Rave Reviews


Being a collection of unsolicited comments from our customers:

“Everything was great for the party – you make it easy, easy, easy! Great customer service, excellent communication and so helpful. I’ll use Encore again!!!”

– Tammy Hermann, May 2017

“The team has not stopped raving about Wednesday night’s event!  It was truly one of our favorite team-building activities to date, and we appreciate all the time and effort from your team. We will be planning another event soon!”

– Jess, April 2017

“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and was impressed with your attention to details.  Thank you for being there at the beginning to get things set up just the way we discussed.  The food and two gentlemen servers were fabulous.  Many comments from the guests about how wonderful the food was.  Lindsay & you made wonderful selections and the amount was just right.  Not too much left over, but enough to enjoy the next day! If we have any need for catering, we will definitely consider your services again.”

– Jane Fisher, April 2017

“Thank you and Chef George for creating such a delicious menu for both the Kiddush luncheon and the Sunday brunch. We received so many compliments on the food for both events. My family went crazy for the corned beef hash!”

– Alexis Schwartz, April 2017

“Encore Catering is AMAZING! From the staff to the food, I was highly impressed and pleased. Elise is a joy to work with and is truly the heart of the company!”

– Jania Massey, March 2017

“A big KUDOs to you and the Encore team for this morning’s breakfast!  The food received outstanding reviews from my team at work today and folks gave a thumbs up to use Encore again for future events.  Since I was doing most of the talking during the meeting, I did not get to taste the food until afterwards, but it was still delicious! Thanks for being such an asset to our community and for preparing such a wonderful breakfast this morning.  My compliments to you and your entire team for a job well done!”

– Keith Butler, March 2017

“Thanks to you and your team our volunteers went home happy. Your crew did an outstanding job of setting up, serving, and cleaning up on Saturday evening.They helped make our Volunteer Appreciation party very special. We will highly recommend your services in the future. Thank you.”

– Tom Ellis, March 2017

“I could not have been happier with everything from your company. I got lots of compliments on how great the food was. Everything was right on time and seamless. The servers and chef Alvin went above and beyond in every way. From picking up dirty dishes to filling glasses, keeping the punch bowl full, to even serving the cake.

“And then at the end, when it was time for me to take everything down, they had washed all the dishes, and packed up the leftovers….

“If you every need a reference,  please feel free to give my info. If I have another event, you will be the only ones we call and will recommend you to all my friends. Thanks for making my daughter’s day great.”

 – Paige Griner, February 2017

“Alvin and Charles were awesome. They were attentive, professional and brought great good! My Mom was thrilled and her friends were so pleased with everything. Thank you for making this so easy for us to create a perfect party for my Mom.”

–Valerie Propst, February 2017

“The food was amazing!!! Everyone loved it, and Adam couldn’t stop raving about the chocolate mousse. We will definitely be using Community Culinary again. I also appreciate you being so flexible.”

– Nadia Johnson, February 2017

“We had a fabulous time. Your team was incredible! You will see us again in the future!! “

– Erika Clark, February 2017

“Alvin and Gary were absolutely wonderful.  The food was wonderful.  Everyone commented on the food and felt the party was a success. Thank you.  Encore made this so easy for me.  We have several friends with significant  anniversaries coming up.  Interesting that the husbands inquired and wanted to use you. Encore rocks.”

– Leona Bucci, February 2017

“The food was a hit and the guys were terrific!  They handled everything well and my guests enjoyed meeting them.  Even more, many learned about the Community Culinary School and Encore  for the first time, so that’s another plus.”

– Dave Cathcart, The Bledsoe Cathcart Group, Dec. 2016 

“The party is over and it was fabulous.  We heard only raves from everyone on the food, set-up and staff.  Thank you so much for all you did to make our  holiday dinner such a huge success.  AND – we absolutely thank you for sending us two very wonderful people, Annette and Chef Alvin.  They were beyond good, they were terrific;  Helpful, professional, hard working, friendly and couldn’t do enough in helping our Social Committee members – even without being asked.  WOW!”

-Lynn Jeffery, December 2016

“… food was wonderful, but the real stars of the evening were Annette and Gary!…  They were both VERY pleasant, guests loved them. They were extremely professional in the way they managed our home and their service duties. When they left, the kitchen and dining room and bar area looked better then when they arrived!”

– Bill and Sandy Gamble, October 2016

“Thank you and everyone at Encore for all you did make the luncheon a wonderful event.  I had another call from a family member yesterday to tell me how good everything was, and I agree.  Thanks for making it easy for us.”

–  David Snider, October 2016

“Party was a success. Thank you for all of your help! I will certainly call you all again for future events!!!! Chefs George, Todd & Tylor were an absolute delight! ”

– Jessica Abrams, October 2016

“Thank you for the delicious meal you fixed for our Erev Rosh Hashanah dinner.  The brisket, sweet & sour turkey balls, tzimmes, noodle kugel,  & Pana Cotta were exceptional.  Every one raved about everything.  And I was so relaxed & able to enjoy my company & the evening.”

– Nancy Tarbis, October 2016

“Thank you for a delicious dinner!  I enjoyed the food, and I heard the same from other attendees.  I’ll be in touch for other events this year, and I hope to visit the cafe.”

– Michael Lehtinen, September 2016

“Planning my next gathering to introduce local people to your ministry.  Truly appreciate all you do to give a “hand up” with excellence” “Everything was excellent.  I will definitely call again.  Thank you so very much for your help.  You all are a head above the rest and I will spread the word.”

– Ruby Willinsky, August 2016

CCSC Teambuilding Event: “Thanks for a great experience, this was one the most exiting team events that we have had during the years.”

– Jan Schyberg-Xylem, August 2016

“Thank you Elise!  Everything was wonderful, the food and the service.  So many people were complimenting the food.  We actually ate all of the food we took home with us that afternoon.”

– Carol Hatcher, July 2016

“This is the first opportunity that I have had to let you know how very pleased we were with your services for our Friday night event.  Everything was fabulous, and we received rave reviews about both the food and servers.  Chef Taylor and Gary were wonderful!”

– Debbie and Ted Drake, May 2016

“I just wanted to thank you, Taylor and Chef Tod for all you did to make our party so successful. Everyone raved about the food!!! It was a hit! The set up up went great!”

– Jane, May 2016

“Everyone has just raved about how great the food was … from start to finish it was wonderful. The constant communication via email made me comfortable that everything was taken care of. The friendliness and professionalism of the staff was second to none. The set up was beautiful. I have been to other weddings that people paid triple what we did and didn’t get nearly as good of food or service. We truly appreciate everything. We will absolutely recommend you in the future and keep you in mind for any events we may have.”

– Mr. & Mrs. Kelemecz, April 2016

Plated meal catered for “Sages Luncheon” at Christ Episcopal Church in Deember 2016.

“First, let me say what a wonderful job you did in helping me with the reception last Saturday.  The wedding and reception went beautifully and smoothly. The set-up was perfect and the food was absolutely delicious! Elise, your staff was wonderful and helpful in every way.  We had so many compliments on the food and the reception! Many thanks to you for everything! Again it was such a wonderful experience having Encore cater our wedding reception. I will certainly recommend Encore Catering to anyone who has catering needs!”

– Sherry Odom, April 2016

“We had a wonderful time yesterday during our teambuilding event.  In fact, everybody agreed that this was by far the best teambuilding experience that we have had in Charlotte.  Everybody was extremely competent, courteous, and more than anything, a lot of fun to be around.  I made a recommendation to our administration that we consider your catering services for our events in time to come. We applaud and value the services you provide to our community, and we will do our best to support.”

– Ruwan, April 2016

“The lunch was delicious, the servers were great (they did a fabulous job when I asked them to explain your program to our attendees), everything arrived on time, and you made everything easy! I will certainly use you again – and recommend you to others!”

– Ledayne Polaski, Baptist Peace Fellowship

“The food was spectacular! We had raving comments about how delicious it was. We definitely will use Encore again.”

– Marian Lambert, March 2016

“Thank you so very much for the wonderful dinner we experienced at our 50th Wedding Anniversary party. The food was wonderful and the portions were perfect. Our guests were very happy…… please thank the staff as they were very attentive to all the guests and added to the event with their thoughtfulness and thoroughness.”

– Tom and Winnie Lind

“Elise, the food was perfect. Great flavors, perfect freshness, a very appreciative group of family and friends offering praise. Thank you!”

– Susan

“I wanted to tell you what a wonderful job Taylor and her team did! The food was wonderful and everyone there was a pleasure to work with. Please pass along my appreciation and thanks. Thank you to you for your help and expertise guiding me through this process and ensuring every detail was covered.”

– Lennie Cox

“….everything was perfect. The salmon display was a showstopper as well as delicious.  Both appetizers and the entree were very popular.  HC did a superb job.  This will be our new tradition!  Thanks for everything!”

– Barbara

“I would like to thank you and your staff for such EXCELLENT service for our Volunteer Appreciation Celebration. The service and food was superb.”

– Kristin Davis, NC State University Cooperative Extension Service

Encore! Encore! Many thanks and compliments to Encore Catering, the company who provided amazing food and exceptional wait staff for our Celebrate the Vote event. ”

– Alice Herald, Mecklenburg Evening Republican Women’s Club

 “Everything was wonderful today. Many compliments on the food and their activities. Thank you for helping me out. It was wonderful. Another great job by CCSC.”

– Rhonda York MS-Executive Coaching, PCC, BCC

“Our gathering last week was a huge success due in part to the fabulous service Encore provided. Todd was a delight to work with and we were happy to spread the news of your catering to our guests.”

– Barbara

“Just a quick note of thanks for a well-executed catering event at my home last Saturday. Gary and Taylor were on time, very professional and just did a great job. Setup, serving, cleanup – all with a smile. Everyone also commented on how good the food was and I especially appreciated you working around some allergy constraints.”

– Greg Winn

“I too enjoyed working with you last month, which was a success. Everyone loved the food and I will definitely think of you in the future when we have needs.”

– Kristin Kakidas Senior Manager, Assurance Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

“The food and service were so great, that I know that we’ll definitely keep Encore Catering in mind for future events.”

– Jeannie O. Pierce, Volunteer Coordinator, Habitat Charlotte

“We were so pleased to hear from one of our corporate clients who said: ‘The food was a huge hit! Nothing went to waste! 🙂 And it was top-notch in taste and presentation. Thank you!’”

– Bettina Spivey, Bosch Rexroth

“Your team was exceptional and went out of their way to help us. It was a wonderful experience all the way around and I thank you. The bread was so good and the tea so sweet! Thank you again!!!”

– Allison Stanley, Go! Experience Design

“Dinner was wonderful, and the staff lovely. Thank you so much!”

– Jen Rothacker, Innovations Editor, Charlotte Observer

“We had a fabulous time and we’re still talking about the wonderful food! The chefs we worked with were great instructors who made us comfortable cooking with them.”

– Laura Terenzi Khaleel, Talent Acquisition & Management Services

“Thank you so much. Your driver was wonderful and took the time to set every placing for us! This was a huge support in our morning. Please pass on our deep gratitude for his service. The salads were wonderful and everything went well. Thank you again, and I look forward to working together again in the future!”

– Jason Bollback, Assoc. Director of Advancement, Crisis Assistance Ministry

“I cannot say enough about our experience with Encore Catering, both the food and the service. Your people, both in the kitchen and on site, did a superb job, and I am so very grateful. I knew from the beginning I had nothing to worry about, and that made both evenings so relaxed and enjoyable. I will recommend Encore every chance I get.”

– Dottie Chambers

“What a great group of people you had here. Everything was perfect. Please use us as a reference if you need one in the future. Both of our events went very smoothly.”

– Cliff Roemer

“Just wanted to thank you again for everything! The food was delicious and your staff was excellent! You helped make our special day even better.”

– Donna Dannemiller

“The food yesterday was absolutely perfect!  The appearance was beautiful with the graduated plates holding the rolled sandwiches, and everyone raved about the desserts.”

–  Claire Lawrence, Executive Coaching and Sales Consulting

“I so enjoyed your food today and your servers were so wonderful.  I loved the food and its presentation.  Everyone enjoyed it and I made recommendations for your catering and how easy you were to work with. Thank you for making my daughter’s baby shower just the best.  I so appreciated  all everyone did.”

– Pat Ragaini

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Wedding reception, April 25, 2015

“Thank you so much for being such a big part of making last night’s 01-01 Refugee Birthday Party a fantastic success!

“We are so happy to have partnered with Encore Catering – and so happy that you have been so willing to help us in this special project to provide our refugee friends with a wonderful party in celebration of them being here – on this earth and in our community!  Last night, we were all able to celebrate being safe and happy and together with one another!

“Again, thank you so much for all the effort you put into preparing the delicious food for our very special event.  We were also so pleased to have members of your staff stay “on line” with us to assist in the serving process.  They were cheerful and very organized and helpful throughout the whole process.  We are especially glad that Chef Ron was able to be there in person and I am sure he will tell those who missed it all about it!

– Marci Mroz, volunteer

“Thank you so much! Everything was wonderful and everyone loved the food! You will definitely see more of us!”

– Melissa Hargis, Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery

“The lunch today was AMAZING! By far our new favorite from y’all. Most everyone went back for seconds, and there was still plenty of food, and it was delicious. Thanks so much.”

– Dean Zoch, Arts & Science Council

“The Encore lunch was a hit! Thank you again! Merry Christmas!”

– Beth Reichert, Habitat for Humanity

“I wanted to let you know how pleased everyone was at the luncheon. Our server Carmen was wonderful, food delicious and served so nicely.”

– Beverly J. Green

“The meal was fantastic. Year after year there is such consistency. The food is prepared, delivered and set up by professional chefs, and it’s very cost-competitive with other local options. And one more thing: Multiple employees said the stuffing was the best they had ever eaten.”

– Ken Smith, Pneumafil

“Everything was terrific. The food was delicious and Alvin was an absolute dream. Please let him know how much we appreciate his hard work. I was amazed at how little I had to do after everyone left.”

– Dana Swimmer

“The group absolutely “loved” the food.  Got rave reviews about how tasty it was from one of the high-level managers! Certainly have your business as one of our vendors to use in the future.”

– Carolyn Fuller, Husqvarna

“The event was wonderful. The staff was helpful, friendly and fun to be around!  I could go on and on about all the things they did to help with our event!  We all received compliment after compliment on the food. And the NC and SC food turned out to be such a great idea!  The DJ was especially fond of the food and gave the crowd the perfect plug for Encore!  I know we will all call when we have another catering need! ”

– Jenny Jones

“The meal was fantastic and everyone involved with delivery and pick up were just delightful to work with.”

– Phyllis Gill

“Thank you SO much for the wonderful food at our event. Everyone was so happy with the food and I thank you for being so helpful and patient with us! We hope to work with you again in the future!”

– Michelle d’Almeida, Donor Relations Manager, Common Hope | Familias de Esperanza

“I just wanted to write a short thank you. Our daughter’s engagement party was everything we hoped it would be – the food was fabulous and the presentation was beautiful!!!!!!!! Chef Carmen and Gary were such professionals, took care of everything and I did not have to do anything but enjoy our guests!”

– Sherry Bargoil

“The staff and chef at Encore Catering did such a wonderful job on both nights. The Friday pre-wedding burger bar was perfect for people traveling in Friday for the wedding on Saturday.  The food was delicious, plentiful and artfully arranged.  The person who delivered the food was on time, efficient and had a great customer-centered attitude.

“You all went way above and beyond to make our daughter’s wedding run smoothly.  From beginning to cleanup your wait staff worked diligently and effectively while remaining in the background of the event.

“The fruit and cheese display, which was added at the last minute by the nervous Mother Of The Bride, really was beautifully arranged and hit the spot after we’d been in the sun for the wedding ceremony.  Everyone at the wedding commented on how delicious the Eastern Carolina Barbecue buffet was, and the strawberry shortcake was to die for!”

– Terri Ference

“The party was great; the food was great! You can be proud of the way Gary and Carmen represented Encore Catering. Their service was professional and unobtrusive; their attitude was courteous and accommodating. They are to be commended. Thank you also for being so flexible with us. We look forward to using Encore again.”

– Jan Clemens, St. Matthew Catholic Church

Oh My Mercy!!!! The food was abundant, delicious and presented so well!!! The chefs were so great too!! They made sure everything went smoothly and it did!! We simply cannot say enough good things!

– Tammy DuVall, The Majestic Bath

“You guys did a WONDERFUL job. We have plenty of leftovers that will provide an easy week in the kitchen for Lee and I after such an exhausting week. The food was delicious and you guys were a huge help. We will absolutely be recommending you to people around town as well as hiring you for your services for any catering needs in the future.”

– Alyssa

“I definitely will be calling you again. I am also passing along your information to other people at the event that loved the food. Thank you so much for putting up with us with such grace.”

– Alisha Tate

“Everything was perfect! The food was great – everything was fresh and flavorful. The service provided by your staff was really wonderful, everyone went out of their way to be helpful, kind and courteous. It was truly a delightful day, made all the more delightful by Encore Catering.”

– Teresa

“Everything did go well. The food was fantastic – Thanks!”

– Anne M. Reitzes, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

“Carmen did an absolutely outstanding job during our party. Not only did she set everything up to perfection, but she circulated through the party, refilling glasses and conversing with the guests.”

– Carla Faust Bare

“Thanks so much for the great service and great food.  Everyone said is was fantastic.”

– Judy, Philadelphia Presbyterian Church

“Thank you for all your assistance with our luncheon.  Our meeting went well and the luncheon was very nice and elegant. They had a very nice set-up and the food was wonderful.”

– Brenda Eller, Novant Health Cancer Center

“The service and your people are absolutely outstanding. The food was delicious and colorful on the plate. Thank you so much.”

– Gretchen Allen, Mecklenburg Medical Auxiliary

“Everything was just WONDERFUL!!  Please thank all the staff that helped with our needs.  There were 30 in attendance and Art mentioned to all about the great work at Community Culinary. Hopefully you will get some future business.”

– Alice Gallagher, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

“I meant to e-mail you on Friday to say how wonderful the dinner was!! The food was prompt and the staff were friendly and handled everything for us. I’m singing your praises to everyone I can!”

Jennifer Gossett, St. Martin’s Church

“Oh My Mercy!!!! The food was abundant, delicious and presented so well!!! The chefs were so great too!! They made sure everything went smoothly and it did!! We simply cannot say enough good things! Thank you for ALL your assistance and for sending your ‘A Team!’ Merry Christmas to you all!”

– Tammy DuVall, The Majestic Bath

“Everything was wonderful. My employees really enjoyed their dinner and had great things to say! I would also like to commend your delivery and pickup staff. They were very professional and courteous.”

– Debi Cerino, JCI Jones Chemicals Inc.

“Everything was wonderful! Thank you for all of your help. The staff was delightful and we truly enjoyed having a clean kitchen (and leftover food). I am cutting checks today so will send balance due. Merry Christmas!”

– Scottie Trapp, Sockwell Partners

“The food was delicious, your staff was very professional and did a great job. My group loved the food. I have shared your contact information with several of the other Executive Assistants. Hopefully you will get some additional catering opportunities from others in our company in the future.”

– Teresa Feola, CB&I

“Thank you, we thoroughly enjoyed the food and service provided. We had several positive comments on both. We will definitely be using Encore Catering for future events.”

– Jason Oberman, All Nations Church

“Hello Encore Catering: Our event last night was over the top. The comments were glowing and everyone loved that you guys were involved. The food was delicious and your staff is fantastic.”

– Catharine M. Pappas, Dickens Mitchener and Associates

“I always get so many compliments from our staff and visitors about the quality and presentation of the meals!!!”

– Bettina Spivey, Bosch Rexroth

“The food was excellent. The service you provided was remarkable. We put your flyers on the tables; I expect many people to call you for catering…..Everyone loved the food. Thank you again; it was wonderful. You will be my vendor of choice moving forward.”

– Gary L. Mason, Jr., N.C. Div. of Vocational Rehabilitation

“On behalf of the National Kitchen & Bath Association Carolina Chapter Board, thank you, Chef Chelsa and Encore Catering for an event well done on all points. Everyone involved was very impressed with Chef Chelsa and his assistant and the way they performed and represented your organization. The food was excellent and the service just as good. Encore Catering will be remembered and will be a first call for future events. Thank you very much for a job well done.”

– Tom Strigus, CKD/CBD

“Thank you so much for everything. The lunch was fabulous and everyone enjoyed the food. It was so easy to work with you all and it feels good knowing we also helped a great mission. I did note to everyone about the school and Encore. I certainly will keep you all in mind for other events and recommend you wholeheartedly.”

– John Gallucci

“I can’t tell you how pleased I was with both the Saturday and Sunday events. We are still enjoying our Southern BBQ which we all ate last night. The whole experience exceeded my expectations. I will recommend Encore to everyone I know! Thanks a million for making our events even more special.”

– Cathy and Doug McElfresh

“Thanks for being your word!  It is wonderful to work with a vendor that does what they say they will do when they say they will do it! We will definitely work together again in the future and we will sing your praises!”

– Ken Fuquay, Carolina School of Broadcasting

“Thank you again for last night. We loved the food and appreciated the prompt service. We hope to work with Encore again soon.”

– Katie Rollins, Charlotte Rescue Mission

“I cannot say enough nice things about Encore and the service today at the party. Sibyl, David and Chelsa were so pleasant and professional, the food was out of this world delicious, and the whole party was very smooth and low-stress. Sibyl pitched right in and served the cake, and it is SO nice to be able to sit down now, instead of start cleaning. This was the first time I’ve hired a caterer, and without hesitation, I would do it again.”

– Phyllis Fulton

“Encore is great! Responsive, reliable, and very good food. We called Encore a week before a large charity event, needing food for 400. Not only did they work with us to set menu items, which worked well with our event theme, but they responded very quickly and professionally. The food was wonderful, was presented beautifully, and the staff did a great job. We couldn’t be happier with Encore and hope to use them again!”

– Jean Zoutewelle, Technekes

“Everything was lovely! The food you provided was delicious and the service was gracious. Dwight and Chelsa did a wonderful job! Everyone asked about the food and I was delighted to tell them about Encore. We’ll definitely use Encore again!”

– Sally McKinley

“Our owner and everyone here for the feast was impressed with Encore. I can’t say enough kind words about Chef Chelsa and the Encore team. Excellent food, excellent service, and everyone had a wonderful attitude.”

– Eric N. DeHart, Solace Financial, LLC

“Thank YOU so much for outstanding customer service, exceptional food and just simple kindness.   It was such a pleasure working with you and I am sure we will reach back out to Encore again in the future!”

– Susan Dhonau, Discovery Place

“Encore’s holiday lunch was wonderful. Our staff had a (low-stress!) terrific time visiting over a delicious meal. Our compliments and heart-felt thanks to you and your staff for the tremendous effort that went into making it happen: the planning, buying, prepping, packing, delivery and clean up. It couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Greatly appreciated.”

– Elizabeth Rucker Bierbaum, Covenant Presbyterian Church

“The food and staff were fabulous this weekend. We got lots of compliments on how great the food was and how the staff was friendly and helpful. I appreciate all of your help.”

– Beth Butlak

“My Thanksgiving dinner that Encore prepared for me was the best of all this year. I am still getting positive comments from my guests! I wanted you to know whatever you’re doing, keep it up!”

– Gene Rogers, Piedmont Natural Gas

“Working with Encore is a complete pleasure. Their staff are attentive, professional and talented. The food was delivered on time, and it was delicious. My guests felt right at home, and the staff added to the success of the event. I highly recommend Encore and plan to use them again as soon as I have the opportunity. ”

– Michelle Vigor, Wells Fargo

“The food was wonderful, the men were attentive, personable and just great fun to have with us. I heard nothing but good comments regarding both the food and service.… I took a chance in not speaking with any other caterers, I was just happy to have an opportunity to help such a good program. You did not let me down! Anytime that I need a caterer, Encore will be my choice…. Thank you so much for being part of my daughter’s big day and being a big part of the success story that we have lovingly termed ‘Our Awesome Backyard Wedding’!”

– Beth Nolen

“OMG Elise, everything was wonderful!!!!  The guys you sent out did an outstanding job setting up. They were very courteous and helpful and the food was wonderful!!  I appreciate all your help in getting this arranged for us. Thanks again for outstanding customer service!!!”

– Jerrie Winkler