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Catering in Waterford,
(860) 442-8646
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    Erin

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  • We worked with Ivy's Homemade for our wedding at Eolia Mansion back in June and I would absolutely recommend them to other brides. Karen was our main point of contact before the wedding, working through all the details, logistics, and menu changes. We were going for a paleo-ish menu and they (patiently) went through many iterations with us before finalizing. The lobster roll appetizer was absolutely amazing and totally worth the extra $$ even though it wasn't paleo :) Our guests really enjoyed the food which was important to us. Day of the wedding they went beyond my expectation. Their staff set up the mansion with all of our pictures, name cards, and other items, and everything looked great! There was always someone around to make sure the groom and I had what we needed. They provided snacks before the ceremony and kept us well hydrated throughout the night. I was surprised to see how involved they were in the flow of the day but I'm really glad they were. I'm a logistics nut a... Read more

    Dessini

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  • I worked with Karen prior to my event. She was remarkable in getting me ready for my big day, not just with the catering but also with the timeline of the entire event. I did not have a wedding planner and since I had never been married (or been involved in any) weddings prior to my own, I found her advice and suggestions invaluable. On the day of my event, the Ivy's staff was above and beyond my expectations. Their service was absolutely wonderful; while the food was absolutely to die for! We worked together to come up with a menu that was just right for us, so we picked a few of our favorite foods; however the Ivy's team somehow made them even better. I was a bride on a budget and they not only fit my budget, but went above my expectations in service. I don't think I could have done it without them! They certainly made my special day very special.

    Shannon

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  • Where to begin? Karen, the Catering Manager is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with. She truly made me (bride) feel relaxed. I knew I had nothing to worry about on my big day as she had everything covered 100%. She kept in contact through email as it was the easiest way to reach me. She was very thorough. She met with us a few times for tastings (2 of them) and for the final walk-through of the Eolia Mansion where we had our reception. She measured the rooms to ensure the tables we wanted (the setup we were looking for) would work out the way we were picturing. She was so patient and explained things in detail. She is a very sweet down to earth woman who made this bride smile and relax....honestly, I didn't worry about anything catering wise! That's how relaxed of an atmosphere it became....I feel like we just bonded...a very comfortable working relationship. Now Ivy, the owner and chef. Oh My Goodnesss! Her food is FABULOUS!!!!! I can't brag enough... Read more

    P

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  • I truly cannot say enough good things about Ivy, Karen, and their team- they are simply the best!!! To start, they were BY FAR the most responsive of any caterer I talked to, Ivy called me the day after I initially inquired to discuss what kind of food we like, our vision for the wedding, etc. She was so personable and helpful in offering suggestions for things we hadn't made a firm decision on yet (but not pushy at all), I knew right away I wanted to hire them. Once we tasted their absolutely amazing food, I was 200% sold on Ivy's Simply Homemade. Literally every single thing that was served at our wedding was delicious, and we had multiple guests comment that it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding. We also would not have been able to pull off the wedding we did without Karen's exceptional coordination, she coordinated rentals and desserts for us which really eased our planning burden, liaised with the contact at the venue (who we sometimes had a hard time getting ahold ... Read more

    Avery

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  • Ivy and her team were amazing. They are so much more than caterers they were basically my wedding planners. They are so helpful and attentive. Karen is so quick to respond to questions and requests. They made our day perfect!!!!! The food and service were impeccable. I would definitely recommend them to anyone and everyone. They even helped my find a place to get our wedding cake as well as a place to make cake truffles as wedding favors. T truly could not say a negative thing about them. PERFECT IN EVERY WAY!!!!

    Ashley

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  • We don't even know where to begin to relay how much we loved having Ivy's Simply Homemade be a part of our wedding day! Ivy and her event coordinator, Karen, are absolutely wonderful and we would recommend them to anyone planning a wedding, or any event at all that requires catering. Ivy and Karen are personable, professional, and genuine. They truly took to heart the ideas we had for our wedding day, and carried out our vision impeccably. After meeting with both ladies at our home, Ivy created a personalized menu that fit beautifully with our country/rustic/fall wedding. We wanted a laid back, barbeque feel for our menu, which is exactly what we got. The menu Ivy created was so unique and all of our guests were raving about the food all night. They paid close attention to the food allergies we mentioned some of our guests had, and offered an incredible selection of vegetarian and gluten free options. Ivy even trusted us to build a wood fire grill to barbecue all the chicken on the day... Read more

    Leonard

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  • Karen, Ivy, and the whole staff did an excellent job catering our wedding. Throughout the entire planning process Karen was responsive, flexible, and on point. Ivy's is a smaller operation than some of the other caterers we looked at but that is what won us over. Right from the beginning Karen was very attentive and thoughtful in preparing a menu and schedule for the reception. Ivy's provided service to us that was above and beyond just catering. Karen helped us create a schedule, pick out colors, and she took charge of any lose ends during the reception. Ivy created some custom h'orderves for us and was very receptive to any food allergies. The food that was served at the reception was outstanding. The passed h'orderves were hot, delicious, and they just kept coming. The salad and dinners was also fantastic. We received many compliments from guests on both the food and the servers on Karen's team. We couldn't be happier with the way Ivy's handled our event. *As a bonus Ivy's a... Read more

    walter

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  • Ivy's did a perfect job catering our wedding party. Karen, the wedding coordinator, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in the layout out and planning of our venue. Karen was very flexible in meeting with us to discuss the details of our event. She worked with us to create a custom menu that is exactly what we wanted to provide for our guests. The food was absolutely delicious and our guest raved about all of it. The staff took care of everything behind the scenes and the event flowed perfectly. I would recommend Ivy's in a heart beat.

    Joseph

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  • I would 100% recommend Ivy's if you are looking for a caterer for your wedding. FIrst and foremost, the food was delicious. We attended a tasting at Ivy's with our parents a few months before the wedding and were served the meal that we would have on our wedding day. We had a buffet-style Penne Alla Vodka, Chicken with lemon sauce, salad with goat cheese, candied nuts, red onion, and balsamic dressing (so good!), a seasonal fruit dish, an orzo and veggies salad, and a side of vegetables. The meal that night was fantastic, and we were hopeful that the same quality could be delivered to our 130 guests at the wedding reception. On the day of the wedding, Ivy's more than delivered! The food was fantastic, as was the cheese plate and caprese skewers that we had for appetizers. More than one guest told us that night that the food "tasted like it was homemade." I have been to many weddings and had many different types of meals, and this was by far the best that I have had. In addition ... Read more

    Sara

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  • Ivy's was recommended to us by some friends who used their services for their wedding a coue years prior - I guess I'm a softy for all natural ingredients with a homemade feel...but who wouldn't be! From the minute we walked in and met with Ivy, we felt like we were at home! She went out of her way to cater to our wishes for a menu for our wedding. With a request to have all the food she cooked be vegan and vegetarian - with some gluten free options thrown in there; she really went out of her way! Making sure to provide us some samples and private tastings to make sure we were 100% happy with our choices - we truly felt appreciated and valued! Her staff is truly amazing - the caterin manager, Karen was amazing to talk back and forth with, often times our emails being about how our day was going, how are wedding plans were going and then getting to the business end of things. We have honestly never felt more comfortable dealing with someone! Ivy and her staff are people we c... Read more

    Cindy

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  • They provided a delicious, upscale, backyard, dairy free, bbq picnic for MY daughter's wedding. They rose to every challenge. I highly recommend them.

    Cheryl

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  • Quite Simply- The Best. I honestly couldn't begin to fit how awesome Ivy's Simply Homemade is into this one review. From the start to finish, Ivy's was an immpecable, super fun and integral part of our wedding's success. Karen & Ivy not only kept us on track throughout the process leading up to the main event, but I have never felt more like royalty with how thoughtful ISH staff was with us and our guests. My husband & I were personally attended to with food and drinks throughout our day. As a busy, dancing fool bride, I am so happy to say that I was seriously stuffed with gorgeous nosh. Every single guest raved about the fresh, wholesome food & about how sweet/genuine all of the staff were. Ivy's truly made us feel like family and the most important party of people on the planet. Small business, big hearts. We are absolute head over heels ISH fans now, & I would without a doubt recommend them to cater anyone's next event.

    User3855981

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  • I cannot say enough good things about Ivy's- they did an absolutely fantastic job catering our wedding at Harkness Memorial Park. We met with a few other caterers, but after speaking with Karen on the phone and experiencing their flexibility and excellent customer service I knew they would be the right ones as long as the price was right and the food was good. Ivy's worked within our budget helping us establish menus that we and our guests would enjoy. At our tasting we were blown away by the delicious food. They made our full menu, and even provided us samples from our stationary table! We wrote a check on the spot. Karen held our hands throughout the entire process, helping coordinate the cake, linens and glassware rentals, and making sure all the fine details were taken care of. She met with us the week prior at the venue to run through everything. I had total confidence in Ivy's running our event- and the day of went spectacularly. Everything was set up perfectly, the food was g... Read more

    User4064324

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  • Working with Ivy's gets you the intimate personal touches of a small business along with the expertise of a larger company. Ivy and Karen made me feel that my wedding was their priority. They were in constant contact with me, never allowing one detail to go undiscussed. Their services went well beyond simply catering, they were there to coordinate the entire event. The food and service were phenomenal. Many of my guests have told me that my wedding was the best they ever attended, and that was all thanks to Ivy and crew. Hiring Ivy for your wedding will get you so much more than good food, it will get you a stress-free wedding planning experience because they take care of EVERYTHING.

    Michelle

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  • I have catered in the past and love to entertain; my husband had a food blog when he was single and had free time! It's safe to say that we are foodies and as such can be finicky. I also have food allergies, as did several guests. We were looking for a caterer and we got so much more. Indescribable good food - and we made the time to eat it - we got a wedding planner and the comfort of a kind, gentle, and organized professional who soothed every party-planner-jitter one could have. Karen looked out for our wallets; she worked with us and never compromised quality to do so. Our wedding day was absolute perfection! Ivy's( Karen) went above and beyond to ensure that perfection before and throughout! Everyone was astounded by the quality, the fantastic, light and bright flavor of all the food. The smiles were on every single face and the compliments were delivered with an element of pure surprise from the guests. Jason and I are overwhelmed with gratitude. We loved every bite we took and ... Read more

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