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Catering in Des Moines, IA,

Christiani's VIP Catering and Events

1150 E Diehl Ave
Des Moines, IA, IA
Services: Catering | Login to save vendor
(515) 287-3169
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4.0 out of 5
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  • 16 Reviews


    Anna Culbert

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  • Peter with Christiani's was great to work with for our 9/19/20 wedding! When I think of wedding food, I think of fairly average food, but several of our guests made sure to comment to us on how amazing the food tasted and we couldn't agree more! We had several appetizers for cocktail hour along with the pasta buffet for dinner and it was all delicious. They were very accommodating to the changes we had to make due to COVID, and the service the night-of was perfect. I would recommend!

    hannah

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  • We booked Christiani Catering for our wedding reception and couldn't be more happy. They have a variety of food, drink, and décor options. We were upfront about our budget in the beginning and they honored that. They were flexible and accommodating within our budget and gave us ideas of where to cut corners to save money and had great suggestions of things that were worth the money. For instance, we opted out of a champagne toast per their suggestion. They average around $500 and up and most of the glasses of champagne go to waist. Many persons toast with the drink they are already drinking. They made sure we knew everything that was available to us, but were not pushy on selling us upgrades or décor rentals. We chose the basic buffet option which was far better than "basic". They accommodated for a vegetarian dish and gluten free dishes for our guests. Our guests raged about how amazing the food was. The food presentation was beautiful and the servers including the bartender were ... Read more

    User2232669

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Very professional, great service. Sometimes it was a little hard to get a hold of them before the wedding to finalize details. Would definitely recommend though.

    Hannah Brigman

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  • I used Christiani's for my wedding on 11/10/2018. Christiani's arrived at 1pm as planned. Peter and I previously emailed that once the supplies were unloaded from the truck, the linens would be placed on the table. That didn't happen. The linens were thrown into a ball on a random table in the facility. My fiance was told "the lady" that was supposed to place the linens was 10 minutes away. Our cake decorator then arrived. The cake decorator was nice enough to wait for the "the lady" to arrive, but 45 minutes later she was not there. There were no linens on the cake table so the cake had to be decorated and placed onto a clear plate and left on a random table. "The lady" that was supposed to place the linens arrived at 2:15pm. Our ceremony started at 3pm. This delayed all of the planning and decorating. We were left scrambling. My matron of honor and officiant also had to place the cake bare handed on the stand and then on the cake table, which of course I paid extra money to have ... Read more

    Jean

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  • Had Christiani's cater my wedding at Racoon River Nature lodge. I have nothing negative to say. High quality food. Reasonably priced. Beautiful decor. Easy to work with. Chicken Piccata delicious. Thank you Christiani's!

    Karla

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  • Christiani's Catering catered our wedding! We chose the Prime Rib with chicken everything was fabulous! They showed up on time and was set up in no time. All decorations and staff were very friendly and helpful! Highly Recommended!

    User4852493

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    5 out of 5
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  • Best catering in Des Moines. Best food and professional staff. They know how to do weddings! When over 100 people are still talking about the food at your wedding over a month later, you know it had to be good.

    User3269999

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  • Initially, it my seem more expensive than other caterers, but they include everything - food, coffee, water, table linens, plates, silverware, cake knife, charger plates, votives, mirrors, vases and the rocks for vases. The only thing I added for the centerpieces were some flowers at about half the tables. They also do everything - set up and tear down the chairs, dress all the tables, clear all the plates, cut the cake, refill water glasses, and light the candles. I worked for a wedding caterer, and these things are all extras that you would have to find on your own, set up, make family and friends do - I was so glad to just show up to the reception knowing that my friends and family could enjoy the night too and weren't busy running around trying to get everything done. The food was delicious and they even had gluten-free meals available.

    Tammy

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  • The absolute BEST caterer in Des Moines! They take care of everything for you and your guests will rave about the food long after the reception is over. It's amazing how they do it - but Christiani's is the BEST! And this is coming from a couple that does Wedding Photography almost every weekend.

    Erin

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  • Christiani's had the exclusive bartending contract for our venue. Sally and her staff were very professional to work with. They had several options however for bar selection. Four stars due to the price - found them to be on the pricier side.

    Marie

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  • We have had so many guests tell us how delicious the food was, and we agree! It isn't cheap, but along with the food, Christiani's will provide linens, table settings, centerpieces, and they have people stay on site to keep everything nice. They were willing to switch out some menu options for us, and provide special meals for relatives with food allergies and dietary restrictions. It was hard to get in contact with them sometimes, so be aware.

    User2856820

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  • I would not recommend this company to anyone who is planning a wedding. When you originally meet with them and provide them your deposit they were very misleading about what they were going to provide. We were lead to believe it would be much less expensive. They came in 3 times over the budget that we agreed upon. The owner was unwilling to work with us at all, and we were going to cancel 2 days prior to the wedding because of their uncooperativeness and they were very unprofessional. Be prepared to be expensive, they do not have a minimum on their contract (Even though they probably should) but plan on spending $3500.00 minimum, as they would not allow us to spend any less. Once the ceremony started the bartenders, servers, and staff were very nice and accommodating but I would not recommend anyone to deal with the management staff of the company. They were very poor.

    Danielle

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  • Christianis had great food and great services, however leading up to the big day is a nightmare! They are very expensive for one. With our venue for our reception we only had 2 options for food and unfortunately they were the cheaper of the two. We had been to numerous weddings where they were the catering company. I was lucky enough to have my linens, etc provided by my venue so I didn't have to deal with their mess. If I had it to do all over again, I am not sure I would have chosen them.

    Cortney

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  • The food was excellent. The workers set up everything (tables, clothes, centerpieces, chairs, etc). They were receptive to ideas and were willing to change plans if necessary. That being said, some of the workers were rude when asked a question. Although we paid a LARGE sum of money to have the venue until midnight, the workers began to tear down the decorations at 10 pm. Instead of clearing plates, they left the dirty plates and glasses on the table and began to tear down the centerpieces, candelabras, and other decorations. I felt like they were trying to rush us out of there even though we paid IN FULL BEFORE the wedding, so there was no reason to rush us. They did not return phone calls in a timely manner, sometimes it took days. They do not return emails at all, so don't bother.

    kaylyn

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  • Christiani's food was wonderful and we had tons of compliments on how great it was. But the actual planning was not easy. Its great if you don't have a wedding planner ect because they provide linens, centerpieces ect. But I did have a wedding planner and it was difficult to be sure to know who was doing what and when ect. The thing they don't tell you is if you ARE using their stuff (like me i used their table length linens) when they are done serving the food they take thier stuff with them! SO my family had to take them back the next day the day after our wedding because if they had it their way they would have taken them right after they were done serving food! We also ran into an issue of we bought x amount of bottles of wine... well not all the wine was served so they were going to take them back! even though WE paid for them! In the end my wedding planner was able to get them back. Also we did not agree on the BEO until the DAY BEFORE MY WEDDING! Because that BEO better say ex... Read more

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