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Down South Delights,LLC

Port Deposit , MD

LOCATION

8 South Main St
Port Deposit, MD 21904 US (map)

PHONE

410-805-9255

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

We are pleased to be the area'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 the area'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. We will be happy to setup a consultation to discuss your event and plan the perfect menu that will reflect your fabulous taste.

Rita is originally from Kentucky where she learned to master southern cuisine from her great grandmother & aunts heirloom recipes. While in college she worked as a pastry chef at upscale restaurants, studied authentic Creole/Cajun cooking in southern Louisiana, and spent time in Appalachia working under one of the area's premier experts on old southern cooking methods. After receiving her B.A. in International Business, Rita attended culinary school and earned her A.A. in Culinary Arts & Catering. She opened her first catering company in 2003, Down South Delights. DSD soon became the sought after caterer in Nashville, TN & Kentucky. In 2013 she moved to Baltimore where she resides with her fiancé and their pets. Rita has won over 45 awards for her cooking & recipes, she was featured monthly on Midday Live in Kentucky and has cooked on Talk of the Town in Nashville, as well being published in Taste of Home, Perfect Wedding Guide, and an array of culinary & wedding blogs.

Unlike other large catering companies, Down South Delights only handles your wedding during the weekend. This allows us the ability to customize and focus only on your special day. This is our pledge to you, the most important day of your life will be treated as such!

Areas we serve: Wilmington, Newark, Southern Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Delaware, Washington D.C., and all areas of Maryland within 2.5 hours of Baltimore. Our main office is located conveniently off I-95 in Historic Port Deposit.

**If your event location requires an approved vendor let us know and we can schedule an introduction.

We are fully insured and licensed. 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.
They were awesome! I didn't have one issue with them. Their servers were so much fun at my reception. There was one guy Read more...
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. Read less
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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!
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 Read more...
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! Read less
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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!
Rita at Down South Delights was a pleasure to work with. She offered a lot of different catering packages for us to chose Read more...
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! Read less
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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!
I HAD TO FIND ANOTHER CATERER A WEEK BEFORE MY WEDDING! STAY FAR, FAR AWAY! UNPROFESSIONAL! ZERO CUSTOMER SERVICE! THEY Read more...
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! Read less
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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?
Down South Delights catered my wedding reception. Rita was easy to communicate with and returned emails quickly and was Read more...
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? Read less
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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
My wife and I felt catering was a major priority for our daughter’s wedding. We interviewed and researched quite a few Read more...
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.

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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.
Down South Delights lives up to its name. Rita has the necessary Southern charm and sweetness to do so. Upon meeting with Read more...
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. Read less
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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.
Down South Delights catering has excellent food! Rita is able to whip up food that is very good, it was better then your Read more...
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. Read less
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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!!!!
We are truly thankful to you and your incredible staff! The servers took care of helping the rental company(who were late) Read more...
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!!!! Read less
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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.
The bar setup, the tables, lines, from first to last detail, they really know how to execute a nice wedding. If you do a Read more...
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. Read less
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DEALS

Free Mini Dessert Display for 2011 Brides!!!!
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Mention you found us on Wedding Wire and get a FREE mini dessert display at your reception when you use Down South Delights for your catering. A $200 value our mini dessert display includes your choice of banana pudding shots, mini gourmet cupcakes, caramel apple cobbler bites, and many other choices. A great addition to your wedding cake and so much fun for guests!
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