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Scrumptious Wedding Food! 4 of the Best Caterers in Missouri to Consider for Your Wedding Day!

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MISSOURI WEDDING CATERING


You're going to love this article if you're in Missouri. We've gathered some seriously amazing caterers to consider for your wedding day. Prepare for your mouth to water when you see their food, yes it looks that delicious!


Getting married in Missouri? The FOOD is Kind of a Big Deal.

Check out these scrumptious local caterers. Scroll through photos, meet the owners and schedule a tasting or consultation! Get excited, it's time for the dinner!


(listed in completely random order! - they were all SO fabulous to work with!)

#1 Butler's Pantry - St. Louis, MO

We're Interviewing: Bridget, Vice President of Sales & Catering

Photo by IMAGECLAIRITY

About the Business!

Butler’s Pantry, family owned and operated since its inception in 1966, brings flavor and passion to St. Louis through its innovative catering services for corporate functions, social events, not-for-profit galas, and weddings. We have three exclusive venues, Palladium Saint Louis, The Coronado, and the coming soon state-of-the-art 18Rails|THE Venue @ City Foundry STL. We also have Butler’s Boardroom, the drop-off catering division. Whether you are seeking catering services only or overall event design, we can provide as little or as much as you need. And where our expertise ends, our trusted partners’ expertise begins!


What catering services do you offer?

We offer everything from delivered heat & eat dinners for two, to elaborate multi-course Chef’s menus for 30. We can help you entertain in your own home, or coordinate large scale events in one of our exclusive or preferred venues. We are the experts in virtual events for hundreds, but we are also skilled in festivals for thousands (once we can safely return to gathering in large numbers). Be it Holiday fare or celebrating your own milestones, we have options. We can provide food, beverage, unique rentals, highly trained service labor, design and more. Basically, you set your expectations, we’ll exceed them.


What areas do you cater to?

We cater family gatherings, corporate functions, social events, Galas, weddings, and more — all within the surrounding St. Louis, Missouri area. If there is a special request, we can travel!


What types of foods do you offer?

We understand that your culinary needs change based upon the type of entertaining you’re doing. Need simple boxed lunches delivered to the office? We feature plenty of approachable options through Butler’s Boardroom. Need to WOW the most discerning of palates with a foodie-approved dining experience? We have talent in all departments to create Instagram-worthy concepts. Need to pull off a casual BBQ this Summer? We have you covered with our elevated barbeque experience, known as our BP’Que line. Our chefs are truly the best in the business and can create anything our clients desire, no matter the type of celebration.

Photos by Tracy Wallin Photography


What are some popular wedding catering options you see with your clients?

We’ve really seen an interest in small celebrations and recently introduced our Entertaining Now packages. They are perfect for all festivities – we offer ones for the holidays, collections, and even delivered experiences.


Right now, people are missing the element of surprise that comes with attending a gathering in person…experiencing the visual delights that come with throwing a party. So, since culinary offerings are getting delivered and individually wrapped options are becoming the norm, packaging has become a way to express creativity. Looking for a different and fun way to pass appetizers? How about placing them in a trendy bento box, with a map-like label that shows what’s included in the box?

It should also be mentioned that the limit on guest counts isn’t all bad. A smaller guest count cuts down on cost, which leaves more room in the budget to put towards getting creative with food, beverage, presentation and design.


How many guests can you cater? Is there a minimum?

These days, it’s more about the maximum! Due to distancing requirements & local mandates (by which we abide), there is a cap on the number of guests allowed, no matter the setting. We are fortunate enough to have two venues - Palladium Saint Louis and The Coronado - that each have enough space to comfortably serve parties over 150 with social distancing and safety protocols in place. But for smaller, more intimate gatherings, we have options no matter your number.


Where do you make the food?

We are fortunate to have a state-of-the-art commissary & commercial kitchen, in historic Lafayette Square. It is here that true culinary magic takes place!

Can you accept any special requests?

Yes! We love working with our clients to make sure they have the perfect celebration. And often this means customized menus, careful attention to dietary restrictions and flexibility. Whether this means incorporating a family recipe into the event OR ensuring that we have a gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan-friendly option, we’re happy to accommodate.


Where can I check out sample menus?

https://www.butlerspantry.com/menus/


What makes you unique?

We are a family-owned and operated business and we consider all of our clients to be a part of the family. We are strongly rooted in tradition but are constantly pursuing innovation. Our team is a passionate, talented, fun-loving group. Because of this we often become more of a FRIEND or than simply a vendor during the planning process. It is our mission to create experiences for you, and that goes far beyond just providing food, beverage, rentals & more. To us, it’s about listening and understanding your guests, your goals, your overall vision. Then it’s about taking that and exceeding your expectations for your event (during which you can enjoy being a guest while we take care of the rest).


And it should be mentioned that while we are constantly striving to be the best, we are also one of the biggest. This allows us the flexibility, the depth of talent and the means to create unique experiences for 2…or for thousands.


What can I expect at a consultation/tasting?

Consultations and tours are about listening & understanding each client’s event goals. Once a client is contracted and has chosen or narrowed their menu, we schedule a

Tasting to confirm their choices and also use that time as a planning tool. We talk through the guest experience, confirm layout, linen choices, specialty rental needs, guest count/needs, etc. The Tasting is really when we collectively come up with a game plan on how to execute an event that can exceed expectations of the client’s vision.


Get In Touch with Butler's Pantry!


Butler's Pantry

1414 Park Avenue

314-664-7680

www.butlerspantry.com

#2 Lillee's Catering - Nixa, MO


From breakfast to dessert, elegant to casual, Lillee's Catering offers many great and affordable options. With their team’s 20 years of catering service, you’re getting only the highest-quality ingredients, plus exceptional presentation. We're still working on our interview with Lillee's Catering, until then... check out their website here!




Lillee's Catering

107 Aldersgate Suites 3 & 4

Nixa, MO 65714

417-299-6159

https://lilleescatering.com/

#3 The Social Affair - St. Louis, MO

We're Interviewing: Kelly - Founder | Executive Chef | Lead Design

About the Business!

The Social Affair is more than a boutique catering company with over 11 years of experience. We approach each event as an immersive experience, paying meticulous attention to detail and bringing your bespoke vision to life. Not only do we provide delicious food, we provide ambiance through curated styling and custom tailoring to meet and exceed your expectations. Nothing means more to us than making you happy and helping you bring your vision to life.


What Catering Services Do You Offer?

We are best known for sitting down and listening to our what our client’s tastes are and then designing a custom menu tailored to them. We just want to ensure we bring their vision to life. Whether that is in the form of a perfectly plated dinner, multi-course dinner, family style or our interactive food stations, our guests will have an extraordinary experience.


What Areas do You Cater to?

We are the preferred caterer at multiple venues in St. Louis City, including our own venue - The Dogwood in the Grove, and often cater in private residences in the City and County.


What Types of Foods Do You Offer?

There is not a lot our team can’t do through their vast experience in kitchens across the United States. Our chefs have studied a wide variety of cuisines and always welcome a new challenge. With the customization of each menu comes incredible opportunities for creativity!

What are some Popular Wedding Catering Options you see with your Clients?

If you are looking for true southern shrimp & grits, The Social Affair is your caterer. If you want melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin, The Social Affair is your caterer. If you want fresh pastas, The Social Affair is your caterer. If you are looking for that farm fresh taste with a modern presentation, The Social Affair is your caterer. Our chefs make everything they can in-house with locally sourced ingredients and you can taste the difference! From house-smoked meats to every sauce, it’s all made in our kitchen.


How Many Guests Can You Cater? Is There a Minimum?

We have done parties for 10 and parties for 300! Our average wedding is 150-200 guests.


Where Do You Make the Food?

In August 2020, we moved our entire operation to The Dogwood in The Grove, our completely renovated event venue with a full restaurant style kitchen that we are thrilled to call home!

Can You Accept Any Special Requests?

Absolutely! In this day and age, we are very accustomed to serving guests with dietary restrictions. Our culinary team members are made aware of any special dietary needs before your event so they can ensure your guests are taken care of.


Where Can I Check Out Sample Menus?

We have our Inspiration Menus on our website www.thesocialaffairstl.com.

These menus are truly meant for inspiration. They are what we have done in the past but if you don’t see what you are looking for, we are happy to discuss in detail how we can design a menu to compliment your taste.


What makes you unique?

We take the time to get to know you and your vision and design a menu that your guests won’t be able to stop talking about! Our passion is creative. from scratch food using local ingredients, accompanied by meticulous presentation and impeccable service. You shouldn’t have to stress about anything on your wedding day - that’s why you hire the best vendors who have your best interest at heart. The Social Affair would be honored to be included in your vendor team!


What Can I Expect at a Consultation/Tasting?

At our consultations, we talk about food for a whole hour! From your favorite food to least favorite and everything in between. Maybe it’s a meal you had on a special trip or a family recipe that’s important to you. Whatever it is - we want to hear about it! We take the time to brainstorm with you and then our team of chefs gets together to design your menu based on what we talked about. We send it to you and you get to make revisions and edits until it is perfect! This process usually takes about a month to complete and at the end you’ll have an extraordinary menu for your extraordinary day.


Get in Touch with The Social Affair!



The Social Affair

4308 Manchester Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110

314. 349. 1242

www.thesocialaffairstl.com

www.thedogwoodstl.com

info@thesocialaffairstl.com


#4 Sweet Chipotle Catering & Events - California, MO

We're Interviewing: Patrick, Owner

About the Business!

We are a family owned business with over 20 yeas of experience We are insured and have served over 300 weddings. Sweet Chipotle Catering believes that good food should be the highlight of your event, so we tailor our menus to suit your specific requirements. Your guests' taste buds are sure to be tantalized with food made with the freshest ingredients, and the best quality. So if you're planning a special celebration, maybe it's your dream wedding, an important fundraising event, a 50th anniversary party, a BBQ, an intimate dinner party or a Personal Chef in your house. Whatever the occasion, Sweet Chipotle Catering can help. We are passionate about wedding and event catering.


What Areas do You Cater to?

From its beginning, Sweet Chipotle Catering has built a reputation in the Central Missouri area of providing prompt, dependable service and food of the highest quality. Every meal is prepared and served by our expert staff.


What Types of Foods Do You Offer?

We do fine dining, BBQ, Italian & hors d’oeuvre parties.

What are some Popular Wedding Catering Options you see with your Clients?

Our World Championship BBQ Brisket & Pulled pork are definitely a fan favorite! A popular menu for weddings is our Chicken Cordon Blue & Raspberry Chipotle Pork Loin menu because it comes with 3 delicious sides. For those that love Mexican our Fajita Buffet with Grilled Chicken & Beef Fajitas, Cheese Enchiladas, Spanish Rice, Refried, Black Beans, Lettuce, Sour Cream, Cheese, Chip and Salsa, Con Queso Fountain. We also have Baracoa Beef and Pork Caritas. It is really popular right now to have a plated dinner.


How Many Guests Can You Cater? Is There a Minimum?

We can do platted diners up to 800 and as small as 25 person event as well.


Where Do You Make the Food?

Our Kitchen in California, MO.


Can You Accept Any Special Requests?

90% of our menu is gluten-free and can do a custom meals for you wedding as well


What makes you unique?

We prepare exceptional food that tastes so good it will be the highlight of your event. With more than 1000 recipes to choose from, 300 of which are originals, you'll be so curious you'll want to try them all.


What Can I Expect at a Consultation/Tasting?

Our expertise is not just a flash in the pan. Because we don't throw food in a pan and say, "here you go!" like other caterers. We take the time to make sure that everything is garnished and tastes as good as it looks. We have been at this since 1993. Southwestern, Classic, Regional American are just a few of the culinary styles at which we excel. Whatever the style, whatever the dish, your desires and whims will be indulged.


Get In Touch with Sweet Chipotle Catering & Events!



Sweet Chipotle Catering & Events

512 N East St

California MO, 65018

(573) 353-1077

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