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Catering in Somerville, MA,
(617) 628-1632
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    Mmm Hhh

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  • Howard Swartz and his team were amazingly helpful and their service wonderful for my son's wedding. We didn't need a "day of" coordinator, because of their careful management of the event. We got rave reviews on the food from our guests. Swartz Catering was sensitive to our budget and delivered an exceptional meal and experience within it. Can't say enough great things about them!

    M Lindquist

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  • Howard Swartz and his team are professional, knowledgeable, detail-oriented and responsive. They helped us to plan all details of our reception, and during the event they delivered everything beautifully so we could all relax and enjoy this special evening with friends and family. The food was delicious and enticing in its presentation; the staff were organized, experienced and courteous. It ran like clockwork. They know what they are doing. Cant say enough about how well this was done.

    Catherine Andrewes

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  • Swartz Catering came highly recommended to us for our son's wedding which took place last month. From that first phonecall, when I spoke with Howard Swartz, who was kind, knowledgeable, and very efficient in emailing information to us, to our first sit down meeting in our home with Sue Shapiro a few weeks later, we knew without question, that we had made the right decision to go with Swartz. Over the twelve months we spent planning the wedding, it was always a pleasure working with Swartz, in particular, Sue. Sue is amazing; she had been described to us beforehand as "very detail oriented, extremely well-organized, and the type of person who has everything done yesterday." That she was, and a whole lot more! When it came to the food at the reception, we knew that with Sue at the helm, we wouldn't have to worry about a thing. She made it very clear at that first meeting, that she wanted us to be able to relax and enjoy ourselves at our son's wedding reception and leave all of the ... Read more

    Ann Regina Crowley

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  • Swartz Catering was easily the best decision we made throughout our wedding planning process. Not only do they have amazing food and catering service- but Sue was like a second day-of coordinator. She gave us such In depth advice and experience about the whole day and the logistics of the reception. Swartz’s staff was so friendly, attentive and professional. Could not recommend them enough- if you use Swartz for your catering- your reception will go so smoothly, according to plan, and your guests will rave about your food for the rest of time!

    Mary Catherine Crowley

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  • There are not enough superlatives to describe our experience with Swartz catering. Our daughter's wedding in August was our third encounter with this gem of the Boston hospitality community. We were guests at a wedding Swartz catered, then worked with them for a party for our son and daughter-in-law, and most recently for our daughter's reception. Swartz Catering is one of a very small number of caterers approved by the venue where our party and reception took place, and they bring extensive experience and superior culinary talent to every job they do. Sue Shapiro and Howard Swartz create mouth-watering menus that guests remember for years, and offer wise advice on table arrangements, china and flatware, lighting, flowers, timing, and more. They are a joy to work with, always professional, positive, and available, and they think of everything. One example is that Sue suggested snacks for the wedding party to enjoy during the formal photo shots. Everyone loved them, and this is ju... Read more

    Jillian

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  • Howard and Sue are a dream team when it comes to making your dream wedding come to reality. Every bride has their own vision, and one of my visions was endless food with plenty of options...and that's EXACTLY what I received. I was referred to Swartz Catering through our venue. It was so important to me that the caterer we used had experience at our venue as it was a little quirky and requires a lot of specific setup. During our initial meeting, Howard presented me with a menu of options...and after looking through it and not being able to answer his initial questions, he asked me..."What is it that you are picturing?" I rambled a bit about what I was picturing, stations, endless food, grab and go bites, etc...and then all of a sudden we were creating this perfect menu together. Some items were from his menu, and others he was able to put together based on what I wanted. How cool is that?! The staff of servers and bartenders were also responsible for setting up everything at th... Read more

    Natalia

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  • We heard so many recommendations about "Swartz Catering" and we were so happy to work with them. We are both vegetarian but come from meat-loving cultures. We asked Howard Swartz to cater a vegetarian menu and even our Argentinian (hence - carnivore) guests said the food was phenomenal! During the wedding, we received so many compliments on the food from everyone! We felt that Howard, Sue, Maureen and the rest of the team were so professional, attentive and kind. They were excellent in helping us build a menu that would bring the highlights of the season, and the best of their kitchen into our guests' table. They were very attentive to food allergies of some of our guests and they were very creative in helping us plan the event and its various stages. We had a few unusual requests along the way as we were working together and we felt that Swartz's team was flexible and open to discuss our event needs. We really felt we were in excellent hands and we highly recommend working with the... Read more

    Nathan

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  • Swartz handled every aspect from planning to execution flawlessly. Multiple guests commented that it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding. Sue is exceptionally organized and calm and she ensured that the event occurred without any issues or stresses with consideration of every detail.

    Joel

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  • If we could give Swartz Catering higher than 5 stars in every category we would! We had heard amazing things about their food and service and they exceeded our expectations in every way. First off, the food really is incredible. Many of our guests told us that it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding, with lots of mentions of the hors d'oeuvres! We were thrilled to provide such memorable and delicious food to our guests and still continue to hear about how wonderful it was. While the quality of the food itself is stellar, it's Swartz's unmatched attention to detail that really sets them apart. When we first met with Sue Shapiro (VP and General Manager), she did an amazing job of guiding us through all of the big decisions and helped us figure out exactly what we wanted. Her knowledge and expertise are truly impressive - she could even draw a map of the venue directly from memory! We also had a handful of guests with food allergies and dietary restrictions and Swartz was able... Read more

    Nancy

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  • Outstanding I cannot give enough praise to Swartz Catering. The fantastic food, attention to detail, and friendly service demonstrate their many years of experience. The food was exquisitely delicious, beautifully displayed, and bountiful. Howard even prepared a special recipe for an hors d’oeuvre and knocked it out of the park. Sue, the manager, and our day-of coordinator, was wonderful to work with. She was responsive to calls and emails. She guided us with knowledgeable advice when we needed it. She facilitated changes to the schedule when rain forced us indoors for both the first look photos and the ceremony. She coordinated with the venue manager, DJ, and photographer to make sure everything went seamlessly. I, as mother of the bride, did not have to stress: I was reassured that the evening would flow perfectly. Look no further: Swartz Catering is the caterer you should select for your wedding.

    Patricia

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  • Our daughter was recently married and as a family of 'Foodies' the food at the wedding was a very important factor to all of us, especially the bride and groom. So often, the food at weddings can be notoriously mediocre with the standard choices of meat, chicken or fish. This is so not what any of us had in mind! We all wanted food that was the same as one would get at a highly rated restaurant and that was memorable. Our wedding planner recommended we contact Howard Swartz and it was by far, one of the best decisions the bride and groom made! These two are PICKY and had very definite ideas about what they wanted and what they absolutely didn't want. We also had guests with severe nut allergies, vegetarians, vegans, people who didn't eat meat or dairy...it was complicated! Howard was super flexible, incredibly accommodating and as gracious and wonderful as anyone could ask for. PLUS, the food was spectacular! Beautifully presented and delicious, everyone raved about how great it was! W... Read more

    Deborah

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  • Swartz Catering is the best. Howard and Susan and the team of staff that worked our daughter’s wedding were incredible. Everyone was extremely helpful, kind, courteous, and attentive. The food was so good and all of the stations were beautiful. Howard and Susan worked with us every step of the way and really helped my daughter and son-in-law plan their perfect wedding and reception. All of the guests raved about the food and staff and honestly keep telling us that they have never been to such a great wedding. We truly can’t say enough great things about Swartz Catering.

    Madeleine

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  • Looking back on our wedding, the best decision we made was hiring Swartz Catering. From the very beginning of our planning process to every single detail of our wedding day, Howard and Sue were there to help coordinate, brainstorm, and support us. They were informative, thoughtful, and creative, and really worked with our vision to create our perfect wedding day. Due to the layout of our venue and our number of guests (~125), we went with 3 different food stations as our main meal, and Howard had some really great ideas about maximizing our menu options while accommodating some dietary limitations we had (vegetarian, gluten free), and while also making our ENTIRE menu nut-free to be sensitive to my husband's nut allergy. Sue was so helpful with helping us choose our linen colors to highlight our wedding party colors and the natural beauty of our venue, and she worked with our other vendors to help develop the overall timeline of our day to maximize time needed for all activities. They ... Read more

    Rosemary

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  • Our daughter's wedding was everything we hoped it would be! During the planning process, Sue Shapiro was wonderful to work with. She was calm, knowledgeable and extremely professional. The wedding reception went exactly as planned, and I could relax and enjoy myself knowing that Sue had everything under control. Our guests raved about the food and the waitstaff - the entire staff was very friendly and accommodating. We were extremely happy with Swartz Catering!

    Mara

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  • I'll start with pros: Sue is wonderful, very professional and very well organized down to small details. Very knowledgeable about both food and weddings in general. The deserts were very good, especially the carrot cake. They have a great reputation and we expected the food to be outstanding We really thought we were in great hands, but in the end we were a bit disappointed by a few things. There were two things that disappointed me in particular--the entrees were not great--the vegetarian dish was bland and overly potato oriented as opposed to eggplant and tomatoes we expected, the steak had an odd tasting rub on it that was a too sweet. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but as a foodie, I was bummed. Some guests liked the swordfish, but a few friends were honest that the food was just OK. I would recommend doing a tasting (I think you have to pay 20 dollars) so we didn't do one, but if you go with them, taste what you are ordering to make sure it's worth it. Next issue:... Read more
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