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Miami's food scene is evolving into one of the best in the country, so why shouldn't your wedding caterer be up to the same standard as some of the best spots in town? These five favorites will guide you in the right direction on curating the perfect menu to fit your tastes — from the first hors-d'oeuvre to the very last wedding cake crumb.
Parties By Pat
The Key Biscayne-based caterer has been crafting menus for rehearsal dinners and receptions in Miami for the past 30 years. In-house event producer Violet Baxendale has a knack for pulling off upscale affairs where the cuisine is just one of the many highlights, working with celebrities like Gloria and Emilio Estefan and offering white-gloved service and seated dinners for events of up to 10,000 people. Read real brides' reviews here!
Husband and wife duo Larry and Rachael Gebaide started the business in 1995, blending family favorite recipes with modern twists. Now joined by their two sons, the family-run business has not only partnered with some of the top wedding venues in town like the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and The Cruz Building, they also give back to the community in other ways, donating to causes like Kids In Distress and Cancer Relays. Read real brides' reviews here!
Bill Hansen Catering
The brain behind Bill Hansen Catering got his start over 45 years ago and now paves the way for the next generation of caterers by writing textbooks and speaking at national conferences — so his clients know their reception is in the most capable of hands. Catering over 3,000 weddings and special events for everyone from Pope John Paul II to Barack Obama, the team knows a thing or two about throwing an elaborate affair in style, making their name as the preferred caterer at over 100 venues around South Florida from Palm Beach to the Everglades. Read real brides' reviews here!
When it comes to hosting luxurious weddings in view of Miami's stunning skyline, nothing compares with a rooftop affair at the Viceroy Miami's FIFTY Ultra Lounge or the Kelly Wearstler-designed 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar overlooking Biscayne Bay. The hotel's director of catering and event services, Shannon McKenna, cut her teeth in the city working with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz's at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink before taking the helm at the hotel. Read real brides' reviews here!
Stephen STARR Events
If you've heard of hotspots like Buddakan and Morimoto, then you're already familiar with STARR's repertoire of restaurants. Since 2007, the company has expanded into catering with Simon Powles, formerly of Wolfgang Puck Catering & Events, taking the reigns at events from black tie balls to the most intimate of weddings. Brides tying the knot in Miami can choose cuisine from local STARR Restaurants like Makoto and Steak 954 or craft a custom menu with the help of Miami Executive Chef Aaron Janus.