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2035 Marshall St, Houston, TX | Directions 7709829.739274 -95.409648
Neighborhoods: Neartown/ Montrose, Central
Highest Praise for A Fare!!!! – A Fare catered our Open House event and they did the most outstanding job! The food was fresh and delicious - shrimp stuffed avacados; beef tender, truffled macaroni and cheese, Sweet potato chips dusted with confectioners sugar and salt. The buffets were beautifully presented. The service was unbeatable. From the very first phone call, they were friendly and eager to please. Their proposal was timely and extremely competitive. Everyone in our firm was impressed with their service and attention to detail. Great, great job!
Outstanding!! – I had a wonderful experience with A Fare Extraordinaire. They were there for me through every step, from the first phone call, until my last guest left. I made an initial call and gave them the basic information for my event and they called me right back to begin creating an estimate and menu. Once I approved this they came with a small team to evaluate my home . They helped me decide how the buffet, bar and décor should be laid out. This was great, they thought of everything - the flow of the guests, linens and décor. They suggested some uplighting on my back patio that was absolutely fabulous, I will never do an event without those lights. The event was better than I could have imagined! The service was flawless; every single guest was serviced as if they were a VIP. The food was absolutely amazing!! It looked like art and tasted like heaven! This was definitely a night they will not soon forget. I actually couldn't forget it if I tried! My event was 6 months ago and whenever I see one of my guests they can't stop talking about it. I have relived the event hundreds of times with my friends. A Fare left my home in exactly the same condition they found it in, which made this night feel like a dream. I will never use another caterer for my Houston events. They are surely the best and worth every penny! I cannot wait for the next one!
The Straw that Broke the Camel's Back – I have had several events concocted by this company. Up until this past year, we got wonderful reviews from most of our guests. Now the reviews are completely embarrassing. While I was wondering why the liquor wasn't displayed, I made a little jaunt behind one of our bars to find the liquor was being consumed by the bartender. My wife was "trying" to enjoy her usual Chardonnay, but it tasted quite strange, so we thought the wine was bad. We questioned a staff member who poured the open bottles out. Then they opened a new bottle from their reserves. My wife tasted it, and it was wonderful. Not 30 minutes later, she gets another awful glass of wine. This time I decided to pursue the matter a little further. I walked up to the bar to see the bartender seriously diluting the wine with Perrier. I was disgusted and decided it was time to talk to the event manager in charge...who was no where to be found for about an hour. When I did catch up with her, she noted that this was common practice among catered events, which is not acceptable at my event. The food was on the buffet hours before dinner, so I already half expected it to be cold...not only was it cold, it was very much undercooked. After speaking with a staff member, I found out that the chef was fired recently. I stewed all weekend over the matter. On Tuesday morning, I get a call from the event planner. She is just raving about how beautiful my event was and how it went off without a hitch. I had to ask her if she was at the same event as I. Her response was that she had to leave early to visit another site. Then the bill comes... Keep in mind that I have done much business with this company in the past and never been so overwhelmed by a single bill. They had increased the price of the rentals by $2000!!! Apparently, this was for items that they couldn't recover after the event. How is that my fault! I'll be calling Swift next time. I've heard great things about them.
Less Bang for More Buck – Do not use this caterer for your function unless you want to be ripped off. They are inconsiderate and are only out to make money for themselves. They did not care about my event, would not return my calls, incorrect menu, and still charged me 12% more than the original estimate when my guest count actually decreased by 5. When I questioned this, I was rudely told that the original price was only an estimate.
Do I seriously have to give them 1 star? Not worth it!
Great event planning, outstanding food!! – The presentation of the food was outstanding, the linens were beautiful and the staff were on top of it all. If you want an elegant and professionally handled event they are defiantly the way to go!!!
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