Great Experience, Great Food.
My husband and I had The Festive Board cater our wedding in January. I found it to be an easy, reasonably priced and wonderful process.
We met with Ed about a year before the wedding and made many decisions to get a framework in place. I left that meeting feeling very confident and I was happy to go forward working with them.
I made payments on my balance during the year, which they were very flexible in accepting. The bill was extremely reasonable for the level of food and service that was included.
In the weeks leading up to the wedding date, we finalized all of our plans and I was able to make quite a few last minute changes.
The day of the wedding everything ran extremely smoothly. The servers were so friendly and attentive. My guests were thrilled. I was told by more than one person that it was the best "banquet food" that they had ever had.
I had found out I was pregnant a few weeks before the wedding and I was extremely tired and sick and the servers were constantly asking how I was feeling an if they could bring me anything. I felt they really cared about how I was doing.
I would use the Festive Board for any catering event I need to hold in the future.
Worst Service! Rude Owner!.
I have too much to say, and it won't all fit here. Ed is nice from the beginning, but after you pay him any money, he turns rude, arrogant, and unprofessional.
He told me that we could recalculate and adjust the cost if I ended up changing anything. He told me I could change anything I wanted as many times as I wanted up until about a week before. But then he threw a fit everytime I wanted to change something and never recalculated the cost! He took forever to return my calls the closer it got to my wedding. He and his entire staff were rude to me and my mother.
He'll tell you the most expensive thing you're paying for is service, but then when you remove the service, he won't give you any money back! The food was too spicy (I didn't even ORDER anything spicy.) The chicken cor don bleu didn't have bacon in it. The punch was given to us in a pickle bucket, you could still taste the pickle juice and smell it.
WORST experience. DO NOT GO TO FESTIVE BOARD! RUDE. UNPROFESSIONAL. ARROGANT, LIAR!
Couldn't have been happier!.
The Festive Board's professionalism and skill is evident beginning with your first planning meeting. Ed, the owner, has an amazing ability to help the bride and groom think through what they want (even when it is a bit quirky -- like a tower of whoopie pies instead of a wedding cake!) and to make suggestions to build a great menu around those choices.
Trust Ed when he says, "Let's put money aside for now and talk about what you want; then we'll see where we can cut back to fit your budget if we need to." The price was very reasonable, the food was delicious, and even though the wedding was at a farm site that offered no kitchen, the Festive Board team was able to serve a cocktail reception and 230+ delicious hot meals without a hitch.
I spoke to Ed after the wedding and commended him on both the food and his amazing staff -- he said he was lucky, but it's clear that this is a well run company and that the employees are a cut above. They thought of everything and were helpful beyond the call-of-duty. When we were delivering things to the site earlier in the day, the Festive Board staff saw some insect foggers we brought. They said, "Just leave those, we'll take care of that". No bugs all evening!
The bride and groom had asked if Festive Board could bring two chairs with arms -- it's a Jewish tradition to hoist the bride and groom in the air on chairs. No problem; when we arrived, not only were there chairs with arms but elegant throne-like chairs! It was a hot day, we had not discussed this but the Festive Board staff delivered bottles of water to guests waiting for the ceremony to begin. And, recognizing that they had probably not had anything to eat during the cocktail reception, the staff brought a plate of hors d'oeuvres to the bride and groom as soon as they sat down at the reception. At one point I saw a guest tell a Festive Board staff person that there were no paper towels in the men's room -- even though this was clearly the responsibility of the venue, Festive Board, recognizing that the staff of the facility were unlikely to respond, was prepared with extras and happily furnished them.
Most importantly, we had a guest who had a very serious medical emergency. She just put her head down on the table. She had not been feeling well all evening so even the other guests at her table didn't realize the trouble she was in. The Festive Board staff person (who had asked her a few times previously if she was OK or if she needed anything) went right over, realized she couldn't be roused, and went directly to the DJ asking that he stop the music and announce the need for anyone with medical training. Her willingness to take initiative beyond what anyone would expect literally saved this person's life.
The food was great, the price was right, and Ed is a treasure when it comes to creative menus and getting all the details right. The Festive Board staff could not be more helpful, responsive, and a delight to have supporting your special day. Don't hesitate to use Festive Board to assure great food, that all goes smoothly, and to guarantee your day is everything you want it to be!
Ed and wonderful staff,
You guys were great! The food and cake were fantastic! The service was also!!
Thank you for making our wedding fun and enjoyable!
Erin & Jared Krupp
Dear Ed and Festive Board Employees,
I cannot tell you enough how grateful we are for everything that you did for us. The food was amazing , and the service was even better!! Our rehearsal dinner was great and everyone kept telling us how good everything was. You will go highly recommended from us. Ed, thank you a million times over , you made my wedding day that perfect day I invisioned it to be!
Thank you so much!m&jdantro
Super Satisfied with Wedding Reception. Thank you for the very nice job you did catering for our wedding. We greatly appreciated that you put our centerpieces out for us, chilled our wine, provided great food, had a great serving staff, took care of trash removal, and more! We would recommend you and will certainly stop in at the deli to enjoy more of your great food!!L.&K.Russell
Great Lunch at Festive Board!.
I and a friend ate there Monday, 2/25/08, and the people, service and food couldn't have been better. It was our first time and we had no predisposed notions going into lunch.
The man and woman behind the counter were eager to help, took our sandwich orders, made generous NYC-style deli sandwiches, using the freshest ingredients, and we both were impressed and thoroughly enjoyed the meals. It was as good or better than Wegman's in Hunt Valley, MD, and a whole lot closer.
We left feeling satiated; not too full and certainly not hungry anymore. Perfect. We'll both be back.
Also, their choice of homemade dips in the cooler was great; I got the tomato & basil, and will try some of the others on my next visit for lunch.
Nice job, folks!
Incredible Wedding Reception. We had an incredible wedding reception! From the first meeting we were confident that this service would be the best choice for our important day. They provided that as true without a doubt. Ed's energy and friendly personality made it possible to work with him. We always walked away from our discussions feeling excited and secure. This organization was remarkable and was apparent that they had more than enough experience in working with wedding receptions. We appreciated your understanding of our budget and working with us to fulfill our hopes in an affordable fashion. Your insight certainly saved us both time and money. The staff was pleasant, courteous and more than helpful. They worked together easily even with last minute changes that were requested. The presentation and more importantly, your food, was complimented over and over again by guests. Everything was delicious! The overwhelming favorite was shrimp! We have and will continue to highly recommend your services to anyone looking for a trust worthy cartering service. I. & J. Brown
Fantastic Wedding Catered. A note of thanks to the catering staff for a fantastic job at our daughter's wedding reception. Working with you was very enjoyable. We received so many compliments on the food you prepared. You contributed to making the evening successful and special. We would recommend you to others looking for a great caterer. Wishing you success in your business, R. Neiderer
Excellent Wedding. Great Big thank you for the excellent service you and your team provided for us on our wedding day. The meal you all prepared was the best! I still have people complimenting on how great it tasted. If we are ever in need of catering or even just a great lunch, we'll be seeing you again. We will definately be recommending you to everyone! M. & L. Wolf
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