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Lavishly Dunn is a New England caterer and event planner serving Boston, Cape Cod, and South Shore. Whether you are planning an intimate Scituate wedding, a lavish Maine wedding, or a Cape beach party, Lavishly Dunn is the New England Caterer you want to collaborate with.

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Liz Da Cunha

5 September 2019

From the first tasting to the day my daughter got married, our experience with Lavishly Dunn was fantastic. Both Jonathan and Cayla were so professional and easy to work with. They accommodated our menu preferences with ease, and everything was delicious. I never actually expect that much when a caterer is serving 150 people, but Lavishly Dunn surpassed my expectations. The meals were served in a timely fashion and they were served hot! Numerous guests commented on how good their meal was, not to mention the appetizers and oyster bar! They really know what they're doing, so that you don't have to worry about a thing. Can't thank them, and recommend them enough! More...

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Karen O'Connor Ripley

16 August 2019

Amazing service. Gorgeous display. Delicious food.

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Mary Margaret

25 July 2019

I would recommend Lavishly Dunn to anyone!! Food and service were wonderful, and their level of communication and clarity put me at ease. A big A+ to Lavishly Dunn Catering and Event Planning at my wedding on 7.12.19, bravo! More...

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Mike

5 July 2019

Lavishly Dunn catered our wedding last week and did a phenomenal job! The food was delicious and they customized the menu to add little touches that matched our personality (their fun & unique appetizers were a huge hit!). Jonathan did a great job as our wedding day coordinator as well making sure everything ran smoothly at the rehearsal and on the day of. He and Cayla were super easy to work with in regards to preparation and coordination and we highly recommend Lavishly Dunn to anyone looking to cater their event! More...

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Paige

13 January 2019

Our wedding was in late September, 2018 so this review is long overdue! Jonathan, Cayla and the rest of the Lavishly Dunn team are absolutely fantastic. We were fortunate enough to have our wedding at a family home on the Cape, which was amazing but also came with a lot of details that normally a venue would take care of. Lavishly Dunn made the process easy and fun. Jonathan also served as our 'day of' planner. He and Cayla always quickly answered my emails and calls, helping to ensure that the 'day of' menu was correct and the wedding events could run smoothly. The food was also delicious. Honestly, it felt like we were eating in a 5 star restaurant. The horsd'oeuvres were amazing (I could have eaten a plate of those chicken quesadillas myself), and the dinner was ridiculously good. Several of our guests came up to my husband and I after, asking for recipes. When cooking for 120+ guests out of a makeshift kitchen (they set one up in our garage), I figured it would be good but honestly, they blew everyone away. It was amazing.

The staff were also incredibly kind and accommodating. They took terrific care of our guests. Our cocktail hour was outside by the water, and once the sun went down it got chilly. One server ran to fetch my husband's 90 year old godmother a blanket, and kept checking in on her throughout the evening. They also made sure that my husband and I were always taken care of- that we had a good drink or got first choice of our favorite appetizers. Overall, they were professional, approachable and genuinely happy to be there.

I can't recommend Jonathan and team enough. Jonathan has a great style. He knows how to get stuff done, but he also keeps it fun and stress-free. We wanted our wedding to be a big celebration and Jonathan helped us achieve just that. He and Cayla helped us personalize it with fun details (like making us our own signature cocktails...and letting me buy my own Costco cake). We will 100% work with them again and I can't wait until that day comes! I know how stressful it can be to find a great vendor/food option and I am happy to chat further with anyone who wants to learn more. :)
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Colleen

19 October 2018

They had the best selection of food and allowed us to customize and choose precisely what we wanted for our wedding! We got to have all our favorite foods with fantastic service on top of it all. Cayla was great to work with any everything turned out exactly as we wished. Thank you! More...

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Patrick

16 September 2018

Lavishly Dunn was fantastic!! Working with Jon and Cayla was so easy and fun, we were excited to see them on our wedding day. The night of, and since the wedding, we received so many compliments regarding just how good the food was. The salmon and risotto were particularly delicious. From the hors d’oeuvres at the cocktail hour to the carving station and the bartenders, everything was top notch and flawless. It was so reassuring to work with such a professional and talented group! More...

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Maureen Elliott

23 July 2018

Great food, service. Everything made when you order it.

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Adam Hostetter

23 July 2018

They do an amazing job, food is great, service is top notch too, keep up the good work!

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Whitney Jorns Kuhnlenz

23 July 2018

Lavishly Dunn catered our wedding 3 years ago and our guests are still talking about the wonderful meal!

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Jimmy Chung Van Duong

23 July 2018

Very tasty food and very healthy ingredients! Had two sandwiches yesterday! A turkey and a roast beef. Like the idea of breakfast all day. These guys get it "dunn" right! Thank you Jonathan and Rayna! Expect to see us in there several times a week! More...

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Kate Hamill

23 July 2018

Accommodating staff and delicious food. They prepared three different types of mac and cheese for our private brewery event. All were excellent - very satisfied! More...

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Lindsey Jevne

23 July 2018

We had Lavishly Dunn cater a 50 person client party and couldn't be happier with their service. They had great recommendations for an appropriate menu, dropped everything off on time and did a lovely set up, and (most importantly) the food was absolutely delicious! Will definitely use LD for future events and will recommend to others. More...

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Christine Cole Loney

23 July 2018

We recently had Lavishly Dunn cater our daughter’s graduation party. The food and service exceeded our expectations. We had approximately 100 guests and everyone raved about the food and the staff that worked the party. We couldn't be happier with Lavishly Dunn and will definitely use them for future events. More...

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Bonnie Dunlap

23 July 2018

Jonathan and his staff helped me plan and provided exceptional service so that I could host a prenuptial dinner for 25 people in our home.
The review from our guests was that the food was presented beautifully and tasted even better.
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Jayne M.

6 December 2017

DELICIOUS!  Order a bunch of pies for my clients.  The pies looked gorgeous and nicely packaged.  Brought lots of smiles.  I kept two, apple and pumpkin, for myself and enjoyed on Thanksgiving.  Great value and super nice staff. They even helped load my car.Jayne More...

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Karen D.

19 June 2017

Rehearsal & Wedding catered by Lavishly Dunn this past weekend. Anyone looking for an amazing team of people to work with & absolutely delicious food, LAVISHLY DUNN is the one to have. We live in Miami and it is hard planning such an event from 1500 miles away, but with LAVISHLY DUNN, it was easier than I anticipated.They are so accommodating and easy to work with, not to mention the food!!! We didn't even have leftovers, food was enjoyed by one & all. Cayla was our coordinator...she was such a sweetheart and was on top of everything. She has great suggestions, so when you get stumped or confused she's right there with a solution.Jonathan (owner) was amazing! All his years of experience really helped us pull the menu together. As the nervous grooms Mom, Cayla kept me calm & reassured me all would be perfect, not to worry. She was right, it was perfect!!THANK YOU again & again Jonathan, Cayla and your entire team!!!!!! More...

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Karen

19 June 2017

Rehearsal & Wedding catered by Lavishly Dunn this past weekend. Anyone looking for an amazing team of people to work with & absolutely delicious food, LAVISHLY DUNN is the one to have.

We live in Miami and it is hard planning such an event from 1500 miles away, but with LAVISHLY DUNN, it was easier than I anticipated.

They are so accommodating and easy to work with, not to mention the food!!! We didn't even have leftovers, food was enjoyed by one & all.

Cayla was our coordinator...she was such a sweetheart and was on top of everything. She has great suggestions, so when you get stumped or confused she's right there with a solution.

Jonathan (owner) was amazing! All his years of experience really helped us pull the menu together.

As the nervous grooms Mom, Cayla kept me calm & reassured me all would be perfect, not to worry. She was right, it was perfect!!

THANK YOU again & again Jonathan, Cayla and your entire team!!!!!!
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Aaron C.

18 December 2014

I highly recommend Lavishly Dunn, they provide an excellent catering service! From food presentation to event planning, our wedding wouldn't have been the same without their attention to detail. The event was held at the Bass River Yacht Club in South Yarmouth and Jen travelled to the venue numerous times to help design the layout and prepare everything the day of.The food was excellent, serving size and presentation was great but not over the top.  We will definitely be using Lavishly Dunn and Jen for future parties in the New England area. More...

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User4143407

13 September 2014

We hired Lavishly Dunn for our wedding and day-of coordination this summer. My mom had seen them on a local news segment and promptly scheduled a tasting for them to cater our backyard wedding. They were able to work with our budget and alter some things to get the cost down to the amount we were able to pay by substituting certain dishes, and none of the quality or flavors suffered! We also hired them for coordination services, so that day-of we could have someone directing the activities. While we started off with one coordinator, she left and we were paired with another. Most everything went according to plan but there were a couple things missing upon arrival of the cocktail hour. After gentle reminders from my mother-in-law, the missing items were located and placed accordingly.

Our details were very complicated and LD was able to work with our requests. I would recommend them for future events!
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Deborah S.

18 November 2013

Last June I called Lavishly Dunn to prepare food for a graduation party I was hosting at my home.  I thought the website looked really great. Jonathan Dunn and Michelle Smyth helped me immensely in discussing menu options.  The food was delicious , grilled steak kabobs with a pickled onion relish and citrus herbed chicken with mango salsa.  The sides, penne pasta and potato salad were wonderfully gourmet, really amped up, not your typical salads.  Everyone loved the strawberry goat cheese salad with almonds and the refreshing strawberry mint vinaigrette. The food looked beautiful, tasted great, and was just perfect for a hot summer day.  My graduate and all the guests really enjoyed the meal.  I am so happy I found a caterer in which I can feel confident.  Lavishly Dunn prepared an eye appealing and wonderfully tasty meal at a reasonable price.  I forgot to send this in earlier.  I pulled out their business card for a holiday party and thought better late than neverDeb S. More...

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11 October 2013

First off ... the food was delicious. My only complaint about Lavishly Dunn is that we got almost no leftovers from our stations and the food was so good that we really, really wanted leftovers to take home! When I told them after the event that this was my only complaint, the chef actually put together a batch of some of the food we'd had at the event for us. It wasn't as good as what we had at the event, unfortunately, but what they did on the day was the important part. Our guests have repeatedly told us that they loved the food, and that everything was delicious.

From the very beginning, they were focused on us, our event and what we wanted. They provided a private tasting, using our menu - something no other caterer offered us. When we were told that they never had a tasting when they didn't make a sale, I didn't believe them, until we went for our tasting. Yum. They sent us home from that with a huge bag of leftovers, and they didn't last 24 hours. At the event the staff followed the bridal party around and made sure they offered us plenty of appetizers and kept asking if we needed them to bring us anything else. They even were willing to make us a groom's cake made entirely of meat and mashed potatoes. It started as a joke, but ended up as very tasty meatloaf that several people commented on. Their prices were very reasonable in comparison to others in the area as well, so, all in, a very very good choice.
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Danielle

11 September 2013

I can't speak highly enough about Jonathan (the owner and chef) and Michelle (the event planner). First of all, the food was all amazing - the statler chicken breast with potato cake and green beans was delicious (some of our guests said it was the best wedding food they have ever had). Michelle was incredibly organized and responded to my calls/emails right away. After my sight visit with them, I felt at ease. She emailed me a very organized detailed schedule of the day and where everything should go right after our meeting. When I arrived, everything was set up beautifully, 1 of the servers stayed near me to make sure I was able to have my fill of apps, and they made sure my husband and I always had a drink in hand. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for fantastic food, very reasonable pricing (the were willing to make something that fit our budget), and wonderful event planning! It was an added bonus that Jonathan and Michelle are some of the nicest people we have met as well! More...

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Chuck R.

4 October 2012

We could not have been happier than we were with Lavishly Dunn!  It was apparent from the moment we initially sat down with Jessica that Lavishly Dunn would be the company we would go with. We went through the motions with some other great caterers but none matched their passion and expertise. I was amazed that Jonathan (Founder & Executive Chef) and Jessica were so accessible throughout the night and continued to go out of their way to make sure everything was perfect for us! I love that he showed us the plate-setting process and we watched in awe at the amazing meticulousness of the great serving staff! The staff went out of their way to find us for appetizers (during photos they searched the entire venue until they found us) both before and after dinner. And in one of the most amazing moments of above-and-beyond service, Jonathan took control of our wedding exit by gathering  all the guests (150 of them!), handing them sparklers, had his staff light each and every one and then found us to leave at the perfect moment. We had an unfortunate choice of wedding coordinator, who was never around during the night, and our grand exit would have been non-existent without the help and initiative of Jonathan and his amazing staff! Oh yeah...and the food was AWESOME! I have never liked salmon in my life but theirs was so good that I ordered a double plate (along with an equally amazing steak). They put together a great complement of appetizers that everybody raved about afterwards. I cannot say enough great things about their food and service! Without Jessica and Jonathan, our wedding wouldn't have been as amazing as it was! More...

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Bridget

25 August 2012

I highly highly recommend Lavishly Dunn to any New England bridge looking for a personally-tailored menu, delicious food, and a creative-responsive-professional staff! Jonathan took the time to respond to every email and phone call personally and made sure I felt like his number one priority. He tailored his services to fit our on-a-budget-cocktail-style reception and our unique New England meets New Orleans requests (no one in New England makes a better New Orleans Shrimp Po Boy than Jonathan's team!) On top of delicious food (that we actually got to eat because Jonathan made sure one waiter was dedicated just to us during cocktail hour), Lavishly Dunn can literally do all parts of your wedding if you wanted - they have so many contacts and know the area/venues well, so they can do anything! All our guests are still telling us how much they loved the food (and even the presentation of the food!) Thanks for making our wedding delicious!!! More...

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Phyllis

2 August 2012

Jessica helped us plan this bridal shower. All food was fresh and attractively displayed. She helped us with the linen and table rentals. Everything arrived on time and made for a stress-free, fun event for our family and friends. More...

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Lindsay

26 July 2012

Lavishly Dunn is a terrific full-service catering company. They have a tremendous staff with a great deal of knowledge of the events industry. They are quick to respond to requests both before and during the event. They are reasonably priced,meet budgets and exceed all expectations!

They are unmatched in the city of Boston - in my opinion.
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martha

26 July 2012

If there were 10 stars that is what I would have given them. This was a private dinner party for 10 close friends who were celebrating a birthday. From start to finish it was amazing - presentation, quality of food, originality of food, impeccable service and professionalism. Jonathon and Nicole were obviously enjoying what they were doing and it showeed - the night before they had done an event in Boston for 1,000 people but you would never have known - I would and will recommend them to all groups. Martha (Duxbury) More...

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User2045350

20 July 2012

From the preliminary tasting at my parents' house to the end of the night of our wedding, Jessica, Jonathan and the Lavishly Dunn team were professional, flexible and ready to handle anything that came their way - not to mention excellent chefs! The food was DELICIOUS -- I have been receiving rave reviews from guests who could not get over how perfectly cooked the beef was! (I just wish I could have eaten more myself!) Jessica even packed a little bag with extra hors d'oeuvres for my husband and me to take with us at the end of the night. Jessica stayed until midnight to make sure everything was squared away, and oversaw the entire wedding, ensuring that it ran smoothly from start to finish. One example: we had 2 wedding "crashers" arrive during cocktail hour who had originally replied 'no' but Jessica quickly found a table for them without causing a stir. She also made sure the bartenders created our "specialty drinks" just right, checked that the band played our song at the right time, helped get our overnight bags into the getaway car, etc. -- she really took care of everything! More...

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User2520884

4 July 2012

Jessica was a delight to work with from the start. She was enthusiastic, she came up with wonderful ideas to help our event be special and suit the hosts. She also was understanding of our budget constraints and worked hard to create an elegant event that we could afford. She responded within minutes to email and was readily available by phone, even once on her vacation!

The event itself went very well. The food was excellent and received many compliments from a crowd that goes to enough local catered events to be picky. The space was used well and our strange requests were all fulfilled with ease.

We had one glitch with the service during the event. We agreed a time for the cake to be ready at the end of the event, and yet after sending all our guests to the table there was no cake for about 5 minutes. If we hadn't set a time, we would understand this being our fault, but given the overall number of staff available, we were a bit disappointed.

Other than that small problem, the rest of the event went beautifully without any problems.
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Charisma H.

29 April 2012

I used Lavishly Dunn for my wedding. I had looked into several caterers and at some points was blown away with the quotes I was getting for what I was looking for. A little out of control! What I (and my fiance and in-laws) liked about Jonathan was that he was the total package that we were looking for. He was friendly, down to earth, fairly priced AND had yummy food to back it all up! He was between office spaces when we were planning a tasting, so he came to us. He had everything he needed to put on a full, proper tasting, down to the table settings. He even cleaned up better than he found the kitchen! haha. He was always available via email, promptly getting back to me whenever I emailed and worked around what I was doing as well, incorporating it effortlessly into the grand plan (I did all the baking for the wedding, Cupcakes and dessert buffet). I would absolutely use him again! (in fact my in-laws used him for a dinner party they hosted a couple of months before the wedding!) Another thing I thought was great about Jonathan is that he was open to any feedback we gave him and was able to take it and incorporate it into what he was doing (there were a couple things we tasted that we liked but thought maybe needed just a little more kick to or whatever. Nothing major or else I wouldn't be raving about him!). Thank you Lavishly Dunn, Inc. for rocking my wedding!! Got lots of positive feedback about the food from our guests! More...

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Amy H.

2 May 2011

My fiancée and I really enjoyed our wedding tasting with Lavishly Dunn and strongly recommend that anyone looking for an ace team to cater their event with great food consider them.  Fiona and Pete (the dynamic sales and chef team) were not only clearly experienced professionals, but also personable and fun to get to know. We enjoyed them as much as we did the food! More...

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talia s.

8 March 2010

This review is for Jessica T., event planner. Jessica gets it. She is organized, enthusiastic, and genuinely excited to plan your event. Not just polite excited so she gets your business, but genuinely excited. She replies to your emails the same day and she is just super awesome. I desperately wanted Jessica to plan/cater my wedding, but the restrictions of my venue proved to be a worthy foe and I never actually got to hire her. But for months she entertained my crazy ideas, met with me, took notes, raised her insurance (for my venue), and gave me a few ideas (like my wedding DATE) that I am totally stoked on. She did all this without a contract and with no obligation! She knows her stuff and how to do business. The business philosophy of Lavishly Dunn is also spot on. They don't charge you all sorts of crazy fees and surcharges. You pay only for tangible things which is so important nowadays with caterers. You are one lucky duck if you get to work with Jessica because she rocks. More...

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Jay D.

17 February 2010

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Our team of professional have years of experience and will listen to our clients needs before creating the perfect menu for them.

The fun and creative atmosphere! We love helping people create the perfect menu for their event.

We are a full-service family-owned catering company with a big backbone. We’ve been around for over ten years, and we specialize in providing impeccable service, gorgeous displays, and above all – high quality, delicious food. We are known for our high attention to detail and to be honest, we just really care about our clients!

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