothly for me and I was fortunate enough that unlike other people that used this catering company they weren't as bad day of. Honestly if my budget would allow it I would go with somebody else but they seem to do well with small weddings.
Up to the day of my wedding I was nervous about this company, especially after every single review on this site. The Read more...
Up to the day of my wedding I was nervous about this company, especially after every single review on this site. The company was recommended by a close friend who used them for their wedding back in 2010 I believe or after that, regardless I was worried but their price worked for me compared to what other companies were charging for a 55 person wedding.

To be honest there were ups and downs but overall I was satisfied.

The downs were:

1. Slow to answer email, the girl that is always there Maritza barely answers emails doesn't get back to you on time. They could care less if you have any concerns.

2. When you do the tasting don't expect much-it is literally just the meats that you can choose from.


3. They served the top part of the cake-that's right the bridge and groom part you take home-they served it to the guest.



Overall, my experience was satisfactory and unlike other people here pleasant.
Richard does seem to over promise things, the lines and chairs were fine. The bartender was nice, the waiters just seem to lack cohesion, fortunately I had a day of coordinator that I warned that she had to be on top of the catering company due to all these bad reviews. Everything seem to be a little bit slow.


As to the food, everyone surprisingly loved it. Was the food different than what I ordered? Yes.


I know this for a fact because I would never order meatballs. I hate them so much that when I saw them I realize they brought some stuff and not other things, like they had yellow rice even though I ordered black beans and rice. I had to use my fingers during the cake cutting because they didn't have a spare fork or small plate to use to place the piece I just cut. Overall, things ran smoothly for me and I was fortunate enough that unlike other people that used this catering company they weren't as bad day of. Honestly if my budget would allow it I would go with somebody else but they seem to do well with small weddings. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
12/6/2014
0.3/5.0
You get worse than you paid for....
We initially considered Amelia and Carmen catering for our catering services. After our meeting with Richard where he provided some food samples that were not very good, we only contracted with Richard of Amelia and Carmen to provide rentals for our wedding, which included linens, tables, chairs, &, China, glassware, and bar service. We decided to go with him because the price was the best around and Richard seemed to be so flexible to work with. Nothing was an issue. Items were not individualized, just a package and whatever we wanted to add was not an issue. He made so many promises & kept telling us how much experience he had & how the company had been in business so many years. We figured that he couldn't manage to screw up rentals...
We were wrong! He provided the wrong linens for several of the tables, didn't provide enough tables. We bought all this wine to serve during dinner & he didn't put wine glasses on the tables, so it couldn't be served. We paid extra for two additional servers to serve the wine, he didn't provide them. He promised to set up & didn't do it according to plan. Some of the linens were burned, some glasses still had lipstick stains on them. There were roaches in the plate bins, the plates & chargers were chipped.... The list goes on and on. When my planner called to try & fix the issues, Richard practically hung up on her & told her that she would have to make it work with what he sent. The reviews on yelp are right on. My planner was so preoccupied with fixing Richard's mess that there are a lot of details for our wedding which we could not be executed.

DO NOT take a risk with this company if you want your event to have any class!! They are unreliable, not professional & may ruin your event!! They are the only vendor we regret doing business with. The venue will NEVER allow them to work there again!
You get worse than you paid for....
We initially considered Amelia and Carmen catering for our catering services. Read more...
You get worse than you paid for....
We initially considered Amelia and Carmen catering for our catering services. After our meeting with Richard where he provided some food samples that were not very good, we only contracted with Richard of Amelia and Carmen to provide rentals for our wedding, which included linens, tables, chairs, &, China, glassware, and bar service. We decided to go with him because the price was the best around and Richard seemed to be so flexible to work with. Nothing was an issue. Items were not individualized, just a package and whatever we wanted to add was not an issue. He made so many promises & kept telling us how much experience he had & how the company had been in business so many years. We figured that he couldn't manage to screw up rentals...
We were wrong! He provided the wrong linens for several of the tables, didn't provide enough tables. We bought all this wine to serve during dinner & he didn't put wine glasses on the tables, so it couldn't be served. We paid extra for two additional servers to serve the wine, he didn't provide them. He promised to set up & didn't do it according to plan. Some of the linens were burned, some glasses still had lipstick stains on them. There were roaches in the plate bins, the plates & chargers were chipped.... The list goes on and on. When my planner called to try & fix the issues, Richard practically hung up on her & told her that she would have to make it work with what he sent. The reviews on yelp are right on. My planner was so preoccupied with fixing Richard's mess that there are a lot of details for our wedding which we could not be executed.

DO NOT take a risk with this company if you want your event to have any class!! They are unreliable, not professional & may ruin your event!! They are the only vendor we regret doing business with. The venue will NEVER allow them to work there again! Read less
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Emilci
Wedding:
11/8/2014
1.0/5.0
Horrible! Richard is thief! He stole my money! He promises everything you want then he switches the food on you, and charged me for a children's buffet and never even brought the food!!!!! He also left the bar with no glassware and then did not bring enough plates or glasses for the guests! He was a disaster! The Fettucini Alfredo didn't have Alfredo Sauce!!! Please do not use him I am in the process of suing him don't let him do to you what he did to us! HE ruined what should have been a memorable and beautiful event! After a year of planning and working hard he ruined my night!!! Worst experience of my life, please read the reviews on yelp and google before hiring him!!!!!!
Horrible! Richard is thief! He stole my money! He promises everything you want then he switches the food on you, and Read more...
Horrible! Richard is thief! He stole my money! He promises everything you want then he switches the food on you, and charged me for a children's buffet and never even brought the food!!!!! He also left the bar with no glassware and then did not bring enough plates or glasses for the guests! He was a disaster! The Fettucini Alfredo didn't have Alfredo Sauce!!! Please do not use him I am in the process of suing him don't let him do to you what he did to us! HE ruined what should have been a memorable and beautiful event! After a year of planning and working hard he ruined my night!!! Worst experience of my life, please read the reviews on yelp and google before hiring him!!!!!! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
10/26/2014
1.0/5.0
One word for this catering company: HORRIBLE!!!!!!

I had a small wedding of 80 guest about 60 came and they ran out of food!!!

My husband and I went to go get some pictures taken, came back, my husband asked for some pasta which we PAID for extra and they said they didn’t have enough.



My wedding timeline showed that we wanted our food served at 6pm, it was 6:30pm and they said that they will not serve it until the toast was made, we wanted the toast done after, so we had to re-arrange our plans because of them.

They had to dress 8 tables, with bows and the covers, one of the tables did not have covers on the chairs and the rest of the 7 tables did not have bows on them.

My family had to help set up the grand ballroom because Richard’s employees were sitting on the job, even my husband had to stop getting ready on OUR wedding day to go help out. It was honestly such a disaster with the catering company, NEVER USE THEM!!! We were on a tight budget and I thought it wouldn’t be so bad, but if I could go back in time I would try to get a bit more money together and hire a catering company that is worth my money instead of this fake, fraud and horrible man! For the love of everything good, NEVER USE THIS COMPANY, my husband and I really considered going back and giving that man a piece of our mind and ask for a refund for the many people that stayed hunger including my husband, and the missing covers, bows and for the time the hired employees were sitting doing nothing, but we decided against it and just move on. Take your hard worked money else where!
They don't even deserve a 1/5!!
One word for this catering company: HORRIBLE!!!!!!

I had a small wedding of 80 guest about 60 came and they ran Read more...
One word for this catering company: HORRIBLE!!!!!!

I had a small wedding of 80 guest about 60 came and they ran out of food!!!

My husband and I went to go get some pictures taken, came back, my husband asked for some pasta which we PAID for extra and they said they didn’t have enough.



My wedding timeline showed that we wanted our food served at 6pm, it was 6:30pm and they said that they will not serve it until the toast was made, we wanted the toast done after, so we had to re-arrange our plans because of them.

They had to dress 8 tables, with bows and the covers, one of the tables did not have covers on the chairs and the rest of the 7 tables did not have bows on them.

My family had to help set up the grand ballroom because Richard’s employees were sitting on the job, even my husband had to stop getting ready on OUR wedding day to go help out. It was honestly such a disaster with the catering company, NEVER USE THEM!!! We were on a tight budget and I thought it wouldn’t be so bad, but if I could go back in time I would try to get a bit more money together and hire a catering company that is worth my money instead of this fake, fraud and horrible man! For the love of everything good, NEVER USE THIS COMPANY, my husband and I really considered going back and giving that man a piece of our mind and ask for a refund for the many people that stayed hunger including my husband, and the missing covers, bows and for the time the hired employees were sitting doing nothing, but we decided against it and just move on. Take your hard worked money else where!
They don't even deserve a 1/5!! Read less
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Giselle & Osvaldo
Wedding:
7/5/2014
4.9/5.0
I did not have much time to eat during the wedding but, I think my guests liked the food. They were very professionals and the value and responsiveness was excellent. We had enough food for all our guest and I understand that some of them got even an extra plate. The waiters were dressed according to the event. They worked in a very professional way and the food had good quality. Thank you very much for your service.
I did not have much time to eat during the wedding but, I think my guests liked the food. They were very professionals and Read more...
I did not have much time to eat during the wedding but, I think my guests liked the food. They were very professionals and the value and responsiveness was excellent. We had enough food for all our guest and I understand that some of them got even an extra plate. The waiters were dressed according to the event. They worked in a very professional way and the food had good quality. Thank you very much for your service. Read less
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