West Virginia’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Ridge View BBQ

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Ridge View BBQ is a 2019 award winner for catering companies in West Virginia!

Make your next event one to remember with the help of experts at Ridge View BBQ in Dunbar.

Ridge View BBQ has received more than 1,000 reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 4.73 stars, earning them an outstanding Rating Score™ of 95.34 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five catering companies in all of West Virginia!

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

“I have eaten there several times, and it never disappoints me. The food is absolutely delicious. I usually get the pulled pork sandwich with fries and baked beans. The portions are so large; I always have enough left over for the next day or a midnight snack. [This is] definitely a great place to eat. Try it out if you haven’t already.” – Rebecca A.

Not Your Average Restaurant & Catering Company

Jim Smith, co-owner of Ridge View BBQ, generously gave us a few minutes of his time to tell us about this one-of-a-kind business and its award-winning online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that sets Ridge View BBQ apart from the many other catering companies in West Virginia. Jim simply said:

“We do it right.”

We also wanted to know why they do what they do at Ridge View BBQ and how they work to make the world a better place. Jim shared with us that they give back by participating in community events.

Building Success by Having Standards and Providing Good Service

When we asked Jim about Ridge View BBQ’s secret to such a strong online reputation, she said:

“We actually don’t do anything special. We just maintain a good quality standard and provide good service — that’s it.”

Outside of building the kind of online reputation any business owner would envy, Ridge View BBQ has spread the word about who they are and what they do solely through word of mouth:

“We rely on word of mouth from our customers, and it’s been working great. We’ve had a minimum of 20-percent growth for the past 10 years.”

Clearly, Jim knows a thing or two about growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s his expert advice for the many other business owners out there:

“Be pro-active. Be yourself online.”


Congratulations to the team at Ridge View BBQ for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Jim, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Ridge View BBQ in Dunbar. Visit their website today!

West Virginia’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Muriale’s Italian Kitchen

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Muriale’s Italian Kitchen is a two-time 2019 award winner in West Virginia!

Delight your guests with authentic Italian catering from Muriale’s Italian Kitchen in Fairmont.

Muriale’s Italian Kitchen has received thousands of reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.64 stars, earning them a marvelous Rating Score™ of 96.37 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 100 businesses and as the number one catering company in all of West Virginia!

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

“This is without a doubt the most delicious Italian cuisine that I have ever had. The bruschetta was wonderful; the olives and tomatoes blended perfectly with the oil and balsamic reduction. Aunt Mary’s Meat Lasagna was AMAZING. If I could have possibly eaten two, I would have, but I was way too full for that. If you are undecided on the menu, you cannot go wrong with the Taste of Italy. It’s a sample of rigatoni, lasagna and ravioli. Holy cow! We will make the drive out here many more times.” – Christian A.

Not Your Average Restaurant & 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 Rocco Muriale, the owner of Muriale’s Italian Kitchen.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes Muriale’s Italian Kitchen a one-of-a-kind catering company in West Virginia. Rocco pointed to their hospitality and their staff, as well as to the experience that they bring to the table.

We also asked Rocco what their mission is at Muriale’s Italian Kitchen and how they work to make the world a better place. Rocco told us about a way of the ways they give back to their community, including helping the university, as well as helping out union missions. He added:

“We try to give back as much as possible.”

Building Success Through Word of Mouth

When we asked Rocco about Muriale’s Italian Kitchen’s secret to such a strong online reputation, he said:

“We’ve been at this for such a long time that we’ve just been blessed with some of the reviews and excitement about some of our products. I really can’t put my finger on any one particular reason.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Muriale’s Italian Kitchen has gotten their name out there mostly through word of mouth, which says something about the kind of food and service they offer.

Every business owner wants to build the kind of online reputation Muriale’s Italian Kitchen has. When we asked Rocco what advice he has for those business owners, he said:

“You started where you’re at, whatever business you’re in, and you’ve got to be concerned with the details and the customer service, hospitality and guest satisfaction….”


Congratulations to the team at Muriale’s Italian Kitchen for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Rocco, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Muriale’s Italian Kitchen in Fairmont. Visit their website today!

Arizona’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Fat Freddy’s Catering

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Fat Freddy’s Catering is an award winner for catering companies in 2019.

If you are looking for a catering company that will really wow the guests at your next big event, look no further than this award-winning company!

Fat Freddy’s Catering has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.94 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 99.36 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top five catering companies and one of the top 100 businesses in all of Arizona!

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

“Just WOW! Even with the rain, our company’s Hawaiian Luau turned out amazing!!! Darci, Dan, and the whole staff were absolutely wonderful in every way. The food was phenomenal, and the presentation was so fun! If you’re looking for five-star catering, go with Fat Freddy’s!” – A.D.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Fat Freddy’s Catering is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Catering Company

We were excited to learn all about Fat Freddy’s Catering and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the Marketing Manager, Darci Hawthorne.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Fat Freddy’s Catering stand apart from its competitors. Darci told us that they offer high-quality food and will not settle for anything less.

“We provide quality AND quantity. There are no itty bitty portions here; we’re not called ‘Fat Freddy’s’ for no reason.”

Darci also told us about the Fat Freddy’s Catering business mission, saying:

“Our mission is to share food with anybody and everybody in the valley. We want to make the client’s job easy. We want to take care of the client and guests the whole way through.”

Building Success, Online And Off

Fat Freddy’s Catering has earned a fantastic reputation, so we asked Darci how they have managed to grow their business and get such awesome online reviews. She told us that their staff pay attention to details and know what the clients need. They offer kindness, prompt service, and flexibility, and people appreciate that. They send thank you cards to their clients and are not afraid to ask for reviews. They have even made Facebook posts requesting reviews from their community!

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Fat Freddy’s Catering has spread the word about who they are and what they do by being active on social media, advertising their specials, and making sure they show the fun side of their business!

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Fat Freddy’s Catering has managed to. We asked if Darci could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Social media is essential, especially for Millenials. It serves as an electronic form of word of mouth. Do the right thing.”


Congratulations to Fat Freddy’s Catering for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Darci for taking the time to speak with us!

New York’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Abigail Kirsch Catering

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Abigail Kirsch Catering is a 2019 award winner for catering companies in New York!

From weddings to corporate events, the team at Abigail Kirsch Catering in New York, New York has what it takes to make your next event delicious.

Abigail Kirsch Catering has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 4.93 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 97.26 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five catering companies in all of New York!

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

“Abigail Kirsch was fantastic! I could not have asked for a better caterer to handle my wedding. Although there was a shift in management mid-way through our planning period, Abigail Kirsch handled themselves professionally and strived to give us the best service. The food was outstanding and very hearty. The mojito granitas were a hit! And the butlered service was impeccable. Great job… Thank you for a memorable evening. It was truly magical.” – Giselle

Not Your Average Catering Company

We wanted to learn all about Abigail Kirsch Catering and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Chris Diviney.

The first question we had for Chris was what is it that sets Abigail Kirsch Catering apart from their competition in New York. Here’s Chris’s response:

“Seamless event production and world-class service are what bring Abigail Kirsch events to the next level. Our operational systems and expertise ensure our event is produced with the utmost precision, from inception to execution. We make it a point to create an experience where each of our clients can relax and be a guest at their own event.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Abigail Kirsch Catering and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Chris had to say:

“Food is a common ground and a universal experience for all of us. It’s our goal to make life more delicious while providing unforgettable experiences for our clients and guests. The core of Abigail Kirsch revolves around a passion for unique and engaging menu presentations. Sourcing only the finest and freshest, local ingredients, we create unexpected yet familiar flavor profiles. Our talented team is dedicated to designing menus reflective of each client’s vision for their event.”

Building Success by Going Above and Beyond

Chris attributes Abigail Kirsch Catering’s strong online reputation to their commitment to going above and beyond to make sure that each event is executed flawlessly.

Chris went on to say:

“We pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence, and we strive to provide the highest level experience for all of our clients and guests. When you leave a truly lasting impression on someone, he or she is that much more inclined to let the world know about their experience and provide a recommendation for service.”

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Abigail Kirsch Catering has. Here’s Chris’ expert advice for them:

“If you provide outstanding service for your clients and guests, you are sure to cultivate relationships and repeat clientele, which will ultimately lead to a strong online reputation. It is also vital to take the time to request and listen to any and all feedback from your clients, both positive and negative. That feedback provides essential opportunities to truly perfect your craft. After all, we are only as good as our last event!”


Congratulations to the team at Abigail Kirsch Catering for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Chris, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Abigail Kirsch Catering in New York. Visit their website today!

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!

New Hampshire’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Greenhouse Catering

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Greenhouse Catering is an award winner for catering companies in 2019.

If you are looking for a catering company that will truly impress your guests, look no further than this award-winning company!

Greenhouse Catering has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.84 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 98.45 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 50 businesses and the number one catering company in New Hampshire!

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

“Cheri and the crew from Greenhouse catering did a fantastic job and our open house event went very well. The food was delicious and their service was great. Everything was set up nicely and looked beautiful. We received lots of positive feedback from guests.” – D.C.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Greenhouse Catering is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Catering Company

We were excited to learn all about Greenhouse Catering and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the Sales Director, Cheri Roberts.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Greenhouse Catering stand apart from its competitors. Cheri told us:

“We are extremely flexible, servicing both small intimate settings as well as large occasions. We customize the menu, the style of service, and the logistics at off-site locations. When people begin planning an occasion, they don’t typically know what they want or like, so we help them along the way by suggesting options to help their vision come to life. Greenhouse Catering offers flexibility. We are creative, enthusiastic and genuinely interested in helping the client accomplish their vision for the event.”

Cheri also told us about how much they care about their clients, saying:

“The challenge of events leads to great satisfaction in our work. During the course of planning, especially weddings, we feel like we acquire a new family, so as the wedding comes to an end, it’s bittersweet! We get to know people really well through the intimacy of planning their occasions.”

Building Success, Online And Off

Greenhouse Catering has earned a fantastic reputation, so we asked Cheri how they have managed to grow their business and get their name out. She told us about their social media presence:

“Our posts on social media reflect our personalized service, and what makes us special. A strong website has become a great tool, and online activity helps customers find us.”

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Greenhouse Catering has spread the word about who they are and what they do by finding ways to give back. Cheri told us:

“Our name says it, we are Greenhouse Catering and we practice green! We only use biodegradable disposable ware, and we like to work with local ingredients. When catering at a farm venue, it’s fun to incorporate their fresh produce into the menu. We also feel it’s important to have a positive work culture for our crew. Our crews work as a team, so we encourage everyone’s strong points and staff events, in the most productive and creative ways. We also contribute food and service to New Hampshire nonprofit events during our off-season.”

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Greenhouse Catering has managed to. We asked if Cheri could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“You need to provide good customer service, quality, a creative product, timely communication, and follow-through. Help the client feel confident in your service and they will provide you with great word of mouth to their friends and colleagues.”


Congratulations to Greenhouse Catering for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Cheri for taking the time to speak with us!

New Hampshire’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: The White Apron

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The White Apron is an award winner for catering companies in 2019.

If you are looking for a catering company that will keep your guests talking for years, look no further than this award-winning company!

The White Apron has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.91 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 97.10 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top five catering companies in New Hampshire!

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

“The White Apron catered our wedding reception as well as an event the following day. Every single thing about them was spectacular, the food, the menu, the staff, it was all just amazing. I would absolutely hire them again for another event!” – J.M.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that The White Apron is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Catering Company

We were excited to learn all about The White Apron and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the Director of Sales and owner, Lizz.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes The White Apron stand apart from its competitors. Lizz told us:

“Our level of service is amazing! My husband and I were both classically trained at a French culinary school! Our food has been really good and really consistent! Our service level is truly top-notch! It comes down to service and food, perfectly balanced. We place a lot of emphasis on the interactions we have with the clients, and training is of paramount importance!”

Lizz also told us about how important their staff is to them, saying:

“We treat our staff like they are a part of something bigger than just cooking and serving food or throwing massive events. In 15 years, my husband has grown the company from four, to over 122 employees. We are a seasonal business, but are able to retain over 85-percent of our staff, year after year. We want to truly make a lasting impact in, not just our clients’ lives but, in our employee’s lives, too! We also feed them amazing food, and that always seems to help.”

Lizz told us about the lasting impact of their service:

“Once someone experiences an event from us, the memories and happiness will never fade. We have consistently done this for 15 years.”

Building Success By Offering Consistent Service

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, The White Apron has spread the word about who they are and what they do by offering consistent service and through word of mouth.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as The White Apron has managed to. We asked if Lizz could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Have integrity and be passionate about what you do. Respect the other people who work for you. It may start as a job to them, but with your guidance, it may turn into a career path!”

Lizz ended our chat with this thoughtful statement:

“Thank you to all of our employees for making this fun, spreading love, and helping us achieve this level of success! We would not have made it this far without you all.”


Congratulations to The White Apron for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Lizz for taking the time to speak with us!

Oklahoma’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Goodies Catering

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Goodies Catering is a two-time 2019 award winner in Oklahoma!

With 27 years of experience on their side, Goodies Catering in Tulsa has what it takes to make your next event memorable and delicious.

Goodies Catering has received almost 100 reviews on six verified sites with an average rating of 4.98 stars, earning them a marvelous Rating Score™ of 99.84 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 20 businesses and the number one catering company in all of Oklahoma!

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

“Stop looking for a caterer — this is the one you want!!! Goodies catered my daughter’s wedding last weekend. We’d chosen the ‘budget menu’ for 100 guests, and Anthony was AMAZING in his professionalism and thoughtfulness when he worked with us to make all of the decisions. At the wedding, our catering staff was wonderful! I gave them all hugs at the end of the night. They all went above-and-beyond to make sure everyone had what they needed, and THE FOOD was absolutely fantastic. Remember, this was the ‘budget menu,’ and I hoped it would be OK, but it was delicious and didn’t taste like we’d skimped at all. It was presented beautifully, bountiful and tasted amazing!!! I felt like we really mattered to Goodies and their staff — they acted like they were taking care of their own family, and I am so grateful to them for making my daughter’s wedding reception a beautiful, stress-free event.” – Joy F.

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 Joe and Anthony, owner and General Manager of Goodies Catering.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes Goodies Catering a one-of-a-kind catering company in Oklahoma. Here’s what Joe had to say:

“People choose us for our consistency and our quality! We want honest feedback, whether it is good, bad or indifferent. We want to know why and how we could do better, especially if we receive a good rating! We want continual improvement and growth! This is how we contribute to living our best life!”

Anthony went on to add:

“Service — that’s who I am! I truly enjoy making someone’s important, special or magical moment truly be memorable and nearly impossible to top! I provide the best service of my ability, ensuring that all of our guests have a stupendous time.”

We also asked Joe and Anthony what their mission is at Goodies Catering and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s their response:

“Perfectionism! Going above and beyond all expectations! We require every employee to be a natural-born leader!”

Building Success Through Exceptional Customer Service and Integrity

Joe and Anthony attribute Goodies Catering’s strong online reputation to their commitment to exceptional customer service and integrity:

“We consistently go above and beyond to ensure a customer wants to leave a great review! By constantly doing a phenomenal job, the reviews will organically occur!! We had over 500 caterings last year, and although every client does not have time to leave a review, we are so grateful for everyone who can take time to write one.”

Joe and Anthony added:

“Every review is essential for helping us build our success and spread our business. We thank our community and every client and customer who has allowed us to make a lasting impact in their lives. Our kitchen staff, servers and local professionals are the lifeblood of the company! We could not do it without you all!”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Goodies Catering has gotten their name out there through word of mouth, which says something about the kind of service they provide day in and day out.

Every business owner wants to build the kind of online reputation Goodies Catering has. When we asked Joe and Anthony what advice they have for those business owners, they said:

“Take pride and ownership in all of your work. How you handle a bad review is just as important as how you handle a five-star review. You must fully address, not just acknowledge, all feedback!”


Congratulations to the team at Goodies Catering for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Joe and Anthony, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Goodies Catering in Tulsa. Visit their website today!

Tennessee’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Dream Events & Catering

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Dream Events & Catering is an award winner for catering companies in 2019.

If you are looking for a catering company that will wow the guests at your next big event, look no further than this award-winning company!

Dream Events & Catering has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.92 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 99.16 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for ranking as one of the top 50 businesses and one of the top three catering companies in Tennessee!

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

“Dream Events & Catering is so easy to work with! They quickly pulled together a quote that was perfectly matched to what my bride and groom wanted. Their prices are fantastic, but their service is even better. I loved working with all of their staff, from the owner to the day-of servers. My clients and their guests were so happy with the food!” – M.S.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Dream Events & Catering is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Catering Company

We were excited to learn all about Dream Events & Catering and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner and Manager, Rebecca Annastas.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Dream Events & Catering stand apart from its competitors. Rebecca told us about the wide array of services they offer. She said:

“When it comes to choosing a caterer, we are a full-service events company. We do anything, from boxed lunches to weddings or galas. We can just do the food, or we can add flowers, rentals, vendors, and all of the important pieces. We work with planners all the time, and we have a lot of partners around Nashville, but we can be the hidden, behind-the-scenes planners as well.”

Rebecca told us a bit more about their awesome team:

“Employees are the secret to the sauce. They are a very creative team as well; this is their passion. They want to know who they are serving, who their client is, and how we can cater to their personalities. We treat our staff like family, so staff can treat clients like family, and then clients go treat the community like family.”

Building Success And Giving Back

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Dream Events & Catering has spread the word about who they are and what they do by finding ways to stay involved in and give back to the community. Rebecca told us:

“We work really hard to be mindful of our impact on the community. We are planning a big green initiative and expanding what we are already doing. We have a Composting Nashville program to offer more compostable disposables. We do a lot of donation drives. We celebrated 25 years a couple of years ago, and we partnered with different organizations to do community events instead of doing a big event for us. We celebrated the community and the employees that have helped us be so successful.”

She told us a bit more about how their employees stay involved in the community:

“Our employees work really hard to create a dynamic culture. They’ll do donation drives, different volunteer opportunities, and they have days they can bring their kids to work.”

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Dream Events & Catering has managed to. We asked if Rebecca could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Define your perspective and your vision, and be very clear about how you are different. Consistency is huge; just showing up with the same quality at every event [is so important]. Follow up with your clients after an event, and ask for feedback.”


Congratulations to Dream Events & Catering for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Rebecca for taking the time to speak with us!

Maine’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Bar Harbor Catering Company

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Bar Harbor Catering Company is an award winner for catering companies in 2019.

If you are looking for a full-service catering and event planning company that puts their focus on you and your unique event, look no further than this award-winning company!

Bar Harbor Catering Company has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.84 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 98.37 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for ranking as one of the top 25 businesses and one of the top three catering companies in Maine!

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

“Bar Harbor Catering did a rehearsal/welcome lobster bake for 180 people on a beach, which is not the easiest logistics, but it was spectacular. People are still talking about it. The food was wonderful; they were organized, creative, and the staff was attentive. It was effortless on our part. I would use them again in a minute if I were doing something again in Maine.” – B.C.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Bar Harbor Catering Company is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Catering Company

We were excited to learn all about Bar Harbor Catering Company and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Mandy Fontaine.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Bar Harbor Catering Company stand apart from its competitors. Mandy started out by telling us about their commitment to their customers and how they work to make each event reflect the client. All in all, their exceptional customer service is something to be admired. Mandy said:

“We spend a lot of time getting to know all of our clients and creating an event that reflects them. The little extra touches, and going above and beyond expectations, that’s what makes every event special and unique.”

She continued:

“We treat every customer, and especially every vendor, like VIPs. Our motto around here is ‘Good enough isn’t enough.’ We really try to follow through with that in everything that we do.”

Mandy told us a bit about the service they offer, and how they are able to pull off such incredible events:

“We have a big team, so we’re prepared to handle pretty much anything, wherever the event may be. Whether it’s a campground, an estate, a farmhouse, or a remote island, we can go anywhere. One of the things that I think most of our clients are surprised by is that we actually cook all of our menu items at each event location. Essentially, we’re setting up a high-end restaurant wherever we go. If you’ve ever seen Top Chef Restaurant Wars, it’s pretty much like that. A lot of people think we just cook food, load it in our van, drop it off and then go. It couldn’t be anymore different than that.”

When we asked Mandy about the Bar Harbor Catering Company business mission, she told us:

“Our mission is to produce extraordinary events with legendary customer service and modern Maine cuisine created by happy people. We have a distinct advantage in our business that we work mostly on milestone events, like weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and business openings. We have an internal phrase, called ‘magic moments,’ meaning the little things that go above and beyond that people might not think of. We really aim to put smiles on everyone’s faces by being magic makers. That’s what makes us happy.”

Building Success And Giving Back

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Bar Harbor Catering Company has spread the word about who they are and what they do by giving back and being active in the community. Mandy told us:

“We don’t do a lot of traditional marketing in the sense of buying ads or anything like that. We’re more focused on getting in front of potential clients by participating or donating to community events, like cooking competitions, non-profit donations, non-profit discounts, things like that. In this way, our product and service stand for themselves, and our customer base grows naturally in return. Word of mouth marketing is where we’re really driving.”

She went on to tell us about some of the other ways they are giving back and making the world a better place:

“Aside from the client customer experience, we’re really proud of our zero waste program. If you’ve ever worked in professional kitchens, there’s a lot of waste and we’ve gotten our kitchen production trash down to less than a normal size bathroom trash can everyday through extensive composting and recycling. We’re part of a local organization, called ‘Climate to Thrive,’ whose aim is to be completely energy independent by 2030, and we’re really proud of that.”

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Bar Harbor Catering Company has managed to. We asked if Mandy could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Treat your online presence just as you would your in-person reputation. We always put our best foot forward. We’d always rather have no posts over one with the mediocre photo or something that we’re not totally proud of. We’ve been really, really strategic about that.”


Congratulations to Bar Harbor Catering Company for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Mandy for taking the time to speak with us!