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Charlotte Catering Guide

If you're lucky, your venue will come with a full service add-on. The many extras and added stress of procuring a vendor for various related tasks will be automatically crossed off the list. Further than that, your venue may not even allow you to bring in outsider catering resources. If this is not the case however, you'll need to find a caterer. A few things to think about when choosing a company: guest list size, reception venue accommodations, and level of formality. That said, we've compiled a trusty guide to the Queen City and surrounding locales when it comes to wedding catering. A few important notes on each respective company will make your search a cinch. So don't sweat, read on and look forward to tasty morsels to come. After all, half the fun of booking vendors is sampling the goods!

Armin's Catering

Location: Huntersville (704) 947-1670 for appointments

Stats: Services include planning, linens, decor, plates, flatware, buffet staff (menu)

Best Impressions Caterers

Location: Southend (704) 333-9789 for appointments

Stats: Affiliated with Byron's South End and Grill & Picnic Company (sample menus)

Carpe Diem Catering

Location: Elizabeth (704) 377-7976 for appointments

Stats: Rentals, staffing and set-up offered (sample menus)

The Catering Place

Location: Elizabeth (704) 843-0943 for appointments

Stats: Rentals, bartenders and alcohol offered (menus)

Crave Dessert Bar

Location: Uptown (704) 335-0588 for appointments

Stats: This dessert bar offers its fair share of savory selections as well, such as sliders and skewers (menu)

Creative Catering

Location: Charlotte (704) 373-2900 for appointments

Stats: Menus broken down by guest count (menus)

Howard And Howard Events

Location: Charlotte (704) 332-5777 for appointments

Stats: This event planning company has on-staff catering that offers pre-priced or customizable menus for catering (menus)

La-Tea-Da's Catering

Location: Uptown (704) 338-6864 for appointments

Stats: Flowers, decor, lighting and entertainment offered by team of event planners (menus)

Occasions Catering

Location: Uptown (704) 333-1060 for appointments

Stats: Linens, tables, chairs and tent rentals available (menus)

Plate Perfect Catering

Location: Midtown (704) 343-0155

Stats: Lighting, tenting, floral design and event planning are just a few additional services offered (sample menu gallery)

Queen City Catering

Location: Southend (704) 305-7778 for appointments

Stats: Event planners on staff, menus by category; pricing is all-inclusive (menus)

Sales by Smith

Location: Lancaster, SC (803) 320-7785 for appointments

Stats: Event rentals offered in addition to catering (menu)

Savory Moments

Location: North Charlotte (704) 910-3289 for appointments

Stats: No set menus, they customize specific menus for each client (sample menus)

Something Classic Catering & Cafés

Location: Charlotte (704) 377-4202 ext. 17 for appointments

Stats: This full-service catering company also offers event styling down to floral arrangements (menus)

The Southern Gourmet

Location: 2 locations: Monroe and Park Rd. (704) 227-2039

Stats: Cost includes linens, table skirts, cloud overlay and buffet decor. Plated meals at additional cost for staff. Offers create-your-own menu in addition to one offered (menu)

A Tasteful Solution

Location: Lake Norman (704) 239-7868 for appointments

Stats: This Lake Norman-based catering company offers a boat menu in addition to others (menus)

Triple Crown Caterers

Location: South Charlotte (704) 672-9110 for appointments

Stats: Tastings Mon-Thurs 11am-6pm; Menu divided by category such as buffet stations, hors d'oeuvres and sit-down dinner (menus)

Waiters Choice Catering

Location: South Charlotte (704) 393-0009 for appointments 

Stats: On-hand event planners can provide anything from linens to invitations in addition to catering (menu)


{photo by Angela Tucker; Real Weddings section of July 2013 Charlotte Wedding}

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