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Distinctive Catering

Grand Rapids , Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Barry,Kalamazoo

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‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019

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Distinctive Catering West and Central Michigan's largest event award winning caterer is excited and ready to help you put on a SPECTACULAR RECEPTION OR OTHER EVENT. We cater to over 200000 guest each year.
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J
30 December 2019

Very good food and Awesome staff. Extra friendly and Professional.

K
21 November 2019

I am really glad I went with Distinctive Catering for my wedding. We booked both the catering and bar services for our reception. The food was delicious and the staff asked me multiple times throughout the night if my husband and I needed anything. I would highly recommend this company! More...

K
14 November 2019

This is the regular caterer for the county's annual veterans' banquet . . . for very good reason.

K
4 November 2019

We used Distinctive for our bar service. Madeline from sales was extremely responsive. Reasonably priced for open bar. Service was great, bartenders were friendly. Tip jars were requested not to be out so our guests didn't feel obligated to tip, and we would tip ourselves. They were out. Our guests didn't seem to care and this is a common practice in our area. By the time I realized it, I figured it didn't matter. We paid for glassware through dinner. Our venue required plastic after dinner. We were the first to be served dinner. The bartender came and asked us for our drink orders (so thoughtful and appreciated), but she gave us plastic. So really glassware was only though cocktail hour. Not a huge deal, but I assumed we would be served glassware until dinner was over and dancing started. All in all nothing major, great service, and I'd hire again. More...

B
28 October 2019

I wish I could break this down by each group we dealt with. Because the staff that served us food and drinks were amazing, and deserve 10 stars. I wish I got the bartender's name, as she was the best of them all. We enjoyed them so much, we shared our wedding donuts with the staff, and they even came out for a song when the DJ challenged them to a wedding party vs staff dance off.The food that day wasn't quite as good as I remember from the tasting. But, I guess you're creating bulk in a short time period. It wasn't bad by any means, just not what I remembered. The building was clean, and it actually looked great once we decorated, but it's old and could probably use an update. Especially the outside, where I ended up showing the guy working the grounds how to use his weed killer. He was pretty cool too. We really wanted the Grandville building that they shown us, despite it being booked on our date. This kind of set my attitude towards this place. Why show us something that wasn't available? You knew our date. From that point on, I never really liked dealing with our contact, Kim, I think was her name. She never seemed very friendly, and that doesn't work for customer service, especially in the wedding business! It was just little nuisances working with her. She also wasn't ever rude, just didn't really seem like she cared. But again, we made the Wyoming building look great. And as ballroom dancers, this venue had the largest dance floor of all the places we checked out.Round of applause for the serving staff. More...

T
28 October 2019

Spectacular in everyway... food quality, service and value.

S
18 October 2019

Distinctive Catering did the food for our wedding this past weekend and I still have people commenting on how amazing the food was! I worked with Lindsey and she was amazing! She was very responsive, answered all of my questions and helped make my wedding perfect! My husband and I would HIGHLY recommend! More...

I
29 September 2019

Very yummy food. Set up and clean up was quick.

S
24 September 2019

We used Distinctive for our bar service for our wedding! They did a fantastic job! They were flexible with their options, and their drink packages can not be beat! People could not believe it was unlimited for the price we paid! The bartenders were awesome (did not catch their names) but anytime the groom and I went up they always made it a priority to serve us! So happy we picked them! More...

T
23 September 2019

great food, wonderful atmosphere, Pleasent employees, especially Alicia she's a gem and deserves whatever she gets on her paycheck

N
23 September 2019

Place was beautiful, Food was great. Easy assess.

S
23 September 2019

Professional, always wearing a smile, and the food was amazing. We had multiple people compliment the food!

D
23 September 2019

We had so many guests gushing about the food at our wedding! There was so much variety without sacrificing the quality. Definitely took home any leftovers!

Highly recommend! They cater to your needs! Haha see what I did there
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A
22 September 2019

Kevin was here for an event last evening and he is welcome back at Beeches Golf Club anytime! He was a pleasure to work with, very professional, and friendly to all. The food was outstanding as well and he accommodated everyone who asked for something. More...

J
8 September 2019

Nice atmosphere. Food was good

E
30 August 2019

Everyone LOVED the food- especially the artichoke dip, fajitas, and chocolate fountain. They were amazing to work with, and helped make the day flow super smoothly.

S
29 August 2019

Great experience. Having them set-up, supply the tableware and drinks and then clean-up was great. The food was wonderful and the event went well. Very friendly staff and hard working. More...

L
29 August 2019

Distinctive Catering is absolutely fabulous. We used their Grandville Banquet Center for our daughter's wedding. They were great to work with ahead of time, and even allowed my daughter to taste-test the menu items. Setup was easy and they had the place looking great. The event itself went perfectly and my daughter commented that it was better than she ever dreamed it would be. We had many comments from guests about the great facility, food, service and the facility-provided DJ - and I agree! Distinctive Catering did everything possible to ensure that everything went well, and they were so nice to work with. I've used Distinctive Catering for other events and they do a perfect job every time! More...

R
29 August 2019

Great food, great service and great price.

L
29 August 2019

We used them for a company event. The food was great, the staff was professional, friendly and on time. Would hire them again!

K
29 August 2019

We used Distinctive Catering as our caterer for our wedding. They did an excellent job and all of our guests commented on how delicious our food was. They even surprised the groom and I will a few plates of our appetizers at the head table since we didn't make it to cocktail hour. The service was fantastic and you should absolutely book them. To top it all off their prices were the best around. More...

H
29 August 2019

Distinctive Catering cooked for our annual company party. It was above and beyond our expectations! Very professional set-up, friendly staff, and excellent food!! Would hire them again!!

T
23 August 2019

Distinctive catering was the recommended vendor through our venue. The food wasn’t out top priority but these guys did a great job! They staff was very nice to us and our guests and the food was delicious! The mashed potatoes were the bomb. More...

K
22 August 2019

Distinctive was a great caterer for our wedding. The food was extremely affordable and delicious. A lot of guest loved the tuscan chicken. We are very happy with our experience and recommend them to anyone looking to book a caterer. More...

K
21 August 2019

Had them for my son's wedding. Great food and everyone was great to work with. Very helpful and everyone was friendly and great service.

K
21 August 2019

The food was great. Working with Lindsey and Kim was wonderful. Had several comments about the food after the wedding of how great it was. The service when they got to the wedding couldn't have been better, they decorated the tables and the servers were awesome. I would HIGHLY recommend them. More...

S
11 August 2019

We used distinctive catering for our wedding and had the taco bar. We were so pleased with our whole experience!! They were prompt, professional, and so kind! Everyone loved the food!!! And they also included linens - made it so easy! The dusty rose napkins were perfect colors too! More...

E
9 August 2019

We used distinctive catering for our bar at our wedding and they were amazing! We had multiple good responses from the staff and they were so awesome to my husband and myself! Such a great team and really made our wedding perfect! More...

L
8 August 2019

We used Distinctive Catering for a company event. The food was good, and the staff was friendly and professional. I also appreciated the fact that they donated the leftover food to a shelter. I would hire them again!

D
5 August 2019

Distinctive Catering is absolutely fabulous. We used their Grandville Banquet Center for our daughter's wedding. They were great to work with ahead of time, and even allowed my daughter to taste-test the menu items. Setup was easy and they had the place looking great. The event itself went perfectly and my daughter was so happy with it. We had many comments from guests about the great facility, food, service and the facility-provided DJ - and I agree! Distinctive Catering did everything possible to ensure that everything went well, and they were so nice to work with. I've used Distinctive Catering for other events and they do a perfect job every time! More...

M
5 August 2019

Food is good! Service is polite and efficient. Made my day a breeze.

D
4 August 2019

Distinctive Catering is absolutely fabulous. We used their Grandville Banquet Center for our daughter's wedding. They were great to work with ahead of time, and even allowed my daughter to taste-test the menu items. Setup was easy and they had the place looking great. The event itself went perfectly and my daughter commented that it was better than she ever dreamed it would be. We had many comments from guests about the great facility, food, service and provided-DJ - and I agree! Distinctive Catering did everything possible to ensure that everything went well, and they were so nice to work with. I've used Distinctive Catering for other events and they do a perfect job every time! More...

M
30 July 2019

I have had DC do my employee cookout every summer for the last three years and am always thoroughly impressed. Flavors are spot on, service is great, and the prices are reasonable. Couldn't ask for anything more. Glad to see they use high quality items from GFS and not shortcut with cheap alternatives from Sysco. You can really taste excellence in their meals. Well done. Looking forward to seeing you out in Fennville next year. More...

M
23 July 2019

We used Distinctive Catering for our Bar service for our wedding reception 2 weeks ago and they were amazing! They were very friendly and very responsive during the whole planning process. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a caterer! More...

N
23 July 2019

We used Distinctive Catering for our food & bar service at our wedding! Each person we worked with was incredibly responsive and helpful during the planning process. SO MANY of our guests commented on the quality & taste of the food and the bartenders were so much fun! You really can't beat the incredible quality you get for the price. Both supervisors for food & drink made it a priority to introduce themselves to me at the reception and ensure the food and drink were everything I wanted! Definitely would recommend! More...

E
10 July 2019

We booked Distinctive Catering for our wedding last July at The Old Wooden Barn. They were great at communicating quickly which made booking them easy. Their service was wonderful, as well as their food! It was extremely hot that day and the servers made sure waters were filled and the food was out right on schedule! All the staff were very friendly and quick to help with whatever was needed. Thank you for helping to make our day stress free and a day to remember! More...

S
3 July 2019

In the beginning planning stages, we chose Distinctive Catering for our wedding pretty much solely based on cost, availability, and good online reviews. We paid the deposit before attending a tasting, and crossed our fingers that it'd be the right fit. Lindsey, who helped us coordinate both the tasting and the day of, was beyond helpful. She answered every little question I had as a bride with no wedding experience, and was pleasant and honestly seemed happy to help the whole way through. At the tasting, we were admittedly a little nervous, because they didn't have much of anything we were in love with. But when it came down to the big day, Distinctive exceeded all of my expectations. The staff arrived and set up with perfect timing, made the buffet line look polished and professional, and even arranged our cupcakes on our stand for us as they'd noticed we hadn't had a chance to "make them pretty". The food was good, everything was the right temperature, and we got quite a few compliments on it all after dinner. Plates were cleared as soon as our guests were done eating, and the kitchen staff were quickly working behind the scenes to clean them as they were cleared. When it came time for cleanup, they left the place exactly as they found it, if not cleaner. Everyone from Distinctive, from the waitstaff to the kitchen staff, was really kind to us on our wedding day, and I would not hesitate to use them again if I were hosting another event! More...

M
2 July 2019

Wonderful! I recommend it for any get together! Food tasty and hot. Staff very effective.

D
30 June 2019

Very nice place

S
30 June 2019

The staff for ordering and chosing food and the staff at the tasting were very helpful. The food at the tasting is mostly the upcharge food. The only thing I thought was very inappropriate was the caterer came up to the head table of my wedding to ask me (the bride)details. I should not be the person to ask and I gave them a day of contact. Don't forget to look at all the fees attached. One thing I did like was they packed up all the left overs and left them for me to take home. More...

R
29 June 2019

The prices were extremely reasonable for a a great dinner menu and appetizer selection as well as a great bar package. The staff was helpful, friendly, and provided wonderful customer service. We received so many complements on the food as well as the open bar. We had a plated dinner and the timing was perfect - everyone was eating at almost the exact same time and the food was hot. The bar package had a great selection and the bartenders made great drinks. We would highly recommend Distinctive Catering & Bar Services. More...

B
18 June 2019

Distinctive Catering has such a fantastic variety of options for our wedding this month. Not only were they timely and fairly priced, every single guest at my wedding approached us to let us know that this was the BEST wedding food they’ve ever had! One of the biggest concerns as a couple planning a wedding is that the food will be good, fresh and not cold. Well they definitely exceeded our expectations! The buffet was beautiful and the food was incredible. We chose the “Create Your Own Smokin’ BBQ Feast” and had smoked brisket, polish kielbasa, smashed garlic redskin potatoes, potato salad and cornbread. They even offered drinks (we chose lemonade) which helped with our younger guests. Thank you so much and we 100% will recommend to our family/friends! More...

M
13 June 2019

We had my daughter's reception at the Waddell Center. Located very centrally for out of town guests, the menu we chose was the Mexican Buffet - which catered to several Gluten free and Vegan guests. The food was hot and they had 4 lines serving line flow quickly. The value was very affordable and the room was delightful. The service all night long was exceptional and friendly. They were very attentive and even sent home the leftovers! We had a phenomenal experience. Highly recommend. More...

T
11 June 2019

Both Lindsey with food serviced and Madeline with bar serviced responded to me with estimates the day I asked. They were so helpful in answering all my questions and making accommodations for special diets.

J
9 June 2019

We held a graduation open house at the Grandville Banquet Center and it was amazing! The food, venue and staff were amazing. I highly recommend Distinctive Catering ❤️ More...

J
30 May 2019

Very nice place, great food

S
29 May 2019

Distinctive Catering was very timely in their communication and very flexible throughout the process. We had many people with various allergies and DC was right on top of it all! ! Their staff was VERY professional and shared in our joy of the day!
We did find that our table cloths came in stained and so a few of the table cloths we had to flip upside down when we were decorating. However, the manager was onsite the day of our wedding and informed us that he would quickly take care of this.
This is a fantastic bang for your buck and I highly recommend!!
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A
13 May 2019

We got married this past April and had Distinctive Catering caterer at The McKay tower for our wedding! They did a phenomenal job! We have gotten compliments left and right. Everyone’s food was hot while served which never has happened at any event that I have attended! We had the Tuscan chicken and the steak! Both were cooked to perfection and they are at a reasonable cost which is very hard to find these days! Thankyou distinctive for going above and beyond! More...

T
30 April 2019

Everyone was VERY professional and friendly, you can tell the staff love what they do

R
30 April 2019

Great venue. Great service. Perfect for parties and receptions!

Q&A

A wide variety of buffets, plated meals and Summer BBQ menu.

We ask a lot of questions about preferred menus and their budget.
All of our food and bar coordinators make the selection process a fun expirience. We also offer quarterly tastings.

Creating FUN. Our staff is fun and will enhance the vibe of your event. Their smiles are addicting.

A love for people and food and beverage.
The assisting of couples or companies in putting on a fantastic event is what motivates our team of more than 150 pros.

We are "SIMPLY THE BEST" and over 2 million guests served can attest to that?