2024 Testimonials


We absolutely loved Distinctive Catering for our wedding day on June 15th! Our appetizers and buffet style dinner for our wedding reception turned out amazing AND delicious! We received so many compliments from our wedding guests that this was some of the best wedding food they had ever had. They are very reasonably priced and were very easy to work with! You will NOT regret booking Distinctive Catering for your special day!


Everything went just as planned. the buffet was set up and served on time and the food was outstanding. we chose chicken and beef tips and had many people asking us who the caterers were and commenting on how good the food was.


The food was excellent. We had many compliments from guests on how good it was. Staff communicated well, answered all questions and concerns promptly and professionally.


I just wanted to take a few minutes to compliment your employees Karen and Jose. They catered a wedding at our venue here in St Johns MI on June 29th. We have worked with a few different caterers and these two did an amazing job. They were very professional, polite, and the food was delicious. Not often do you get all three of these things from one caterer. We appreciate the hard word they put in especially since it was pretty hot and we don’t have air conditioning!. Thank you Karen and Jose. I will be happy to recommend your company in the future.


Everything went very smoothly for the wedding. Good communication via lots of emails, helpful with suggestions and service the day of the wedding was very professional and friendly. We weren’t able to do a tasting before hand so was a little nervous but food was delicious and portions were very generous. Would recommend the Beefs skewers and stuffed mushrooms for apps. We had chicken, brisket, scalloped potatoes, green beans and vegetarian stir fry, all were cooked perfectly! The dessert buffet was fun too. Thank you Distinctive Catering!


They are excellent at dietary accommodations and are entirely peanut and tree nut free and most of their food avoids adding gluten or dairy if not needed, such as baked chicken without breading or green beans with margarine instead of butter. They even offer a special dietary restriction plate. So many guests said how appreciative they were for the dietary accommodations. DC let me put my own signs out in front of each food item listing if it had dairy or gluten which is nice for my guests. DC has tasting events and I highly recommend attending.


Distinctive Catering was a preferred vendor for our venue and they were amazing! It was very easy to set up a tasting with them and it was set up buffet style, so it was great to get a way to see how our guests would experience the food as well. The staff was very friendly and communicated in a timely manner. We got so many compliments on how delicious the food was as well!


We have not stopped getting complements on how good the food was at our wedding! Distinctive Catering provided excellent service with their amazing staff. They were profession and easy to communicate with. Thank you!!


We used Distinctive Catering and their bar service for our wedding at Inisfree Estate and they were awesome! The bar staff was great with guests and the food was amazing. We did their food tasting and overall were underwhelmed. Everything was great! To feed that many people we were expecting just okay food, but it turned out way better. Other than the bartenders being delightful with our guests I didn’t really notice any of the other workers throughout the night. They snuck in set the food and snuck the leftovers back out. I would recommend anyone to look into using them! Made everything on the food and drink end easy!


Distinctive Catering helped make my daughter’s wedding perfect. We received so many compliments on the pasta buffet from guests. Our servers were great, and the girls in the office were easy to work with. I’d chose Distinctive again, no question.


I extend my heartful gratitude to Distinctive Catering for their exceptional service during our Ottawa Hills High School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Music Production and Entrepreneurship Program.

The professionalism exhibited by your staff was truly commendable. They executed a flawless setup and ensured the continuous replenishment of the table with delectable food. Moreover, when guests had inquiries about the catering service, your team responded with enthusiasm and expertise.

Thank you once again for contributing to the success of our event. Your team went above and beyond, and I am so very thankful.


We cannot thank Distinctive Catering enough for what they have done to help us for our annual fundraising event. Our Live ABBA show was a huge success, and it wouldn’t have happened without Distinctive and their impeccable team. Austin, Kallie and Kelsey rocked this event, and the company’s generosity and accommodations helped us stay within budget. The food was incredible, the table settings were beautiful and the waitstaff phenomenal! Thank you to Tom and Emily who made the administrative side simple and stress-free! We will definitely be hiring them again! 10/10 service! Thank you!


Distinctive catering was a phenomenal vendor to work with. They offered a tasting for us that was very thorough and extensive with the options they offer. Leading up to the wedding day, communication was thorough and responses were very quick. They let us know everything to expect and how it will happen the day of. Setting up the day before our wedding, we had a few linens short and the napkins were missing. They hand delivered them to our venue on 2 separate occasions which was so helpful. On the wedding day, they arrived on time. The staff was dressed and appeared so professionally. They set up and took down quickly all while serving on time. We really appreciated their time and help because it made it go so smoothly on the big day!!

2023 Testimonials


We had a wonderful event last night at our Christmas Party!! Anna and Angel were an exceptional team from arrival to the end of the evening. The buffet was arranged in a delightful manner with hints of Christmas dappled throughout the food/dessert/beverage arrangement. They were consistently refilling food/beverage items so that guests were never without. I appreciated their festive attire and eagerness to please. I was thrilled with everything! Thank you so very much!!!


Distinctive Catering did a phenomenal job from beginning to end of our reception. The staff was very professional and helpful through the whole process. The reservation process was easy, the menu’s extensive, and the food was exquisite.
I will retain their services again for my next event requiring catering. Many thanks to the entire staff.


Hands down the best food I’ve ever had at a wedding! And so many of our guests said the same thing. Very easy to work with to schedule a tasting, choose our menu and coordinate the little details for our day. The day of service was impeccable and very organized.


The food was so delicious!!! We were told so many times by guests the day of and for weeks after how good it was! They also packaged up the left over food for us so we could take it at the end of the night which was amazing!!


Distinctive catering catered our wedding for about 150 people. They did a fantastic job with presentation for our charcuterie board and our dessert table. We chose their Ultimate Signature Buffet for dinner and OH MAN it was incredible! All of our guests were raving about how good the food was and were shocked that a buffet could be this delicious! We hardly even noticed their staff working while our wedding was happening. I can’t recommend them enough!


Yum! I highly recommend Distinctive Catering for great food and great value! We booked the Signature Full Service Buffet and Signature Bar option, and were pleased with lovely table settings, good food (get the BBQ meatballs!!) and inclusive service. They were easy to work with and it was so nice to get our linens, settings, food, and bar service all from the same place!


Thank you very much for the delicious food at the wedding. Everyone raved about it! Thank you so much for making my daughter’s wedding so special! We truly appreciate it, and will recommend you to everyone.


Working with Distinctive Catering was great from the food tasting to days after the wedding. They were easy to talk to and got back quickly when I had questions. We did the ultimate signature buffet and upgraded to full service which I am so glad that we did. Picking up linens and returning them was incredibly easy. The food at the wedding was so good! We got so many compliments on everything. There was some miscommunication and confusion around leftovers at the end of the night so I would recommend that you tell them right away on wedding day that you want to keep your leftovers. That was the only “issue” we had which isn’t even a big deal. Kelli talked to me on the phone about it and said that is something they will improve on in the future so I appreciate them listening to my concerns and taking action. I would definitely use them again and would highly recommend them!


Distinctive catering was absolutely PHENOMENAL!!! They were patient and understanding throughout the entire planning process. They were informative and quick to respond with any questions I had. When it came to wedding day Ellie was so sweet!! I didn’t have to worry about a thing, they were so on top of everything. Not to mention… aTHE FOOD. OH MY GOSH. The pot roast was delicious! The amount of food and options for the price is one of a kind. I have zero regrets. They really know what they’re doing and how to make your day smooth. Did I mention the food was to die for???


We loved our experience with DC! They were very responsive through the whole planning process. The food was absolutely delicious, and we got many compliments on it the whole evening. Plated table service was prompt and orderly. We didn’t get to utilize this option, but they will donate extra food to a charity of your choice, or even box it up if guests would like to take some home. Many caterers don’t allow this anymore so this was so cool to know! Our bartender was amazing as well. An hour into the night she had memorized most guest’s drink orders and had them ready as they approached the bar. She went above and beyond. Most bar services water drinks down as well, and this was not the case for us which was great. Can’t recommend enough!


What a great catering business! If you want a bang for your buck, this is it! For the amount of money we paid, we got even more food and to top it off the staff was wonderful! Our wedding guests loved the food that was offered. Leading up to the big day, the staff was very helpful and easy to work with in choosing the right menu. I would highly recommend Distinctive Catering for your event!


Distinctive Catering catered our Welcome BBQ and our Wedding Reception. The food at both was AMAZING! Our guests couldn’t stop raving about it. My 4-year old niece at four ears of corn bc they were so delicious. We also used their bartending service – perfection! Such a good value! Everyone was friendly and professional and barely needed anything from me (a real plus for a bride on her wedding day!). Their communication throughout the planning process was very prompt and they humored all my million questions. I would recommend them again and again!


Excellent across the board. Set up on time. Appearance and display were attractive. Servers were exceptional— friendly, professional, needed no prompts from us, and clean up was smooth and quick. Food was good and plentiful. They packed up remaining food nicely for us to take. We highly recommend Distinctive Catering.


We had a buffet through Distinctive Catering for our wedding, and we received so many compliments from our guests. All of the food tasted incredible and the staff/service was very professional. They were also very responsive leading up to the event.


Everything was great yesterday for the breakfast!!! The team members did an awesome job making omelets and ensuring everything was replenished as needed. We will definitely keep you guys in mind for any future catering needs we may have in the future.


Thank you so much for doing another outstanding job with the food at our conference on Saturday (and setup on Friday). We were very happy with how the whole thing went. You had the right quantity, good balance of food between the floors, and great quality of food. Those barbecue sandwiches are always a hit, and people love the hot breakfast. The lines were setup for a fast flow and we got all 900 people through quickly. It is always a pleasure working with you all.

2022 Testimonials


We used Distinctive Catering for our bar services at our wedding and it was phenomenal! The communication was quick & efficient. The day of service was great! The two bartenders were incredibly friendly, quick to make drinks so the line was never long. I would definitely recommend Distinctive Catering.


My wife and I booked Distinctive Catering for our wedding and could not be happier! The planning process and communication was streamlined and stress-free. The tasting appointment was group-based and non-rigid which was enjoyable and very casual. All the food came out perfectly for the wedding and we had comments about the food, and heard abut the meatballs for days afterwards, some even attempting to make them from home days after the event. We definitely recommend Distinctive Catering!


Nothing but glowing reviews. The food was delicious, the staff were ON POINT and so wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed using this company and highly recommend for a cost effective but absolutely delicious option. 5 stars!!


We choose signature buffet, the food was delicious, service was professional and above beyond. They accommodated our dietary request for a handful of vegan meals to meet guests needs. Served a wheelchair bound guest to aid her husband and got us threw dinner service on schedule. I would recommend Distinctive Catering for future events.


We used Distinctive Catering bar service at our daughter’s wedding and were blown away by how great they were! So many guests commented on how nice and professional the bartenders were–they couldn’t have been more
accommodating! And before the wedding, in figuring out everything, Lindsey and Mackenzie were just wonderful–so accommodating and helpful, and always responded to phone calls and emails right away. They were so easy to work with and the service was absolutely fabulous! I highly recommend Distinctive Catering!


We used DC for our September wedding and could not have been happier! Lindsey and Mackenzie’s communication throughout the planning process was phenomenal. Our food was perfectly cooked – I’ve gotten plenty of compliments on both the appetizers and dinner. The servers were so friendly and accommodating. I would hire them again in a heart beat.


Distinctive Catering was amazing to work with! The food was amazing and the staff was so nice and accommodating. Highly recommend!


We hired DC for our daughters wedding on 9/24/22 for a headcount of 180. Everything went smoothly – the set up, apps, clean-up were great. The quality of the chicken chardonnay was outstanding and so was the beef tips. We also offered prime rib on the buffet and that was good. Not quite as flavorful as we had hoped but it was very satisfying. There were 0 complaints about the food – only positive comments from the guests.


We booked Distinctive Catering for our wedding and they were amazing! They showed up on time and made sure we were happy with everything throughout the night. Everyone raved about the pretzel and cheese appetizer! Our event coordinator, Lindsey, was so responsive and helpful throughout the entire planning process. We were so happy with everything from Distinctive Catering and would highly recommend them to anyone.


I just wanted to say Thank you for the excellent service and meal that Distinctive provided for our daughter’s wedding at Black River Barn. Your staff did an excellent job with service. Everyone was so professional and polite. The buffet and tables were set up so nice. The chef prepared an amazing meal and we received many compliments from our guests. Distinctive has an excellent reputation and you lived up to it! Thank you, Lindsey and Mackenzie for taking care of all the details and questions leading up to the special event. You got everything exactly right and the day was perfect! We truly appreciate all the hard work put in by you and your staff.


Distinctive Catering was absolutely incredible. We used both their bar services and catering services for our wedding. The food was delicious, so many guests commented on the beef brisket and how amazing it was. I can’t compliment the staff enough, the bar tenders were friendly and hustled out drinks, and the catering staff was attentive and so so kind. They really made our wedding day that much more special.


We had Distinctive cater our wedding and we did the Italian buffet which was amazing (especially for the price)! We had so many people tell us the food was great. When we sat down to eat, their staff came over to see if we wanted a drink from the bar. They were quick, helpful and friendly!


I wanted to email you and tell you ThankYou for the catering service on Saturday July 16 for the Thane wedding. Oh my everything was wonderful the food and service was great . The staff very friendly and helpful and professional. The food was perfect people were talking about the food how great it was and the meat was so tender . We had the beef tenderloin and herb chicken . It’s only been three days and people are still raving about it . I will definitely recommend your business to anyone looking for a caterer. Thanks again


Distinctive Catering did a fantastic job with their bar service at our wedding. Working with them prior to our wedding day was so easy; they were very quick to respond to any and all questions we had. Wedding day was even simpler as there wasn’t any communication even needed! They came in, were very professional, and did their job extremely well. Would definitely recommend them.


Fantastic food! Catered our welcome dinner, reception, and farewell brunch and the food was fantastic at all three events! The employees that worked all three events were very polite and hardworking! Highly recommend!


We received numerous compliments on the food. It was delicious! The staff was amazing! They even helped elderly grandparents with their plates. If I could give them 10 stars I would! Not a single complaint.


We had about 150 people at our wedding. The food tasted great, nice and warm. We chose the ultimate buffet: chicken Marsala, beef tenderloin with Bordelaise sauce, wild rice, duchess potatoes, and green beans. The green beans were a little over cooked in my opinion but maybe that’s how they cook them as softer. The chicken was only a little dry, but I would order it all over again if I could other than the green beans. Everyone was pleased with the food. The bar staff was so nice and attentive to my needs as the bride. Very friendly! The wait staff was amazing with clearing plates and the buffet in a timely fashion. As well as some rocking out to our last song of the night, Bohemian Rhapsody! Price reviewed is for 164 people bar and food, both the top packages.


Distinctive Catering was an absolutely amazing team to work with for my wedding. The first thing I noticed was the extremely speedy replies when I had inquiries via email. I would get replies within minutes. They were so kind and helpful with all of my questions. We hired them for our Bar service only for our Grand Rapids Wedding at Studio D2D. The bartenders were both so kind and friendly to my guests. They made the night fun and we were very happy to have them. I was nervous to run out of Miller Lite as my family is large and tends to drink that more than the craft drinks. They assured me that we would not – we did- but it was not noticed because they went and got more without skipping a beat and no one even knew it! That alone was incredible. Highly recommend this company for their attentiveness, kindness, professionalism and overall great experience with them!


Amazing company to hire for your big day! Everyone was soooooo accommodating and outstandingly friendly! I have nothing but fantastic things to say about Distinctive. From the day we booked, through the two years of planning, up until the big day, my mind was at ease having Distinctive work with us to plan our wedding day. It was a dream! Thank you!

2021 Testimonials


Distinctive Catering was fantastic! We had so many compliments from guests about the food, and their service was incredible! The staff were so friendly and helpful – would definitely recommend!


Distinctive Catering was outstanding for our wedding. We had so many compliments on the food from our guests. Everyone LOVED the charcuterie display! The communication from the start of planning through the day of our event was excellent, and everyone that worked our event was so friendly and attentive. I would absolutely recommend Distinctive Catering to anyone looking for a caterer in the Grand Rapids area.


Had a great experience with DC! They catered our wedding and did a fabulous job! We could not be more thrilled with how smooth everything went. From the food tasting, to commutation between tasting and wedding, and then how well everything went on the special day. It was absolutely awesome.
Highly recommend the chicken pot pie. I know, not very “wedding food” type, but you will be amazed and your guest will not stop complementing it! Meatballs are also a must! For the amount of food and the quality of it, it is worth the price. Self serve so you can try everything as well and get as much as you want. We absolutely loved DC!


Distinctive Catering went above and beyond to make our son & daughter in law’s wedding reception dinner a well-run, seamless experience. Their staff was on top of everything, taking care of every detail. The food was delicious. Their attendants were attentive & polite, and they kept us apprised of everything. Communication with Distinctive Catering leading up to our event was always immediate and thorough, too. We would highly recommend them as a caterer for your special event.


Food was so good. Process was super easy, everyone that I talked to was super helpful and answered all of my questions perfectly. We did the Fajita bar and we got so many compliments on it! We also had a few vegetarians and they included a few options no extra charge! The coffee bar included was also a hit, great option!


Working with Distinctive Catering was superb. Every bride from 2021 knows the struggle of wedding planning amidst a global pandemic. Distinctive Catering was extremely responsive, easy to communicate with, and understanding of our needs. The food was great, and there were plenty of options to select our menu from. They took the time to work with me for my guests with dietary restrictions. The service was excellent – the staff was attentive and friendly. Distinctive Catering arrived early to set up, so our ceremony was not interrupted at all. I would definitely recommend Distinctive Catering to my friends and other brides in the West Michigan area!


Amazing food, setup, communication, etc! We got bar and food catering for our wedding and we cannot express how happy we are with everything.


Very professional and high quality food. Will recommend them to brothers and sisters when they get married.


Distinctive Catering was excellent to work with. We had to change our wedding date and location with a few months to go, and Distinctive Catering made a stressful situation easy to navigate. We were not able to attend a food tasting before our event, but the caterer recommended popular items for us, and everything we chose was delicious! Guests said they loved the food. The staff that worked our event were attentive and professional, and we were very happy with our choice of caterer!


Great and many food options in terms of cuisine and serving styles with bar options to match! Distinctive put on a free tasting test which was crucial for our decision. It made us feel very confident going into the wedding day know just what we were serving our guests. Would certainly recommend!


My wife and I are soooo glad we choose them for the dinner service at our wedding this summer! Good prices and everything was so delicious. The staff was very friendly and helped pack up the leftovers which fed our family for days after!


I was thoroughly pleased with the food and service. We had planned a picnic at Ideal Park and the weather, location and food was perfect. I would definitely recommend Distinctive Catering for anything you may plan. I used the summer menu it worked out wonderfully. PS…the young man who delivered the food (early) was great too.

2020 Testimonials


The team at Distinctive Catering was so easy to work with. Trying to plan a wedding during a pandemic was nerve wracking to say the least. We were lucky it was during a time when things opened up a bit. Through all of it though Lindsay was a true professional . She answered all of our hundreds of questions in a very timely manner. The staff who was at our wedding was so nice!! We had the pig roast and added roasted chicken. During the months since we keep getting messages from our guests saying it was the best food they’ve had at a wedding. We had the option of taking all the leftovers home or they will donate to a local homeless shelter. We asked if we could have half and donate half and they were very accommodating. At several points during the night they even asked us if they could get us anything; they really went above and beyond. Book with Distinctive Catering…you won’t be disappointed.


They did an amazing job! We literally planned an entire wedding in a month and a half and Lindsay was so patient and willing to go back and forth with us to make sure we got everything we wanted. When I told my mom we were doing the chicken pot pie she wrinkled her nose, then after the wedding she called saying she had to eat her words because she (and everyone else) LOVED it!

Tiffany – Blue Heron Barn

Good Morning – My name is Tiffany and my husband, Bob, and I own Blue Heron Barn in Kalamazoo.  We had the pleasure of having your company cater a wedding for us this last Saturday for Colestock/Woolley.  I just wanted to let you know that Ashley and her “A team” were fantastic. They were so professional and courteous.  What an excellent group of hard workers. If we could have them here every weekend, life would be so much easier. The food was fabulous also! I hope that we get the chance to have your catering business back again soon. I will highly recommend you to future couples. Thank you!


I have to say you guys did a great job!! The food was amazing and Ashley was fantastic!! She went above and beyond to make our event such a great time. Thank you again for all you do!! We do events each year and you guys are our new go to!!


Thank you—SO SO MUCH—for all your help and guidance over these last few months!!! The food was incredible and the service was amazing.


The bride and groom that I worked for hired this catering company when their venue was not able to hold their wedding at their original location. We hired DC about 3 weeks before the wedding and their responsiveness and professionalism all around was impressive. Because of the short time frame, we took a leap of faith and hired this company without a taste testing. This was scary as this is not something we would normally do but it worked out better than we could have imagined. At our event, the staff was on time, helpful, and professional. The food was amazing, and we recieved compliments all night long! The prime rib was so tasty! Another great feature about this company was everything was gluten free which was a huge plus. We live around the lansing area, and they traveled from Grand Rapids. We would recommend this company to anyone that is looking for a top notch caterer!


Ashley Bentley-Lead, Alisa, Jada, Elizabeth, Mike-Cook, and Andrew Keaton-Cook were OUTSTANDING! It was a very warm day and that added to the already COVID situation we are going through right now made for the potential of not such a great experience. BUT, your employees did not act as if either the COVID or warm/humid day were effecting their performance. They were all extremely friendly, went above and beyond to adjust to the conditions of the day, were some of the hardest working people I have ever seen, were respectful of each other and all the guests, were flexible with some last minute changes without any hesitations, worked extremely well together. I think Ashley deserves a huge praise because I believe that she was respected by the others, and yet did her job as one of the others. This is a huge thing when the “in charge” person is working alongside of and just as hard as those she is leading. Kudos to her!!! Overall, this was a great day made easier and greater by the staff that was with us from Distinctive Catering. Your employees have represented themselves and you well!!!

2019 Testimonials


I wish I could give more than 5 stars because The Harris Building and the entire staff deserve WAY more than 5 stars. The venue itself was more than we could’ve imagined. From the exposed brick to the wooden beams across the ceiling, it’s a unique and gorgeous building. Truly one of a kind. The valet parking is a major plus especially with its location in downtown Grand Rapids. The staff is just as, if not more, exceptional than the building itself. They were so dedicated to making sure we had the most perfect wedding ceremony and reception. They made everything so effortless, seamless, and flawless. Karri and Ashley are beyond incredible. They kept our day on schedule and made sure everything ran smoothly. They made sure they had everything just the way we wanted it. The in-house florist, Aime, is phenomenal. She did all our floral pieces and they turned out absolutely incredible. She is so passionate about her work and it really shows. The in-house DJs, Bradley and Josh, were total rockstars. They kept the dance floor full all night long. They also made sure we had drinks for dinner and even ran up and grabbed my phone for me. There were other staff members that provided light while we were trying to bustle my dress. The entire staff is super easy and great to work with. They are super responsive with emails and text messages. There wasn’t a moment I was stressed or wondering what was next. They really took all the worries from us and put us at ease. They handled everything for us and made sure we could enjoy our night. Our wedding was absolutely perfect thanks to The Harris Building and its entire staff. To us, they weren’t just venue staff, they were wedding guests and friends. They really made our day memorable and I’m beyond happy that they were able to share in the day with us. Thank you, Karri, Ashley, DJ Bradley, DJ Josh, Aime, and the entire Harris Building staff! You guys mean so much to us! We love and miss you guys!


We used distinctive catering bar services for our wedding and had the best time! We received good service and were able to customize a drink package to fit our needs. Would highly recommend!


I would highly recommend Distinctive Catering for all of your events. They are friendly and professional. The food was hot and fresh. When they left the kitchen was spotless.


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!


We used Distinctive Catering for our daughter’s wedding. The food, both appetizers, and dinner was amazing. We did the Create Your Own Smokin’ BBQ Buffet. They were very professional and got right down to business the moment they arrived. Everything was set up perfectly and they were flexible in bumping up the time of dinner the day of. They put all the leftover food in pans and refrigerated for us to take home. We used their bar service also and the girls there related well to the guests. They even took all the linens back for me so I didn’t have to. The girls in the office promptly answered all the questions I had leading up to our special day. I will definitely use them again if the need ever arises.


The prices were extremely reasonable for 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 compliments 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.


The venue was absolutely beautiful and made our wedding vision truly come to life. The venue comes with a fair bit of decoration which reduced the amount of decoration and rentals that we were required to provide. The prices were extremely reasonable for all rentals (tables, chairs, linens, flatware, ect.) included a great menu selection and a great bar package. The staff was helpful, friendly, and provided wonderful customer service. We received so many compliments on the food as well as the overall venue. We are so happy we decided to go with the Waddell Center for our Reception Venue – we could not have been happier with how our reception went!


They were amazing! So friendly and even interacted with my guests instead of just being there to serve they made the whole experience incredible. The food was awesome too! Potatoes and meatballs is where it’s at!

2018 Testimonials


Distinctive Catering did a great job at our fundraiser picnic! Not only was the food tasty, it was fresh, kept at a great temperature and displayed beautifully. We received terrific service as well. The staff was prompt, professional, friendly and really went the extra mile for our guests. The team at Distinctive Catering made it possible for me to just focus on my event instead of having to check on anything related to the food. We will definitely be using this service again!


Absolutely wonderful venue. We’ve been to a total of 3 here, including our own, and have been impressed every time. Prices are very affordable and the staff goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is taken care of. Our lead server for the night also made it her priority to take care of the bridal party as well as the parents of the bride and groom. We did the signature buffet and all of our guests seemed to love it, I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback.

Human Resource Specialist – Herman Miller

It was amazing!! Food and the staff were awesome, helpful and fun!!


We used Distinctive to cater our food for the wedding and couldn’t have been happier. Their staff was incredibly helpful and quick to respond throughout the entire process. The food was delicious and prices were competitive. We would highly recommend them!

Stephenie M.

Great food, great service, super easy to work with kept things moving along but wasn’t pushy.


We used Distinctive Catering for both our catering and bar needs. As an out-of-state bride, I appreciated the responsiveness to my emails and flexibility in me asking for multiple quotes so I could compare my options. I worked with Lindsey to have my MOH & mom attend a tasting event since I couldn’t be there. Which was awesome and very helpful! Everyone loved the food (people raved about the salmon!) and our guests said the bartenders were fabulous. We had plated meals – everything came out hot, delicious and timely. Servers were attentive to all our guests needs during dinner and did a wonderful job clearing plates as people finished their meals. Would 10/10 recommend.


Food was very good. We received several compliments. Customer service was top notch. Professional.


We were very impressed with the professionalism and eye for detail from Distinctive Catering for our son’s wedding reception. We, and our guests, were also impressed by the quality of the place settings, the service, and the food. We really felt the pricing was very reasonable, the servers moved in and around us quietly and unobtrusively, and their appearance was very professional. Their ability to work with us was exemplary. We wouldn’t hesitate to hire them again for any event.

Lori K, South Haven Conventions & Visitors Bureau

Everything went great last night. Staff was wonderful, food was fantastic! Lots of compliments all around!


We have absolutely no complaints! Distinctive handled our son’s reception with professionalism and great service. We appreciated their eye for detail and the way they presented themselves. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.

Jessica C, Grandville Banquet Center

They decorated between the time we booked and the wedding date. My jaw hit the floor when I saw how beautiful it all was on our wedding day. We loved that it was basically all inclusive and felt like we got a great deal on everything!

Jessica & Anthony

The food was so delicious and we got rave reviews from our guests about the bartender. She remembered people’s drinks and even got the wedding party drinks during dinner, since we missed cocktail hour. Amazing service! Everything from Distinctive was perfect. The food tasted great and had wonderful texture. The presentation and decoration of the linens, buffet, dessert, and beverage area displayed attention to detail and was beautiful. And the staff were gracious, attentive, and clearly had personal ownership and pride in the event. They communicated well and showed genuine interest in our needs. They also expertly set up the decorations that I had brought, and was planning on doing myself.

Timothy Hall

And you have been wonderful, too. Your emails communicated enthusiasm and commitment to making sure our event was well coordinated. You replied to my questions in a timely fashion, so that I never had to wonder if someone was around. THANK YOU!!! Thank you so very much for providing the food and drinks for our wedding last week on June 9th at the Victoria Resort in South Haven! Our guests were very complimentary of the entire event, but they all especially noted how delicious the food was! And I quote “a meat lovers perfect buffet,” “the food was a step above a typical catered event.”

Jessica and Brandon Baylian, Victoria Resort South Haven

Your staff was very accommodating and professional – the event was outdoors and it was touch and go there for a while with the weather, but both the food and bar staff did not seem the littlest bit concerned about how we would make everything work should the weather be a factor. We are beyond grateful for the excellent services provided by the whole Distinctive Catering team! Thank you!

Sandy LeBlanc, Grandville Jenison Chamber of Commerce

Thank you again for providing amazing service and food at our Community Awards Reception last night! Ashley does an amazing job and it is so nice to know we don’t ever have tot worry about anything when we have you. This past Tuesday Hand2Hand hosted our annual spring luncheon. For the second year in a row, the food and your staff were exceptional and over the top in showing our volunteers how much you and your organization care about Hand2Hand! We heard many raving comments about the food choices!

Jodi Joseph, Hand2Hand

Thank you Tom for truly making a difference on this special day! This luncheon comes at a time in our ministry where some of our coordinators can feel weary and just a simple thing of “breaking bread” together can be so renewing to them. You all just make it extra special! Thanks you so much for all of the hard work that went into planning and executing the bar service for our wedding reception. We very much appreciated everyone’s attention to detail. We had many guests comment on how great the bartenders were!

Allie & Ryan Mowery, D2D City View

Being in the industry, we so appreciate the high level of service we received. Please thank all of the staff for us again.

Margeline Nichols, Paul Tripp

Everybody loved the food. Prices were great! Have already been recommending to friends! The gal that worked the head table was outstanding and attentive.

2017 Testimonials

Joy Niemeyer, D2D City View

I just wanted to tell you how great the bar service staff was at Katey & Patrick’s wedding this past Saturday. They were friendly, courteous and a joy to work with. I would definitely use Distinctive Catering Bar service again, and highly recommend you to anyone.

Mark & Judy Sulka

Thank you for catering our daughter’s wedding at Studio D2D on Friday, Oct. 20. Service was amazing and the food was spectacular! The distinctive wait staff and bar service staff were friendly and professional. We are so happy we went with your company for our special event.


Distinctive Catering was amazing. Multiple guests at our wedding raved about the food. At the tasting they had all the food buffet style with a cash bar as well as display tables. They had multiple people to answer questions about any aspect of your day. The process couldn’t have been easier. At the wedding our staff was amazing, the bartenders were on a first name basis with most of the guests by the end of the night. Not a bad word can be said about Distinctive Catering.


My husband and I were looking for a venue with an urban/industrial feel with exposed bricks and beams. Waddell Center delivered just that at a reasonable prices compared to other options in the area. They also redid and updated the entire interior of the venue after I booked and it looked amazing for the wedding day! In additional to being a nice location, the coordinator, Sarah, and any other staff I worked with were great. Very quick responses and accommodating to any requests or questions I had. The only hiccup was that when we came the day before to decorate, the tables were set up differently than what we discussed. However, the staff member that was there immediately fixed the problems and got us what we needed, which was helpful. Also, we had a great experience with the food and bar through Distinctive Catering. The food was great and we had multiple guests come up and tell us it was one of the best wedding food and bar service they ever had. All in all, we are so happy we booked with Waddell Center. They made everything easy and our reception was beautiful and a blast.

Kayla & Zach Pearson

I just wanted to touch base with you about how phenomenal your staff was at our wedding on Friday!!! Our guests could not stop talking about how awesome they were. I hope they enjoyed themselves as well. I will be passing around your name to anyone who gets married! We had the best time. Thank you all for contributing to making our day everything we wanted.


We used Distinctive Catering for our wedding last weekend and we’re incredibly impressed! The food was amazing, the waitstaff were quick and very friendly. Most of all they went above and beyond what they had to do. We did not have the bartending service but when the staff from Distinctive Catering saw that our bartender was a little backed up they stepped in and helped pass out drinks and brought them to guests at the tables. Awesome company from my first contact with them and all the way through the wedding. Highly recommend them for any event!

Amy and Nick

Hi Sarah! I just want to thank you so much for everything! The night turned out amazing and the food was awesome!! The service was so great!! I will recommend you to all of my friends about to get married! Couldn’t have asked for a better venue! You truly helped make our day amazing!!! We only wished we would have taken more time to eat the amazing food!!!! If there is any way we could order some, we would really like to so we can enjoy it! Such a busy day! Thanks again so much!! Please tell all your staff how amazing they are!

The Davis family, Hydrangea Blue Barn

We heard about DC from our venues preferred customer list. DC was awesome. We chose them for our Bar and Caterer (this only made sense to us) The bar had a drink in my hand with out even asking as soon as we got to our table. Our guests were raving about the grills going and the food. We chose the beef brisket and chicken and we had no problem switching a few things on the menu. DC was very professional and accommodating to all of our guests. We have zero complaints of the service on our special day. They really did cater to our needs through out the night. Thank you DC for helping making our day so special. You all rocked it.

Brandon, Faith United Reformed Church

Just wanted to thank you for the excellent service last night. We had a great time, the quality of the food was outstanding and the amount of food was beyond my expectations! The three team members you sent were professional and did a wonderful job setting everything up and taking it down. I would and will recommend you in the future.

Colleen, Wedding

I just wanted to let you know that I was totally impressed and happy with the staff that served at my daughter’s wedding. Everyone was so professional and friendly. It really made for a great evening. The food was awesome and everything went off without a hitch. I told them all how much I appreciated everything that they had done and the wonderful way they conducted themselves, but I wanted you to know so that you can also let them know we were all thrilled!!!

2016 Testimonials

Madison, 4o Under 40 Event

Just wanted to say Thanks again for everything your team did for us with 40 Under Forty. People absolutely RAVED about the food. We are lucky to be able to work with such a quality business! Our reviews are filled with comments like, “the food was excellent.” You should be very proud of your team. Thanks again!

Stacie, Event

The staff at Distinctive Catering were professional and attentive from start to finish. Sara guided me through the planning process and Stephanie ran the event as if it were her own. They accommodated all of our last minute requests including a band and a birthday cake. I would highly recommend Distinctive Catering to anyone looking to plan a corporate event.

Teresa, Event

Just wanted to let you know that once again everything you and your staff did for our event was wonderful. I heard many compliments on the set-up, service and food. So thank you!

Wedding Reception

Nancy…you must be so proud of the staff at Distinctive Catering!!! The food was amazing, the cocktails were perfect, and the servers – both bar and food – were top notch. We received so many compliments from our guests and Devin’s parents! Devin’s parents hadn’t seen the hall until after the ceremony and they loved it! I will email Kim and Nicole myself when I get back to work tomorrow, but please pass on our thanks and gratitude to EVERYONE, including Tom, the cooks, servers, bar tenders, David and Beth Morin, and anyone behind the scenes that helped make this a day that Ashley and Devin will remember for the rest of their lives! The hall was simply stunning! Thank you!!!

Katelin & Josh, Wedding Reception

Our Wedding Reception was amazing. From the day that we booked to the minute we left, the staff was so helpful and attentive. We received a lot of compliments on the reception venue. The Wyoming location was perfect for the amount of guests we had (150). There was enough room to move around and enjoy yourself, but at the same time it really brought everyone together to have a good time. We couldn’t have had a better night. Thank you again!

Alex and Brittany, Wedding Reception

Thank you to everyone who helped with our wedding on August 6th at Moss Ridge Golf Club. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. We appreciate all of your support. God bless you!

Chris, Wedding Reception

All of our guests came up to me saying how great everything tasted, including the vegetables!!! The bar service was fantastic as well. The bartenders were friendly, interactive with the guests, and very efficient! There were never any huge lines! I will definitely recommend Distinctive Catering to all of my friends and family!

The Phillips, Wedding Reception

Thank you so much for catering our reception. The food was delicious and we received multiple compliments. Your staff was also amazing and very kind. Thanks again for everything! We will spread the word about your catering business.

2015 Testimonials

Melissa, Wedding Reception

The staff was very kind, helpful and fun. They went over and beyond. The food was absolutely amazing and I am very impressed by the presentation! I look forward to working with your company and employees in the future.

Smith Wedding, Wedding Reception and Bar Services

We were so impressed with your staff, food, and service this past weekend for our daughter’s wedding. Everything was wonderful! Even one of the staff members put lights under a table skirt when she heard I ran out of decorating time. That was over and above her job and it made the gift table look so nice. Thank you so much for all you do. You are great people to work with.

Al’s Excavating, Company Holliday Dinner Catering and Bar Services

Very wonderful job. Great set up. Will be doing this type of thing again! Thank you.

Keller Ford, Christmas Party

Very timely set up – Ready, perfect, and on time! Great food. Plenty of food! Thank you.

50th Anniversary Party

The staff was exceptional in all of their duties. From the food presentation, quality, cleanliness etc. Cleaning and picking up of the tables was highly professional. Any questions were answered immediately. Excellent service.

Catering and Bar Service for Gemini Publications 40 under 40 Gala, Civic Theatre

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for making our event so great. Everyone raved about our food and it was beautifully arranged. It should also be noted that your staff was extremely hard working and friendly at the same time – which I am SURE is not easy to do. You really set the most perfect atmosphere for that event. Thank you for making all things possible. All the best.

Dejonge, Wedding Reception

The staff was so willing to please in whatever we needed. I give them a 10! Everything went smoothly and I have no complaints!.

The Tech Group, Employee Luncheon

All of our employees really enjoyed the lobster and steak dinner. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job!

Sephram, Wedding Reception

Sarah, I just wanted to extend our sincere thanks to you and your staff for the wonderful service we have received from Distinctive Catering. The food Saturday was fabulous and the servers went above and beyond to offer hospitality and service to our guests. We were exceptionally pleased and would recommend Distinctive Catering to everyone. Thanks again.

Kayla, Junior Senior Banquet

On behalf of our Northpointe Christian prom planning team I would like to thank you for all that you and your staff did. Thanks for helping make this event absolutely beautiful and seemingly flawless. Your staff did a fantastic job serving and preparing the meal. We got numerous complements on how good the food was (some even saying that it was the best meal they’d ever had at an event). Thank you again for all the hard work – we really appreciated it and made our planning a lot easier!

Jannell and George, Wedding Reception

Thank you to you and the staff! The food was excellent and the staff very helpful. We had so many compliments on the taste of the food. Several people said some of the best “wedding food” that they had ever eaten. You really made our simple wedding very elegant.

Alcoa Howmet Research, Employee Recognition Dinner

Flavor was fantastic. Employees were extremely nice and helpful. They were timely, food was warm and ready on time!! We look forward to our next catered event. They did a great job!

2014 Testimonials

Silent Observer, Waddell Center

I just wanted to give you a huge compliment for providing such a wonderful meal today for our Summit on Safety event. Everyone raved about the food and your facility. It was the perfect venue for this event. I will be sure to use you again. Thank you so much. It was perfect!

Pat, Wedding Reception

I just want to tell you how much we appreciated the excellent food and service at the wedding last Saturday. Your staff was professional, attentive and responsive to our every need. Please thank each of them for us. Additionally, we received many comments about how good the food was. Everything was perfect. Thank you!

Tammy, Wedding Reception

Oh my – Those steak kabobs were melt in the mouth tender! Very Good!

Nicole, Wedding Reception

Everyone loved the food. Javier was WONDERFUL, and the whole staff did a great job when plans had to be flexible at the last minute due to the weather! THANK YOU!

Emma, Wedding Reception

We heard only excellent comments on the deliciousness of the food from ALL our guests! Thank you! (Seriously….the pot roast….soooooo good!)

2013 Testimonials

Leah, Wedding Reception

Staff was excellent! Friendly, efficient, prompt! We were very happy with all services provided, including conversations leading up to the wedding.

Orchard View Church of God

“Nate & Stephanie were very nice! They went over and beyond what was expected for caterers to do. They asked questions before and after setup, and made sure everything was put back the way they found it. Thanks to Nate for helping serve some of the elderly members with their plates. Thank you. Excellent Service!”

David – Wedding Reception Eagle Park Reception Hall

Excellent Everything!! Your staff went over and above to meet our needs. Food was fabulous! Multiple referrals will come from this event! Thank You!

JoAnn & Jeff, Wedding Reception

We were so pleased with the total package. From the beginning dealing with Kim & Amanda, to the servers Susanna & Austin. We received a lot of good feedback from the guests. The servers were attentive and displayed professionalism. We were so grateful the food was so good, and everyone was happy and full!! Please advise the cooks they did a wonderful job as well. The compliments are deserved. Thank you!!

Kathy, South Haven Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner

I’m writing to let you know how pleased I am with the service we were provided by Distinctive Catering for our Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner last night. When your team arrived, they quickly determined the plan of action, and then efficiently launched into action. They were highly professional, extremely friendly and cheerful, took care of each and every detail, and were cognizant of all of our needs as planners of the event. As dinner was served, I heard nothing but great comments regarding the quality, taste, and presentation of the food. Please know how much this meant to the BOD and myself. You will definitely be a valuable resource to us in the future!

Kathi, Mother of the Groom, Wedding Reception

We were very pleased. When we arrived, everything was setup beautifully. My son opted for the Budget Buffet, but then he and his fiancé upgraded to the Tuscan Chicken – great choice! Many people commented on the excellent food. The service was outstanding, and I appreciated that you were so accommodating about serving Chicken Fingers to the children. There was plenty of food and we took home trays of leftovers.

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