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Karen Spire Catering and Events

Ambler , PA
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149 Greenwood Ave
Ambler, PA 19002 US (map)

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215-738-1860

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ABOUT US

Established in 1999, Karen Spire Catering is a full service, off-premise catering company with a reputation for fantastic food and excellent service. Karen Spire, executive chef and... Read more
Established in 1999, Karen Spire Catering is a full service, off-premise catering company with a reputation for fantastic food and excellent service. Karen Spire, executive chef and owner, creates a close, personal relationship with each client, ensuring that every detail is perfect for your special occasion. Karen Spire Catering is comprised of an intimate, dedicated staff of professionals who will work closely with you at every stage of planning and on the day of your event.

Karen Spire Catering has the knowledge and expertise to make every occasion memorable. Whether you are planning an intimate party in your home or a seated dinner with 750 guests, we tailor each event to your personal tastes and preferences. Prior to your event you will meet with Karen and her staff, where you will have the opportunity to taste your personalized menu and discuss all the details that go into coordinating a flawless event. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
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, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Do you offer a tasting for potential clients?
Yes
Are you also able to provide the wedding cake?
Yes
If a bride decides to bring her own wedding cake, do you have a cake cutting fee? If yes, how much is the fee?
No Fee
Are you licensed to sell alcohol? If yes, where are you licensed?
No
Do you allow outside alcohol? If yes, what is the corkage fee?
Yes, None
Do you provide rentals for items such as linens and flatware?
Yes
Are you able to provide your own wait staff?
Yes
What is your maximum catering capacity?
1000

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COREEN
Wedding:
10/13/2014
5.0/5.0
We were very blessed to have found Karen Spire through the preferred vendor list of our venue at Cairnwood Estates. She was very flexible and accommodating. Our guests raved the food and presentation were superb. It was a smashing success. On a side note - present a timeline of the day to your caterer. Be sure to communicate with the catering staff upon arrival to finalize any expected details for instance - a side dish of appetizers in the bridal suite.
We were very blessed to have found Karen Spire through the preferred vendor list of our venue at Cairnwood Estates. She Read more...
We were very blessed to have found Karen Spire through the preferred vendor list of our venue at Cairnwood Estates. She was very flexible and accommodating. Our guests raved the food and presentation were superb. It was a smashing success. On a side note - present a timeline of the day to your caterer. Be sure to communicate with the catering staff upon arrival to finalize any expected details for instance - a side dish of appetizers in the bridal suite. Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Karen and her staff are amazing! All of our guests had great comments about all of the food served. My husband and I couldn't have been happier with Karen Spire Catering! Best meal from start to finish!
Karen and her staff are amazing! All of our guests had great comments about all of the food served. My husband and I Read more...
Karen and her staff are amazing! All of our guests had great comments about all of the food served. My husband and I couldn't have been happier with Karen Spire Catering! Best meal from start to finish! Read less
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Harry
Wedding:
9/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Karen Spire provided the catering service for my daughters’ wedding at The Cairnwood Estate in Bryn Athyn, PA in late September 2014. We first met Karen during the weekly open house at Cairnwood as she was one of several caterers present. Sitting down with Karen and discussing my daughters plans for her wedding and gaging her response and enthusiasm was very refreshing. She was warm, friendly and really “herself” and we came away feeling we have known her for many years. My daughter and I decided then Karen Spire Catering would be our vendor. We worked with Karen to develop the menu and then she prepared samples right in her home for us to taste. The tasting was incredible, the explanations, the suggestions she offered confirmed our original decision that we had the right caterer for our special event. She worked on providing the right color combinations for table cloths, silver ware, etc.
And now the event, it has been several weeks since the wedding and everyone has remarked how different the venue was from a normal wedding reception and that food had exceeded all expectations. Some of the Hors D'oeuvre’s were very different particularly the potato pancake w/smoked trout & dill, the date wrapped in bacon (one couple thought the bacon was wrapped around beef and chicken only to find out it was a date), and lastly basted garlic crockett’s w/ goat cheese. The presentation of the tables, the food tables, the servers, the wedding event coordinator, the chef’s were all so pleasant with smiles serving, excellent and really could not do enough.
I would have Karen Spire Catering serve another event for me in a heartbeat. The key to success for any event is those that are the supporting cast if you will. This cast is all Class, A+.
Thanks Karen and staff.
Karen Spire provided the catering service for my daughters’ wedding at The Cairnwood Estate in Bryn Athyn, PA in late Read more...
Karen Spire provided the catering service for my daughters’ wedding at The Cairnwood Estate in Bryn Athyn, PA in late September 2014. We first met Karen during the weekly open house at Cairnwood as she was one of several caterers present. Sitting down with Karen and discussing my daughters plans for her wedding and gaging her response and enthusiasm was very refreshing. She was warm, friendly and really “herself” and we came away feeling we have known her for many years. My daughter and I decided then Karen Spire Catering would be our vendor. We worked with Karen to develop the menu and then she prepared samples right in her home for us to taste. The tasting was incredible, the explanations, the suggestions she offered confirmed our original decision that we had the right caterer for our special event. She worked on providing the right color combinations for table cloths, silver ware, etc.
And now the event, it has been several weeks since the wedding and everyone has remarked how different the venue was from a normal wedding reception and that food had exceeded all expectations. Some of the Hors D'oeuvre’s were very different particularly the potato pancake w/smoked trout & dill, the date wrapped in bacon (one couple thought the bacon was wrapped around beef and chicken only to find out it was a date), and lastly basted garlic crockett’s w/ goat cheese. The presentation of the tables, the food tables, the servers, the wedding event coordinator, the chef’s were all so pleasant with smiles serving, excellent and really could not do enough.
I would have Karen Spire Catering serve another event for me in a heartbeat. The key to success for any event is those that are the supporting cast if you will. This cast is all Class, A+.
Thanks Karen and staff. Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Karen and her staff were wonderful! It was a pleasure working with Karen, who is very accessible, accommodating, and willing to make your day the way you want it! Her assistant, Erin, was a God-send for us! She was wonderful in helping set up and break down, and making sure everything ran smoothly. Everyone involved helped to make our day the best day we could have hoped for.
Karen and her staff were wonderful! It was a pleasure working with Karen, who is very accessible, accommodating, and Read more...
Karen and her staff were wonderful! It was a pleasure working with Karen, who is very accessible, accommodating, and willing to make your day the way you want it! Her assistant, Erin, was a God-send for us! She was wonderful in helping set up and break down, and making sure everything ran smoothly. Everyone involved helped to make our day the best day we could have hoped for. Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
When my now husband and I got engaged and decided to have our wedding at Cairnwood Estate - we thought that we might have a hard time picking from the 7 preferred caterers! After going to an open house, I set up tastings with 3 of the caterers we most wanted to try and possibly work with on our wedding day. Our first tasting was with Karen Spire - who invited the two of us, and 4 guests into her home and then cooked for us in her kitchen. Not only was the food absolutely delicious, but there was such a sense of attention to detail, true talent and skill, and that personal touch we were looking for. Right after our tasting with Karen, we cancelled all our other caterer meetings and immediately booked her for our wedding! It was unanimous between all 6 of us at the tasting that we didn't need to look any further!

Working with Karen & her team from day 1 until our wedding day was nothing but a positive and pleasant experience! We knew from the start that we wanted to do food stations and Karen customized an entire menu for us based on our what we told her we wanted - we could not have been happier with everything. Throughout the planning process, Karen was always quick to respond to my emails and made my job very easy. Karen even went out of her way to come and meet with my florist and I at Cairnwood right before the wedding to make sure I felt confident in everything - that was so appreciated!

From the start I never had any doubt that our wedding food was going to be outstanding, and Karen Spire Catering and Events didn't disappoint. Our guests are still talking about how amazing our wedding food was - many of them saying it's the best they've ever had at a wedding, and I couldn't agree more! If you're looking for a customized unique menu, wonderful staff, a positive & stress free experience, and food that will be talked about for a long time - then look no further than Karen Spire Catering and Events! We are SO grateful we chose them & know you will be too!
When my now husband and I got engaged and decided to have our wedding at Cairnwood Estate - we thought that we might have Read more...
When my now husband and I got engaged and decided to have our wedding at Cairnwood Estate - we thought that we might have a hard time picking from the 7 preferred caterers! After going to an open house, I set up tastings with 3 of the caterers we most wanted to try and possibly work with on our wedding day. Our first tasting was with Karen Spire - who invited the two of us, and 4 guests into her home and then cooked for us in her kitchen. Not only was the food absolutely delicious, but there was such a sense of attention to detail, true talent and skill, and that personal touch we were looking for. Right after our tasting with Karen, we cancelled all our other caterer meetings and immediately booked her for our wedding! It was unanimous between all 6 of us at the tasting that we didn't need to look any further!

Working with Karen & her team from day 1 until our wedding day was nothing but a positive and pleasant experience! We knew from the start that we wanted to do food stations and Karen customized an entire menu for us based on our what we told her we wanted - we could not have been happier with everything. Throughout the planning process, Karen was always quick to respond to my emails and made my job very easy. Karen even went out of her way to come and meet with my florist and I at Cairnwood right before the wedding to make sure I felt confident in everything - that was so appreciated!

From the start I never had any doubt that our wedding food was going to be outstanding, and Karen Spire Catering and Events didn't disappoint. Our guests are still talking about how amazing our wedding food was - many of them saying it's the best they've ever had at a wedding, and I couldn't agree more! If you're looking for a customized unique menu, wonderful staff, a positive & stress free experience, and food that will be talked about for a long time - then look no further than Karen Spire Catering and Events! We are SO grateful we chose them & know you will be too! Read less
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KAREN
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Karen and Company traveled 1 1/2 hours to cater our event. They set everything up( ovens, etc.) in the oversized garage and cooked and served from there. Everything was butlered by her servers-- appetizers, small plates, cake to our guests in the back yard and on the upper deck. Our guests raved about the food! We had a double wedding outside at a private home. We only had to meet with Karen once beforehand to discuss and set up the menu. All other communication was by email or phone, as we did have a few changes as the date approached. Karen was extremely accommodating to all of our needs and helpful in planning our menu, while giving us an expansive array of choices. She and her crew are extremely competent, professional, experienced, and knowledgeable in their business. We had all the confidence in the world with them and they did not disappoint! We had over 100 guests at this affair and everyone talked about how awesome the food was long after the affair was over. And they were extremely reasonable with their pricing. I would not hesitate to recommend them for any event!
Karen and Company traveled 1 1/2 hours to cater our event. They set everything up( ovens, etc.) in the oversized garage Read more...
Karen and Company traveled 1 1/2 hours to cater our event. They set everything up( ovens, etc.) in the oversized garage and cooked and served from there. Everything was butlered by her servers-- appetizers, small plates, cake to our guests in the back yard and on the upper deck. Our guests raved about the food! We had a double wedding outside at a private home. We only had to meet with Karen once beforehand to discuss and set up the menu. All other communication was by email or phone, as we did have a few changes as the date approached. Karen was extremely accommodating to all of our needs and helpful in planning our menu, while giving us an expansive array of choices. She and her crew are extremely competent, professional, experienced, and knowledgeable in their business. We had all the confidence in the world with them and they did not disappoint! We had over 100 guests at this affair and everyone talked about how awesome the food was long after the affair was over. And they were extremely reasonable with their pricing. I would not hesitate to recommend them for any event! Read less
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rita
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
I would highly recommend Karen Spires catering to ANYONE for ANYTHING. The only reason I would not would be because I don't want her to become so busy that she is not totally available for me and any event that I would have. Her sous chef, Paolo, was unbelievable. Karen and she, with her waitstaff, were organized, accessible, totally professional, and absolutely lovely. From start to finish they were WONDERFUL! We took their suggestions and were glad we did. The food was phenomenal and the guests were very happy with everything and everyone. They worked with smiles on their faces and tons of energy. I loved, loved, loved the experience.
I would highly recommend Karen Spires catering to ANYONE for ANYTHING. The only reason I would not would be because I Read more...
I would highly recommend Karen Spires catering to ANYONE for ANYTHING. The only reason I would not would be because I don't want her to become so busy that she is not totally available for me and any event that I would have. Her sous chef, Paolo, was unbelievable. Karen and she, with her waitstaff, were organized, accessible, totally professional, and absolutely lovely. From start to finish they were WONDERFUL! We took their suggestions and were glad we did. The food was phenomenal and the guests were very happy with everything and everyone. They worked with smiles on their faces and tons of energy. I loved, loved, loved the experience. Read less
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Mandy
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
We checked out three different caterers for our engagement cocktail party (120 people), all of which were highly recommended. We chose Karen Spire because of the personal service and attention she gave us at our initial tasting and thereafter. She invited us to her home where she and her sous chef specially made about 25 different items just for us to try. I am a foodie and I know can be very fussy about the quality of the food, the flavor profiles and preparation. Karen welcomed my feedback on each item and had great suggestions about how it should be served. She never made me feel like I was being difficult or asking too much. In fact, it seemed like she couldn't do enough for us. On top of that her cost was very reasonable and well worth the value. She and I walked through the venue together, and she had fabulous advice on the set up and execution of our event. On the day of the event, she and her staff executed the food exquisitely. The taste was spot on and the presentation was gorgeous! Everyone raved about it, and the raves were well deserved. We truly had the time of our lives at the party, and that is due in large part to the talent and hard work of Karen Spire and her team. We are starting to plan our wedding and are trying hard to find a venue where we can use Karen Spire again. You will not go wrong with Karen Spire.
We checked out three different caterers for our engagement cocktail party (120 people), all of which were highly Read more...
We checked out three different caterers for our engagement cocktail party (120 people), all of which were highly recommended. We chose Karen Spire because of the personal service and attention she gave us at our initial tasting and thereafter. She invited us to her home where she and her sous chef specially made about 25 different items just for us to try. I am a foodie and I know can be very fussy about the quality of the food, the flavor profiles and preparation. Karen welcomed my feedback on each item and had great suggestions about how it should be served. She never made me feel like I was being difficult or asking too much. In fact, it seemed like she couldn't do enough for us. On top of that her cost was very reasonable and well worth the value. She and I walked through the venue together, and she had fabulous advice on the set up and execution of our event. On the day of the event, she and her staff executed the food exquisitely. The taste was spot on and the presentation was gorgeous! Everyone raved about it, and the raves were well deserved. We truly had the time of our lives at the party, and that is due in large part to the talent and hard work of Karen Spire and her team. We are starting to plan our wedding and are trying hard to find a venue where we can use Karen Spire again. You will not go wrong with Karen Spire. Read less
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Deb
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Karen and her crew are AMAZING!!! The entire experience was stress-free from her "we can do whatever you want" attitude to her fun, professional crew!

The food was FANTASTIC...guests are still talking about it!

Karen even provides a wedding coordinator, Erin, that was a nice extra!!!

During the process of selecting linens, Karen even offered me her own linens because I commented how pretty they were! You wont be disappointed if you hire Karen Spire Catering!!!
Karen and her crew are AMAZING!!! The entire experience was stress-free from her "we can do whatever you want" attitude to Read more...
Karen and her crew are AMAZING!!! The entire experience was stress-free from her "we can do whatever you want" attitude to her fun, professional crew!

The food was FANTASTIC...guests are still talking about it!

Karen even provides a wedding coordinator, Erin, that was a nice extra!!!

During the process of selecting linens, Karen even offered me her own linens because I commented how pretty they were! You wont be disappointed if you hire Karen Spire Catering!!! Read less
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Mish
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Karen Spire could not have done a better job in catering and running our Cairnwood Estate wedding. We initially scheduled a tasting with Karen because she is one of the lower priced caterers that works with Cairnwood, hoping the food would be ‘acceptable’ for our wedding day. As you could imagine, we were extremely (pleasantly!) surprised at the tasting when my husband, parents and I experienced the BEST MEAL we’ve ever had! Needless to say, we booked with her on the spot and she did not disappoint!! Karen held true to her initial quote which was such a great value, especially considering the quality of food and service we received! She responded to each one of my (many, many) emails & phone calls immediately and even talked through details with me while she was on vacation! Karen was exceptionally professional, reassuring, and patient with us as during the entire process and we are so thankful for that! We also had a few guests who have strict dietary restrictions and Karen & her team handled them with ease. Karen and her team were wonderful!! Our wedding day went SO smoothly – a huge thanks to them! Its 2 months later and guests continue to tell us how they will remember our wedding as ‘the one with the amazing food!’. Thank you again Karen for raising the ‘wedding food’ bar!
Karen Spire could not have done a better job in catering and running our Cairnwood Estate wedding. We initially scheduled Read more...
Karen Spire could not have done a better job in catering and running our Cairnwood Estate wedding. We initially scheduled a tasting with Karen because she is one of the lower priced caterers that works with Cairnwood, hoping the food would be ‘acceptable’ for our wedding day. As you could imagine, we were extremely (pleasantly!) surprised at the tasting when my husband, parents and I experienced the BEST MEAL we’ve ever had! Needless to say, we booked with her on the spot and she did not disappoint!! Karen held true to her initial quote which was such a great value, especially considering the quality of food and service we received! She responded to each one of my (many, many) emails & phone calls immediately and even talked through details with me while she was on vacation! Karen was exceptionally professional, reassuring, and patient with us as during the entire process and we are so thankful for that! We also had a few guests who have strict dietary restrictions and Karen & her team handled them with ease. Karen and her team were wonderful!! Our wedding day went SO smoothly – a huge thanks to them! Its 2 months later and guests continue to tell us how they will remember our wedding as ‘the one with the amazing food!’. Thank you again Karen for raising the ‘wedding food’ bar! Read less
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