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Sep 20, 2007 06:34 PM

Kosher Caterers- who to use?

I'm planning a wedding for my daughter and have been researching sites and caterers. I've called several caterers and find Foremost ($100-$120) to be a lot more expensive than Prestige ($75). I'm still waiting to hear from Main Event. Has anyone used any of these caterers or been to affairs they've catered at? I'm curious to know why there is such a difference in price?

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  1. These all have fine reputations. You should also consider Mauzone.

    1. I haven't personally experience any of those caterers but have heard very good things from others about all of them....I believe Foremost and Prestige are the ones that the big hotels use in NYC (the pierre etc).....I wish I had a momzilla helping me plan my wedding...out of curiousity (and desperation) have you selected a venue for yor daughters wedding? I am having a hard time finding a nice place and a kosher caterer that will meet my budget and I'd prefer to stay in Manhattan....good luck with your caterer search and any advice you can offer me would be very much appreciated!!!

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      1. re: msappho

        i got married a four years ago back at the Grand Prospect hall which is very close to Manhattan and is beautiful. They allow you to bring in your own kosher caterer. I picked Meisners and whole thing (caterer and hall) was 70 a head. I think food wise Meisner's is better than prestige and you get a much better value

      2. I used Prestige for my wedding ~3 years ago. The food was really amazing. The person we dealt with was a little difficult, but worth it. I believe it was about $100/person at the time with all the bells and whistles.

        1. I assume that you are in the NYC area. It might be more helpful if you were a bit more specific about your intended party location and needs. Do you have a budget? Do you have a rough idea of the number of guests you may be having? Do you already have a hall booked and are therefore looking only for a caterer? Are you considering a temple reception, if you can find one at an approachable price?

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          1. re: Shayna Madel

            Shayna Madel....I posted elsewhere asking for help with my wedding but didn't get a specific enough repsonse...we need kosher catered, 200ppl, in manhattan but for a price that won't bankrupt us...obvious plan is to find a very nice venue that will let us bring in a moderately priced (but delicious) kosher caterer....i really like the lighthouse at chelsea piers, or the st regis, tribeca rooftop etc, but i don't know about the pricing of those and think they may be a bit beyond our reach....we can't spend more than $225 per person max on food and cost of venue....we would like to have our ceremony at the reception site....i know it would be much easier if we were willing to go to brooklyn *sigh* if you have any tips please pass them along

            1. re: msappho

              In regard to another post (someone looking for what appeared to be a bar/bat mitzvah reception, kids only), I mentioned a site that might have helpful info/posters who might have a suggestion, but it has been deleted twice. Therefore, I will not mention it here, but suffice it to say, I will ask my sister, who is a regular contributor to that board, if she or anyone she knows, has any info about these caterers. My sister also has some observant colleagues who also could be sources. I will pass along the info that I get. Apparently her temple used Main Event for catering a temple anniversary dinner a few years ago. She does not remember the details but did not have an immediately negative reaction, so that's a good sign. Don't know if it means anything, but apparently Prestige delivers her father-in-law's "meals on wheels."

              As far as what makes the difference between/among caterers, here are some thoughts and I am sure there are a lot more that people could point out:
              --reputation - some just have the nerve to charge more "because they can"
              --whether or not alcohol is included
              --whether or not there is a coctail hour and how extensive it is, whether there are carving stations, whether passed appetizers, what is served
              --what the main course choices are, how they are presented and quantity served
              --how dessert is served--is there a viennese table (I personally do not like them, as people tend to "rush" them like it's the last food on earth), or rolling dessert carts, or plated desserts
              --ratio of servers to guests
              --whether they or the venue or someone else is providing the linens and the elaborateness of the linens
              --time of the year and day of the week

              My friend's son was just bar mitzvahed at Temple Judea in Massapequa, I think at under $75 a head. It was passable, but not stupendous. I think it was a reasonable price for Kosher these days. I was unfortunately spoiled by having been to prior family functions at north shore Long Island temples a number of years ago, also with Kosher catering (now $$$) and quite recently another Long Island temple with "Kosher-style" catering (under $100/head), all of which were phenomenal, particularly as catered event food tends to be not so great. I'm thinking that the number you are throwing out there may possibly be doable, but I am not a Manhattanite, so I could be dead wrong. I hope not for your sake. Good luck.

              1. re: Shayna Madel

                My sister hasn't gotten any info yet, but I read somewhere that Mauzone does off-site catering. Their site lists a plethora of places where they claim to have done catering jobs, primarily on Long Island, but some in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

          2. Have eaten food from Prestige (once) and Main Event (once). Both very tasty, Main Event tastier.