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Food For Thought Catering

Lancaster , PA

LOCATION

405 Winding Way
Lancaster, PA US 17601 (map)

PHONE

267-495-6677

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ABOUT US

Innovative cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. A fine catering company~intimate gatherings to grand celebrations. Over 25 years of experience. Complimentary consulting and event... Read more
Innovative cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. A fine catering company~intimate gatherings to grand celebrations. Over 25 years of experience. Complimentary consulting and event coordination. Full service. On or off site. All dietary needs accommodated. Legacy's preferred caterer. Partner, Lancaster Buy Fresh Buy Local. My facebook page link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Food-For-Thought-Catering/123889707721180 Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Cash Bar, Limited Bar, Open Bar
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Creole, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Pan-Asian, Polynesian, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?
1000

REVIEWS

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betsy
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
It was a pleasure working with Gina and her staff. The food was wonderful and beautifully presented. The staff was helpful and friendly.
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Lindsey
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Since we had a bit of an untraditional venue (bookstore), we didn't have access to a kitchen. Gina was VERY flexible and gave great suggestions to accommodate dietary and location restrictions as well as our taste buds.

The food was prepared wonderfully and was warm throughout dinner time (my biggest worry!). My favorites were the caprese salad and veggie egg rolls, but everything was great! I would recommend her for any event, large or small.

Thanks again Gina! :)
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Amanda
Wedding:
8/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Food For Thought Catering made sure that everything on my wedding day, from beginning to end was absolutely perfect. Apart from providing an outstanding menu and excellent service, Gina gave me wonderful advice to help me through all parts of my wedding. Gina's staff were friendly and professional (I barely had to do anything to clean up at the end, they took care of everything!). Food For Thought Catering is truly the best in quality, service and professionalism! Thank you again for helping me create the perfect day <3
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Food For Thought Catering responded with the following comments:

I'm so happy that you were satisfied. Thank you so much for this lovely review.
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Ross
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
From the very first phone call with Gina till the very last moment of my event, Gina along with her professional staff exuded passion in every aspect. Food For Thought executed everything they said and more...clearly exceeding my expectations. Their attention to detail was refreshing to experience. AND, last but certainly NOT least, the cuisine was absolutely delicious!! My guests continued to pay compliments all though the evening while helping themselves to seconds and thirds!. I couldn't be happier with Gina and her staff...thanks SO much!
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Jasmine
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
The food was amazing! I was so happy to find a catering business that provide the healthy, local taste that we appreciate and believe in. Our guest were so happy too! Food for Thought was a joy to work with from conception to the big day. Thank you so much!!
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Food For Thought Catering responded with the following comments:

Thank you Jasmine! You and Gabe are such a beautiful couple and we wish you nothing but the best!
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Daral
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough about this caterer. Engaging; high energy; great ideas; flexibility (we had to shrink the menu a bit due to budget,) helpful, unobtrusive, well-priced. Gina also provided considerable support--suggestions for wine choices (we purchased) and assistance with the tent company when they messed up the order. The food was fresh and fabulous. The service seamless. Many guests commented on how easily and consistently the butlers appeared and served without interrupting the flow of group conversation. I have attended many catered events and this company is exceptional.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Gina did a fabulous farm-to-table concept for our outdoor wedding at a farm venue. The food was delicious, fresh, colorful, and Gina had a lot of creative ideas for food that matched our theme. The wait staff was top notch, well timed, and everything happened seamlessly while we enjoyed our day. She even packed up some great leftovers for us to enjoy at home. The food was more delicious than many big-city restaurants we've been to! We would highly recommend Food For Thought catering as a fresh, innovative alternative to the standard chicken-and-peas kind of wedding food!
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Food For Thought Catering responded with the following comments:

What a glowing review. Thank you so very much.
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Shan
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Food for Thought. My wedding day was such a wonderful day and the reception was perfect because of Gina and her staff. They made all the difference in it not being simply a reception. It was an absolutely amazing party. I loved all the food, the presentation was gorgeous and the service and professionalism was superb. It was worth every penny. They made my day easy and impressed my entire family with their organization and efficiency. I got many compliments on the food and there was plenty to go around. Also, Gina made the menu come together (she easily fit what I wanted with my budget) with her suggestions, which worked out perfectly. My favorite thing she thought up was a delicious white sangria that was perfect for the season and occasion.

If my parents or I have anything to be catered in the future, we will use Food for Thought.
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Food For Thought Catering responded with the following comments:

Shan, it was a pleasure working with you and your family. We loved being on the beautiful property and felt 'the love' the entire day. :)
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Brian
Wedding:
5/4/2013
5.0/5.0
So.... just to get things straight, I was the groom. My wife is French and while we were waiting for her Visa, I was tasked with what every groom wants.... the planning of a wedding. While I certainly didn't get everything right, I definitely picked the perfect caterer!

It's not often that people are complimented on the food at their reception. In fact, I don't think I've ever had a meal I remembered, let alone enjoyed in all the weddings I've been to.... But when your guests from France rave about the food, and your friend, who is head chef at an award winning restaurant in the Washington DC area, tells you multiple times how good everything was (and gets caught going for seconds, maybe thirds), you know your caterer did something right!

From butlered appetizers to the salad to the buffet line that Gina and her team put together, everything was beautiful, fresh, perfectly cooked, and more importantly, delicious. My only regret is that my wife and I didn't get to eat much with all the hustle and bustle that goes on (despite Gina's best attempts.... they went so far as to walk down the buffet line with my bride putting what she wanted on the plate so that she could manage with her dress and not have to put down her glass of champagne!). But the leftovers were delicious the next day!

Overall, my experience with FFTC was perfect. Gina and her team were fantastic in every way. She coordinated the tent rental, the tables, chairs, dance floor, and even found me a place where I could rent a high quality outdoor toilet trailer. She and her team were at the venue the whole day prior to the wedding - organizing, setting up, planning, and, in general, making sure that everything went perfect! And it did! Gina runs a tight ship - my favorite anecdote is one my father tells of Gina confiscating all of her employees' cell phones prior to the event. She really is a perfectionist and I couldn't have done without her!
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Food For Thought Catering responded with the following comments:

Thank you Brian for a wonderful review! You were a great groom, you wanted nothing but the best for Caroline, I;m glad that we were able to meet both of your standards. :) Wishing you both the best!
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
We had an amazing experience with Food for Thought catering! The staff was absolutely awesome and went above and beyond for us at every step! The food was unlike anything we ever tasted, it was fresh, tasty, and colorful! We continue to get compliments on our out of this world menu we had at our big day!! We thank the wonderful staff for giving our guests and us a great experience with Food for Thought! We will continue to recommend you to anyone looking for a caterer in the Lancaster area!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Professional, elegant,local and fresh, exceptional staff...5 STARS!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Gina makes sure every detail is perfect! The food is always delicious! People are still talking about how good it was. staff is always professional, and they make sure not only the bride and groom, but each and every guest gets what they need. My guests got a little rowdy and FFTC was very patient and were so amazing even though the party went longer and got crazier than planned. Very flexible and helpful beyond catering issues that came up. Gina will always go the extra mile to satisfy any special requests. She also has relationships with rental vendors and can get discounts and offer expertise with buying alcohol, renting china, glassware, anything, she always has an answer and knows how many. we didn't run out of any beer, glasses, or napkins. Everything was personal, great communication with other vendors, and amazing food that cant be matched. Even the leftovers made my mouth water! All food is local and grown with integrity, and the flavors in the recipes will pleasantly surprise guests, its not bland wedding menu food!
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Glenn
Wedding:
12/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Gina has provided catering services for our family and business events for the last 7 years. She recently handled a 300 person funeral reception with 2 days notice, and has done luncheons and dinners and even an outdoor wedding in the middle of a raging hurricane (!)with the same flair and quality that we would expect from a Philly or NYC caterer. Two large thumbs UP for her preparation, her attention to quality and detail, and the high positive energy she brings to her work.

Most importantly is her passion for customer service. The day of each of our events, Gina always introduces the staff to our family and gives everyone a sense of personal touch which makes so much of a difference. At every single event we have hosted, guests have asked us for Gina's name and number. I could not recommend her any more highly than we do.
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Dean Swartz- Stoner Inc
Wedding:
12/3/2011
5.0/5.0
I have had the pleasure to use Food for Thought Catering for the last year to cater our business lunches, as well as our company Christmas party. Gina has catered seventeen exceptional events for Stoner Inc. Gina's attention to detail has been impeccable. Her knowledge of food and the catering business has been a blessing for our events! Gina's service, as well as the service from all her staff has always been remarkable. They have always been willing to go the extra mile to make sure everything runs smoothly and perfectly, without concern on my part. Finaly, and most importantly, their food has always been authentic, fresh and prepared without ANY issues. It does not matter if we are having grilled steaks, Itailian, Asian, Mexican or a Greek meal. It has always been wonderful and authentic. FFTC has only ever used fresh ingredients, which they have even prepared on site, which has made all the difference in the quality of their food. I have felt very previliged to work with such a professional group of people. Their service to our events has allowed me to shine as an event planner for my company. THANKS GINA & FFTC!!!!!
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Mandy
Wedding:
11/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Gina and Food for Thought Catering made my wedding day and the planning process perfect! I honestly would not change a thing. We wanted a gluten free, Mexican menu for 250 people and that's exactly what we got. I still have people calling me to say that it was the best wedding reception food they have ever had. Not only that but Gina took all of the headaches away for my mom and I. We truly enjoyed the day and the process leading up to it because of Gina's efforts! I just can't say enough good things... It was the most important day of my life and was perfect!!
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cklein101561
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Food for Thought Catering service was the best for our Daughter's wedding. Gina was so helpful in giving us ideas for the menu and working within our budget. She met several times with us to make decisions for the reception. We really enjoyed working with her and the food was outstanding and excellent! Her catering staff did a wonderful job on the day of the wedding and the presentation of food was gorgeous! Everyone complimented us on the food and we even got to take the leftovers home.
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Pam
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Food for thought Catering catered my parents 50th anniversary party. I had never planned an event before and I was on a limited budget. The owner spent a lot of time with me working out a menu I could afford and the food was phenomenal! Everything was so fresh and delicious and the staff was wonderful and took all the worry off of me. They not only did their jobs professionally, but they went over and above with the guests, set up and clean up. Our guests loved the food and the experience was flawless. I highly recommend this company for any size event.
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Kim and Burt
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
On July 23, 2011, we had the honor of having Food For Thought Catering as a part of our daughter’s wedding reception at Lime Spring Farm in Lancaster, P.A. From our first meeting with Gina, she focused on sharing ideas and worked to understand the type of reception Mollie wanted to create. We were able to communicate our desire to have a beautiful, elegant wedding that included very specific food and bar selections. Beginning that day and every day thereafter, Gina treated us like family.
Gina’s years of event planning experience is invaluable. Her approach is to understand the entire event in order to provide the best plan for your reception. Gina created an amazing menu with a unique presentation of the food that truly reflected the passion she has for her business and the clients she serves. Mollie wanted the food to reflect her southern heritage and the bountiful harvest of the Lancaster region. She also wanted the food service to include beautiful displays and professional service. Gina and her staff exceeded our expectations in every way.
So many of our guests commented on the wonderful freshness, quality and presentation of the food! Family and friends were thrilled with the fried chicken and variety of food items at our Southern Station. The Southern Station was only one part of the extensive menu designed specifically for us. From the unique hors d’oeuvres and variety of selections on the stations to the special setup for the main bar, this event was designed specifically for us.
The entire staff was wonderful all evening and took care of every guest's needs. They were hard working, friendly, and professional. Gina works very hard at coordinating her staff and addresses all of the unique aspects of the venue. Everyone works as a team and no detail is left unattended. The staff operates effectively because of Gina’s leadership and their respect for her ability to run a flawless event.
A wedding is a special time for family and friends. Gina and the Food For Thought Catering staff are special people who don’t just work for you that day but become a part of the memories of a lifetime. We are forever grateful for the love and care they gave Mollie and Mark, our family and friends in creating such a beautiful day.
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TNS <3
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Gina's company Food for Thought went way above and beyond our expectation for our wedding reception. I had a vision of how I wanted our night to be-intimate, elegant, and Italian. Gina brought those ideas to life. Our meal was served family style-and true to form with Italian families there was more than enough food to go around. The food was delicious-chicken parm, roasted peppers and sausage, pasta in a lemon herb garlic olive oil sauce! The presentation was stunning. By the end of the night we heard from almost all of our guests it was the best "wedding" food they have ever had.

Besides being a fantastic chef, Gina was amazing to work with. By the end of our meetings, menu planning, and replanning-it felt like we were working with a friend. Gina was able to work within our budget and made the planning much easier with many helpful suggestions from the bar to the linens and everything in between.

The Food for Thought staff were equally amazing and attentive to my family and friends. Gina's head baker even went as far as to create chocolate cannolis-which is a family favorite to meet our wants.

I cannot say enough good things about our experience working with Food for Thought catering. Every last detail was perfect.
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Donna
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
When my son and daughter-in-law were planning their reception, they kept saying how easy and stress free it was working with Food for Thought Catering. They felt Gina took the extra step to try to meet all their needs, as well as their wants and helped them stay within their budget. The night of the reception, everything they wanted was executed just as they requested. The Ballroom looked absolutely beautiful and the food was delicious, prepared perfectly and served hot.There were plenty of appitizers and dinner for all. The staff did not miss a beat. Right there if you needed anything and did it all with a smile. Nothing was too much to ask. What struck me personally was when Gina made it a point to introduce herself to my husband and I and to let us know what a pleasure it was dealing with our son and daughter-in-law. Everything about that day was so special and Food for Thought make it so wonderful and personal.
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jillysherm
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
I'd have to say that I am Gina Diambrosio and Food for Thoughts BIGGEST fan! The proof is in the pudding and I will prove it! FFTC is MY first choice caterer for family events and even a short trip to the beach! More importantly, I am the Banquet Manager/Wedding coordinator at Legacy Ballroom and I chose Gina as my FIRST CHOICE CATERER for the ballroom. I did this because the quality of service and passion that Gina puts into every event she caters is just simply exemplary! What I tell my brides about Gina is this..." you will feel like you are her only bride for the year!" "It is all about you as a couple...and what you love and don't love and what YOU are all about!" "Gina goes over and above the call of duty and becomes friends with her clients." For Gina, it's not all about the money but more about her wanting to cook for people to make them happy and make all of their wishes and dreams come true. Her food is all created from the finest ingredients. Her produce is local and fresh. Just reading her menu will stir up your appetite! I have walked by guests at weddings having conversations about her food saying..."oh my gosh, I have NEVER had such good food at a wedding!" As that may be more than true...what they don't realize is what a pleasure it was to work with Gina from the first meeting to tasting that incredible food at that wedding. What they will also never know is that Gina has given her clients an education on what things cost, helping them to make the best decison for their budget needs. From a "work" standpoint, I have never seen a caterer lead her team of professional servers like she does. Her servers are the BEST group of people. They are dedicated, passionate and professional. Gina also works with the vendors (DJ's, photographers etc...)to make sure everyone is on the same page...working together to make for a seamless event! FFTC has been my preferred caterer for 3 years and in that period of time with all of the events Gina has catered I have NEVER seen anything go wrong! So hopefully you have gotten the drift that it would be the smartest move you'll make to book Food for Thought Catering for your next event! I guarantee, you will have hired a caterer for every future event you will ever host!
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Lynne
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
We had a wonderful experience! "Food For Thought" provided a luncheon for the Mary Hoyer Doll Company. From beginning to end the event was perfect. The food was delicious and the presentation was exceptional.
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Mombanker7
Wedding:
10/23/2010
5.0/5.0
We had the pleasure and honor of having Gina cater our daughter's wedding reception at the Legacy Ballroom. Gina is the preferred caterer at the Legacy, although we were free to use any caterer we chose. Our guests were overwhelmed by the quality of the food. Everything was tasty, hot, and wonderfully seasoned. Gina's presentation of the food tables was the best I have ever seen. Her staff was wonderful all evening, butlering and catering to every guest's need. They were pleasant, friendly, and genuinely enjoyed our guests. I cannot say enough about Gina and her staff at Food for Thought catering, and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a caterer beyond the ordinary!
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Doc
Wedding:
9/4/2006
5.0/5.0
Gina Dambrosio and her Catering company FFTC goes above and beyond.I have used this caterer for the past five years for all of my venues.Whether for private dinner parties, or Holiday gift luncheons or dinners for other physicians and their staff, Food for thought catering has provided top shelf service.Every detail,only the finest ingrediants,service,delivery and expertise has gone beyond what I could have ever imagined.From Hummus, Grilled Flat Iron Steak,Salmon,Pasta dishes, Sushi,Kosher style, Italian, Mexican,Polish,Southern style and Mediteranian dishes are only some of what we have experienced, and all were Fantastic. I am so impressed by Gina and her staff I would not think of using. I highly reccomend Food For Thought Catering , you will not be disapointed. Bravo, Gina and Thank you! Dr.E.F.Wasilewski
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Carmen & Steve Wagner
Wedding:
4/12/2002
5.0/5.0
I have know Gina as a friend and always knew that she would be the one to cater our wedding reception. I can't say enough about the quality, variety, service and price of the event and almost 10 years later our friends are still talking about how great it was. Recenlty we had Gina cater my parents 50th wedding anniversary party and I have to say it brought back memories, we expected and received nothing but the BEST once again. If you are planning a big event or even a small intimate one, Gina is the one that you need to make your special event even more memorable!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Gina and team did a wonderful job catering for our outdoors wedding. The food was fresh and amazing in taste. Food for Thought is exactly what we were looking for. Thank you so much for being part of our perfect day:)
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Food For Thought Catering responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much. I love what I do.
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Lauren
Wedding:
5/5/2013
4.9/5.0
Gina is wonderful! We have used her several times, most recently for my sons communion and up coming for a birthday celebration. She has great suggestions, provides guidance, and the food is always excellent!
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Food For Thought Catering responded with the following comments:

So glad to find that your rating for quality of service, responsiveness, value and flexibility posted in error. Whew, I knew you were 100% satisfied. I'll be happy to see that 5.0 status corrected. Thanks for clarifying Lauren.
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Caroline
Wedding:
9/22/2012
4.8/5.0
We were very satisfied with this caterer. The food and service were fantastic. They were replenishing whenever needed. They did a great set up with our alcohol and food table. They did a great service with our china, flatware, and glasses. Everything was perfect!
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marlene
Wedding:
9/6/2008
4.8/5.0
The wedding was held outside at my parents residence (large enough)
for 80 people..
Hurricane came through, cater and ace rents worked like machines
to protect and react to the weather.

I would not have change anything. The rain and strong winds made
the wedding and ceremony more passionate and devoted to our
strength as a couple.

The skies cleared as the ceremony begin, we were being watched by
a stronger power.

I know my cater FFT had fortitude to keep everything on task. Bravo
to Food for Thought.
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Food For Thought Catering responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for your review. I have a few questions for you, if you don't mind emailing me at gina@foodforthoughtcateringpa.com. :) I appreciate your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

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