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Contemporary Catering

Encino , CA
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LOCATION

16900 Burbank Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316 US (map)

PHONE

310-558-8190

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ABOUT US

Contemporary Catering is a unique, full-service catering and event production company that specializes in custom event creation. Our event team can handle every aspect of your party,... Read more
Contemporary Catering is a unique, full-service catering and event production company that specializes in custom event creation. Our event team can handle every aspect of your party, including menu design, rental needs, location selection, valet services, lighting, and event design. Our progressive and perfectionist attitude sets us apart from other companies and is what gives each event a signature style. We are the best at what we do and we know it…..our goal is to prove it to you. Read less
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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?
African, American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Creole, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Pan-Asian, Polynesian, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?
3000

REVIEWS

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Lindsay
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Nace is the man. As the owner and head chef of Contemporary Catering, this guy is non-stop. While many other vendors took their sweeeet time coming up with a menu and pricing, Nace created his menu and proposal while we spoke at our first meeting. He was straight-forward and fair, was incredibly sweet and accomodating and created a delicious, creative menu that met our semi-foodie needs exactly.

As soon as I found Nace, the rest of the wedding just fell into place. He helped with absolutely everything-- rentals, flowers, everything. Seriously, the guy's been doing this for a long time and he hasn't lost any of his unbelievable enthusiasm, professionalism, or creativity.
He was flexible when I needed to change things back and forth, back and forth :) and even came up with amaaaazing, truly unique, ice cream at the last minute to pass around at the reception.

He treated us like family and we got amazing value for our money. Everyone should be so lucky as to work with Nace and Jenny at Contemporary Catering.
Nace is the man. As the owner and head chef of Contemporary Catering, this guy is non-stop. While many other vendors took Read more...
Nace is the man. As the owner and head chef of Contemporary Catering, this guy is non-stop. While many other vendors took their sweeeet time coming up with a menu and pricing, Nace created his menu and proposal while we spoke at our first meeting. He was straight-forward and fair, was incredibly sweet and accomodating and created a delicious, creative menu that met our semi-foodie needs exactly.

As soon as I found Nace, the rest of the wedding just fell into place. He helped with absolutely everything-- rentals, flowers, everything. Seriously, the guy's been doing this for a long time and he hasn't lost any of his unbelievable enthusiasm, professionalism, or creativity.
He was flexible when I needed to change things back and forth, back and forth :) and even came up with amaaaazing, truly unique, ice cream at the last minute to pass around at the reception.

He treated us like family and we got amazing value for our money. Everyone should be so lucky as to work with Nace and Jenny at Contemporary Catering. Read less
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Mollie
Wedding:
3/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Wonderful staff and amazing food!
Wonderful staff and amazing food!
Wonderful staff and amazing food! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
This review has been a long time coming. For nearly six months my wife and I traded emails with Nathaniel, organized a gazillion tastings, and shook up the menu more often than we can remember. See, my wife is Vietnamese, and I am Peruvian. We wanted a menu that reflected both our cultures, and our passion for great food & presentation. Nathaniel and his team stepped up and accomplished what no one else in LA could on our wedding day. What started as a challenge to any caterer willing to accept it, our wedding menu became an exercise in patience and experimentation. From the Tiradito & Pork Bao appetizers, to the Molecular Gastronomy Amuse Bouche, to the Pisco Sours, the Bun Tit Nun and the Lomo Saltado -- Nate, we can't thank you enough, from the bottom of our PeruViamese hearts, for the immeasurable effort and attention you gave us. My wife and I produce events for a living and were humbled by the dedication and service Contemporary Catering offered us from the beginning. It's truly rare in this industry or any other. We hope to one day work with you again; maybe at one of our corporate events, and again - THANK YOU for making our dream date come true!

- Michael & Melissa
This review has been a long time coming. For nearly six months my wife and I traded emails with Nathaniel, organized a Read more...
This review has been a long time coming. For nearly six months my wife and I traded emails with Nathaniel, organized a gazillion tastings, and shook up the menu more often than we can remember. See, my wife is Vietnamese, and I am Peruvian. We wanted a menu that reflected both our cultures, and our passion for great food & presentation. Nathaniel and his team stepped up and accomplished what no one else in LA could on our wedding day. What started as a challenge to any caterer willing to accept it, our wedding menu became an exercise in patience and experimentation. From the Tiradito & Pork Bao appetizers, to the Molecular Gastronomy Amuse Bouche, to the Pisco Sours, the Bun Tit Nun and the Lomo Saltado -- Nate, we can't thank you enough, from the bottom of our PeruViamese hearts, for the immeasurable effort and attention you gave us. My wife and I produce events for a living and were humbled by the dedication and service Contemporary Catering offered us from the beginning. It's truly rare in this industry or any other. We hope to one day work with you again; maybe at one of our corporate events, and again - THANK YOU for making our dream date come true!

- Michael & Melissa Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Words cannot express how happy I am that we hired Contemporary Catering for our wedding. From beginning to end Nathaniel and Jenny were extremely helpful, professional and responsive. I got the sense that they really cared about our wedding and truly went the extra mile for us – more like 1,000 miles! Jenny met us at the venue on multiple occasions and helped me with so many aspects of our wedding beyond the food, from the rentals, to the timeline, to helping me find pashminas to buy days before the wedding. Jenny and Nathaniel were both present at our wedding and made sure everything ran smoothly. Nathaniel even fixed a strand of lights that went out during our reception. They were both extremely attentive to our needs and made sure we ate and that all of the guests were enjoying the food. The food was just as delicious at our tasting as it was at the wedding. So many of our guests raved about the food and appetizers and loved it because it wasn’t standard “wedding food”. Our wedding truly would have not been the same without the help of Contemporary Catering and, of course, their wonderful food. I would highly recommend them to anyone planning a wedding or special event. I want to have another party just so I can hire them again!
Words cannot express how happy I am that we hired Contemporary Catering for our wedding. From beginning to end Nathaniel Read more...
Words cannot express how happy I am that we hired Contemporary Catering for our wedding. From beginning to end Nathaniel and Jenny were extremely helpful, professional and responsive. I got the sense that they really cared about our wedding and truly went the extra mile for us – more like 1,000 miles! Jenny met us at the venue on multiple occasions and helped me with so many aspects of our wedding beyond the food, from the rentals, to the timeline, to helping me find pashminas to buy days before the wedding. Jenny and Nathaniel were both present at our wedding and made sure everything ran smoothly. Nathaniel even fixed a strand of lights that went out during our reception. They were both extremely attentive to our needs and made sure we ate and that all of the guests were enjoying the food. The food was just as delicious at our tasting as it was at the wedding. So many of our guests raved about the food and appetizers and loved it because it wasn’t standard “wedding food”. Our wedding truly would have not been the same without the help of Contemporary Catering and, of course, their wonderful food. I would highly recommend them to anyone planning a wedding or special event. I want to have another party just so I can hire them again! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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The New Mrs. Goodman
Wedding:
7/3/2011
5.0/5.0
It's going to be hard for me to convey in a simple review just how much Contemporary Catering did for our wedding. Nathaniel and Jenny were so invested in our event and we enjoyed every minute we spent with them. Getting married at the Exposition Park Rose Garden & Natural History Museum in downtown LA meant an extraordinary amount of moving parts were involved, and they pulled off a wedding that surpassed our wildest dreams.
Our parents were very hesitant about our venue, and Nathaniel was able to ease all of their apprehensions, whether it was building a kitchen outside the venue, adding lighting, reviewing contracts, and more. Nathaniel met with my family, with my husband and me, and with me one-on-one a number of times, and these status updates always made me feel completely confident and less stressed about all the details that go into a wedding. We were constantly in communication the week before the wedding, and he couldn't be more supportive and attentive.
On the day of the wedding, Nathaniel was so attentive to my needs, and even handled my "eyelash emergency" with great professionalism. Our customized menu was so unique and delicious--our guests are still talking about the chilled cantaloupe soup, the duet of proteins, and the abundance of appetizers.
Contemporary Catering not only gets the job done, they surpass your expectations in every way, and fill your guests up with great, creative dishes.
Thank you Nace, Jenny, and the rest of the Contemporary Catering team!!!
It's going to be hard for me to convey in a simple review just how much Contemporary Catering did for our wedding. Read more...
It's going to be hard for me to convey in a simple review just how much Contemporary Catering did for our wedding. Nathaniel and Jenny were so invested in our event and we enjoyed every minute we spent with them. Getting married at the Exposition Park Rose Garden & Natural History Museum in downtown LA meant an extraordinary amount of moving parts were involved, and they pulled off a wedding that surpassed our wildest dreams.
Our parents were very hesitant about our venue, and Nathaniel was able to ease all of their apprehensions, whether it was building a kitchen outside the venue, adding lighting, reviewing contracts, and more. Nathaniel met with my family, with my husband and me, and with me one-on-one a number of times, and these status updates always made me feel completely confident and less stressed about all the details that go into a wedding. We were constantly in communication the week before the wedding, and he couldn't be more supportive and attentive.
On the day of the wedding, Nathaniel was so attentive to my needs, and even handled my "eyelash emergency" with great professionalism. Our customized menu was so unique and delicious--our guests are still talking about the chilled cantaloupe soup, the duet of proteins, and the abundance of appetizers.
Contemporary Catering not only gets the job done, they surpass your expectations in every way, and fill your guests up with great, creative dishes.
Thank you Nace, Jenny, and the rest of the Contemporary Catering team!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Cynthia
Wedding:
8/21/2010
5.0/5.0
The entire staff at Contemporary Catering was unbelievably professional, responsive, and helpful in planning and executing the perfect event. They worked with us in delivering a top-quality & creatively customized menu to our 230+ guests, and for a phenomenal price. I would recommend them to anyone looking to hire true professionals who are passionate about the business they are in for whatever your event type or size. Thank you Contemporary Catering!
The entire staff at Contemporary Catering was unbelievably professional, responsive, and helpful in planning and executing Read more...
The entire staff at Contemporary Catering was unbelievably professional, responsive, and helpful in planning and executing the perfect event. They worked with us in delivering a top-quality & creatively customized menu to our 230+ guests, and for a phenomenal price. I would recommend them to anyone looking to hire true professionals who are passionate about the business they are in for whatever your event type or size. Thank you Contemporary Catering! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Ana
Wedding:
5/29/2010
5.0/5.0
The caterer, Contemporary Catering, for my daughter’s May 29th wedding was booked well in advance. I spoke directly with Nathaniel for the quote and had the pleasure of working with him though the process. Before I rate the food, I will begin with the preparations.

He recommended a rental company but I chose to go with a different vendor, Imperial Rentals. Adrineh from Imperial was very nice and provided some beautiful pictures and ideas. Imperial promised to have the tent fully finished and up on Thursday and all the rentals delivered and set up by Friday to make sure everything was perfect. Since we had so many elements to set up, this Thursday Tent/ Friday rentals delivery appealed to me. Against Nathaniel’s recommendations I trusted her.

The first hint that I should have trusted Nathaniel instead, was the visit to the venue. Nathaniel was there, the rental company he recommended was there, Viviana (our wonderful event coordinator) was there but Imperial did not show up.

The tasting: My husband, daughter and her fiancée were in heaven at the tasting. It was sublime.

This wedding involved 17 months of intense planning with many time consuming elements. I purchased over 50 outdoor chandeliers and over 1,000 boxes of high grade outdoor Christmas lights to illuminate the dance floor and the tent. I sewed custom table linens that were three layers. I had purchased over 30 pieces of Antique; settees, Wing Chairs, etc and had them all custom upholstered to match the wedding. I purchase 30 stained glass pedestal centerpiece floral containers and 60 silver iron floral containers for the side florals. I also purchased 1,000 hex and oval hex mason jars with thousands of candles. These are just a few of the many details that were dependent on the rental company keeping their word and being on time. No amount of complaining by the event coordinator or me could get them to work.

When the Nathaniel arrived on Saturday, the rental company still hadn’t even finished the tent. They had subbed it out to a vendor (Express Rental) without approval that did nothing and was seriously drinking on the job. Nothing was set up; not even the kitchen. Everything was dumped. It was a nightmare of horrific proportions. It was not his job, but he immediately took control of the situation and chewed out the rental company getting them working. It was not his job, nor his server’s job to work on set up. They literally saved the day. I seriously cried for 4 days straight after the wedding because of the rental company’s gross negligence and the thought of what would have had happened if I had not had Nathaniel. The stove didn’t even work and he got another company to immediately deliver an emergency stove. He not only knows food, he knows weddings.

On to the food:

There is only one word I can think of to describe the food and the staff. Perfect. Not a single dish wasn’t wonderful even though we started an hour late. Hors D’ourves were such a hit. The dinner was AMAZING. No matter what the guests selected, land or sea, all I heard were raves. Sometimes you taste a wonderful meal at a tasting but when it is for 175 people it is not quite the same. Not so with Contemporary.

I have to say that I meet few people in business whose integrity and quality matter more than their bottom line. We are a middle class family and he is kind of a white glove caterer but he treated us with absolute courtesy and respect. His staff was a joy. Not a single complaint about the food or the service. With a crew that size and a sit down dinner that size, and the nightmare with the rental company, I don’t know how he pulled it off.

I am sorry that I can’t adequately describe just how much he did and how truly wonderful he is. His logo is ‘Something sacred at every event’, but it’s not a logo. This is a man who genuinely believes it. We were perfect strangers but he took my event personally. I have had such a devoted and obedient daughter and so his intervention in areas that were not even his responsibility, his attention to detail, his pursuit of excellence have left me in awe.

Big or small, he knows his stuff completely. Not just food but events. I can recommend Contemporary Catering without a single reservation. I can recommend their food, staff, event knowledge and everything about them. If I had to give stars I would give him 10 diamonds.
The caterer, Contemporary Catering, for my daughter’s May 29th wedding was booked well in advance. I spoke directly with Read more...
The caterer, Contemporary Catering, for my daughter’s May 29th wedding was booked well in advance. I spoke directly with Nathaniel for the quote and had the pleasure of working with him though the process. Before I rate the food, I will begin with the preparations.

He recommended a rental company but I chose to go with a different vendor, Imperial Rentals. Adrineh from Imperial was very nice and provided some beautiful pictures and ideas. Imperial promised to have the tent fully finished and up on Thursday and all the rentals delivered and set up by Friday to make sure everything was perfect. Since we had so many elements to set up, this Thursday Tent/ Friday rentals delivery appealed to me. Against Nathaniel’s recommendations I trusted her.

The first hint that I should have trusted Nathaniel instead, was the visit to the venue. Nathaniel was there, the rental company he recommended was there, Viviana (our wonderful event coordinator) was there but Imperial did not show up.

The tasting: My husband, daughter and her fiancée were in heaven at the tasting. It was sublime.

This wedding involved 17 months of intense planning with many time consuming elements. I purchased over 50 outdoor chandeliers and over 1,000 boxes of high grade outdoor Christmas lights to illuminate the dance floor and the tent. I sewed custom table linens that were three layers. I had purchased over 30 pieces of Antique; settees, Wing Chairs, etc and had them all custom upholstered to match the wedding. I purchase 30 stained glass pedestal centerpiece floral containers and 60 silver iron floral containers for the side florals. I also purchased 1,000 hex and oval hex mason jars with thousands of candles. These are just a few of the many details that were dependent on the rental company keeping their word and being on time. No amount of complaining by the event coordinator or me could get them to work.

When the Nathaniel arrived on Saturday, the rental company still hadn’t even finished the tent. They had subbed it out to a vendor (Express Rental) without approval that did nothing and was seriously drinking on the job. Nothing was set up; not even the kitchen. Everything was dumped. It was a nightmare of horrific proportions. It was not his job, but he immediately took control of the situation and chewed out the rental company getting them working. It was not his job, nor his server’s job to work on set up. They literally saved the day. I seriously cried for 4 days straight after the wedding because of the rental company’s gross negligence and the thought of what would have had happened if I had not had Nathaniel. The stove didn’t even work and he got another company to immediately deliver an emergency stove. He not only knows food, he knows weddings.

On to the food:

There is only one word I can think of to describe the food and the staff. Perfect. Not a single dish wasn’t wonderful even though we started an hour late. Hors D’ourves were such a hit. The dinner was AMAZING. No matter what the guests selected, land or sea, all I heard were raves. Sometimes you taste a wonderful meal at a tasting but when it is for 175 people it is not quite the same. Not so with Contemporary.

I have to say that I meet few people in business whose integrity and quality matter more than their bottom line. We are a middle class family and he is kind of a white glove caterer but he treated us with absolute courtesy and respect. His staff was a joy. Not a single complaint about the food or the service. With a crew that size and a sit down dinner that size, and the nightmare with the rental company, I don’t know how he pulled it off.

I am sorry that I can’t adequately describe just how much he did and how truly wonderful he is. His logo is ‘Something sacred at every event’, but it’s not a logo. This is a man who genuinely believes it. We were perfect strangers but he took my event personally. I have had such a devoted and obedient daughter and so his intervention in areas that were not even his responsibility, his attention to detail, his pursuit of excellence have left me in awe.

Big or small, he knows his stuff completely. Not just food but events. I can recommend Contemporary Catering without a single reservation. I can recommend their food, staff, event knowledge and everything about them. If I had to give stars I would give him 10 diamonds. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Wwnetwork 128
Ana
Wedding:
5/29/2010
5.0/5.0
The caterer, Contemporary Catering, for my daughter’s May 29th wedding was booked well in advance. I spoke directly with Nathaniel for the quote and had the pleasure of working with him though the process. Before I rate the food, I will begin with the preparations.

He recommended a rental company but I chose to go with a different vendor, Imperial Rentals. Adrineh from Imperial was very nice and provided some beautiful pictures and ideas. Imperial promised to have the tent fully finished and up on Thursday and all the rentals delivered and set up by Friday to make sure everything was perfect. Since we had so many elements to set up, this Thursday Tent/ Friday rentals delivery appealed to me. Against Nathaniel’s recommendations I trusted her.

The first hint that I should have trusted Nathaniel instead, was the visit to the venue. Nathaniel was there, the rental company he recommended was there, Viviana (our wonderful event coordinator) was there but Imperial did not show up.

The tasting: My husband, daughter and her fiancée were in heaven at the tasting. It was sublime.

This wedding involved 17 months of intense planning with many time consuming elements. I purchased over 50 outdoor chandeliers and over 1,000 boxes of high grade outdoor Christmas lights to illuminate the dance floor and the tent. I sewed custom table linens that were three layers. I had purchased over 30 pieces of Antique; settees, Wing Chairs, etc and had them all custom upholstered to match the wedding. I purchase 30 stained glass pedestal centerpiece floral containers and 60 silver iron floral containers for the side florals. I also purchased 1,000 hex and oval hex mason jars with thousands of candles. These are just a few of the many details that were dependent on the rental company keeping their word and being on time. No amount of complaining by the event coordinator or me could get them to work.

When the Nathaniel arrived on Saturday, the rental company still hadn’t even finished the tent. They had subbed it out to a vendor (Express Rental) without approval that did nothing and was seriously drinking on the job. Nothing was set up; not even the kitchen. Everything was dumped. It was a nightmare of horrific proportions. It was not his job, but he immediately took control of the situation and chewed out the rental company getting them working. It was not his job, nor his server’s job to work on set up. They literally saved the day. I seriously cried for 4 days straight after the wedding because of the rental company’s gross negligence and the thought of what would have had happened if I had not had Nathaniel. The stove didn’t even work and he got another company to immediately deliver an emergency stove. He not only knows food, he knows weddings.

On to the food:

There is only one word I can think of to describe the food and the staff. Perfect. Not a single dish wasn’t wonderful even though we started an hour late. Hors D’ourves were such a hit. The dinner was AMAZING. No matter what the guests selected, land or sea, all I heard were raves. Sometimes you taste a wonderful meal at a tasting but when it is for 175 people it is not quite the same. Not so with Contemporary.

I have to say that I meet few people in business whose integrity and quality matter more than their bottom line. We are a middle class family and he is kind of a white glove caterer but he treated us with absolute courtesy and respect. His staff was a joy. Not a single complaint about the food or the service. With a crew that size and a sit down dinner that size, and the nightmare with the rental company, I don’t know how he pulled it off.

I am sorry that I can’t adequately describe just how much he did and how truly wonderful he is. His logo is ‘Something sacred at every event’, but it’s not a logo. This is a man who genuinely believes it. We were perfect strangers but he took my event personally. I have had such a devoted and obedient daughter and so his intervention in areas that were not even his responsibility, his attention to detail, his pursuit of excellence have left me in awe.

Big or small, he knows his stuff completely. Not just food but events. I can recommend Contemporary Catering without a single reservation. I can recommend their food, staff, event knowledge and everything about them. If I had to give stars I would give him 10 diamonds.
The caterer, Contemporary Catering, for my daughter’s May 29th wedding was booked well in advance. I spoke directly with Read more...
The caterer, Contemporary Catering, for my daughter’s May 29th wedding was booked well in advance. I spoke directly with Nathaniel for the quote and had the pleasure of working with him though the process. Before I rate the food, I will begin with the preparations.

He recommended a rental company but I chose to go with a different vendor, Imperial Rentals. Adrineh from Imperial was very nice and provided some beautiful pictures and ideas. Imperial promised to have the tent fully finished and up on Thursday and all the rentals delivered and set up by Friday to make sure everything was perfect. Since we had so many elements to set up, this Thursday Tent/ Friday rentals delivery appealed to me. Against Nathaniel’s recommendations I trusted her.

The first hint that I should have trusted Nathaniel instead, was the visit to the venue. Nathaniel was there, the rental company he recommended was there, Viviana (our wonderful event coordinator) was there but Imperial did not show up.

The tasting: My husband, daughter and her fiancée were in heaven at the tasting. It was sublime.

This wedding involved 17 months of intense planning with many time consuming elements. I purchased over 50 outdoor chandeliers and over 1,000 boxes of high grade outdoor Christmas lights to illuminate the dance floor and the tent. I sewed custom table linens that were three layers. I had purchased over 30 pieces of Antique; settees, Wing Chairs, etc and had them all custom upholstered to match the wedding. I purchase 30 stained glass pedestal centerpiece floral containers and 60 silver iron floral containers for the side florals. I also purchased 1,000 hex and oval hex mason jars with thousands of candles. These are just a few of the many details that were dependent on the rental company keeping their word and being on time. No amount of complaining by the event coordinator or me could get them to work.

When the Nathaniel arrived on Saturday, the rental company still hadn’t even finished the tent. They had subbed it out to a vendor (Express Rental) without approval that did nothing and was seriously drinking on the job. Nothing was set up; not even the kitchen. Everything was dumped. It was a nightmare of horrific proportions. It was not his job, but he immediately took control of the situation and chewed out the rental company getting them working. It was not his job, nor his server’s job to work on set up. They literally saved the day. I seriously cried for 4 days straight after the wedding because of the rental company’s gross negligence and the thought of what would have had happened if I had not had Nathaniel. The stove didn’t even work and he got another company to immediately deliver an emergency stove. He not only knows food, he knows weddings.

On to the food:

There is only one word I can think of to describe the food and the staff. Perfect. Not a single dish wasn’t wonderful even though we started an hour late. Hors D’ourves were such a hit. The dinner was AMAZING. No matter what the guests selected, land or sea, all I heard were raves. Sometimes you taste a wonderful meal at a tasting but when it is for 175 people it is not quite the same. Not so with Contemporary.

I have to say that I meet few people in business whose integrity and quality matter more than their bottom line. We are a middle class family and he is kind of a white glove caterer but he treated us with absolute courtesy and respect. His staff was a joy. Not a single complaint about the food or the service. With a crew that size and a sit down dinner that size, and the nightmare with the rental company, I don’t know how he pulled it off.

I am sorry that I can’t adequately describe just how much he did and how truly wonderful he is. His logo is ‘Something sacred at every event’, but it’s not a logo. This is a man who genuinely believes it. We were perfect strangers but he took my event personally. I have had such a devoted and obedient daughter and so his intervention in areas that were not even his responsibility, his attention to detail, his pursuit of excellence have left me in awe.

Big or small, he knows his stuff completely. Not just food but events. I can recommend Contemporary Catering without a single reservation. I can recommend their food, staff, event knowledge and everything about them. If I had to give stars I would give him 10 diamonds. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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momsterluv
Wedding:
5/29/2010
5.0/5.0
The caterer, Contemporary Catering, for my daughter’s May 29th wedding was booked well in advance. I spoke directly with Nathaniel for the quote and had the pleasure of working with him though the process. Before I rate the food, I will begin with the preparations.

He recommended a rental company but I chose to go with a different vendor, Imperial Rentals. Adrineh from Imperial was very nice and provided some beautiful pictures and ideas. Imperial promised to have the tent fully finished and up on Thursday and all the rentals delivered and set up by Friday to make sure everything was perfect. Since we had so many elements to set up, this Thursday Tent/ Friday rentals delivery appealed to me. Against Nathaniel’s recommendations I trusted her.

The first hint that I should have trusted Nathaniel instead, was the visit to the venue. Nathaniel was there, the rental company he recommended was there, Viviana (our wonderful event coordinator) was there but Imperial did not show up.

The tasting: My husband, daughter and her fiancée were in heaven at the tasting. It was sublime.

This wedding involved 17 months of intense planning with many time consuming elements. I purchased over 50 outdoor chandeliers and over 1,000 boxes of high grade outdoor Christmas lights to illuminate the dance floor and the tent. I sewed custom table linens that were three layers. I had purchased over 30 pieces of Antique; settees, Wing Chairs, etc and had them all custom upholstered to match the wedding. I purchase 30 stained glass pedestal centerpiece floral containers and 60 silver iron floral containers for the side florals. I also purchased 1,000 hex and oval hex mason jars with thousands of candles. These are just a few of the many details that were dependent on the rental company keeping their word and being on time. No amount of complaining by the event coordinator or me could get them to work.

When the Nathaniel arrived on Saturday, the rental company still hadn’t even finished the tent. They had subbed it out to a vendor (Express Rental) without approval that did nothing and was seriously drinking on the job. Nothing was set up; not even the kitchen. Everything was dumped. It was a nightmare of horrific proportions. It was not his job, but he immediately took control of the situation and chewed out the rental company getting them working. It was not his job, nor his server’s job to work on set up. They literally saved the day. I seriously cried for 4 days straight after the wedding because of the rental company’s gross negligence and the thought of what would have had happened if I had not had Nathaniel. The stove didn’t even work and he got another company to immediately deliver an emergency stove. He not only knows food, he knows weddings.

On to the food:

There is only one word I can think of to describe the food and the staff. Perfect. Not a single dish wasn’t wonderful even though we started an hour late. Hors D’ourves were such a hit. The dinner was AMAZING. No matter what the guests selected, land or sea, all I heard were raves. Sometimes you taste a wonderful meal at a tasting but when it is for 175 people it is not quite the same. Not so with Contemporary.

I have to say that I meet few people in business whose integrity and quality matter more than their bottom line. We are a middle class family and he is kind of a white glove caterer but he treated us with absolute courtesy and respect. His staff was a joy. Not a single complaint about the food or the service. With a crew that size and a sit down dinner that size, and the nightmare with the rental company, I don’t know how he pulled it off.

I am sorry that I can’t adequately describe just how much he did and how truly wonderful he is. His logo is ‘Something sacred at every event’, but it’s not a logo. This is a man who genuinely believes it. We were perfect strangers but he took my event personally. I have had such a devoted and obedient daughter and so his intervention in areas that were not even his responsibility, his attention to detail, his pursuit of excellence have left me in awe.

Big or small, he knows his stuff completely. Not just food but events. I can recommend Contemporary Catering without a single reservation. I can recommend their food, staff, event knowledge and everything about them. If I had to give stars I would give him 10 diamonds.
The caterer, Contemporary Catering, for my daughter’s May 29th wedding was booked well in advance. I spoke directly with Read more...
The caterer, Contemporary Catering, for my daughter’s May 29th wedding was booked well in advance. I spoke directly with Nathaniel for the quote and had the pleasure of working with him though the process. Before I rate the food, I will begin with the preparations.

He recommended a rental company but I chose to go with a different vendor, Imperial Rentals. Adrineh from Imperial was very nice and provided some beautiful pictures and ideas. Imperial promised to have the tent fully finished and up on Thursday and all the rentals delivered and set up by Friday to make sure everything was perfect. Since we had so many elements to set up, this Thursday Tent/ Friday rentals delivery appealed to me. Against Nathaniel’s recommendations I trusted her.

The first hint that I should have trusted Nathaniel instead, was the visit to the venue. Nathaniel was there, the rental company he recommended was there, Viviana (our wonderful event coordinator) was there but Imperial did not show up.

The tasting: My husband, daughter and her fiancée were in heaven at the tasting. It was sublime.

This wedding involved 17 months of intense planning with many time consuming elements. I purchased over 50 outdoor chandeliers and over 1,000 boxes of high grade outdoor Christmas lights to illuminate the dance floor and the tent. I sewed custom table linens that were three layers. I had purchased over 30 pieces of Antique; settees, Wing Chairs, etc and had them all custom upholstered to match the wedding. I purchase 30 stained glass pedestal centerpiece floral containers and 60 silver iron floral containers for the side florals. I also purchased 1,000 hex and oval hex mason jars with thousands of candles. These are just a few of the many details that were dependent on the rental company keeping their word and being on time. No amount of complaining by the event coordinator or me could get them to work.

When the Nathaniel arrived on Saturday, the rental company still hadn’t even finished the tent. They had subbed it out to a vendor (Express Rental) without approval that did nothing and was seriously drinking on the job. Nothing was set up; not even the kitchen. Everything was dumped. It was a nightmare of horrific proportions. It was not his job, but he immediately took control of the situation and chewed out the rental company getting them working. It was not his job, nor his server’s job to work on set up. They literally saved the day. I seriously cried for 4 days straight after the wedding because of the rental company’s gross negligence and the thought of what would have had happened if I had not had Nathaniel. The stove didn’t even work and he got another company to immediately deliver an emergency stove. He not only knows food, he knows weddings.

On to the food:

There is only one word I can think of to describe the food and the staff. Perfect. Not a single dish wasn’t wonderful even though we started an hour late. Hors D’ourves were such a hit. The dinner was AMAZING. No matter what the guests selected, land or sea, all I heard were raves. Sometimes you taste a wonderful meal at a tasting but when it is for 175 people it is not quite the same. Not so with Contemporary.

I have to say that I meet few people in business whose integrity and quality matter more than their bottom line. We are a middle class family and he is kind of a white glove caterer but he treated us with absolute courtesy and respect. His staff was a joy. Not a single complaint about the food or the service. With a crew that size and a sit down dinner that size, and the nightmare with the rental company, I don’t know how he pulled it off.

I am sorry that I can’t adequately describe just how much he did and how truly wonderful he is. His logo is ‘Something sacred at every event’, but it’s not a logo. This is a man who genuinely believes it. We were perfect strangers but he took my event personally. I have had such a devoted and obedient daughter and so his intervention in areas that were not even his responsibility, his attention to detail, his pursuit of excellence have left me in awe.

Big or small, he knows his stuff completely. Not just food but events. I can recommend Contemporary Catering without a single reservation. I can recommend their food, staff, event knowledge and everything about them. If I had to give stars I would give him 10 diamonds. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Unique Services
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Jennifer
Wedding:
4/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Can you say grilled cheese station? How about fried mac and cheese? Yep, we had a buffet style wedding and this was on the menu! Nathaniel and the gang at Contemporary were a pleasure to deal with and come up with the most creative and wonderful menus. Did I mention it was good? No, ok - it was GREAT! Best food ever!
Can you say grilled cheese station? How about fried mac and cheese? Yep, we had a buffet style wedding and this was on the Read more...
Can you say grilled cheese station? How about fried mac and cheese? Yep, we had a buffet style wedding and this was on the menu! Nathaniel and the gang at Contemporary were a pleasure to deal with and come up with the most creative and wonderful menus. Did I mention it was good? No, ok - it was GREAT! Best food ever! Read less
Services Used: Catering

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