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Down South Delights,LLC

Nashville , TN

LOCATION

1321 Murfeesboro Pike STE 655
Nashville, TN US 37217 (map)

PHONE

615-513-9147

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

We are pleased to be Nashville's only boutique style catering company. At Down South Delights, we specialize in exquisite cuisine and fabulously styled events. Whether your event is a... Read more
We are pleased to be Nashville's only boutique style catering company. At Down South Delights, we specialize in exquisite cuisine and fabulously styled events. Whether your event is a corporate affair or an ornate wedding reception, our staff will create a masterpiece fitting of the occasion. Owner and executive chef, Rita Rowland, creates custom menus for each event based on the customers' personal
dreams and ideas.

Our staff is comprised of award winning professionals that are experts in their area of expertise. We will be happy to setup a consultation to discuss your event and plan the perfect menu that will reflect your fabulous taste! We travel to locations within 1 1/2 hours of Nashville. If your event is outside of this area, just ask if we can accommodate.

If your event site requires an approved vendor, please let us know and we will schedule an introduction. We are licensed & insured by local/ state officials. 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?
Limited Bar
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, Cajun, Chinese, Creole, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Kosher, No Pork, Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?
1000

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.2/5.0
They were awesome! I didn't have one issue with them. Their servers were so much fun at my reception. There was one guy who was so funny everyone wanted to take their pictures with him.
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Cosmelitia
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
There are no words to express how wonderful Rita's staff was to us and our guests. We had over 500 in attendance ... All I can say is that everyone loved the food and the beverages ... especially the fruit tea. It was important that the fruit tea be a hit because it was my deceased mother's signature beverage. She made fruit tea before fruit tea was a popular drink and everyone loved it ... People were happily standing in line for the refill of the tea and the food.

Also, the extra spent on the wedding night basket and cake cutting service was well worth it!
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Lindy
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Rita at Down South Delights was a pleasure to work with. She offered a lot of different catering packages for us to chose from within our budget. When compared with many other caterers in Nashville, she offered us the most food for our money. We scheduled a taste test where we discovered that the food was delicious which was surprising since the price per person was low compared to other caterers. Everything flowed smoothly on our wedding day with the food and I am so happy that we found Down South Delights!
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Meghan
Wedding:
5/12/2012
0.0/5.0
I HAD TO FIND ANOTHER CATERER A WEEK BEFORE MY WEDDING! STAY FAR, FAR AWAY! UNPROFESSIONAL! ZERO CUSTOMER SERVICE! THEY HAVE EVERY EXCUSE IN THE BOOK FOR WHY THEY ARE RIGHT AND EVERYONE ELSE IS WRONG! I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND!
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Down South Delights,LLC responded with the following comments:

Meghan had to find another caterer due to the fact that she did not pay for us to cater her reception as stated on her signed contract. We contacted her planner to offer an extension so that she could submit late payment even though her invoice was sent a month prior to her reception. They mailed us a post-dated check that was not valid and could not be cashed until after her reception.

We do not provide a product without payment and this was
all agreed upon when they executed their contract several months prior.

Regarding the customer service: Every email, text, and phone call that her planner sent was responded too each time during the process. Down South Delights also created a custom tasting for this couple and they attended several of our events where they sampled our food several times.

As I understand emotion takes precedence over reality when writing these reviews it is important to note that they did not pay or follow the contract which they signed. They cancelled their catering with Down South Delights when they not only missed their payment deadline, but went a step further to send a check which could not be redeemed.
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mcmander84
Wedding:
5/12/2012
4.1/5.0
Down South Delights catered my wedding reception. Rita was easy to communicate with and returned emails quickly and was polite. Their pricing is pretty good considering all that is included, from what I have found, although the upgrade to real dishes as opposed to plastic dishes is a little overboard. The food is very good for the price and people at our wedding said they enjoyed it.

The only complaints I have is that the staff looked unkempt and slightly unprofessional (faded jeans and very untidy hair on one of the staff members - I've worked in the food business many years and this typically is a very important detail in presentation of food) and that the food was not the same at the wedding as it was the day of the tasting. At our tasting we decided on their lemon herb chicken and it tasted and looked very much like typical lemon pepper type chicken dishes. However, on the wedding night the chicken seemed to be just herb chicken. I had friends who attended the tasting with us and they agreed it was completely different. The chicken at the wedding was still good, although not as flavorful. But the problem to me is that planning a wedding is hard enough and you put your trust and money into a company with expectations that they will provide what you contract them to do. The chicken at the tasting should have been the same as it was the night of the reception, otherwise what is the point of a tasting?
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Ricky
Wedding:
3/31/2012
4.9/5.0
My wife and I felt catering was a major priority for our daughter’s wedding. We interviewed and researched quite a few providers in the Nashville area. Rita Rowland at Down South Delights won our business immediately after our tasting appointment. She had already impressed us in advance, but the tasting sealed the deal.

We chose a traditional menu with passed hors d’oeuvres (artisan pizza, ham biscuits, assorted stuffed mushroom caps, and shrimp shooters), a buffet with Italian Chicken, southern style vegetables, salad, bread, a Tenderloin carving station, and the obligatory mashed potato bar. Everything was outstanding. If you want the more contemporary offerings (pasta bar, taco bar, mac’n’cheese, meat on a stick, etc) she can do that as well.

Her set up and serving staff were great. We even used her licensed bartenders as our venue allowed us to provide our own alcohol. We had a major snafu with a third party vendor (only 5 of 30 cases of beer were delivered). Rita took it upon herself to make two trips to Kroger’s to buy the 25 cases of beer that were missing in action (she could only carry so much in one trip) ! She even used her personal credit card and invoiced us afterwards. I don’t know of many vendors who would voluntarily step up to satisfy a traumatic development that was not of her doing.

Countless people commented afterwards that the food was not only delicious but the presentation was beautiful. The value we received for our investment was outstanding. I don’t think you could go wrong by engaging Down South Delights for your event…be it large or small.

R Bruni, Birmingham AL
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tulinturkishchick
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Down South Delights lives up to its name. Rita has the necessary Southern charm and sweetness to do so. Upon meeting with her for our tasting, we were sold. The food and drink was amazing. We bragged to our guests months prior to the wedding about how good it was. And she didn't let us down one bit. The food was so amazing that our guests made multiple trips as if it were Thanksgiving Day. We had 30 people not show up and STILL barely had food left over!

Great food aside, Rita went one step further. Her sister created a custom peacock feather display for the table that quickly became the topic of conversation among the guests.

Rita should be the most sought after caterer in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.
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Lauren
Wedding:
11/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Down South Delights catering has excellent food! Rita is able to whip up food that is very good, it was better then your average wedding meal. The wait staff was very pleasant to work with. My only concern was that the rolls were a little cold, but that is not a reflection of Down South Delights. I think any bride would be very happy with the quality of food and service if choosing this company.
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DaviD
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
We are truly thankful to you and your incredible staff! The servers took care of helping the rental company(who were late) setup so that our ceremony could start on time. We had to move the entire wedding inside and your crew made sure that it properly transitioned , thanks so so much. And what a great wedding we had! I liked the fact that they offer a complete package that included everything I needed for my wedding. The package was the only quote I got that was not confusing to me as there was no hidden fees or costs that other companies quoted us on. The food tasted just as yummy as I remembered it 8 months earlier when it was presented to my family and I during the food tasting for our entire wedding party and we had 350 guests. Several of my wife's sorority sisters have used them and so I've got to see their work at other receptions. All of my friends raved over how much they helped so I knew that I wanted to use them if possible. We had to pay an extra fee to our location as they do in house catering and it was so WORTH IT!!!!
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B
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
The bar setup, the tables, lines, from first to last detail, they really know how to execute a nice wedding. If you do a tasting, you will know that the food is amazing with no competition. Working with Todd and Rita we figured out what to hold back on, and see what our budget could offer. My husband and I hired a wedding planner to help take some of the stress off us so we could enjoy our special time, but you were the main vendor behind the success of our reception. I counted on Rita and team more than anyone else for advice, non biased answers, and sincere guidance with our plans. My event manager Belinda was so calm and professional that she even helped me get over my panic, bridezilla moments. it was just a really special time in our lives and greatful to have a group like this to help me so much.
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Kelly
Wedding:
8/27/2011
4.0/5.0
Down South Delights catered my August wedding. The food is good and you get alot. My only complaints are that the setup did not look like what was in the pictures that were shown to me. The bartender opened all the bottles of wine when he was told to only open what was needed and we had to give away 6 large bottles of wine and 2 bottles of champagne.
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Lillian
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Down South Delight is an amazing catering company. Not only do they offer awesome food for a GREAT price but they also deliver GREAT service for that same price. All the employees at our wedding were very nice and very helpful. They went above and beyond the call of duty to help us prepare the day of the wedding. I cannot thank them enough for all that they did to help us. You cannot go wrong with Down South Delight!!!!
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peapod15
Wedding:
7/16/2011
4.7/5.0
Down South Delights catered my wedding reception and all the food was great. They were very easy to work with and respond very quickly with any questions you may have. They value for the amount of food you get is excellent and better than anyone else I looked at. They came in did their job and worked well with my coordinators. The only 2 problems we had were that instead of cutting the cake when people wanted a peice, the lady cut the whole cake and then when the pieces weren't eaten she threw them away. We would have liked to take home the uneaten cake since it cost $7 a slice. Also I heard from guests that one of the bartenders wasn't very friendly and she thew away all the tops to our liquor bottles and we couldnt take home the half full bottles that didn't have tops. That wasted more of my money, but other than that everything was great. I am very glad that I chose them as my caterer and would recommend them to anyone!
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Sylvnorman
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
I was originally referred to Down South Delights through a friend who said she had the time of her life at her sisters wedding that they had catered. Everyone was asking who provided the amazing food and especially the mouth watering filet Mignon which seemed to be the favorite of the night. Not only was the staff professional and courteous, but their food once again is top of the line. Outstanding company and people in my experience. They catered wedding of my dreams I didn't think it was possible, but they did it. I would recommend them to anyone they have great service, excellent food and best prices in town
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Many comments on how delicious the food was. The buffet tables looked great. We were very pleased with the meal and service.
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Momdill
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
I can't tell enough people about Down South Delights. This company gives you so much for your value. They will work with you to create just the menu that YOU want. You think you are eating at a fine dining restaurant, the food is that delicious. Rita and her staff are so easy to work with and so professional while serving. I would love to have them prepare food for ANY event that I am attending. My daughter and son-in-law had exactly what they asked for at their wedding, it was perfect. Thank you DSD!
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Mrs.Robinson37138
Wedding:
6/4/2011
4.2/5.0
Our food was amazing! I have not stopped hearing about how amazing the potato bar was and I have to say they were the best mashed potatoes I have ever tasted. Although I did not get to eat as much as I would have liked, Rita made sure I had a plate of everything I wanted sent to our table, if it weren't for her I would have starved. She really was flexible and helpful through the entire planning up through the night of. Thanks Rita!
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Micah347
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
I just wanted to again thank you so much for everything Down South Delights Catering did for my wedding. I knew it was going to be a beautiful set-up, but I had no idea it was going to be as fabulous as it was. When Andrew and I saw the reception area for the first time, we say the same exact thing, we both were completely taken back, and I lost my breath for a moment :) it was truly amazing and I owe it all to you guys for making my day an absolute dream come true! And the food was delicious!... Thanks again and I will be recommending Down South Delights to anyone and everyone I know! Our event manager Ashley attended to my every whim and need. She was so attentive and calming.
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courtneyrgibson
Wedding:
5/21/2011
1.0/5.0
I had the absolutely worst experience with Down South Delights. When I first met Rita, she was very nice and we came up with a great wedding day menu. I tasted some of the food and it was delicious. We paid a lot of money but compared to some other places, it was a fairly good deal. HOWEVER, they totally ruined my reception. All the food was cold, they didnt have trash bags, they ran out of plates and tortilla chips. They had to run to the store twice during the reception to buy these things. The drink station was always empty. The staff absolutely ruined my $500 cake. They had no idea how to cut a cake and after they had cut the first tier, it looked like a little kid had dug around in the cake with their hands. No one wanted the cake after that so we threw away over half of the cake. The staff was dirty looking, unhelpful, and full of excuses. I could go on and on about all the things that went wrong at the reception due to Down South Delights. I could have gone to Costco and had MUCH prettier and tastier food for a quarter of the price I spent. We felt like we had been scammed. I was majorly disappointed and will never recommend DSD.
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rachaelportwood
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Down South Delights provided catering services for my May 7th wedding. Words cannot express the gratitude that my husband and I have for Rita and her team for making our wedding day flawless. Although most of the day is still a blur, our guests, family, and even our wedding party are still talking about how amazing the food was! Rita took the time to ensure no detail was overlooked and worked with our budget.. which is something we are still very grateful for. The quality of service, in our opinion, cannot be beat. If someone was to ask me one thing that I would change, the answer would be nothing. Our expectations were definitely exceeded. Thanks so much!! I would recommend Down South Delights to ANY bride.
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tyguy7760
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
These guys were great. From the food to the cake cutting and everything in between it was all great. We had chicken fingers and meatloaf at the wedding and I swear it was the best meatloaf I've ever had in my life. Hands down. Do yourself a favor and rent these guys. We were looking at caterers over 20 bucks a plate and Rita gave us everything we could have asked for for MUCH less.
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BrandiOutten
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I along with everyone we have spoken to who attended our wedding absolutely LOVED the catering! You can't go wrong with Down South Delights. It's the best tasting food, the best price, and the best service we found, hands down. They did BBQ at our rehearsal dinner with sides and at the reception did steak tips, bourbon chicken bites (my favorite), macaroni and cheese, green beans, salad, garlic cheddar biscuits, and fruit and cheese trays. It was amazing right down to the fruit tea. We've gotten more compliments on how good the buffet was than anything else. From start to finish, working with Down South Delights was one of the best vendor experiences we had!
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Natasha
Wedding:
4/2/2011
4.9/5.0
I interviewed several caterers and decided on Down South Delights! And I am so glad I did! Rita was so great to work with! My wedding venue was strick about catering and alcohol but Rita accommodated all their requests and demands! They were very affordable and their food was REALLY good! I recommend their champagne chicken or pork with peach cutney! My guests really liked the food too! Instead of a cake, I had Down South make cupcakes for me! The cupcakes were absolutely delicous! My guests were very impressed with the cupcakes! For all the brides looking for a caterer, I recommend Down South Delights!
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jennc829
Wedding:
3/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Down South Delights catered my wedding at the Hampton Inn in Gallatin and it was wonderful! We had the ziti, vegetables, salad and bread and the food was fantastic! The staff was wonderful and made the groom and I a plate (which we only had time to pick at) and then luckily made us some to go because that food flew off the table!!! We had a lot of compliments on the food and it was a good deal. I also used their bartender who was friendly and did a great job!!!
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JessicaMalek
Wedding:
2/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Rita and her staff at Down Souths Delights were absolutely amazing. They met and exceeded our expectations with everything from the very beginning to the very end. When I first looked at the website I really thought they would be out of our price range just from looking at the pictures. Everything looked so elegant and expensive. After looking at several other places and not being satisfied, I emailed Rita. She responded within a day and was so friendly. She worked with our relatively small budget and gave us a wonderful menu to pick from. We set up an appointment for a tasting and were blown away by the quality and quantity of the food she made for us that day. It was amazing and we went home with enough food to have dinner and lunch the next day. We booked her that day!!! She was so helpful and friendly with all the questions I had in the next few weeks to come. Then our wedding day was there and her and her staff blew us away even more. My husband and I walked into the reception hall and the food table looked like a million dollars!! It was so beautiful!! The staff greeted us as soon as we got to our seats to let us know they were there for us if we needed anything. The food was absolutely delicious and everyone raved about it. In fact we had accounted for 30 more people that didn't show up and everyone that did went back for seconds and some thirds. We had very little food left! That is a compliment in itself. The staff also stayed to cut and serve our wedding cake and they were not even the ones to make it. I thought that was very kind. I would recommend Down South Delights to any bride! They are wonderful people who provide wonderful food and wonderful service!
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Maleah
Wedding:
1/29/2011
5.0/5.0
I could have not been more pleased with the Down South Delights Catering for my wedding. From beginning to end, working with Rita was a pleasure. It was easy to communicate with her, the tasting session was proffessional and very helpful, and everyone loved the reception. She was willing to work with me on my low budget and even add things that I wouldn't even think of to make it the best it could be. It was a GREAT relief to know that I did not have to worry about the food or service at the reception! And my groom and I even got a box of food for our ride to the hotel!
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Chloe
Wedding:
11/13/2010
5.0/5.0
We had more compliments on our food at our wedding than any other wedding that I have ever been to! Down South Delights had a great variety of foods to choose from, and they were very flexible working with us to have exactly what we wanted. Everyone was raving about how good the food was- and lets me honest- that does not normally happen at a wedding!!
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TheLissaEvans
Wedding:
11/13/2010
4.8/5.0
Rita and her staff were fantastic! Food was delicious, and our to-go/honeymoon box was an awesome touch. :-D Staff were very nice and on top of everything. Excellent food and very competitive pricing.
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AJRudy2Shoes
Wedding:
10/30/2010
4.7/5.0
We were so lucky to find Down South Delights for our wedding this past October! Rita is so helpful and a wonderful chef! The food tasted amazing, and it also really suited our personalities. We wanted the food to be laid back but also appropriate for a wedding. And she gave us so much for the cost!! It's been months since our wedding, and we still have family and friends commenting on how great the food was at our reception. We love Down South Delights, and have already referred a few friends for their weddings!
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little spoon
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Rita and Down South Delights Catering were one of our absolute favorite vendors. I met DSD after meeting her and having DSD's food at Engaged Nashville (an event sponsored by Ashley's Bride Guide). My first impression of DSD was that they were just another boutique, expensive, Franklin catering company, but when we lost our original caterer, I contacted Rita because their food was amazing and she was genuinely nice and helpful.

Wow, did we get lucky! Not only was my first impression totally off-base, we got better food, better quality service and a much better working relationship with DSD than we had with our original vendor. They have an office in Madison, TN and work all over middle TN and the greater Nashville area. DSD if fabulous because their prices are reasonable (not cheap, there's a difference) and the quality of the food is outstanding.

We feel like DSD went above and beyond to make our wedding day special.

Down South Delights specializes in weddings, but they can do ANYTHING. The quality of the food is consistently wonderful and we got rave reviews on our wedding food. We've also referred them to other people and have already used them for other events. We love Down South Delights and hope to continue working with them for non-wedding events in the future.

Thank you, DSD team!
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April
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
They did an AMAZING job for my wedding! Everyone talked about how great the food was, and the staff went way beyond my expectations to help out with everything...even things that weren't even food related!! Rita was also so helpful throughout the process! She recommended a place to get cake, wine, and many other things! I can't say enough about Down South Delights. Use them for your catering! You won't have to worry about anything!
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Abby
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Fabulous food and service from Down South. Even though our wedding was relatively homemade we catered and were so thrilled. It was like momma made but a tad better (sorry Mom). We loved all our dishes and there wasn't a bit of leftovers. Gladly splurged with catering and would contact them again for any event. Delish!
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cch123
Wedding:
9/12/2010
5.0/5.0
We used Down South Delights this weekend to cater my daughters wedding reception and it could not have been any more perfect. The food was delicious and gorgeous! The decor was beautiful. Rita was fantastic to work with throughout the entire process. She was very patient with all of our indecisiveness and changes. She stayed in touch and was always ready to offer excellent suggestions. She took excellent care of us for the entire evening. The most difficult thing to deal with was coming up with a menu because everything is amazing!
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Marchetta
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Thanks so much!!!
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cc0121
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
Down South Delights provided us with a gorgeous reception. The staff were very so nice and went above and beyond to make our guests enjoy themselves. What a find. A wonderful delicious catering company that does it ALL right. The price is more than reasonable considering everything they did. I was truly a guest at my own wedding. Everything was perfect. Lastly, I can't forget to mention the little things, like the flowers, displays, and printed menu. Absolutely brilliant!!
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TKY35
Wedding:
8/13/2010
3.2/5.0
Rita was very helpful and responded to my emails in a timely manner. The day of the actual servers looked a little desheveled and didn't seem to have everything they needed, however they did pull everything together in time. We got a generous amount of food for our money but it could have been warmer. My only complaint on our food was our bread, it was like a brick!
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amandam
Wedding:
6/19/2010
4.8/5.0
Down South Delights did a FABULOUS job catering our wedding! They were very accomodating throughout the process, and the food they delivered for us to try in the very beginning (at no charge) sold us on them immediately. The prices were more reasonable than other caterers in the area, and we have received numerous compliments from our guests. We would use them again in a heartbeat!!!
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Maribeth
Wedding:
6/19/2010
5.0/5.0
Rita was GREAT to work with! I highly recommend Down South Delights! The food was delicious and was very reasonably priced. Many of my friends commented on how great the food was! I have passed her name on to several people who are in the market for a caterer and they have been pleased with her as well.
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Wedding-2010
Wedding:
6/12/2010
4.7/5.0
They were great to work with and everyone said the food was fabulous!
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kellydbarmer
Wedding:
5/15/2010
5.0/5.0
What a great catering company! Rita was wonderful and so easy to work with. She was very professional and produced exactly what we wanted! Her presentation is very classy and unique. The prices and selection was some of the best I found anywhere. I give Down South delights "2 thumbs up" and recommend them to any bride and groom looking for catering services!
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lknox
Wedding:
5/8/2010
4.2/5.0
Down South Delights did an incredible job on my wedding! The food was exactly what I wanted the only less than perfect thing was that the rolls were cold. One of the staff members was a little less than friendly but he wasn't rude - he just didn't smile or seem very happy to be there.

The food presentation was absolutely lovely and tasted great! The bartender was also really exceptional. I also loved how they packed up a little takeaway bag and saved some wine for us.
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jessleigh27
Wedding:
5/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Rita and her staff were awesome. She was so helpful in letting us decide on our menu. She was great at letting us know what we could do within our budget. Food was one of the most important things to us as far as the reception, and we were extremely pleased. All of our guests commented on how amazing the food tasted and how professional and friendly the staff were. Highly recommended to all brides; wish I could get married again to eat their food again!
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Barbara
Wedding:
4/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Rita did an amazing job with our engagement party and our wedding reception. We had a wonderful and unique menu for both occasions that tasted fantastic! Check out her mash potato martinis.....a huge hit with the guests! DSD delivers great food, great service, wonderful enthusiasm, and I would recommend them to anyone in the Nashville area. They are defininitely up to date with food styles that bring an urban-chic quality to any event. Definitely check them out.....you won't be disappointed!!!

Happy Bride
Barbara Coleman Marable
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teresakelly82
Wedding:
3/27/2010
5.0/5.0
Rita was absolutely wonderful to work with from the very first phone call to the food and service we received the night of the reception. All of our guests made very positive comments about how delicious the food was and the unique way the different dishes were displayed. The attendants at the hot stations were gracious and the area was kept freshly supplied and clean the entire night. The price was outstanding as it included many aspects other than the food (table settings, cutting the cake, etc.) that other caterers charged for per item. We could not be more pleased and would not change anything. GREAT JOB!!
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megan1979
Wedding:
3/13/2010
5.0/5.0
Rita and all the staff from Down South Delights were incredible to work with from the moment I contacted them to the day of our reception. The food was fantastic and the presentation was perfect for our modern reception. Our guests are still talking about how incredible our reception was and how much they enjoyed the food. Receptive, organized, and most importantly Down South Delights, delivered an exceptional quality of tasty food to our guests. HIGHLY Recommended!!!
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Alhouck
Wedding:
1/29/2010
4.7/5.0
I was very impressed with Rita and Down South Delights on my wedding day. I always heard that you don't get to eat anything at your wedding, so I made it a point to at least try everything that was served. I loved everything, and my guests did as well. I received so many compliments on the food as well as the portion size-they were huge!

I am so happy that I can look back on my wedding day and have no regrets about my catering choice. Down South Delights provided a fabulous plated meal that truly impressed my guests.
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Monica
Wedding:
12/12/2009
5.0/5.0
I was a very picky, have to have it my way bride and they made sure I had it my way/my day through the whole process. My husband and I wanted very detailed items because we both really enjoy great food. The catering directors Ken and Brad were attentive to our every wish the day of the reception and made us feel very special. This company came through and answered all my questions, gave me great feedback, and provided valuable vendor references for other companies. The owner, Rita was patient and always there to listen or assist. The reception was very important to us and they made it so nice. The food was really some of the best we have ever tasted and the decor was very detailed.
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janey
Wedding:
11/7/2009
5.0/5.0
Very easy to work with, polite and did not mind me calling to ask questions
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Siagcore
Wedding:
11/7/2009
5.0/5.0
We truly enjoyed working with Down South Delights for our reception. Rita was very organized and her staff attended to our every need. The reception was out of this world and the service beyond measure. Our entire event was flawless from the food to the table design. We wanted a very creative menu and Rita designed the perfect plated dinner for our event. She was very attentive to detail and helped me find some of my vendors as well. We looked at almost every caterer in the Nashville area and by far Down South Delights was the best choice. For the bar they created a signature cocktail based on our favorite flavors and theme. Her staff was very polite and assisted with complete cleanup of the venue. The location required a fee for outside catering, but it was well worth the money to have a company take such pride in preparing our menu. The food is so great, but the entire experience from the staff to the extra details is so special.
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The Law
Wedding:
10/31/2009
4.8/5.0
Rita and her staff at Down South Delights were great. We were very happy, as were our guests at our wedding in October 2009. Rita was open to new ideas, flexible and fun to work with. The food and presentation was wonderful and we recieved many compliments about how great the food was. They were also very helpful at the end of the reception and worked quickly to begin the clean up. I am very pleased with the service she provided and would recommend her to anyone who wants to host a great party.
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Joni
Wedding:
10/24/2009
4.6/5.0
Rita and her staff were exceptional-I did not hear 1 negative thing about any of them. Everyone was dressed appropriately and gave excellent service. But the best thing was THE FOOD! Every guest and even other vendors working at the wedding said it was the BEST food they have ever had at a wedding. I could tell by the clean plates while I walked around visiting the guests. The cost may seem slightly higher than a lot of caterers but it includes cake cutting and changes in beverages that we made and they helped set up the dessert bar also.
Now I am not certain but I am from the Boston area where we always have a full meal for a wedding and I notice that most weddings in the south that I have experienced have had a smaller fare such as finger foods so it could be another reason it was enjoyed so much. We had pork and chicken,salad,potatoes,mac and cheese,and the roasted vegetables were to die for! The sauces were great for the pork and the raspberry chicken was great. You don't often leave a wedding full but people were very pleased and that made me very happy. I would HIGHLY recommend Rita and her staff to cater your wedding!
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iamthewalrus1
Wedding:
10/11/2009
1.7/5.0
We were not pleased with Down South Delights. Among other things, they were nearly an hour late to the reception, causing me panic right before walking down the aisle. I would not recommend them to anyone.
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Chandra
Wedding:
10/11/2009
4.2/5.0
Down South Delights is extremely affordable and yummy! For our wedding, my husband and I wanted a specific menu with very exotic, unique elements, and lots of variety. Rita was extremely flexible and worked with us to create a very tasty cocktail, dinner, and post-dinner menu that included ethnic, seasonal, and dietary-specific requests. She also whipped up our menu and invited us out for a tasting, which was incredibly helpful and allowed us to finally pull the trigger and decide on a caterer. We both got a vision of what the food would be like, and also got to actually "enjoy the food" since on the day of our wedding we didn't get to eat as much as we would of liked to (we're big foodies!). I rated DSD low on quality of service, responsiveness, and professionalism only because they forgot a few condiments, were late serving dinner, and didn't pack a honeymoon box with leftover food (as promised in our contract). It was such a downer when we arrived @ our Nashville hotel and had no leftovers to nibble on. As a bride who was looking forward to that late night snack, I was completely bummed out. We also used DSD's bartenders. They made the drinks extra strong, resulting in many "overly" drunk guests (not fun!). Furthermore, we had 3 types of wine. Two were screw top and one had a cork. At the end of the night, several of the bottles with a cork were full, but half corked, so we couldn't returned these unused bottles. We had to keep them and have since tried to open them with no success. Each one has ended up with a broken cork swimming in the bottle and ultimately swimming in our wine glasses (yuck). Those were the major downfalls. However, when you weigh that against how affordable DSD is relative to other caterers in town, how pleasant Rita was to work with, and how yummy her food is, the pros do out weigh the cons.
Services Used: Catering
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coalmoney75
Wedding:
10/10/2009
5.0/5.0
Rita catered my wedding recently and I would highly recommend her and her company (Down South Delights). The food was out of this world!! Her displays look like something from Southern Living magazine. She is helpful and worked with us. --I have attended other wedding receptions in the Nashville area and the ones Rita caters are superior to all. I believe she's the #1 caterer in the greater Nashville area!!

MARCIA BLAHA
Services Used: Catering
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am
Wedding:
9/26/2009
5.0/5.0
Rita and her staff were TERRIFIC! Her food was the best by far and her prices were within our budget! My guest list was 175 people at an outdoor wedding. We chose the heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet and had MANY options that left our guests raving about the food, selection and service.(Make sure to try the AWARD WINNDING hot butter seafood dip!) Rita is professional and takes pride in every dish that she puts out there! I have recommended her to many and hope that we will have an opportunity to use Down South Delights again in the near future. NOTHING BUT WONDERFUL THINGS TO SAY ABOUT MY NEW FAVORITE CATERER!
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Catherine
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
Rita and Down South Delights were awesome to work with! I had been through 2 caterers already and Rita came in and saved the day. She provided us with everything we could have possibly wanted for our wedding and was able to keep it right at budget. It was perfect! Our guests raved about the food and we couldn't be happier with the service she provided.
Services Used: Catering
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cColley
Wedding:
7/4/2009
5.0/5.0
I really enjoyed my experience with Down South Delights. Their food was Amazing!! They even used my family's sweet tea receipt. Their staff was extremely professional and gave us a great service.
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fertittal
Wedding:
6/27/2009
5.0/5.0
If I ever have any other type of party or event that needs to be catered, I'm absolutley calling DSD. They were so easy to work with and took the stress out of the entire process. My wedding reception was wonderful and I still have family and friends talking about the food and the presentation!
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Andrea
Wedding:
6/27/2009
5.0/5.0
Our reception was made delightful by this company! I even had guests request the name of the caterer as the evening came to an end! Down South Delights was punctual and paid attention to every detail. Their staff was cordial and respected our every request. The dinner was delicious and the food was plentiful and well presented. We would use them again for another event! All the best!
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tnsmjs052309
Wedding:
5/23/2009
5.0/5.0
I used Rita for my wedding and was very happy with her and the food. She actually saved me at the last minute as well because the week of my wedding (the weekend of Memorial Day) the bartender I was going to use bailed on me at the last minute. Rita came to the rescue and had one there for us. She cut the cake for free and left the venue in perfect condition. The food was great. The server and the bartender who were at our event were also great. I would highly recommend her.
Services Used: Catering
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lainestl
Wedding:
5/16/2009
4.9/5.0
Rita was wonderful to work with, we had an incredibly difficult time finding a caterer in Nashville who is up to date on the latest culinary trends instead of being stuck in the 80s. Rita was a Godsend. She’s incredibly warm and flexible, and her prices are a steal considering the quality and creativity she provides. I told her what we had in the budget ($34 per person) and she worked with us from there. We had 3 action stations (sushi, tenderloin, and mashed potato bar) and seven hors d'oeuvres, she also provided bar service and allowed us to bring in our own alcohol. She handled all the china, glasses, flatware, and linen rentals, cake cutting, and the champagne toast. She asked us to bring extra flowers and she decorated all the food tables.

The only reason I’m not giving her all 5 stars is because a few things were missed: she didn’t have signs for all the dishes (she said she would), and we weren’t sent home with any cake or food (she said she packs up a to-go container with samples from each dish for the bride and groom when they leave.) However, due to the setup and breakdown time constraints (imposed by the venue) things were very hectic and I completely understand that she probably just didn’t have the time. I really wish we had been sent home with some food though; I only got a chance to taste about a quarter of the dishes. Everyone raved about the food, especially the tenderloin and sushi.
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TNBride
Wedding:
10/12/2008
4.3/5.0
We were very pleased with Down South Delights! All of our guests loved the food, and they packed a special take-away box for us to take to the hotel after the reception. They were very easy to work with! They made delicious banana pudding as the "groom's cake". The guests were raving about it!
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Angela
Wedding:
5/24/2008
5.0/5.0
The food was a hit. Everyone loved the menu and we have plenty for our guests to enjoy. Very nice staff and the ultimate for presentation. Our food looked picture perfect all night long. We got them off the web and they were a fave find. Nashville's best wedding caterer by far!
Services Used: Catering
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Erica
Wedding:
4/5/2008
4.4/5.0
Down South Delights was awesome. They went the extra mile to get what I wanted for the price I could afford. Not only was the food super affordable, it was good. I did not have much of an appetite but I am still getting compliments on the chicken pasta months after the wedding. She was on time and ready...even though we were running late. She cut my cake at no extra cost, and cleaned up when she left. I definitely recommend Rita...she is a sweetheart and the epitome of class!
Services Used: Catering

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