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Rustic Food Custom Catering

Clifton , NJ
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207 Randolph Ave.
Clifton, NJ 07011 US (map)

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973-783-0596
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ABOUT US

Rustic Food Custom Catering is honored to assist bridal couples and their families design a reception inspired by each couple's vision. Rustic Food Custom Catering works closely with our... Read more
Rustic Food Custom Catering is honored to assist bridal couples and their families design a reception inspired by each couple's vision. Rustic Food Custom Catering works closely with our bridal clients to craft a menu and event plan that reflects each couple's individual style, taste and budget.

We offer unique menus and exception cuisine using seasonal ingredients, including our own home grown organic produce. We can fully customize any menu to include vegetarian, vegan and a variety of dietary options - always different, always delicious.
From creative menus to location logistics, event planning, professional chefs, servers and bartenders to china, silver, linens, tables & chairs, Rustic Food will help plan every step to make the day of your dreams come true.
Contact Elaine at 973.783.0596; elaine@rusticfood.com to start planning your perfect wedding! Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Delivery, Set Up
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Asian, French, Italian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Southern
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Outside Alcohol OK
Which of the following items can you provide?
Chairs, Tables
Which of the following items can you provide?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

REVIEWS

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Terry
Wedding:
4/21/2017
2.6/5.0
its been almost 2 months since my daughter's bridal shower and i am still hesitant to write a review. I don't like to be negative when it comes to someone's business, however there were a few items which really did not go well. I had ordered food for 59 guests for the shower. I had 2 late cancellations, which turned out to be a blessing because we ran out of food. As the mother of the bride I went last (along with the maid of honor) to get our breakfast/lunch. The two main courses (breakfast empanata and various quiches) were gone and when I asked the servers if there were more, I was informed that there was none. I immediately called the caterer and told her the situation. she asked to speak to her main server who confirmed that they were short by approximately 5 breakfast/lunches. the only items left were ham, potatoes and blueberry french toast (which was shaped in the form of a muffin and was hard and dry-I do not recommend this item). The coffee was not hot (I was told there was no way to heat the coffee, although I thought a Microwave was supposed to be available) and the servers did not serve the coffee or tea. my guests had to get up and serve themselves. My guests, who did eat the food, told me that it was very good (except for the french toast). As for myself, I cannot give you a total review of the food as I only had ham & potato. Now you can understand why I was not very upset about the 2 late cancellations. If those two women had come to the shower, they would have not had enough food to eat.
its been almost 2 months since my daughter's bridal shower and i am still hesitant to write a review. I don't like to be Read more...
its been almost 2 months since my daughter's bridal shower and i am still hesitant to write a review. I don't like to be negative when it comes to someone's business, however there were a few items which really did not go well. I had ordered food for 59 guests for the shower. I had 2 late cancellations, which turned out to be a blessing because we ran out of food. As the mother of the bride I went last (along with the maid of honor) to get our breakfast/lunch. The two main courses (breakfast empanata and various quiches) were gone and when I asked the servers if there were more, I was informed that there was none. I immediately called the caterer and told her the situation. she asked to speak to her main server who confirmed that they were short by approximately 5 breakfast/lunches. the only items left were ham, potatoes and blueberry french toast (which was shaped in the form of a muffin and was hard and dry-I do not recommend this item). The coffee was not hot (I was told there was no way to heat the coffee, although I thought a Microwave was supposed to be available) and the servers did not serve the coffee or tea. my guests had to get up and serve themselves. My guests, who did eat the food, told me that it was very good (except for the french toast). As for myself, I cannot give you a total review of the food as I only had ham & potato. Now you can understand why I was not very upset about the 2 late cancellations. If those two women had come to the shower, they would have not had enough food to eat. Read less
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Rustic Food Custom Catering responded with the following comments:

I spoke to Terry personally during and directly after her event. We did not “run out of food”. Terry’s menu included baked ham, fritattas, empanadas, French toast, breakfast potatoes, salad, fruit platters, muffins, scones and pastries. The two savory breakfast items proved popular and were eaten first. Some guests returned to the buffet line for seconds before everyone else had eaten.

I worked with Terry over the course of several months in planning her event. The coffee service was always presented as a self-serve station, where guests helped themselves out of thermal carafes. The thermal carafes keep liquids near boiling temperature for up to 8 hours. The coffee station was clearly marked on the floor plans that I created for her. The venue is a florist shop with limited space and power and brewing onsite was not possible.

Terry was offered a choice of a refund on the two entrees for 3 guests and full refunds for her and her daughter or a complimentary brunch for 6 on any weekend, including Mother’s Day. Terry declined the free brunch and chose to accept the refund. The refund was mailed to her and the check was cashed. By omitting that detail, Terry chose to write a misleading and deceptive review of our services.

For a look at a similar brunch that we catered at this venue approximately 2 weeks later, please see our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RusticFoodCustomCatering/photos/pcb.10155400334908092/10155400323228092/?type=3&theater
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/29/2016
5.0/5.0
I want to start off by saying that, after the wedding, a large part of the feedback I've been getting from guests is how good the food was. They said it's the best food they've ever had at a wedding. We already knew this before the wedding, since we had a tasting with Elaine, but it was great to hear others share similar opinions.
When we started this journey, I was a little nervous about the fact that we had to do everything ourselves. We did not book a full service venue. The next easiest thing was use book Elaine and her team because she was able to make the whole process so smooth and easy, from setting up a floor plan for us, to hiring a wait staff and bartenders, to saving us the trouble of having to think about rentals (she works with a rental company and does the ordering for you).
The day of, she knew we'd be busy so Elaine set aside a couple plates of the food from cocktail hour to make sure we were eating. Her team was great at setting up and following the plan I set up for them. They were a huge reason why our day was so perfect, and such a big success. Thanks so much Elaine and team!
I want to start off by saying that, after the wedding, a large part of the feedback I've been getting from guests is how Read more...
I want to start off by saying that, after the wedding, a large part of the feedback I've been getting from guests is how good the food was. They said it's the best food they've ever had at a wedding. We already knew this before the wedding, since we had a tasting with Elaine, but it was great to hear others share similar opinions.
When we started this journey, I was a little nervous about the fact that we had to do everything ourselves. We did not book a full service venue. The next easiest thing was use book Elaine and her team because she was able to make the whole process so smooth and easy, from setting up a floor plan for us, to hiring a wait staff and bartenders, to saving us the trouble of having to think about rentals (she works with a rental company and does the ordering for you).
The day of, she knew we'd be busy so Elaine set aside a couple plates of the food from cocktail hour to make sure we were eating. Her team was great at setting up and following the plan I set up for them. They were a huge reason why our day was so perfect, and such a big success. Thanks so much Elaine and team! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
First off, the food was wonderful (Pro Tip: get the Warm Apple & Cheddar Canapes). And just as important, there was incredible variety. We had guests who were vegan, gluten-free, lactose intolerant, or simply really picky – and they all had plenty to choose from and enjoy. They loved the food and so did we.

The staff were incredibly professional and handled everything with confidence. In addition, they were incredibly friendly, making sure that we (the bride and groom) were well-fed and comfortable throughout our day.

Finally, Elaine (the owner) was a real joy to work with. For us, she was more than a caterer, as she also gave us much-needed advice on how to plan and navigate all the demands of planning our backyard, garden wedding.

Highly recommended
First off, the food was wonderful (Pro Tip: get the Warm Apple & Cheddar Canapes). And just as important, there was Read more...
First off, the food was wonderful (Pro Tip: get the Warm Apple & Cheddar Canapes). And just as important, there was incredible variety. We had guests who were vegan, gluten-free, lactose intolerant, or simply really picky – and they all had plenty to choose from and enjoy. They loved the food and so did we.

The staff were incredibly professional and handled everything with confidence. In addition, they were incredibly friendly, making sure that we (the bride and groom) were well-fed and comfortable throughout our day.

Finally, Elaine (the owner) was a real joy to work with. For us, she was more than a caterer, as she also gave us much-needed advice on how to plan and navigate all the demands of planning our backyard, garden wedding.

Highly recommended Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
0.5/5.0
Only (yet giant) mistake of our wedding. We did a run thru with them 2 weeks before explaining: where cake would be, when to bring it, timing, tray in our room after ceremony, serve "adults" first (room divided in two parts), etc. They kept saying "chill out," they "had it." It was the opposite. People got served dinner INCREDIBLY LATE/COLD - serving order incorrect. Staff didn't move from cocktail hour to dining on time. We asked them to guide guests to head over, they did not. They missed an entire food item specially requested. No food left in room after the ceremony. They asked, "where's cake+knife?" when we had to ASK THEM to bring it out (when we'd told them to take it out early so it wouldn't be super cold). You don't want to have to monitor the whole time and say "do this, do that." Because dessert was an hour late, the photographer and band were not able to attend our bonfire (extremely disappointing). Salads SO overdressed(we said this @tasting). Groom bombarded w/ staff getting ready-super slow dressing (in his area)- he finally had to ask them to leave. Staff walked in front of my dad during his toast. Kosher food/wine left for one table - my mom served it - staff forgot. This was all a huge embarrassment and terrible disappointment that you DO NOT WANT for your special event. If I could redo my wedding, choosing a different caterer is the ONE THING I'd change. I have to say I got a bad vibe from Elaine from the start. Not a nice lady. Not competent. One of the dishes we tried during the tasting was awful. Trust your gut, that's the lesson here. We told Elaine after the fact how disappointing it had been. She said, "Then why did you tip the staff so well?!" This is infuriating. Just because you run a horrible business, does not mean that the wait staff (who we were told by many guests were stoned the whole time) should be punished. It's my father's only daughter's only wedding day - you think he's going to make a scene by not tipping/tipping well?
Only (yet giant) mistake of our wedding. We did a run thru with them 2 weeks before explaining: where cake would be, when Read more...
Only (yet giant) mistake of our wedding. We did a run thru with them 2 weeks before explaining: where cake would be, when to bring it, timing, tray in our room after ceremony, serve "adults" first (room divided in two parts), etc. They kept saying "chill out," they "had it." It was the opposite. People got served dinner INCREDIBLY LATE/COLD - serving order incorrect. Staff didn't move from cocktail hour to dining on time. We asked them to guide guests to head over, they did not. They missed an entire food item specially requested. No food left in room after the ceremony. They asked, "where's cake+knife?" when we had to ASK THEM to bring it out (when we'd told them to take it out early so it wouldn't be super cold). You don't want to have to monitor the whole time and say "do this, do that." Because dessert was an hour late, the photographer and band were not able to attend our bonfire (extremely disappointing). Salads SO overdressed(we said this @tasting). Groom bombarded w/ staff getting ready-super slow dressing (in his area)- he finally had to ask them to leave. Staff walked in front of my dad during his toast. Kosher food/wine left for one table - my mom served it - staff forgot. This was all a huge embarrassment and terrible disappointment that you DO NOT WANT for your special event. If I could redo my wedding, choosing a different caterer is the ONE THING I'd change. I have to say I got a bad vibe from Elaine from the start. Not a nice lady. Not competent. One of the dishes we tried during the tasting was awful. Trust your gut, that's the lesson here. We told Elaine after the fact how disappointing it had been. She said, "Then why did you tip the staff so well?!" This is infuriating. Just because you run a horrible business, does not mean that the wait staff (who we were told by many guests were stoned the whole time) should be punished. It's my father's only daughter's only wedding day - you think he's going to make a scene by not tipping/tipping well? Read less
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Rustic Food Custom Catering responded with the following comments:

I can’t believe that I have to take time out after a year to answer this nonsense, but here goes: This review was not written by the bride (she never contacted us after the reception) It was written by her father, a Manhattan attorney. After failing to threaten us with a frivolous lawsuit requesting three times the cost of the wedding as compensation for “emotional distress”, he has now turned to online reviews to extort money from a small business.
This review is a complete fabrication and distortion of the event. We stand by the quality of our service, our food, our staff and our planning and execution of this complex event.
Barry, if you don’t delete these fake reviews, we will issue a cease and desist order, with these reviews, your “lawsuit” (sent out over your firm’s name) and all previous correspondence attached. A copy of these will be sent to your firm’s managing partner. We will also file complaints with each and every bar association that claims you as a member. If you accuse my staff of illegal drug use and me of incompetence, you’d better have some solid proof handy. Any reader of this review who’d like to hear the full story, I’m happy to oblige – email me at Elaine@rusticfood.com

Elaine Rust
Owner, Rustic Food Custom Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We have nothing but nice things to say about Rustic Food Catering!! Elaine was always quick to respond to our (last minute stress!) emails. Our tasting was lovely. The day of, she and her team (Troy and family) did a wonderful job!! They were so kind to us and our guests. Our favorite drinks were ready for us after the ceremony, and they made special plates of food for us when we were ready. And the menu was so unique!! The food was a huge hit! We will absolutely use Rustic Food Catering again for our next event!!!
We have nothing but nice things to say about Rustic Food Catering!! Elaine was always quick to respond to our (last minute Read more...
We have nothing but nice things to say about Rustic Food Catering!! Elaine was always quick to respond to our (last minute stress!) emails. Our tasting was lovely. The day of, she and her team (Troy and family) did a wonderful job!! They were so kind to us and our guests. Our favorite drinks were ready for us after the ceremony, and they made special plates of food for us when we were ready. And the menu was so unique!! The food was a huge hit! We will absolutely use Rustic Food Catering again for our next event!!! Read less
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Monica
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Rustic Foods catered our rustic chic wedding on 10/12/14. We have nothing but 150% positive feedback regarding Elaine's services. Our family and friends could not stop raving about how delicious EVERYTHING was! Elaine was professional, personable, responsive, detail oriented, organized, and a pleasure to work with so we wanted to emphasize how appreciative we are of all those qualities that were evident in her services. Elaine and her staff played a major role in the successful execution of our event and we want to share with others that they helped make our event a memorable one! If you want high quality food and 150% client satisfaction Rustic Foods is the catering company for you! Again, thanks Elaine to you and all your staff!
Rustic Foods catered our rustic chic wedding on 10/12/14. We have nothing but 150% positive feedback regarding Elaine's Read more...
Rustic Foods catered our rustic chic wedding on 10/12/14. We have nothing but 150% positive feedback regarding Elaine's services. Our family and friends could not stop raving about how delicious EVERYTHING was! Elaine was professional, personable, responsive, detail oriented, organized, and a pleasure to work with so we wanted to emphasize how appreciative we are of all those qualities that were evident in her services. Elaine and her staff played a major role in the successful execution of our event and we want to share with others that they helped make our event a memorable one! If you want high quality food and 150% client satisfaction Rustic Foods is the catering company for you! Again, thanks Elaine to you and all your staff! Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
7/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Elaine provided amazing food for our wedding on 7/5/14. Meat-eaters were happy, as were the vegans and vegetarians, of course! I HIGHLY recommend Rustic Food to anyone looking for a vegan/vegetarian caterer in the NYC metropolitan area.
Elaine provided amazing food for our wedding on 7/5/14. Meat-eaters were happy, as were the vegans and vegetarians, of Read more...
Elaine provided amazing food for our wedding on 7/5/14. Meat-eaters were happy, as were the vegans and vegetarians, of course! I HIGHLY recommend Rustic Food to anyone looking for a vegan/vegetarian caterer in the NYC metropolitan area. Read less
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Meagan
Wedding:
9/1/2013
4.9/5.0
Elaine is a talented and professional caterer. Her menus are creative and delicious. She was flexible with working around a price point and with local and in season ingredients. She helped organize all of the rentals, provided a layout and helped get the reception set up and running smoothly. Every guest I talked to loved the food. I would recommend her to anyone.
Elaine is a talented and professional caterer. Her menus are creative and delicious. She was flexible with working around Read more...
Elaine is a talented and professional caterer. Her menus are creative and delicious. She was flexible with working around a price point and with local and in season ingredients. She helped organize all of the rentals, provided a layout and helped get the reception set up and running smoothly. Every guest I talked to loved the food. I would recommend her to anyone. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Elaine and Rustic foods. My husband and I planned our wedding from 2 states away during our medical residency- Elaine could not have been more helpful and calming during the whole process. We really didn't know what we needed to do to make a wedding happen and Elaine not only made delicious food- but she really made sure that all the details were done seamlessly. She was very helpful in keeping prices down as we were paying for the event ourselves and came up with some great ideas to do so. We opted for a vegetarian menu which many guests had been very nervous about-- we actually had 2 separate people come up to us and say they were considering becoming vegetarian after the wedding food. Everyone complemented us on how great the food was!
We would recommend Rustic catering to anyone! Elaine was prompt, professional, very easy to work with and the food is EXCELLENT!
I cannot say enough good things about Elaine and Rustic foods. My husband and I planned our wedding from 2 states away Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about Elaine and Rustic foods. My husband and I planned our wedding from 2 states away during our medical residency- Elaine could not have been more helpful and calming during the whole process. We really didn't know what we needed to do to make a wedding happen and Elaine not only made delicious food- but she really made sure that all the details were done seamlessly. She was very helpful in keeping prices down as we were paying for the event ourselves and came up with some great ideas to do so. We opted for a vegetarian menu which many guests had been very nervous about-- we actually had 2 separate people come up to us and say they were considering becoming vegetarian after the wedding food. Everyone complemented us on how great the food was!
We would recommend Rustic catering to anyone! Elaine was prompt, professional, very easy to work with and the food is EXCELLENT! Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
5/18/2013
4.7/5.0
I didn't know anyone who had worked with Rustic Food before, so choosing them for our wedding felt like a bit of a gamble at first, but everything worked out wonderfully! Partway into planning our event, we learned we wouldn't be able to rent the kitchen facility nearby our venue -- Elaine from Rustic Food was great, renting mobile ovens and equipment to set up an outdoor kitchen -- and you'd never know from the quality of the food! Our guests all kept commenting that everything was excellent, and we really liked the refreshing selection of dishes--Elaine is very creative, too, and will come up with twists or new dishes based on your favorite foods/requests, like a strawberry-rhubarb sauce for an awesome ice-cream sundae bar! Most importantly, the staff she brought with her were so kind, polite and attentive. So many guests and my family felt they added a special feeling of comfort, fun and ease to the experience. We didn't have an event planner or wedding coordinator, but Elaine coordinated the rentals for us and helped guide the flow on the day of the reception. My recommendation for brides who need a lot of hand-holding is to reach out and make that clear up front -- I sometimes would start to get anxious because I didn't know what should happen when during the planning w/o a coordinator, but the minute I had a question for Elaine, she was super responsive and really did take care of everything!
I didn't know anyone who had worked with Rustic Food before, so choosing them for our wedding felt like a bit of a gamble Read more...
I didn't know anyone who had worked with Rustic Food before, so choosing them for our wedding felt like a bit of a gamble at first, but everything worked out wonderfully! Partway into planning our event, we learned we wouldn't be able to rent the kitchen facility nearby our venue -- Elaine from Rustic Food was great, renting mobile ovens and equipment to set up an outdoor kitchen -- and you'd never know from the quality of the food! Our guests all kept commenting that everything was excellent, and we really liked the refreshing selection of dishes--Elaine is very creative, too, and will come up with twists or new dishes based on your favorite foods/requests, like a strawberry-rhubarb sauce for an awesome ice-cream sundae bar! Most importantly, the staff she brought with her were so kind, polite and attentive. So many guests and my family felt they added a special feeling of comfort, fun and ease to the experience. We didn't have an event planner or wedding coordinator, but Elaine coordinated the rentals for us and helped guide the flow on the day of the reception. My recommendation for brides who need a lot of hand-holding is to reach out and make that clear up front -- I sometimes would start to get anxious because I didn't know what should happen when during the planning w/o a coordinator, but the minute I had a question for Elaine, she was super responsive and really did take care of everything! Read less
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