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Catering By Bo

Portland , OR

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WdngRvwr
Wedding:
8/13/2011
4.6/5.0
We used Catering By Bo's for our wedding and would not have done it any differently. We worked with Holly, from catering, and was always a pleasure.

I was a do-everything-myself kind of bride, which meant I rented my glassware, flatware, decor, cloths, and dishes from other vendors instead of doing this through Bo's. Although, it is a great service they provide to rent these items for you, I had a specific look in mind and the rental place they use just didn't have what I wanted. In addition, I think I saved some money doing it this way, but took a large amount of coordination. Holly was so gracious to work on the rental list with me even though I was getting them elsewhere.

From the start, Holly worked with me to put a menu together that made sense and was reasonably priced. She set up a tasting which was delicious and sold us from the get-go. They don't just do only Thai! May I recommend the Penne Pasta with Parmesan Cream and Basil Bread crumbs? Yumm! When we wanted to change/add menu items, she invited us back for another tasting of those items. What a treat!

When it came to the bar, Holly was extraordinarily accommodating. We supplied our own wine and champagne, to save cost and have our choice. My family is big on the booze. She was willing to negotiate the corkage and had no issues with anything we threw her way. The same with beer - she supplied a keg and since we didn't want another full pony keg, she got a case of bottles for us. Excellent! We chose a signature cocktail as well, which was no issue either. And man, did they pour 'em strong. :) Great value.

We chose to do an ice cream sundae bar at the wedding and again, was no problem for Holly! Great presentation, good service, and wonderful selections. Some people missed it, so it maybe should have stayed out a bit longer.

Holly was extremely flexible and friendly at all times. Even though I contacted her many times, she never showed any frustration.

My only complaints are as follows:
I would have loved a complete list of items and services that Bo's provides, at no additional cost, from the beginning. Would have helped a lot. Also, since most people only plan one wedding in their life, we aren't used to the process. A one page process on how the caterer works with weddings would have been super beneficial (what does it mean when we sign a contract, when are counts final, whats the timeline of booking). We had a cake cutting fee but after the wedding, some folks didn't know there were many kinds of cake. It wasn't served; people had to go up to the cake to get some, so I'm not sure what happened. Cocktails may have been a bit too strong for some of the "less young" folks. Bartenders didn't always show their friendliest side. Not to say they were rude, but weren't overly nice either. Also, I rented the glassware thinking that if people wanted to refill their wine glasses, they would bring it back to the bar. The bartenders told everyone that they needed a new glass every time. Needless to say, we ran out of glasses.

Lastly, 20% service charge seems like a lot. Holly definitely worked hard. As for the wedding workers, they didn't serve the food, cake, or water, so I think 20% may be a bit high. I say 18% is good and allow the customers decide if 20% was earned (post wedding). Seems fair.

Would definitely use Bo's again!
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JEREMER
Wedding:
8/29/2010
5.0/5.0
Catering by Bo did the best job, we could not have asked for more. Holly really stepped up to the plate and did everything we asked for and had some very good suggestions from previous experiences. Their prices are reasonable and the definitely deliver what they say and more. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who needs catering and wants Thai food.
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Sabrina
Wedding:
7/10/2010
4.2/5.0
I loved the Eveningmanager Katie. She is great and did everything possible that we were thinking about. At the last minute we needed some glasses and plates and she made it possible for us and brought them with her.The food tastign was awesome but than at the wedding the food was jsut alright. Catering overall is pretty expensive.
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TRB
Wedding:
4/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Holly was very helpful. I planned my wedding from out of state. So I was extremely happy with my catering selection when I finally got to taste the food. Holly so helpful and patient with all my questions and concerns, as I wanted a gluten-free menu. Everything went very well and I'm so happy we chose them to do the catering!
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Luxe
Wedding:
8/8/2008
4.6/5.0
They are part of Typhoon restaurants. If you ever have the chance to eat there you should go. We decided to go with them because we love their food so much. And when we heard their presentation was beautiful, it sealed the deal. We went the untraditional route and had them serve mostly curries, and stir frys but also had a five spiced beef carving with wasabi mashed potatoes. Everyone loved the food. They did an awesome job setting everything up and was able to setup a buffet just for the kids.
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