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Real Food Catering

New York , NY
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LOCATION

55 Great Jones Street , 3rd Floor
New York, NY US 10012 (map)

PHONE

212-475-6623

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ABOUT US

Real Food Catering is elegant, personalized, and tasteful. We create memorable events through customized menus and exceptional service. Our approach of using high-quality, local... Read more
Real Food Catering is elegant, personalized, and tasteful. We create memorable events through customized menus and exceptional service. Our approach of using high-quality, local ingredients, innovative recipes, and quality foods is designed to ensure you and your guests an event to remember.

We've been featured in New York Wedding Magazine, The Knot, and are one of the highest rated user reviewed caterers on several wedding blogs including The Knot, Wedding Wire, Indie Brides, and Wedding Bee. In fifteen years we haven't spent a dollar on advertising. We've built our business and reputation on our food and service. All of our clients have come to us through referrals and word-of-mouth.

We have been the preferred caterer at some of the most recognized event spaces in Manhattan including The Angel Orensanz, The Foundry, The Metropolitan, Midtown Loft & Terrace, Studio 450, The Tobacco Warehouse and several others.

With a personalized touch our creative team can craft gourmet dinners for 10 to 300, a specialty designed buffet for 200, small cocktail parties, corporate functions, or seated dinner wedding. Real Food Catering is committed to personalizing an event to fit your needs.

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Real Food Catering is headquartered at 55 Great Jones Street, NY, NY 10012. For more information, please visit us at www.realfoodcatering.net or call us at 212.475.6623. We are looking forward to being a part of your celebration. 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, Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, Premium Liquor, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), British, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Pan-Asian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Do you offer a tasting for potential clients?
We do tastings for all clients after we’ve submitted a proposal and meet with you to determine if we’re able to provide you with the event you have in mind.
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 cutting fee
Do you allow outside alcohol? If yes, what is the corkage fee?
We allow guest to provide alcohol with no corkage fee.
Do you provide rentals for items such as linens and flatware?
We work with some of the largest and reliable rental companies in New York to provide your event with the best products.
Are you able to provide your own wait staff?
Yes. Our testimonials speak volumes for our staff’s service and attitude. Weddingwire.com/reviews/real-food-catering-new-york/71e087af10e10c93.html
What is your maximum catering capacity?
500

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Private User
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I cannot rave enough about Gary and Yen. From our first meeting to the day of the wedding, they were nothing short of spectacular. The food was amazing. Several guests said the steak was the best steak they ever had. We highly recommend this company without any reservations!
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Denise
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
Yen and Gary from Real Food were amazing to work with from start to finish. And the food was amazing, my guests are still commenting that it's the best food they've ever had at a wedding!
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Jeremy
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
I wish I could hire Real Food for every party I host for the rest of my life. The food was amazing, and so was the service. Yen and Gary are such wonderful people, and we felt our wedding was in excellent hands with them. They surpassed our expectations in every way.
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Karen
Wedding:
12/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Yen and Gary were absolute pleasures to work with. They are experts in their field and put all of my concerns at ease from the moment we met with them. It was clear that they had everything under control! Not only is the food delicious (our guests are still talking about the lamb chops), but Yen and Gary are full service event coordinators. They helped us with our rentals, table layouts, day of schedule, and a host of other items. They were incredibly responsive throughout the whole planning process, not to mention very thoughtful. I had mentioned to Gary in passing that my Mom liked Irish Coffee and he had one of the servers bring one out to her the day of the wedding. Yen and Gary were so fun to work with - I would give them 10 starts if I could!
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Gemma
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Amazing caterer, event planner, we felt so taken care of and supported on our wedding day! Everyone on staff, especially Yen, was wonderful!!!
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Lauren
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
I was just married this past weekend and I hired Real Food Catering as a full service caterer. I grew up in a small town where weddings were typically back yard occasions. I just married my wonderful husband, from Westchester, where weddings are a BIG deal. We didn't see eye to eye often while planning this wedding, but the one things we both agreed on right away was our choice to hire Real Food Catering. They were wonderful to work with, well organized, smart with their advice, and they continually helped us find a happy medium between our two differing views.

Everyone told me that we looked so relaxed at our wedding, and we were! The food was amazing. I work with many world travers who are quite picky and they told me over and over how great the food was. The servers were professional and even though I chose the décor for the space, they pulled it together in such a beautiful way, it was better than I imagined.

People asked over and over, so, what things didn’t go as planned? I guess that is a normal question to ask, with such a large event (we had around 155 guests in NYC) there are things that are bound to crop up, but in our case, everything went smoothly. I think that its really a testament to Real Food that they ensured everything ran perfectly through the entire evening!

Anyone planning a wedding or event that requires catering in the NYC area should learn more about Real Food, we interviewed and looked into many caterers, and we are 100% confident we hired the best company comprised of the best people.
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megan
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Phenomenal, memorable, incredible. That is how we describe Real Food Catering in three words. Wish we could provide 10 stars to illustrate our happiness. When selecting our caterer and reviewing the countless 5/5 star ratings from past clients, I thought "Can Real Food be that good?" I now speak from the experience of a truly outstanding evening - the Real Food team is absolutely amazing. As you consider your catering options for your special day, Real Food has to be on your very short list.

We had the absolute pleasure of working with Yen and Gary for our October 5th wedding. From our very first phone conversation through the wedding evening, Yen and Gary went well beyond our expectations to ensure our event was an absolute success in every respect.

The food was unique, fresh and delicious. Our guests still rave about the food. The entire flow of the evening was perfect. Gary was our wedding day coordinator. We couldn't have been happier; he was calm and relaxed and you were quickly assured you were in the right hands; he was always in control with a smile on his face.

Real Food Catering's staff was extremely pleasant and accommodating; many of our guests commented on the courtesies of the staff.

Yen has a terrific eye for design. We let Yen have creative control; she flawlessly managed the look and feel of the food and overall table presentation. She did a phenomenal job.

We are honored to provide Real Food Catering our highest endorsement. Yen and Gary become emotionally invested in your party. Not only do they promise a successful event, they deliver above and beyond expectations.

Megan and Tim
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marisa
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
No review we could possibly write could sum up how thankful we are that we chose Yen and Gary for our wedding. From the second we talked to Yen and decided on our budget and what we wanted, she did everything possible to make all of our wants, needs, and ideas come to fruition-- while continually trying to find us ways to save money. They really know weddings and can show you where you should splurge and where you should save - their knowledge was priceless. Yen's energy and warmth and Gary's calming way of putting you at ease makes everything during this stressful time so much more enjoyable. You can really feel that they care about you and your day.

The food: Our parents insisted on a sit-down dinner and we were sort of iffy about it, but once we saw the staff almost in complete synchronization put down everyone's plates so elegantly, we knew we made the right choice. The food was AMAZING. Really high quality ingredients, care in cooking and interesting choices that could fit any palate. People are still raving about the food - it was talked about so much the next day and following weeks. Not only was the food amazing, but it was also plentiful and carefully planned. The appetizers seemed to be merging from all angles and our guests were blown away. We could not have been happier about the food.

Gary was an amazing day-of coordinator - he has a calming force, but also encourages you to be excited and enjoy your day. He does his job so well you don't even realize how much he is doing. He even recommended a restaurant in Tokyo that was the best meal of our honeymoon. The rest of the staff were as nice and hardworking as the two of them - you can see everyone works hard for them because they are good people and they hire good people. The staff had smiles the entire service - even when it started pouring.

We're so lucky to have found them that we felt compelled to express our appreciation and pass along a recommendation of the utmost confidence and warmth.
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Erica
Wedding:
9/15/2013
5.0/5.0
It cannot get better than Real Food. Yen and Gary is the best there is and made our wedding truly ours. Their food is amazing and Yen was able to cater to the needs and palates of the guests. We knew if nothing in the wedding turned out well, the food would be delicious and it will be ok. When we see friends who attended the wedding now, they talk about how beautiful it was and then they talk about the food. We were told the servers, which were hired by Real Food, were personable, friendly, and did not miss anyone with the food or alcohol, truly seamless. Yen and Gary themselves are miracle workers and made everything we wanted for our wedding come true. I am a hands-on, do everything myself, crafty person and was no different when it came to our wedding. I had lots of ideas and Yen coordinated everything perfectly. She got everything done without a blink of an eye and will not hesitate to help you in anyway giving you valuable suggestions. Gary is a sweetheart and made sure we ate and got pampered. He has so much patience dealing with the bridal party and guests it amazes us how everything ran so smoothly. We highly recommend Yen and Gary. It was them that allowed us to unwind, relax, and enjoy the company of our guests. We did not have to think about anything else making our wedding truly memorable and special.
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Sara
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Real Food Catering is OUTSTANDING!!! Yen and Gary are the sweetest, nicest people we met, and very professional. They do catering like clockwork. Super organized, quick to respond, honest, prompt, trustworthy, and well-connected people. Our first meeting with them was extremely thorough, we went through the whole day, the timeline of events, the whole menu, colors, decorations, etc. etc. No detail left unattended. They served more like day-of coordinators for us. I had a bunch of extra decorations that needed to be set up, and they took care of it all because they go above and beyond. They kept the party on schedule and made sure everything went smooth. They used their connections to help us find an awesome DJ (DJ Kahn), and affordable photo booth (Fresh Pressed Photo Booth), and took care of ordering all the rentals. Their food was amazing! My husband and his brother had seconds at the wedding. I had one guest tell me that the miso chilean sea bass "touched lives."

We highly recommend Real Food Catering. They are THE BEST. Consider yourself lucky if you get to work with them on your day. They are catering GODS!
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths
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Amanda
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
When we booked Real Food Catering after our tasting meal with Yen and Gary, we were sure we picked the right place but the food served and staff employed at our wedding confirmed our expectation that Real Food Catering is an amazing caterer. While I'm sure there are other amazing caterers out there (especially in the NYC area), we would have a hard time believing that any were better than Real Food.

The most obvious place to start is with the food; our entrees (Beef Tenderloin and Sea Bass) were amazing and tasted made-to-order. The passed dishes during cocktail hour were exquisite as well, perfectly sized and of amazing quality. And the deserts, needless to say we're delicious. Our former neighbor is a baker (owner of Almondine), so we had him prepare the cake, but the accompanying deserts made an incredible impression as well.

However, to simply review the food from Real Food would have resulted n a glowing review, it also misses a huge portion of what makes Real Food so special. Yen and Gary were instrumental in helping us create the perfect menu. This entailed detailed walk throughs of the menu as well as several meetings with us to get a sense of who we are as people and what the guest list would be like so that we could create a menu that would please everyone, which it did without reservation. As another example of the personal touch and professionalism of Real Food, about a month before the wedding, Yen called us to say that a better fish (sea bass) was available and suggested we switch from our original selection of snapper (with the same preparation) as the flavor would be better. I would imagine the snapper would have been great, but the sea bass was sublime.

Finally, Yen and Gary were an absolute pleasure to deal with and took on a role similar to that of a planner, executing everything with remarkable precision behind the scenes. We cannot recommend Real Food Catering enough. Yen and Gary, you were amazing and thank you!

Amanda & Chris
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Jessica & Ibert
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
I've been meaning to write this review but I've been so busy in the many months since I got married. But I had to make sure that I left a review because working with Yen and Gary was such an amazing experience, especially during the chaotic wedding planning time. I still cannot get over our wedding day. It. was. absolutely. perfect. I still get teary eyed when I think about it because I just never imagined that it would be that beautiful of a day. I felt like it was a beautiful dream. Gary, Yen, and their wonderful team MADE SURE that it was just amazing. Of course people are still talking, almost 4 months later, about the food and how delicious it was. Also as and aside, take Yen's advice when she offers it, in our case she was right the sweet potato fries they were a huge hit. Ha!

We let them know out budget and at no point did they try to up sell. Actually, Yen kept coming up with new ways to save some dollars. A real pro.

Anyway, I was telling my husband after the wedding that I was sad we don't have any more meetings Gary and Yen because it was always a pleasure to see them. (Also... their office is amazing!!!) They were the X factor to our wedding and we COULD NOT have had such a perfect and amazing day without them. The morning of the wedding everyone kept saying how calm I was, but it was because I totally knew we were in such good hands.

I without any reservation would work with them again on any other event.
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Private User
Wedding:
8/2/2013
5.0/5.0
It doesn't get better than this. Yen and Gary were incredible, perfect in every way. They are personable and thoughtful. They will implement your vision and they know how to make it even better. The food was outstanding, truly. Our guests, foodies and not, haven't stopped raving about the food. They all say how delicious it was and then start listing their favorite items, and these are long lists. Here are a few things worth noting before deciding on a caterer other than Real Food:

1. Yen's food should be Michelin rated.

2. Yen and Gary are super knowledgeable about weddings. They seem to have experience in all the major New York City venues and know how to maximize the space. We had ideas for our use of The Foundry and they validated our ideas and also made great suggestions based on their experiences there. They knew what colors worked best, what chairs looked the nicest, what rooms were the best value, what candles and flowers were necessary and not, and just generally what works and what doesn't work.

3. We had a "flow dinner" instead of a sit down and Yen and Gary made suggestions for how to run it. Every suggestion they made was the right one. I'd go into specifics, but I'd run out of room.

4. They effectively ran the wedding as party planners would. Gary had servers cue the wedding party, the flower girls and ring bearers, and me at our respective times. Because we had a "flow dinner" we didn't have a head table or a designated time to sit and eat. Gary made us plates of food and made us sit eat it. He brought food and drinks to us during our photo shoot. He told us when to cut the cake. He helped us pack up our gifts at the end of the night.

We joke that we owe them our first born child. My only regret is that we don't have any future events, at least in the immediate future, that need catering. The second we do have something, though, we will go back to Real Food Catering.
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Meghan
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with Real Food Catering was an absolute dream come true! We had read all of their positive reviews, so I expected Yen and Gary to be great, but they truly went above and beyond our expectations. We did not use any sort of wedding planner, but relied solely on Yen and Gary to lead us through the wedding planning process. They were so responsive and accommodating, and their wedding expertise and knowledge of our specific venue – the Foundry – really showed. They suggested other vendors for us, helped us decide what rentals we needed, helped us design the menu, and worked with us to create a timeline. Everything flowed so perfectly the night of the wedding and felt completely effortless for us, because Yen and Gary had everything taken care of. Our wedding was on an unexpectedly hot day in June, so Yen and Gary took it upon themselves to have refreshing fruit punch waiting for guests when they arrived and they got extra varieties of a bunch of local beers for cocktail hour. These small touches were things our guests commented on and really enjoyed. In addition, they put aside a plate of hors d’oeuvres for us, to make sure we had time to eat and relax before joining everyone for cocktails. To top it off, all of the food Yen prepared was absolutely amazing! Most people go into weddings expecting mediocre food, but our hors d’oeuvres, entrees, and desserts were all so delicious and flavorful – the miso-marinated sea bass was honestly one of the best fish dishes we’ve ever had and people couldn’t stop raving about it. The bacon wrapped date appetizers and brownie sundae desserts were also huge hits with our guests. All in all, we felt like our wedding was perfect, and much of that was due to Real Food Catering! They were a pleasure to work with from beginning to end and we couldn’t recommend them more!
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Mariana
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
I cannot express how grateful my husband and I are to have worked with Yen and Gary, they really went above and beyond our expectations. Not only was the food delicious but their service was amazing and they are a lot of fun to work with. They truly understood my needs and helped me create a quality menu that was also within our budget.

The attention to detail was amazing. When my husband and I were taking photos during the cocktail hour they made sure to bring down some of the food for us. As the bride and groom it is very easy to forget to eat that night but they made sure we made time to eat dinner so that we could have energy to dance the night away.

I am still getting comments from our guests about the food. It was delicious!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Real Food catering is the only way to go if you are putting together a wedding where you provide your own caterer. Yen and Gary are PHENOMENAL - personally, professionally and as foodies!! But their expertise does not stop at just the food. They help with everything - from giving suggestions to other fabulous vendors, to helping you with your floor plan, choosing your alcohol, wine and champagne, helping with your timeline and giving ideas on how to make your night the best it can possibly be.
Our food was exceptional. Our guests raved about how delicious, fresh, and flavorful it all was - from appetizers to dessert! We chose the peking duck in sticky rice buns as one of our unlimited appetizers and we literally had guests stalking the staffers for them - people texted us this week asking about our caterer and what all the wonderful food was that they ate at our wedding. Gary is the best - he is hands on and helps ensure your night is all it can be and more. We wanted for nothing during our reception - he and Yen made sure we had everything! Also, their prices are so competitive - in NYC, where everything tends to be overprices, Real Food is honest and works with you to make sure you are getting the best you can possible get for fair prices per guest.
The day of and days after, guests have complimented, posted, emailed and texting using words/phrases such as "EPIC", "BEST WEDDING EVER" and "WEDDING OF THE CENTURY"...we could not have achieved that level of enjoyment, sophistication and deliciousness with our guests if it weren't for Yen and Gary. To all NYC bride to be's and groom to be's, go with Real Food Catering and you will have the best night of your life. Our suggestion is to contact them early - because they are so hands-on, they can only do so many weddings per year.
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Paola
Wedding:
3/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Yen is amazing! I got married at the Foundry and wanted a non-traditional reception. She not only executed an amazing wedding/reception but she helped me feel really comfortable with the new concept. She responded to e-mails right away and thoroughly answered all my questions. Guest are still telling us that the food was amazing, and the midnight mini sliders with milkshakes was a huge hit. I can go on and on about the food but here are some highlights: coconut shrimp, mini grilled cheese with mushrooms, chicken empanadas, Nachos with steak & guacamole, steak, chicken with mushrooms, chocolate dipped strawberries; everything was DELICIOUS! She remembered that my now husband wanted hot sauce and she made him a special hot sauce for his food; those details really matter and make a huge difference.
Okay now to Gary, what can I say amazing and patient. I had a lot of questions throughout the process and he answered them all and twice if needed. He was the best Day of Wedding Coordinator, he made sure everything went smooth and if there was a problem I didn't even know. He made sure that my husband and I had food and drinks. He was also patient with our family and our hyper-active nephew(ring bearer)....during the rehearsal. Thank you Gary & Yen.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Yen and Gary from Real Food Catering made my daughter's wedding perfect from the first planning meeting until the last guest left! They really are wedding planners with an extrordinary catering business. The entire planning process was STRESS FREE thanks to their exceptional professionalism, timely response to email, great ideas and fabulous menu selections. Yen anticipated all necessary details and then some. My advice is rely on the professionals--they know what they are doing. Yen and Gary are also easy to work with and they made excellent recommendations for other vendors. We are from out of state and at first having a New York wedding felt overwhelming. Soon Yen and Gary made it all seem easy. Both the ceremony and the reception were held at Studio 450. Gary helped to set up the rehearsal and the processional for the ceremony. He knew exactly what to do to get us all lined up and to make it a spectacular entrance for the bride and her father. Then we got to the amazing food. The appetizers, entrees and dessert were all fabulous and served hot. Their service providers are top notch--well trained, efficient, courteous and very professional. You can not do better than Real Foods Catering!!
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Kristen
Wedding:
3/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Yen and Gary are wonderful! From the very beginning all of our planning was straightforward and easy. They were extremely professional yet created a warm and friendly relationship with us. Their knowledge and coordination of our event at the Foundry was unbeatable. And most importantly, the food was AMAZING. From the appetizers to dessert to our beer selection - everything was top notch and done with great care. We are still getting compliments from our guests. Gary and Yen are extremely easy to work with and we could not be happier with our choice in working with Real Food. We have no hesitation recommending them to others.
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Je'Nean
Wedding:
1/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Real Food Catering is beyond amazing. Yen and Gary were able to give me a wedding beyond my wildest dreams. And trust me I dream BIG.

More than just caterers, Yen and Gary are there with you every step of the way providing their years of proven expertise and helping to work through every wedding logistic imaginable. From floor plans to paying the vendors, Yen and Gary always seemed to be two steps ahead. They truly took the time to personalize every detail of my masquerade themed wedding. In fact, Yen would call me throughout the process telling me ways that I could save money!!!! She even provided some free upgrades.

And most importantly of course, my guests couldn't stop raving about the food!!! The food was amazing and the professionalism of their staff was impeccable (something that was extremely important to my husband since he's in the hospitality industry). They by far offer the most diversity in terms of food selection and the presentation of the food is a conversation starter in and of itself.

If you ever get the chance to work with Yen and Gary jump on it. I promise you won't regret it.
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Private User
Wedding:
11/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Five stars is really an underestimate. Yen and Gary definitely deserve 10 stars, especially in the areas of flexibility and quality of service.

My husband and I went into the planning process wanting to make our wedding extremely "us" and not caring so much about tradition. However, as we searched for caterers, we realized that many caterers were unwilling to execute some of our ideas. For example, we wanted to have appetizers from one of our favorite restaurants.... caterers gave us long lists of reasons why this was "not possible." Yen and Gary didn't think twice about it, and in fact, they spoke to the restaurant and organized everything themselves! Yen and Gary embraced our ideas and executed them in an effortless manner. It really made our day easy!

Oh and of course their food---- delicious!!! Our entrees included duck and salmon. Our guests are still talking about the duck! We had our proteins served french style and our side dishes served family style which really helped create the communal atmosphere that we were hoping to attain during our dinner.

Also, Yen and Gary are sweet and really fun. We loved meeting with them in their office and our families fell in love with Gary. By the end of the wedding, our families were treating Gary as if he was a guest at the wedding instead of our caterer/day of coordinator.

The night was fantastic and we couldn't imagine it without Real Food Catering.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We loved working with Yen and Gary! We knew that we wanted an asian-inspired menu, so Yen was perfect. She crafted an amazing menu based on our preferences and worked with us to tweak it to perfection. The food was fantastic -- we received so many compliments from our guests. We added the pork buns at the last minute and are so glad we did -- SO good. The day-of staff was also incredibly professional.
On top of the amazing food, Yen and Gary were great in handling and advising on the logistics. They were a great source of knowledge in all things related to Studio 450, our venue. They also helped us pick our rentals and liquor distributor. On the day of the wedding, they coordinated all the deliveries. We had few worries on the day of the wedding and the days leading up to it because we knew that with Yen and Gary, things would go smoothly -- and we were right!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I honestly cannot say enough wonderful things about Yen and Gary of Real Food Catering. We used Real Food for our October Wedding and they were simply fantastic.
To start - everything that comes out of Yen's kitchen is delicious. But beyond how amazing the food was, Yen and Gary are just great to work with. From the beginning planning meetings to the final walk-through, they are thorough and make you feel at ease.
I truly cannot find a single fault with their work. I only wish I had another big event coming up so that I could work with them again!!!
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Sachi
Wedding:
10/12/2012
5.0/5.0
I wish i could give these guys a million stars. Seriously - I'm secretly in love with Gary and Yen. :)
Where to start? So one thing to know about Real Food Catering - they are a boutique firm and just because of the quality of their work they can pick and choose the weddings they do and i think they only do 50 weddings a year. Our wedding was on October 12th 2012, and we only booked our venue (Studio 450) in March. The first recommendation that Studio 450 gave for caterers was Real Food. Yen and Gary do multiple weddings here and they know this venue incredibly well.

So after hearing these were the people we needed - we emailed and called. But low and behold - they were booked up for the whole year and said they didnt think they could do it. at the same time though they sent us other caterers. I was so upset. I heard they were the best and I needed them! So we thought we would try our luck, i got my now husband to call Gary and I tag-teamed on Yen. I pleaded with them saying i heard they were the best in the business and if there was any way they could take us on we would love to work for them.

One day after this conversation - we got this email:

It was great to speak with you yesterday. Gary told me that he spoke with Rushbah too and you two are such a sweet and dear couple. To tell you the truth, because of our reputation, we only take on couples that we really feel the connection and want to do the best for their wedding. Also as a boutique caterer, we want to keep our wedding number small and intimate. If October 12 is the only date that will work for you at Studio 450, will you wait for a few days, let me switch a few things around, and will let you know for sure if it will work for us?

Did they make it work? They sure did. And I can honestly say that its because of them my wedding turned out as awesome as it was. Do yourself a favour and book these guys - you wont be disappointed.
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Katherine
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
The scores of reviews below will prove how great the food and service is (and it really is.) Something else you should know: Yen and Gary are two of the sweetest people you will meet in the crazy wedding-planning business, and hiring them will provide peace of mind when you get stressed. These two are completely, perfectly organized and will ensure that everything runs seamlessly. Hiring them is the single best decision we made in the planning process--seriously, I would plan my date around their availability. Truly the greatest.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
With Real Food everything is delicious, everything is affordable, and your wedding goes like clockwork. They don't just feed everyone, they really run the wedding invisibly in the background. Nothing short of amazing
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Unique Services
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josie
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Super, super ,super,super, super excellent. Food were amazingly delicious and services were organized and well coordinated. Joseph was very accommodating. Wish I will have more weddings like this
to attend to. Guests love the food and those desserts- chocolate covered strawberries and the brownies, yummy. Excellent top services. Thanks to Yen,Joseph, the chefs,bartenders and waiters. Thanks to Gary too. Thank you so much Yen for making the event a success and memorable. I will insist that we will have" Real Food Catering" services
for my other daughter's wedding hopefully soon.
From the mother of the bride
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Justin Goldner
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Real Food Catering was excellent. Yen and Gary made it all happen and we are so grateful they put in so much effort and care to make sure everything was perfect!! The Food was excellent too, everyone was raving.

From the initial menu tasting and planning session and the meetings leading up to the wedding, everything worked out just great.

Thanks for everything!!

Shana and Justin
8/18/2012
Studio 450
Services Used: Catering
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ina
Wedding:
8/17/2012
5.0/5.0
We selected Real Food after we attended a wedding of a friend's which they catered; our friends gave them rave reviews. What I liked about Real Food is that they were super easy to communicate with and extremely responsive. They were honest and even tried to save us money. They acted as a substitute wedding planner at times (and didn’t mind it). We used their Day of Coordinator services - totally worth it. They ran our whole wedding night – our ceremony and party were in the same location. When it rained (?!?!), they very quickly brought the whole set up inside. I really cannot say enough great things about them. Oh yeah – The food was great. Our guests - to this day - remark how good the food was! I agree with them!
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Ming Yuan
Wedding:
8/3/2012
5.0/5.0
It's not like Yen needs another good review, So I'm not going to describe to you every detail about the wedding and how they made it better. What I will do is write some things that separate RealFood from other providers.

1. First of all, they are NOT a catering company. They are a full service wedding provider. Period. They made us feel so comfortable and confident during the planning phase and during the actual wedding ceremony/night. They coordinated everything and were on top of every detail.

2. Trust: It is amazing how much they looked for savings and passed those savings on to us. Weddings of course can be expensive and having your main vendor as one you can trust when it comes to budgeting and pricing is so awesome and one less thing to worry about.

3. The tasting: Yen invited us to do a tasting at one of her events. We thought it was going to be a couple of quick bites just to see if the company really existed. In fact we had reservations booked later that night after the tasting. Those were cancelled later, after we were treated to an 8 course meal along with wine and drinks. And the food was incredible, she even served us the main dishes that we had chosen. My advice is enjoy that tasting, because it will be so much more than you will eat on your wedding.

4. Flexibility: The food was obviously spectacular. But what really made it amazing is that we had the wedding in a place where there was NO KITCHEN. Not a small kitchen. NO KITCHEN. And the food came out as if there was a restaurant in the back.

In closing, book realfood and book them early, you will be glad that you did.
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rosa
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
What more can we say about Real Food Catering? They made sure the day ran seamlessly and we really would not have had the amazing wedding day that we did without them. Thank you to Joseph, Yen and Gary for the attentive service and for really keeping us on track with all the helpful suggestions. They really made the whole process look and feel easy, and kept our nerves at bay while answering all of our questions (which we had a LOT of). We highly recommend Real Food!
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M&M0602
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
We hired Real Food for our wedding on June 2, 2012 at The Foundry in L.I.C. My husband and I could not have been more pleased with everything! The kindness that Yen & Gary exude is tremendous. Because The Foundry is a complete blank slate we were very nervous in the beginning of our planning process. We met with a other caterers in NYC that were all very nice but from the second we met Yen & Gary we knew right away we were in good hands. Organized, professional and caring are just a few words to sum up this awesome pair. Let’s breakdown the essentials:

Food - Amazing. We went with a sit down dinner along with passed bites for our cocktail hour (we had one station that we forced Yen to have LOL). Our favorite cocktail items included the bacon wrapped dates and the sliders, so yum!! For our dinner we had NY Strip Steak with a Chimichurri Sauce and Crispy Red Snapper with an Apple Salsa. OMG! Both were so amazing. My husband and I were so confused as to which one we wanted at the wedding until Yen just told us she would give us a sample of each. Yen was so flexible about the food that we really were able to create a menu that was so our style. She was also so laid back and easy going that she called our one vegetarian guest personally to create a special dish for her!! My husband and I wish that we could have Yen cook for us all the time!

Service – Again, amazing! Everyone they had working that day from the waiters to the bartenders were so professional and so attentive. Our guests were treated like royalty. Gary, our day of coordinator, was just fantastic! He made sure that my husband and I were completely taken care of. He always had fresh cocktails ready for the two of us. Our favorite part was during the cocktail hour when we got to sit outside alone for five minutes and up comes Gary with a plate of food for us to eat! He really is so super nice and just made us feel so comfortable and worry free!

Value – The most bang for your buck, plain and simple. We did tastings with three other caterers (all of which were really good) but their prices were at least a third more and in no way was the food better. We were absolutely amazed at what we were getting for the price that we paid. The attention to detail and the organization are incredible. Yen has every detail pointed out right from the get go. She really knows what she is doing and our day would not have turned out the way it did without Real Food.

Overall the experience was fantastic. Compliments are still being made weeks later about the food and professionalism on our wedding day. If you need a caterer to make your day perfect than Real Food is it. Yen is so incredibly organized and reassuring that you feel like nothing bad can happen on your special day.
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Julia
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
It was a total love connection for my husband and me the moment we met them. In fact, I love Real Food Catering so much that I wish I married Gary and Yen instead of my husband. :-P

My husband and I never planned a wedding or party of this magnitude before, and having Real Food Catering as our caterer was probably the best decision we made for our wedding. We're obsessed with Yen and Gary, and here's why!

They're extremely professional, organized, kind, and go above and beyond what most caterers do at (what I think) an affordable NYC price. They're sensitive to the stressful wedding process, and were such pleasures to work with all throughout the planning. They were really flexible with what we wanted to include/exclude, but still offered practical, tried-and-true advice and suggestions. We really felt like they genuinely wanted our wedding to be a success. For example, on the big day, Yen and Gary guided the bridal party on all logistics with calmness and a smile. We felt like we were in such good hands. All the little logistical segments during our wedding went smoothly, and was due in large part to Yen and Gary. My husband and I ATE and DRANK at our own wedding (unheard of when you ask many couples)! Their staff brought us drinks and a plate of hor d'oeuvres in our "quiet" room so that we had a chance to eat our cocktail hour food before meeting guests. They also served us plates at dinner, which we weren't expecting.

We opted for the buffet instead of plated and had chicken, steak, fish and vegetarian options for our guests. We've been getting notes left and right from numerous guests who LOVED the wedding food. The most common compliment was "it was the best wedding food I've EVER had," and "I can't stop thinking about your wedding food!" Guests have also told us they expected the cocktail hour food to be the peak, but were amazed when the dinner was equally excellent. I've been daydreaming about the food ever since -- Asian fusion that both our American and Chinese guests thoroughly enjoyed. Let's put it this way: RFC actually had to wash more plates because they weren't expecting so many guests to come back for seconds!

We researched many caterers in the NYC area, but RFC was by far the one we felt spoke to us and the type of wedding we wanted to have. They're a smart, top-notch caterer with great attention to detail and logistics. They truly have a passion for what they do. Also, they're such lovely people in general! We're actually kind of depressed that our wedding is over because we already miss Yen, Gary, and their wonderful staff.

We're so, so happy that Real Food Catering was part of our special day. We dare not imagine what our wedding would've been without them. So if you want an INCREDIBLE wedding, book Real Food Catering!
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RGP1481
Wedding:
5/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Real Food Catering did a FANTASTIC job at our wedding. The food was delicious, the bar was well stocked, the service was impeccable. From our very first meeting to the day of the wedding, Yen was such a pleasure to work with; helpful, knowledgable and flexible. I can't say enough good things about our experience with Real Food- if you can get them for your wedding, book right now!
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Fran
Wedding:
4/29/2012
5.0/5.0
If you are reading this review, that means you are considering using Real Food Catering for your next event. Trust me, look NO further and book your event with Yen and Gary today before your date is taken. They are the BEST...not to mention the nicest people in the world. It was a joy to work with Yen and Gary and my only regret now is that our daughter's beautiful wedding is over and I won't be in contact with them as often as I was in the past.
I knew during my very first phone conversation with Yen last October that Real Food would be catering our daughter's wedding at The Foundry in April. I could immediately sense her professionalism, her organizational skills, and most of all her love and knowledge of good food. Our first meeting at their office was with Yen and Gary. My daughter fell in love with them immediately , and as a mother it was fun to say, "I told you so." My daughter and I could witness in person the teamwork that makes them so successful. The variety in the menu is endless ; the hardest part is making the choices of what you want to serve. They will do anything for you to make your event perfect. All my fears were soon put to rest. I took their advice on everything....florist, music, rentals. They always steered me in the right direction.
The wedding reception was spectacular and our family and friends are still talking about the appetizers, the dinner, and the desserts. The presentation of the food is simple, yet elegant. Their staff is top notch; you could sense a real respect for Yen and Gary and in turn a respect for the staff from Yen and Gary. The staff couldn't have been nicer to our guests; you could feel that they wanted to be there working our event. Their prices are extremely reasonable for New York City. They never try to sell you something you don't need.Most of all, Yen and Gary are good, kind people who are the very BEST at what they do. My husband and I felt so proud of the wedding we hosted for our daughter and son-in-law...thanks mainly to Yen and Gary. We were so fortunate to have Real Food Catering handle our event. A million thanks to Yen and Gary. We wish them continued success!
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aboccella
Wedding:
4/29/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot thank Yen and Gary enough for the amazing job they did for us on our wedding reception. It has been a pleasure working with them over the past several months to plan what turned out to be a spectacular, unforgettable event. Yen and Gary were so much more than caterers to us – they were our ‘go to’ people for many decisions – related to the menu as well as other aspects of the event – music, flowers, décor, tipping – anything that came up – we felt comfortable asking them. I think that was the best part about working with them. We felt so comfortable. My husband and I are not originally from NYC and hosting an event here can be intimidating. Yen and Gary made it so manageable, enjoyable, and exciting. We ended up with a wedding reception that truly reflected ‘us’.
But of course, I would be remiss if I did not mention the best part of our reception – the food. After several meetings and a fantastic tasting, we were able to create a menu with Yen and Gary that was so unique, fresh, creative, and delicious. Guests are still talking about specific appetizers and dishes that were served. Yen went out of her way to create an amazing, distinctive dessert for us, as well as perfecting some special cocktail requests. Presentation was top notch, as was the wonderful, warm Real Food staff. They made us feel like a million bucks and followed my husband around making sure he did not miss one bite. We have even heard some guests mention that they made a point to dance by the doors where the food was coming so they would not miss a thing either!
We had such an unforgettable wedding day and reception, thanks to the efforts, professionalism, ease, and sincere care from Yen, Gary, and their staff. The only thing left for us to do is to get on their waiting list so they will be available for our 10th anniversary party! Big thanks, Yen and Gary.
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kovarsky
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
We got married a month ago. Last week my wife was at dinner with a friend and a couple she didn't know well, who are getting married soon. My wife asked who their caterer was, and they said "Real Food." Everyone at the table immediately exploded with praise for Yen and Gary, and for all the people that help them. True story, told about good people.

First, the food was a SMASHING success. The passed hors d'oeuvres were show-stoppers. At least half of my friends took the time to tell me that ours were the best passed apps that they had ever tasted. We ultimately settled on 8 different passed apps, but you could tell that Yen could have done a hundred more. We went with salmon and steak to suit the relatively conservative palettes of our guests, but each of the entrees had just enough idiosyncrasy to know that the cook REALLY knew what she was doing.

Second, the level of organization was jaw-dropping. Yen and Gary could have run this event in their sleep - and I don't mean that to sound like they didn't pay very careful attention to our unique preferences. I just mean that they are so good at choreographing all the other vendors - and at executing logistics generally - they can take the time a lesser caterer would waste running around barking orders and spend it with the families, making sure that everyone gets exactly what they want. Gary ran the whole night like a Broadway production - no mistakes, nothing off time, and he did it all with a big smile. My mom has a little crush.

Finally, it's obvious from the beginning that Yen and Gary are not trying to milk every cent from you. They have access to the stuff they have access to at the price they can pay for it, and they are very up front about when their price might be more than you might spend getting it on your own. I saved thousands of dollars because of their refreshing candor. Of course, they can do everything for you, but they were incredibly thoughtful about and respectful of our financial limitations.

There's a reason that people get excited when they talk about Gary and Yen. I can't imagine getting over the finish line without them.
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Wedding:
3/17/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot believe it's been almost 6 weeks since our wedding! We have been meaning to write this review for a while now because we had the BEST time at our wedding, and a large part was because of 2 very wonderful people, Yen and Gary of Real Foods Catering. Honestly, from the moment we met them, we both felt instantly that we wanted and HAD TO work with them. We were actually just at the first stage of looking at different wedding venues, and happened to meet Yen while she was setting up for another wedding at Studio 450. She has an amazing way of reading people, and even though my husband and I didn't exactly have a clear vision of the day yet, Yen was able to present to us a picture of what she could offer after just a short conversation with her about what was important to us. We were immediately drawn to her energetic and positive personality and decided then and there that we wanted to work with her... and we never looked back!

From our first formal meeting with Yen and Gary at their office, we felt all the stresses of wedding planning dissipate. They were incredibly organized and made us feel like we were their most important client, even though we know they are quite busy. Every email, every concern, every question we had was immediately answered. They paid attention to every detail while helping us keep our eye on the big picture.

Then came the tasting which was an amazing culinary experience! Even though they were preparing for another wedding, we were whisked to a private area as if it was an event just for us, and served wine and various hors d'oeuvres. Then came servings of each entree that we had chosen -- amazing! Everything was beyond delicious and it made us all the more excited for our guests to experience the feast.

The wedding day itself was flawless. Amazing is really the only word to describe it. Gary was our day-of coordinator, and he took care of everything to bring it all together. Our only job was to enjoy the day and our guests. The entire staff was amazing -- from their presentation to their interaction with our guests. Abel, the captain of the group, also took special care of us, bringing our own platters of hors d'oeuvres and drinks to the bridal suite so that we could enjoy it all before heading out to mingle with everyone.

People are still raving about how amazing the night was. Yen and Gary, and the entire staff truly are the ultimate professionals, and it has been such a wonderful experience working with them. We have already recommended them to everyone we've seen planning a wedding (every time we were at our venue we would meet another couple). We give them the strongest recommendation to anyone looking for an unforgettable wedding that you will actually have the ability to enjoy in real time! The only sad part of the whole experience is that since we're no longer planning, we don't have regular contact with Yen and Gary anymore, but we're both hoping our paths will cross again. Thank you guys again, from the bottom of our hearts, for making our wedding so special!
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SG
Wedding:
3/10/2012
5.0/5.0
YEN AND GARY WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!!!

None of these glowing reviews can begin to explain to you the pure elation you will feel once you have surrendered the well being of your food/event to the administrative-culinary masters that are Yen and Gary. Of course, the food was outstanding, the presentation was beautiful, and the service was impeccable, but Yen and Gary are so much more than just a pretty plate. Yen is a master of culinary psychology - she knows when people will eat, how much they will eat, and where they want to be while eating. From our first phone call it was clear that she was knowledgeable, capable, and efficient. We trusted her taste and judgment from the beginning and the outcome exceeded all expectations. Gary is the flow-master. He is the oil that keeps the machine running smoothly. If something is wrong or missing, Gary will know about it and will have his team correcting it before you even knew it was a problem in the first place. He knows you better than you know yourself - he made us sit, eat, and take it all in, even when we swore we weren’t hungry and didn’t need a break.

To sum it up, if Yen and Gary were an item of food that they served at our wedding, they would be the Thai style chilled shrimp - understated, outstanding, chill(ed), and still a topic of conversation three months later.
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James
Wedding:
12/3/2011
5.0/5.0
The food and service provided by Real Food Catering was OUTSTANDING. In my opinion, a weedding planner is not needed because Yen and Gary provide many of the services that you would pay a wedding planner. All of our guest commented on the how delicious the food was, but also on the outstanding service provided by the wait staff/bar tender. Gary was the Day of Coordinator and he made sure everything ran smoothly without any problems. Not only was the service exceptional, but Yen and Gary and the rest of the Real Food Catering staff were so kind and wonderful. If you are looking for a caterer for an event, please consider Real Food Catering as you will not be disappointed.
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lwillett
Wedding:
11/12/2011
5.0/5.0
i cannot say enough about this vendor. They were more of our wedding planner, helping us with every detail. The day of the wedding, they took care of everything and if I had to mention anything of concern it was taken care of before i even thought about it again. They were so accessible at all times yet not intrusive the entire day. Our guests could not stop raving to us about how delicious the food was and how great the service was. We went through a few rough spots at the beginning with our families and our budget and Real Food Catering was so patient and understanding and must have modified our proposal for us 10 times, never once even mentioning money or a deposit until we sorted it out. After the wedding was over, they were again immediately available and genuinely interested in what we thought of everything. I want to have a party again just so I can work with them again - we will miss them!
Services Used: Catering
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Jeff
Wedding:
11/5/2011
5.0/5.0
We could NOT have been happier with Yen and Gary at Real Food Catering. Throughout the entire process they were the very definition of calm, cool, and collected. They took the time to explain the entire process—and if you've never worked with a caterer on a large event, there is a huge learning curve. It's not as simple as "here's the food, and here's how much it costs." But Yen and Gary helped educate us on everything from ways to cut down on rental costs to the best dishes to serve a large group with varied tastes. They listened intently, were incredibly accommodating, and refreshingly direct. Their expertise is apparent from the first meeting, but they were never patronizing. It really felt like a wonderful, collaborative relationship.

The day of the wedding was understandably chaotic, yet Yen and Gary kept the entire evening running smoothly. They made sure we were fed (thankfully!), tended to our guests' needs, oversaw the other vendors. In short, they are so much more than just caterers. They even remembered that we liked our waiter during our tasting and brought him back to take care of us during the reception. It's the little things that go a long way.

So, what about the food??? Amazing. It's been two months since our wedding and people are still commenting on the food. The appetizers— duck buns and truffled grilled cheese—were a huge hit, as was the salmon. A number of guests also mentioned how much they liked the hot cider that was handed out as they arrived. Everything was delicious. Period.

We HIGHLY recommend Real Food Catering and hope we have the opportunity to work with Yen and Gary again...maybe something on a slightly smaller scale next time!

-Amy & Jeff
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Heather
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
As everyone knows, planning a wedding is one of the most stressful times in a couple’s life. Working with Yen and Gary was the easiest and most enjoyable part of our wedding planning. Out of all of the vendors we worked with, Real Food catering was the most professional, courteous and kind. They helped us create a vision and guided us through all aspects of the wedding reception - from creating a timeline, floor plan, menu, and décor - their professionalism shown through (even when our guests arrived 30 minutes early!!).

They were extremely patient with us in order to create a menu that met the needs of all of our guests. We received compliments on everything from hors’ d’oeuvres, drinks, dinner - all the way to dessert. Where Real Foods Catering truly differentiates themselves is with the service. Yen’s calm demeanor and helpfulness was exemplified by the entire staff. The staff was dressed in formal attire and we received numerous compliments regarding their professionalism throughout the entire evening.

We can’t recommend them highly enough. We look forward to finding another reason to throw a party so we can hire them again.

Yen and Gary, you instilled confidence in us that our wedding reception would be flawless, which helped ease our minds during a very stressful time. We can’t thank you enough.

Heather Parr and Craig Scheidt
Wedding – Studio 450, NYC
120 guests
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Diahann
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
From the first time we spoke to Real Food Catering, we had a great feeling about them and by the end of our wedding night, they exceeded even our highest hopes. Our wedding was challenging in that our families are from very different backgrounds so we needed to make sure we had a menu that would meet the taste preferences of and impress everyone. Yen and Gary nailed it. Passed appetizers made their way through cocktail hour until people were so full that they couldn’t eat anymore. We actually made the decision to push dinner back 30 minutes just to give people some time to digest a bit. Smart move on our part, because I was trying to discretely find a way to lick my dinner plate. We kept things simple with a traditional steak and fish dinner. The steak was great and the sea bass was like nothing I’ve ever had at a wedding. Yen even made vegan meals for two of our guests. Our friends/family continue to rave about our food. The bartenders poured great drinks and the wait staff was both attentive and courteous. They did an amazing job setting up the room – everything looked beautiful when we walked in. Yen and Gary are a great team who really gave us a tremendous sense of comfort throughout the process. They are very organized. When we were in the process of choosing a caterer, I asked all caterers to provide a detailed list of costs. Yen was the only one that gave me a 200 line spreadsheet breaking down every single cost. When it's all said and done, Real Food was also the most reasonably priced of the caterers that we interviewed but Real Food's food was twice as good as anything we tried during our tastings. We recommend retaining Gary for the Coordinator of the Day services – he really did a great job making sure all the vendors were in sync, arranging the wedding party for all the announcements, etc. He’s amazingly calm during even the most hectic situations. I almost wish that Yen and Gary were guests at our wedding so they could sit down and enjoy the amazing food and service that their team provided for us. We could write all day about how great these guys were to work with, we HIGHLY recommend them and can’t wait to work with them again.
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Alexandra
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough wonderful things about Yen and Gary and the entire Real Food Catering team. They made our wedding truly fantastic and executed our vision perfectly. Yen and Gary really worked with us to create a menu we loved and were flexible so that we could stay within our budget. They took care of everything from the food to the rentals and made the entire process extremely easy and stress free. They answered all of our emails and phone calls right away and took the time to really go through everything with us, making sure we were happy and comfortable with each decision along the way. They were so patient with us and we really appreciate everything they did and how hard everyone worked. The food was fantastic! So many people came up to us at the wedding and after and told us how much they loved the food and a few guests even asked for the recipes. The food was innovative and delicious - we only wish we had gotten to eat more of it at the wedding! We highly highly recommend Real Food Catering!
Thank you Yen and Gary and the entire team!
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jonezerny
Wedding:
9/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Yen and Gary were organized, responsive, competitively priced, and such a joy to work with! I had looked at her stunning reviews before choosing Yen, and now understand why they were all so positive....she and Gary made my wedding day and the planning leading up to it so much easier on me and my husband. The food was fantastic and their help with planning the day and coordinating between vendors was amazing. I simply cannot recommend them highly enough!
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Kate
Wedding:
9/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Yen and her team recently catered our wedding at Studio 450. We had 140 guests for a sit down dinner and everything was flawless. From the very beginning of our planning process, we knew we were in good hands with Yen; after a long phone conversation, she put together a very comprehensive proposal for us that was considerably cheaper than others we had received. We were initially nervous at the idea of working with a completely blank space like Studio 450 but after our first meeting with Yen and Gary, we knew that we could pull it off. They helped us plan every aspect of the day – not just the food and drinks, but the timeline, rentals, décor, and the other vendors we worked with. Gary was our day of coordinator and with his help the day went off without a hitch. Also, the staff they brought in were professional and hard-working.

Most importantly – the food was absolutely delicious and there was plenty of it! We got so many compliments on the food and the general set-up/décor of the room, and it was all down to Real Food Catering. We would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone planning an event of any kind, and hope we get the opportunity to work with them again in the future. Thank you Yen and Gary!
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Pam
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Yen and Gary are the best. They truly made our wedding the night we envisioned it would be. Our family is still talking about the delicious food and an amazing evening.
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Christina S
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
If I could give Real Food Catering a million stars I would! We had our wedding in the middle of Hurricane Irene, a couple blocks from an evacuation zone, but it went off without a hitch thanks to Yen and Gary. The food was absolutely phenomenal and had all of our guests raving. One guest loved Yen's Miso Cod so much that he was craving it the next week and ordered it in a restaurant, only to be disappointed that it wasn't as good! Even our 80-year-old great aunt (who's been to her fair share of weddings) said that it was the best food she's ever had at a wedding! Everything was delicious, cooked to perfection (medium rare actually had a hot pink center!) and was even hot when served - something unthinkable at weddings! :) Yen is an absolute delight to work with and brings her passion and creativity to the table with the elegant and unique menus she creates. For our dessert station, she came up with a beignet station and even ordered ingredients from New Orleans so that we could surprise our guests with something different! She goes above and beyond, but always works within your budget to get the best bang for your buck. But it's not just the food that makes Real Food Catering such a valuable vendor, it's their professionalism and dedication that puts them at a higher standard. The day before our wedding, we found out we had to move everything up 2 hours and change our outdoor tented reception indoors to avoid the hurricane. I would have started panicking, but I didn't have time to since Yen and Gary immediately jumped in and took care of everything, from figuring out new floor plans and schedules to renting new tables and linens for the indoor space. It was really amazing to see how effortlessly they accomplished all of this while also coordinating changes with our other vendors. Our guests couldn't even tell that the setup wasn't what we had originally planned because the new setup was so elegant and intimate. On the day of our wedding, Gary coordinated everything to a tee so that the day flowed perfectly and the only thing we had to worry about was having a good time. His attention to detail and experience allowed him to make small changes throughout the night that improved the overall flow and mood of the reception, all while keeping us laughing, happily fed, and where we needed to be. Their staff was friendly, professional, and attentive to our guests and always had smiles on their faces. We had an amazing wedding thanks to Real Food Catering and we really can't say enough good things about them. Consider yourself lucky if you get to work with them!
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L
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
Yen and Joseph and their team at Real Food Catering are AMAZING!!! They are beyond helpful when it comes to the entire process - from menu planning to rentals to general wedding selections. They are both consummate professionals AND a lot of fun. I had a blast working with them, and they were so flexible, super realistic and helpful when it came to the budget, and willing to do/try different things for our multi-cultural wedding. On top of it all - the food is DELICIOUS!!! Even hurricane Irene did not get in their way. It was an amazing wedding and very much thanks to everyone at Real Food's and all their hard work.
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Nicole
Wedding:
8/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Real Food catered my wedding on 8/19/11. In addition to providing the typical catering services, they were also extremely helpful in working with me to plan the sequence of events for the day and lots of other logistical details I would not have thought of on my own. Yen and Gary were excellent to work with and very professional. I was able to make menu changes up until a week or so before they wedding and they even agreed to do the wedding cake with only a couple of week's notice! The night of the wedding, we got TONS of compliments on the food AND the service. The wait staff was phenonmenal. Both Gary and Yen paid close attention to me and my husband the night of the wedding to make sure we ate, had a drink at all times/when we wanted one etc - and I really appreciated that extra touch. We did our ceremony and reception at the same venue and Gary was so helpful in getting everyone organized (and keeping them that way!) right before the processional. Real Food was great and I would highly recommend them!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My husband found Yen and Gary through weddingwire.com so it would only be appropriate to wrap up our wedding 'to do list' here. We went with Real Food Catering, after a few email exchanges with different caterings and venues, simply because they were the most prompt & professional vendor, we could not find 1 single bad review and based on the estimates, they offered the best value.

I must admit, I was a challenge to work with, we didn't have a date or a venue but my husband would not book anything without knowing we could definitely land Real Food Catering. He wanted them so badly, we worked our wedding date around THEIR schedule and when they gave us the green light, I ran to the venue during my lunch break to put down a deposit.

It was the best decision we ever made; Yen & Gary worked with all the challenges we had come in with: we had vegans, we had foodies, our family members were picky and we had kids that ate like adults! I didn't know how to plan a wedding, I wanted a menu that really flowed and worked with each course and I HAD to have a sit down meal ON A BUDGET! All our needs were met with a smile, they answered every wedding question possible- even the ones that didn't involve food... they pretty much planned our wedding. She helped us pick the venue, the date, the food (I even nixed my own choices in favor of hers!) and Gary was a dream as my day of coordinator, accommodating my entire family above everyone else (including 3 over-active children). For an indecisive anti-bride, they were god sent.

As for the food- it was fresh, it was delicious and EVERYONE loved it and was full by the time dessert came around. Its hard to pinpoint our favorite things since the entire menu was delicious and reflective of our favorite foods. I heard great reviews about the fig and prosciutto, the chicken quesadilla and the grilled cheese (made with my favorite cheese- manchego!). They recommended Yen's favorite dish for one of our entrees (Seabass with Cherry Tomatos & Basil in a mushroom risotto) and it was a huge hit. My father ended up having 3 or 4 servings. From what I am told, my guests who were typically meat eaters liked their steak but felt like they had done something wrong when they realized, the seabass was the better option!..so if you work with Yen, get the seabass, it's her favorite dish and all your guests will love you for offering it.

Yen & Gary were so easy to work with, my family forgot they were even working for us. My father had to get to know her, my cousins had to dance with her! My sister was saying how at ease Gary was making her feel when her children were driving her nuts! Saying good bye was probably the hardest part of our wedding but lucky for us- our friends booked them as well. =) Can't wait to see you guys again!
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Megan
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Absolutely fantastic. We had to choose from a list of about 10-12 caterers for our venue (the Prince George Ballroom). Real Food by far had the most interesting menu choices - it wasn't your typical generic wedding fare. They were willing to work with us on the budget and they always responded promptly to our questions and concerns. Yen and Gary are just fantastic - they both have a good sense of humor and they know how to get things done.

I don't have a single complaint about the food or the service. Everything tasted great, people went nuts over the passed appetizers, and even the presentation of the buffet was excellent. Also, my husband's family is originally from India and it was important to us that we have some Indian food. Yen was happy to let us bring in food from an Indian restaurant that we love, and she served it. So many other caterers would not have done that, or would have tried to make the Indian food themselves, even if they had no experience with it.

I recommend Real Food without hesitation. The food was excellent, the service was professional, and they made our wedding day truly excellent.
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Melissa
Wedding:
8/5/2011
5.0/5.0
This is the best catering company EVER! From the very beginning, Yen and Gary were super professional-they always got back to us very quickly with answers to our MANY questions. They also gave us their true honest opinions on whether they thought certain ideas of our were going to work or not (since this was, after all, our first time planning a wedding). They catered many occasions at our venue (The Foundry) so they knew the place inside and out. The whole party was perfect and it is all thanks to them. They set up the space perfectly-the food was AMAZING-every person that I spoke to that attended our wedding raved that the food was the best they had ever had at a wedding-it was truley high end restaurant quality. Not to mention, Yen and Gary don't act like catering weddings is their "JOB"-you can tell that they really truley enjoy what they do for a living, and that is what makes them so good at what they do. My husband and I AND our guest felt very taken care of throughout the whole evening-the service was impeccable-which really means a lot on your special day. You want everyone to enjoy themselves to the fullest and to be comfortable the whole night, and that is what Real Food did for us. I couldn't say more great things about this company...they really did themost amazing job, and I can't thank them enough. Money well spent!!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
If you get Real Food catering your wedding,... (consider urself LUCKY) and get ready to have THE BEST WEDDING COCKTAIL AND DINNER EVER! Our guests LOVED LOVED the food!! the sangria was amazing,.. this coming from a bride who doesn't drink much... LOL. most of the time when you do the tasting, the food is great,... its even BETTER at your wedding! AND Gary the day of coordinator, is the savior for the day of! b/c on the day of, the bride tells everyone to ask Gary not her! So all you have to do is look pretty, smile for pics and have a blast!
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Christine
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Real Food Catering was fabulous, and that is an understatement! From the first time my now husband and I met with Yen and Gary, they were professional, creative, and most importantly, open to our budget. They did not ever intimate that our desires for good food at a good price were unreasonable, despite being in New York City where everything is expensive!

We had a tasting with them, and their food was delicious and service was impeccable. This remained true on our wedding day - they set up each table beautifully and had servers going around with drinks and appetizers. I realized it's the little things that make a wedding, and their attention to detail really set them above other caterers that I've seen. Their vision for our reception was beyond what my husband and I had imagined ourselves, and we're so glad because it was a lot better! Dinner was again delicious, and we even heard from several of our guests that it was the best food they had ever eaten! They made a sea bass that literally melted in your mouth... Yum. We also heard from our guests that they loved interacting with the servers! It's rare that servers are so good that guests comment on enjoying their company.

I can't forget to mention that during the entire 6 month or so period between us hiring them and our wedding, they replied to all our emails and phone calls promptly and courteously. I know they were busy with other weddings during this time, but I always received a response that made me feel like I was their only client!

If you're getting married in New York City, I would recommend not looking elsewhere and going with Yen and Gary. They are willing to work with any budget, meaning if you're tight on money (which we were) they can still do a phenomenal wedding for very little cost. On the contrary, if you have some to spare and want all the trimmings, they can do that too and will exceed your expectations, guaranteed! My husband and I are not only extremely happy we went with them, we are also happy to just know them, as they are fantastic people that we'll probably continue to keep in touch with.
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serge
Wedding:
7/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Dear Yen (manager of Real Food Catering),

I would like to express (again and again) my sincere delight and
appreciation of the food catering that you and your staff provided for
my daughter's wedding on July 3, 2011. During my life in New York for
almost 22 years I attended various wedding, some more luxurious than
others, some in NY Botanical Garden, some in private country clubs in
NJ and NY. However, none had a class and such a distinction as your
appetizers, main courses and desserts. I was first amazed during the
sampling time. BTW, it was one of the most unusual and wonderful
dining experiences in NYC. But during the wedding your food made a
whole new difference. Night lights of Manhattan combined with asian
touch of your dishes and modern design of appetizers and the way they
were served, luscious buffet, all of this added such a great tune and
spirit to the wedding that I do not have words to express my gratitude
and appreciation of your talent as a cook, as a chef, as an extremely
creative person and as a manager who like a captain of the ship was
always alert and left the wedding scene the last minute, making sure
that everybody was properly fed and satisfied. Your warmth and
professionalism was also reflected in your staff, especially Gary who
was calm, alert and paid attention to details all the time. Thank you
again and again for the memorable catering during such important event
in my family. Please, feel free to use this as a testimony on your web
site. If you do, I wish to advise your potential customers who shop
for the caterers: "Stop shopping right now and call Yen immediately to
make an appointment! And do not bargain with her!" Feel free to send
any potential hesitant customer my way and I will be happy to share my
experience with them. My e-mail: yuri.gorokhovich@gmail.com

All the best and have a wonderful business!

Yuri Gorokhovich
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Stephanie
Wedding:
7/2/2011
5.0/5.0
Yen and her staff at Real Food catering are just top notch. She is such a pleasure to work with and from the moment we met her, she was nothing but cheerful, professional, efficient, adaptable and completely on top of everything. We had a 180 person wedding in Manhattan with nearly 20 kids at a venue without a professional kitchen or elevators, and her staff pulled off an amazing wedding which included a separate kids' buffet. Our guests were raving about the appetizers and entrees and they were even better than the delicious teasers we had at her complimentary tasting!! She strives for unique and creative menu items and she put together an Asian/Latin fusion menu for us that was absolutely delicious. We had a dual entree with Miso Chilean Sea Bass and Ribeye with Chimichurri. Everything was cooked perfectly and presentation was beautiful :) She took care of rentals for us as well as event planning and provided a day of coordinator, Gary, who was calm and always on hand at just the right moment to keep things moving smoothly. Her staff kept our guests merry and filled with food and drink while maintaining stealthy discreteness and utmost professionalism! And to top it all off, you'd think she would cost a fortune for such amazing service, but she has extremely competitive pricing and is wonderful at working within your budget to meet and surpass your catering needs. She has worked at so many different venues, that even while we were still shopping around for venues, photographers and florists, nearly every one of our vendors had mentioned working with her in the past and had nothing but glowing reviews. If you are considering Real Food catering, look no further! I feel so lucky to have been in such good hands :)
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths
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Jennifer
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Yen at Real Food Catering is excellent to work with! Yen is very organized and always had great ideas to share. She made me feel at ease with the wedding planning process. We had a delicious food tasting prior to the wedding so we had confidence they would do a great job. And they exceeded our expectations! Our wedding guests continue to tell us how much they enjoyed the food and service. Gary, the day of coordinator, was very helpful during the wedding; coordinating a ceremony rehearsal and making sure everything went according to plan. Thank you for making our wedding amazing for both us and our guests!!!
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Z and B
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
Real Food catered my June 4, 2011 wedding at the Foundry and did an amazing job. Yen, Gary, and her staff were so wonderful to work with. They did a fantastic job of putting together all the details I wanted for a cocktail style wedding with food stations. Yen's staff not only served excellent food but help setup everything that I needed with the decor, etc., and Gary was everything I could ask for in a DOC.

The most important part was that the food was really delicious. The majority of compliments we got from guests were about how great the food tasted. Yen really worked with me to put together the exact menu I wanted and add other little touches that I wanted too. For as stressed out as I was before the wedding, Yen was always very calming and responsive to everything I requested. I also want to point out that for a bride like me that really likes to know everything in advance and be fully prepared, Yen provided me with the most detailed and well organized proposal of all the vendors I sought out for the wedding.

I would highly recommend Real Food to cater your event. You and all your guests will be extremely happy!
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cindys
Wedding:
5/27/2011
5.0/5.0
Yen and Gary catered and helped us plan our May 27, 2011 wedding at Studio 450. It has been a month since our wedding, and we are still hearing from friends and family about how much they loved the food! Not only was the food delicious, Yen is very professional and was with us every step of the planning process. From our first tasting, to cutomizing a menu (both cocktail hour and dinner), Yen was prompt in returning e-mails and was open to meeting with us to finalize seating charts and last minute details.

It was also helpful that Yen had done events at Studio 450 and was able to recommend vendors. We live in New Jersey and were overwhelmed when we first started researching. Yen was very helpful in helping us find affordable vendors. She worked with my husband, Sharvin, every step of the way to make sure we stuck to our wedding budget. She was always patient and professional!
Also, the servers and staff were so attentive to our needs and our guests needs too.

I cannot say enough about how happy we were with Real Food Catering. We had the wedding of our dreams and it would not have been possible without Yen and Gary's assistance!
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sagapo
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Dear Yen,Gary & Team,

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving our daughter her fairy tale wedding. We as parents work so hard and try do the best we can so our children can grow up to be hopefully kind,hard working,loving,happy adults. We tried are very best to save as much
as we could to try and give our daughter a fantastic wedding. Well it was a dream come true fabulous wedding.

You,Gary and your entire team were so wonderful throughout the entire wedding from beginning to end. We loved your enthusiasm and professional manner throughout it all.

Your entire team were wonderful, kind, smiling,attentive to everyone and looked so happy to be there. It was unreal.

We loved the way they did the toast and we also loved the presentation of every single aspect. As you know my daughter a FIT graduate cared
so much about the presentation and you did not let her down.

OMG the food was to die for, the Chilean sea bass and steak melted in your mouth.Every single food selection was divine.We loved the lamb chops,duck,empanada station,cerviche,sushi bar,and martini bar too.

My guests raved about every single thing, from top to bottom and said that this was the best wedding they ever attended.They raved about
presentation,food,stunning decor by Patrick of City Iris,magnificent views of the empire state building at the outdoor rooftop ceremony and the reception where they all had a sunset view around the entire Studio 450 Nyc venue.

Kudos to every single one of you!

I have to tell you we had a dream wedding because of all of you! It was visually stunning,fabulous and a lot of fun was had by all. DJ Manny the Greek had the crowd dancing all night long.

Please do me the honor of thanking every single person on your team.

Thank You and we wish you all a WONDERFUL LIFE!

Hope we meet again.

Warm Regards
Vivian and Felix
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Mark
Wedding:
4/15/2011
5.0/5.0
On April 15th of 2011 my daughter Lauren and now my son-in-law Chris were married at Studio 450 in New York City.The event was catered by Real Foods based in New York City.My wife andrea and my self have hosted many parties in our house and for special events. For this event my daughter Lauren and Chris thought it would be best if they took the honors of hosting. Needless to say this cause some mild apprehension in my wife's and my mind. However knowing my daughter well and getting to know my future son in law I tfelt totally confident that the event will go well and they would select a company that would meet all their requests.
My 1st meeting with Real Foods was being invited to the tasting dinner at their office/home. Entering I was taken by the beauty and calmness of the room. There were other couples there as well as my daughter/Chris and my wife. From the 1st course to the last I felt I was at a high rated New York restaurant with excellent service and food.In addition meeting the owner and her staff provided me with an opportunity of getting a sence of how the wedding party would be catered.I left with very good feelings.
Comes the night of the event and seeing the event space and how it was decorated left me in awe. It felt great having the opportunity of being a guest.
I observed how every detail havd been taken care of.I felt I was at a party that was going to be fun. Yen and her staff in particular her assistent Gary were extremely easy to work with.They had every detail taken care of and I felt were 1 step ahead of all of us in attending to the guests that evening. In particular I have a 90 year father who is confined to a wheelchair. I was wondering how he would be able to attend to the cocktail hour and photo shoots. Gary had trranged for the elevator to be available prior to all the moving around and whenever I asked for my father to be moved it had already been taken care of. For this i cannot thank him enough.
The vening was perfect. The guests marveled at the food and how smooth everything went. It was a great joy to see my daughter married. It was a pleasure to know that she and Chris could enjoy their special evening knowing that they had a wonderful catering company taking care of all their needs.
It was truly appreciated by them and my family.
Thank you Real Foods for a wonderful evening.

Sincerely,

Mark Turnowski
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Rachel
Wedding:
4/2/2011
5.0/5.0
There are not enough words to express to how amazing our wedding was for us, and for our family and friends.

Real Food Catering is a true gem of a company in New York. For a couple on a budget, wanting to get married in New York can be difficult. Then we found Real Food Catering. Such amazing value. We were able to throw the party of our lifetime and Yen helped us cut costs only in places us and our guests wouldn't notice. Our guests wound up eating the most delicious food, drinking top class cocktails and receiving impeccable service.

The events team, Joseph and Jennifer, were absolutely amazing that day, making sure we always had a drink, a plate of food, even running out to get the NY times for me. We felt so well taken care of. Jon or I didn't have to lift a finger, even when it came to packing up.

We chose right to choose Real Food as our caterer and we'll always remember how much calm, organisation and fun the team brought to our big day. All of our guests keep telling us that it was the best wedding they have ever been to, and thanks to the whole team, Jon and I felt relaxed enough to actually enjoy every minute of the party.
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nychc
Wedding:
3/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Yen catered our wedding at the Foundry in March. She and Gary were so helpful from the very start to finish. She provides a lot of experience, organization and advice w/ the planning and menu. She and Gary were the epitome of grace under pressure on the day of! I never once worried about the food or catering all night. Her prices are very reasonable particularly for the quality of service and food you get! Our guests were raving about the hors d'oeurves and food all night long. We still receive compliments after the wedding! I can't recommend Real Food highly enough!
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Courtney
Wedding:
2/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Yen is amazing! I loved loved loved her and Gary! They made our wedding day the best. They worked beautifully with my planner making the day seamless. They food was amazing, I especially loved the cocktail hour food...I want to eat it again and again. I cannot say enough good things about Real Food. If you want an amazing caterer, look no further!
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c&d_nov10
Wedding:
11/19/2010
5.0/5.0
We used Real Food to cater our Nov 2010 wedding. Our wedding was everything we dreamed of and more. From the first conversation, they made us feel confident we'd achieve our vision. They are responisve, thoughtful and flexible. Their offerings are extensive, refined and mouth-watering. We loved everything we tasted so it was hard to narrow down but we got rave reviews from our guests on the food. Real Food offers a full-service experience (including planning, rentals and wedding day coordination) which makes things simple and seamless. They were truly a pleasure to work with and deliver tremendous value. We recommend them wholeheartedly.
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Nicole
Wedding:
11/13/2010
5.0/5.0
We used Yen and Real Food Catering for our November 2010 wedding at The Foundry in Long Island City. They had come very highly recommended by the venue and had glowing reviews from past clients. Having used them...we completely understand why!

From our very first meeting with Yen we felt completely comfortable and taken care of. Yen made us feel like all of our ideas were great and possible!

We were BEYOND thrilled with not only the food (incredible!) but the service and professionalism of Yen and her team.

Special thanks to Gary for handling our day of needs on site as well!
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Brynn
Wedding:
11/6/2010
5.0/5.0
Yen and Gary at Real Foods were absolutely fantastic. Working with them before hand to set the menu was an easy and enjoyable process. They're not just caterers, they're essentially wedding planners and the way Yen and her crew works with the other contractors (flowers, rentals, site, etc...) it made us feel very at ease leading up to and on our wedding day. As far as food goes, I've never been to a wedding where there were so many compliments for the food. Everything was delicious and the service was impeccable. We can't recommend Yen, Gary, and the rest of the amazing staff of Real Foods enough for your wedding or any event.
Services Used: Catering
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KendalH
Wedding:
10/18/2010
5.0/5.0
I literally cannot say enough good things about Real Food Catering. Yen and Gary are extraordinary and put every effort into ensuring that everything from food to decor runs without a hitch. From our initial meeting to the big day Yen was helpful, informative, and fabulous. The food is simply to die for. Our guests were literally raving about the hors d' oeuvres we chose (and the food was mentioned in more than one toast). Being gluten-free, Real Food was more than able to "cater" to my food needs and all our friends be they vegan or vegetarian or gluten-free like me had more than one delicious dish to chose from. If I could get Real Food to cater my whole life, I absolutely would. My husband and I had a terrific experience, and hey all these 5 star reviews can't be wrong (and they aren't)!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My wedding was on Oct 8th 2010. Yen and Gary made our wedding best of the best and our guests are still talking how perfect our wedding was. Whoever asks me for a caterer,I will definitely recommend Real Food!!
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Anna
Wedding:
9/12/2010
5.0/5.0
If I could give more than 5 stars in each category, I absolutely would. Yen and Gary were amazing to work with from the moment we met them. They are absolute professionals--super organized and highly experienced--yet warm and caring throughout the process.

We wanted the impossible: a cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres and an elegant seated dinner with locally sourced ingredients--ON A BUDGET!! I'm a foodie and my husband's a numbers guy so we really wanted good food while staying within a modest budget. Yen and Gary's prices were by far the most reasonable that we found--especially considering they take care of EVERY detail (the food, the staff, the rentals, the drinks, etc.). I had very specific ideas about the menu--we wanted to do an Argentenian theme since that's where my husband and I started dating--and not only did Yen create a fabulous menu for us, she even let me use my own chimichurri recipe (which the chef prepared perfectly)! The food turned out to be incredible. Every single thing I tasted was not only delicious, but beautifully served and presented. So many guests complimented us for weeks afterward how good the food was.

I already thought the world of Yen and Gary before the wedding just for putting up with all my emails, but the wedding itself surpassed every one of our expectations. The ambiance was magical: simple black and white, with green and white flowers and candles everywhere. We had planned to have the ceremony outside, but it rained the day of. What could have been a crisis was not a problem for them. They set up everything inside and it was even more beautiful than I could have imagined.

The whole evening went flawlessly--thanks to Yen and Gary, we were able to enjoy our own wedding and not worry about anything. Yen thought of all the little things, like when we were doing pictures, she brought us all a plate of hors d'oeuvres (since we were missing cocktail hour). And when I was panicked at the end of the night when I lost my camera, she calmly assured me that we would find it and helped me search all over until we indeed found it!

Anyone getting married in NYC should look no further--you will not get better food, service, and value anywhere (and certainly not from friendlier people)!!
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Jennifer
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
The bride was a vegetarian. The groom was an obnoxious foodie. Half the guests preferred meat and potatoes. The other half had either adventurous palates or tedious dietary restrictions. How Yen and the folks at Real Food Catering reconciled all of these disparate tastes and executed a cohesive (and tasty) menu that elicited glowing feedback from all constituents, I'll never know. But they did.
From our first meeting onward, Yen went above and beyond the typical caterer role and at times almost felt like a wedding planner, offering great feedback and ideas to make the day perfect, the food excellent and the cost under control. Yen worked with us on our budget, helping us make small tweaks to the menu, the party rental furniture and other details so we didn't have to sacrifice to save.
Yen, her wait staff and the bartenders were awesome to work with and totally on top of everything, from the planning through the end of the reception. Also, be sure to include Yen's day-of coordinator, Gary. It was probably the best money we spent on the wedding, and he was a lifesaver throughout the day. We can't recommend him enough.
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ckrussell
Wedding:
8/21/2010
5.0/5.0
Simply put, Yen is incredible. The food was spectacular and if that was all there was to Real Food Catering, it would still be an amazing bargain. But Yen went well beyond merely providing the food. We had a fairly complicated dinner planned (with multiple mini-concerts during dinner performed by our friends) and she figured out how to time everything so our guests had the experience we wanted them to. She made sure everything went smoothly with all the different vendors we had coming in. And I can't even count how many times throughout the night she checked in to make sure everything was as we wanted it. I still get a little emotional when I think about how great a job Yen did and how perfect our wedding was thanks to her.
Services Used: Catering
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jar2124
Wedding:
7/31/2010
5.0/5.0
I honestly cant put into words how much I absolutely adore Yen. From the moment my mother and I sat down in her cozy studio and tasted her impecable food - we fell in love. My family is huge "foodies" and as we tasted her hor deurves, we just looked at each other with no words.. her food just literally melts in your mouth. Everything is so fresh and delicious- it is so NOT your typical wedding food. She is unique, adorable, and is truly there for you to make your wedding unforgettable. Yen honeslty MADE my wedding. To this day guests can not stop talking about the food- especially the dates with almond wrapped in bacon. You Must get these - our guests could not get over them. Gary was there with YEn to help the day run smoothly and he was a HUGE help!!! I truly miss talking to Yen all the time, and miss annoying her with all of my last minute questions. I took all of her professional advice into consideration if I was unsure of something- and everything she told me to do was perfect!!! You could not get any better than Yen.... her mouth watering food, along with the cost is just too good to pass up. SHe truly cares about you as a person and for your big day - SHE IS THE BEST !!!!!!!!! I honestly hope down the road I have another party to cater because YEn will be there !!!!!
Services Used: Catering
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AMcMillan
Wedding:
7/30/2010
5.0/5.0
Yen and Gary were wonderful to work with without a doubt. From the day we went for consultation, we knew they stood out. Not only they cared about each and every wedding, they also put efforts to get to know us better. They have helped us get organized and gave us advices of how to go about the wedding whenever we needed. They were very assuring. Not only that, most importantly, the food they create was just incredible. Everyone was raving how good the food was.
Services Used: Catering
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Amy
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Yen and her team are the epitome of fabulousness. I am a research nerd and I looked at so many reviews on this site and others, and Yen's name kept coming up time and again. Well, the other reviews were right on the money. My husband and I could not have been more pleased with Yen's work. She and her team make you feel that they are genuinely as excited about your big day as you are--Jennifer and Joseph, in particular, were fantastic in making everything run smoothly and making certain that hubs and I were happy throughout. The food received raves--particularly the polenta, steak and fish entrees. The cocktail hour food was also incredible! We had fun planning with Yen, but most of all she inspired confidence and calm in her abilities to pull off a wonderful wedding.
Services Used: Catering
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liznunz
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Yen provided the most wonderful experience for our wedding day! Half of our guests were vegetarians and the other carnivores, and she balanced their needs beautifully. The appetizers were most awesome, and all the guests raved!
Furthermore, Yen's staff was extremely responsive. The service was flawless but not intrusive. The bar was always stocked, and the transition between appetizer to entree to dessert went unnoticed by the guests.
I would use Yen's services over and over again.
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Services Used: Catering
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star7light1982
Wedding:
7/17/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I cannot say enough amazing things about Yen, Gary, and the Read Food Catering team! Not only did they provide the food for our day, but Yen and Gary take on the roll of wedding planners as well. They guided us with our DJ, our bakery, our table/linen rentals, as well as our decor at our venue Studio 450 in NYC. Yen and Gary were very accesible during our planning period - we put a lot of work in pre wedding which made the night go off without a hitch! Almost 9 months later, people are STILL talking about our wedding and a lot of that is thanks to Yen and Gary. If you have a venue that requires you to hire a caterer - dont let that overwhelm you! Hire Yen and Gary and they will walk you through the whole process!
Services Used: Catering
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naomitd
Wedding:
6/27/2010
5.0/5.0
We had an absolute blast at our wedding, and everything ran so smoothly, thanks in large part to this caterer. From the planning process to the actual event, we were so pleased and impressed by the helpfulness, responsiveness and quality of food provided by Real Food Caterers. Having our wedding in a loft, we were a bit nervous at first about being responsible for renting all of the furniture and supplies we would need to pull off our wedding, but we were led through each step of the process by Ms. Ngo, who oversaw everything from the linens to the cupcakes, and was a pleasure to work with. Thanks to her and her team, we felt confident that everything would be taken care of, and it was. And the food was absolutely delicious! All, I must add, for a cost more reasonable than I was able to find from other comparable caterers.
Services Used: Catering
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Barbara
Wedding:
6/19/2010
5.0/5.0
Real Food catered my June 19, 2010 wedding at Midtown Loft, and wow - they did such an amazing job. Our guests were so impressed with the food and the service. Yen is such a professional - I didn't worry about a thing. We could not have been happier!
Services Used: Catering
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Christina
Wedding:
5/15/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were married a little over a week ago, and once all was said and done we both agreed that our decision to hire Real Food to provide the catering at our Studio 450 wedding was hands down the best decision we made in the entire wedding planning process. I was extremely anxious about the wedding planning process, given that my husband and both work at least 80 hours a week, did not have a lot of down time to think through all of the little intricacies and details of the reception, and did not have the monster budget needed to throw a Martha Stewart Weddings-worthy event.

However, Yen totally came to our rescue. She was incredibly reassuring, patient, and professional from the start, and immediately assuaged our anxieties. She took the time to listen to us carefully and was very quickly able to deduce exactly the type of vibe that we wanted our create for our event. She came up with a brilliant, personalized menu that reflected our respective cultural backgrounds (Asian/Latino), which our guests (many of whom are serious foodies) continue to rave about even after the wedding. She also really helped out with mapping out the space and assisting us with aesthetic elements of the event. The other vendors that she recommended (for lighting, cake, and music) were absolutely top notch. Her staff, particularly Gary, the event manager, were super friendly and professional. In our haste to make the rounds with our guests on our wedding day, my husband and I were strategically planning to cut our dinner short, but Gary was savvy enough to anticipate that this would happen, and had taken pains to serve our meals first and to insist that we sit down and eat more than a couple bites in a civilized manner in order to keep our energy up for the rest of the night. :) No regrets, as our entrees were delectable!

In the end, I seriously cannot recommend Yen and her team enough. They were able to help us throw us the wedding of our dreams on a seriously modest budget. My husband and I are actually kind of sad that we won't get to interact with her regularly now that our wedding has come and gone. Please contact us if you have any questions. YEN IS THE BEST!!!
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning
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Alex
Wedding:
4/30/2010
5.0/5.0
Yen and Gary were wonderful to work with from start to finish. We had a ceremony/reception for about 140 at Studio 450 in NYC. Comments from our guest ranged from "elegant," "fantastic food," to "the best wedding ever." Meticulous attention to detail, excellent quality, flexibility, fair and straightforward pricing, all characterize how these folks do business. I don't plan to get married again, but if I do, Yen will be the first person I call!
Services Used: Catering
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Christina
Wedding:
4/24/2010
5.0/5.0
We got married in April 2010 at the Metropolitan Building with 120 guests. We wanted to have a menu that had elements of a Chinese banquet. Instead of blowing smoke up our behinds, Yen let us know realistically what elements would work well in that space and what elements would not work well. We appreciated her professionalism and honesty and in the end it was an unforgettable night. From the table set-up to the h'ors d'oeuvres to the awesome service of the wait staff to the phenomenal dual entree...everything was a hit. So many people came up to us to tell us how great the food was and how attentive the catering staff was. Any doubts I had were obviously dismissed the minute Yen and her team walked in that day! Thanks so much for everything!
Services Used: Catering
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prn
Wedding:
2/6/2010
5.0/5.0
Yen and Real Food Catering performed above and beyond my expectations! The food was fabulous her staff friendly and professional and her willingness to help me, a first time mother of the bride was well beyond what she HAD to do. Also her referals for music, party rentals ,flowers etc were all fantastic. I highly recommend using Real Food Catering no one could have a done a better job.
Services Used: Catering
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Julie
Wedding:
10/11/2009
5.0/5.0
I cannot save enough positive things about Yen and Real Food Catering and am not giving these "5s" lightly! People raved about the food (which was amazing) and it really suited everyone's taste from friends, to family and guests from overseas.

Yen is like a combination caterer and wedding planner and could not have been easier/more fun to work with. Her team is completely professional and even made our initial tasting visit special. They are understated, but always there if you need the slightest thing.

Yen has an incredible aesthetic, so not only is the food wonderful, but it looks beautiful on the plate and she had great suggestions about our table settings as well.

I would recommend her without hesitation and am not exaggerating when I say that she really "made" our wedding. Guests are still talking about it and I credit Yen!
Services Used: Catering
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Richard Cohen
Wedding:
10/4/2009
5.0/5.0
Yen catered our wedding on October 4th and I have to say that people could not stop raving about the quality and service. From the day we hired Yen she helped us with all of our vendors and each person she recommended we ended up hiring. I've never worked with someone so professional and helpful. Get the Skirt Steak, Dumplings, and Chilean Sea Bass!!
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Josh_NYC
Wedding:
9/26/2009
5.0/5.0
I think a lot of people throw around 5-star reviews -- I'd like to say that I don't do that, but I don't see how I could give Yen anything less.

She was great to work with � she will do anything you want, but if you ask her she will give you useful advice based on her experience, which is ample. We had our ceremony and party in the same room, which made her responsibilities for setting up that much more important. In the run-up to the wedding she made us feel very confident and comfortable, because she is a real pro and it shows. The quality of the food was excellent (we got many compliments), and all of the staff members were super-friendly.
Services Used: Catering
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tharrison
Wedding:
8/29/2009
5.0/5.0
There are no words to really express how happy my husband and I were with Yen. Throughout the entire planning process she was there to calm us and assure us of certain things. She is so organized and really knows how to please her clients. The food at our tasting was delicious, but the food at our wedding was even better. Every meal was equally tasty which sometimes get compromised with catering. The cocktail hour was perfect and the dessert was wonderful. Not only did she provide amazing food but her planning and taking charge of the set up was fabulous. When I walked into the venue (which was a raw space) everything was what I wanted and looked perfect. We were supposed to have a hurricane the day of the wedding and Yen kept me updated. I was not nervous at all because i knew my wedding was in the right hands. The weather ended up being perfect and the rain subsided and my day was perfect. In addition to wonderful food, service and staff the price was perfect. I would definitely suggest using Yen for your event and if I were to have another big event I would use her again.
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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sailgrl18
Wedding:
8/22/2009
5.0/5.0
Yen and her staff are amazing. Not only are they attentive but their food is absolutely delicious. Everything from the hors d'oevres to the midnight snack tasted amazing. During the cocktail hour especially, guests could not stop telling us how incredible the hors d'oevres were.
Services Used: Catering
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JOSEPH
Wedding:
8/9/2009
5.0/5.0
August 9, 2009
The Foundry
Long Island City, NY

Real Food Catering turned out to be perfect choice for our New York wedding on a budget. From beginning to end, Yen and her staff were an absolute joy to work with and proved to be extraordinarily professional, classy and personal. During our consultations, it was apparent that she was more than just a caterer but an exceptional event planner. Yen wants the best for her clients and that is just what we got.

One of the challenges in choosing a caterer was that we didn't want the traditional sit-down wedding. We had a lot of personal touches and events planned throughout the evening and we needed a caterer to be flexible and considerate of our ideas. Yen understood this entirely and provided us with great input. She really took the time to get to know us and tailor-fit her food to our wedding and that is what sets Real Food Catering apart from the other caterers we met with.

Another big concern for us was our strict budget. Aside from hiring a caterer and a venue, we pretty much, with the help of our talented friends and family, did everything ourselves in an effort to keep costs down and really make it our own. So when it came to negotiating the catering services, Yen definitely went out of her way to accommodate our needs while still providing five-star results.

I have to mention that Yen was incredibly patient with us as well. Our tastings were repeatedly delayed with our other caterers and we weren't able to make our decision to go with Real Food Catering until about four weeks ahead of the date. Even though, we pretty much knew that it was going to take a lot to make us even consider another caterer after such an elegant and delicious tasting.

What surprised us most about the tasting was 1) it was held right before an actual wedding she was catering so we got to see how smoothly everything ran and gave us an idea of the quality of food she served and 2) it took place at the actual venue we had chosen for our own wedding. We met Yen in the venue's kitchen and a staff member poured us wine while Yen introduced the food and ask what we liked or disliked about it. We basically loved everything -- even the seafood dishes, which I never eat but they looked too delicious to pass up!

We are big foodies and our standards are fairly high and I in particular can be very unforgiving when it comes to freshness and simplicity in a dish and have no reservations about letting those around me know. Yen's food totally exceeded our expectations of what wedding food could be. The presentation of each dish was colorful, modern, hearty and mouth-watering.

Throughout the evening our guests were raving to us about Yen and her staff, but especially about the food. During the cocktail hour, servers brought out what seemed to be an endless array of hors d' oeuvres and each plate took everyone by surprise. We were afraid that by the time the entrees were served our guests would be too full to even approach the buffet, but to our surprise they were lining up as soon as the food was unveiled! Many actually went up for seconds! Our guests couldn't get enough! It was unbelievable and we're thrilled we had chosen Real Food Catering for our big day.

Hors d' oeuvres:
Cheeseburger Sliders
Pork Dumplings w/ Fire Cracker Sauce
Tofu Spring Rolls w/ Hoi Sin Peanut Sauce
Corn Cup Ceviche
Gazpacho Shots

Entrees:
Jamaican Jerk Chicken w/ Crispy Fried Sweet Plantains
Argentinean Steak w/ Chimichurri Sauce
Pasta Primavera (Bell Peppers/ Zuchini/Squash)
Chorizo Tomato Rice (Yellow Bell Peppers)
Gourmet Greens, Walnut, Green Apple & Cider Maple Vinaigrette
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Vansy
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
We got married in a loft and had no experience planning a wedding in an empty space. Yen from Real Food was so fantastic to work with - she gave us so much advice on flow, food, drinks, venue and event planning. She was very reasonably priced and did not include on the huge service fee that a lot of other caterers include in their quotes. Everything on the big day went perfectly - the service and event ran so smoothly. Yen's Event Manager Gary was also very good about managing me and my groom on the big day. The only bad thing is that we didn't have a chance to enjoy the food b/c we were so busy running around but everyone had such a good time and raved about the quality of the food and service! I think it was even better than the tasting - which in itself was gourmet.
Services Used: Catering
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jxp325
Wedding:
8/2/2009
5.0/5.0
My name is Jennifer Paganelli (now Schwartz) and I hired Real Food Catering for my summer wedding at The Foundry in Long Island city and owner Yen Ngo was an absolute DREAM to work with. I can't say enough about her and my husband agrees. She is experienced, understands how to creatively work within your budget and create food that suits your tastes and is stylish. We tasked her with developing a non-stop cocktail hour-esque “slow dinner” for our guests (we didn’t want a formal sit-down dinner) complete with stations and she exceeded our expectations tremendously. All of the food was delicious and unique and no one left hungry. I would absolutely recommend her without a doubt to any bride to be. Most of all, she is ORGANIZED and has done a million weddings so there was no detail she didn’t think of and cover off on. I did not fret one bit over the food or all our rentals - she took care of everything. On top of it her staff was phenomenal. As a former waitress I could really appreciate how professional they were and just a true pleasure to work with. Yen handled all our rentals (chairs for the ceremony, all the items we needed for the cocktail hour, etc) and her day of coordinator made sure everything ran according to schedule. Seriously her food is amazing but more importantly (in my mind at least) she was responsive, organized and a true pro at what she does. Yen and her staff went above and beyond in every way imaginable with our food and we are SO happy we decided to work with her. For example, the last thing I wanted to deal with was choosing which forks we’d use during the cocktail hour and details like that (don’t get me wrong, some brides enjoy these details but I’m a busy professional and wasn’t one of them). I just told Yen what colors we wanted the napkins and table clothes and to go basic on all silver wear and plates and she did (everything looked great). The point is she’s done this so much that she has it down to an art and is willing to follow your lead while interjecting with her professional experience and opinion where and when it counts most. She did not disappoint and it was a true pleasure working with her and her team. She may have been a little more expensive than other vendors but I feel it was worth every penny because I never had to worry about that big part of the wedding. She’s a true pro and i encourage all brides to be to check out her website and consider her. You’ll see a ton of other recommendations on this site for her that match my thoughts as well so rest assured she knows what she is doing and will do a terrific job for you, no matter if you want a four course fancy seated dinner or a less formal cocktail party.
Services Used: Catering
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actdance
Wedding:
7/11/2009
5.0/5.0
Oh My Gosh!! Yen is the best wedding caterer you could find here in the city. My wedding was on 7/11/09. Her food is great. She will work with you to customize your menu. She will help you incorporate your culture, personality and everything you want for your wedding. It's not JUST her food though. It's her service that makes her stand out. I was so fortunate to have her on my wedding. Not only did she give me tips on other aspects of my wedding, she was almost like my day of coordinator. I felt so calm and relaxed having her there. She made sure that everything was going well as we planned and never forgot to take good care of me! AMAZING!!! You will not regret hiring her catering service. It's been over a year since my wedding but when I saw her name here on Wedding Wire, I couldn't help but mention how great she was.

I have other parties that I am planning, smaller than my wedding, but I am definitely going back to Real Food. No Doubt!
Services Used: Catering
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RTobia
Wedding:
6/13/2009
5.0/5.0
Using Real Food Catering was, by far, the best decision that we made for our wedding. Yen helped us to put together an absolutely perfect event and she was a joy to work with from day one. If we were ever nervous about any detail we would just tell ourselves "Everything will be fine. We have Yen." She was patient, professional and always confident and she consistently made us feel like we were her only clients. At times it seemed like she was as excited about our wedding as we were.

Yen's staff is equally delightful and our guests were talking about them weeks later. Our wedding involved some rather significant transitions from one part of the evening to the next (within the same space) and Yen and her staff pulled them all off seamlessly.

There are just not enough words to describe how happy we were with Real Food Catering. Hiring them is definitely be the best decision that you will make!!!
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning
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gabrielle
Wedding:
6/7/2009
5.0/5.0
I would recommend Real Food to any bride to be. Yen, the owner, and her staff were so incredibly thoughtful and professional. Every detail of the food preparation and service was seamless -- and the food itself was delicious. Our guests are still raving about it, and so are we. Hire Real Food; you'll be happy that you did!
Services Used: Catering
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Ada
Wedding:
6/6/2009
5.0/5.0
Yen is a DOLL and a half. Seriously, she is one of the nicest, most energetic people I have ever met. On top of being a good human being, she is the consummate professional. She will help you figure out the best catering plan for your event, and she really listens to what you want as well. She helped us cut our budget by quite a bit, and is not snooty at all about working with a tight budget. You can tell she truly cares about making it work for you. She is incredibly detail-oriented and organized. There is nothing she didn't think of, and prepare for. Honestly, she made our wedding the best night of our lives. Her food is SO tasty, and impeccably presented. I am still dreaming of the truffled grilled cheese and the Peking Duck buns she made for us. YUM! She invites you to do a tasting in the kitchen or backstage at an event, so you can tell what the food will taste like mass-produced (absolutely scrumptious, NO LIES) and even though she was running another event, she never made us feel like our presence was unwanted or like we were in the way.

Her staff was courteous, well-trained, and there for everyone's needs. All our guests complimented the waitstaff on being attentive and nice, and the bartenders for serving tasty, well-mixed drinks effciently so there was NEVER a wait at the bar. And that's pretty hard for a 150 guest wedding with lots of big drinkers!

All in all, if I ever have the occasion to throw another big party, Yen is going to be my first call. And she should be yours!!!
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Natalie
Wedding:
5/31/2009
5.0/5.0
Yen is great - very professional, organized and helpful. The best thing about working with her was that she was always so quick to get back to me and was always very detailed oriented. I had full confidence that she would be able to handle everything, no matter what happened. As a result - I was able to sit back and enjoy my wedding - very important! Book Yen if value, attention to detail and grace under pressure are important to you. She also did a great job recommending other vendors and places to buy things, like candles, etc. She knows her stuff.
Services Used: Catering
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nycweddingclaud
Wedding:
5/24/2009
5.0/5.0
Yen at Real Food Catering was everything my husband and I could have asked for in a caterer. Planning a wedding in NYC can be quite intimidating with so many options, many of them being out of our price range. Yen is the most darling woman and made us feel so comfortable along the way. She was willing to work within our budget without compromising quality or service AT ALL. The food was AMAZING (still getting comments from our guests) - especially about the ice cream sandwiches :) She had great advice based on her significant experience and was so patient with us. Her influence on our wedding went beyond the food and she helped us develop a plan for the entire evening, a floor plan, a flow, a style - everything. She helped keep me calm towards the end when everything started to get pretty stressful. We definitely recommend Yen at Real Food Catering!
Services Used: Catering
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damienlaura
Wedding:
5/21/2009
5.0/5.0
Yen Ngo of realfood was the ultimate pro! She provided us with delicious food, excellent service (her staff was extremely kind!) and was helpful and available at all times.
We loved Yen and her team and would recommend them to anybody!!!
Services Used: Catering
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kswing
Wedding:
5/2/2009
5.0/5.0
Yen was amazing. She was very easy to get in touch with, her choices of food were bountiful, and the food turned out amazing. We are real foodies and was so happy with the quality. The presentation of our appetizers was like art.

The best part was that Yen was so helpful the day of the wedding. We had our wedding in our loft and had not hired a wedding planner. Yen was pretty much our day of wedding planner. She was so organized and calm and really kept the whole day running so smooth.

In addition to Yen being so pleasant and calm, we can't say enough about her staff. They were so attentive and friendly, and really made sure that we didn't have to ask for anything! I not once had to go to the bar to get my champagne filled! They were always there to refill my glass or ask if there was anything else we needed.

I hope that one day we will have the opportunity to work with Yen again.

Katie and Steve Jersey City, NJ
Services Used: Catering
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megan
Wedding:
4/19/2009
5.0/5.0
There are so many things to love about Yen. My husband and I found her so easy to work with from the very beginning - she was responsive, professional, and helpful from day one. All through planning our wedding, the tasting, and up to the day itself, Yen was invaluable with her advice on the food, the flow of the evening, the table arrangement... she really was a wedding planner as much as a caterer. The food at our wedding was incredible - our guests still talk about it. The staff were quick and friendly, and the presentation was extremely elegant. It�s hard to believe how affordable Real Food is. I really think Yen could charge much more for her incredible services!
Services Used: Catering
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lizochka
Wedding:
3/28/2009
5.0/5.0
Hands down, Yen was the best, most professional vendor for our March 28, 2009, wedding. From our very first meeting to our tasting to pre-wedding follow ups, my husband and I were always pleased to see or hear from Yen. Not only is she funny and great to spend time with, she is extremely well organized and knowledgeable about event planning. Her suggestions for organization and layout were excellent - she really knows her stuff.

As for the food, it is incredible. Many of our guests said to us - during the wedding and after - that it was the best catered party they had ever attended. The hors d'oeuvres were stellar, especially the tuna sashimi, and I was wild about the polenta during the buffet.

Yen was also extremely accommodating of our budgetary limitations, and worked with us to create a menu that tasted like a million bucks but only cost a fraction of that.

In short, I give Yen the highest possible recommendation. As soon as I have another big party to throw, I know I'll go straight to her. Anything to eat that polenta again! :)
Services Used: Catering
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Dannielle
Wedding:
2/7/2009
5.0/5.0
Yen and Real Food were fantastic in every way. She was so much more than just a caterer. We went without a wedding planner and she was instrumental in helping us pick our vendors, schedule the day, and turn the empty loft into a wonderful wedding space.
Perhaps most importantly, the food was outstanding. We had assumed when we had the tasting that the food couldn't be as good on the day, but it most certainly was. Our hors d'oeuvres choices were in many different styles (from lobster tacos to bacon wrapped dates) and each style was executed extremely well. The meal itself was delicious. And while we got a tremendous number of compliments on the food, we got just as many on the staff who were both courteous and actually engaged in helping people have a good time.
All in all, a great experience with Yen and Real Food and at an extremely competitive price. Highly recommended.
Services Used: Catering

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