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Catering in Boston, MA,
(617) 936-0160
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4.9 out of 5
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    Kiki

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  • We did not book William Ference Catering for our wedding, but had an experience we wanted to share. We were initially attracted to his company because we love food, other reviews said he offered a very personalized experience, and the food on his website looked great. However, our experience with him was disrespectful to be honest. In the initial contact, we had mentioned that there was a budget we wanted to stay around. Since there is no pricing on his website it was hard for us to gauge how much the catering would cost. He responded asking for what we wanted out of our menu, I explained the flavor profiles that we like and how we wanted a New England feel to it. He responded saying that his estimate would come in higher than our budget and he didn't want to "waste our time", which we responded was okay with us since it was not a hard budget line. We'd pay more for excellent food. After 1.5 weeks of this going back and forth, we finally get a "personalized menu" that was just it... Read more

    Sandra S.

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    5 out of 5
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  • William was responsive, supportive and helped make our vision become a reality! The food at the tasting was delicious, and given that he gave us the most reasonable quote, hiring him was a no brainer! But throughout the year leading to our wedding, he proved to be invaluable. He was flexible with all the changes related to COVID we had to make-- from cutting the wedding from 100 to 30 people, and doing some meals plated, while other meals were given family style. He made beautiful platters/plates, and was responsive to small things like adding some dessert options other than cake, and creating a welcome non-alcoholic beverage for people to sip before the ceremony. His staff was professional the day of the wedding, and everyone was attentive to ensure the dinner service and cocktail hour went on without any problems. But beyond that-- the food was actually DELICIOUS. When you cook bulk food, sometimes it can be overcooked, undercooked, or underwhelming. But William's food was absolutely... Read more

    L Rice

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    5 out of 5
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  • Not only did William think of every last detail required, but his team, the service he provided, and the food were OUTSTANDING! The William Ference Catering Team was exceptional and helped make the day go smoothly. William worked with us to craft a menu that was absolutely perfect. HIGHLY RECOMMEND and plan to use this team for my next event. No question.

    Jenna L.

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    5 out of 5
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  • HIRE WILLIAM! William hands down saved our entire wedding! My husband and I initially hired a different caterer in November 2020 for our wedding in June 2021, and that caterer was unresponsive, overwhelmed, and ultimately backed out of our wedding 2 months before our date! We were in a major lurch when we learned about William Ference Catering but William was friendly and upbeat on the phone and understood our vision right away. He prioritized doing a tasting for us with short notice and came to our house to essentially give us a private chef dinner for us and a couple friends. The food at the tasting was extraordinary and we hired him to cater the wedding shortly thereafter. Leading up to the wedding William was responsive and positive (a real change from our first caterer) and on the wedding day the food was the exact same incredible quality that we had during the tasting! (We highly recommend the lobster rolls, blackened beef tenderloin on crostini, the Mahi Mahi tacos, and short r... Read more

    Lauren H.

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    5 out of 5
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  • WOW. William wowed us right from the beginning when we started discussing our menu. He did a tasting at our house and within 15 minutes, we were already discussing the other events we could hire him for. His food is absolutely amazing and he asked us for feedback after each dish, making it feel like a really collaborative experience. Before we started the tasting, William walked us through the dishes and how he was preparing everything. After the tasting, he sat down with us and we learned about his background and he got to know us and our family. We are a family of wine lovers and William helped us pair each course with a wine. Heading into the wedding we were so excited for all of the food that we had tried at the tasting and everything else that we hadn't, but the food wasn't even the best part. William's staff was UNBELIEVABLE. All of our guests were enjoying cocktail hour when my husband and I walked in. Before we made it to greet our guests, one of his servers was taking our ... Read more

    Kristen

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    5 out of 5
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  • Our 5/7/21 wedding (originally scheduled for 4/25/20) would not have run as smoothly, or been as memorable if we hadn’t of hired William Ference Catering! They stuck with us through our original planning process, through us changing our date several times, and the overall unexpectedness of what the pandemic was bringing everyone’s way, and we cannot be more thankful. When we first booked a venue that did not have catering on site, we did a lot of research on different catering companies. Many were unresponsive and impersonal, but we had the opposite experience with William. William, the owner of the company, is the one you would do all of the planning and communication with, which felt very nice to us because we felt confident all of our expectations would be met, and they were met and exceeded! William is willing to design any kind of menu with you that you would like. We knew we wanted something a little more creative and unique than typical wedding food. We told William w... Read more

    Paige

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I found William on WeddingWire after we decided to downsize our wedding due to covid to a small backyard wedding. The food was amazing and the service was incredible! William was flexible and accommodating from the very beginning. While things were closed down due to covid, William did a special tasting for my husband and I and gave us the full experience. He was personable, friendly and the food was amazing. The weeks leading up to the wedding William made himself available for all of our questions for how to execute a safe, covid friendly backyard wedding. The day of the wedding his staff knew us & our guests by name and always made sure we had drinks in hand. Our guests are still raving about the delicious food & the impeccable service. We couldn’t have asked for better experience with William Ference Catering and we highly recommend!

    Noelle D.

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    5 out of 5
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  • It’s hard to even put into words how amazing William and his team truly are. The food, the staff, the service, everything was FAR more than 5 stars. Originally my (now) husband and I had been planning a wedding down the cape for this past September for almost a year and a half when this pandemic hit. We decided it was super important to us to get married in 2020 even with all of these restrictions. We enlisted the help of a wedding planner and she instantly referred William to us. At this point we only had about 2 months to throw together our backyard reception. His initial email with us was so helpful and his ideas sounded amazing right off of the bat. Within just two emails he curated us the absolute perfect menu. We ended up having a tasting with our parents, William came and cooked for us in my parent’s kitchen (the venue). He was SO warm and friendly. He first made us all of our hors d’oeuvres, which not only looked EXACTLY like his images on his social media but taste... Read more

    Andrea

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    5 out of 5
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  • On August 8th, we celebrated our daughters wedding in an intimate affair in Charlestown RI. which was not our plan A because of the Covid situation. Originally we had planned for 125 people , but we were forced to reduce that number to 25 per order of the Rhode Island Governor. We needed a caterer/ Private chef to help create as best a wedding experience as we could. Our Wedding Planner suggested William Ference for our backyard celebration. We booked his services in June and it was the best decision we could have made. The passed hors d’oeuvres were: A miniature lobster roll which was the best lobster roll I’ve ever eaten, blackened beef tenderloin on Crostini, fabulous!, mac & cheese bites ...who doesn’t love mac & cheese, right? As well as a cheese and berry board, served individually to each of us, consisting of crackers,olives,fresh figs,apricots, grapes and candied nuts. The servers were keeping everything safe by wearing masks and gloves when they served us. Next we ... Read more

    Abby C.

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    5 out of 5
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  • We hired William Ference for our last minute backyard wedding on August 1 2020. He was referred to us by a friend. William took care of literally, EVERYTHING that we needed for our bar services. He was so kind and accommodating and assured us that we would not have to worry about a thing- and he was right! He set up for a stunning white bar, glassware, and all the ice and beverages we could dream of to delivered to our home the morning of our wedding. Our one request was to have an endless supply of bud lites- And he made it happen! Our bartenders Kaya and Dylan were PHENOMENAL. They were the perfect mix of professional and cool and made our guests feel welcomed and well cared for. Not to mention their amazing bar tending skills! We had already hired a caterer for food services before finding William, but we will definitely be trying out his catering services in the future! We are so grateful to William and his team. Xo Abby and Pete. (PHOTOS BY RAEGAN CHRISTENSEN)

    Nicole O.

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    5 out of 5
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  • We did our tasting with William prior to signing our contract. William came to our home prepared with literally everything down to the flatware and some wine. William cooked our entire requested menu which included four options plus our starter salad. William also does not charge extra for addition meal options on the menu, which we found rare and exceptional. Everything was amazing, including his company! We even invited him to join us at the table, he was very pleasant and professional. The food was all cooked and seasoned to perfection. 10/10 would recommend. We are so excited to have him and his team as a part of our wedding.

    Susan A.

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    5 out of 5
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  • William and his team catered our daughter’s wedding in mid-September in Chatham, MA. There were 140 guests at the outdoor wedding held at a private waterfront estate. As it was a private home, facilities were limited. William made an advance site visit and seamlessly arranged with our planner for the needed infrastructure. From our first meeting, throughout the planning, and on the day of the event, William listened, guided, and executed flawlessly. He accommodated special requests with grace, building upon our wishes, to provide an elegant experience with an effortless feel, in perfect keeping with the ambiance of the day. The food and service were impeccable and amazing! Every single guest we have seen since the wedding has specifically raved about the food. William’s staff was incredible – professional, kind, efficient, and excellent in every way. Everything was done so beautifully, without us having to worry about a single thing except enjoying the special da... Read more

    Taylor D.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Wow. I can’t say enough enough good things about William and his team. I had no idea what to expect the day of and was pleasantly surprised by what played out. William and his team were like a well oiled machine. They were warm and friendly and incredibly easy to work with. The food was excellent and our guests are still talking about the food more than anything else. Not only did William provide elegant and delicious food, his team helped me decorate and transform our ceremony space into our reception space in a matter of minutes. Would definitely recommend without reservation!

    David T.

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    5 out of 5
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  • We found the perfect catering company in William and his team. We talked and received quotes from various other vendors and their process seemed boring, cold, and unwelcoming. They didn't take the time to understand who we were and what we were looking to accomplish for our wedding. William was the complete opposite. He spoke with us, got to know us, and even came to our house and cooked for us! He was completely flexible to what my now wife and I wanted for our wedding. He incorporated our love of Chinese food (crab rangoons!) into the apps and recommended great complimentary dishes that tasted absolutely amazing. Besides being a phenomenal chef, he helped us understand the best way to operationally serve our guests where we got married (a barn that my wife's family owns) and made sure that whatever steps he and his team were making were lockstep with what we wanted. His focus on detail was tremendous and the day of our wedding we had nothing to worry about because we know Wil... Read more

    Ali

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    5 out of 5
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  • William and his amazing team catered our 230 person wedding at our family’s barn. They took a property with no real kitchen or facilities and turned it into something spectacular! We had looked at several other caterers before our wedding planner introduced us to William and his team, but after our first phone call we knew right away that we wanted to go with them. William is warm and inviting which shines through right away; he makes what could be stressful decisions easy and fun. They all take pride in their craft and they put so much effort into making our "vision" come to life. For example, we have an old wheelbarrow that was my late uncle's and he found a way to incorporate it. We also told him how crab rangoons were something we both loved and part of our story and not only was he able to make them for our cocktail hour, they served them in Chinese takeout boxes! Our guests loved it. They were open to any idea we threw out and helped bring it to life in a cool way. The food wa... Read more
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