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Simply Elegant Catering

South Pasadena , CA
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LOCATION

1929 Huntington Drive
South Pasadena, CA US 91030 (map)

PHONE

626-626-7859

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ABOUT US

Mike Faulkner, and his wife Laura, own and operate Simply Elegant Catering. They are passionate about food and entertaining which translates to planning creative menus for personal and... Read more
Mike Faulkner, and his wife Laura, own and operate Simply Elegant Catering. They are passionate about food and entertaining which translates to planning creative menus for personal and business type of social events ranging from; beautiful weddings, bar-bat mitzvah celebrations, holiday gatherings, luau parties, banquets, family reunions… just about any type of event. At Simply Elegant Catering, we believe anything is possible. Let us help you plan your event to create the statement and or memories you want.

We have over 30 years of experience in this business and as a certified food service caterer we have the ability to travel and operate just about anywhere in Southern California. Recent large clients include the Pasadena Tournament of Roses (2,800 guests) and the City of Hope.

Today, Simply Elegant offers the latest, newest, and innovative fresh ideas for your wedding. Our wedding reception ideas, together with our truly magnificent wedding cakes are just one more reason we are referred to year after year by families, event planners, and corporations alike. Our staff is skilled at planning any type of event you might want – weddings, bar-bat mitzvahs… you name it! Corporate accounts welcome!

As a full service company we are prepared to attend to every detail of your event. Leave all the work to us! 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, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), French, Indian, Mexican, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Do you offer a tasting for potential clients?
We offer a complete intimate tasting for two that can be done according to you busy schedule. This is a wonderful time for you to enjoy your selected menu and also to meet our chef
Are you also able to provide the wedding cake?
Yes, We work with an awesome bakery that can also provide samples, either at your tasting or at the bakery
If a bride decides to bring her own wedding cake, do you have a cake cutting fee? If yes, how much is the fee?
We will assist on delivery and set up times And there is never a cake cutting fee
Are you licensed to sell alcohol? If yes, where are you licensed?
we are insured and licensed to serve alcohol
Do you allow outside alcohol? If yes, what is the corkage fee?
We allow outside alcohol. And we can accompany your bar with all of the mixers, ice, and soft drinks. And we never charge a corkage fee
Do you provide rentals for items such as linens and flatware?
We can take care of all your rental needs from china to lounge furniture to tents.
Are you able to provide your own wait staff?
Yes! All of our crew members and bartenders have been with us for many years and are professional, courteous, and knowledgeable.
What is your maximum catering capacity?
9000

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Vanessa
Wedding:
6/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Choosing Simply Elegant to be our caterer was the best decision we ever made. Mike was responsive to our inquiries and a true professional every step of the way. Simply elegant provided amazing food and service. I had guests comment on how tasty our food was! Mike was flexible and innovative with the vision for our wedding. I highly recommend Simply Elegant to cater your next event, you will be in great hands!
Choosing Simply Elegant to be our caterer was the best decision we ever made. Mike was responsive to our inquiries and a Read more...
Choosing Simply Elegant to be our caterer was the best decision we ever made. Mike was responsive to our inquiries and a true professional every step of the way. Simply elegant provided amazing food and service. I had guests comment on how tasty our food was! Mike was flexible and innovative with the vision for our wedding. I highly recommend Simply Elegant to cater your next event, you will be in great hands! Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
6/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Simply Elegant is the best option available for catering your wedding. They are SO flexible, SO nice, and SO helpful. From the moment I first met Mike Faulkner, I knew I wanted him as my caterer. He was very friendly, and obviously cared about giving me the service that I was looking for. He didn't try and sell himself, he simply did everything possible to give me what I imagined for my wedding reception. Then I tried the food, and it was over-the-top, incredible! You will not regret hiring Simply Elegant. They are professional, and know exactly what to do in every circumstance. You'll get exactly what you dreamed for your wedding reception.
Simply Elegant is the best option available for catering your wedding. They are SO flexible, SO nice, and SO helpful. From Read more...
Simply Elegant is the best option available for catering your wedding. They are SO flexible, SO nice, and SO helpful. From the moment I first met Mike Faulkner, I knew I wanted him as my caterer. He was very friendly, and obviously cared about giving me the service that I was looking for. He didn't try and sell himself, he simply did everything possible to give me what I imagined for my wedding reception. Then I tried the food, and it was over-the-top, incredible! You will not regret hiring Simply Elegant. They are professional, and know exactly what to do in every circumstance. You'll get exactly what you dreamed for your wedding reception. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had the most pleasant experience using Mike Faulkner and his company, Simply Elegant Catering. The food was delicious and he provided an abundance of all selections for each guest. From the delicious salad to the tender tri-tips and flavorful salmon and sides, everything was perfect. The wait staff was very friendly and did all they could to respond to any and all requests. They never acted imposed upon, but always quickly and positively responded to every request. They charged very reasonable prices for everything and were flexible to offer any alternative that might help contain costs. I cannot imagine having a better caterer to work with or to take care of a special event.
We had the most pleasant experience using Mike Faulkner and his company, Simply Elegant Catering. The food was delicious Read more...
We had the most pleasant experience using Mike Faulkner and his company, Simply Elegant Catering. The food was delicious and he provided an abundance of all selections for each guest. From the delicious salad to the tender tri-tips and flavorful salmon and sides, everything was perfect. The wait staff was very friendly and did all they could to respond to any and all requests. They never acted imposed upon, but always quickly and positively responded to every request. They charged very reasonable prices for everything and were flexible to offer any alternative that might help contain costs. I cannot imagine having a better caterer to work with or to take care of a special event. Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Simply Elegant Catering was one of the first vendors we signed, because we were totally blown away by their food. Mike, the owner, worked with us to give us whatever we wanted -- lamb kebab instead of chops? No problem. Caprese on a stick? You got it. At one point, my fiancé admitted that yes, he was looking forward to the wedding, but also to the reception appetizers!

Mike was very responsive and helpful, going above and beyond to give us a place to store our alcohol ahead of time, and providing "props" for our reception free of charge. He was always welcoming and enthusiastic, making us feel like he was excited to be a part of our wedding. We never felt like we were just "a job."

Mike's servers were friendly and professional, and the food they delivered the day of the wedding was just as good as what we'd experienced in our tasting many months before. We got a ton of compliments on the food from the guests, and the special cookies and milk shooters he provided were a wonderful end to the night. Seriously -- the cookies? Mike provides them when you come to meet with him. I think I may have scheduled more meetings than actually necessary to get more of those cookies.

We were so impressed with Mike's cooking that we also booked his storefront venue for our rehearsal dinner. Again, Simply Elegant did a great job of catering and keeping our party happy.

I heartily recommend Simply Elegant for your wedding, but make sure you sit down and eat that dinner on your special day, or else you'll just have to hear your family raving about it months after the fact without getting to enjoy it yourself!
Simply Elegant Catering was one of the first vendors we signed, because we were totally blown away by their food. Mike, Read more...
Simply Elegant Catering was one of the first vendors we signed, because we were totally blown away by their food. Mike, the owner, worked with us to give us whatever we wanted -- lamb kebab instead of chops? No problem. Caprese on a stick? You got it. At one point, my fiancé admitted that yes, he was looking forward to the wedding, but also to the reception appetizers!

Mike was very responsive and helpful, going above and beyond to give us a place to store our alcohol ahead of time, and providing "props" for our reception free of charge. He was always welcoming and enthusiastic, making us feel like he was excited to be a part of our wedding. We never felt like we were just "a job."

Mike's servers were friendly and professional, and the food they delivered the day of the wedding was just as good as what we'd experienced in our tasting many months before. We got a ton of compliments on the food from the guests, and the special cookies and milk shooters he provided were a wonderful end to the night. Seriously -- the cookies? Mike provides them when you come to meet with him. I think I may have scheduled more meetings than actually necessary to get more of those cookies.

We were so impressed with Mike's cooking that we also booked his storefront venue for our rehearsal dinner. Again, Simply Elegant did a great job of catering and keeping our party happy.

I heartily recommend Simply Elegant for your wedding, but make sure you sit down and eat that dinner on your special day, or else you'll just have to hear your family raving about it months after the fact without getting to enjoy it yourself! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Mike and his team at Simply Elegant were by far one of our favorite vendors! Mike provides excellent customer service and he is flexible. All of our special requests were honored without hesitation!
On the day of, the service was great and the food was outstanding! Many of our guests complimented the food and asked for their contact. We would highly recommend this company for your special event and especially for your big day! Thank you for making our day feel perfect!!!
Mike and his team at Simply Elegant were by far one of our favorite vendors! Mike provides excellent customer service and Read more...
Mike and his team at Simply Elegant were by far one of our favorite vendors! Mike provides excellent customer service and he is flexible. All of our special requests were honored without hesitation!
On the day of, the service was great and the food was outstanding! Many of our guests complimented the food and asked for their contact. We would highly recommend this company for your special event and especially for your big day! Thank you for making our day feel perfect!!! Read less
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Brenda
Wedding:
12/7/2013
5.0/5.0
I had my wedding on 12/7/13 at Castle Green in Old Town Pasadena. Simply Elegant Catering was one of the many catering options I had to use for my wedding date at Castle Green and I could not be more thrilled with their service and food! They are a FULL service catering company. The did from all the set-up, food and clean up! They are AMAZING!! the food was super delicious, amazing friendly service and they are very wonderful to work with. Mike's entire team is wonderful. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for delicious food and super A++++ service!

thank you!
Brenda
I had my wedding on 12/7/13 at Castle Green in Old Town Pasadena. Simply Elegant Catering was one of the many catering Read more...
I had my wedding on 12/7/13 at Castle Green in Old Town Pasadena. Simply Elegant Catering was one of the many catering options I had to use for my wedding date at Castle Green and I could not be more thrilled with their service and food! They are a FULL service catering company. The did from all the set-up, food and clean up! They are AMAZING!! the food was super delicious, amazing friendly service and they are very wonderful to work with. Mike's entire team is wonderful. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for delicious food and super A++++ service!

thank you!
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Selvia
Wedding:
10/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Mike was very generous to let us bring two more persons during tasting. The food was very good. My guests really enjoy the food, and the staffs are very friendly. Few weeks after my wedding, one of my guests asked me for simply elegant's phone number to use for her sister's wedding. I and my husband glad to choose simply elegant.
Mike was very generous to let us bring two more persons during tasting. The food was very good. My guests really enjoy the Read more...
Mike was very generous to let us bring two more persons during tasting. The food was very good. My guests really enjoy the food, and the staffs are very friendly. Few weeks after my wedding, one of my guests asked me for simply elegant's phone number to use for her sister's wedding. I and my husband glad to choose simply elegant. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Mike and his team are AWSOME!!! They made everything PERFECT!!! The whole team are very good at following the Timeline, but also, good at giving us advices if they think something will work better than the original plan. The set up is pretty and the food is very delicious. Plus, everyone in the team are nice and easy going!! I very enjoy working with the team and looking forward to work with the team again and again:)
Mike and his team are AWSOME!!! They made everything PERFECT!!! The whole team are very good at following the Timeline, Read more...
Mike and his team are AWSOME!!! They made everything PERFECT!!! The whole team are very good at following the Timeline, but also, good at giving us advices if they think something will work better than the original plan. The set up is pretty and the food is very delicious. Plus, everyone in the team are nice and easy going!! I very enjoy working with the team and looking forward to work with the team again and again:) Read less
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keith
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Mike and Laura was a very important part of our special day. The food and service was amazing. Mike is very attentive to all your needs and will do his best to make your dream day come true. We thank you guys so much and can't wait to have our baby shower when it comes wink wink catered by SEC.
Mike and Laura was a very important part of our special day. The food and service was amazing. Mike is very attentive to Read more...
Mike and Laura was a very important part of our special day. The food and service was amazing. Mike is very attentive to all your needs and will do his best to make your dream day come true. We thank you guys so much and can't wait to have our baby shower when it comes wink wink catered by SEC. Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Mike and Laura made our wedding a dream come true. Not only was the food spectacular, Mike was willing to go the extra mile to personalize our wedding. He worked with us through several obstacles of having a wedding at home. The twice baked potato was the best thing I have ever eaten. We also recommend all people Mike works with, especially, Brian, who does lighting and is a class act. Between the ambiance of the lighting and the delicious food, we could not be happier.
Mike and Laura made our wedding a dream come true. Not only was the food spectacular, Mike was willing to go the extra Read more...
Mike and Laura made our wedding a dream come true. Not only was the food spectacular, Mike was willing to go the extra mile to personalize our wedding. He worked with us through several obstacles of having a wedding at home. The twice baked potato was the best thing I have ever eaten. We also recommend all people Mike works with, especially, Brian, who does lighting and is a class act. Between the ambiance of the lighting and the delicious food, we could not be happier. Read less
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Lupe
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Mike and his staff were a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process! From the beginning, he got back to me with a proposal right away and the free tasting he provided was top notch. The food at the wedding was excellent. His staff was very professional. He made my life so much easier by connecting me to a good baker and renting all the linens, plates, silverware, etc. for me. Would definitely book Mike and his staff again!
Mike and his staff were a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process! From the beginning, he got back to me with Read more...
Mike and his staff were a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process! From the beginning, he got back to me with a proposal right away and the free tasting he provided was top notch. The food at the wedding was excellent. His staff was very professional. He made my life so much easier by connecting me to a good baker and renting all the linens, plates, silverware, etc. for me. Would definitely book Mike and his staff again! Read less
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josh
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
This catering company is by far the best out of the 20 to 30 I researched before choosing them, as well as providing better service and food than any other wedding or event that I have ever been to, (I have been to many). I will start with the attentiveness, friendliness, and professionalism of the the staff, from the bartenders to the wait staff, and chef's I have never experienced such sweet and helpful people. When you add mike to the top of that, you get the best service you could possibly hope for. There was no complication or hindrance that could slow him or his staff down, and always with a smile and a friendly tone would they quickly solve or answer any question or problem. My newlywed wife and myself can not possibly recommend Simply Elegant enough, they were one of the brightest spots on an otherwise rainy day.
This catering company is by far the best out of the 20 to 30 I researched before choosing them, as well as providing Read more...
This catering company is by far the best out of the 20 to 30 I researched before choosing them, as well as providing better service and food than any other wedding or event that I have ever been to, (I have been to many). I will start with the attentiveness, friendliness, and professionalism of the the staff, from the bartenders to the wait staff, and chef's I have never experienced such sweet and helpful people. When you add mike to the top of that, you get the best service you could possibly hope for. There was no complication or hindrance that could slow him or his staff down, and always with a smile and a friendly tone would they quickly solve or answer any question or problem. My newlywed wife and myself can not possibly recommend Simply Elegant enough, they were one of the brightest spots on an otherwise rainy day. Read less
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Jeff
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Mike and Anthony and everyone at Simply Elegant were wonderful. Simply Elegant was one of our venue's preferred caterers, and while we contacted several of the preferred caterers, Mike and his wife Laura were the first to get back to us. We had our tasting with him and decided not to look any further. The food was incredible, and their responsiveness was great. Every meeting included cookies and coffee, which was a nice plus. But more important than anything, the day of went off without a hitch. I still have people complimenting me on our food, and I was personally really impressed by the service and the bartenders. I was also impressed by Mike's general approach to our event---everything is customer oriented. You want to go cheap? Mike will make it happen. Want to buy your own booze? Perfect, here's how much you'll need. Need a last-minute substitution or addition? No problem, we're on it. It all felt very anti-wedding-industry, in a really refreshing way. They also recommended our day-of planner (Samantha Sisk of La Bella Dia), who was amazing. Overall, Simply Elegant was incredible to work with, and I would recommend them without hesitation.
Mike and Anthony and everyone at Simply Elegant were wonderful. Simply Elegant was one of our venue's preferred caterers, Read more...
Mike and Anthony and everyone at Simply Elegant were wonderful. Simply Elegant was one of our venue's preferred caterers, and while we contacted several of the preferred caterers, Mike and his wife Laura were the first to get back to us. We had our tasting with him and decided not to look any further. The food was incredible, and their responsiveness was great. Every meeting included cookies and coffee, which was a nice plus. But more important than anything, the day of went off without a hitch. I still have people complimenting me on our food, and I was personally really impressed by the service and the bartenders. I was also impressed by Mike's general approach to our event---everything is customer oriented. You want to go cheap? Mike will make it happen. Want to buy your own booze? Perfect, here's how much you'll need. Need a last-minute substitution or addition? No problem, we're on it. It all felt very anti-wedding-industry, in a really refreshing way. They also recommended our day-of planner (Samantha Sisk of La Bella Dia), who was amazing. Overall, Simply Elegant was incredible to work with, and I would recommend them without hesitation. Read less
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Crystal
Wedding:
6/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Mike was a wonderful caterer. He and his team are so professional and were such a major help the day of my event. Throughout the whole planning process of my wedding Mike was there to lend a hand a offer help anyway that he could. I would definitely recommend Mike to anyone looking to make their day that much more special. Our guest just gushed over how wonderful the food tasted and how willing his staff was to go out of their way for our guest. Mike is did an amazing job from the setup of our wedding, food, and just overall service. I will definitely be using his services again and would recommend him to anyone looking to plan an event.
Mike was a wonderful caterer. He and his team are so professional and were such a major help the day of my event. Read more...
Mike was a wonderful caterer. He and his team are so professional and were such a major help the day of my event. Throughout the whole planning process of my wedding Mike was there to lend a hand a offer help anyway that he could. I would definitely recommend Mike to anyone looking to make their day that much more special. Our guest just gushed over how wonderful the food tasted and how willing his staff was to go out of their way for our guest. Mike is did an amazing job from the setup of our wedding, food, and just overall service. I will definitely be using his services again and would recommend him to anyone looking to plan an event. Read less
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Jenn
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Simply Elegant Catering was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding reception! The team at Simply Elegant is extremely responsive, flexible and great to work with. My wedding coordinator and I worked directly with Mike. He made me feel as if he truly cared about the success of our wedding and that it was not just another catering job. Since June is a prime time for weddings in Pasadena, CA, it is certainly a busy time for Simply Elegant - however, Mike was on top of it all from beginning to end. My guests thoroughly enjoyed their meals and we really appreciate the time and effort Mike put into working with our modest budget. I HIGHLY recommend this catering company.
Simply Elegant Catering was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding reception! The team at Simply Elegant is Read more...
Simply Elegant Catering was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding reception! The team at Simply Elegant is extremely responsive, flexible and great to work with. My wedding coordinator and I worked directly with Mike. He made me feel as if he truly cared about the success of our wedding and that it was not just another catering job. Since June is a prime time for weddings in Pasadena, CA, it is certainly a busy time for Simply Elegant - however, Mike was on top of it all from beginning to end. My guests thoroughly enjoyed their meals and we really appreciate the time and effort Mike put into working with our modest budget. I HIGHLY recommend this catering company. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Simply Elegant Catering was great!
Simply Elegant Catering was great!
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Carla
Wedding:
5/31/2013
5.0/5.0
We used Mike and his team at Simply Elegant to caterer our wedding at Castle Green and for an after party at our home the next day. I can't say enough great things about this experience! After interviewing 3 caterers and having 2 tastings our decision to go with Simply Elegant was an easy one. And now that the wedding is behind us, we know we made the right choice for catering! Mike provided great guidance on planning a meal that met our needs and yet was so open to our ideas/suggestions and feedback. He was very patient and responded so quickly to emails/texts which made our planning process go very smoothly. We selected all our rentals including chargers, and table linens etc. through them and Mike did a great job helping us find something that met our vision. Everything at the wedding was exactly how we had planned!
Mike allowed us to personalize our experience by using homemade recipes for one of the appetizers! We had some tough food critics at our wedding, given the bride's brother is an executive chef and everyone including him raved about how amazing all the food was. Weeks later people are still talking about the food at our wedding! His staff is so professional too!
The after party was a more casual event with BBQ food and once again the Simply Elegant team provided top rated customer service, amazing food and a fun party!
We are so happy we choose Simply Elegant for our special day, they really did an outstanding job. We plan to use them again for any catering needs our family may have in the future. Thank you to Mike and his team for filling up our guests with delicious and memorable food!
We used Mike and his team at Simply Elegant to caterer our wedding at Castle Green and for an after party at our home the Read more...
We used Mike and his team at Simply Elegant to caterer our wedding at Castle Green and for an after party at our home the next day. I can't say enough great things about this experience! After interviewing 3 caterers and having 2 tastings our decision to go with Simply Elegant was an easy one. And now that the wedding is behind us, we know we made the right choice for catering! Mike provided great guidance on planning a meal that met our needs and yet was so open to our ideas/suggestions and feedback. He was very patient and responded so quickly to emails/texts which made our planning process go very smoothly. We selected all our rentals including chargers, and table linens etc. through them and Mike did a great job helping us find something that met our vision. Everything at the wedding was exactly how we had planned!
Mike allowed us to personalize our experience by using homemade recipes for one of the appetizers! We had some tough food critics at our wedding, given the bride's brother is an executive chef and everyone including him raved about how amazing all the food was. Weeks later people are still talking about the food at our wedding! His staff is so professional too!
The after party was a more casual event with BBQ food and once again the Simply Elegant team provided top rated customer service, amazing food and a fun party!
We are so happy we choose Simply Elegant for our special day, they really did an outstanding job. We plan to use them again for any catering needs our family may have in the future. Thank you to Mike and his team for filling up our guests with delicious and memorable food! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Jon
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
So honored to give this review (and recommendation) for Mike Faulkner and Simply Elegant Catering. Miranda and I started our caterer search last summer and were so happy to find Mike. He and his wife immediately responded to our us, providing all necessary info, and within a week we had scheduled our tasting. The food was plentiful and delicious, and the process was easy and fun. We really can't say enough good things about Mike.

Admittedly, we made a lot of changes in the months leading up to our wedding, and Mike rolled with punches. He made helpful suggestions and went above and beyond to find the things that would make my wife's vision of our tables come to life. Mike graciously allowed us time to come in and meet in person to discuss and view our different options. One day, he even drove around last minute to two different rental companies so we could see our complete table setting together. He always made us feel at ease and like his most important client.

Our dinner was very formal, and Mike and his staff took care of everyone wonderfully. We received many amazing compliments on the food. Our guests were very impressed how the tri tip and the stuffed chicken were cooked and with their great flavor The biggest hit was Mike's vegetable wellington--it was a main vegetarian dish that he made into a side, and our guests couldn't stop asking about it.

The most important point in this entire review is that Mike is simply a wonderful person who genuinely cares that your big day is enjoyable and exactly how you want it. He is the type of person you want to have in your corner because you will always feel cared for and secure that your event will be amazing with Simply Elegant Catering. I don't give many referrals, ever. But, I was so impressed with Mike's business, attitude and genuine spirit that I'm happy to write this recommendation. Feel free to ask Mike for my personal email; I'm happy to continue the praise.

-Jon & Miranda
So honored to give this review (and recommendation) for Mike Faulkner and Simply Elegant Catering. Miranda and I started Read more...
So honored to give this review (and recommendation) for Mike Faulkner and Simply Elegant Catering. Miranda and I started our caterer search last summer and were so happy to find Mike. He and his wife immediately responded to our us, providing all necessary info, and within a week we had scheduled our tasting. The food was plentiful and delicious, and the process was easy and fun. We really can't say enough good things about Mike.

Admittedly, we made a lot of changes in the months leading up to our wedding, and Mike rolled with punches. He made helpful suggestions and went above and beyond to find the things that would make my wife's vision of our tables come to life. Mike graciously allowed us time to come in and meet in person to discuss and view our different options. One day, he even drove around last minute to two different rental companies so we could see our complete table setting together. He always made us feel at ease and like his most important client.

Our dinner was very formal, and Mike and his staff took care of everyone wonderfully. We received many amazing compliments on the food. Our guests were very impressed how the tri tip and the stuffed chicken were cooked and with their great flavor The biggest hit was Mike's vegetable wellington--it was a main vegetarian dish that he made into a side, and our guests couldn't stop asking about it.

The most important point in this entire review is that Mike is simply a wonderful person who genuinely cares that your big day is enjoyable and exactly how you want it. He is the type of person you want to have in your corner because you will always feel cared for and secure that your event will be amazing with Simply Elegant Catering. I don't give many referrals, ever. But, I was so impressed with Mike's business, attitude and genuine spirit that I'm happy to write this recommendation. Feel free to ask Mike for my personal email; I'm happy to continue the praise.

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Services Used: Catering
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Olivia
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Great caterer! Food was delicious, and mike was so easy to work with! They take care I rentals as well! We got married at Castle Green and they know the venue so well, it made it even easier to get things done.
Great caterer! Food was delicious, and mike was so easy to work with! They take care I rentals as well! We got married at Read more...
Great caterer! Food was delicious, and mike was so easy to work with! They take care I rentals as well! We got married at Castle Green and they know the venue so well, it made it even easier to get things done. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Joe
Wedding:
3/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Simply Elegant is everything we could ask for when it came to catering our wedding. We had so many compliments on the food, the service, and the table settings. The servers and bartenders were top notch and always very kind to all our requests on the big day. But most importantly, Mike and Laura were always so helpful when we were clueless, quick to respond when we had questions and requests, and the fresh baked cookies and treats made us feel so welcomed when we had to stop by. We would happily recommend Simply Elegant to anyone in need of catering services for an event.
Simply Elegant is everything we could ask for when it came to catering our wedding. We had so many compliments on the Read more...
Simply Elegant is everything we could ask for when it came to catering our wedding. We had so many compliments on the food, the service, and the table settings. The servers and bartenders were top notch and always very kind to all our requests on the big day. But most importantly, Mike and Laura were always so helpful when we were clueless, quick to respond when we had questions and requests, and the fresh baked cookies and treats made us feel so welcomed when we had to stop by. We would happily recommend Simply Elegant to anyone in need of catering services for an event. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Barbara
Wedding:
12/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Mike Faulkner provided a great meal and evening!!! The food was wonderful and the staff was great. We could not have asked for anything more. We did food tastings with him months before the wedding and it was so much fun. They made a special holiday chex mix they had at each bar and they served milk and freshly made chocolate chip cookies at the end of the evening.
Mike Faulkner provided a great meal and evening!!! The food was wonderful and the staff was great. We could not have asked Read more...
Mike Faulkner provided a great meal and evening!!! The food was wonderful and the staff was great. We could not have asked for anything more. We did food tastings with him months before the wedding and it was so much fun. They made a special holiday chex mix they had at each bar and they served milk and freshly made chocolate chip cookies at the end of the evening. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Out of all the vendors I used for my wedding, Simply Elegant was the best. My guests couldn't stop raving about the food. Mike was pleasant to work with and was genuinely excited for me and my (now) husband. Mike never made me feel like I was bothering him and since he knew the venue like the back of his hand, I was able to rely on him to answer questions about it. His staff was great and professional. And you just can't beat the price. Have you heard of the saying "you get what you pay for?" Well with Simply Elegant you get so much more than what you pay for. You won't have to worry about thing. Mike will take care of it for you. At my wedding it was "Adults Only." I even called my guests with kids to remind them "no kids." But you always get that one that brings theirs. Luckily, Mike had prepared a kids meal just in case this happened. I never asked him to. He was just prepared. How great is that?! You won't be disappointed if you use Simply Elegant.
Out of all the vendors I used for my wedding, Simply Elegant was the best. My guests couldn't stop raving about the food. Read more...
Out of all the vendors I used for my wedding, Simply Elegant was the best. My guests couldn't stop raving about the food. Mike was pleasant to work with and was genuinely excited for me and my (now) husband. Mike never made me feel like I was bothering him and since he knew the venue like the back of his hand, I was able to rely on him to answer questions about it. His staff was great and professional. And you just can't beat the price. Have you heard of the saying "you get what you pay for?" Well with Simply Elegant you get so much more than what you pay for. You won't have to worry about thing. Mike will take care of it for you. At my wedding it was "Adults Only." I even called my guests with kids to remind them "no kids." But you always get that one that brings theirs. Luckily, Mike had prepared a kids meal just in case this happened. I never asked him to. He was just prepared. How great is that?! You won't be disappointed if you use Simply Elegant. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Anabel
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Mike and Laura were wonderful from the very beginning of our planning all te way to the execution of our event! We started meeting with Mike a little over a year prior to our wedding day and he always made us feel like a priority! He is keen on detail and for me that was major! My highest regards for his customer service!

As for his product, well.....folks are still raving about how yummy the food was and it has almost been a month! His food was prepared the same day so was deliciously fresh! His staff was super friendly and very professional. Once again my highest regards on services rendered.

Overall Mike and Simply Elegant Catering get our full appreciation and 100% recommendation!
Mike and Laura were wonderful from the very beginning of our planning all te way to the execution of our event! We started Read more...
Mike and Laura were wonderful from the very beginning of our planning all te way to the execution of our event! We started meeting with Mike a little over a year prior to our wedding day and he always made us feel like a priority! He is keen on detail and for me that was major! My highest regards for his customer service!

As for his product, well.....folks are still raving about how yummy the food was and it has almost been a month! His food was prepared the same day so was deliciously fresh! His staff was super friendly and very professional. Once again my highest regards on services rendered.

Overall Mike and Simply Elegant Catering get our full appreciation and 100% recommendation! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Holly
Wedding:
3/21/2009
5.0/5.0
Simply Elegant Catering did a fabulous job! My husband and I could not have been more pleased with the outstanding service they provided. The linens/rentals were great and the food was amazing! They truly made my wedding day that much more special.
Simply Elegant Catering did a fabulous job! My husband and I could not have been more pleased with the outstanding service Read more...
Simply Elegant Catering did a fabulous job! My husband and I could not have been more pleased with the outstanding service they provided. The linens/rentals were great and the food was amazing! They truly made my wedding day that much more special. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Carrie
Wedding:
9/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Simply Elegant Catering! I love these people! We received sooo many compliments on our food at the wedding and I even had a few people go out of their way to tell me how fun and friendly all of the staff was! Mike and Laura are so good at what they do! I feel so lucky to have found them - they made our day so easy and it all tasted so good. I cannot recommend them enough! I LOVE Simply Elegant Catering! I am looking forward to our next big event so I can work with them again! Yummy!!!
Simply Elegant Catering! I love these people! We received sooo many compliments on our food at the wedding and I even had Read more...
Simply Elegant Catering! I love these people! We received sooo many compliments on our food at the wedding and I even had a few people go out of their way to tell me how fun and friendly all of the staff was! Mike and Laura are so good at what they do! I feel so lucky to have found them - they made our day so easy and it all tasted so good. I cannot recommend them enough! I LOVE Simply Elegant Catering! I am looking forward to our next big event so I can work with them again! Yummy!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Arianne
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Simply Elegant is simply awesome! Mike clearly is very passionate about food, and that enthusiasm carries over into every aspect of his business. The personal service and attention to detail he showed during our initial meeting convinced us we had finally found the right company. That meeting set the bar pretty high, yet he still managed to exceed our expectations. He worked with us every step of the way to ensure that we were happy with our choices. I cannot imagine finding a caterer who cares more about their clients or the quality of their final product. We've had several people contact us since the wedding just to say how much they enjoyed the food, the most common phrase being, "the best wedding food I've ever had."
Simply Elegant is simply awesome! Mike clearly is very passionate about food, and that enthusiasm carries over into every Read more...
Simply Elegant is simply awesome! Mike clearly is very passionate about food, and that enthusiasm carries over into every aspect of his business. The personal service and attention to detail he showed during our initial meeting convinced us we had finally found the right company. That meeting set the bar pretty high, yet he still managed to exceed our expectations. He worked with us every step of the way to ensure that we were happy with our choices. I cannot imagine finding a caterer who cares more about their clients or the quality of their final product. We've had several people contact us since the wedding just to say how much they enjoyed the food, the most common phrase being, "the best wedding food I've ever had." Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Kat
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Mike and Laura from Simply Elegant Catering are a class act. Our venue gave us 4 catering options to choose from and although they were not the least expensive of the 4, they had the best quality of food and service for the price. I say you can't put a number on ease of mind and let me just say that Mike and Laura exceeded our expectations. He offered us one tasting and it came down to them and another company. When the other company offered us prime rib, Mike was willing to give us a second tasting with prime rib at no extra cost. He didn't even charge us for our first tasting. He was very open to our wants and dislikes. The quality of food exceeded the other company and Mike's customer service was impeccable. And if you think they only serve meat dishes you are wrong. Mike gave us a menu for many of our vegetarian guests. At the end of the reception, all of them came up to us and said that was the best vegetarian menu they've had at any wedding. We also served salmon and prime rib that night, which everyone loved. On the day of the event, I have to admit I dropped the ball on a couple of items but Mike rolled with the punches and straightened out my mess without contacting me. I never learned about any of the problems until after the wedding because he handled everything and remained calm throughout. Everything ran smoothly and I saw no hiccups. Our guest and my husband and I had an amazing reception because of Simply Elegant Catering. Everyone loved the food, drinks, desserts, and service all thanks to Mike and Laura. I hope to use them for other future events. Thank you Simply Elegant Catering.
Mike and Laura from Simply Elegant Catering are a class act. Our venue gave us 4 catering options to choose from and Read more...
Mike and Laura from Simply Elegant Catering are a class act. Our venue gave us 4 catering options to choose from and although they were not the least expensive of the 4, they had the best quality of food and service for the price. I say you can't put a number on ease of mind and let me just say that Mike and Laura exceeded our expectations. He offered us one tasting and it came down to them and another company. When the other company offered us prime rib, Mike was willing to give us a second tasting with prime rib at no extra cost. He didn't even charge us for our first tasting. He was very open to our wants and dislikes. The quality of food exceeded the other company and Mike's customer service was impeccable. And if you think they only serve meat dishes you are wrong. Mike gave us a menu for many of our vegetarian guests. At the end of the reception, all of them came up to us and said that was the best vegetarian menu they've had at any wedding. We also served salmon and prime rib that night, which everyone loved. On the day of the event, I have to admit I dropped the ball on a couple of items but Mike rolled with the punches and straightened out my mess without contacting me. I never learned about any of the problems until after the wedding because he handled everything and remained calm throughout. Everything ran smoothly and I saw no hiccups. Our guest and my husband and I had an amazing reception because of Simply Elegant Catering. Everyone loved the food, drinks, desserts, and service all thanks to Mike and Laura. I hope to use them for other future events. Thank you Simply Elegant Catering. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Elena
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Picking Simply Elegant was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! From the first meeting throughout the whole process, we sincerely appreciated the personable service that we received from Mike and Laura. We didn't feel like another customer that needed to be "sold" on a service. They truly cared about our event and they were dedicated to working with us to make our vision come alive. Throughout the process, they made themselves fully available to us to contact them at any time with any questions or concerns. They consistently demonstrated commitment to responding to us in a timely manner as well. Mike made himself available to meet with us several times before the event to work through the many details that evolved throughout the process.
These meetings were invaluable! Early on, he also recommended other vendors whom we were exceptionally pleased with as well. On the day of our wedding, everything ran smoothly and many of our guests have commented how excellent the food and service were. We felt the same way- the catering staff truly embodied the same personable service that we had received all along and we were especially impressed with how attentive they were to us as the bride and groom. We are very grateful for having had the opportunity to work with such wonderful people, we hold no reservation in recommending Simply Elegant, and we would welcome the opportunity to work with them again in the future!
Picking Simply Elegant was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! From the first meeting throughout the whole Read more...
Picking Simply Elegant was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! From the first meeting throughout the whole process, we sincerely appreciated the personable service that we received from Mike and Laura. We didn't feel like another customer that needed to be "sold" on a service. They truly cared about our event and they were dedicated to working with us to make our vision come alive. Throughout the process, they made themselves fully available to us to contact them at any time with any questions or concerns. They consistently demonstrated commitment to responding to us in a timely manner as well. Mike made himself available to meet with us several times before the event to work through the many details that evolved throughout the process.
These meetings were invaluable! Early on, he also recommended other vendors whom we were exceptionally pleased with as well. On the day of our wedding, everything ran smoothly and many of our guests have commented how excellent the food and service were. We felt the same way- the catering staff truly embodied the same personable service that we had received all along and we were especially impressed with how attentive they were to us as the bride and groom. We are very grateful for having had the opportunity to work with such wonderful people, we hold no reservation in recommending Simply Elegant, and we would welcome the opportunity to work with them again in the future! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Laura
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Food is one of the most important elements of your event- and receiving countless compliments from your guests is the sign of a job well done. We worked with Mike and Laura at Simply Elegant for over a year planning our wedding and we could not have been happier with the results. The food was delicious, they were organized and professional. They were happy to accommodate all of our special requests and extremely patient every time i changed my mind. Our final wedding menu was perfect- and well executed. Their prices are extremely reasonable for the high quality they deliver. I highly recommend their catering services!!
Food is one of the most important elements of your event- and receiving countless compliments from your guests is the sign Read more...
Food is one of the most important elements of your event- and receiving countless compliments from your guests is the sign of a job well done. We worked with Mike and Laura at Simply Elegant for over a year planning our wedding and we could not have been happier with the results. The food was delicious, they were organized and professional. They were happy to accommodate all of our special requests and extremely patient every time i changed my mind. Our final wedding menu was perfect- and well executed. Their prices are extremely reasonable for the high quality they deliver. I highly recommend their catering services!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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kathy
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Simply Elegant Caterer Company was the catering company for my wedding. We met with the owner, Mike, and had our tasting. After our tasting, we knew that we didn't even need to meet with other caterers because Mike's food is SO good. He has reasonable prices, AMAZING food, and is extremely professional. On your wedding day, things are very stressful and chaotic. With Mike, you don't have to worry. He arrived to my venue early and took care of everything. Everything (tables, chairs, table settings, etc) was set up hours before anyone ever arrived. His wait staff was incredibly professional and sweet. They made sure I along with my groom actually ate during our cocktail hour and were well hydrated. I would highly recommend Simply Elegant for ANY event!
Simply Elegant Caterer Company was the catering company for my wedding. We met with the owner, Mike, and had our tasting. Read more...
Simply Elegant Caterer Company was the catering company for my wedding. We met with the owner, Mike, and had our tasting. After our tasting, we knew that we didn't even need to meet with other caterers because Mike's food is SO good. He has reasonable prices, AMAZING food, and is extremely professional. On your wedding day, things are very stressful and chaotic. With Mike, you don't have to worry. He arrived to my venue early and took care of everything. Everything (tables, chairs, table settings, etc) was set up hours before anyone ever arrived. His wait staff was incredibly professional and sweet. They made sure I along with my groom actually ate during our cocktail hour and were well hydrated. I would highly recommend Simply Elegant for ANY event! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Michelle
Wedding:
6/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Where can we start with Simply Elegant Catering? For our wedding we went really outside the box in regards to our food choices. We wanted unique appetizers, different wedding food, specialty cocktails a unique ceremony seating layout - the list can go on and on. Mike and his team were outstanding - They took every one of our ideas and executed them perfectly. The pricing was great as the team at Simply Elegant worked to meet our budget needs while ensuring that our personal touches were there. The team was always responsive to our needs, got back to us quickly and most importantly were honest and willing to make our ideas come to life. Our wedding was a month ago and we are still hearing about how good the food was and how neat our ceremony seating was.
If you need a caterer in the LA area we couldn't recommend a company more. Use simply elegant catering you won't be disappointed.
Where can we start with Simply Elegant Catering? For our wedding we went really outside the box in regards to our food Read more...
Where can we start with Simply Elegant Catering? For our wedding we went really outside the box in regards to our food choices. We wanted unique appetizers, different wedding food, specialty cocktails a unique ceremony seating layout - the list can go on and on. Mike and his team were outstanding - They took every one of our ideas and executed them perfectly. The pricing was great as the team at Simply Elegant worked to meet our budget needs while ensuring that our personal touches were there. The team was always responsive to our needs, got back to us quickly and most importantly were honest and willing to make our ideas come to life. Our wedding was a month ago and we are still hearing about how good the food was and how neat our ceremony seating was.
If you need a caterer in the LA area we couldn't recommend a company more. Use simply elegant catering you won't be disappointed. Read less
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Brian and Shauna
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Mike and his amazing crew were fantastic in every stage from the planning to putting on a fantastic wedding. If you're looking for a friendly caterer that you can trust, Simply Elegant Catering is a sure thing. After looking at multiple catering companies, we decided very quickly to book with them. Mike is extremely knowledgable with great experience and made us feel like royalty from the moment we met with him. Simply Elegant is extremely responsive as Mike will give you every contact number, email, address, etc. to make sure you can get a hold of him at any time. If that's enough, you can be sure the food will be delicious, served hot, on time, and in an elegant manner just like their name says. Simply Elegant Catering is 5-stars all the way and we definitely recommend them. Consider yourself lucky if you're able to book them as your caterer. You won't be disappointed.
Mike and his amazing crew were fantastic in every stage from the planning to putting on a fantastic wedding. If you're Read more...
Mike and his amazing crew were fantastic in every stage from the planning to putting on a fantastic wedding. If you're looking for a friendly caterer that you can trust, Simply Elegant Catering is a sure thing. After looking at multiple catering companies, we decided very quickly to book with them. Mike is extremely knowledgable with great experience and made us feel like royalty from the moment we met with him. Simply Elegant is extremely responsive as Mike will give you every contact number, email, address, etc. to make sure you can get a hold of him at any time. If that's enough, you can be sure the food will be delicious, served hot, on time, and in an elegant manner just like their name says. Simply Elegant Catering is 5-stars all the way and we definitely recommend them. Consider yourself lucky if you're able to book them as your caterer. You won't be disappointed. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Lauren
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
Mike Faulkner of Simply Elegant Catering is without a doubt the best wedding vendor a bride could ask for! Not only was the food delicious, the price affordable and his services top notch but he is also the nicest man. My husband and I could not have asked for a nicer or more helpful caterer. From the moment we met with him we knew we were in good hands and he did not disappoint! He worked with our modest budget, gave us excellent ideas and tips, referred our sound and lighting vendor, handled all deliveries and additional rentals AND helped our friend/day-of-coordinator as she was setting up our decorations and centerpieces. I cannot say enough amazing things about Mike and would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone in need of an excellent caterer!
Mike Faulkner of Simply Elegant Catering is without a doubt the best wedding vendor a bride could ask for! Not only was Read more...
Mike Faulkner of Simply Elegant Catering is without a doubt the best wedding vendor a bride could ask for! Not only was the food delicious, the price affordable and his services top notch but he is also the nicest man. My husband and I could not have asked for a nicer or more helpful caterer. From the moment we met with him we knew we were in good hands and he did not disappoint! He worked with our modest budget, gave us excellent ideas and tips, referred our sound and lighting vendor, handled all deliveries and additional rentals AND helped our friend/day-of-coordinator as she was setting up our decorations and centerpieces. I cannot say enough amazing things about Mike and would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone in need of an excellent caterer! Read less
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Kimberleigh
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Mike and Simply Elegant Catering crew were absolutely FANTASTIC! Mike was able to take away all the stress of coordinating the tables, food and set up whilst simultaneously serving some amazing food. The list of compliments to the chef never ended. Everything from his salads to his BBQ ribs to the "gone in a flash" apple cobbler and chocolate chip and milk shooters were a total hit. He even packed us a couple to go boxes for our wedding night...the food was great the next morning too! We can't thank Mike and his crew enough for providing us with such a great meal and professional service. We HIGHLY recommend Simply Elegant Catering for your wedding and any of your future events. We most definitely will keep his number handy.
Mike and Simply Elegant Catering crew were absolutely FANTASTIC! Mike was able to take away all the stress of coordinating Read more...
Mike and Simply Elegant Catering crew were absolutely FANTASTIC! Mike was able to take away all the stress of coordinating the tables, food and set up whilst simultaneously serving some amazing food. The list of compliments to the chef never ended. Everything from his salads to his BBQ ribs to the "gone in a flash" apple cobbler and chocolate chip and milk shooters were a total hit. He even packed us a couple to go boxes for our wedding night...the food was great the next morning too! We can't thank Mike and his crew enough for providing us with such a great meal and professional service. We HIGHLY recommend Simply Elegant Catering for your wedding and any of your future events. We most definitely will keep his number handy. Read less
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Joylenn
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
We were lucky enough to have been given a recommendation by a friend who had used Simply Elegant for her daughters wedding. We had our introduction/meeting with Mike and new right away that they would be our caterer of choice. Mike and his crew were spectacular. Always professional, accommodating, great ideas and fun to work with. I have honestly never attended a function where so many comments were made about the absolutely delicious food (and plenty of it) and service. Our guests called us for weeks after the wedding to tell us how much they enjoyed the food and the incredible service. The servers were attentive but very unobtrusive. We are all craving some of Mike's specialties. What a chef!! I'm looking forward to planning another gathering with Simply Elegant as our caterer. We highly recommend them ~ definite 5 stars
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We were lucky enough to have been given a recommendation by a friend who had used Simply Elegant for her daughters wedding. We had our introduction/meeting with Mike and new right away that they would be our caterer of choice. Mike and his crew were spectacular. Always professional, accommodating, great ideas and fun to work with. I have honestly never attended a function where so many comments were made about the absolutely delicious food (and plenty of it) and service. Our guests called us for weeks after the wedding to tell us how much they enjoyed the food and the incredible service. The servers were attentive but very unobtrusive. We are all craving some of Mike's specialties. What a chef!! I'm looking forward to planning another gathering with Simply Elegant as our caterer. We highly recommend them ~ definite 5 stars Read less
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Brook K
Wedding:
3/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Simply Elegant Catering is absolutely amazing!!!! We used them for our wedding at the beginning of the month and everything was great! They were accommodating, professional, always responsive and available, and sooooo yummy! Best wedding food I have ever had and all of my guests said the same thing. The food tasted exactly like it did at our tasting, which is always something you worry about. We were able to bring stuff to them early to take to the wedding and set up and they brought back all our extra guest gifts, alcohol, and table accessories and held them until we were able to come pick them up. We even ran out of beer in the middle of the wedding and they went and got us more!!! That was a huge help!! They set up our venue exactly like we wanted. The service staff was on it!! We never didn't have a full glass of wine or dirty dishes in front of us. I seriously couldn't of asked for more!! Everything was perfect and exactly as I pictured it and wanted it to be. I will definitely recommend them to all and for sure use them again!!! Thank you soooooo much Mike and Laura! You guys are the best!!!! :)

~Oh and they have signature milk and cookies that they pass out at the end of the night. Huge hit and the perfect touch!! ;)
Simply Elegant Catering is absolutely amazing!!!! We used them for our wedding at the beginning of the month and Read more...
Simply Elegant Catering is absolutely amazing!!!! We used them for our wedding at the beginning of the month and everything was great! They were accommodating, professional, always responsive and available, and sooooo yummy! Best wedding food I have ever had and all of my guests said the same thing. The food tasted exactly like it did at our tasting, which is always something you worry about. We were able to bring stuff to them early to take to the wedding and set up and they brought back all our extra guest gifts, alcohol, and table accessories and held them until we were able to come pick them up. We even ran out of beer in the middle of the wedding and they went and got us more!!! That was a huge help!! They set up our venue exactly like we wanted. The service staff was on it!! We never didn't have a full glass of wine or dirty dishes in front of us. I seriously couldn't of asked for more!! Everything was perfect and exactly as I pictured it and wanted it to be. I will definitely recommend them to all and for sure use them again!!! Thank you soooooo much Mike and Laura! You guys are the best!!!! :)

~Oh and they have signature milk and cookies that they pass out at the end of the night. Huge hit and the perfect touch!! ;) Read less
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aa12345
Wedding:
1/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Mike and Laura were AMAZING in every sense of the word. Of the four caterers I contacted, Simply Elegant's prices were a few thousand cheaper and included everything up front (whereas another company would provide me a quote within my budget but fail to mention that it did not include any of the rentals). Two days before my wedding I realized I was missing something crucial and Mike called me within hours to let me know he would take care of it. The food was beautiful, fresh, and so so tasty. Our guests were elated and spoke of the food (that was not "wedding food-ish") for weeks after. Mike's staff made me feel like the center of attention the entire evening. Someone was in charge of bringing us appetizers, making sure our drinks were full, and served us first. Mike helped to make our reception feel effortless. Thank you mike and laura for making our day so so special!!
Mike and Laura were AMAZING in every sense of the word. Of the four caterers I contacted, Simply Elegant's prices were a Read more...
Mike and Laura were AMAZING in every sense of the word. Of the four caterers I contacted, Simply Elegant's prices were a few thousand cheaper and included everything up front (whereas another company would provide me a quote within my budget but fail to mention that it did not include any of the rentals). Two days before my wedding I realized I was missing something crucial and Mike called me within hours to let me know he would take care of it. The food was beautiful, fresh, and so so tasty. Our guests were elated and spoke of the food (that was not "wedding food-ish") for weeks after. Mike's staff made me feel like the center of attention the entire evening. Someone was in charge of bringing us appetizers, making sure our drinks were full, and served us first. Mike helped to make our reception feel effortless. Thank you mike and laura for making our day so so special!! Read less
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Jo&Ryan
Wedding:
12/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Simply Elegant Catering provided the catering and rental items for my wedding at Castle Green on Dec 30th. From our first meeting, where he took us through everything step by step - with fresh cookies! - to the big day, his team was helpful, thoughtful, courteous and attentive! I looked forward to seeing him an discussing all aspects of the wedding. I'm not the girl who planned my wedding my whole life so picking out every little detail just wasn't what I wanted to do. I had an idea of how I wanted everything to look and Mike had the uncanny ability to point me in exactly the right direction.

We also had our rehearsal dinner at his space on Huntington Drive. It's quite, cozy and we all felt very comfortable there. His team had everything prepared promptly, on time and everything tasted amazing! He also was able to switch bartenders last minute for us. We had planned for it to be beer and wine only, but the week of my mother-in-law changed her mind and wanted to also have mixed drinks. She can be a bit indecisive (as I have discovered!) so thanks Mike for dealing with it instead of me!

The wedding day was just amazing. I didn't have a day of coordinator because I didn't really feel I needed to have one. With Mike there and my sisters helping out everyone knew where everything had to go and everything was in it's place. It was so nice to have this feeling that everything was being taken care of and from my many meetings and conversations with Mike, I knew I could put my trust in him. His team did not disappoint!!

There are not enough wonderful things I can say about Mike and his team! I need to have another party just so I can work with them again!
Simply Elegant Catering provided the catering and rental items for my wedding at Castle Green on Dec 30th. From our first Read more...
Simply Elegant Catering provided the catering and rental items for my wedding at Castle Green on Dec 30th. From our first meeting, where he took us through everything step by step - with fresh cookies! - to the big day, his team was helpful, thoughtful, courteous and attentive! I looked forward to seeing him an discussing all aspects of the wedding. I'm not the girl who planned my wedding my whole life so picking out every little detail just wasn't what I wanted to do. I had an idea of how I wanted everything to look and Mike had the uncanny ability to point me in exactly the right direction.

We also had our rehearsal dinner at his space on Huntington Drive. It's quite, cozy and we all felt very comfortable there. His team had everything prepared promptly, on time and everything tasted amazing! He also was able to switch bartenders last minute for us. We had planned for it to be beer and wine only, but the week of my mother-in-law changed her mind and wanted to also have mixed drinks. She can be a bit indecisive (as I have discovered!) so thanks Mike for dealing with it instead of me!

The wedding day was just amazing. I didn't have a day of coordinator because I didn't really feel I needed to have one. With Mike there and my sisters helping out everyone knew where everything had to go and everything was in it's place. It was so nice to have this feeling that everything was being taken care of and from my many meetings and conversations with Mike, I knew I could put my trust in him. His team did not disappoint!!

There are not enough wonderful things I can say about Mike and his team! I need to have another party just so I can work with them again! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Keren Wexler
Wedding:
9/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Mike Faulkner and the Simply Elegant staff are incredible. Mike assisted us throughout the wedding process from start to finish. He was extremely professional, reliable, attentive and responsive! Mike's food is incredible - from the empanadas, to the pulled chicken sliders to the BBQ brisket - people raved about the food. Mike embraced the challenge of catering a KOSHER wedding for 325 people and it was flawless and delicious. Not only were we thrilled with the food but they also made the desserts for our wedding - caramel apple wedges, frozen chocolate covered bananas and donut holes with dipping sauces. Our favorite part at the end of the night was walking by tables with empty dessert platters and sticks. Mike assisted in making our wedding everything we envisioned. Caterers often have a reputation of being difficult to get a hold of and not particularly nice - Mike is quite the opposite! I truly recommend working with Mike and the Simply Elegant Catering staff as they will make your wedding a dream come true!
Mike Faulkner and the Simply Elegant staff are incredible. Mike assisted us throughout the wedding process from start to Read more...
Mike Faulkner and the Simply Elegant staff are incredible. Mike assisted us throughout the wedding process from start to finish. He was extremely professional, reliable, attentive and responsive! Mike's food is incredible - from the empanadas, to the pulled chicken sliders to the BBQ brisket - people raved about the food. Mike embraced the challenge of catering a KOSHER wedding for 325 people and it was flawless and delicious. Not only were we thrilled with the food but they also made the desserts for our wedding - caramel apple wedges, frozen chocolate covered bananas and donut holes with dipping sauces. Our favorite part at the end of the night was walking by tables with empty dessert platters and sticks. Mike assisted in making our wedding everything we envisioned. Caterers often have a reputation of being difficult to get a hold of and not particularly nice - Mike is quite the opposite! I truly recommend working with Mike and the Simply Elegant Catering staff as they will make your wedding a dream come true! Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
8/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Simply elegant catering was hired to do my wedding at castle green. Mike was very personable from start to finish. His crew was extremely professional and ran everything smooth and beautifully. The food was delicious , the table were set to perfection, and the whole team made sure we had anything and everything from arrival to departure. Angie was just fabulous and made sure we all were taken care of as well. I highly recommend Simply Elegant to any one planning a wedding or any event. They are flexible and will customize to your liking. i cant thank Simply Elegant enough and my husband and I will be using them for our upcoming events! They are hands down FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!! Sincerely, Victoria and John Foley
Simply elegant catering was hired to do my wedding at castle green. Mike was very personable from start to finish. His Read more...
Simply elegant catering was hired to do my wedding at castle green. Mike was very personable from start to finish. His crew was extremely professional and ran everything smooth and beautifully. The food was delicious , the table were set to perfection, and the whole team made sure we had anything and everything from arrival to departure. Angie was just fabulous and made sure we all were taken care of as well. I highly recommend Simply Elegant to any one planning a wedding or any event. They are flexible and will customize to your liking. i cant thank Simply Elegant enough and my husband and I will be using them for our upcoming events! They are hands down FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!! Sincerely, Victoria and John Foley Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
If you want to find a vendor who will plan things with you and come up with best possible ways to make your wedding day perfect from the moment you meet them until your wedding is over.. these are the people you want to work with! Mike and Laura could not have been any more nice and they are always reachable and quick with answers to all your questions. It was the best choice I made as a wedding planner for my sister's wedding which was the happiest day of her life. You will be stress free working with Simply Elegant!
If you want to find a vendor who will plan things with you and come up with best possible ways to make your wedding day Read more...
If you want to find a vendor who will plan things with you and come up with best possible ways to make your wedding day perfect from the moment you meet them until your wedding is over.. these are the people you want to work with! Mike and Laura could not have been any more nice and they are always reachable and quick with answers to all your questions. It was the best choice I made as a wedding planner for my sister's wedding which was the happiest day of her life. You will be stress free working with Simply Elegant! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Roberta
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
It was an absolute delight to work with the folks at Simply Elegant Catering for our daughter's wedding. The food, the personnel, the service, the price, the coordination -- all were simply excellent! What a great time we had in the planning and the execution. They promised to take good care of our girl and her fiance, and they delivered on that promise. ... just can't say enough!
It was an absolute delight to work with the folks at Simply Elegant Catering for our daughter's wedding. The food, the Read more...
It was an absolute delight to work with the folks at Simply Elegant Catering for our daughter's wedding. The food, the personnel, the service, the price, the coordination -- all were simply excellent! What a great time we had in the planning and the execution. They promised to take good care of our girl and her fiance, and they delivered on that promise. ... just can't say enough! Read less
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pchwedding
Wedding:
5/21/2011
5.0/5.0
Mike and Laura were great to work with! They were extremely flexible and professional, and always available via text messaging, emails, and/or phone. Our wedding day was beautiful and ran very smoothly, as far as I was able to tell. We received numerous compliments on the food, and the table arrangements were beautiful! I would highly recommend Simply Elegant Catering to anyone looking for a caterer for an upcoming event.
Mike and Laura were great to work with! They were extremely flexible and professional, and always available via text Read more...
Mike and Laura were great to work with! They were extremely flexible and professional, and always available via text messaging, emails, and/or phone. Our wedding day was beautiful and ran very smoothly, as far as I was able to tell. We received numerous compliments on the food, and the table arrangements were beautiful! I would highly recommend Simply Elegant Catering to anyone looking for a caterer for an upcoming event. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
4/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Mike and his crew get 5 stars for our wedding on 4/30/11. Even though this date was his and his wife's anniversary, he was willing to take care of our wedding. The service he provided was amazing and the value for cost was unbelievable. He provided all of the rentals for our backyard wedding which included everything but the kitchen sink, even his own ovens to cook our food on site. His staff was unbelievably friendly during the event and even one of our guests wanted his info to hire him for another event. The food was wonderful and everyone remarked on it. He even brought the cake from the bakery the day of! I was a very specific bride and he pulled our wedding off without a hitch. He really went the extra mile and my husband and I are truly thankful. Look no further Simply Elegant Catering is your caterer!

Love, Sarah and Brandon :)
Mike and his crew get 5 stars for our wedding on 4/30/11. Even though this date was his and his wife's anniversary, he was Read more...
Mike and his crew get 5 stars for our wedding on 4/30/11. Even though this date was his and his wife's anniversary, he was willing to take care of our wedding. The service he provided was amazing and the value for cost was unbelievable. He provided all of the rentals for our backyard wedding which included everything but the kitchen sink, even his own ovens to cook our food on site. His staff was unbelievably friendly during the event and even one of our guests wanted his info to hire him for another event. The food was wonderful and everyone remarked on it. He even brought the cake from the bakery the day of! I was a very specific bride and he pulled our wedding off without a hitch. He really went the extra mile and my husband and I are truly thankful. Look no further Simply Elegant Catering is your caterer!

Love, Sarah and Brandon :) Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Genevieve
Wedding:
4/17/2011
5.0/5.0
I really enjoyed working with Mike and Laura. They are both very nice people, very responsive to emails, and easy to work with.

One thing I was very happy with was the quality of the food--they used really high quality products and it showed.

I also really appreciated that the food on the day-of the wedding tasted the same as the food that my fiance and I got on the day of the tasting--we got what we paid for, in other words, and there were no surprises or last minute changes.

We were taking pictures during cocktail hours, but I spoke to my guests and they said that they were impressed with the number of passed appetizers--we had three different choices total, but there was more than enough to go around and everyone was happy with the taste and quantity.

Another nice thing about Simply Elegant was that it was a one-stop-shop for all of the equipment/furniture/china/etc. rentals we needed, and they also took care of a lot of the set-up of the reception (and the rentals for the ceremony) and the take-down clean up. This meant I didn't have to scramble to find other vendors to handle these things. I cross-checked their rental prices on chairs and other items, and found their prices to be fair or more reasonable than the major rental places in our area as well. This was really great as I didn't have a wedding planner and was having to do all of the organizing myself!

Overall, I am very happy with Simply Elegant and would definitely use them again.
I really enjoyed working with Mike and Laura. They are both very nice people, very responsive to emails, and easy to work Read more...
I really enjoyed working with Mike and Laura. They are both very nice people, very responsive to emails, and easy to work with.

One thing I was very happy with was the quality of the food--they used really high quality products and it showed.

I also really appreciated that the food on the day-of the wedding tasted the same as the food that my fiance and I got on the day of the tasting--we got what we paid for, in other words, and there were no surprises or last minute changes.

We were taking pictures during cocktail hours, but I spoke to my guests and they said that they were impressed with the number of passed appetizers--we had three different choices total, but there was more than enough to go around and everyone was happy with the taste and quantity.

Another nice thing about Simply Elegant was that it was a one-stop-shop for all of the equipment/furniture/china/etc. rentals we needed, and they also took care of a lot of the set-up of the reception (and the rentals for the ceremony) and the take-down clean up. This meant I didn't have to scramble to find other vendors to handle these things. I cross-checked their rental prices on chairs and other items, and found their prices to be fair or more reasonable than the major rental places in our area as well. This was really great as I didn't have a wedding planner and was having to do all of the organizing myself!

Overall, I am very happy with Simply Elegant and would definitely use them again. Read less
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swephie26
Wedding:
3/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Mike and Laura are so sweet and were always there for us. They love what they do, and are always looking out for what is going to work the best for their customer's needs. Fantastic working with them, and i would recommend them to anyone looking to cater a party or wedding!
Mike and Laura are so sweet and were always there for us. They love what they do, and are always looking out for what is Read more...
Mike and Laura are so sweet and were always there for us. They love what they do, and are always looking out for what is going to work the best for their customer's needs. Fantastic working with them, and i would recommend them to anyone looking to cater a party or wedding! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Wedding:
1/15/2011
5.0/5.0
We chose Simply Elegant for our upcoming wedding in July because their food was delicious and left us wanting more. And more was there to fill our stomachs. Quality with Quantity. My fiance and I are excited to share the cuisine Mike and Arturo prepared for us during the tasting sessions. Mike is amazing and is so patient with our gazillion questions and emails. He also has suggestions for layouts/ linens/ all the other wedding reception aspects that you'd have to go to 5 different people for. Choosing a knowledgeable caterer definitely helps put your mind to ease. Know that you will be taken care of with Simply Elegant. Thanks Mike
We chose Simply Elegant for our upcoming wedding in July because their food was delicious and left us wanting more. And Read more...
We chose Simply Elegant for our upcoming wedding in July because their food was delicious and left us wanting more. And more was there to fill our stomachs. Quality with Quantity. My fiance and I are excited to share the cuisine Mike and Arturo prepared for us during the tasting sessions. Mike is amazing and is so patient with our gazillion questions and emails. He also has suggestions for layouts/ linens/ all the other wedding reception aspects that you'd have to go to 5 different people for. Choosing a knowledgeable caterer definitely helps put your mind to ease. Know that you will be taken care of with Simply Elegant. Thanks Mike Read less
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CL
Wedding:
11/27/2010
5.0/5.0
Mike and his team at Simply Elegant have been great from day one! From our very first tasting/meeting to the very final details on the day of, Mike worked diligently with us and was very invested in what would make us happy. He didn't miss any detail w/ arranging of the linens/tables, and we got tons of compliments on the food and service on our special day. Thanks Simply Elegant Catering!
Mike and his team at Simply Elegant have been great from day one! From our very first tasting/meeting to the very final Read more...
Mike and his team at Simply Elegant have been great from day one! From our very first tasting/meeting to the very final details on the day of, Mike worked diligently with us and was very invested in what would make us happy. He didn't miss any detail w/ arranging of the linens/tables, and we got tons of compliments on the food and service on our special day. Thanks Simply Elegant Catering! Read less
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Jeanine
Wedding:
10/16/2010
5.0/5.0
I cannot express in words what a fabulous job you did at my daughter’s wedding, many people came to me and stated the service, food and ambiance were spectacular. Thank you so much for making a wedding into a fantasy dream come true.
You helped me with ever detail and were so flexible when we needed to make changes. Your crew were polite and kind to all, a joy to have at the wedding. The food was spectacular, everything was perfect.
I cannot express in words what a fabulous job you did at my daughter’s wedding, many people came to me and stated the Read more...
I cannot express in words what a fabulous job you did at my daughter’s wedding, many people came to me and stated the service, food and ambiance were spectacular. Thank you so much for making a wedding into a fantasy dream come true.
You helped me with ever detail and were so flexible when we needed to make changes. Your crew were polite and kind to all, a joy to have at the wedding. The food was spectacular, everything was perfect. Read less
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dustin
Wedding:
10/15/2010
5.0/5.0
Mike and his team at Simply Elegant Catering were a pleasure to work with all through the planning process of our wedding. It was a smooth and easy process that lead up to an absolutely perfect event. I will be using Simply Elegant Catering again in the future and I strongly recommend that if your in need of a caterer, call them.
Mike and his team at Simply Elegant Catering were a pleasure to work with all through the planning process of our wedding. Read more...
Mike and his team at Simply Elegant Catering were a pleasure to work with all through the planning process of our wedding. It was a smooth and easy process that lead up to an absolutely perfect event. I will be using Simply Elegant Catering again in the future and I strongly recommend that if your in need of a caterer, call them. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Simply Elegant Catering was simply amazing. We had our wedding at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and after looking at several places for a vendor who met the museum strict requirements and was within our budget, Simply Elegant came to our rescue. Mike with Simply Elegant ensured that the museum was happy and worked with us to ensure the price was within our budget and offered many suggestions. One of the many things I loved about them was there flexibility! When planning a wedding, it is great when vendors can be flexible and accommodating to your needs without charging you for all the extras. Mike provided us with a bartender and allowed us to purchase our own alcohol, this for us was a major help because alcohol can easily put you over your budget. The food, service and staff where amazing.
Simply Elegant Catering was simply amazing. We had our wedding at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and after looking Read more...
Simply Elegant Catering was simply amazing. We had our wedding at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and after looking at several places for a vendor who met the museum strict requirements and was within our budget, Simply Elegant came to our rescue. Mike with Simply Elegant ensured that the museum was happy and worked with us to ensure the price was within our budget and offered many suggestions. One of the many things I loved about them was there flexibility! When planning a wedding, it is great when vendors can be flexible and accommodating to your needs without charging you for all the extras. Mike provided us with a bartender and allowed us to purchase our own alcohol, this for us was a major help because alcohol can easily put you over your budget. The food, service and staff where amazing. Read less
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JessieOMartinez
Wedding:
7/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Simply Elegant Catering was absolutely wonderful! Mike was great! Our wedding was perfect! It's been 3 weeks now, and everyone is still raving about the food, and service. Simply Elegant Catering made our wedding the Best they've ever been too! I've never been to a wedding where people talk about how good the food was!
Simply Elegant Catering was absolutely wonderful! Mike was great! Our wedding was perfect! It's been 3 weeks now, and Read more...
Simply Elegant Catering was absolutely wonderful! Mike was great! Our wedding was perfect! It's been 3 weeks now, and everyone is still raving about the food, and service. Simply Elegant Catering made our wedding the Best they've ever been too! I've never been to a wedding where people talk about how good the food was! Read less
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Jason
Wedding:
7/1/2010
5.0/5.0
This catering servuce was wonderful! They made everything perfect!
This catering servuce was wonderful! They made everything perfect!
This catering servuce was wonderful! They made everything perfect! Read less
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JW
Wedding:
6/18/2010
5.0/5.0
The most important quality in a vendor is their trustworthiness and passion for their work. Mike and Simply Elegant Catering possess both in abundance. From my first meeting with Mike he was down-to-earth, professional, and filled with great enthusiasm. Mike really wanted to make our wedding amazing, and he gave us great advice and tips. Mike is a true professional and you can trust him to work within your plans and budget.

Now, onto the food... It was absolutely fabulous! My favorite dish was the sea bass: Perfectly tender and moist, and packed with juicy flavors. The Moroccan style lamb chops were very unique and exquisite, and make the perfect hors d'ouevres.

All in all, my experience with Mike and Simply Elegant Catering was top notch and very positive. I highly recommend them to take care of your catering needs!
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The most important quality in a vendor is their trustworthiness and passion for their work. Mike and Simply Elegant Catering possess both in abundance. From my first meeting with Mike he was down-to-earth, professional, and filled with great enthusiasm. Mike really wanted to make our wedding amazing, and he gave us great advice and tips. Mike is a true professional and you can trust him to work within your plans and budget.

Now, onto the food... It was absolutely fabulous! My favorite dish was the sea bass: Perfectly tender and moist, and packed with juicy flavors. The Moroccan style lamb chops were very unique and exquisite, and make the perfect hors d'ouevres.

All in all, my experience with Mike and Simply Elegant Catering was top notch and very positive. I highly recommend them to take care of your catering needs! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths
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Lisa&Brent
Wedding:
5/8/2010
5.0/5.0
Mike and his team at Simply Elegant catered our wedding at Puddingstone Resort in May of 2010. They did an awesome job. Everyone loved the food! We used them for our rentals as well which were very competitively priced and high quality. He allowed us to bring our own alcohol as well which his bartender served, that saved us a ton of money. We also had our rehearsal dinner at his store front and he gave us a fabulous deal. I would highly recommend using his space for your rehearsal dinner if it is available.
Mike is an honest, straight forward guy who makes fabulous food. If we ever have another catered party we will definitely use Simply Elegant again.
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Mike and his team at Simply Elegant catered our wedding at Puddingstone Resort in May of 2010. They did an awesome job. Everyone loved the food! We used them for our rentals as well which were very competitively priced and high quality. He allowed us to bring our own alcohol as well which his bartender served, that saved us a ton of money. We also had our rehearsal dinner at his store front and he gave us a fabulous deal. I would highly recommend using his space for your rehearsal dinner if it is available.
Mike is an honest, straight forward guy who makes fabulous food. If we ever have another catered party we will definitely use Simply Elegant again. Read less
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Brooks Larson
Wedding:
3/20/2010
5.0/5.0
Mike and his amazing crew of catering artists made our 1940's Oscar-themed wedding a huge success! We continue to hear raves about the fantastic food from our friends and family. In our opinion, Mike is the gold standard for catering professionalism.

He also recommended our Day-Of Coordinator Nghia Luu, who turned out to be exactly what we needed to pull the whole complicated event together with style and class. Nghia and Mike are the ones to beat! :)
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Mike and his amazing crew of catering artists made our 1940's Oscar-themed wedding a huge success! We continue to hear raves about the fantastic food from our friends and family. In our opinion, Mike is the gold standard for catering professionalism.

He also recommended our Day-Of Coordinator Nghia Luu, who turned out to be exactly what we needed to pull the whole complicated event together with style and class. Nghia and Mike are the ones to beat! :) Read less
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viv
Wedding:
12/31/2009
5.0/5.0
Awesome, awesome caterers. Flexible, willing to work with budgets, responsive, there when I need them for anything, food is fantastic, presentation is elegant and stylish. Now that I am married and that's over with; I am thinking of other ways to use them! Give Mike a call. Highly recommend.
Awesome, awesome caterers. Flexible, willing to work with budgets, responsive, there when I need them for anything, food Read more...
Awesome, awesome caterers. Flexible, willing to work with budgets, responsive, there when I need them for anything, food is fantastic, presentation is elegant and stylish. Now that I am married and that's over with; I am thinking of other ways to use them! Give Mike a call. Highly recommend. Read less
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Maureen
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
Working with Mike from Simply Elegant Catering was great! Unlike most of the vendors we came across, Mike really cared about our wedding and wanted to make it the best it could be. No one expects good food at a wedding, but Mike and his catering team did the impossible. People are still talking about his rosemary masehd potatoes and sea bass with the lemon grass sauce. He went out of his way to make sure that all the details are in place and was so fun to work with! I highly recommend Simply Elegant Catering! Everything was seemless and his staff are very professional.
Working with Mike from Simply Elegant Catering was great! Unlike most of the vendors we came across, Mike really cared Read more...
Working with Mike from Simply Elegant Catering was great! Unlike most of the vendors we came across, Mike really cared about our wedding and wanted to make it the best it could be. No one expects good food at a wedding, but Mike and his catering team did the impossible. People are still talking about his rosemary masehd potatoes and sea bass with the lemon grass sauce. He went out of his way to make sure that all the details are in place and was so fun to work with! I highly recommend Simply Elegant Catering! Everything was seemless and his staff are very professional. Read less
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happybride
Wedding:
7/11/2009
5.0/5.0
Mike at Simply Elegant was an absolute joy to work with. From the moment I met him I knew I was going to hire him. His warmth and dedication to making our event perfect was genuine. He worked effortlessly with us to ensure that we and our guests would be happy that day going the extra mile throughout the entire process.
Mike at Simply Elegant was an absolute joy to work with. From the moment I met him I knew I was going to hire him. His Read more...
Mike at Simply Elegant was an absolute joy to work with. From the moment I met him I knew I was going to hire him. His warmth and dedication to making our event perfect was genuine. He worked effortlessly with us to ensure that we and our guests would be happy that day going the extra mile throughout the entire process. Read less
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Julia
Wedding:
9/30/2012
5.0/5.0
All in all, the staff did a great job. I received many many many compliments on the food and the servers were very attentive in serving the appetizers and keeping the tables stocked with water. The family style serving also received a lot of compliments. The staff also did an amazing job with the clean-up in the short amount of time they had and everything was set up beautifully. I would recommend Simply Elegant for any large event in a heartbeat.

There were a few minor hiccups with some out of the ordinary special requests, but the guests didn't know any difference. We had a great time and his team worked really well with my coordinator so I didn't have to think (much) about the details.
All in all, the staff did a great job. I received many many many compliments on the food and the servers were very Read more...
All in all, the staff did a great job. I received many many many compliments on the food and the servers were very attentive in serving the appetizers and keeping the tables stocked with water. The family style serving also received a lot of compliments. The staff also did an amazing job with the clean-up in the short amount of time they had and everything was set up beautifully. I would recommend Simply Elegant for any large event in a heartbeat.

There were a few minor hiccups with some out of the ordinary special requests, but the guests didn't know any difference. We had a great time and his team worked really well with my coordinator so I didn't have to think (much) about the details. Read less
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Johanna
Wedding:
6/8/2013
4.9/5.0
We were recently married at Castle Green on June 8, 2013. Mike and Laura (and their son) are such kind, accommodating caterers! It was especially nice to work with a family-based business but make no mistake, this isn't a mom and pop shop. Simply Elegant Catering was recommended by my venue and it looks like they are frequently booked not only by Castle Green couples, but all over SoCal as well. I found their cost to be reasonable and while their choices are already plentiful, you are still able to make special requests. The one thing I would caution future couples about is to make sure that the bartenders not open more wine bottles than are needed. We had bottles that were 4/5 full and were bummed to pour them out, maybe request to open bottles as guests need them.

However overall, Simply Elegant Catering was easy to work with and quite responsive. We needed some stantions at the last minute for our film-themed wedding and Mike was able to get those for us in a snap! My recommendation for food: marinated tri-tip (guests raved about this) and roasted veggies (perfectly done). The pear blossom salad was delicious and unique with the purple basil and cranberry dijon vinaigrette, our requested addition of toasted almonds made it even better. If you get the flatbread, make sure that it's flat, as our bread(s) rose a little bit more to the consistency of pizza. Ahi tuna was fantastic as an appetizer! The chocolate chip cookies and milk shots were a welcome yummy addition at the end of the night.

I highly recommend Simply Elegant Catering! Oh and have the catering done "Family Style". Our guests loved it and it really got them to interact with each other over dinner. We even had a few guests hopping from table to table trying to find more tri-tip! Happy eating!
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We were recently married at Castle Green on June 8, 2013. Mike and Laura (and their son) are such kind, accommodating caterers! It was especially nice to work with a family-based business but make no mistake, this isn't a mom and pop shop. Simply Elegant Catering was recommended by my venue and it looks like they are frequently booked not only by Castle Green couples, but all over SoCal as well. I found their cost to be reasonable and while their choices are already plentiful, you are still able to make special requests. The one thing I would caution future couples about is to make sure that the bartenders not open more wine bottles than are needed. We had bottles that were 4/5 full and were bummed to pour them out, maybe request to open bottles as guests need them.

However overall, Simply Elegant Catering was easy to work with and quite responsive. We needed some stantions at the last minute for our film-themed wedding and Mike was able to get those for us in a snap! My recommendation for food: marinated tri-tip (guests raved about this) and roasted veggies (perfectly done). The pear blossom salad was delicious and unique with the purple basil and cranberry dijon vinaigrette, our requested addition of toasted almonds made it even better. If you get the flatbread, make sure that it's flat, as our bread(s) rose a little bit more to the consistency of pizza. Ahi tuna was fantastic as an appetizer! The chocolate chip cookies and milk shots were a welcome yummy addition at the end of the night.

I highly recommend Simply Elegant Catering! Oh and have the catering done "Family Style". Our guests loved it and it really got them to interact with each other over dinner. We even had a few guests hopping from table to table trying to find more tri-tip! Happy eating! Read less
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Taryn
Wedding:
10/12/2012
4.9/5.0
So glad we chose this caterer. So kind and genuine whenever we spoke. You can tell that they love what they do and it shows in every way. The staff is wonderful as well as the owners. We have gotten so many compliments on our food and servers. Everyone wants to know who catered our wedding. The food is amazing and I wish they had a restaurant open so we could eat there again and again. Loved everything about it.
So glad we chose this caterer. So kind and genuine whenever we spoke. You can tell that they love what they do and it Read more...
So glad we chose this caterer. So kind and genuine whenever we spoke. You can tell that they love what they do and it shows in every way. The staff is wonderful as well as the owners. We have gotten so many compliments on our food and servers. Everyone wants to know who catered our wedding. The food is amazing and I wish they had a restaurant open so we could eat there again and again. Loved everything about it. Read less
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Annac
Wedding:
6/16/2012
4.9/5.0
Mike and his team are awesome! Mike is very personable and easy to work with. My wedding was a huge success and my guests were very pleased with the dinner (salmon and beef tri tip).. He even provided a nacho bar at the end of the evening!
Mike and his team are awesome! Mike is very personable and easy to work with. My wedding was a huge success and my guests Read more...
Mike and his team are awesome! Mike is very personable and easy to work with. My wedding was a huge success and my guests were very pleased with the dinner (salmon and beef tri tip).. He even provided a nacho bar at the end of the evening! Read less
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dusinbek
Wedding:
10/29/2011
4.9/5.0
Mike and Laura at Simply Elegant were amazing at our wedding. First off, they made a fully catered Los Angeles wedding affordable in tough times. I felt like they understood our constraints and still gave it 100%. I'm sure they do much fancier, more expensive events, but I never felt like they were putting me second because of that.

They also handled many aspects of our wedding - rentals, food, linens, all set up and clean up at our reception venue, staffing, liasing with my day-of coordinator and site personnel, and they even have a baker they work with who makes delicious cakes! I had no involvement once we really got the ball rolling which was amazing. That said, if you want to do all that managing yourself, Mike is happy to keep you involved, but it was wonderful for me to not have to make 75 phone calls every time someone had a question.

The food was amazing. So many of our guests came of afterwords and said how delicious it was. Some people even said they couldn't really have cake because they had eaten so much dinner! The event ran incredibly smoothly, and we got our entire deposit back, and were out on time.
Mike and Laura at Simply Elegant were amazing at our wedding. First off, they made a fully catered Los Angeles wedding Read more...
Mike and Laura at Simply Elegant were amazing at our wedding. First off, they made a fully catered Los Angeles wedding affordable in tough times. I felt like they understood our constraints and still gave it 100%. I'm sure they do much fancier, more expensive events, but I never felt like they were putting me second because of that.

They also handled many aspects of our wedding - rentals, food, linens, all set up and clean up at our reception venue, staffing, liasing with my day-of coordinator and site personnel, and they even have a baker they work with who makes delicious cakes! I had no involvement once we really got the ball rolling which was amazing. That said, if you want to do all that managing yourself, Mike is happy to keep you involved, but it was wonderful for me to not have to make 75 phone calls every time someone had a question.

The food was amazing. So many of our guests came of afterwords and said how delicious it was. Some people even said they couldn't really have cake because they had eaten so much dinner! The event ran incredibly smoothly, and we got our entire deposit back, and were out on time. Read less
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Allie
Wedding:
8/7/2010
4.9/5.0
Excellent food....wonderful presentaion....I wish they owned a restaurant so I could go back!!!!!
Excellent food....wonderful presentaion....I wish they owned a restaurant so I could go back!!!!!
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Megan
Wedding:
5/16/2009
4.9/5.0
Simply Elegant gave us everything we wanted and more. The service was outstanding. Our guests had nothing but compliments. As the bride, my groom and I were busy during dinner saying hello to our guests. When we finally made it back to our table, the servers had brought us both dinner plates full of a little bit of everything from the buffet without us even having to mention it!

The responsiveness was outstanding as well. Emails, phone calls, menu drafts, and contracts were all properly and professionally delivered. They were also very flexible with the tastings.

Above having wonderful options for dinner ware, flatware, table linens, chairs, etc., the food was the best part. The presentations were clean, simple, but creative and the quality of food for such a large quantity of guests was more than what we hoped for. One of the true gifts of Simply Elegant is the peace of mind they provided us. We knew we didn't have to worry about anything with them and, as a former bride, that makes it worth it!
Simply Elegant gave us everything we wanted and more. The service was outstanding. Our guests had nothing but compliments. Read more...
Simply Elegant gave us everything we wanted and more. The service was outstanding. Our guests had nothing but compliments. As the bride, my groom and I were busy during dinner saying hello to our guests. When we finally made it back to our table, the servers had brought us both dinner plates full of a little bit of everything from the buffet without us even having to mention it!

The responsiveness was outstanding as well. Emails, phone calls, menu drafts, and contracts were all properly and professionally delivered. They were also very flexible with the tastings.

Above having wonderful options for dinner ware, flatware, table linens, chairs, etc., the food was the best part. The presentations were clean, simple, but creative and the quality of food for such a large quantity of guests was more than what we hoped for. One of the true gifts of Simply Elegant is the peace of mind they provided us. We knew we didn't have to worry about anything with them and, as a former bride, that makes it worth it! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
Mike was extremely helpful throughout our entire planning process. He was quick to respond and very helpful in suggesting alternative choices when we had to make changes to the menu/setup. Having a caterer with this much experience helped the wedding go smoothly with the rest of our vendors as well. I would recommend Simply Elegant to anyone planning a wedding or other party.
Mike was extremely helpful throughout our entire planning process. He was quick to respond and very helpful in suggesting Read more...
Mike was extremely helpful throughout our entire planning process. He was quick to respond and very helpful in suggesting alternative choices when we had to make changes to the menu/setup. Having a caterer with this much experience helped the wedding go smoothly with the rest of our vendors as well. I would recommend Simply Elegant to anyone planning a wedding or other party. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
2/28/2014
4.8/5.0
There simply aren't enough words to say how highly I think of Mike Faulkner and his team at Simply Elegant. Right out of the gate, Mike was so attentive and really excited to meet with us! He sent us a preliminary estimate based on what we had told them and was open to customizing the reception menu. Mike wasn't happy unless WE were happy.

Regarding Mike's entire staff: from his wait staff to his bartenders to his chefs, to his wife, Laura and even Mike's son - everyone is so helpful and cheerful. I've been to so many weddings and the serve staff is not always the warmest. Not the case with Simply Elegant. All the staff were so professional and pleasant - my husband and I received so many compliments about the awesome service and the DELICIOUS food.

Aaah, the food. We wanted to have items in our menu that paid tribute to our heritage and Mike was psyched to help out! He even made a sweet and spicy side sauce for our Tri Tip made from peppers from my father in law's garden. Mike really does his best to make sure that the menu is a collaborative effort between him and his clients. In addition, he encouraged us to serve the food family style, which ensured that everyone got food at the same time and allowed all our guests to interact more at the table - such a nice touch! *He has signature chocolate chip cookies and milk shooters that are tray passed at the end of the night...OMG!*
He is honest about prices and does an awesome job of staying within your budget. Simply Elegant is a fantastic choice for your wedding or any other special event. It is such a worthwhile investment! THANK YOU MIKE!
There simply aren't enough words to say how highly I think of Mike Faulkner and his team at Simply Elegant. Right out of Read more...
There simply aren't enough words to say how highly I think of Mike Faulkner and his team at Simply Elegant. Right out of the gate, Mike was so attentive and really excited to meet with us! He sent us a preliminary estimate based on what we had told them and was open to customizing the reception menu. Mike wasn't happy unless WE were happy.

Regarding Mike's entire staff: from his wait staff to his bartenders to his chefs, to his wife, Laura and even Mike's son - everyone is so helpful and cheerful. I've been to so many weddings and the serve staff is not always the warmest. Not the case with Simply Elegant. All the staff were so professional and pleasant - my husband and I received so many compliments about the awesome service and the DELICIOUS food.

Aaah, the food. We wanted to have items in our menu that paid tribute to our heritage and Mike was psyched to help out! He even made a sweet and spicy side sauce for our Tri Tip made from peppers from my father in law's garden. Mike really does his best to make sure that the menu is a collaborative effort between him and his clients. In addition, he encouraged us to serve the food family style, which ensured that everyone got food at the same time and allowed all our guests to interact more at the table - such a nice touch! *He has signature chocolate chip cookies and milk shooters that are tray passed at the end of the night...OMG!*
He is honest about prices and does an awesome job of staying within your budget. Simply Elegant is a fantastic choice for your wedding or any other special event. It is such a worthwhile investment! THANK YOU MIKE! Read less
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Sandy
Wedding:
12/14/2013
4.8/5.0
Mike was wonderful from the beginning that we met with him! Such a nice gentleman!
He was able to put our mind at ease! Very helpful with suggestion for the menu. we did the tasting as a family of four with no extra charge. Well, we like the menu but was not sure, so he invited us back in for a second tasting date. That was after we had sign the contract.
His service is also very affordable. We chose the basic drink package, so we supplied out own beverages (wine, beer), but Mike let us chose a signature drink and his bartender would prepare the drinks for our guests. That really make the night more special! Our Blood Oranges Mojito was a hit!!!
On the day of our daughter's wedding, he was in the kitchen cooking for us. His staffs were amazing, very professional. They helped us set the table the way we wanted. We did not have any one acting as wedding coordinator, but Mike's staff took care of all the details for table settings and reception area touch-up. The whole place looked amazing!!!
They dressed impeccably in black and white, very cheerful and helpful to out guests. They even took a picture of the whole crew in our daughter's photo booth, so we could keep for souvenir.
The food were amazing and so generous. From the time of passing appetizers to serving dinner and drinks. All of our guests were very impressed with the quality and freshness of the food, as well as the quantity. Too bad, we could not box them, there was so much left over!
Over all, we are very happy with the service, we would hire Mike again if we ever need another event caterer.
Thank you Mike!

Sandy & Thinh Khoan
Mike was wonderful from the beginning that we met with him! Such a nice gentleman!
He was able to put our mind at Read more...
Mike was wonderful from the beginning that we met with him! Such a nice gentleman!
He was able to put our mind at ease! Very helpful with suggestion for the menu. we did the tasting as a family of four with no extra charge. Well, we like the menu but was not sure, so he invited us back in for a second tasting date. That was after we had sign the contract.
His service is also very affordable. We chose the basic drink package, so we supplied out own beverages (wine, beer), but Mike let us chose a signature drink and his bartender would prepare the drinks for our guests. That really make the night more special! Our Blood Oranges Mojito was a hit!!!
On the day of our daughter's wedding, he was in the kitchen cooking for us. His staffs were amazing, very professional. They helped us set the table the way we wanted. We did not have any one acting as wedding coordinator, but Mike's staff took care of all the details for table settings and reception area touch-up. The whole place looked amazing!!!
They dressed impeccably in black and white, very cheerful and helpful to out guests. They even took a picture of the whole crew in our daughter's photo booth, so we could keep for souvenir.
The food were amazing and so generous. From the time of passing appetizers to serving dinner and drinks. All of our guests were very impressed with the quality and freshness of the food, as well as the quantity. Too bad, we could not box them, there was so much left over!
Over all, we are very happy with the service, we would hire Mike again if we ever need another event caterer.
Thank you Mike!

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ANGELIQUE
Wedding:
11/30/2013
4.8/5.0
Mike makes great food! His suggestions insured that all my guest received hot food and exceptional service. Thank you for your help and awesome service throughout!
The only hiccups I can speak of .... I did ask for dinner not to be held up if I, the bride, and the groom were not seated so that delayed all activities about 30 mins. The venue had a change of site coordinator so there was a little argument that Mike could have helped out with but he had left for the night. Mike was so great with everyone and everything I wish he had been around for more of the event to help address those small issues, but his staff ran like a small army so I can understand why he had no need to stick around ALL night.
He is genuinely passionate about his business and does what he can for every client. He made it a point to be available and considerate with our time which made every interaction with him and his staff personal and special...just the kind of attention that makes wedding planning fun!

I am definitely going to find an opportunity to work him again. Simply Elegant is a great choice for any catering need.
Mike makes great food! His suggestions insured that all my guest received hot food and exceptional service. Thank you for Read more...
Mike makes great food! His suggestions insured that all my guest received hot food and exceptional service. Thank you for your help and awesome service throughout!
The only hiccups I can speak of .... I did ask for dinner not to be held up if I, the bride, and the groom were not seated so that delayed all activities about 30 mins. The venue had a change of site coordinator so there was a little argument that Mike could have helped out with but he had left for the night. Mike was so great with everyone and everything I wish he had been around for more of the event to help address those small issues, but his staff ran like a small army so I can understand why he had no need to stick around ALL night.
He is genuinely passionate about his business and does what he can for every client. He made it a point to be available and considerate with our time which made every interaction with him and his staff personal and special...just the kind of attention that makes wedding planning fun!

I am definitely going to find an opportunity to work him again. Simply Elegant is a great choice for any catering need. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
Mike and the team at Simply Elelgant were great. Very professional but also made you feel comfortable. Mike was always around to answer any questions and if you had last minute changes he had no problem with that. He was so helpful when it came with my other vendors on the day of. I liked how he was very attentive and gave many suggestions to someone who has no idea about planning. I really enjoyed with Mike, and I would definitely recommend him
Mike and the team at Simply Elelgant were great. Very professional but also made you feel comfortable. Mike was always Read more...
Mike and the team at Simply Elelgant were great. Very professional but also made you feel comfortable. Mike was always around to answer any questions and if you had last minute changes he had no problem with that. He was so helpful when it came with my other vendors on the day of. I liked how he was very attentive and gave many suggestions to someone who has no idea about planning. I really enjoyed with Mike, and I would definitely recommend him Read less
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rod.chele
Wedding:
9/9/2011
4.8/5.0
Mike was very accommodating and the food was delicious. Mike is an experienced/veteran chef so we were delighted to know that he just wasn't a businessman. Definitely recommended!
Mike was very accommodating and the food was delicious. Mike is an experienced/veteran chef so we were delighted to know Read more...
Mike was very accommodating and the food was delicious. Mike is an experienced/veteran chef so we were delighted to know that he just wasn't a businessman. Definitely recommended! Read less
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Angeline
Wedding:
8/6/2011
4.8/5.0
Mike from Simply Elegant Catering was my caterer for my wedding. They were highly recommended by Castle Green (my wedding venue) as the caterer to go with. Simply Elegant Catering and their team did an amazing job at my wedding, and they tried to keep on time with my timeline as well and kept things flowing along. The food was amazing as well as the service.

I highly recommend Simply Elegant Catering for any catering event.
Mike from Simply Elegant Catering was my caterer for my wedding. They were highly recommended by Castle Green (my wedding Read more...
Mike from Simply Elegant Catering was my caterer for my wedding. They were highly recommended by Castle Green (my wedding venue) as the caterer to go with. Simply Elegant Catering and their team did an amazing job at my wedding, and they tried to keep on time with my timeline as well and kept things flowing along. The food was amazing as well as the service.

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Brooke
Wedding:
7/2/2011
4.8/5.0
My wife and I had a wonderful, satisfying experience working with Mike and the rest of the team at Simply Elegant catering.

We met with Mike and one other caterer prior to making our decision. Mike sat down with us and walked us through every single detail of the big day, including items that had nothing to do with the catering. It demonstrated to us that he had a big-picture understanding of how important the flow of the day was and how important it was to get the details right. His kind demeanor and attention to detail is what set him apart from the other caterer and, ultimately, helped Mike win our business.

During our first tasting with Mike, a paperwork error led to a couple of the food items we needed to try being left off our tasting menu. He was profusely apologetic and quickly scheduled a 2nd tasting for us. While it was a bit of an inconvenience to make another trip to Pasadena from West Los Angeles, we were really impressed with how Mike handled a snafu and quickly made it right. Given how many things can go wrong and that sometimes mistakes do happen, it was reassuring to see him take care of verything professionally. That gave us the confidence that come wedding day, if there were any snafus, Mike would be able to handle them in stride.

Obviously, any caterer has to make great food. In this area, Mike didn't disappoint. We had tri tip and stuffed chicken as our main courses. Everything tasted great and our guests were very complimentary as well. Mike accommodated our request to provide some local BBQ from my home state of Texas, which put a special hometown twist on our meal.

Also, Mike's day-of catering staff was top notch. I was impressed with how they went out of their way to make sure my wife and I were served hors d'ouevres while taking pictures during the cocktail hour. And once we were seated, they continued to treat us and our guests like royalty. I've been to many weddings before where you felt like the serving staff wished they were someplace else - I never got that sense at all from Mike and his very professional crew.

Overall, we had a wonderful experience with Simply Elegant and would recommend that any engaged couple check them out.
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My wife and I had a wonderful, satisfying experience working with Mike and the rest of the team at Simply Elegant catering.

We met with Mike and one other caterer prior to making our decision. Mike sat down with us and walked us through every single detail of the big day, including items that had nothing to do with the catering. It demonstrated to us that he had a big-picture understanding of how important the flow of the day was and how important it was to get the details right. His kind demeanor and attention to detail is what set him apart from the other caterer and, ultimately, helped Mike win our business.

During our first tasting with Mike, a paperwork error led to a couple of the food items we needed to try being left off our tasting menu. He was profusely apologetic and quickly scheduled a 2nd tasting for us. While it was a bit of an inconvenience to make another trip to Pasadena from West Los Angeles, we were really impressed with how Mike handled a snafu and quickly made it right. Given how many things can go wrong and that sometimes mistakes do happen, it was reassuring to see him take care of verything professionally. That gave us the confidence that come wedding day, if there were any snafus, Mike would be able to handle them in stride.

Obviously, any caterer has to make great food. In this area, Mike didn't disappoint. We had tri tip and stuffed chicken as our main courses. Everything tasted great and our guests were very complimentary as well. Mike accommodated our request to provide some local BBQ from my home state of Texas, which put a special hometown twist on our meal.

Also, Mike's day-of catering staff was top notch. I was impressed with how they went out of their way to make sure my wife and I were served hors d'ouevres while taking pictures during the cocktail hour. And once we were seated, they continued to treat us and our guests like royalty. I've been to many weddings before where you felt like the serving staff wished they were someplace else - I never got that sense at all from Mike and his very professional crew.

Overall, we had a wonderful experience with Simply Elegant and would recommend that any engaged couple check them out. Read less
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Bill
Wedding:
3/1/2011
4.8/5.0
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Maryam
Wedding:
10/3/2010
4.8/5.0
Mike and his staff are great to work with and flexible with our menu. We got lots of compliments on our wedding day on the food. Highly recommended.
Mike and his staff are great to work with and flexible with our menu. We got lots of compliments on our wedding day on the Read more...
Mike and his staff are great to work with and flexible with our menu. We got lots of compliments on our wedding day on the food. Highly recommended. Read less
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katie
Wedding:
7/4/2014
4.7/5.0
Mike and his team did an AMAZING job for my July 4th wedding. The food and service was amazing. Everyone who attended could not stop raving about it. Very easy and welcoming to work with. Took care of food, rentals & service for the day. Got there early to set up and was there the whole time making sure everything was just perfect. Could not have imagined the day going any better thanks to him & his team!
I would definitely recommend this company for any catering needs.
Mike and his team did an AMAZING job for my July 4th wedding. The food and service was amazing. Everyone who attended Read more...
Mike and his team did an AMAZING job for my July 4th wedding. The food and service was amazing. Everyone who attended could not stop raving about it. Very easy and welcoming to work with. Took care of food, rentals & service for the day. Got there early to set up and was there the whole time making sure everything was just perfect. Could not have imagined the day going any better thanks to him & his team!
I would definitely recommend this company for any catering needs. Read less
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janice
Wedding:
6/21/2014
4.7/5.0
The value may have been a 5.0 but I only saw a couple of the appetizers that we ordered. I may have just missed seeing them, they may have been served.

We received several comments on how good the food was.
The value may have been a 5.0 but I only saw a couple of the appetizers that we ordered. I may have just missed seeing Read more...
The value may have been a 5.0 but I only saw a couple of the appetizers that we ordered. I may have just missed seeing them, they may have been served.

We received several comments on how good the food was. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
6/23/2012
4.7/5.0
Only one word described the food at our reception: DELICIOUS! Everyone is still raving about how absolutely delicious the Italian Buffet dinner was. First the problem we had. We hired two bartenders and there were problems during cocktail hour regarding where the alcohol, some our fault some there's. Either way things didn't get stratightened out until the owner Mike showed up for dinner. Once Mike was there everything ran perfectly and without a hitch. Folks were commenting that the bartenders didn't know how to make mixed drinks, they could pour wine and beer, but the cocktails were bad and watered down. The dinner lines went fast, everyone got more than enough food and they made special plates just for us so that we didn't have to wait in line.

I would definitely hire Simply Elegant Catering again for catered food but I would hire my own external bartender.

Mike and Laura are extremely professional and were very responsive to all of our questions and concerns throughout the planning process. They were always there help us tweak and modify our plan to match our needs.

Again, EXCELLENT food and service for dinner.
Only one word described the food at our reception: DELICIOUS! Everyone is still raving about how absolutely delicious the Read more...
Only one word described the food at our reception: DELICIOUS! Everyone is still raving about how absolutely delicious the Italian Buffet dinner was. First the problem we had. We hired two bartenders and there were problems during cocktail hour regarding where the alcohol, some our fault some there's. Either way things didn't get stratightened out until the owner Mike showed up for dinner. Once Mike was there everything ran perfectly and without a hitch. Folks were commenting that the bartenders didn't know how to make mixed drinks, they could pour wine and beer, but the cocktails were bad and watered down. The dinner lines went fast, everyone got more than enough food and they made special plates just for us so that we didn't have to wait in line.

I would definitely hire Simply Elegant Catering again for catered food but I would hire my own external bartender.

Mike and Laura are extremely professional and were very responsive to all of our questions and concerns throughout the planning process. They were always there help us tweak and modify our plan to match our needs.

Again, EXCELLENT food and service for dinner. Read less
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auradawn
Wedding:
4/9/2011
4.7/5.0
Simply Elegant was terrific!

We got married at the Castle Green last April. Mike was so attentive, friendly, and wow, such a great cook!

We had the tri-tip with stuffed chicken duet, with wild rice and asparagus. All night we got so many compliments on the food. Even as I write this, I'm craving the chicken, yum! An added bonus, and once of the reasons we chose Simply Elegant was the veggie wellington as the vegetarian dish. We have a number of veggies in our circle, so this was an added treat. We even ordered one for ourselves, we liked it so much! Most other places just offer some kind of lame pasta dish. They also made sure that the wild rice used a vegetarian soup stock for our vegetarians.

Mike was great about us trying different options, and we came back closer to the wedding date to taste more. The day of, they offered waters to the ceremony guests, and we had a veggie/cheese station as well as 3 roaming appetizers. The service was great as well.

Overal, not a single complaint, and loved using them!
Simply Elegant was terrific!

We got married at the Castle Green last April. Mike was so attentive, friendly, and Read more...
Simply Elegant was terrific!

We got married at the Castle Green last April. Mike was so attentive, friendly, and wow, such a great cook!

We had the tri-tip with stuffed chicken duet, with wild rice and asparagus. All night we got so many compliments on the food. Even as I write this, I'm craving the chicken, yum! An added bonus, and once of the reasons we chose Simply Elegant was the veggie wellington as the vegetarian dish. We have a number of veggies in our circle, so this was an added treat. We even ordered one for ourselves, we liked it so much! Most other places just offer some kind of lame pasta dish. They also made sure that the wild rice used a vegetarian soup stock for our vegetarians.

Mike was great about us trying different options, and we came back closer to the wedding date to taste more. The day of, they offered waters to the ceremony guests, and we had a veggie/cheese station as well as 3 roaming appetizers. The service was great as well.

Overal, not a single complaint, and loved using them! Read less
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Eric
Wedding:
6/22/2013
4.6/5.0
Mike and Laura were great! We're still hearing from our guests about how they've never gone to a wedding where the food was that delicious. The family style really won a lot of people over.
Mike and Laura were great! We're still hearing from our guests about how they've never gone to a wedding where the food Read more...
Mike and Laura were great! We're still hearing from our guests about how they've never gone to a wedding where the food was that delicious. The family style really won a lot of people over. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
Mike and his team were fantastic to work with. Simply Elegant made incredible food for our big day, and the price was very fair. We had some weird and specific requirements for our wedding catering, and Mike was completely on board from the beginning It was also FUN to work with Simply Elegant - we loved visiting their offices and tasting the food (make sure to do your tasting on a very empty stomach!). Every time we came by, they fed us cookies!

On the day of the wedding, they were very attentive to us as bride and groom. They made sure we had appetizers, a meal, water, and wine throughout the event. I appreciate that, since it's easy to forget to eat and drink on your wedding day. People loved the family style servings and we received SO many comments on how tasty the food was.

Thank you, Mike - your food was a real highlight of our wedding!
Mike and his team were fantastic to work with. Simply Elegant made incredible food for our big day, and the price was very Read more...
Mike and his team were fantastic to work with. Simply Elegant made incredible food for our big day, and the price was very fair. We had some weird and specific requirements for our wedding catering, and Mike was completely on board from the beginning It was also FUN to work with Simply Elegant - we loved visiting their offices and tasting the food (make sure to do your tasting on a very empty stomach!). Every time we came by, they fed us cookies!

On the day of the wedding, they were very attentive to us as bride and groom. They made sure we had appetizers, a meal, water, and wine throughout the event. I appreciate that, since it's easy to forget to eat and drink on your wedding day. People loved the family style servings and we received SO many comments on how tasty the food was.

Thank you, Mike - your food was a real highlight of our wedding! Read less
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wgiven
Wedding:
5/15/2010
4.6/5.0
Mike and Laura were wonderful at making my wedding everything I wanted it to be. They will help you create a menu for anything that you are trying to do and are good at responding to e-mails fairly quickly. I highly recommend them!
Mike and Laura were wonderful at making my wedding everything I wanted it to be. They will help you create a menu for Read more...
Mike and Laura were wonderful at making my wedding everything I wanted it to be. They will help you create a menu for anything that you are trying to do and are good at responding to e-mails fairly quickly. I highly recommend them! Read less
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Giang
Wedding:
11/20/2009
4.6/5.0
Simply Elegant did a fantastic job at our wedding. The food was delicious and very affordable. Our friends and family were very happy with the food. They made our wedding day very special! We couldn't been happier.
Simply Elegant did a fantastic job at our wedding. The food was delicious and very affordable. Our friends and family were Read more...
Simply Elegant did a fantastic job at our wedding. The food was delicious and very affordable. Our friends and family were very happy with the food. They made our wedding day very special! We couldn't been happier. Read less
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keppele
Wedding:
10/6/2006
4.6/5.0
To be blunt, my folks paid for my wedding, and they didn't tell me how much they spent with Duxbury. So I can't talk about value for cost. But the food that they prepared, and the way they treated me like family on my wedding day, those sorts of things put them over the top. I had a very specific vision for my menu -- dressed-up elegant comfort food -- and they got it instantly. I like to groove on unique menu possibilities, and so does Mark Duxbury.
To be blunt, my folks paid for my wedding, and they didn't tell me how much they spent with Duxbury. So I can't talk about Read more...
To be blunt, my folks paid for my wedding, and they didn't tell me how much they spent with Duxbury. So I can't talk about value for cost. But the food that they prepared, and the way they treated me like family on my wedding day, those sorts of things put them over the top. I had a very specific vision for my menu -- dressed-up elegant comfort food -- and they got it instantly. I like to groove on unique menu possibilities, and so does Mark Duxbury. Read less
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Jacqui
Wedding:
12/22/2012
4.5/5.0
We had both our rehearsal dinner and wedding dinner catered through Simply Elegant. They are the best! We were so happy with the delicious food and great quality of service. Weeks later people have still been coming up to us complimenting us on the great food at our wedding! A true pleasure to work with! I hope to use them for more events in the future!
We had both our rehearsal dinner and wedding dinner catered through Simply Elegant. They are the best! We were so happy Read more...
We had both our rehearsal dinner and wedding dinner catered through Simply Elegant. They are the best! We were so happy with the delicious food and great quality of service. Weeks later people have still been coming up to us complimenting us on the great food at our wedding! A true pleasure to work with! I hope to use them for more events in the future! Read less
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Wedding:
Recently Married
4.4/5.0
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Private User
Wedding:
8/10/2013
4.4/5.0
Mike from Simply Elegant was great. He knows what he's doing and he knows what he's talking about. I wished I could have had him as my day of coordinator. Our guests loved the food. The staff was very professional. Mike is very responsive and met with us as many times as needed.
Mike from Simply Elegant was great. He knows what he's doing and he knows what he's talking about. I wished I could have Read more...
Mike from Simply Elegant was great. He knows what he's doing and he knows what he's talking about. I wished I could have had him as my day of coordinator. Our guests loved the food. The staff was very professional. Mike is very responsive and met with us as many times as needed. Read less
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Karen
Wedding:
8/21/2010
4.4/5.0
We had Simply Elegant Catering handle the food, dessert, bartending, linens, chair/table setup and breakdown. Mike provided us some suggestions to lower the cost, and was very patient with us since we had been continuously changing things until the last minute. He would always respond to us immediately when we called or emailed (throughout the 8 months of planning), I don't know how he does it with so many customers! During the wedding his servers made sure to cater to us with one server spending most of cocktail with us with plates of hors d'oeuvres (our favorites were the mushroom profiteroles and 3 kinds of pita pizzas). Mike was able to accommodate our desire to serve dinner family style, which turned out to be very unique but the servers were able to explain it to each table. The Centerstage salad and roasted potatoes were delicious. We almost had a major problem with the alcohol which Mike was able to handle smoothly. With much experience at Castle Green, they handled all the regulations, setup, breakdown, clean up with ease.

A few glitches - Dinner was a little slow to come out, and although we were glad to be able to eat, it was somewhat awkward when we were halfway done with our main course (at our sweetheart table) with the guests waiting until then when their dishes started coming out. The petit filet was a little drier than when we tried it at the tasting. The grilled seafood which were supposed to be on rosemary twigs came out on wood skewers instead, which I was okay with but wish we had been informed. I wished we would have clarified that we wanted to allow people to select their cake instead of serving randomly (since we had 5 different flavors), but that was forgetful on our part.

Overall, everything was great, turned out beautifully, and we didn't have to worry about a thing.
We had Simply Elegant Catering handle the food, dessert, bartending, linens, chair/table setup and breakdown. Mike Read more...
We had Simply Elegant Catering handle the food, dessert, bartending, linens, chair/table setup and breakdown. Mike provided us some suggestions to lower the cost, and was very patient with us since we had been continuously changing things until the last minute. He would always respond to us immediately when we called or emailed (throughout the 8 months of planning), I don't know how he does it with so many customers! During the wedding his servers made sure to cater to us with one server spending most of cocktail with us with plates of hors d'oeuvres (our favorites were the mushroom profiteroles and 3 kinds of pita pizzas). Mike was able to accommodate our desire to serve dinner family style, which turned out to be very unique but the servers were able to explain it to each table. The Centerstage salad and roasted potatoes were delicious. We almost had a major problem with the alcohol which Mike was able to handle smoothly. With much experience at Castle Green, they handled all the regulations, setup, breakdown, clean up with ease.

A few glitches - Dinner was a little slow to come out, and although we were glad to be able to eat, it was somewhat awkward when we were halfway done with our main course (at our sweetheart table) with the guests waiting until then when their dishes started coming out. The petit filet was a little drier than when we tried it at the tasting. The grilled seafood which were supposed to be on rosemary twigs came out on wood skewers instead, which I was okay with but wish we had been informed. I wished we would have clarified that we wanted to allow people to select their cake instead of serving randomly (since we had 5 different flavors), but that was forgetful on our part.

Overall, everything was great, turned out beautifully, and we didn't have to worry about a thing. Read less
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jiawong
Wedding:
11/1/2009
4.4/5.0
Mike and Laura worked hard to give us just the wedding we'd dreamed of, and at a budget level we could afford. Even going out of their way to work with a special Chinese chef for the occasion. Great job!
Mike and Laura worked hard to give us just the wedding we'd dreamed of, and at a budget level we could afford. Even going Read more...
Mike and Laura worked hard to give us just the wedding we'd dreamed of, and at a budget level we could afford. Even going out of their way to work with a special Chinese chef for the occasion. Great job! Read less
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loverz4everz
Wedding:
11/1/2009
4.3/5.0
These people know how to help weddings! I found the food delicious and all of my guests loved the variety of finger foods they catered! I'm a very happy customer :)
These people know how to help weddings! I found the food delicious and all of my guests loved the variety of finger foods Read more...
These people know how to help weddings! I found the food delicious and all of my guests loved the variety of finger foods they catered! I'm a very happy customer :) Read less
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Leslie
Wedding:
12/10/2006
4.2/5.0
Duxbury's catered my December 10 wedding at Castle Green in Pasadena, CA. They did an outstanding job. Their staff was friendly and helpful - constantly went out of their way to help my guests (and my parents!). The food was delicious, and they gave us a very reasonable estimate for the cost of the reception food. I would highly recommend them to anyone. Outstanding... very professional... a pleasure to work with.
Duxbury's catered my December 10 wedding at Castle Green in Pasadena, CA. They did an outstanding job. Their staff was Read more...
Duxbury's catered my December 10 wedding at Castle Green in Pasadena, CA. They did an outstanding job. Their staff was friendly and helpful - constantly went out of their way to help my guests (and my parents!). The food was delicious, and they gave us a very reasonable estimate for the cost of the reception food. I would highly recommend them to anyone. Outstanding... very professional... a pleasure to work with. Read less
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kpartlow
Wedding:
8/21/2010
4.1/5.0
Simply Elegant provided great food at a great price. Mike was very helpful when it came to assisting us with outside rentals and a cigar roller.
Simply Elegant provided great food at a great price. Mike was very helpful when it came to assisting us with outside Read more...
Simply Elegant provided great food at a great price. Mike was very helpful when it came to assisting us with outside rentals and a cigar roller. Read less
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Christine23
Wedding:
4/10/2010
4.1/5.0
The food was great, and Mike and Laura are very easy to work with. We had some glitches on the big day, though: 1 bar instead of 2, which was a pretty major issue we discussed, and it caused a very long line during the cocktail hour; losing track of what they were supposed to set up (Mike was aware, but head server was clueless); groom's food was supposed to be without cheese, but it didn't come that way. All in all a good experience, but there definitely needs to be some improvement on the lines of communication between Mike and the head server. Everyone was very friendly and responsive, and I would recommend them.
The food was great, and Mike and Laura are very easy to work with. We had some glitches on the big day, though: 1 bar Read more...
The food was great, and Mike and Laura are very easy to work with. We had some glitches on the big day, though: 1 bar instead of 2, which was a pretty major issue we discussed, and it caused a very long line during the cocktail hour; losing track of what they were supposed to set up (Mike was aware, but head server was clueless); groom's food was supposed to be without cheese, but it didn't come that way. All in all a good experience, but there definitely needs to be some improvement on the lines of communication between Mike and the head server. Everyone was very friendly and responsive, and I would recommend them. Read less
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Tony'sFiance
Wedding:
8/2/2008
2.8/5.0
Duxbury went to jail a few months before my wedding. So they had to change the name to Simply Elegant, and the place changed ownership! The staff for the most part was good, the food was good, the bartender excellent. However, the lead server came to me at the end of the night and handed me all the linens in trash bags and told me that because I didn't rent them through them it was my responsibility to take them home! The lady was SO rude, there I was in my wedding dress, most of the guests had already left, so I had to quickly find someone to take them. Not a nice surprise.
Duxbury went to jail a few months before my wedding. So they had to change the name to Simply Elegant, and the place Read more...
Duxbury went to jail a few months before my wedding. So they had to change the name to Simply Elegant, and the place changed ownership! The staff for the most part was good, the food was good, the bartender excellent. However, the lead server came to me at the end of the night and handed me all the linens in trash bags and told me that because I didn't rent them through them it was my responsibility to take them home! The lady was SO rude, there I was in my wedding dress, most of the guests had already left, so I had to quickly find someone to take them. Not a nice surprise. Read less
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