Catering: Hunt Valley or Zeffert & Gold?

posted 3 years ago in Baltimore
Post # 3
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We used Hunt Valley catering and loved them, but I haven’t heard of the other one so I’m a little biased! We were impressed with them as soon as we tried their appetizers at the tasting, during which they were very generous (also, there was no charge to do the tasting, and we brought 4 people total). We originally wanted sit down dinner, because we wanted a formal dinner. However, one of their buffet options was too good too pass up. We had unlimited crab cakes, steak, salmon, salad, bread, and a bunch of sides I can’t remember, as well as several hot appetizers passed around by waiters, and cheese/cracker/meat/fruit/vege trays. And open bar. I think it was called the Gucci menu, and we paid around $60 per person. Guests raved about the food. The only issue we had was minor and not necessarily their fault. When we went to cut the cake, no one took over after we made the first cut and took a bite, so we just kind of stood there awkwardly. I had to find someone to take over from there, and I was very annoyed at the time. However, I would still 100% recommend them. Very nice linen options were part of the package, as was the cake. They were very helpful, and did a beautiful job setting up the tables once the florist got there. Don’t pass them up, especially considering the price difference you mentioned. Also, they book up fast, so I would set up a tasting ASAP. I believe they do 4 weddings a day. We had a FANTASTIC (though a little crazy) bartender. I’ll try to remember her name, but I would request her if possible!

Also I just realized I wrote a book on your post, oops!

Post # 4
4163 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Do tastings. I advised HVC before our tasting that I didn’t eat meat (eat fish), and the chef came out to “scold” me because she didn’t know. When I got home, SHE was the one my email with my dietary restrictions was sent to.

I agree that the pricing was reasonable, but the lack of attention to detail bothered me (if you can’t get our tasting right, what else are you going to mess up?). Also the woman who ran the tasting was going to be our coordinator at the wedding, and she was ALL over the place and I didn’t have much confidence in her.

We used Rouge, which I loved. Atlantic was our second choice. 

Post # 5
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Hunt Valley is way cheaper BUT they charge 21% gratuity. Zeffert & Gold doesn’t add it at all. You just give cash at the reception.  I’m actually saving $1000 with them compared to Hunt Valley. They added almost $3000 of gratuity to the quote. We’re gonna spend about $900 on cash tips with Zeffert & Gold. It all depends on your menu so it may not work out the same way for you, but look into it. Do tastings and look carefully at the quotes.

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