Toronto Caterer – Presidential Gourmet, Reviews?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Really? I have never heard of them! Which venues are you looking at?

Others I have used and can recommend:

  1. Daniel et Daniel
  2. 10tation
  3. Oliver & Bonacini Catering

All three are usually on the list of preferred cateres for downtown venues.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@sunshine1988:  I would agree that I’ve never heard of them and that the 3 you listed are the ones I hear at most places we looked at.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m getting married at McMichael too (Aug 2014)
We signed with Encore, but are having second guesses because of 2 negative reviews we read online.
I recently got a quote from PG and they are pricy but seem really well oraganized and professional!

 

 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2019

@amyjanestokes:  We’re signed with Encore too but having difficulties contacting them (by email anyways)… considering switching caterers…

 

@MsGinkgo:  Have you spoken to any of the other McMichael caterers except for PG? I talked to PG before about a different venue, but haven’t spoken to them about McMichael. 

 

When we signed with Encore, we only had 3 choices. Now that there’s more…thinking about sending feelers out. 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2019

@MsGinkgo:  I wonder if the Encore deposit is refundable…it says cancellation without penalty required two weeks prior to event. Not sure if that means no additional penalty but deposit is forfeit, or whether I can get the deposit back as well. 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Globex: We called them and they said no penalty (with a return of refund) if canceling.

@MsGinkgo: McMichael has no problem you supplying your own alcohol and soft bar? Is it saving you money doing that? We are looking at saving another $1000 or so from the caterering bill. Jennifer at PG has been AMAZING to work with! Truly amazing!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Globex:  Just be careful, because if you signed before the added caterers, you will now be charaged an additional $50/hr to rent out McMichael’s kitchen.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2019

@amyjanestokes:  Interesting…thanks for the info! This charge would be charged by who? We did sign with both McMichael and caterer before the added caterers so have never heard of this additional $50/hr charge. Is this from McMichael for all new caterer signings? Or by the caterer on behalf of McMichael?

If it’s from McMichael, I guess since we’ve already signed the existing contract that it’s hard for them to change, but changing caterers shouldn’t affect the McMichael contract? 

If it’s from the caterer, what’s to stop the caterer (whoever it may be) from adding the charge onto the catering bill now? In this case, then it wouldn’t matter if we changed?

Sorry, not challenging or questioning you, I’m just curious about this charge that I’ve never heard of! 🙂 Thanks in advance!

@MsGinkgo:  Bringing your own alcohol (even if delivering it to caterer before the day)  seems like a really good idea if the caterer allows it! That way, you keep your bar costs contained and you can buy whatever you like, instead of whatever the caterer has bought in bulk.

 

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Globex:  The kitchen fee is from McMichael. I already called them and complained about the new fee being attached to the new caterers. After about 2 days of discussing with her boss, they determinded that they would honour the new fee. So if you change your caterer, be prepared for the kitchen fee, sadly.

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