"We got married in a loft and had no experience planning a wedding in an empty space. Yen from Real Food was so fantastic to work with - she gave us so much advice on flow, food, drinks, venue and event planning. She was very reasonably priced and did not include on the huge service fee that a lot of other caterers include in their quotes. Everything on the big day went perfectly - the service and event ran so smoothly. Yen's Event Manager Gary was also very good about managing me and my groom on the big day. The only bad thing is that we didn't have a chance to enjoy the food b/c we were so busy running around but everyone had such a good time and raved about the quality of the food and service! I think it was even better than the tasting - which in itself was gourmet."
"My name is Jennifer Paganelli (now Schwartz) and I hired Real Food Catering for my summer wedding at The Foundry in Long Island city and owner Yen Ngo was an absolute DREAM to work with. I can't say enough about her and my husband agrees. She is experienced, understands how to creatively work within your budget and create food that suits your tastes and is stylish. We tasked her with developing a non-stop cocktail hour-esque “slow dinner” for our guests (we didn’t want a formal sit-down dinner) complete with stations and she exceeded our expectations tremendously. All of the food was delicious and unique and no one left hungry. I would absolutely recommend her without a doubt to any bride to be. Most of all, she is ORGANIZED and has done a million weddings so there was no detail she didn’t think of and cover off on. I did not fret one bit over the food or all our rentals - she took care of everything. On top of it her staff was phenomenal. As a former waitress I could really appreciate how professional they were and just a true pleasure to work with. Yen handled all our rentals (chairs for the ceremony, all the items we needed for the cocktail hour, etc) and her day of coordinator made sure everything ran according to schedule. Seriously her food is amazing but more importantly (in my mind at least) she was responsive, organized and a true pro..."
"...the best wedding caterer you could find here in the city. Her food is great. She will work with you to customize your menu. She will help you incorporate your culture, personality and everything you want for your wedding. It's not JUST her food though. It's her service that makes her stand out. I was so fortunate to have her on my wedding. Not only did she give me tips on other aspects of my wedding, she was almost like my day of coordinator. I felt so calm and relaxed having her there. She made sure that everything was going well as we planned and never forgot to take good care of me! AMAZING!!! You will not regret hiring her catering service. It's been over a year since my wedding but when I saw her name here on Wedding Wire, I couldn't help but mention how great she was."
"I would recommend Real Food to any bride to be. Yen, the owner, and her staff were so incredibly thoughtful and professional. Every detail of the food preparation and service was seamless -- and the food itself was delicious. Our guests are still raving about it, and so are we. Hire Real Food; you'll be happy that you did!"
"Yen is a DOLL and a half. Seriously, she is one of the nicest, most energetic people I have ever met. On top of being a good human being, she is the consummate professional. She will help you figure out the best catering plan for your event, and she really listens to what you want as well. She helped us cut our budget by quite a bit, and is not snooty at all about working with a tight budget. You can tell she truly cares about making it work for you. She is incredibly detail-oriented and organized. There is nothing she didn't think of, and prepare for. Honestly, she made our wedding the best night of our lives. Her food is SO tasty, and impeccably presented. I am still dreaming of the..."
"Yen is great - very professional, organized and helpful. The best thing about working with her was that she was always so quick to get back to me and was always very detailed oriented. I had full confidence that she would be able to handle everything, no matter what happened. As a result - I was able to sit back and enjoy my wedding - very important! Book Yen if value, attention to detail and grace under pressure are important to you. She also did a great job recommending other vendors and places to buy things, like candles, etc. She knows her stuff."
"...Planning a wedding in NYC can be quite intimidating with so many options, many of them being out of our price range. Yen is the most darling woman and made us feel so comfortable along the way. She was willing to work within our budget without compromising quality or service AT ALL. The food was AMAZING (still getting comments from our guests) - especially about the ice cream sandwiches :) She had great advice based on her significant experience and was so patient with us. Her influence on our wedding went beyond the food and she helped us develop a plan for the entire evening, a floor plan, a flow, a style - everything. She helped keep me calm towards the end when everything started to get pretty stressful. We definitely recommend Yen at Real Food Catering!"
"...Yen was amazing. She was very easy to get in touch with, her choices of food were bountiful, and the food turned out amazing. We are real foodies and was so happy with the quality. The presentation of our appetizers was like art.
The best part was that Yen was so helpful the day of the wedding. We had our wedding in our loft and had not hired a wedding planner. Yen was pretty much our day of wedding planner. She was so organized and calm and really kept the whole day running so smooth.
In addition to Yen being so pleasant and calm, we can't say enough about her staff. They were so attentive and friendly, and really made sure that we didn't have to ask for anything! I not once had to go to the bar to get my champagne filled! They were always there to refill my glass or ask if there was anything else we needed..."
"There are so many things to love about Yen. My husband and I found her so easy to work with from the very beginning - she was responsive, professional, and helpful from day one. All through planning our wedding, the tasting, and up to the day itself, Yen was invaluable with her advice on the food, the flow of the evening, the table arrangement... she really was a wedding planner as much as a caterer. The food at our wedding was incredible - our guests still talk about it. The staff were quick and friendly, and..."
"From our very first meeting to our tasting to pre-wedding follow ups, my husband and I were always pleased to see or hear from Yen. Not only is she funny and great to spend time with, she is extremely well organized and knowledgeable about event planning. Her suggestions for organization and layout were excellent - she really knows her stuff.
As for the food, it is incredible. Many of our guests said to us - during the wedding and after - that it was the best catered party they had ever attended. The hors d'oeuvres were stellar, especially the tuna sashimi, and I was wild about the polenta during the buffet.
Yen was also extremely accommodating of our budgetary limitations, and worked with us to create a menu that tasted like a million bucks but only cost a fraction of that. In short, I give Yen the highest possible recommendation. As soon as I have another big party to throw, I know I'll go straight to her.
"Yen and Real Food were fantastic in every way. She was so much more than just a caterer. We went without a wedding planner and she was instrumental in helping us pick our vendors, schedule the day, and turn the empty loft into a wonderful wedding space.
Perhaps most importantly, the food was outstanding. We had assumed when we had the tasting that the food couldn't be as good on the day, but it most certainly was. Our hors d'oeuvres choices were in many different styles (from lobster tacos to bacon wrapped dates) and each style was executed extremely well. The meal itself was delicious. And while we got a tremendous number of compliments on the food, we got just as many on the staff who were both courteous and actually engaged in helping people have a good time.
All in all, a great experience with Yen and Real Food and at an extremely..."