New York’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Tasteful Connections

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Tasteful Connections is a two-time 2019 award winner in New York!

When it comes to catering in Rochester, there’s no better company to work with than Tasteful Connections.

Tasteful Connections has received dozens of reviews on five verified sites with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a marvelous Rating Score™ of 100.00 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 20 businesses and the top five catering companies in all of New York!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“[I] highly recommend Tasteful Connections!! They catered our Pastor’s retirement dinner last week and did an OUTSTANDING job! Sandra made the planning process SO EASY! The food was absolutely delicious; the attention to detail was beautiful, and they made the entire evening even more special. Everyone was complimenting the amazing food. Thank you, Tasteful Connections, for making my job easy!! You’re the best!” – Jennifer N.

Not Your Average Catering Company

We wanted to learn more about this two-time award winner and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Sandra Holloway and Eileen Phillips, sisters and the owners of Tasteful Connections.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes Tasteful Connections a one-of-a-kind catering company in New York. Sandra and Eileen told us that they’ve been in business for more than 35 years and have developed a reputation for being a company that cares about its clients, staff and community, and that operates with heart.

Sandra and Eileen went on to tell us that they are like partners in crime inside and outside of the business and that one of their employees will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with the company this week!

We also asked Sandra and Eileen what their mission is at Tasteful Connections and how they work to make the world a better place. Sandra and Eillen shared with us about the many ways they give back to their community, including working with Ronald McDonald House, donating meals to families with children in the hospitals and others in need, partnering with Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) — which helps homeless families achieve sustainable independence by assisting them with shelter, food, personalized care management and more. Furthermore, they support international missions in Nicaragua by donating money and helping to build churches in local communities.

Sandra and Eileen told us that, overall, they feel blessed and lucky to be in the position they are in and feel it’s necessary to help out those who are less fortunate.

Building Success by Bending Over Backwards

Sandra and Eileen attribute Tasteful Connections’ strong online reputation to their commitment to bending over backward to accommodate their clients right off the bat, which starts by building a good relationship with them. They also thank their clients with thank you cards and gift cards, and they invite their clients to give them a review on their invoices.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Tasteful Connections has gotten their name out there by handing out literature and other marketing materials in the community, by being involved in their local Chamber of Commerce and through the exposure that comes from their four wrapped vehicles. Sandra and Eileen told us that their entire team is responsible for their marketing.

Every business owner wants to build the kind of online reputation Tasteful Connections has. When we asked Sandra and Eileen what advice they have for those business owners, they said:

“Right from day one, do not be afraid to talk about yourself to everyone you know and even people you don’t know. You have to tell them what you do, what you do well, why they should work with you, etc. Make some sort of marketing or networking effort every single day.”

Congratulations to the team at Tasteful Connections for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Sandra and Eileen, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Tasteful Connections in Rochester. Visit their website today!

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