The team at Distinctive Catering was so easy to work with. Trying to plan a wedding during a pandemic was nerve wracking to say the least. We were lucky it was during a time when things opened up a bit. Through all of it though Lindsay was a true professional . She answered all of our hundreds of questions in a very timely manner. The staff who was at our wedding was so nice!! We had the pig roast and added roasted chicken. During the months since we keep getting messages from our guests saying it was the best food they've had at a wedding. We had the option of taking all the leftovers home or they will donate to a local homeless shelter. We asked if we could have half and donate half and they were very accommodating. At several points during the night they even asked us if they could get us anything; they really went above and beyond. Book with Distinctive Catering...you won't be disappointed.
Beverly - 2020
They did an amazing job! We literally planned an entire wedding in a month and a half and Lindsay was so patient and willing to go back and forth with us to make sure we got everything we wanted. When I told my mom we were doing the chicken pot pie she wrinkled her nose, then after the wedding she called saying she had to eat her words because she (and everyone else) LOVED it!
Nicole - 2020
Good Morning - My name is Tiffany and my husband, Bob, and I own Blue Heron Barn in Kalamazoo. We had the pleasure of having your company cater a wedding for us this last Saturday for Colestock/Woolley. I just wanted to let you know that Ashley and her “A team” were fantastic. They were so professional and courteous. What an excellent group of hard workers. If we could have them here every weekend, life would be so much easier. The food was fabulous also! I hope that we get the chance to have your catering business back again soon. I will highly recommend you to future couples. Thank you!
Tiffany, Blue Heron Barn - 2020
Ashley Bentley-Lead, Alisa, Jada, Elizabeth, Mike-Cook, and Andrew Keaton-Cook were OUTSTANDING! It was a very warm day and that added to the already COVID situation we are going through right now made for the potential of not such a great experience. BUT, your employees did not act as if either the COVID or warm/humid day were effecting their performance. They were all extremely friendly, went above and beyond to adjust to the conditions of the day, were some of the hardest working people I have ever seen, were respectful of each other and all the guests, were flexible with some last minute changes without any hesitations, worked extremely well together. I think Ashley deserves a huge praise because I believe that she was respected by the others, and yet did her job as one of the others. This is a huge thing when the "in charge" person is working alongside of and just as hard as those she is leading. Kudos to her!!! Overall, this was a great day made easier and greater by the staff that was with us from Distinctive Catering. Your employees have represented themselves and you well!!!
Deborah - 2020
The bride and groom that I worked for hired this catering company when their venue was not able to hold their wedding at their original location. We hired DC about 3 weeks before the wedding and their responsiveness and professionalism all around was impressive. Because of the short time frame, we took a leap of faith and hired this company without a taste testing. This was scary as this is not something we would normally do but it worked out better than we could have imagined. At our event, the staff was on time, helpful, and professional. The food was amazing, and we recieved compliments all night long! The prime rib was so tasty! Another great feature about this company was everything was gluten free which was a huge plus. We live around the lansing area, and they traveled from Grand Rapids. We would recommend this company to anyone that is looking for a top notch caterer!
Amanda - 2020
Thank you—SO SO MUCH—for all your help and guidance over these last few months!!! The food was incredible and the service was amazing.
Sarah - 2020
I have to say you guys did a great job!! The food was amazing and Ashley was fantastic!! She went above and beyond to make our event such a great time. Thank you again for all you do!! We do events each year and you guys are our new go to!!
Ryan - 2020
I wish I could give more than 5 stars because The Harris Building and the entire staff deserve WAY more than 5 stars. The venue itself was more than we could've imagined. From the exposed brick to the wooden beams across the ceiling, it's a unique and gorgeous building. Truly one of a kind. The valet parking is a major plus especially with its location in downtown Grand Rapids. The staff is just as, if not more, exceptional than the building itself. They were so dedicated to making sure we had the most perfect wedding ceremony and reception. They made everything so effortless, seamless, and flawless. Karri and Ashley are beyond incredible. They kept our day on schedule and made sure everything ran smoothly. They made sure they had everything just the way we wanted it. The in-house florist, Aime, is phenomenal. She did all our floral pieces and they turned out absolutely incredible. She is so passionate about her work and it really shows. The in-house DJs, Bradley and Josh, were total rockstars. They kept the dance floor full all night long. They also made sure we had drinks for dinner and even ran up and grabbed my phone for me. There were other staff members that provided light while we were trying to bustle my dress. The entire staff is super easy and great to work with. They are super responsive with emails and text messages. There wasn’t a moment I was stressed or wondering what was next. They really took all the worries from us and put us at ease. They handled everything for us and made sure we could enjoy our night. Our wedding was absolutely perfect thanks to The Harris Building and its entire staff. To us, they weren’t just venue staff, they were wedding guests and friends. They really made our day memorable and I’m beyond happy that they were able to share in the day with us. Thank you, Karri, Ashley, DJ Bradley, DJ Josh, Aime, and the entire Harris Building staff! You guys mean so much to us! We love and miss you guys!
Krista - 2019
We used distinctive catering bar services for our wedding and had the best time! We received good service and were able to customize a drink package to fit our needs. Would highly recommend!
Abby - 2019
I would highly recommend Distinctive Catering for all of your events. They are friendly and professional. The food was hot and fresh. When they left the kitchen was spotless.
Tricia - 2019
Distinctive Catering is absolutely fabulous. We used their Grandville Banquet Center for our daughter's wedding. They were great to work with ahead of time, and even allowed my daughter to taste-test the menu items. Setup was easy and they had the place looking great. The event itself went perfectly and my daughter commented that it was better than she ever dreamed it would be. We had many comments from guests about the great facility, food, service and provided DJ, and I agree! Distinctive Catering did everything possible to ensure that everything went well, and they were so nice to work with. I've used Distinctive Catering for other events and they do a perfect job every time!
Dave - 2019
We used Distinctive Catering for our daughter's wedding. The food, both appetizers, and dinner was amazing. We did the Create Your Own Smokin' BBQ Buffet. They were very professional and got right down to business the moment they arrived. Everything was set up perfectly and they were flexible in bumping up the time of dinner the day of. They put all the leftover food in pans and refrigerated for us to take home. We used their bar service also and the girls there related well to the guests. They even took all the linens back for me so I didn't have to. The girls in the office promptly answered all the questions I had leading up to our special day. I will definitely use them again if the need ever arises.
Amy - 2019
The prices were extremely reasonable for a great dinner menu and appetizer selection as well as a great bar package. The staff was helpful, friendly, and provided wonderful customer service. We received so many compliments on the food as well as the open bar. We had a plated dinner and the timing was perfect - everyone was eating at almost the exact same time and the food was hot. The bar package had a great selection and the bartenders made great drinks. We would highly recommend Distinctive Catering & Bar Services.
Rachel - 2019
The venue was absolutely beautiful and made our wedding vision truly come to life. The venue comes with a fair bit of decoration which reduced the amount of decoration and rentals that we were required to provide. The prices were extremely reasonable for all rentals (tables, chairs, linens, flatware, ect.) included a great menu selection and a great bar package. The staff was helpful, friendly, and provided wonderful customer service. We received so many compliments on the food as well as the overall venue. We are so happy we decided to go with the Waddell Center for our Reception Venue - we could not have been happier with how our reception went!
Rachel - 2019
They were amazing! So friendly and even interacted with my guests instead of just being there to serve they made the whole experience incredible. The food was awesome too! Potatoes and meatballs is where it’s at!
Jessica - 2019
Distinctive Catering did a great job at our fundraiser picnic! Not only was the food tasty, it was fresh, kept at a great temperature and displayed beautifully. We received terrific service as well. The staff was prompt, professional, friendly and really went the extra mile for our guests. The team at Distinctive Catering made it possible for me to just focus on my event instead of having to check on anything related to the food. We will definitely be using this service again!
Leah - 2018
Absolutely wonderful venue. We’ve been to a total of 3 here, including our own, and have been impressed every time. Prices are very affordable and the staff goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is taken care of. Our lead server for the night also made it her priority to take care of the bridal party as well as the parents of the bride and groom. We did the signature buffet and all of our guests seemed to love it, I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback.
It was amazing!! Food and the staff were awesome, helpful and fun!!
Human Resource Specialist - Herman Miller, 2018
We used Distinctive to cater our food for the wedding and couldn't have been happier. Their staff was incredibly helpful and quick to respond throughout the entire process. The food was delicious and prices were competitive. We would highly recommend them!
Great food, great service, super easy to work with kept things moving along but wasn't pushy.
Stephenie M., 2018
We used Distinctive Catering for both our catering and bar needs. As an out-of-state bride, I appreciated the responsiveness to my emails and flexibility in me asking for multiple quotes so I could compare my options. I worked with Lindsey to have my MOH & mom attend a tasting event since I couldn't be there. Which was awesome and very helpful! Everyone loved the food (people raved about the salmon!) and our guests said the bartenders were fabulous. We had plated meals - everything came out hot, delicious and timely. Servers were attentive to all our guests needs during dinner and did a wonderful job clearing plates as people finished their meals. Would 10/10 recommend
Food was very good. We received several compliments. Customer service was top notch. Professional.
We were very impressed with the professionalism and eye for detail from Distinctive Catering for our son's wedding reception. We, and our guests, were also impressed by the quality of the place settings, the service, and the food. We really felt the pricing was very reasonable, the servers moved in and around us quietly and unobtrusively, and their appearance was very professional. Their ability to work with us was exemplary. We wouldn't hesitate to hire them again for any event.
Everything went great last night. Staff was wonderful, food was fantastic! Lots of compliments all around!
Lori K, South Haven Conventions & Visitors Bureau 2018
We have absolutely no complaints! Distinctive handled our son's reception with professionalism and great service. We appreciated their eye for detail and the way they presented themselves. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
They decorated between the time we booked and the wedding date. My jaw hit the floor when I saw how beautiful it all was on our wedding day. We loved that it was basically all inclusive and felt like we got a great deal on everything!
Jessica C, Grandville Banquet Center 2018
The food was so delicious and we got rave reviews from our guests about the bartender. She remembered people's drinks and even got the wedding party drinks during dinner, since we missed cocktail hour. Amazing service!
Jessica & Anthony, 2018
Everything from Distinctive was perfect. The food tasted great and had wonderful texture. The presentation and decoration of the linens, buffet, dessert, and beverage area displayed attention to detail and was beautiful. And the staff were gracious, attentive, and clearly had personal ownership and pride in the event. They communicated well and showed genuine interest in our needs. They also expertly set up the decorations that I had brought, and was planning on doing myself.
And you have been wonderful, too. Your emails communicated enthusiasm and commitment to making sure our event was well coordinated. You replied to my questions in a timely fashion, so that I never had to wonder if someone was around.
Timothy Hall, 2018
THANK YOU!!! Thank you so very much for providing the food and drinks for our wedding last week on June 9th at the Victoria Resort in South Haven! Our guests were very complimentary of the entire event, but they all especially noted how delicious the food was! And I quote "a meat lovers perfect buffet," "the food was a step above a typical catered event."
Your staff was very accommodating and professional - the event was outdoors and it was touch and go there for a while with the weather, but both the food and bar staff did not seem the littlest bit concerned about how we would make everything work should the weather be a factor. We are beyond grateful for the excellent services provided by the whole Distinctive Catering team! Thank you!
Jessica and Brandon Baylian, Victoria Resort South Haven 2018
Thank you again for providing amazing service and food at our Community Awards Reception last night! Ashley does an amazing job and it is so nice to know we don't ever have tot worry about anything when we have you.
Sandy LeBlanc, Grandville Jenison Chamber of Commerce 2018
This past Tuesday Hand2Hand hosted our annual spring luncheon. For the second year in a row, the food and your staff were exceptional and over the top in showing our volunteers how much you and your organization care about Hand2Hand! We heard many raving comments about the food choices!
Thank you Tom for truly making a difference on this special day! This luncheon comes at a time in our ministry where some of our coordinators can feel weary and just a simple thing of "breaking bread" together can be so renewing to them. You all just make it extra special!
Jodi Joseph, Hand2Hand 2018
Thanks you so much for all of the hard work that went into planning and executing the bar service for our wedding reception. We very much appreciated everyone's attention to detail. We had many guests comment on how great the bartenders were!
Being in the industry, we so appreciate the high level of service we received. Please thank all of the staff for us again.
Allie & Ryan Mowery, D2D City View 2018
Everybody loved the food. Prices were great! Have already been recommending to friends! The gal that worked the head table was outstanding and attentive.
Margeline Nichols, Paul Tripp 2018
I just wanted to tell you how great the bar service staff was at Katey & Patrick's wedding this past Saturday. They were friendly, courteous and a joy to work with. I would definitely use Distinctive Catering Bar service again, and highly recommend you to anyone.
Joy Niemeyer, D2D City View 2017
Thank you for catering our daughter's wedding at Studio D2D on Friday, Oct. 20. Service was amazing and the food was spectacular! The distinctive wait staff and bar service staff were friendly and professional. We are so happy we went with your company for our special event.
Mark & Judy Sulka, 2017
Distinctive Catering was amazing. Multiple guests at our wedding raved about the food. At the tasting they had all the food buffet style with a cash bar as well as display tables. They had multiple people to answer questions about any aspect of your day. The process couldn't have been easier. At the wedding our staff was amazing, the bartenders were on a first name basis with most of the guests by the end of the night. Not a bad word can be said about Distinctive Catering.
My husband and I were looking for a venue with an urban/industrial feel with exposed bricks and beams. Waddell Center delivered just that at a reasonable prices compared to other options in the area. They also redid and updated the entire interior of the venue after I booked and it looked amazing for the wedding day! In additional to being a nice location, the coordinator, Sarah, and any other staff I worked with were great. Very quick responses and accommodating to any requests or questions I had. The only hiccup was that when we came the day before to decorate, the tables were set up differently than what we discussed. However, the staff member that was there immediately fixed the problems and got us what we needed, which was helpful. Also, we had a great experience with the food and bar through Distinctive Catering. The food was great and we had multiple guests come up and tell us it was one of the best wedding food and bar service they ever had. All in all, we are so happy we booked with Waddell Center. They made everything easy and our reception was beautiful and a blast.
I just wanted to touch base with you about how phenomenal your staff was at our wedding on Friday!!! Our guests could not stop talking about how awesome they were. I hope they enjoyed themselves as well. I will be passing around your name to anyone who gets married!
We had the best time. Thank you all for contributing to making our day everything we wanted.
Kayla & Zach Pearson, 2017
We used Distinctive Catering for our wedding last weekend and we're incredibly impressed! The food was amazing, the waitstaff were quick and very friendly. Most of all they went above and beyond what they had to do. We did not have the bartending service but when the staff from Distinctive Catering saw that our bartender was a little backed up they stepped in and helped pass out drinks and brought them to guests at the tables. Awesome company from my first contact with them and all the way through the wedding. Highly recommend them for any event!
Hi Sarah! I just want to thank you so much for everything! The night turned out amazing and the food was awesome!! The service was so great!! I will recommend you to all of my friends about to get married! Couldn't have asked for a better venue! You truly helped make our day amazing!!! We only wished we would have taken more time to eat the amazing food!!!! If there is any way we could order some, we would really like to so we can enjoy it! Such a busy day!
Thanks again so much!! Please tell all your staff how amazing they are!
Amy and Nick, 2017
We heard about DC from our venues preferred customer list. DC was awesome. We chose them for our Bar and Caterer (this only made sense to us) The bar had a drink in my hand with out even asking as soon as we got to our table. Our guests were raving about the grills going and the food. We chose the beef brisket and chicken and we had no problem switching a few things on the menu. DC was very professional and accommodating to all of our guests. We have zero complaints of the service on our special day. They really did cater to our needs through out the night. Thank you DC for helping making our day so special. You all rocked it.
The Davis family, Hydrangea Blue Barn 2017
Just wanted to thank you for the excellent service last night. We had a great time, the quality of the food was outstanding and the amount of food was beyond my expectations! The three team members you sent were professional and did a wonderful job setting everything up and taking it down. I would and will recommend you in the future.
Brandon, Faith United Reformed Church, 2017
I just wanted to let you know that I was totally impressed and happy with the staff that served at my daughter's wedding. Everyone was so professional and friendly. It really made for a great evening. The food was awesome and everything went off without a hitch.
I told them all how much I appreciated everything that they had done and the wonderful way they conducted themselves, but I wanted you to know so that you can also let them know we were all thrilled!!!
Colleen, Wedding, 2017
Just wanted to say Thanks again for everything your team did for us with 40 Under Forty. People absolutely RAVED about the food. We are lucky to be able to work with such a quality business! Our reviews are filled with comments like, "the food was excellent." You should be very proud of your team. Thanks again!
Madison, 4o Under 40 Event, 2016
The staff at Distinctive Catering were professional and attentive from start to finish. Sara guided me through the planning process and Stephanie ran the event as if it were her own. They accommodated all of our last minute requests including a band and a birthday cake. I would highly recommend Distinctive Catering to anyone looking to plan a corporate event.
Stacie, Event, 2016
Just wanted to let you know that once again everything you and your staff did for our event was wonderful. I heard many compliments on the set-up, service and food. So thank you!
Teresa, Event, October 2016
Nancy...you must be so proud of the staff at Distinctive Catering!!! The food was amazing, the cocktails were perfect, and the servers - both bar and food - were top notch. We received so many compliments from our guests and Devin's parents! Devin's parents hadn't seen the hall until after the ceremony and they loved it! I will email Kim and Nicole myself when I get back to work tomorrow, but please pass on our thanks and gratitude to EVERYONE, including Tom, the cooks, servers, bar tenders, David and Beth Morin, and anyone behind the scenes that helped make this a day that Ashley and Devin will remember for the rest of their lives! The hall was simply stunning! Thank you!!!
Wedding Reception, October 2016
Our Wedding Reception was amazing. From the day that we booked to the minute we left, the staff was so helpful and attentive. We received a lot of compliments on the reception venue. The Wyoming location was perfect for the amount of guests we had (150). There was enough room to move around and enjoy yourself, but at the same time it really brought everyone together to have a good time. We couldn't have had a better night. Thank you again!
Katelin & Josh, Wedding Reception, October 2016
Thank you to everyone who helped with our wedding on August 6th at Moss Ridge Golf Club. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. We appreciate all of your support. God bless you!
Alex and Brittany, Wedding Reception, August 2016
All of our guests came up to me saying how great everything tasted, including the vegetables!!! The bar service was fantastic as well. The bartenders were friendly, interactive with the guests, and very efficient! There were never any huge lines! I will definitely recommend Distinctive Catering to all of my friends and family!
Chris, Wedding Reception, August 2016
Thank you so much for catering our reception. The food was delicious and we received multiple compliments. Your staff was also amazing and very kind. Thanks again for everything! We will spread the word about your catering business.
The Phillips, Wedding Reception, June 2016
The staff was very kind, helpful and fun. They went over and beyond. The food was absolutely amazing and I am very impressed by the presentation! I look forward to working with your company and employees in the future.
Melissa, Wedding Reception, December 2015
We were so impressed with your staff, food, and service this past weekend for our daughter's wedding. Everything was wonderful! Even one of the staff members put lights under a table skirt when she heard I ran out of decorating time. That was over and above her job and it made the gift table look so nice. Thank you so much for all you do. You are great people to work with.
Smith Wedding, Wedding Reception and Bar Services, September 2015
Very wonderful job. Great set up. Will be doing this type of thing again! Thank you.
Al's Excavating, Company Holliday Dinner Catering and Bar Services, December 2015
Very timely set up – Ready, perfect, and on time! Great food. Plenty of food! Thank you.
Keller Ford, Christmas Party, December 2015
The staff was exceptional in all of their duties. From the food presentation, quality, cleanliness etc. Cleaning and picking up of the tables was highly professional. Any questions were answered immediately. Excellent service.
50th Anniversary Party, November 2015
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for making our event so great. Everyone raved about our food and it was beautifully arranged. It should also be noted that your staff was extremely hard working and friendly at the same time - which I am SURE is not easy to do. You really set the most perfect atmosphere for that event. Thank you for making all things possible. All the best.
Catering and Bar Service for Gemini Publications 40 under 40 Gala, Civic Theatre, October 2015
The staff was so willing to please in whatever we needed. I give them a 10! Everything went smoothly and I have no complaints!.
Dejonge, Wedding Reception, October 2015
All of our employees really enjoyed the lobster and steak dinner. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job!.
The Tech Group, Employee Luncheon, June 2015
Sarah, I just wanted to extend our sincere thanks to you and your staff for the wonderful service we have received from Distinctive Catering. The food Saturday was fabulous and the servers went above and beyond to offer hospitality and service to our guests. We were exceptionally pleased and would recommend Distinctive Catering to everyone. Thanks again.
Sephram, Wedding Reception, May 2015
On behalf of our Northpointe Christian prom planning team I would like to thank you for all that you and your staff did. Thanks for helping make this event absolutely beautiful and seemingly flawless. Your staff did a fantastic job serving and preparing the meal. We got numerous complements on how good the food was (some even saying that it was the best meal they'd ever had at an event). Thank you again for all the hard work - we really appreciated it and made our planning a lot easier!
Kayla, Junior Senior Banquet, April 2015
Thank you to you and the staff! The food was excellent and the staff very helpful. We had so many compliments on the taste of the food. Several people said some of the best "wedding food" that they had ever eaten. You really made our simple wedding very elegant.
Jannell and George, Wedding Reception, April 2015
Flavor was fantastic. Employees were extremely nice and helpful. They were timely, food was warm and ready on time!! We look forward to our next catered event. They did a great job!
Alcoa Howmet Research, Employee Recognition Dinner, February 2015
I just wanted to give you a huge compliment for providing such a wonderful meal today for our Summit on Safety event. Everyone raved about the food and your facility. It was the perfect venue for this event. I will be sure to use you again. Thank you so much. It was perfect!
Silent Observer, Waddell Center, December 2014
I just want to tell you how much we appreciated the excellent food and service at the wedding last Saturday. Your staff was professional, attentive and responsive to our every need. Please thank each of them for us. Additionally, we received many comments about how good the food was. Everything was perfect. Thank you!
Pat, Wedding Reception, November 2014
Oh my - Those steak kabobs were melt in the mouth tender! Very Good!
Tammy, Wedding Reception, August 2014
Everyone loved the food. Javier was WONDERFUL, and the whole staff did a great job when plans had to be flexible at the last minute due to the weather! THANK YOU!
Nicole, Wedding Reception, August 2014
We heard only excellent comments on the deliciousness of the food from ALL our guests! Thank you! (Seriously....the pot roast....soooooo good!)
Emma, Wedding Reception, July 2014
Staff was excellent! Friendly, efficient, prompt! We were very happy with all services provided, including conversations leading up to the wedding.
Leah, Wedding Reception, November 2013
"Nate & Stephanie were very nice! They went over and beyond what was expected for caterers to do. They asked questions before and after setup, and made sure everything was put back the way they found it. Thanks to Nate for helping serve some of the elderly members with their plates. Thank you. Excellent Service!"
Orchard View Church of God, October 2013
Excellent Everything!! Your staff went over and above to meet our needs. Food was fabulous! Multiple referrals will come from this event! Thank You!
David - Wedding Reception Eagle Park Reception Hall, October 2013
We were so pleased with the total package. From the beginning dealing with Kim & Amanda, to the servers Susanna & Austin. We received a lot of good feedback from the guests. The servers were attentive and displayed professionalism. We were so grateful the food was so good, and everyone was happy and full!! Please advise the cooks they did a wonderful job as well. The compliments are deserved. Thank you!!
JoAnn & Jeff, Wedding Reception, August 2013
I'm writing to let you know how pleased I am with the service we were provided by Distinctive Catering for our Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner last night. When your team arrived, they quickly determined the plan of action, and then efficiently launched into action. They were highly professional, extremely friendly and cheerful, took care of each and every detail, and were cognizant of all of our needs as planners of the event. As dinner was served, I heard nothing but great comments regarding the quality, taste, and presentation of the food. Please know how much this meant to the BOD and myself. You will definitely be a valuable resource to us in the future!
Kathy, South Haven Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, June 2013
We were very pleased. When we arrived, everything was setup beautifully. My son opted for the Budget Buffet, but then he and his fiancé upgraded to the Tuscan Chicken - great choice! Many people commented on the excellent food. The service was outstanding, and I appreciated that you were so accommodating about serving Chicken Fingers to the children. There was plenty of food and we took home trays of leftovers.
Kathi, Mother of the Groom, Wedding Reception, May 2013