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The Local Restaurant and Catering

Charlottesville , VA

LOCATION

824 Hinton Avenue
Charlottesville, VA US 22902 (map)
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ABOUT US

The Local’s Genesis:

The Local was started in March 2008 to provide a venue to showcase the abundant supply of small farmers, artisan cheese makers, breweries, distilleries... Read more
The Local’s Genesis:

The Local was started in March 2008 to provide a venue to showcase the abundant supply of small farmers, artisan cheese makers, breweries, distilleries and award winning vineyards located in Charlottesville and the surrounding area. We are truly blessed to have such a wide variety of agriculture readily accessible and a local population so willing to support the local food movement. in addition, we strive to support local craftsman, and much of what you see in the restaurant is fabricated locally. check below for details.



History of the Building:

The building was built circa 1912, and was originally a shoe repair shop with a small apartment upstairs for the proprietor. It served the new Belmont development which was subdivided in 1890 from a large farm to pay off debts incurred by the deceased owner Robert Slaughter. The farm house manager’s house sits directly across from the back deck and is the white brick house. Over the years the building has served many businesses ranging from a church, general store, furniture store, motorcycle shop, pool hall and finally a photography studio. The upstairs has always served as an apartment until it was renovated for the restaurant. If you look at the floor carefully you can still see the lines where walls once divided the room into a bedroom, living room, and kitchen.



Catering:

The Local has approximately two thousand square feet of dining space upstairs and can comfortably serve sixty inside for seated dinners and up to one hundred and fifty utilizing the outdoor space. The Local is constantly growing and has recently expanded our services to where we can now provide off-site food and beverage catering. Our sensational menu is full of locally grown and cultivated products that would be perfect for your next event, including weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate luncheons, holiday parties, etc. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Cash Bar, Limited Bar, Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor, Rail Liquor, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, Cajun, Creole, Indian, Italian, Latin American, Mediterranean, Southern, Southwestern
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?
300

REVIEWS

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Jeff and Barbara
Wedding:
8/30/2014
4.8/5.0
We used The Local for Rehearsal Dinner for 58 and a catered Sunday Brunch for 87.

Courtney and her staff are a pleasure to work with on these type of events. The Rehearsal Dinner was in the upstairs enclosed deck at The Local. It may be a little funky for some, but we liked the venue very much.

Quality and variety of food and drink is outstanding. Staff is top shelf. The Local coordinates, in some cases, for event rentals through their great relationship with MS Events. It make the communication, coordination, and billing so much smoother and easier.

We highly recommend The Local.
We used The Local for Rehearsal Dinner for 58 and a catered Sunday Brunch for 87.

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We used The Local for Rehearsal Dinner for 58 and a catered Sunday Brunch for 87.

Courtney and her staff are a pleasure to work with on these type of events. The Rehearsal Dinner was in the upstairs enclosed deck at The Local. It may be a little funky for some, but we liked the venue very much.

Quality and variety of food and drink is outstanding. Staff is top shelf. The Local coordinates, in some cases, for event rentals through their great relationship with MS Events. It make the communication, coordination, and billing so much smoother and easier.

We highly recommend The Local. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Rentals & Photobooths
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The Local catered a plated dinner for my daughter's wedding reception at a local vineyard. From our initial tasting through the end of the reception their service was A-1. The food was delicious, and the service was second to none. Courtney, our catering coordinator at the local, was on top of everything, which allowed us to enjoy the reception along with our family & friends. Throughout the entire process Courtney was prompt & courteous. As the MOB, her service was invaluable! Would I use The Local again? Absolutely. Would I recommend them? Yes!
The Local catered a plated dinner for my daughter's wedding reception at a local vineyard. From our initial tasting Read more...
The Local catered a plated dinner for my daughter's wedding reception at a local vineyard. From our initial tasting through the end of the reception their service was A-1. The food was delicious, and the service was second to none. Courtney, our catering coordinator at the local, was on top of everything, which allowed us to enjoy the reception along with our family & friends. Throughout the entire process Courtney was prompt & courteous. As the MOB, her service was invaluable! Would I use The Local again? Absolutely. Would I recommend them? Yes! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.8/5.0
This is a hard review to write. How do I write a review when the end result turned out almost perfectly but the lead up was really stressful and frustrating?

We had our wedding at The Local itself--we rented out the upstairs. The wedding itself went very smoothly and was great, it looked great, the food was great, and the service was stellar. My only (very minor) complaints were that the salads were wanting (compared to what we had at our tasting) and there was no bread on the table as I had requested. Everything else was great, though. Michelle, the head bartender/mixologist, was a rock star. The servers were all great. We didn't meet our food and beverage minimum, so Michelle gave us a few bottles of wine to take home to make up the difference. Very nice gesture that she didn't have to do.

That said, the lead up to the wedding was very stressful, and that was because Kobi, the event coordinator charged with their in-house events, proved unresponsive to my emails and calls again and again. It would take her WEEKS to respond. When I gave her my final guest count and food selections a few weeks before the wedding, I didn't hear from her for about TWO WEEKS. When my fiancée and her family and friends went to the restaurant to help set up flowers and other items on the day of the wedding, Kobi told them that she was focused on her other weddings off-site that day. (She had told us at the tasting when we put down our deposit that she would be there the day of; she wasn't.) Totally unacceptable.

That said, our wedding was great. We had a great time and so did our guests. The staff that night at The Local were great and so was the food.
This is a hard review to write. How do I write a review when the end result turned out almost perfectly but the lead up Read more...
This is a hard review to write. How do I write a review when the end result turned out almost perfectly but the lead up was really stressful and frustrating?

We had our wedding at The Local itself--we rented out the upstairs. The wedding itself went very smoothly and was great, it looked great, the food was great, and the service was stellar. My only (very minor) complaints were that the salads were wanting (compared to what we had at our tasting) and there was no bread on the table as I had requested. Everything else was great, though. Michelle, the head bartender/mixologist, was a rock star. The servers were all great. We didn't meet our food and beverage minimum, so Michelle gave us a few bottles of wine to take home to make up the difference. Very nice gesture that she didn't have to do.

That said, the lead up to the wedding was very stressful, and that was because Kobi, the event coordinator charged with their in-house events, proved unresponsive to my emails and calls again and again. It would take her WEEKS to respond. When I gave her my final guest count and food selections a few weeks before the wedding, I didn't hear from her for about TWO WEEKS. When my fiancée and her family and friends went to the restaurant to help set up flowers and other items on the day of the wedding, Kobi told them that she was focused on her other weddings off-site that day. (She had told us at the tasting when we put down our deposit that she would be there the day of; she wasn't.) Totally unacceptable.

That said, our wedding was great. We had a great time and so did our guests. The staff that night at The Local were great and so was the food. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Daniel
Wedding:
6/21/2014
4.9/5.0
We had an exceptionally good experience with The Local, all the way down from the head chef Matt to the event planners Courtney and Helen.

We met with Courtney for a tasting on fairly short notice (about 5 months out from our wedding), and were immediately impressed by the experience and professionalism especially compared to a couple other caterers we visited. She also served as a point person to coordinate all the rentals (tables, chairs, etc) with a rental company, which was really helpful; as our numbers changed, we simply emailed her and knew that food and rentals would both be adjusted.

Most importantly, the wedding day went off perfectly. Helen served as our point person and was an absolute delight to work with. They served as our full labor for the day (set-up, break-down, trash removal, etc), coped with some afternoon rain, contracted out with exceptional staff to be servers and bartenders, and were tireless in making sure it all ran smoothly. We couldn't be happier with the experience.

The only piece of advice I'd mention, and this came on a couple other reviews, is slightly slow response time on emails. We found it was best to ask for a phone call, at which point Courtney always had answers to our questions and everything was taken care of.

All-in-all, we highly recommend the Local for any Charlottesville area wedding!
We had an exceptionally good experience with The Local, all the way down from the head chef Matt to the event planners Read more...
We had an exceptionally good experience with The Local, all the way down from the head chef Matt to the event planners Courtney and Helen.

We met with Courtney for a tasting on fairly short notice (about 5 months out from our wedding), and were immediately impressed by the experience and professionalism especially compared to a couple other caterers we visited. She also served as a point person to coordinate all the rentals (tables, chairs, etc) with a rental company, which was really helpful; as our numbers changed, we simply emailed her and knew that food and rentals would both be adjusted.

Most importantly, the wedding day went off perfectly. Helen served as our point person and was an absolute delight to work with. They served as our full labor for the day (set-up, break-down, trash removal, etc), coped with some afternoon rain, contracted out with exceptional staff to be servers and bartenders, and were tireless in making sure it all ran smoothly. We couldn't be happier with the experience.

The only piece of advice I'd mention, and this came on a couple other reviews, is slightly slow response time on emails. We found it was best to ask for a phone call, at which point Courtney always had answers to our questions and everything was taken care of.

All-in-all, we highly recommend the Local for any Charlottesville area wedding! Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
6/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Courtney and The Local catering team were absolutely fantastic to work with for our June 2014 wedding in Charlottesville, VA! From our first tasting to the cake-cutting, Courtney was fantastic and helped us with all the details of our big day. She worked patiently with us and her responsiveness was unmatched. Our guests gushed about the delicious food - the crispy shrimp, mac n' cheese, and bacon-wrapped meatloaf were big hits - and everything was displayed artfully on the buffet line. We loved that it was not a traditional buffet: food was displayed on different levels, in Dutch ovens, cutting boards, and other unique touches that made our rustic vintage vision come to life. Courtney was also wonderful in helping us to secure rentals through MS Events. We especially loved the special touches - The Local provided water outside of the U.Va Chapel, which was so appreciated by our guests. Our wedding reception at the Colonnade Club at U.Va. was beautiful, in large part thanks to the efforts of The Local!
Courtney and The Local catering team were absolutely fantastic to work with for our June 2014 wedding in Charlottesville, Read more...
Courtney and The Local catering team were absolutely fantastic to work with for our June 2014 wedding in Charlottesville, VA! From our first tasting to the cake-cutting, Courtney was fantastic and helped us with all the details of our big day. She worked patiently with us and her responsiveness was unmatched. Our guests gushed about the delicious food - the crispy shrimp, mac n' cheese, and bacon-wrapped meatloaf were big hits - and everything was displayed artfully on the buffet line. We loved that it was not a traditional buffet: food was displayed on different levels, in Dutch ovens, cutting boards, and other unique touches that made our rustic vintage vision come to life. Courtney was also wonderful in helping us to secure rentals through MS Events. We especially loved the special touches - The Local provided water outside of the U.Va Chapel, which was so appreciated by our guests. Our wedding reception at the Colonnade Club at U.Va. was beautiful, in large part thanks to the efforts of The Local! Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
6/14/2014
4.5/5.0
During my planning, I worked with three different catering managers/coordinators (the first two left and/or got fired) so that was kind of annoying. The third and final planner was Kobi and hopefully she will stick around because she and her team did a great job. She had a lot to catch up on given that she had an entire portfolio of new brides handed off to her right off the bat. I think that's why response time was sometimes pretty slow. However, she made sure we were both on the same page before the event and she worked her tail off at the wedding. Anything that I needed was accommodated. The staff that they used was very friendly and professional. Of course, the food was extremely delicious - it's one of my favorite places to eat in Charlottesville. And, surprisingly, they were one of the cheapest options for catering in the Charlottesville area.
During my planning, I worked with three different catering managers/coordinators (the first two left and/or got fired) so Read more...
During my planning, I worked with three different catering managers/coordinators (the first two left and/or got fired) so that was kind of annoying. The third and final planner was Kobi and hopefully she will stick around because she and her team did a great job. She had a lot to catch up on given that she had an entire portfolio of new brides handed off to her right off the bat. I think that's why response time was sometimes pretty slow. However, she made sure we were both on the same page before the event and she worked her tail off at the wedding. Anything that I needed was accommodated. The staff that they used was very friendly and professional. Of course, the food was extremely delicious - it's one of my favorite places to eat in Charlottesville. And, surprisingly, they were one of the cheapest options for catering in the Charlottesville area. Read less
Services Used: Catering
The Local Restaurant and Catering responded with the following comments:

Allison,

Thank you so much for your feedback. I appreciated your patience during our transition period. I am so pleased you were happy with everything and enjoyed the food. We wish you and Jesse the best in your newly married life together, and thank you for letting The Local be part of your special day.
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Freeman and Mary
Wedding:
6/7/2014
4.7/5.0
The Local catered our small at home wedding. Very special to be able to have your wedding at home. They did a fabulous job with everything! I received many compliments from the guests about our choice of caterer. The food was fantastic. They were very flexible and so easy to work with. Courtney did a great job! Thanks to all of them for bearing the rain with us. :)
The Local catered our small at home wedding. Very special to be able to have your wedding at home. They did a fabulous job Read more...
The Local catered our small at home wedding. Very special to be able to have your wedding at home. They did a fabulous job with everything! I received many compliments from the guests about our choice of caterer. The food was fantastic. They were very flexible and so easy to work with. Courtney did a great job! Thanks to all of them for bearing the rain with us. :) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The Local was listed as an approved caterer for our reception venue. The delicious food at the tasting pulled us in but it was the professionalism and excellent service throughout the process that really impressed. The wedding and reception were just beautiful and we had many compliments. Thanks to them for making it easy to plan a wedding from out of state. Fabulous team!!
The Local was listed as an approved caterer for our reception venue. The delicious food at the tasting pulled us in but it Read more...
The Local was listed as an approved caterer for our reception venue. The delicious food at the tasting pulled us in but it was the professionalism and excellent service throughout the process that really impressed. The wedding and reception were just beautiful and we had many compliments. Thanks to them for making it easy to plan a wedding from out of state. Fabulous team!! Read less
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Augusta
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Being from Charlottesville, we knew that we couldn't go wrong having The Local cater our wedding. From our tasting all the way through the actual wedding, we were not disappointed! The Local staff on the day of the wedding was very polite and courteous. The food was presented in dishes with fun colors which gave an added interest as opposed to the normal silver serving platters. My mouth is still watering just thinking about the menu of new york strip steak, dry rubbed smoked local chicken, truffled mac-n-cheese, and more! It is also awesome to have local ingredient in every dish. Having Courtney assist with the planning was an added bonus! She is very thorough and is able to work with you to make sure everything is perfect up until the very last minute! We couldn't be more pleased with how everything turned out and would definitely recommend The Local catering for any type of event!
Being from Charlottesville, we knew that we couldn't go wrong having The Local cater our wedding. From our tasting all the Read more...
Being from Charlottesville, we knew that we couldn't go wrong having The Local cater our wedding. From our tasting all the way through the actual wedding, we were not disappointed! The Local staff on the day of the wedding was very polite and courteous. The food was presented in dishes with fun colors which gave an added interest as opposed to the normal silver serving platters. My mouth is still watering just thinking about the menu of new york strip steak, dry rubbed smoked local chicken, truffled mac-n-cheese, and more! It is also awesome to have local ingredient in every dish. Having Courtney assist with the planning was an added bonus! She is very thorough and is able to work with you to make sure everything is perfect up until the very last minute! We couldn't be more pleased with how everything turned out and would definitely recommend The Local catering for any type of event! Read less
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julia
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
We used the Local to cater both our Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding Reception - we could not be more pleased - they killed it! Courtney Hildebrand, our contact and catering manager was extremely knowledgeable and helpful...we truly could not have done it without her. The management on day-of was smooth and professional, not to mention we have heard from multiple guests that it was the best wedding food they had ever been served - the truffle mac n' cheese is insanely good and the short ribs are tender and moist - perfectly cooked. We definitely recommend their services and do a tasting - it really helps narrow down their awesome menu. Thank you The Local and Courtney!
We used the Local to cater both our Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding Reception - we could not be more pleased - they killed Read more...
We used the Local to cater both our Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding Reception - we could not be more pleased - they killed it! Courtney Hildebrand, our contact and catering manager was extremely knowledgeable and helpful...we truly could not have done it without her. The management on day-of was smooth and professional, not to mention we have heard from multiple guests that it was the best wedding food they had ever been served - the truffle mac n' cheese is insanely good and the short ribs are tender and moist - perfectly cooked. We definitely recommend their services and do a tasting - it really helps narrow down their awesome menu. Thank you The Local and Courtney! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough positive things about The Local and its staff. We used The Local for beverages, appetizers and a plated dinner for our vineyard wedding. We were 100% satisfied with the results. The food was plated in an appealing manner and was of high quality. The Local set up our tables and decor and everything looked awesome. We did not worry about anything. Courtney, who was also our day of coordinator, was easy to work with, efficient, kind, calming and organized. As brides-to-be will find out, one of the most frustrating things while planning a wedding is a vendor who is hard to get a hold of or a vendor who does not respond to emails... this was NOT the case with The Local and Courtney. She almost immediately would respond to my questions. It became a running joke with my fiance' - "Courtney already emailed me back!". Do not hesitate to work with this company. :) Thanks Local!
We cannot say enough positive things about The Local and its staff. We used The Local for beverages, appetizers and a Read more...
We cannot say enough positive things about The Local and its staff. We used The Local for beverages, appetizers and a plated dinner for our vineyard wedding. We were 100% satisfied with the results. The food was plated in an appealing manner and was of high quality. The Local set up our tables and decor and everything looked awesome. We did not worry about anything. Courtney, who was also our day of coordinator, was easy to work with, efficient, kind, calming and organized. As brides-to-be will find out, one of the most frustrating things while planning a wedding is a vendor who is hard to get a hold of or a vendor who does not respond to emails... this was NOT the case with The Local and Courtney. She almost immediately would respond to my questions. It became a running joke with my fiance' - "Courtney already emailed me back!". Do not hesitate to work with this company. :) Thanks Local! Read less
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Margaret
Wedding:
3/15/2014
5.0/5.0
The staff at the local did an amazing job catering our wedding, from putting together a custom meal to executing the rain plan smoothly. Courtney & Kobi were great to work with; it is evident that they go the extra mile to ensure the bride & groom's special day is perfect. Guests made comments about how good the food and service was, which made it a success in my eyes! I would definitely recommend The Local to family and friends.
The staff at the local did an amazing job catering our wedding, from putting together a custom meal to executing the rain Read more...
The staff at the local did an amazing job catering our wedding, from putting together a custom meal to executing the rain plan smoothly. Courtney & Kobi were great to work with; it is evident that they go the extra mile to ensure the bride & groom's special day is perfect. Guests made comments about how good the food and service was, which made it a success in my eyes! I would definitely recommend The Local to family and friends. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.7/5.0
Once they brought out truffle mac n' cheese during our tasting, we were done for. You really cannot go wrong with The Local's food. It was everything we wanted--seasonal, local, simple and delicious. Like, ridiculously delicious. The executive chef Matthew was a pleasure to work with. He really took care of us, and the food at our wedding was nothing short of spectacular (in particular, the crispy shrimp, mac n' cheese and chicken). One month later, we still have guests coming out of the woodwork telling us it was the best wedding food they have ever had! I mean, you can't really go wrong with fried chicken at your wedding, amiright?? A couple things to be aware of: since this is a restaurant/caterer, expect a fairly high turnover rate. They changed the catering coordinator on us 4 times, and as a result, we got lost in the shuffle with calls and emails which was frustrating. Five days before the wedding I had a bit of a breakdown because they were talking about changing up the chef and telling us we needed an ABC license when in fact we didn't…things that they shouldn't have even been talking about with the client…rather, they should have worked it out internally instead of freaking me out just days before my wedding! My husband had to step in and Matthew and the owner Adam immediately remedied the situation and were super apologetic…they even threw in a few extra appetizers for us to make up for the stress and hassle. I really appreciated that, and as the spouse of a wedding photographer, I know that is exactly what a good wedding vendor does. Apologies accompanied with fixes go a long way with clients spending a lot of money, and this didn't happen with all of our vendors who made mistakes. The service was impeccable too. Their staff was friendly, accommodating and did an excellent job. We made sure to give them a good tip! And I highly recommend getting a brownie sundae bar…it was delicious and the perfect ending to a perfect wedding meal! Thank you, The Local!
Once they brought out truffle mac n' cheese during our tasting, we were done for. You really cannot go wrong with The Read more...
Once they brought out truffle mac n' cheese during our tasting, we were done for. You really cannot go wrong with The Local's food. It was everything we wanted--seasonal, local, simple and delicious. Like, ridiculously delicious. The executive chef Matthew was a pleasure to work with. He really took care of us, and the food at our wedding was nothing short of spectacular (in particular, the crispy shrimp, mac n' cheese and chicken). One month later, we still have guests coming out of the woodwork telling us it was the best wedding food they have ever had! I mean, you can't really go wrong with fried chicken at your wedding, amiright?? A couple things to be aware of: since this is a restaurant/caterer, expect a fairly high turnover rate. They changed the catering coordinator on us 4 times, and as a result, we got lost in the shuffle with calls and emails which was frustrating. Five days before the wedding I had a bit of a breakdown because they were talking about changing up the chef and telling us we needed an ABC license when in fact we didn't…things that they shouldn't have even been talking about with the client…rather, they should have worked it out internally instead of freaking me out just days before my wedding! My husband had to step in and Matthew and the owner Adam immediately remedied the situation and were super apologetic…they even threw in a few extra appetizers for us to make up for the stress and hassle. I really appreciated that, and as the spouse of a wedding photographer, I know that is exactly what a good wedding vendor does. Apologies accompanied with fixes go a long way with clients spending a lot of money, and this didn't happen with all of our vendors who made mistakes. The service was impeccable too. Their staff was friendly, accommodating and did an excellent job. We made sure to give them a good tip! And I highly recommend getting a brownie sundae bar…it was delicious and the perfect ending to a perfect wedding meal! Thank you, The Local! Read less
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Patti
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.7/5.0
The Local was my favorite restaurant when I was in medical school, so they were the obvious choice to cater my wedding and they did not disappoint! The food was AMAZING from the passed shrimp to the perfectly NY Strip Steaks. Furthermore, they organized all of my rentals, did set-up, and clean-up, and were flexible with last minute changes to the seating chart. I would definitely recommend eating at the restaurant or having them cater your event.

My only complaint was that at times they were somewhat slow to respond to email questions. However, they were very available and responsive in the 7-10 days before my wedding.
The Local was my favorite restaurant when I was in medical school, so they were the obvious choice to cater my wedding and Read more...
The Local was my favorite restaurant when I was in medical school, so they were the obvious choice to cater my wedding and they did not disappoint! The food was AMAZING from the passed shrimp to the perfectly NY Strip Steaks. Furthermore, they organized all of my rentals, did set-up, and clean-up, and were flexible with last minute changes to the seating chart. I would definitely recommend eating at the restaurant or having them cater your event.

My only complaint was that at times they were somewhat slow to respond to email questions. However, they were very available and responsive in the 7-10 days before my wedding. Read less
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The Local Restaurant and Catering responded with the following comments:

Hey Patti!

It was so great working with you. I am so glad you enjoyed the food and I hope you & Josh are enjoying newly married life!

Best,
Courtney
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
We had our rehearsal dinner here and it was amazing. The atmosphere was so perfect and the food was to die for! All my attendants said it was the best they had ever gone to. Looking forward to a return dinner for our next date night!
We had our rehearsal dinner here and it was amazing. The atmosphere was so perfect and the food was to die for! All my Read more...
We had our rehearsal dinner here and it was amazing. The atmosphere was so perfect and the food was to die for! All my attendants said it was the best they had ever gone to. Looking forward to a return dinner for our next date night! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
10/12/2013
4.6/5.0
I love The Local! I booked them to cater my rehearsal dinner and wedding on-site in Crozet, VA. We decided on The Local because serving amazing food at our wedding was a priority for my husband and I. SinceThe Local was a restaurant only before they started catering, we felt they focused more on the food rather than the extras that other catering companies seemed to tax on. Their prices are fair, they are extremely flexible with the menu, and the food quality is outstanding! Seriously. We had a pasta bar AND brownie bar in addition to a buffet with tons of options for all types of eaters. My experience with them didn't go smoothly though and share a similar story with some recent reviews. The event coordinator, Crystal, was slow to respond, but when she did she always was super informative and professional. When I didn't hear from her two weeks before my wedding, I didn't think twice about it. But then I got a call from another coordinator, Courtney, who said Crystal had suddenly quit. It definitely wasn't what I wanted to hear a week before my wedding, but Courtney worked her butt off that week to ensure our wedding catering went according to plan. And it did! She handled everything beautifully: the rehearsal dinner drop off, rental order/set up, cocktail hour, reception dinner. She had plates of food waiting for us when we first sat down so we could eat right away, which gave us time later to mingle with guests. Then she packed up the leftovers and we ate them the first night of our honeymoon. No good food goes to waste! Courtney also waived some fees to make up for the trouble caused by Crystal leaving, which was very nice. Given the tough situation she was thrown into, Courtney did an outstanding job and I am very thankful for her, her staff, and Chef Matthew. Would I book The Local again? You bet! The food is worth it.
I love The Local! I booked them to cater my rehearsal dinner and wedding on-site in Crozet, VA. We decided on The Local Read more...
I love The Local! I booked them to cater my rehearsal dinner and wedding on-site in Crozet, VA. We decided on The Local because serving amazing food at our wedding was a priority for my husband and I. SinceThe Local was a restaurant only before they started catering, we felt they focused more on the food rather than the extras that other catering companies seemed to tax on. Their prices are fair, they are extremely flexible with the menu, and the food quality is outstanding! Seriously. We had a pasta bar AND brownie bar in addition to a buffet with tons of options for all types of eaters. My experience with them didn't go smoothly though and share a similar story with some recent reviews. The event coordinator, Crystal, was slow to respond, but when she did she always was super informative and professional. When I didn't hear from her two weeks before my wedding, I didn't think twice about it. But then I got a call from another coordinator, Courtney, who said Crystal had suddenly quit. It definitely wasn't what I wanted to hear a week before my wedding, but Courtney worked her butt off that week to ensure our wedding catering went according to plan. And it did! She handled everything beautifully: the rehearsal dinner drop off, rental order/set up, cocktail hour, reception dinner. She had plates of food waiting for us when we first sat down so we could eat right away, which gave us time later to mingle with guests. Then she packed up the leftovers and we ate them the first night of our honeymoon. No good food goes to waste! Courtney also waived some fees to make up for the trouble caused by Crystal leaving, which was very nice. Given the tough situation she was thrown into, Courtney did an outstanding job and I am very thankful for her, her staff, and Chef Matthew. Would I book The Local again? You bet! The food is worth it. Read less
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The Local Restaurant and Catering responded with the following comments:

Thanks Melissa! I know I came on later in the process but it was an absolute pleasure working with you & Gregg. I am so happy that you were pleased with everything at the end. Matthew and I enjoyed working on and executing your menu for the rehearsal & wedding day. Hope you and Gregg are doing well and we wish you happiness in your newly married life together.

Best,
Courtney
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Helena
Wedding:
10/6/2013
4.8/5.0
The Local did a great job. However, the person who was in charge of quoting etc, left the local unexpectedly. I found out later, but the person who took over (kolby) was amazing. She was sweet and had great communication with me the week before the wedding. The food was stinking delicious! Before the wedding we had a taste test and they gave us so much that we took a few doggy bags home! Pretty sweet. Also, kolby was very attentive to set up for the wedding and to my husband and myself. After the wedding we wanted a few minutes alone and she brought us our own appetizers. It was sweet and just what we needed. The Local also took it upon themselves to prepare doggy bags for us after the wedding in case we didn't eat enough during the wedding---which is usually the case for couples. It was very impressive.

The only thing I would have changed would have been responsiveness. It was a little lax in the beginning but it became better as the wedding neared.
The Local did a great job. However, the person who was in charge of quoting etc, left the local unexpectedly. I found out Read more...
The Local did a great job. However, the person who was in charge of quoting etc, left the local unexpectedly. I found out later, but the person who took over (kolby) was amazing. She was sweet and had great communication with me the week before the wedding. The food was stinking delicious! Before the wedding we had a taste test and they gave us so much that we took a few doggy bags home! Pretty sweet. Also, kolby was very attentive to set up for the wedding and to my husband and myself. After the wedding we wanted a few minutes alone and she brought us our own appetizers. It was sweet and just what we needed. The Local also took it upon themselves to prepare doggy bags for us after the wedding in case we didn't eat enough during the wedding---which is usually the case for couples. It was very impressive.

The only thing I would have changed would have been responsiveness. It was a little lax in the beginning but it became better as the wedding neared. Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
The Local provided both the catering for the wedding, and the rehearsal dinner space. The food was delicious, and the portions enormous- So much that friends were taking pictures of the chicken dish because they were so impressed. The catering manager was really flexible with what we wanted food wise, to help pick something that we would like, and would fit our budget. The only real hiccup in everything was the alcohol- VA had recently changed laws that required us to apply for the liquor license. In the end it was an easy enough form, and made it so we could purchase the alcohol ourselves, which helped control costs.
The Local provided both the catering for the wedding, and the rehearsal dinner space. The food was delicious, and the Read more...
The Local provided both the catering for the wedding, and the rehearsal dinner space. The food was delicious, and the portions enormous- So much that friends were taking pictures of the chicken dish because they were so impressed. The catering manager was really flexible with what we wanted food wise, to help pick something that we would like, and would fit our budget. The only real hiccup in everything was the alcohol- VA had recently changed laws that required us to apply for the liquor license. In the end it was an easy enough form, and made it so we could purchase the alcohol ourselves, which helped control costs. Read less
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Caroline
Wedding:
9/21/2013
3.2/5.0
I had a very unique experience with the Local. Their food is hands down the best and our tasting was fantastic. But after signing the contract it was very difficult to get in touch with the coordinator. She would take several days to get back to my emails (if she answered at all). I kept making excuses thinking she was busy with other brides getting married sooner than me but as my date got closer and last minute preparations were needed she disappeared. When I called the restaurant she wasn't available and when I sent emails she wouldn't respond. Then Courtney took over for her and Courtney is hardworking and was unfortunately put in a bad position of cleaning up the other girl's mess. Lots of details had fallen through the cracks so in the final week I was panicked that it everything would come together. And then I received word that the Local had lost their liquor license and the chef we were promised was promised to someone else who booked after we did. Long story short, everything ended up fine. The food definitely wasn't as good as it was at the restaurant but the team was hard working and I have to give props to Courtney for working so hard to make things right. But I can't recommend them because I just feel like they aren't quite set up for large off site catering at this time. I believe with some more experience they can really pull together and be the caterer that I hoped tey would be for my wedding.
I had a very unique experience with the Local. Their food is hands down the best and our tasting was fantastic. But after Read more...
I had a very unique experience with the Local. Their food is hands down the best and our tasting was fantastic. But after signing the contract it was very difficult to get in touch with the coordinator. She would take several days to get back to my emails (if she answered at all). I kept making excuses thinking she was busy with other brides getting married sooner than me but as my date got closer and last minute preparations were needed she disappeared. When I called the restaurant she wasn't available and when I sent emails she wouldn't respond. Then Courtney took over for her and Courtney is hardworking and was unfortunately put in a bad position of cleaning up the other girl's mess. Lots of details had fallen through the cracks so in the final week I was panicked that it everything would come together. And then I received word that the Local had lost their liquor license and the chef we were promised was promised to someone else who booked after we did. Long story short, everything ended up fine. The food definitely wasn't as good as it was at the restaurant but the team was hard working and I have to give props to Courtney for working so hard to make things right. But I can't recommend them because I just feel like they aren't quite set up for large off site catering at this time. I believe with some more experience they can really pull together and be the caterer that I hoped tey would be for my wedding. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
The Local:
Have your reception at the Local. Seriously, stop looking. This is where you need to be.
Crystal, the coordinator, and Matthew, the chef, were so stunningly positive, flexible, and generous. From our tasting through the billing, every step, they offered us so many choices. Every time we changed our mind, they rolled with it and even let us invent some options. The service was great, the space was set up beautifully without us having to do anything, and our guests loved their food as much if not more than every other part of our wedding. Everything was delicious. Their price structure was flexible, affordable and fair. Really, we can’t say enough about this place. Their product and their business were truly outstanding.
The Local:
Have your reception at the Local. Seriously, stop looking. This is where you need to be.
Crystal, the Read more...
The Local:
Have your reception at the Local. Seriously, stop looking. This is where you need to be.
Crystal, the coordinator, and Matthew, the chef, were so stunningly positive, flexible, and generous. From our tasting through the billing, every step, they offered us so many choices. Every time we changed our mind, they rolled with it and even let us invent some options. The service was great, the space was set up beautifully without us having to do anything, and our guests loved their food as much if not more than every other part of our wedding. Everything was delicious. Their price structure was flexible, affordable and fair. Really, we can’t say enough about this place. Their product and their business were truly outstanding. Read less
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Tim
Wedding:
7/27/2013
4.9/5.0
Crystal was wonderful to work with. Sometimes, it took a couple days to communicate, but Crystal never failed to get back to me. The food served at the wedding was very good, and Crystal worked well with the wedding coordinator and the venue management.
Crystal was wonderful to work with. Sometimes, it took a couple days to communicate, but Crystal never failed to get back Read more...
Crystal was wonderful to work with. Sometimes, it took a couple days to communicate, but Crystal never failed to get back to me. The food served at the wedding was very good, and Crystal worked well with the wedding coordinator and the venue management. Read less
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Leah
Wedding:
7/27/2013
4.6/5.0
We chose The Local to cater our wedding not only because we loved the food, but also because of the great value. We found that The Local was one of the most affordable caterers around. An added bonus is that they let you purchase your own liquor, which saved us tons of money. The chef, Matthew, and the event coordinator, Crystal, were very pleasant to work with. They were nice enough to accommodate 6 people at the tasting, which helped us choose our menu with the added input of our parents. The service on the day of the wedding was seamless. We decided that a buffet would work best for our wedding, and I was so impressed by the presentation of the food. The Local doesn't use the typical silver buffet trays, they use a heater hidden under bricks. This makes for a much more visually pleasing buffet. They also had each station labeled with rustic chalkboards, which was a very nice touch. Our guests raved about the food! Our menu included peppercorn encrusted steak, salmon, mac and cheese with black truffles, and zucchini stuffed with quinoa. For appetizers we had crispy shrimp, bacon-wrapped dates, and a meat/cheese tray. The zucchini (our vegetarian option) was the surprise hit of the night. We had several "meat eaters" come up and tell us that they had tried a bite off of someone else's plate and ended up going to get a plate of their own. Thankfully, we were able to try all this, as Crystal had full plates waiting for us. Overall, The Local was a great vendor to work with. The only thing that could have gone a bit smoother was the coordination with the rental company. The Local manages most of the food-related rentals with an outside company. When we received the rental list, we noticed that there were some key items missing, which could have been a disaster. However, The Local is fairly new to the catering game, so I'm sure it's something that will be ironed out quickly. I highly recommend using The Local for wedding catering. Your guests will love the food!
We chose The Local to cater our wedding not only because we loved the food, but also because of the great value. We found Read more...
We chose The Local to cater our wedding not only because we loved the food, but also because of the great value. We found that The Local was one of the most affordable caterers around. An added bonus is that they let you purchase your own liquor, which saved us tons of money. The chef, Matthew, and the event coordinator, Crystal, were very pleasant to work with. They were nice enough to accommodate 6 people at the tasting, which helped us choose our menu with the added input of our parents. The service on the day of the wedding was seamless. We decided that a buffet would work best for our wedding, and I was so impressed by the presentation of the food. The Local doesn't use the typical silver buffet trays, they use a heater hidden under bricks. This makes for a much more visually pleasing buffet. They also had each station labeled with rustic chalkboards, which was a very nice touch. Our guests raved about the food! Our menu included peppercorn encrusted steak, salmon, mac and cheese with black truffles, and zucchini stuffed with quinoa. For appetizers we had crispy shrimp, bacon-wrapped dates, and a meat/cheese tray. The zucchini (our vegetarian option) was the surprise hit of the night. We had several "meat eaters" come up and tell us that they had tried a bite off of someone else's plate and ended up going to get a plate of their own. Thankfully, we were able to try all this, as Crystal had full plates waiting for us. Overall, The Local was a great vendor to work with. The only thing that could have gone a bit smoother was the coordination with the rental company. The Local manages most of the food-related rentals with an outside company. When we received the rental list, we noticed that there were some key items missing, which could have been a disaster. However, The Local is fairly new to the catering game, so I'm sure it's something that will be ironed out quickly. I highly recommend using The Local for wedding catering. Your guests will love the food! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
The Local catered our recent wedding on June 29 in Scottsville, VA and we are SO THANKFUL we used them as our caterer!!!! The level of service throughout the entire planning process was wonderful and the service on the day of was incredible!!!! Crystal and the rest of the staff made everything so painless and easy for us!! Also, we have to mention that the food was DELICIOUS and simply AMAZING!!! We tasted other caterers in the area and must say, The Local is in a league of its own with their food. We had several of our guests tell us during and after the reception that the food was the best wedding food they ever had and they are STILL talking about the food to this day. We did a buffet and the presentation of the food was absolutely adorable!!! Also, the bar service they provided was also wonderful!! They have such great options for beer/wine/liquor which our guests also LOVED!!! We REALLY, REALLY, REALLY recommend using The Local as your caterer!!! You and your guests will be so glad that you did!!!!
The Local catered our recent wedding on June 29 in Scottsville, VA and we are SO THANKFUL we used them as our caterer!!!! Read more...
The Local catered our recent wedding on June 29 in Scottsville, VA and we are SO THANKFUL we used them as our caterer!!!! The level of service throughout the entire planning process was wonderful and the service on the day of was incredible!!!! Crystal and the rest of the staff made everything so painless and easy for us!! Also, we have to mention that the food was DELICIOUS and simply AMAZING!!! We tasted other caterers in the area and must say, The Local is in a league of its own with their food. We had several of our guests tell us during and after the reception that the food was the best wedding food they ever had and they are STILL talking about the food to this day. We did a buffet and the presentation of the food was absolutely adorable!!! Also, the bar service they provided was also wonderful!! They have such great options for beer/wine/liquor which our guests also LOVED!!! We REALLY, REALLY, REALLY recommend using The Local as your caterer!!! You and your guests will be so glad that you did!!!! Read less
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Rosy
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
From the start,my relationship w/ the Local was perfection! They worked out a tasting day for the bride & groom ,which wasn't easy as they live out of town. Crystal worked w/ me ,changing days/ times as needed. The food was delicious( guests still mention it)! One of the (terrific) wait staff even ran into the woods to catch the Ring Bearer( the Bride's dog;)!
From the start,my relationship w/ the Local was perfection! They worked out a tasting day for the bride & groom ,which Read more...
From the start,my relationship w/ the Local was perfection! They worked out a tasting day for the bride & groom ,which wasn't easy as they live out of town. Crystal worked w/ me ,changing days/ times as needed. The food was delicious( guests still mention it)! One of the (terrific) wait staff even ran into the woods to catch the Ring Bearer( the Bride's dog;)! Read less
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Ciara
Wedding:
5/11/2013
5.0/5.0
We were so happy with The Local. Our food was incredible and received rave reviews from our family and friends. We served a cheese board, Caprese Skewers, Tuna Tartar, Ham and Cheddar biscuits and the oh-my-gosh-so-good Crispy Shrimp. For dinner we served Ribeye with Artichoke Bechamel, Sesame-crusted Salmon, and the Quinoa, Goat Cheese and dried cherry Stuffed Summer Squash. Everything was perfect, and all my guests were in love. The catering manager Crystal was so incredible to work with and I was so grateful to have her support all along. In addition to overseeing the kitchen, she led led all decor set-up for our reception, and the final look exceeded my expectations. Crystal is amazing!!
We were so happy with The Local. Our food was incredible and received rave reviews from our family and friends. We served Read more...
We were so happy with The Local. Our food was incredible and received rave reviews from our family and friends. We served a cheese board, Caprese Skewers, Tuna Tartar, Ham and Cheddar biscuits and the oh-my-gosh-so-good Crispy Shrimp. For dinner we served Ribeye with Artichoke Bechamel, Sesame-crusted Salmon, and the Quinoa, Goat Cheese and dried cherry Stuffed Summer Squash. Everything was perfect, and all my guests were in love. The catering manager Crystal was so incredible to work with and I was so grateful to have her support all along. In addition to overseeing the kitchen, she led led all decor set-up for our reception, and the final look exceeded my expectations. Crystal is amazing!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The Local is such a charming little restaurant in the heart of Charlottesville! We stopped in to taste the food as we were looking for a caterer for our wedding. We met with Crystal(the sweetest person ever!) we pretty much knew instantly that this place was the one! Both me and my husband are foodies with him being a chef and me loving to eat, so as you can probably imagine we were extremely picky with who would be catering our big day. The food was out of this world delicious!!!! We also met Matthew (the chef) and my husband felt an instant trust in him that he would produce excellent results!
Well we were not only smart about choosing these guys but we were blown away by the excellence in service, flexibility, responsiveness etc...by the way we not only hired them for the wedding but also for the rehearsal dinner the night before. Our wedding guests are still talking about how delicious the food was! Sooooo happy we chose The Local! Thank you so much Crystal, Matthew and all the service staff for helping make our wedding one to remember!
The Local is such a charming little restaurant in the heart of Charlottesville! We stopped in to taste the food as we were Read more...
The Local is such a charming little restaurant in the heart of Charlottesville! We stopped in to taste the food as we were looking for a caterer for our wedding. We met with Crystal(the sweetest person ever!) we pretty much knew instantly that this place was the one! Both me and my husband are foodies with him being a chef and me loving to eat, so as you can probably imagine we were extremely picky with who would be catering our big day. The food was out of this world delicious!!!! We also met Matthew (the chef) and my husband felt an instant trust in him that he would produce excellent results!
Well we were not only smart about choosing these guys but we were blown away by the excellence in service, flexibility, responsiveness etc...by the way we not only hired them for the wedding but also for the rehearsal dinner the night before. Our wedding guests are still talking about how delicious the food was! Sooooo happy we chose The Local! Thank you so much Crystal, Matthew and all the service staff for helping make our wedding one to remember! Read less
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The Local Restaurant and Catering responded with the following comments:

Thank you all so much for your kind words! You all were so much fun to work with, and thanks again for choosing The Local!
Congratulations again,
Your friends at The Local Restaurant and Catering
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Bonnie and Laura
Wedding:
5/4/2013
4.5/5.0
After the first bite we knew The Local was our vendor of choice! The food was delicious and the menu varied and creative. The day of the wedding, our guests RAVED about the food and its presentation.
Because I am a person who likes things spelled out in detail long before the actually event, I found it difficult to deal with the Local during the preceding months. Until a few weeks before the wedding I wasn't sure whether The Local was providing things like tables, linens, flatware, glassware etc or whether we would have to get these items from our equipment vendor.
If I had better understood that The Local would not start getting down to the details until a month before the wedding date, we could have been more relaxed. The day of the wedding everything went extremely well and we were happy we had chosen them. They proved they were reliable, professional and as we already knew excelled in their food quality.
After the first bite we knew The Local was our vendor of choice! The food was delicious and the menu varied and creative. Read more...
After the first bite we knew The Local was our vendor of choice! The food was delicious and the menu varied and creative. The day of the wedding, our guests RAVED about the food and its presentation.
Because I am a person who likes things spelled out in detail long before the actually event, I found it difficult to deal with the Local during the preceding months. Until a few weeks before the wedding I wasn't sure whether The Local was providing things like tables, linens, flatware, glassware etc or whether we would have to get these items from our equipment vendor.
If I had better understood that The Local would not start getting down to the details until a month before the wedding date, we could have been more relaxed. The day of the wedding everything went extremely well and we were happy we had chosen them. They proved they were reliable, professional and as we already knew excelled in their food quality. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
I was planning our wedding In Scottsville, VA from Chicago, IL. On our one trip to the Charlottesville area to start the planning process, we met with the folks from The Local and immediately knew we could entrust them with our wedding catering. Chrystal (their events' coordinator) was always available to answer questions. The menu was planned with our feedback taken into consideration and we could rest assured knowing that our guests would eat and drink well. We still hear guests complimenting the food from our wedding!
I was planning our wedding In Scottsville, VA from Chicago, IL. On our one trip to the Charlottesville area to start the Read more...
I was planning our wedding In Scottsville, VA from Chicago, IL. On our one trip to the Charlottesville area to start the planning process, we met with the folks from The Local and immediately knew we could entrust them with our wedding catering. Chrystal (their events' coordinator) was always available to answer questions. The menu was planned with our feedback taken into consideration and we could rest assured knowing that our guests would eat and drink well. We still hear guests complimenting the food from our wedding! Read less
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The Local Restaurant and Catering responded with the following comments:

Thanks for you kind words! We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience with The Local, and if you need anything else in the future, you know who to call!
Happy wishes and many thanks,
Your friends at The Local Restaurant and Catering
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Zarina
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
We used the Local for our wedding catering for about 155 people. The food was nothing short of fantastic! We got so many compliments on our food, and had several guests tell us that it was the best wedding food they've ever had. The Local was very accommodating with the food choices, as I needed to have a fully gluten free menu and a few of our guests were vegan. They provided a wonderful food tasting ahead of time, and worked with us to alter dishes and make a cocktail list as needed.

Crystal, the Local's event planner, was amazing! She was so helpful and easy to work with and checked in with us periodically to make sure things were on track. She went above and beyond, helping us coordinate all the rentals, tent and set up for the day before and the day of. I would not have gotten through it without her!
We used the Local for our wedding catering for about 155 people. The food was nothing short of fantastic! We got so many Read more...
We used the Local for our wedding catering for about 155 people. The food was nothing short of fantastic! We got so many compliments on our food, and had several guests tell us that it was the best wedding food they've ever had. The Local was very accommodating with the food choices, as I needed to have a fully gluten free menu and a few of our guests were vegan. They provided a wonderful food tasting ahead of time, and worked with us to alter dishes and make a cocktail list as needed.

Crystal, the Local's event planner, was amazing! She was so helpful and easy to work with and checked in with us periodically to make sure things were on track. She went above and beyond, helping us coordinate all the rentals, tent and set up for the day before and the day of. I would not have gotten through it without her! Read less
Services Used: Catering
The Local Restaurant and Catering responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Zarina! You were a pleasure to work with!

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