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May 7, 2011 09:23 AM

Wolfgang Puck Catering

We are considering having our wedding at the Museum of Science, but are concerned about the on-site catering (provided through Wolfgang Puck Catering). Food is important to us -- we want to be sure that the food at our wedding is both delicious and interesting. I've found some not-so positive reviews from a few years ago, but am looking for more recent insight. Has anyone had an experience -- positive or negative -- with Wolfgang Puck Catering in Boston in the last year or two?

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  1. Ha! If you go back through my old posts, you'll see that one of my first posts on Chowhound was asking this exact same question circa 2008.

    We had pretty much exactly the same concern, but decided to go with Wolfgang Puck at MoS because we wanted the site so much (the outdoor space behind the museum). And, we figured it was Wolfgang Puck, it couldn't be that bad.

    Our wedding was in 2009, and overall, we were pleased. It wasn't Craigie on Main or anything, but for mass produced banquet food, it was excellent. Guests were all pleased, steaks were cooked nicely, etc. Actually, one of my only regrets from the whole wedding is that I only had one of the mini crab cakes we had as a passed appetizer in the cocktail hour (I got one just as it ended). I'm sorry my experience isn't more recent.

    That said, if we had it all to do over again, I'd have it at Oleana. We thought our party would be too big for their space (I think they only can accommodate 60 or so), but a bunch of out of town relatives wound up not coming, so we could have fit if we had pared back a little more. Oleana is both delicious and interesting, but they only do day weddings, so only you can decide if the compromises are right for you.

    Good luck!

    134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

    Craigie on Main
    853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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    1. re: VintageMolly

      Yes - I think I saw your post! Thanks very much for the feedback. We're looking at the outdoor site as well -- such a great spot.

      I love the idea of a wedding at Oleana, but I don't think we could get our guest list down to 60.

      134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

    2. I'm sure their food for catered events is excellent. But my first association with Wolfgang Puck is the MoS cafeteria, and the food there is so heinously awful that I'm astonished they allow their name to be attached to it.

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      1. re: ceo

        Because if you've been in there on a weekend, the place prints money. Wolfgang is laughing all the way to the bank..

        1. re: grant.cook

          doesn't take a weekend. try going around lunchtime on a school day.

      2. I went to a Wolfgang Puck catered event that they put on at the Museum of Science once, basically a clambake menu with the standard offerings. All the food was just OK. Lobster was a little overcooked and slightly rubbery but I didn't care that much because I ate like 5 of them for free. Chowder was good, but the corn was not all that crisp nor sweet, bread was a little stale. Steamers were plump. They also had roast chicken and it was not crisp nor well-seasoned.

        As a guest, I was happy to be out there in the beautiful waterfront pavilion eating one of my favorite meals overall in good company and on someone else's dollar. If I had to pay myself for a single serving of their offerings that day, I would be rather disappointed.

        I haven't had any of their non-clambake stuff.

        1. Hi meb26! Was wondering if you ever went through with the MoS and if so what you thought of WPC? I am looking at the venue myself and have the same fears! Thanks!

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          1. re: gzf073

            Sorry - I'm just seeing this 6 months later. We did use MoS and had a pretty good experience with WPC. We had some bumps when we were signing up the contract, but after that they were very responsive and professional. And - more importantly - food was very good! Not excellent, but it exceeded our expectations and we received lots of positive feedback from our guests.

            1. re: meb26

              that's great, no big event is going to be flawless, so I'm glad they exceeded your expectations...and congratulations to boot.

          2. I went to a wedding there in 2010 (I know, eons ago) and was really, really surprised by how tasty the food was. I expected mass-produced chain-y-ness, but it was memorably good.