28 Impressive Philly-Area Wedding and Event Caterers
You’re throwing the biggest party of your life. Eat and drink accordingly.
You know it. We know it. But we like to remind everyone: Philly has an incredible food scene, with outstanding chefs, original menus, and high-quality service. (And, yes, cheesesteaks, too.) Luckily for us, that means the Philadelphia-area wedding caterers are top-notch. There are innovative and classic local pros for every style of soiree, whether you’re throwing an intimate event or an elegant ballroom celebration. Below, read about some of the finest Philadelphia-area wedding caterers, so you can finally taste that dream menu. And if your favorite isn’t on our list, reach out to email@example.com.
Boasting a list of previous clientele including Joe Biden and Neil Patrick Harris, 12th Street Catering is ready to take on your event no matter how large (the team has served a party of 5,000 guests). The company incorporates sustainable practices by sourcing dairy from local farms. Plus, it has its own rooftop garden that provides fresh produce and garnishes to create your salads — and top off your cocktails. 12th Street is the exclusive caterer for the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, as well as the exclusive-preferred caterers for a number of other venues in and around the city. Every menu item is customizable, down to the cutlery and plating. 3312 Spring Garden Street.
Chef Alex Garfinkel brings years of global experience to your Big Day menu. Enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres like mushroom crostini and tuna tartare during cocktail hour, then enjoy Korean barbecue lettuce wraps from the live chef station. Balboa works and runs out of the American Silk building in Frankford, with a 1,000-square-foot dining room and 16-foot ceilings, and can also cater at local spots like Cherry Street Pier, Evil Genius and Franklin Music Hall. 4345 Orchard Street.
With sustainability and social responsibility in mind, Birchtree Catering is a woman-owned company focused on clean, simple and seasonal offerings — all locally sourced. Birchtree is the exclusive caterer to Globe Dye Works and a preferred caterer at the Bok building (check out one stylish wedding here), but the business also works with events elsewhere. And if that doesn’t do it for you, maybe the delicious ricotta gnocchi will do the trick. 4500 Worth Street.
Brûlée Catering and its team are total pros, having worked with celebrities like M. Night Shyamalan. The company offers a slew of packages at varying price points and provides consultations with its sales managers in order to create a custom menu to fit your budget. Some fun small-bites offered during cocktail hour — like the chicken-and-waffle cone served with house pickles and spicy maple syrup — can wow your guests right off the bat. Brûlée also partners with food trucks from around the city for playful late-night snacks. Some of the group’s locally sourced items include mushrooms from Kennett Square, proteins from Lancaster, and ingredients from specialty Philadelphia vendors. Brûlée is the exclusive caterer to a number of famed Philadelphia venues like the MET, Constitution Center and Liberty View at the Independence Visitor Center (click here for one recent micro-wedding), but is also available at other locations. 1406 South Front Street.
As the exclusive caterer to premier Philadelphia venues like ONE North Broad, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Michener Art Museum, Catering by Design offers menus that are some of the best in the biz. And they should be — the team has been been doing this for 30-plus years. Catering by Design can handle everything from upscale weddings to elegant galas to picnics for 5,000 people. The menus are carefully crafted, and your decor needs artfully executed by CBD’s design arm, Garnish. 18 West Hortter Street.
These wedding pros have worked with the Eagles and 76ers, among other well-known names. A three-course menu and tableside ordering on the Big Day are a few of the many delicious perks with a Cescaphe celebration. There’s a signature cocktail hour-and-a-half featuring lump crab meat, jumbo shrimp and whole lobster tails, for starters. Perhaps your guests will stop at the rosé bar for a drink or head over to the live sushi station for a seafood fix. Dessert is on the menu, from the ever-glam chandelier cake to a custom Philly-themed confection, which you can see above. Cescaphe offers a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options prepared by its team. The group owns and operates a collection of venues that it caters for exclusively, such as the Cescaphe Ballroom, Tendenza, the Down Town Club, The Lucy and Water Works. (Check out one recent Water Works wedding here, complete with an appearance by the Eagles pep band.) 1412 Mount Vernon Street.
The name Schulson is well-known in Philly for popular restaurants like Double Knot, Harp & Crown and Sampan, and you can experience these tastes on your Big Day, too. Schulson’s catering arm can bring customizable, restaurant-caliber taste to your venue, with options ranging from sit-down to buffet to signature stations. (And if you want to throw a private event at one of its restaurants, you can do that, too.)
Family-owned and operated for 80-plus years, Conner Catering brings a personal touch to your Big Day. The company provides food of the highest quality, whether your desired menu style is traditional or unique and unconventional. Partnered with a variety of venues like the Old Mill in Rose Valley and Merion Tribute House, Conner Catering is also available for celebrations elsewhere.
Constellation Culinary Group can create seasonal dishes made from local ingredients or dish out its tried-and-true signature recipes, each with a special twist. The group offers food stations with made-to-order salads or platters and provides professional mixologist demonstrations. For sweets, guests will delight in red-velvet whoopie pies, mini cinnamon doughnut holes, peanut butter s’mores, or a build-your-own dessert station. Constellation is the exclusive caterer to a number of famed venues like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation and the ever-popular Horticulture Center (where Eagle Jake Elliott said “I do”), but can cater events at a location of your choosing, depending on the venue requirements. The team sources locally as often as possible, most notably for all the cheese from Maple Brook Farm. 667 North Broad Street.
Feast is the exclusive caterer at both Front & Palmer and FAME, but is also available for events elsewhere. The talented team has catered events with guest counts of 12,000, but has also provided cuisine at intimate gatherings for as few as six. Some crowd favorites include handmade dumplings as well as elevated pasta courses made with a machine from Arcobaleno in Lancaster. For offerings with a fun twist, Feast serves up sushi boats, savory cotton candy, a portable wood-burning oven for pizzas and veggies, or hors d’oeuvres paired with matching mini cocktails. Vegan or gluten-free options are available, and the Feast crew isn’t afraid to take on a challenge — like global takes on the cheesesteak. (Feast is also environmentally friendly and has a history of recycling since the early ’90s: Beehives and solar panels are on top of its venues, and the business has a passion for composting.) 1750 North Front Street.
With Feastivities, you can work directly with the chefs to create your perfect menu.The signature dishes change on a weekly basis; the team is always trying something new by combining traditional ethnic foods with modern and sustainable elements. When guests arrive to your soiree, they can start out with interactive cocktails that include freshly squeezed fruit and flower ice cubes, or they can opt for a delicious mocktail. For dessert, expect simple treats like hand-torched s’mores or more elaborate options like mascarpone cheesecake topped with sauteed dark sweet cherries and orange zest flambéed with brandy. Feastivities can create menus for gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian guests, all while using ethically produced, locally sourced and additive-free ingredients. 440 Domino Lane.
Finley Catering is the exclusive caterer for four famed local venues: Ballroom at the Ben, Ballroom at Ellis Preserve, Crystal Tea Room, and Union Trust. Its filet mignon with a Merlot demi-glace is a crowd favorite and can be paired perfectly with truffle fries. For a sweet ending, Finley provides a full Viennese dessert room with all the pies and pastries your guests can imagine. The company also offers flameless sparklers to help make the first dance that much more picture-perfect (they’re safe for indoor use). To end the night, you and your guests can enjoy a two-hour after-party with an open bar and DJ. Click here to see one recent classic, black-tie Ballroom at the Ben shindig. 100 Penn Square East.
As both a catering brand and restaurant biz, Garces Group is more than prepared to handle your Big Day. Garces is the exclusive caterer to venues such as the Kimmel Center, but the team is also available at events elsewhere. A completely customizable menu, build-your-own ceviche stations and portable pizza bars are just a few of the more unique offerings. For dessert, expect housemade confections and a doughnut-bar station to satisfy the strongest sweet tooth. The group sources locally as often as possible and works with the Broad Street Ministry to provide meals to those in need. 125 Walnut Street.
Herb Scott Catering is run by its namesake, one of the sweetest folks in the business. His company offers everything from sit-down dinner to station-style offerings to cocktail-party fare to backyard barbecues — each with its own unique flavors and vision as well as customization options. (Above, the team created globally inspired treats from Fiji and India.) Herb Scott Catering is available for the venue of your choosing. Call for more details on options, pricing and plans. 6531 Germantown Avenue.
Honey Hill guarantees fresh products and precision for your wedding — whether it is an intimate affair or a larger function. Enjoy your meal family-style, buffet-style, or as a cocktail-style reception with a selection of passed or stationary hors d’oeuvres. Honey Hill is the exclusive caterer to the Belmont Mansion and Our House Culture Center, but the team will also work at a site of your choosing, based on that venue’s parameters. Curious? Recent dishes include salmon croquettes and vegan sesame seitan sandwiches. Take note: Due to the volume of inquiries, Honey Hill will not be taking new clients till January 2022.
Full-service caterer extraordinaire (and restaurant and bar) IndeBlue is prepared to work any event from the start of the planning process to the breakdown at the venue after the Big Day has ended. IndeBlue is the exclusive Indian-cuisine caterer to the Collingswood Ballroom, but is also available for soirees at other locations. Equipment rental, set-up, bartenders, and professional servers are offered in addition to the raved-about food. 205 South 13th Street.
Joshua’s commits to bringing you a sustainable, eco-friendly catering service while utilizing natural, organic and locally grown foods. Joshua’s offers tented weddings outside of its beautiful Ridgeland Mansion venue in Fairmount, providing the perfect backdrop for pictures and a secret garden for socializing. (Check out local lingerie designer Maddie Flanigan’s wedding there for inspo.) Savor a make-your-own salad bar and oven-roasted chicken breasts with rosemary-infused butternut squash sauce at one of Joshua’s many local partner locations. Take note: Joshua’s is BYO. 804 Oak Lane Avenue.
With an emphasis on farm-to-table cooking and personalization, J. Scott Catering will work closely with you to plan your menu. The highly trained staff and talented planning team can help to make even your most delicious dreams a reality. J. Scott is the exclusive caterer of the Phoenixville Foundry, but is also available for events elsewhere. 189 Pennsylvania Avenue.
From single plates to platters and trays, Jamie Hollander’s offerings include items like seared ahi tuna with Thai noodle salad, wasabi, sriracha sauce and scallions. Customization is on the menu, too. The company also dreams up gourmet dessert trays with all sorts of cookies, brownies and mini tarts to make your Big Day that much sweeter. Jamie Hollander is the exclusive caterer to Glen Foerd (check out the wedding above here), Pearl S. Buck Estate and Bartram’s Garden, and is available at events elsewhere. 409 West Bridge Street.
JAM Catering has been around in one form or another since 1980. It was founded by Jeffrey Miller, a Wharton School grad, and he and his team bring a fun and unique twist with offerings like a barbecue-in-a-jar station and hanging pretzel bar — not to mention customizable menus. The in-house pastry department also offers specialty cakes and desserts. With a certified-organic garden in Waterloo Village, JAM can provide sustainable and locally sourced produce grown by the catering outfit. Another perk: JAM once catered for former Eagle Carson Wentz. 1530 Locust Street.
From pre-set menus to a re-creation of your favorite family recipe, John Serock Catering can personalize your menu as well as accommodate vegan and gluten-free food options. The group is a preferred caterer to a variety of venues throughout the Delaware Valley, including the beautiful Loch Aerie Mansion. Some of Serock’s specialties are jumbo lump crabcakes with roasted corn salsa and whole-grain mustard sauce, and bread pudding with bananas foster, topped with fig and ricotta gelato. Dessert stations include a build-your-own s’mores bar and mini three-inch pies. 835 Lincoln Avenue.
Grad Hospital and South Philly
Miles Table works with local Kelab Events & Design for full wedding and event planning. Choose from a cocktail hour, brunch service, seated dinner, or buffet-style affair complete with an artisan cheese display or Southwestern chips and dip. For dinner, enjoy portobello mushroom napoleon with roasted tomato and spinach. (The staff can accommodate your dietary and venue capacity needs.) Miles Table works with venues such as Power Plant Productions and the Fleisher Art Memorial. 1620 South Street; Bok, 821 Dudley Street.
Edison, New Jersey
Whether you’re looking for a traditional Indian menu or a combination of cuisines, Moghul Catering will tell the culinary story of your relationship in the most accurate way possible. The company’s goal is to create a menu that combines the soon-to-be-weds’ tastes and heritage in order to use the food as an expression of the relationship. With a diverse staff of chefs and food specialists, Moghul offers services in the Philly area as well as across the country and even internationally. 1655-298 Oak Tree Road.
A powerhouse of catering in Manhattan, Neuman’s opened in Philly a few years ago and quickly made a tasty impression on soon-to-be-weds. Boasting award-winning recipes and an impressive list of previous clientele, Neuman’s is focused on culinary innovation — check out this modern apple pie a la mode or this pretty miso-grilled acorn squash. Neuman’s offers a list of preferred venues, but is also available for events at various alternative locations. 1626 North American Street.
Peachtree’s process starts with the team’s signature dish suggestions and moves into complete menu customization. Tuna tartare, mini sliders and short ribs are some of their crowd-pleasers, all sourced as locally as possible from partners like Happy Valley Meats and Pinelands Produce. For more adventurous dessert lovers, Peachtree offers fun items like a pie bar, chipwiches, homemade funnel cake, liquid-nitrogen ice cream and more. On top of operating a kosher kitchen, Peachtree implements recycling and composting programs to help limit its local carbon footprint. Peachtree owns three venues, Parque, Pomme and Portico, but is also available for events elsewhere — and has even catered a socially distanced picnic at Merion Tribute House. 175 King of Prussia Road.
Robert Ryan Catering & Design is the exclusive caterer to Barn on Bridge in Collegeville, the High Point in Malvern, and the Philander Chase Knox Estate in Valley Forge National Historical Park. The company is also available at events elsewhere. Menus vary and can be based on a theme, culture, favorite travel destinations (the team has created Indian, Ethiopian, Vietnamese and Ecuadorian cuisine). Robert Ryan can also offer anything from a single dietary-restricted plate to a fully gluten-free or vegan menu, and every package includes a custom wedding cake. Other fun-filled offerings include a popcorn bar, a live sushi station, and a liquid-nitrogen-ice-cream station. At the end of your event, leftovers can be donated to the Good Samaritan Shelter. 385 Bridge Street.
Sage Catering is the talented caterer for some of Philly’s favorite venues: Grace Winery, Cairnwood Estate, Greystone Hall, Colonial Dames, to name a few. This dynamic outfit offers fresh, unique and customizable menus, ranging from a completely vegan menu to Indian to summer-light and small-plates. Some crowd-favorite food options are the slider stations and land-and-sea taco station. When it comes to dessert, Sage’s offerings include an ice-cream station, s’mores, and mini pastries. Sage also sources its ingredients locally, so that cheese board you serve will be right out of Chester County. 1000 Lancaster Avenue.
With partner venues like the Ballroom at the Westside, Tasty Table can handle catered events with 10 to 700 attendees — so even the largest of guest lists can be accommodated. Pre-set, à la carte, and completely custom menu options are all available (including vegan and gluten free). One of Tasty’s signature dishes is the pesto-crusted grilled chicken with mozzarella tomato relish on toasted focaccia, but that’s only the beginning. The company also offers a number of live stations, ranging from savory options like lobster slider and sushi stations to sweet treats like doughnut walls and cupcake towers. For (more!) dessert, guests can try something from the Kentucky bourbon bananas foster station. 10 Leopard Road.