Sun in my Belly Catering + Event Design
I want to start out by saying that Sun in my Belly's food is incredible. I've loved the restaurant for a while which is why I wanted them to cater our wedding. The food at the wedding was delicious and I have gotten tons of compliments on it. The servers were all very professional and did a great job.
We had a few problems leading up to the wedding however. We worked with several different people at SIMB, and we were never sure who our point person was. We liked all of them - but it seemed like we were having to repeat ourselves everytime we met because it was someone new. Our space at the venue was tight - and every person seemed to have a different solution for fitting everyone - the week of the wedding we probably made 6 different seating plans. In addition, the person who came to our walk through at the venue wasn't even the person who was at the wedding. However - when we complained about this they gave us a small discount which was appreciated.
Overall - SIMB served great food and I think that's really the most important thing so I would recommend...
SIMB was a fabulous caterer. Our guests continue to comment on how much they loved the food. It was easy to work with them prior to the event. They were always available to answer questions or provide recommendations. The staff onsite was also very professional, friendly, and attentive.
Let me just say that having good food at my wedding was the goal because all too often it's dried up chicken and wilted salads unless you can afford $100 a head. Well, that's what I thought, anyway. SIMB delivered like no other on the food front at a very reasonable rate. When you go to leave the venue and there is literally no food left, you know you had a successful choice. The staff was also well equipped to serve up drinks and keep everything refreshed. Our guests kept commenting on the quality of food, the amount of vegetarian choices that weren't the salad, and the creatively refreshing drink options.
On the vegetarian option note, definitely a good choice if you need something for yourself or others with dietary restrictions but not everyone will have. SIMB does an excellent job at balancing enough goodies for meat lovers while keeping veggie folks happy. They'll even do vegan upon request.
Overall, I'm happy with the quality of food, the happiness of my guests, and the gorgeous linens Max, Emily, and team secured for my wedding. Highly recommend them if you have an event you need...
I can not even start to tell you how many compliments I received on the food at my wedding. Max and his team are awesome! I was the first wedding at my venue and Max pulled it off like he had done 50 weddings at this venue. All the things I was clueless about he stepped in and calmed all my fears (locations of stations, lines at the bar, traffic flow, etc) Sun in my Belly provided delicious food for my wedding....but did SO much more too! I highly recommend Sun in My Belly for any event! : )
My husband and I can't recommend Sun in My Belly highly enough. As soon as we signed our contract with them, I knew that I was well on my way to having a great wedding - and that proved to be absolutely right! Not only was their food phenomenal, but their day-of coordination services were fantastic. Emily Gomez was right there with me every step of the way both as my catering coordinator and day-of coordinator, which made the whole planning process that much easier. Not only did SIMB provide top-knotch services, but they were also able to work within our budget and made sure that Andrew and I felt comfortable with every decision we made. I can't thank Sun in My Belly enough! They truly helped make the best day of my life that much better.
Sun in My Belly did an amazing job catering our wedding this past April. We were so impressed with how perfectly everything turned out, and the food was phenomenal! I can't tell you how of our guests told us that night and in the weeks afterward how good the food was. The big hits were definitely the pesto trout, sweet potato hash, and an amazing penne pasta. We were so impressed with how friendly and helpful the entire staff was. Even if there were a few hiccups, as I'm sure there always are on any wedding day, we never knew a thing. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day, and Sun in My Belly was a huge part of that. Throughout the whole planning process, they were always very personable, flexible, and helpful...and always very understanding of a bride in panic-mode. They provide and coordinate everything all the way from the food, to the linens, all the way to the clean up(and everything in between). They also were great as far as working with our budget. I would recommend them to anyone planning a catered event.
Sun In My Belly are amazing. Not only was the food so good but they were extremely flexible with the payment. We had a huge increase in our guest count right before the wedding which raised our bill quite a bit and they were amazing in coming up with solutions. We did have a small bit of trouble communicating through email but it all worked out wonderfully and any problems were related to the planning service they offer (not the catering). I would recommend them to everyone.
Sun in My Belly did an amazing job for my wedding! When I first approached my mother and told her I wanted a vegetarian wedding, she freaked out, thinking that the guests would leave hungry. After out first tasting, she no longer had that fear. The hardest part was choosing which yummy selections we wanted on our menu. We had too many choices, and Allison was so accommodating to all our special requests. Even now, a month later, people’s first comment to me is how much they loved the food. The presentation and service was great as well. I couldn’t be more pleased. Max and Emily even helped with decorating suggestions. They all really made my special day flow flawlessly. I couldn’t be more pleased. Everyone who attended was so impressed with Sun in My Belly, that my brother and his fiancé are using them for their upcoming wedding as well.
Thank you so much Alison & Max, from Sun in my Belly for taking part in the "I-Do Thank You Wedding". My husband Christopher and I can not thank you enough for your graciousness and all of your hard work in providing the delicious catering for our wedding. Everything was absolutely breath delicious! Our guests are still raving about how delicious everything was! I highly recommend any one who needs catering for their event use Sun in my Belly! They are friendly, talented and have great customer service! Thank you so much, and a million more times! Love Always-- Amanda Farrell
A little pricey, but they put together a beautiful event. The executive director and the employees were as professional as can be, and the food was great!
Food was good. My guests had great things to say about the food, in fact.
But the negotiating process was a nightmare. We felt that we were being backed into a corner to spend much more money than we expected.
Our wedding was at home and was very DIY. All we wanted was food, no rentals, and no pointless extra fees.
There are tons of hidden fees, and sometimes the math was even wrong... making it seem like they were hoping to slip something by us to charge more. I obviously didn't trust that we were in the best hands, and we had to fight to get what we wanted. Ultimately, we had to be a little rude so that our point would be made, which was just uncomfortable.
If they had handled our business better, I would have wonderful things to say because the food really was great.
But nope I would not recommend them to anyone unless you have money to burn.
Absolutely amazing, delicious food. Max was incredible to work with and his team were professional, friendly and FUN. I can't tell you how smoothly everything went and how every single person raved about the food. The wedding cake was simply the best cake I have ever had. We were so lucky to get to work with them - I would choose them for any special occasion in a heartbeat.
Max at Sun in My Belly was great. We were able to have several tastings so that we knew exactly what we would want served. Max also invited us several times to the restaurant for a brunch as well! Everybody loved the food and it was presented in a beautiful manner. I'd highly recommend them for your wedding!
They did outstanding on all aspects.
Worked with/to our budget (HUGE factor in Atlanta with wedding catering).
Their menu selection to choose from was amazing, literally everything/anything was a choice. The tasting was incredible, all food items were absolutely delicious, more than expected quantity, etc.
They guided the process carefully, and worked with us on our level (we were experienced with planning and catering events). They have the ability to do everything from manage the process, ceremony, venue, etc., to linens, tabelware, settings, etc.,etc., and are well-qualified and well-experienced to do an excellent job with any of the services they offer.
They stood out above all other vendors and made-up for any areas that any other vendor may have slipped (our cake vendor was our mistake). They did everything they said they would do and more, without asking.
Their food and service impressed all of our guests, including my family members who are unabashed, discerning, restaurant owners, chefs, and caterers themselves.
I do not have these types of compliments often, but SIMB is more than deserving, I would recommend them wholly and will definitely work with them again someday, without any question!
Sun in My Belly did a great job with our catering. I still have people singing praises about the food at our wedding. Looking back, I just wish I could have eaten more of the wild mushroom ravioli and fried green tomatoes, those were my two favorites. T was the manager in charge of our event, and we could not have asked for anyone better. She was reliable, reassuring, so incredibly friendly, and professional. She was one of my favorite vendors. The only thing I had an issue with was how long it took to get the contract correct and finalized. The person in charge of the contracts portion was not quick to respond, and a lot of times would send me the same contract without making the changes I had requested. However, it was completely worth going through that to have the wonderful food we did, at the great price we got it for, working with one of the most reliable and friendliest vendors in the industry.
Sun in my Belly was.... not great. I'm so bummed to say that because we love this as a breakfast place but I don't think, as a caterer, they are very good.
We contacted SIMB about our our rehearsal dinner and it took a while to get a reply that wasn't a generic, pre-written response. But we pushed through the lack luster Q&A via email and long periods of not hearing back about our questions and concerns to the tasting, which was great! Wonderful tasting! So we hammered away at the proposal and made a deal.
Oh, and the proposal - watch out. Hidden fees and charges galore. We had a $500 fee for "rental" items in the proposal. Watch for this - Don't pay it. It took asking about 5 times to get a break down as far as what was being rented - it was plates and silverware. We were having the dinner at their restaurant, why in the world would we rent plates and silverware from a different company? We told them just to use the plates they had.
And included in the proposal was a $900 staff fee. To pay for 1 (rude) bartender, 2 (uninformed) servers and 2 (very slow) cooks. Ummm... I was confused. Was this the gratuity I ask? No. The gratuity was extra.
Sooo..... the event rolls around and me, future husband and 50 guest come for a very expensive and hopefully nice and tasty rehearsal dinner. As soon as I get up to the bar, my Dad ask why he can't get his drink? The bartender had basically refused to give him a whiskey and sprite and told him the whiskey could only be served with lemonade - the specialty drink. He had to argue with her - the father of the bride, the man paying for everything, has to argue with the bartender to get some sprite in this whiskey. Not cool. Okay, so there's a specialty drink, but wouldn't common since tell you that if guest want other mixers, that's okay too? Not here.
The servers were aloof, unseen and when I ask them questions like, "hey, so we've been here for like 2 hours, when do you think the food be ready?" They just said they "didn't know any of the details". ....Thats not really a detail, though, is it?
So finally, the food comes out and it great. It really good. The appetizers were also good, I won't brush over this. The food - great! And they sent left overs home with us also, very nice. The fig and goat cheese things - amazing. I want them every day.
So we eat, folks start to leave - again, I can't find anyone who works there, servers have not been seen since they cleared our plates. I have to walk back into the kitchen and ask, where are our deserts? Oh! Yes! We forgot about those! So as more than half of our guest are out the door, the event over, the desserts come out. Also, very tasty.
Sooooo.... unfortunately, I would not recommend SIMB for your rehearsal dinner. The service was really, really poor and on the business end things were only, okay. I really expected more. The price made me think we would be getting top notch - sadly, not the case. The food was great, but that didn't make up for the hassle. I got the feeling they didn't want or need business. So, maybe find some one who does want your business.
My husband and I got married on May 14, 2011 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Many vendors were responsible for making our wedding memorable, but the professionals from Sun in my Belly provided catering that our guests are still raving about months later.
When my husband and I first got engaged, we knew we wanted our wedding to incorporate a few essential elements: a beautiful venue, a great band, and fantastic food. We had been to weddings that served room temperature, overcooked meals; we wanted to treat our guests to truly delicious food. Why sacrifice taste and quality at one of the biggest celebrations of your life?
Enter Sun in my Belly Catering + Event Design. From the first tasting, we were awed by the attention to detail in food preparation and presentation. Max, the Executive Director, guided us through our options, from menus, to linens, to table arrangements. His creative vision helped us achieve a stunning backdrop on which to serve the chef’s creations on the night of our wedding.
In keeping with their commitment to local and fresh ingredients, Sun in my Belly artfully displayed a spread of delicacies that were both in season and cooked to perfection – no small feat considering the amount that had to be prepared. Our guests chased after trays of passed hors d’ oeuvres and returned to the buffet stations for second and third helpings.
The team from Sun in my Belly made our dreams for our wedding reception a reality. Their impeccable service, streamlined organization, and passion for excellent cuisine eliminated the stress that normally accompanies event planning, making me one happy bride.
When my husband and I chose our venue for our wedding, they gave us a list of recommendations for caterers. This was ideal, knowing that this list of vendors that had worked the gardens and were highly trusted. In seeing the list, I chose Sun and my Belly right off the bat because they are known in Atlanta for delicious and creative food (plus had a great name!!). I will say that we met with several other companies and no one compared what so ever to their customer service, pricing and wonderful selections. After deciding on Sun in my Belly, we found out that they were typically the top choice for those who booked at our location.
In describing what we envisioned, the kind of tastes we have, as well as services we expected, Max and his staff listened and made us feel comfortable with no pressure. I trusted everyone I met and had no fear that they wouldn't deliver exceptional service and tasty dishes!
Susan and the event staff keep us well informed on scheduling and set up throughout the whole process and on the day of our wedding. The food was wonderful; still to this day, our guest rave about the food (because it wasn't typicall drab wedding food!). It wasn't just mouth watering, it was beautifully arranged and the staff was attentive and friendly.
I can honestly tell you that Sun in my Belly will never disappoint! They are on my speed dial for any future events that I have. Thank you again for helping make our special day unforgettable!!!
The food was so delicious on my wedding day that I would use Sun in my Belly again despite a few problems. They did reimburse me accodingly for the issues. We had two guests that were vegans and they forgot to prepare the special vegan meals for these guests. While they did scramble to put something together, it was too late and the guests had already eaten salad and potatoes. We were supposed to have our speciality cocktails served in mason jars because that fit in with the theme of our rustic wedding (and I had candles in mason jars throughout the venue to tie in this theme) but they were not served in the mason jars. They forgot the mint for the drinks, too. One of the staff members was rude to the caretaker of a family member. Aside from these issues, they did a good job and the food was so good that I would use them again if we did it over again.
We are not happy with this caterer. They did a great job with the food however we had several problems with the service they provided. They don't break down the cost of the rental items so you have no idea what you're really paying for and could easily be over charged. We feel we were over charged because the venue and caterer both charged us for the same items. When I spoke to the owner he said that was an error on the quote and we weren't really charged for that. Sure.... Where they lack is customer service. We had a few issues with them that we addressed after the wedding and they did not attempt to make things better. They don't provide the quality of service that is expected for a wedding. We paid $200 for coffee service and it was never offered or served with the cake. When guests asked for coffee they still couldn't get it. They would not reimburse us for that cost. Our wedding cake was served on napkins! I was really upset and embarrassed about that. The owner blamed it on our coordinator even though we paid them to serve the cake and for the rental of the ceramic dessert plates. They would not reimburse us for that rental cost either. Ultimately we didn't feel like they cared about us or our big day. Very misleading from the first email they send you.
Amazing food and service! They did an amazing job; Max was a truly valuable person to walk us through the steps--literally from linens to soups to nuts!!
Sun in my belly is expensive, but comparable to others and good at what they do. The food is absolutely incredible (even the leftovers the night after were divine!). Emily was our day-of-wedding-coordinator, and FABULOUS. We met twice, and she knew exactly what I wanted and delivered on the day. I don't want to think about what the day would have been like without her! We happened to get married during the Flood of 2009 weekend, and Emily maintained the vision I had. If I were to do it all over, I would definitely have used Sun in my Belly and Emily.
Everyone loved the food -- especially the meatball sliders.
Max is orgainzed, responsive and super professional. He worked with our coordiantor and florist with ease. We were taken care of every step of the way and their waiters and bar staff were wonderful!
If I ever need catering in Atlanta again I will certainly go with SIMB.