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Culinary Concerts, Inc.

Madison , CT

LOCATION

51 Boston Post Rd
Madison, CT US 06443 (map)
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ABOUT US

Getting to know us…





In an age of immediacy and never ending short cuts, Culinary Concert’s Chef/Owner Christopher Bracken pushes against the tide in... Read more
Getting to know us…





In an age of immediacy and never ending short cuts, Culinary Concert’s Chef/Owner Christopher Bracken pushes against the tide in the most positive way. With almost a quarter of a century of providing fine dining experiences to myriad audiences, his dedicated and committed ensemble of players take exquisite care in the execution of each and every event, and have become one of southern Connecticut’s leaders in the catered fine dining scene, collaborating with clients of local, national and international fame on many of the area’s most important social, corporate, private and cultural event.



Our menus are carefully designed, filled with passion and enthusiasm; our food prepared from scratch with skill and vision. Our staff is arguably the best in the business, and our resources endless in supply and imagination. “No” is never an option and every event is as important as the last or the next.



Client meetings are collaborative between you, the Chef and/or one of our knowledgeable planners. Themes and ideas are shared, favorite restaurants and past weddings attended discussed. Travel and family foods are brought into play, in order to become familiar with your style and tastes, likes and dislikes, so that a menu befitting of the occasion is crafted.



Only the finest, freshest ingredients are used – sourced locally whenever possible. Seasonality plays a large part in designing your flavor profile – color, texture and taste are all considered. It doesn’t come in the door, if it’s not right. We never compromise on quality.



We work diligently to expertly pair food and wine ensuring that each compliments the other. Signature cocktails and plentiful and refreshing scratch-made, non-alcoholic beverages are always well-received offerings. Culinary Concerts is licensed by the State of Connecticut to purvey product and serve your guests.



Our kitchen at its core - is green - just like our “pear” skin. Foods are prepared and customers served with a dedicated commitment to preserving the planet through recycling, reducing waste, buying environmentally preferable products and a long-standing mission of "maximum efficiency and maximum “yield" with minimal impact toward energy use and avoidance of non-sustainable consumables.



We are designers from the plate to room – able to offer items from a considerable inventory of our own fine English white china, silver flatware, crystal stemware and 100% Egyptian cotton napkins, to French baskets, white porcelain, a plethora of platters and serving trays – even wood burning grills and antique tables.



If it’s not in our inventory we invite you to peek into our “Little Black Book” connecting you with professional resources for stationary suites, room design, lighting, flowers, entertainment, site support, valet parking, etc. With our team in place and entreé to these contacts, each detail of your event can be managed and coordinated in one central location by our talented team.



Our goal is to over-deliver at every turn and we promise you an extraordinary event that will exceed any and all expectations. 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?
Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor, 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, 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?
1000

REVIEWS

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Jane
Wedding:
8/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Thank you so much to Chris, Ann, Janice and the wonderful staff from Culinary Concerts! My daughters wedding was simply a delight and all of your hard work and passion was greatly appreciated! I would highly recommend all of you for any event, the planning was fun and easy, the food was inventive, fun and sooooo good and the staff was professional and delightful!
Thank you so much to Chris, Ann, Janice and the wonderful staff from Culinary Concerts! My daughters wedding was simply a Read more...
Thank you so much to Chris, Ann, Janice and the wonderful staff from Culinary Concerts! My daughters wedding was simply a delight and all of your hard work and passion was greatly appreciated! I would highly recommend all of you for any event, the planning was fun and easy, the food was inventive, fun and sooooo good and the staff was professional and delightful! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Kelsey & Brad
Wedding:
8/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Chris, Ann, and all of Culinary Concerts made our wedding at the Eolia Mansion perfect. The food was delicious, prepared beautifully, and the service was spectacular. Culinary Concerts made everything come together and I never had to worry about a thing. I would highly recommended them to anyone and their event. Their professionalism before the wedding, during the planning, and throughout the entire night put my mind at ease and made our night perfect. Thank you!
Chris, Ann, and all of Culinary Concerts made our wedding at the Eolia Mansion perfect. The food was delicious, prepared Read more...
Chris, Ann, and all of Culinary Concerts made our wedding at the Eolia Mansion perfect. The food was delicious, prepared beautifully, and the service was spectacular. Culinary Concerts made everything come together and I never had to worry about a thing. I would highly recommended them to anyone and their event. Their professionalism before the wedding, during the planning, and throughout the entire night put my mind at ease and made our night perfect. Thank you! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Carol
Wedding:
8/4/2014
4.8/5.0
The annual SHYC Ladies Nite Thimble Island Cruise was exquisite. To compliment a beautiful August evening at high tide, the Club secured Chris Bracken's Culinary Concerts to
provide well chosen wines, light dinner and sweets as we relaxed together, laughed, grazed and gazed. The real roast beef edibles were wrapped in what must have been home garden grown bib lettuce, and among other delectable delights were a variety of clearly homemade dark chocolate candy savories.
It was perfection!
The annual SHYC Ladies Nite Thimble Island Cruise was exquisite. To compliment a beautiful August evening at high tide, Read more...
The annual SHYC Ladies Nite Thimble Island Cruise was exquisite. To compliment a beautiful August evening at high tide, the Club secured Chris Bracken's Culinary Concerts to
provide well chosen wines, light dinner and sweets as we relaxed together, laughed, grazed and gazed. The real roast beef edibles were wrapped in what must have been home garden grown bib lettuce, and among other delectable delights were a variety of clearly homemade dark chocolate candy savories.
It was perfection! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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C.
Wedding:
5/25/2014
4.8/5.0
Our event was actually a college graduation party. We also used Culinary Concerts for a high school graduation in 2008. We were extremely pleased with both events. Chef Jim served us all a wonderful menu which received a thumbs-up and nothing but praise for his skill and talent. The platters were abundant and were displayed beautifully. Marissa the bartender was pleasant to work with and set up a beautiful bar table as she greeted our guests politely. The sangrias, iced teas and lemonades were delicious and refreshing. Janice our coordinator, did a wonderful job juggling all of her responsibilites - and there were plenty. She communicated well with us, the hosts, and was very professional. She met all requests expeditiously. She wins the "Hustle Award."
Our event was actually a college graduation party. We also used Culinary Concerts for a high school graduation in 2008. We Read more...
Our event was actually a college graduation party. We also used Culinary Concerts for a high school graduation in 2008. We were extremely pleased with both events. Chef Jim served us all a wonderful menu which received a thumbs-up and nothing but praise for his skill and talent. The platters were abundant and were displayed beautifully. Marissa the bartender was pleasant to work with and set up a beautiful bar table as she greeted our guests politely. The sangrias, iced teas and lemonades were delicious and refreshing. Janice our coordinator, did a wonderful job juggling all of her responsibilites - and there were plenty. She communicated well with us, the hosts, and was very professional. She met all requests expeditiously. She wins the "Hustle Award." Read less
Services Used: Catering, Flowers
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Amy
Wedding:
5/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Chris, Chef Scott & team were an absolute delight to work with for our Graduation party. The team exceeded our expectations in every way and really made this a very special event for us. I'm so glad we had their help. They really allowed us to relax and enjoy ourselves, were extremely flexible with special requests and were a pleasure to have at the party. Highly recommended!
Chris, Chef Scott & team were an absolute delight to work with for our Graduation party. The team exceeded our Read more...
Chris, Chef Scott & team were an absolute delight to work with for our Graduation party. The team exceeded our expectations in every way and really made this a very special event for us. I'm so glad we had their help. They really allowed us to relax and enjoy ourselves, were extremely flexible with special requests and were a pleasure to have at the party. Highly recommended! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Wonderful food, served with style. Wonderful staff and very happy guests.
Wonderful food, served with style. Wonderful staff and very happy guests.
Wonderful food, served with style. Wonderful staff and very happy guests. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Flowers
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.6/5.0
The day of my wedding, Ann the coordinator and the staff worked very hard to make sure my husband and I were attended to at all times. The setup at our venue was more magnificent than I ever imagined! Chris, the owner, had the most amazing,incredible, and "best wedding" food and our guests are still talking about it. Overall good to work with since their promptness was not their strong point during the planning stage.
The day of my wedding, Ann the coordinator and the staff worked very hard to make sure my husband and I were attended to Read more...
The day of my wedding, Ann the coordinator and the staff worked very hard to make sure my husband and I were attended to at all times. The setup at our venue was more magnificent than I ever imagined! Chris, the owner, had the most amazing,incredible, and "best wedding" food and our guests are still talking about it. Overall good to work with since their promptness was not their strong point during the planning stage. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Culinary Concerts provided us with excellent food, impeccable service, a friendly and polite staff, and a general feeling of confidence so that even the parents of the bride and groom could relax and enjoy the wedding! We received so many comments that this was the best wedding many people had ever attended. Culinary Concerts played a major role in making this event tasty, smoothly run, and lots of fun.
Culinary Concerts provided us with excellent food, impeccable service, a friendly and polite staff, and a general feeling Read more...
Culinary Concerts provided us with excellent food, impeccable service, a friendly and polite staff, and a general feeling of confidence so that even the parents of the bride and groom could relax and enjoy the wedding! We received so many comments that this was the best wedding many people had ever attended. Culinary Concerts played a major role in making this event tasty, smoothly run, and lots of fun. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.4/5.0
It was a pleasure to work with Ann and Chris. Everything on the day of the wedding ran smoothly and all the food was absolutely delicious. Even almost 2 months after the wedding, people are still talking about the food. It was tough at times to get a response from Chris in regards to the menu or price.
It was a pleasure to work with Ann and Chris. Everything on the day of the wedding ran smoothly and all the food was Read more...
It was a pleasure to work with Ann and Chris. Everything on the day of the wedding ran smoothly and all the food was absolutely delicious. Even almost 2 months after the wedding, people are still talking about the food. It was tough at times to get a response from Chris in regards to the menu or price. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Alyssia
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
The food and presentation of the food was definitely top notch. Everyone was raving that this was the best wedding food they have ever had.
The food and presentation of the food was definitely top notch. Everyone was raving that this was the best wedding food Read more...
The food and presentation of the food was definitely top notch. Everyone was raving that this was the best wedding food they have ever had. Read less
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Leslie
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Culinary Concerts exceeded out expectations for our wedding meal. As serious foodies, my husband and I are particular about food and wine and we wanted a caterer who understood our preferences. Our experience with Chris was very collaborative. He gave us wonderful food recommendations and pairings, patiently worked with us when we were indecisive and was honest about what would work and what wouldn't. Our guests were floored, we couldn't have been happier. Worth the extra cost for superlative quality.
Culinary Concerts exceeded out expectations for our wedding meal. As serious foodies, my husband and I are particular Read more...
Culinary Concerts exceeded out expectations for our wedding meal. As serious foodies, my husband and I are particular about food and wine and we wanted a caterer who understood our preferences. Our experience with Chris was very collaborative. He gave us wonderful food recommendations and pairings, patiently worked with us when we were indecisive and was honest about what would work and what wouldn't. Our guests were floored, we couldn't have been happier. Worth the extra cost for superlative quality. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.5/5.0
The food was delicious and the service was great.
The food was delicious and the service was great.
The food was delicious and the service was great. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
8/2/2013
4.7/5.0
Culinary concerts provided me with excellent food and assistance at my wedding! They are beautiful people....thank you!
Culinary concerts provided me with excellent food and assistance at my wedding! They are beautiful people....thank you!
Culinary concerts provided me with excellent food and assistance at my wedding! They are beautiful people....thank you! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
Our wedding was PERFECT, thanks to the hard work and dedication on the part of Chris and the CC team. We had fun planning the menu and working out all the details of the event. As a result, our wedding day was totally stress free and very fun. Guests raved about the delicious food and the beautiful presentation. The wait staff was super professional and friendly. The bar tenders were creative mixologists and everyone enjoyed the spoils of their labors. We highly recommend Culinary Concerts for any catering needs!! Thank you!!
Our wedding was PERFECT, thanks to the hard work and dedication on the part of Chris and the CC team. We had fun planning Read more...
Our wedding was PERFECT, thanks to the hard work and dedication on the part of Chris and the CC team. We had fun planning the menu and working out all the details of the event. As a result, our wedding day was totally stress free and very fun. Guests raved about the delicious food and the beautiful presentation. The wait staff was super professional and friendly. The bar tenders were creative mixologists and everyone enjoyed the spoils of their labors. We highly recommend Culinary Concerts for any catering needs!! Thank you!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Jenna
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
I loved working with Culinary Concerts and know they were such a perfect choice for us.
My husband and I were married at the Eolia Mansion and had three caterers to choose between... Considering our very short 8-week planning, Chris really put a lot of care into his prompt responses, many tweaks and helpful suggestions back and forth into planning a menu that maintained our budget while still providing a great offering of both buffet and family-style food. Everything about the service was truly personalized to our (my) picky tastes and desire to provide a unique and intimate experience. Chris was so easy going to work with and his staff really impressed not only me but several guests commented on their day-of professionalism. To top it all off, the food was great! The cake we chose, Chocolate Truffle, was absolutely delicious... so good that I'm planning to order another smaller version for my husbands upcoming birthday!
Overall I have nothing but positive remarks for Chris, staff, and the food and services provided!
I loved working with Culinary Concerts and know they were such a perfect choice for us.
My husband and I were married Read more...
I loved working with Culinary Concerts and know they were such a perfect choice for us.
My husband and I were married at the Eolia Mansion and had three caterers to choose between... Considering our very short 8-week planning, Chris really put a lot of care into his prompt responses, many tweaks and helpful suggestions back and forth into planning a menu that maintained our budget while still providing a great offering of both buffet and family-style food. Everything about the service was truly personalized to our (my) picky tastes and desire to provide a unique and intimate experience. Chris was so easy going to work with and his staff really impressed not only me but several guests commented on their day-of professionalism. To top it all off, the food was great! The cake we chose, Chocolate Truffle, was absolutely delicious... so good that I'm planning to order another smaller version for my husbands upcoming birthday!
Overall I have nothing but positive remarks for Chris, staff, and the food and services provided! Read less
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Joseph
Wedding:
7/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Culinary Concerts exceeded our expectations in every way! We had our wedding at the Harkness Mansion in Waterford, CT which is one of the premier venues in CT and Culinary Concerts was one of the three approved Caterers so we knew we couldn't go wrong when we started searching.
After inquiring in detail with all three, we decided to go with Culinary Concerts, because Chris Bracken, the owner, dealt with us personally at the outset and worked hard with us and our budget so that we got the best value for our money. We had him evaluate many different options and in this regard he was flexible and in general a pleasure to work with, responsive, professional, and experienced. Ultimately we felt we were in good hands. We went with first class options, but minimized the extras to stay within budget. We had the cake and bar included in the contract.
We weren't disappointed, because the catering was a big success. We had guests from three foreign countries as well as locals and all enjoyed the food. The hors d'oeuvres were all wonderful as was the main course and deserts/wedding cake. We received nothing but compliments on the food, which Chris lightened up from the standard menu for the summer weather, which worked out well since it was quite warm. We also had a number of special drink options, which were well received. Ultimately, everyone was left satisfied and raving.
The service staff was also impeccable. Although it was warm, hectic, and we had some differences in the guest counts at different tables, the staff reacted instantly. All of the servers were moving quickly satisfying everyone without a hint of stress and all smiles and upbeat.
We would certainly and emphatically recommend Culinary Concerts to anyone looking for high value first class catering for any special occasion.
Renata and Joe
Our experience with Culinary Concerts exceeded our expectations in every way! We had our wedding at the Harkness Mansion Read more...
Our experience with Culinary Concerts exceeded our expectations in every way! We had our wedding at the Harkness Mansion in Waterford, CT which is one of the premier venues in CT and Culinary Concerts was one of the three approved Caterers so we knew we couldn't go wrong when we started searching.
After inquiring in detail with all three, we decided to go with Culinary Concerts, because Chris Bracken, the owner, dealt with us personally at the outset and worked hard with us and our budget so that we got the best value for our money. We had him evaluate many different options and in this regard he was flexible and in general a pleasure to work with, responsive, professional, and experienced. Ultimately we felt we were in good hands. We went with first class options, but minimized the extras to stay within budget. We had the cake and bar included in the contract.
We weren't disappointed, because the catering was a big success. We had guests from three foreign countries as well as locals and all enjoyed the food. The hors d'oeuvres were all wonderful as was the main course and deserts/wedding cake. We received nothing but compliments on the food, which Chris lightened up from the standard menu for the summer weather, which worked out well since it was quite warm. We also had a number of special drink options, which were well received. Ultimately, everyone was left satisfied and raving.
The service staff was also impeccable. Although it was warm, hectic, and we had some differences in the guest counts at different tables, the staff reacted instantly. All of the servers were moving quickly satisfying everyone without a hint of stress and all smiles and upbeat.
We would certainly and emphatically recommend Culinary Concerts to anyone looking for high value first class catering for any special occasion.
Renata and Joe Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Diane
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
I really liked working with Chris and everyone at Culinary Concerts. I was not a hands-off bride. I have always liked planning menus and parties and really had a vision for the reception for our Jazz Age Wedding, and Chris brought those visions to life.

Reasons I'm giving Culinary Concerts five stars include:
- Every email I sent was replied to promptly and in full. Chris printed out and took notes on all the Pintrest boards I sent him.
- Chris enthusiastically made us a custom "1920s French Picnic" menu for us based on food we've eaten at one of our favorite restaurants here in Brooklyn.
- The service was amazing! Serving dinner family style meant food had to be brought out to a lot of tables at once! And I have a few friends who have told me that they asked for seconds and thirds on cake, and were promptly brought more cake from the kitchen.
- We wanted to have both a "Bride's Cocktail" and a "Groom's Cocktail”. Chris made sure the bartenders were trained and they made I don't know how many hundred of these shaken cocktails at our reception. It made the event so much more 1920s.
- Culinary Concerts has a lot of experience and were able to recommend other wedding vendors. They knew how good Bales-Gitlin Band is, and for a good 1920s party music is important!
- And most importantly, Chris was really nice to me. I'd love to say that my parents and I were perfect customers, but I know that's not the case. All the same, Chris was nothing but kind to me. A few days before the wedding I brought my maid-of-honor by the kitchen to introduce her to our event coordinators and Chris and he had nothing but hugs and tastes of ratatouille for us, and during the reception Chris came out to make sure that the dinner service was meeting our expectations. I felt like Culinary Concerts had everything under control and genuinely wanted to make our wedding one of the happiest days of our life.
I really liked working with Chris and everyone at Culinary Concerts. I was not a hands-off bride. I have always liked Read more...
I really liked working with Chris and everyone at Culinary Concerts. I was not a hands-off bride. I have always liked planning menus and parties and really had a vision for the reception for our Jazz Age Wedding, and Chris brought those visions to life.

Reasons I'm giving Culinary Concerts five stars include:
- Every email I sent was replied to promptly and in full. Chris printed out and took notes on all the Pintrest boards I sent him.
- Chris enthusiastically made us a custom "1920s French Picnic" menu for us based on food we've eaten at one of our favorite restaurants here in Brooklyn.
- The service was amazing! Serving dinner family style meant food had to be brought out to a lot of tables at once! And I have a few friends who have told me that they asked for seconds and thirds on cake, and were promptly brought more cake from the kitchen.
- We wanted to have both a "Bride's Cocktail" and a "Groom's Cocktail”. Chris made sure the bartenders were trained and they made I don't know how many hundred of these shaken cocktails at our reception. It made the event so much more 1920s.
- Culinary Concerts has a lot of experience and were able to recommend other wedding vendors. They knew how good Bales-Gitlin Band is, and for a good 1920s party music is important!
- And most importantly, Chris was really nice to me. I'd love to say that my parents and I were perfect customers, but I know that's not the case. All the same, Chris was nothing but kind to me. A few days before the wedding I brought my maid-of-honor by the kitchen to introduce her to our event coordinators and Chris and he had nothing but hugs and tastes of ratatouille for us, and during the reception Chris came out to make sure that the dinner service was meeting our expectations. I felt like Culinary Concerts had everything under control and genuinely wanted to make our wedding one of the happiest days of our life. Read less
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Alexis
Wedding:
7/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Chris and his team are absolutely wonderful! Our guests kept commenting on how delicious all of the food was as well as the themed cocktail. They also liked the friendliness of the wait staff.

Having Ann thrown in to help coordinate all of the little details on the day of was icing on the cake. She made sure the groom and I didn't have to worry about a thing and that we were well prepared.

Our wedding was pretty close to perfect and a big portion of that came from the skill and expertise of Culinary Concerts. I highly recommend hiring them for your event!
Chris and his team are absolutely wonderful! Our guests kept commenting on how delicious all of the food was as well as Read more...
Chris and his team are absolutely wonderful! Our guests kept commenting on how delicious all of the food was as well as the themed cocktail. They also liked the friendliness of the wait staff.

Having Ann thrown in to help coordinate all of the little details on the day of was icing on the cake. She made sure the groom and I didn't have to worry about a thing and that we were well prepared.

Our wedding was pretty close to perfect and a big portion of that came from the skill and expertise of Culinary Concerts. I highly recommend hiring them for your event! Read less
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Mark
Wedding:
6/29/2013
0.5/5.0
The best I can say for them is they managed not to ruin our wedding. From last-minute charges (which they threatened to back out if we did not accept) to absenteeism the day of the wedding to cold food served to our guests, we simply cannot recommend them. Thankfully, we had a wonderful day otherwise.
The best I can say for them is they managed not to ruin our wedding. From last-minute charges (which they threatened to Read more...
The best I can say for them is they managed not to ruin our wedding. From last-minute charges (which they threatened to back out if we did not accept) to absenteeism the day of the wedding to cold food served to our guests, we simply cannot recommend them. Thankfully, we had a wonderful day otherwise. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.8/5.0
Culinary does EXCELLENT food. Chris and his team deliver a great product (beautiful, tasty food), which is what you are paying them for. Guests kept telling us how great the food was. We had an amazing wedding and were very pleased with Culinary overall. The two reasons I didn't give them higher marks was because 1) they had unforeseen staff turnover in the ~14 mo leading up to our wedding (we dealt with 3 different event managers during that team, each of which assured us they would be the ones 'orchestrating' everything on our big day, the last switch occurring ~3wks before the big day. We were understandably nervous, but in fairness, it worked out fine in the end), 2) we would've liked them to be a little more on top of the events and schedules that night... minor issues, but we were late with cake cutting (b/c long speeches) so my maid of honor took it upon herself to get that moving; during the speeches/toasts, my dad spoke but then didn't get served any sparkling wine when it actually came time to make his toast... and even after jokingly saying (into the mic) that he didn't have a glass, no waiter came to his aid so he went on without it.
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Culinary does EXCELLENT food. Chris and his team deliver a great product (beautiful, tasty food), which is what you are paying them for. Guests kept telling us how great the food was. We had an amazing wedding and were very pleased with Culinary overall. The two reasons I didn't give them higher marks was because 1) they had unforeseen staff turnover in the ~14 mo leading up to our wedding (we dealt with 3 different event managers during that team, each of which assured us they would be the ones 'orchestrating' everything on our big day, the last switch occurring ~3wks before the big day. We were understandably nervous, but in fairness, it worked out fine in the end), 2) we would've liked them to be a little more on top of the events and schedules that night... minor issues, but we were late with cake cutting (b/c long speeches) so my maid of honor took it upon herself to get that moving; during the speeches/toasts, my dad spoke but then didn't get served any sparkling wine when it actually came time to make his toast... and even after jokingly saying (into the mic) that he didn't have a glass, no waiter came to his aid so he went on without it. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
Although I did have some communication issues with culinary concerts the end result is that they put on an awesome party!! I would recommend this company because they are good at what they do. The food is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! So, they have a little problem with communication but the food delivered is everything you could ever want or ask for. The communication issues really center around if you want something off the beaten path and the pricing of those things (one person will tell you one thing, while another is telling you something else). Its a little confusing and made me very uneasy but at the end of the day it came out exactly how we wanted it!! As a little advice, read every e-mail and double check that the menu they have is the menu you told them. With that being said the actual wedding day and event turned out amazing!! They had everything I wanted plus more. Kathy is a sweetheart and Nicole is the best event coordinator that you could ever meet! All and all I had the best wedding I've ever been to and I wish I could eat that food everyday!!
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Although I did have some communication issues with culinary concerts the end result is that they put on an awesome party!! I would recommend this company because they are good at what they do. The food is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! So, they have a little problem with communication but the food delivered is everything you could ever want or ask for. The communication issues really center around if you want something off the beaten path and the pricing of those things (one person will tell you one thing, while another is telling you something else). Its a little confusing and made me very uneasy but at the end of the day it came out exactly how we wanted it!! As a little advice, read every e-mail and double check that the menu they have is the menu you told them. With that being said the actual wedding day and event turned out amazing!! They had everything I wanted plus more. Kathy is a sweetheart and Nicole is the best event coordinator that you could ever meet! All and all I had the best wedding I've ever been to and I wish I could eat that food everyday!! Read less
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Wedding:
9/21/2012
4.6/5.0
Culinary Concerts was the perfect vendor to cater our wedding. My venue only allowed events to be catered by a select few businesses and I am so glad Culinary Concerts was on that short list. I love that Culinary Concerts offers, in addition to completely custom menus, a variety of pre-set menus at different price points because it means they can provide gourmet food and fabulous service for all budgets. We started with one of their pre-compiled stations menus, but worked with the chef/owner to give it a some twists and additions to suit our taste/style and it worked out perfectly. Also, Culinary Concerts provided me with what was essentially a day-of-coordinator at no extra charge! She helped set up our personal decorations, run the ceremony, and keep our event on time all night. I gave them 4 stars for responsiveness because I had some difficulty getting in touch with them when I first put down my deposit, but I think they were going through some staff changes at that point and I had no other troubles after that. On the big day, the food was delicious and the service was great. I would highly recommend this vendor!
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Culinary Concerts was the perfect vendor to cater our wedding. My venue only allowed events to be catered by a select few businesses and I am so glad Culinary Concerts was on that short list. I love that Culinary Concerts offers, in addition to completely custom menus, a variety of pre-set menus at different price points because it means they can provide gourmet food and fabulous service for all budgets. We started with one of their pre-compiled stations menus, but worked with the chef/owner to give it a some twists and additions to suit our taste/style and it worked out perfectly. Also, Culinary Concerts provided me with what was essentially a day-of-coordinator at no extra charge! She helped set up our personal decorations, run the ceremony, and keep our event on time all night. I gave them 4 stars for responsiveness because I had some difficulty getting in touch with them when I first put down my deposit, but I think they were going through some staff changes at that point and I had no other troubles after that. On the big day, the food was delicious and the service was great. I would highly recommend this vendor! Read less
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Meredith
Wedding:
9/1/2012
4.9/5.0
My husband and I are very happy that we selected Culinary Concerts as the caterer for our wedding at Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial Park. They offered a great value and delivered exactly what we asked for. The food was absolutely delicious and presented beautifully. Chris worked with us to stay on budget with simple, creative and delicious choices. We also cannot say enough good things about Nicole. She is such a hard worker, with a terrific personality and we couldn't have been more delighted with her assistance on our big day. She made sure that we actually got to sit down to eat and that we always had what we needed, from our favorite hors d'oeuvres to dinner to our drinks of choice. Our guests are still raving about the food, from the stationary and passed hors d'oeuvres to the delightful stations meal and the best wedding cake ever. They even sent us home with lots of leftovers which we enjoyed for days until we left for our honeymoon. We enthusiastically recommend Culinary Concerts!
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My husband and I are very happy that we selected Culinary Concerts as the caterer for our wedding at Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial Park. They offered a great value and delivered exactly what we asked for. The food was absolutely delicious and presented beautifully. Chris worked with us to stay on budget with simple, creative and delicious choices. We also cannot say enough good things about Nicole. She is such a hard worker, with a terrific personality and we couldn't have been more delighted with her assistance on our big day. She made sure that we actually got to sit down to eat and that we always had what we needed, from our favorite hors d'oeuvres to dinner to our drinks of choice. Our guests are still raving about the food, from the stationary and passed hors d'oeuvres to the delightful stations meal and the best wedding cake ever. They even sent us home with lots of leftovers which we enjoyed for days until we left for our honeymoon. We enthusiastically recommend Culinary Concerts! Read less
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Maria
Wedding:
8/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Such a great choice!!! They were amazing! Chris the Chef had great ideas onfood choices for the wdding. He listened to my thoughts and made it easy to work with him. His food was delicious to say the least. I have a huge Italian family and I needed to make sure they were satisfied and they were... They loved everything he preparedfor the wedding. ll of the apptetizers were gre and un for both adults and kids. They had a great set up and it worked for all the picky eaters in the family. The catering manager Kathy is wonderful!!I loved her.. She made sure everything went smoothly and I never worried about a thing all night. The staff was great, always attentive to whatever I needed and made sure all of our guests were happy. Kathy stood by me the whole night making sure I was eating and my champagne glass was full! I would recommend them in a heartbeat. They have the culinary skills and the hospitality of a 5 star restaurant. Having a culinary back round myself my expectations were pretty high and they exceeded that. Kathy repeatedly said to me "I never saw such a happier bride" well it is very easy when you have a great person and staff making your special day everything you wanted it to be.... A special thanks to you, Culinary Concerts, and cheers to a job well done! Thank you, Mario and Maria Sgro..oh and Dante! xo
Such a great choice!!! They were amazing! Chris the Chef had great ideas onfood choices for the wdding. He listened to my Read more...
Such a great choice!!! They were amazing! Chris the Chef had great ideas onfood choices for the wdding. He listened to my thoughts and made it easy to work with him. His food was delicious to say the least. I have a huge Italian family and I needed to make sure they were satisfied and they were... They loved everything he preparedfor the wedding. ll of the apptetizers were gre and un for both adults and kids. They had a great set up and it worked for all the picky eaters in the family. The catering manager Kathy is wonderful!!I loved her.. She made sure everything went smoothly and I never worried about a thing all night. The staff was great, always attentive to whatever I needed and made sure all of our guests were happy. Kathy stood by me the whole night making sure I was eating and my champagne glass was full! I would recommend them in a heartbeat. They have the culinary skills and the hospitality of a 5 star restaurant. Having a culinary back round myself my expectations were pretty high and they exceeded that. Kathy repeatedly said to me "I never saw such a happier bride" well it is very easy when you have a great person and staff making your special day everything you wanted it to be.... A special thanks to you, Culinary Concerts, and cheers to a job well done! Thank you, Mario and Maria Sgro..oh and Dante! xo Read less
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Terry
Wedding:
8/16/2012
5.0/5.0
To Chris (owner and chef), Nicole (coordinator), and all the staff of Culinary Concerts...

Thank you for making my daughter's wedding such a memorable, beautiful experience!

I don't even know where to start, so maybe at the beginning...

Chris, when I first spoke to you on the phone, when I was simply contacting caterers to gather information...you went above and beyond! This was my first time planning a wedding, and you gave me information that I wouldn't have even thought of to ask! You were so open and helpful, with ideas and suggestions!

Nicole, when we met you for the first time, you were the same way...full of ideas, questions, suggestions...again, things we wouldn't have thought of! We felt so comfortable and welcomed by you! You seemed as excited and happy as we were!

You brought us along through every step of the wedding planning, and we knew we had nothing to worry about...that you had it all covered...so we never had any stress!

I was amazed at how quickly and completely your staff transformed the mansion into "Kathy & Bill's wedding"...everything looked beautiful! Thank you to the entire staff!

Nicole, you had everything timed perfectly and made sure we were always right where we needed to be.

Chris, the food was absolutely delicious...and the presentation beautiful! MANY people commented on how great the food was, from appetizers to dessert! And the warm cookies and milk...what a lovely surprise!

We are so happy that you were part of our celebration!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Terry Duffy
To Chris (owner and chef), Nicole (coordinator), and all the staff of Culinary Concerts...

Thank you for making Read more...
To Chris (owner and chef), Nicole (coordinator), and all the staff of Culinary Concerts...

Thank you for making my daughter's wedding such a memorable, beautiful experience!

I don't even know where to start, so maybe at the beginning...

Chris, when I first spoke to you on the phone, when I was simply contacting caterers to gather information...you went above and beyond! This was my first time planning a wedding, and you gave me information that I wouldn't have even thought of to ask! You were so open and helpful, with ideas and suggestions!

Nicole, when we met you for the first time, you were the same way...full of ideas, questions, suggestions...again, things we wouldn't have thought of! We felt so comfortable and welcomed by you! You seemed as excited and happy as we were!

You brought us along through every step of the wedding planning, and we knew we had nothing to worry about...that you had it all covered...so we never had any stress!

I was amazed at how quickly and completely your staff transformed the mansion into "Kathy & Bill's wedding"...everything looked beautiful! Thank you to the entire staff!

Nicole, you had everything timed perfectly and made sure we were always right where we needed to be.

Chris, the food was absolutely delicious...and the presentation beautiful! MANY people commented on how great the food was, from appetizers to dessert! And the warm cookies and milk...what a lovely surprise!

We are so happy that you were part of our celebration!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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Augusta
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
What can I say - Chris and the staff at Culinary Concerts are AMAZING! I would highly recommend them for any event. Chris created the most outstanding menu for our reception, which included many non-traditional foods making for a very unique culinary experience for our guests. Since we are foodies we really appreciated this level of detail. Nicole was a pleasure to work with coordinating details and was onsite providing a high level of service that evening. We have heard from many of our guests - not only about the various food offerings and what their favorites were but also about the staff and how wonderful they were that night. Many thanks!!
What can I say - Chris and the staff at Culinary Concerts are AMAZING! I would highly recommend them for any event. Chris Read more...
What can I say - Chris and the staff at Culinary Concerts are AMAZING! I would highly recommend them for any event. Chris created the most outstanding menu for our reception, which included many non-traditional foods making for a very unique culinary experience for our guests. Since we are foodies we really appreciated this level of detail. Nicole was a pleasure to work with coordinating details and was onsite providing a high level of service that evening. We have heard from many of our guests - not only about the various food offerings and what their favorites were but also about the staff and how wonderful they were that night. Many thanks!! Read less
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Tina Angelillo
Wedding:
5/1/2012
4.4/5.0
My fiance and I signed with "Culinary Concerts" a few months ago and since, have been VERY HAPPY with the professionalism and responsiveness of the whole team thus far. Our wedding is not till next year, and already, the chef and his creative collective (you know who you are Kathy!) Have not only been at my beck and call for every little question I've had, but have created a dozen menus for our consideration, BEFORE WE EVEN SIGNED WITH THEM! When we met with Kathy, we were greeted with, what seemed like endless samples of their delectable cuisine. The other two caterers exclusive to our venue, not only required us to reserve a formal tasting appointment, but also wanted to charge us 65 bucks, PER PERSON, just to taste the food. BOO...
Also, they have arranged a time for us to "Watch them in action!" We were invited to a sneak peak of an actual wedding reception, just to get an idea of how they perform. They are OBVIOUSLY confident and proud to show their skills to us and I can't wait.
I tell you, they have been amazing so far and I have total faith in the whole "Culinary Concerts" team, I can't wait to see what menu we finally decide on and how wonderful our wedding day will be!
My fiance and I signed with "Culinary Concerts" a few months ago and since, have been VERY HAPPY with the professionalism Read more...
My fiance and I signed with "Culinary Concerts" a few months ago and since, have been VERY HAPPY with the professionalism and responsiveness of the whole team thus far. Our wedding is not till next year, and already, the chef and his creative collective (you know who you are Kathy!) Have not only been at my beck and call for every little question I've had, but have created a dozen menus for our consideration, BEFORE WE EVEN SIGNED WITH THEM! When we met with Kathy, we were greeted with, what seemed like endless samples of their delectable cuisine. The other two caterers exclusive to our venue, not only required us to reserve a formal tasting appointment, but also wanted to charge us 65 bucks, PER PERSON, just to taste the food. BOO...
Also, they have arranged a time for us to "Watch them in action!" We were invited to a sneak peak of an actual wedding reception, just to get an idea of how they perform. They are OBVIOUSLY confident and proud to show their skills to us and I can't wait.
I tell you, they have been amazing so far and I have total faith in the whole "Culinary Concerts" team, I can't wait to see what menu we finally decide on and how wonderful our wedding day will be! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Chris Bracken and his team from Culinary Concerts handling of our son's Engagement Party was pure perfection. From menu selection, decor, presentation to clean-up - the experience was painless and came off like clockwork. The food was unique and each dish was spot on. His team moved into our home, took over our kitchen and worked the crowd so effectively, you didn't know they were even there. My wife and I could not have been happier and have used Chris and his team several times since. They are as professional as it gets!
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Chris Bracken and his team from Culinary Concerts handling of our son's Engagement Party was pure perfection. From menu selection, decor, presentation to clean-up - the experience was painless and came off like clockwork. The food was unique and each dish was spot on. His team moved into our home, took over our kitchen and worked the crowd so effectively, you didn't know they were even there. My wife and I could not have been happier and have used Chris and his team several times since. They are as professional as it gets! Read less
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Paul
Wedding:
10/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Culinary Concerts of Madision catered my daughters wedding which was held at The Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown Ct. We had never done business with this group and hired them on a referral. I was very pleased with the overall experienced. The food was delicious, the preparation, staff were excellent and I wouldn't hestitate to use them again.
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Culinary Concerts of Madision catered my daughters wedding which was held at The Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown Ct. We had never done business with this group and hired them on a referral. I was very pleased with the overall experienced. The food was delicious, the preparation, staff were excellent and I wouldn't hestitate to use them again. Read less
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Brooke
Wedding:
9/2/2011
5.0/5.0
Part One:
One of the biggest rollercoasters in life is planning a wedding. Moments after finding the wedding venue of our dream, the realization settled in that we needed to choose a caterer... and when it comes to weddings food is EVERYTHING!

Harkness Memorial State Park uses only five caterers... so the hunt began. After speaking with a few of the caterers, my husband and I were still torn. All the reviews were similar, and every vendor seemed professional. What made one better than the other? Then we called Culinary Concerts. Within moments, I felt as if I was talking to someone I knew all my life. The warmth and compassion for food and getting to know their clients shined through the phone. We chatted and chatted, and I found myself pouring my wedding frustrations and concerns over the phone. It was if I was talking to a good friend, not a caterer I just met. And with that... our caterer was chosen.

As our wedding approached, Chris and Nicole worked with my husband and I to create a menu of our dreams... well my husband's dreams. I married a good one ladies... he's the cook! (Doesn't help my hips though). Chris was able to not only add the food we desired but did so with a creative spin. He made lamb chops into mouth watering lamb chops. My Mom, who hates meat, even fell all over them!

Of course, no wedding happens without drama... our wedding the drama was a hurricane, Irene to be exact. She came through like woman in need of chocolate a week before our wedding and knocked out Chris and Nicole's power... But that did not stop them. They sat with as a few streams of sunlight shined in... Chris was determined to make our wedding and the menu of our dreams happen even though his kitchen had no power. Then, Chris created a plan to save our wedding.
Part One:
One of the biggest rollercoasters in life is planning a wedding. Moments after finding the wedding venue of Read more...
Part One:
One of the biggest rollercoasters in life is planning a wedding. Moments after finding the wedding venue of our dream, the realization settled in that we needed to choose a caterer... and when it comes to weddings food is EVERYTHING!

Harkness Memorial State Park uses only five caterers... so the hunt began. After speaking with a few of the caterers, my husband and I were still torn. All the reviews were similar, and every vendor seemed professional. What made one better than the other? Then we called Culinary Concerts. Within moments, I felt as if I was talking to someone I knew all my life. The warmth and compassion for food and getting to know their clients shined through the phone. We chatted and chatted, and I found myself pouring my wedding frustrations and concerns over the phone. It was if I was talking to a good friend, not a caterer I just met. And with that... our caterer was chosen.

As our wedding approached, Chris and Nicole worked with my husband and I to create a menu of our dreams... well my husband's dreams. I married a good one ladies... he's the cook! (Doesn't help my hips though). Chris was able to not only add the food we desired but did so with a creative spin. He made lamb chops into mouth watering lamb chops. My Mom, who hates meat, even fell all over them!

Of course, no wedding happens without drama... our wedding the drama was a hurricane, Irene to be exact. She came through like woman in need of chocolate a week before our wedding and knocked out Chris and Nicole's power... But that did not stop them. They sat with as a few streams of sunlight shined in... Chris was determined to make our wedding and the menu of our dreams happen even though his kitchen had no power. Then, Chris created a plan to save our wedding. Read less
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Bride
Wedding:
8/20/2011
1.4/5.0
I would recommend avoiding these guys if you want to save yourself a boat load of anxiety. Chris, the owner provided us quotes with one price (knowing the details of the place close to 2 years in advance) – and billed us something completely different 1 week before the wedding. The contract was confusing; updates were made untimely, responses to questions often conflicted amongst the owner and staff and overall the communication was extremely poor. They may appear to be a good price compared to the other top rated caterers in the area (A Thyme to Cook, Gourmet Galley, etc.), but they stick it to you in the end – when you have no choice. I met with them a handful of times prior to the wedding, including a detailed meeting 3 months ahead of time to go through any changes. What was discussed in the meeting and what was billed 1 week before were two completely different things. We never received an updated quote – just a sloppy email with line items that did not make sense given the original contract. The food was good – but not worth it with the planning hassles. They are extremely unprofessional.
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I would recommend avoiding these guys if you want to save yourself a boat load of anxiety. Chris, the owner provided us quotes with one price (knowing the details of the place close to 2 years in advance) – and billed us something completely different 1 week before the wedding. The contract was confusing; updates were made untimely, responses to questions often conflicted amongst the owner and staff and overall the communication was extremely poor. They may appear to be a good price compared to the other top rated caterers in the area (A Thyme to Cook, Gourmet Galley, etc.), but they stick it to you in the end – when you have no choice. I met with them a handful of times prior to the wedding, including a detailed meeting 3 months ahead of time to go through any changes. What was discussed in the meeting and what was billed 1 week before were two completely different things. We never received an updated quote – just a sloppy email with line items that did not make sense given the original contract. The food was good – but not worth it with the planning hassles. They are extremely unprofessional. Read less
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Culinary Concerts, Inc. responded with the following comments:

We approached this project and wedding for Justin and Diana just as we have for the nearly 1,000 weddings we have catered in our 25 year history – with a promise to over-deliver. We did just that. The client asked on day one if we could “throw in” things they liked – such as our 6’ vintage chalkboard – which we did. We also upgraded their settings from ivory china and stainless flatware to white china and silver – at no added charge - all in good faith. Little did we know, as this went on, that more would be asked for and expected.
We will always respect any client’s opinions or constructive observations, however, we find this review to be completely unfair, untruthful, and borderline malicious. These are the reasons why:
# 1 The wedding was booked just 15 months in advance – not two years as the client states. We had done only one event at the venue. The client knew this, and therefore expectations existed that minor wrinkles would be worked out. We are certainly comfortable catering anywhere – that’s our work.
# 2 The client booked our services after enjoying a complimentary tasting at their first meeting. Our food was highly-praised and the clients affirmed they wanted a higher quality effort than the other sources they were scouting.
# 3 A highly-detailed estimate was provided in advance of their deposit – which they carefully reviewed - that included the specs of how much fresh shelled Maine lobster and dry sea scallops would be used in the preparation of a family-style risotto to be served alongside other family-style platters. We always spec out the most costly food items by weight, species, etc. Their raw bar was also priced this way. They had all of this in hand before placing their deposit with us.
# 4 The communications were plentiful. We have two departments; one for front of the house and another for menu and billing. The clients were met with in-person on three or four distinct occasions, there were at least two dozen emails; the client attended a kitchen open house party (which they loved) with their wedding planner – whom they FIRED just a few weeks before their event. They were clearly confident with our management of the event.
# 5 It was us, at the end, who were the target of the “stick” – as the client began to demand that we pay for tables and related items that the venue did not provide - clearly not in our estimate months in advance. Next, they wanted us to absorb the cost of setting up a second bar location – which was not part of the original agreement. We sucked it up and made it a wine and beer bar anyway – no cost to them. Lastly and most concerning, it felt as if they were attempting to pull one over on us by dictating how much they would be willing to pay for a “full bar” service they were adding just one week before the wedding. They said they wanted to pay for “half a bar” stating “of 150 guests, we only expect half of them to drink, so therefore, we only want to pay you for half” – which we could obviously not agree to. Procedurally, we bill our bars on an estimated per person basis and then reconcile the charges post-event. The clients ended up drinking like 150 people – not 75!

# 6 The “sloppy” email referred to was prepared personally by me. I don’t do anything “sloppily”, therefore that remark is crude and completely off-mark. The email sent was painstakingly detailed, and presented to them just a few days prior because of the lateness of additions that they insisted they wanted – but did not want to pay for. We feel that the client may have brought on the troubles themselves by waiting to the last minute to add on major items, and for firing their wedding planner.
# 7 Three days before the wedding we received an email from the clients with their direct apology for all the stress they had caused, and a profuse thank you, along with how excited they were about the wedding.
#8 I, Chris Bracken, chef-owner, was personally on the event, as was Nicole, and all of our senior staff. Everything we did was done exceptionally well, from King Crab Shooters on the Raw Bar to our Poker Chip Chocolate Chip Cookie Tower. All things were done on time. We felt we did a great job – and worked hard to do so, given the rockiness of prior week. At the end of the evening the family shared their pleasure and gratitude verbally with our staff.
In closing, the best relationships between a business and a customer must be first built on mutual trust. When good faith is present between the parties, both will succeed. In this extremely rare instance, it later became clear to me through the up-down planning, that this client simply may have had an issue with trusting anyone – including us.
However, we remained focused, over-delivered, and left that night with our heads held high. They enjoyed a great party, perfect weather, wonderful food, and terrific service. We wish them many years of happiness!
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Woodie
Wedding:
8/13/2011
5.0/5.0
Chris and his wonderful staff stepped in when our original caterer was unable to handle my daughter's wedding - not the most auspicious way to begin a relationship, but they handled the situation with complete aplomb! Our event entailed a welcome dinner at the beach for 110 people and the reception at our home for 145 the following day. Having been in the wine business with professional exposure to many fine restaurants, our expectations for food were very high and both meals involved many choices at various stations. We were simply thrilled with the results and feel Chris and company met our very high standards. When we recently needed catering at our home for a gathering of 50 people, we naturally called Chris and I'm sure will do so again in the future.
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Chris and his wonderful staff stepped in when our original caterer was unable to handle my daughter's wedding - not the most auspicious way to begin a relationship, but they handled the situation with complete aplomb! Our event entailed a welcome dinner at the beach for 110 people and the reception at our home for 145 the following day. Having been in the wine business with professional exposure to many fine restaurants, our expectations for food were very high and both meals involved many choices at various stations. We were simply thrilled with the results and feel Chris and company met our very high standards. When we recently needed catering at our home for a gathering of 50 people, we naturally called Chris and I'm sure will do so again in the future. Read less
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Louise
Wedding:
7/28/2011
4.9/5.0
My husband and I got married last July 28th (2011) at Eolia Mansion on the grounds of Harkness State Memorial Park in Waterford, CT. Nicole and Chris were outstanding in service, professionalism, responsiveness, and flexibility from the very beginning. They truly listened to what we had in mind as related to the food stations we had and the overall atmosphere we wanted to create on all levels. We had some creative food and drink items at our reception and they made it work beautifully! We still have people telling us how fresh and delicious the food was at our wedding. It was so special and they made that happen. Most importantly Chris and Nicole were so pleasant to work with and made us feel most comfortable both before the wedding and on the wedding day for sure. We actually planned on personally sending them a thank you note on our one year anniversary because of the wonderful memories they helped us to create on our special day. :-) With Sincere Appreciation and Gratitude, Roy and Louise Seitsinger
My husband and I got married last July 28th (2011) at Eolia Mansion on the grounds of Harkness State Memorial Park in Read more...
My husband and I got married last July 28th (2011) at Eolia Mansion on the grounds of Harkness State Memorial Park in Waterford, CT. Nicole and Chris were outstanding in service, professionalism, responsiveness, and flexibility from the very beginning. They truly listened to what we had in mind as related to the food stations we had and the overall atmosphere we wanted to create on all levels. We had some creative food and drink items at our reception and they made it work beautifully! We still have people telling us how fresh and delicious the food was at our wedding. It was so special and they made that happen. Most importantly Chris and Nicole were so pleasant to work with and made us feel most comfortable both before the wedding and on the wedding day for sure. We actually planned on personally sending them a thank you note on our one year anniversary because of the wonderful memories they helped us to create on our special day. :-) With Sincere Appreciation and Gratitude, Roy and Louise Seitsinger Read less
Services Used: Catering
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4msandane
Wedding:
10/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Culinary Concerts was so amazing and responsive. I felt that they shared the vision of my wedding and made my dreams become reality.

In the planning phase, Chris was very responsive. He listened to what I wanted, and his suggestions built around my core needs and vision. My calls and emails were returned promptly, and I always felt that my wedding was as important to Culinary Concerts as it was to me.

The food was fantastic! My guests repeatedly commented that the food was exceptional, nothing like standard "wedding food" that they have come to expect at weddings.

The staff were perfect, executing great service while able to stay in the background.

Cost was on target and within budget. Chris did offer options to me that would change my price point, sometimes as a reduction and sometimes as an increase. Any time he made a recommendation, he explained why he was recommending the change, and then allowed me to make the final decision.

I would wholeheartedly recommend Culinary Concerts.
Culinary Concerts was so amazing and responsive. I felt that they shared the vision of my wedding and made my dreams Read more...
Culinary Concerts was so amazing and responsive. I felt that they shared the vision of my wedding and made my dreams become reality.

In the planning phase, Chris was very responsive. He listened to what I wanted, and his suggestions built around my core needs and vision. My calls and emails were returned promptly, and I always felt that my wedding was as important to Culinary Concerts as it was to me.

The food was fantastic! My guests repeatedly commented that the food was exceptional, nothing like standard "wedding food" that they have come to expect at weddings.

The staff were perfect, executing great service while able to stay in the background.

Cost was on target and within budget. Chris did offer options to me that would change my price point, sometimes as a reduction and sometimes as an increase. Any time he made a recommendation, he explained why he was recommending the change, and then allowed me to make the final decision.

I would wholeheartedly recommend Culinary Concerts. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Robert
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Chris Bracken and all the folks at "Culinary Concerts" provided exceptional and exemplary guidance and service for our daughter's wedding, at every step of the way. He worked tirelessly to customize the menu and the presentation for our daughter and her husband's tastes and the setting of the reception, and also insured that the entire affair - from the arrival of the first guests to the departure of the last one, hours later - went off flawlessly, and without a concern for anyone in the family. That left us to enjoy a memorable moment. Several years later, we still receive compliments on the cuisine offered that day (the variety and quality) and the entire nature of the ceremony and reception.
Chris Bracken and all the folks at "Culinary Concerts" provided exceptional and exemplary guidance and service for our Read more...
Chris Bracken and all the folks at "Culinary Concerts" provided exceptional and exemplary guidance and service for our daughter's wedding, at every step of the way. He worked tirelessly to customize the menu and the presentation for our daughter and her husband's tastes and the setting of the reception, and also insured that the entire affair - from the arrival of the first guests to the departure of the last one, hours later - went off flawlessly, and without a concern for anyone in the family. That left us to enjoy a memorable moment. Several years later, we still receive compliments on the cuisine offered that day (the variety and quality) and the entire nature of the ceremony and reception. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Kelly
Wedding:
9/18/2010
5.0/5.0
Working with Culinary Concerts was an absolute dream. Chis and Nicole were creative, professional, organized and flexible. Every little detail was taken care of, the service was tremendous and the food was to die for. They made our reception a night my husband and I will never forget!
Working with Culinary Concerts was an absolute dream. Chis and Nicole were creative, professional, organized and flexible. Read more...
Working with Culinary Concerts was an absolute dream. Chis and Nicole were creative, professional, organized and flexible. Every little detail was taken care of, the service was tremendous and the food was to die for. They made our reception a night my husband and I will never forget! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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eofuller
Wedding:
8/29/2009
4.6/5.0
Rock Star team, led by our "front of house" Nicole and "back of house" and chef extraordinaire Chris. We were so happy with every aspect our our big day and are still getting accolades for our caterer choice. The food was beyond fabulous: cooked perfectly, an incredibly innovative and unique menu, the service and staff that was impeccable, flawless execution, the superlatives are endless. A little pricey but you absolutely get what you pay for with the CC team. Sometimes the response rate was a little slower than we'd have liked in the planning mode but once everything was nailed down it was smooth sailing. We purchased one of their limited time summer menu packages and had a great choice of items to serve, and a decent alcohol selection, though we decided to upgrade a bit there and spent a bit more than the published package price, but it was worth it in the end. Highly recommend them for weddings and any other catered affair.
Rock Star team, led by our "front of house" Nicole and "back of house" and chef extraordinaire Chris. We were so happy Read more...
Rock Star team, led by our "front of house" Nicole and "back of house" and chef extraordinaire Chris. We were so happy with every aspect our our big day and are still getting accolades for our caterer choice. The food was beyond fabulous: cooked perfectly, an incredibly innovative and unique menu, the service and staff that was impeccable, flawless execution, the superlatives are endless. A little pricey but you absolutely get what you pay for with the CC team. Sometimes the response rate was a little slower than we'd have liked in the planning mode but once everything was nailed down it was smooth sailing. We purchased one of their limited time summer menu packages and had a great choice of items to serve, and a decent alcohol selection, though we decided to upgrade a bit there and spent a bit more than the published package price, but it was worth it in the end. Highly recommend them for weddings and any other catered affair. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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erinanddoug
Wedding:
7/25/2009
4.9/5.0
the lobster bake was the best
the lobster bake was the best
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Services Used: Catering
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Alycia
Wedding:
5/5/2004
5.0/5.0
Christopher and his entire staff at Culinary Concerts made our wedding 13 years ago absolutely perfect! We just celebrated our anniversary and reminisced about the day with such amazing memories. The food was absolutely perfect but beyond the food was the professionalism and the unparalleled attention to detail. For the majority of the wedding we were planning from another state so it was imperative that we trust Christopher and his team implicitly to make many decisions….we were never let down! To this day people remember the food with such a vividness. The presentation and how seamlessly the whole day went over was a credit to Christopher and his team. 13 years later and we simply would not change a single detail. Christopher totally understood the timeless, classy feel that we wanted and his creativity and vision made our dream come true! Thank you!
Christopher and his entire staff at Culinary Concerts made our wedding 13 years ago absolutely perfect! We just celebrated Read more...
Christopher and his entire staff at Culinary Concerts made our wedding 13 years ago absolutely perfect! We just celebrated our anniversary and reminisced about the day with such amazing memories. The food was absolutely perfect but beyond the food was the professionalism and the unparalleled attention to detail. For the majority of the wedding we were planning from another state so it was imperative that we trust Christopher and his team implicitly to make many decisions….we were never let down! To this day people remember the food with such a vividness. The presentation and how seamlessly the whole day went over was a credit to Christopher and his team. 13 years later and we simply would not change a single detail. Christopher totally understood the timeless, classy feel that we wanted and his creativity and vision made our dream come true! Thank you! Read less
Services Used: Catering

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