Wisconsin’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Saz’s Catering

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Saz’s Catering is a two-time award winner in Wisconsin for 2019!

The food can make or break an event. Rely on the number one catering company in Milwaukee for your event by relying on Saz’s Catering.

Saz’s Catering has received hundreds of reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.83 stars, earning them a stupendous Rating Score™ of 98.28 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 100 businesses and the number one catering company in all of Wisconsin!

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

“We used Saz’s Catering for our wedding last weekend. They were so helpful with answering questions every step of the way. We are still receiving messages from our friends and family about how delicious the wedding food was. My favorite was the pepper jack bacon mac and cheese!” – Lindsay B.

Not Your Average Catering Company

In order to learn a little more about Saz’s Catering and its award-winning online reputation, we took a few minutes to speak with the Marketing Director, Kristal Kaiser.

The first question we had for Kristal was what is it that sets Saz’s Catering apart from their competition in Wisconsin. Kristal told us that they have the finest in both food and service, and that they not only deliver on what their clients envision for their event, but they surpass that vision. Whether the event is small or very large, Saz’s delivers with ease and satisfaction. They cater more than 20,000 events per year. They have a few venues they manage and operate in Milwaukee — including Jan Serr Studio and South Second — and they frequent more than 80 other venues in the area. However, they can cater anywhere; they’ve even catered weddings on islands without power!

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Saz’s Catering and how they work to make the world a better place. Kristal shared that they operate under the theory:

“The better the food, the better the experience.”

Building Success Through Happy Guests

Kristal attributes Saz’s Catering’s strong online reputation to the steadfast commitment they’ve had for the past four decades to prioritizing guest satisfaction and happiness, and to make sure they’re full!

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Saz’s Catering has gotten their name out there by involving themselves in their community. They provide food to fundraisers for local events, and they are dedicated in general to the relationships they have with the community. Everyone at Saz’s is very proud of their Milwaukee roots. They love to give back to everyone who has helped them grow over the years.

There are so many business owners looking to build the kind of online reputation Saz’s Catering has. Here’s Kristal’s expert advice for them:

“If you provide an excellent product and an excellent service, people will talk about it, and they will be an ambassador for your brand. If someone has a very good experience with you, they will be happy to tell others, and it’s never bad to encourage people to share their experience.”


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

We highly recommend Saz’s Catering in Milwaukee. Visit their website today!

North Carolina’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Caroline Allured Catering

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Caroline Allured Catering is a 2019 award winner for catering companies in North Carolina!

When you need a caterer in Asheville, there’s no better company to work with than Caroline Allured Catering.

Caroline Allured Catering has received dozens of reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.87 stars, earning them a fabulous Rating Score™ 98.67 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 catering companies in all of North Carolina!

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

“I can’t say enough about Caroline. From our first conversations to the end result, she was a pleasure and a professional through and through. She catered our daughter’s wedding this month at Homewood in Asheville. She offered great suggestions and provided much-needed calm in the wedding planning process. Outstanding.” – David B.

Not Your Average Catering Company

Caroline Allured, the owner of Caroline Allured Catering, generously gave us a few minutes of her time to tell us about her award-winning business and its stand-out online reputation.

The first question we had for Caroline was what is it that sets Caroline Allured Catering apart from their competition in North Carolina. Caroline points to their use of fresh and local ingredients, their commitment to never overbooking themselves and to the fact that she sits down and gets to know every client before an event to ensure that she completely understands their needs.

In addition to offering her catering services in North Carolina, Caroline loves to do travel catering. She’s catered events in Alaska, Italy and London.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Caroline Allured Catering and how they work to make the world a better place. She shared with us that their goal is to try to do their best for every client through personal attention to detail, great value and customer service.

Building Success Through Word of Mouth and Repeat Customers

When we asked Caroline what their secret to success is at Caroline Allured Catering, she told us that they’ve been in business for many years, so they have lots of word of mouth and repeat customers. In fact, they have had so much business this way that they haven’t had to do any digital marketing to promote themselves.

There are so many business owners looking to build the kind of online reputation Caroline Allured Catering has. Here’s Carolina’s expert advice for them:

“Do what you do really well. Don’t try and do everything. Find your niche. Understand the logistics of production. Understand what you can create.”


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

We highly recommend Caroline Allured Catering in Asheville. Visit their website today!

South Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Squealer’s Smoke Shack

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Squealer’s Smoke Shack is a 2019 award winner for catering companies in South Dakota!

Satisfy your guests with a mouth-watering feast at your next event by relying on the experts at Squealer’s Smoke Shack in Tea.

Squealer’s Smoke Shack has received hundreds of reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 4.76 stars, earning them an incredible Rating Score™ of 95.56 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 catering companies in all of South Dakota!

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

“Roxie does an amazing job! Whether it be dinner for our family during the week or weekend, all the way to hosting our business Christmas party, she goes all out for a top-notch homemade BBQ meal, INCLUDING phenomenal customer service! We love Squealer’s! Thank you, Roxie!” – Sara K.

Not Your Average Catering Company

Dustin, the owner of Squealer’s Smoke Schack, generous gave us a few minutes of his time to tell us about his one-of-a-kind business and its stellar online reputation.

The first question we had for Dustin was what is it that sets Squealer’s Smoke Shack apart from their competition in South Dakota. Here’s his response:

“Basically, all of our food is made from scratch; all of our sides are homemade; we smoke all of our meat for 12-14 hours. Our own blend of seasonings makes us unique.”

We also wanted to know what Squealer’s Smoke Shack’s business is and how the work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Dustin had to say:

“[Our mission is to] keep catering, keep growing and spread our awesome food to everyone that we have the pleasure of serving.”

Dustin went on to share with us the origins of Squealer’s Smoke Shack:

“We started as a food truck. At first, it was just a part-time endeavor. I ended up quitting my full-time job and got more and more catering jobs. Then, I opened a restaurant initially just to help with catering. I added a few tables inside the restaurant, which really kicked things off. After that, we expanded and rented a few spots and doubled our size. Once we have outgrown this space, we will begin plans to build a bigger restaurant and grow from there.”

Building Success Through Good Service, Good Food and a Great Staff

Dustin attributes Squealer’s Smoke Shack’s strong online reputation to their good service, their good food and the great staff they have that’s been around for years.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, this local, family-owned business has gotten their name out there through their website and Facebook page, but according to Dustin, word of mouth is their biggest source of new customers. The fact that so many of their customers are happy to spread the word speaks to the quality of both the food and the service at Squealer’s Smoke Shack.


Congratulations to the team at Squealer’s Smoke Shack for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Dustin, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Squealer’s Smoke Shack in Tea. Visit their website today!

Minnesota’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Create Catering & The Dining Studio

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Create Catering & The Dining Studio is a 2019 award winner for catering companies in Minnesota!

The food can make or break an event, and when you want your event to wow your guests, there’s no better catering company to turn to in Minneapolis than Create Catering & The Dining Studio.

Create Catering & The Dining Studio has received dozens of reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 4.85 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 96.45 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 catering companies in all of Minnesota!

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

“I had my wedding at Create’s Dining Studio. Not enough good things can be said about their food, staff and location. [They were] extremely helpful and flexible with schedules throughout the whole process. Not to mention, their food was extraordinary. I received so many compliments from my guests on the food and venue.” – Stephanie C.

Not Your Average Catering Company

We wanted to learn a little more about Create Catering & The Dining Studio and their outstanding online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Philip Dorwart.

The first question we had for Philip was what is it that sets Create Catering & The Dining Studio apart from their competition in Minnesota. He told us that they do everything from scratch — they customize everything for the client — and that they write up menus for each individual event after having a consultation with the client. They handle any size of event, from small to large.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Create Catering & The Dining Studio and how they work to make the world a better place. Philip shared with us that they support 52 charities per year, and that they use sustainable produce, source local food as much as possible and compost.

Building Success Through Great Service and Food

Philip attributes Create Catering & The Dining Studio’s strong online reputation to their commitment to hard work, customer service and excellent food, which gives them the confidence to encourage their customers to write reviews.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Create Catering & The Dining Studio has gotten their name out there through Instagram and targeting advertising.

There are so many business owners looking to build the kind of online reputation Create Catering & The Dining Studio has. Here’s Philip’s expert advice for them:

“Stay true to the original message — stay true to why you founded your business.”


Congratulations to the team at Create Catering & The Dining Studio for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Philip, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Create Catering & The Dining Studio in Minneapolis. Visit their website today!

Mississippi’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Helen’s Kitchen & Catering

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Helen’s Kitchen & Catering is a 2019 award winner for catering companies in Mississippi!

When you want to make your next event memorable, you need to hire the right caterer, and in Columbus, there’s no better option than Helen’s Kitchen & Catering.

Helen’s Kitchen & Catering has received dozens of reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 4.63 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 94.32 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 catering companies in all of Mississippi!

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

“There is exactly one food item at exactly one restaurant in the Golden Triangle area of MS that is world-class food, and that is the fried chicken at Miss Helen’s. It is by far the best fried chicken in the area and will stand up to the best in the world, including Willie Mae’s in New Orleans. If you love fried chicken, you owe it to yourself to eat Miss Helen’s. The place is not easy to find, there is no sign on the building, but it is well worth the search.” – John C.

Not Your Average Catering Company

State Rep. Kabir Karriem, a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives and the owner of Helen’s Kitchen & Catering, generously gave us a few minutes out of his busy schedule to tell us about his award-winning business and its tremendous online reputation.

The first question we had for Kabir was what sets Helen’s Kitchen & Catering apart from their competition in Mississippi. Here’s his response:

“Helen’s is one of those hidden gems in this community. You can come to Helen’s, and you might be sitting with the mayor of the city. You also can be sitting with a laborer, bricklayer, accountant. The restaurant is so versatile with its clientele and down home feeling, it’s just one of those special places.”

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

“[We make the world a better place] by treating everyone with dignity and respect, and by making sure that they know how much we appreciate them for coming to our establishment. I guess the ultimate adjective and action is love. We just try to love on everyone and treat everyone as if they’re a part of our family, and I think that reputation precedes us.”

Building Success by Treating Customers Like Family

When we asked Kabir what Helen’s Kitchen & Catering’s secret is to such a strong online reputation, he said:

“We just treat every customer as a family member. We cook with love — something my momma started 31 years ago, and we continue it today.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Helen’s Kitchen & Catering has gotten their name out there through social media and radio and television ads, but according to Kamir, word of mouth is their biggest source of growth and has really helped them over the years.

There are so many other restaurant owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Helen’s Kitchen & Catering has. Here’s Kabir’s expert advice for them:

“Restaurant work is not easy, and it takes dedication and sacrifice. Of course, that goes with anything. We try to take care of our customers the best we can. Always remember that your customers could go anywhere else, but they chose your establishment, so make sure they always have the best experience when they visit you.”


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

We highly recommend Helen’s Kitchen & Catering in Columbus. Visit their website today!

North Carolina’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Above & Beyond Catering

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Above & Beyond Catering is a two-time 2019 award winner in North Carolina!

Make your next event delicious by turning to the experts at Above & Beyond Catering in High Point.

Above & Beyond Catering has received hundreds of reviews on six verified sites with an average rating of 4.90 stars, earning them a tremendous Rating Score™ of 98.97 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for ranking among the top 100 business and the top 10 catering companies in all of North Carolina!

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

“Above & Beyond catered our wedding, and they were wonderful! Their team is extremely responsive and helpful, and they did a great job of staying on top of all the details over our wedding weekend. Their food is amazing, especially for the price! All of our guests were raving about how good it tasted. I’d highly recommend them for any event you need catered!” – Brittany

Not Your Average Catering Company

We wanted to learn a little more about Above & Beyond Catering and how they managed to build the kind of online reputation any business would envy, so we sat down with the manager, Shelley Tornstrom.

The first question we had for Shelley was what sets Above & Beyond Catering apart from the many other catering companies in North Carolina. Shelley told us that they are known for their strawberry shortcake and their macaroni and cheese, and that their level of service along with their recipes are really what sets them apart.

She went on to tell us that they have the name, “Above & Beyond,” because that is exactly what they do!

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

“[Our mission is] to go ‘above and beyond!’ We strive to make people happy, especially if they’re celebrating a special day!”

Building Success With a Great Team

Shelley credits Above & Beyond Catering’s strong online reputation to Christi White — the wonderful owner of Above & Beyond — and the people who work there. They are very close-knit, and they look out for one another and focus on the little stuff that a lot of catering companies might forget.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Above & Beyond Catering has spread the word about who they are and what they do through word of mouth, which speaks to the high level of service they provide.

There are so many business owners looking to build the kind of online reputation Above & Beyond Catering has. Here’s Shelley’s expert advice for them:

“Consistency is really important. No matter who gets it or when they get it, it always has to be the same.”


Congratulations to the team at Above & Beyond Catering for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Shelley, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Above & Beyond Catering in High Point. Visit their website today!

Mississippi’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Eat Drink Love Catering

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

For a caterer in Ocean Springs who has healthy and homemade options, look no further than this award-winning company!

Eat Drink Love Catering has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.95 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 97.47 and two 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 50 businesses and the number one catering company in Mississippi!

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

“Eat Drink Love catered my wedding… and all of the guests RAVED on how delicious the food was! [There were] so many healthy, vegetarian and gluten-free options for family members with dietary restrictions, and [they had] such a beautiful setup! The sweet potatoes were INCREDIBLE! [They have] great food, chic décor, [a] large menu, large portions, [and] healthy options” – V.L.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Eat Drink Love 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 how Eat Drink Love Catering has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the owner, Lauren.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Eat Drink Love Catering stand apart from their local competitors. We learned all about their cozy vibe, which Lauren says is made possible because all of their food is made from scratch. You won’t find any canned food here! Lauren shared that, at this restaurant, all of the recipes are old family recipes, she says:

“We cook things that we ate growing up, and it makes everything feel very homey and nostalgic.”

To add to the feeling of nostalgia, they use farmhouse tables in the hopes that people will come in and feel right at home, and be able to sit down and make friends.

All of this is in-line with working on their company mission, which Lauren says is ultimately to bring people together.

They also offer take-and-bake options so that people can take the food home at the end of their day.

Building Success Through Referrals

With as impressive a reputation as Eat Drink Love Catering has, we were not surprised to learn that word-of-mouth marketing has been their primary source of marketing.

Lauren also told us about the importance of a caring and passionate staff. She told us that they get a lot of positive feedback about their customer service.

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

“As an owner, I spend my life here. If the cat’s away, the mice will play. No one else will care like you do. I think respecting your staff is the most important thing as well. Bringing a good product to the table doesn’t mean anything if your people aren’t happy at their job.”


Congratulations to Eat Drink Love Catering for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Lauren for taking the time to speak with us!

North Carolina’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Catering By Design

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Catering By Design is a 2019 award winner for catering companies in North Carolina!

When you need great food and unbeatable service for your event, you need Catering By Design in Cary.

Catering By Design has received more than 150 reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.91 stars, earning them a tremendous Rating Score™ of 99.12 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for ranking among the top 100 businesses and the top 10 catering companies in all of North Carolina!

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

“Our wedding was wonderful. One thing you always hope for is delicious food for your guests. We had nearly 200 people, and everyone loved it. The shrimp and grits were the big hit. But the service and the food were all wonderful!” – Mitchell C.

Not Your Average Catering Company

Kelli, the Catering Director at Catering By Design, generously gave us a few minutes of her time to tell us about this one-of-a-kind business and its impressive online reputation.

The first question we had for Kelli was what makes Catering By Design stand out when compared to the many other catering companies in North Carolina. Kelli emphasized the next-level customer service they offer and told us that they return calls immediately and that their communication is outstanding. From beginning to end, they are involved down to every last detail. It also helps that the food is great and the staff is award-winning.

We also wanted to know what their mission is a Catering By Design and how they work to make the world a better place. Kelli told us that their mission is to provide great food and service for social events as well as corporate events. She also said that they pass down food to the homeless; they care about each other as a company and treat each other like family.

Building Success by Making Clients Feel Cared For

Kelli attributes Catering By Design’s strong online reputation to the hard work their staff puts in day in and day out to make their clients feel cared for.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Catering By Design has gotten their name out there by putting on wedding and open house shows at venus, and through social media management.

There are so many business owners looking to build the kind of online reputation Catering By Design has. Here’s Kelli’s expert advice for them:

“Reviews are so important. If you have a good product and have honesty and integrity it comes naturally.”


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

We highly recommend Catering By Design in Cary. Visit their website today!

South Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Old West Dutch Oven Catering Company

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Old West Dutch Oven Catering Company is not only one of the top three catering companies in South Dakota, but one of the top 100 businesses in the state overall!

“[The] food was soooo delicious at our wedding! Tim was great and easy to work with. I highly recommend using them for your event! My family from all over the country was raving about the food at our wedding. Guests also said it was ‘the best pulled pork I’ve ever had!’ You won’t be disappointed!” -Chelsea S.

That’s just one of the dozens of outstanding online reviews Old West Dutch Oven Catering Company has received, giving them a 96.00 Rating Score™, a 5.00 average star rating, and a 2019 Top rated Local award!

Not Your Average Catering Company

Tim Nold, the owner of Old West Dutch Oven Catering Company, took some time to chat with us about his business’ remarkable online reputation.

As an award-winning company, Old West Dutch Oven Catering has certainly been doing something very right. We asked Tim what exactly it is that sets them apart from their competition, and he said, “Number one, it’s our high-quality of food. It’s all home cooking, and we only use Dutch Ovens. Two, it’s also customer service. We believe in an old-school way of doing service. More people need to go back to the business of people.”

According to Tim, the Old West Dutch Oven Catering mission is simply to provide high-quality food. They focus mostly on weddings, but also serve company picnics, wedding receptions, graduation receptions, and more.

Building Success Through Service

As for a secret to success, the Old West Dutch Oven Catering team makes sure to ask for reviews. Tim said, “We immediately ask customers to give a review.”

The following are Tim’s words of wisdom for other businesses that are working on their online reputation:

“Get back to being customer-service based. Take care of your customer first, and cater to their needs 100-percent. Let them enjoy their day.”


Congratulations to the team at Old West Dutch Oven Catering Company for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Tim, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Old West Dutch Oven Catering Company in South Dakota. Visit their website today!

South Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ is a 2019 award winner for catering companies in South Dakota!

No other catering company in Vermillion can make your event quite as delicious as Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ can.

Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ has received dozens of reviews on multiple verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 94.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 plumbers in all of South Dakota!

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

“We had Heck’s cater for our daughter’s wedding, and they were awesome. The food was delicious, and the people were very helpful. [I] would recommend them to anyone who needs a caterer. Some of our guests wondered about us having BBQ, but all we heard were good comments about the food. It didn’t break the bank either; [it was] very affordable. Thank you, Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ!!” – Susan G.

Not Your Average Catering Company

Jody Harnois, the owner of Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ, generously gave us a few minutes of his time to tell us a bit about his award-winning catering company and its impressive online reputation.

To kick off our conversation, we asked Jody what it is that makes Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ unique compared to the many other catering companies in South Dakota. Jody points to the fact that they are a family business with family recipes, and that their BBQ sauce is more than 80 years old! He shared with us that they cook all of their food from scratch over corncobs and hickory, that they have a reputation that speaks for itself and that they use quality equipment and recipes.

We also asked Jody what their mission is at Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ. Jody said that they aim to serve the best BBQ possible and to represent their family heritage.

Building Success Through Good Food and Reasonable Prices

Jody attributes Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ’s strong online reputation to the good quality food they serve, and to the reasonable prices they serve it for.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ has gotten their name out there through social media and by reaching out to people.

There are so many business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Jody’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Treat your customers right, and always go above an beyond to make them the best food.”


Congratulations to the team at Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Jody, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend working with Jody and his team at Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ. Visit their website today!