Buzz “Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.” — Anthony Bourdain

I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful party.  Mr. Leesfield is incredibly satisfied with the set-up, food, professionalism and courteous attitude of all your employees.  He says it is the best party we have had in so many years.

Carmen Rosa Marrero

Leesfield & Partners, P.A. – March 25, 2013


You guys did an amazing job!!! Everyone raved about the food-especially the snapper :-))!!…..and PHil was sooo surprised.  It’s hard to impress New Yorkers but you did it! The entire evening was magical and you were a BIG party of it!  You really helped execute our theme and we couldn’t have been more pleased.

Lynne & Phil

Southernmost Mansion – April 6, 2013

Just wanted to say that I had the pleasure of working with great events on Friday the 2nd and all I can say is wow. It was very refreshing to have a chef so enthusiastic about his career and work! When he walked out to talk to the bride and groom I was excited and shocked. I tasted the food and amazing! The short rib literally fell apart. Alex was great, very knowledgable and a pleasure to work with. Junior and Lubos were excellent! I couldn’t say anything better about the crew Dave has and I just wanted to let you know as a vendor, and future bride, the excitement is tremendous! Congrats to Dave and the great events family for going in with a bang ;)! Just had to tell you :)!

Danielle Kehoe
Event Coordinator


Bob and I want you to know how delighted we were with the wedding reception catered at my sister’s lovely Key West home. From Rachel’s early planning with my sister to the team arriving, setting-up, and serving; everything was top-notch. It was wonderful that the family could relax and enjoy the guests without worrying about cooking, serving, and cleaning-up. In spite of the showers prior to the wedding, you guided us through a flawless reception that was both beautiful and elegant. The bar, food stations, and tables were perfect, every bite of food delicious, and the service so professional. You even found a coral topper for the main serving table! Our only regret is that the time went too fast. We wish we could repeat the celebration many times!

Thank you so much and thanks, too, for returning the cake stand for us. You went the extra mile and deserve the highest possible rating.

Enjoying the memories of our December 18, 2010 wedding day!,

The new Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morrison
Danville, Virginia

Great Events in Key West, FL is incredible!

After having to cancel our Key West wedding due to a health issue with my fiancé, Rachel, the Business Director, was very understanding and wanted to do anything she could for us. We ended up getting married in our home back in Wisconsin in a very small, private and special ceremony.

But when we made it down to Key West a year later for our one year anniversary, Rachel had not forgotten us. Great Events does not offer this service, but she had her chef and assistant put together and deliver a private, candlelit, complete gourmet dinner to our personal lanai at our bed and breakfast. We had chilled champagne, an unbelievable salad, appetizers and a complete, specially prepared Mahi Mahi dinner with lobster infused mashed potatoes served in martini glasses. Who does that?!? It was amazing, and as nice as anything you’d see in “Food and Wine” magazine. The chef’s preparation was top notch, especially for having to serve this single meal away from a restaurant or other establishment.

The service was just as thoughtful and impeccable as well. After all this, she provided us with two complete cakes for dessert; one that would have been our cake topper for the traditional one-year anniversary tasting, and a whole other cake for our anniversary.

It was truly the dinner and evening of our lives, and all of this for two strangers from Wisconsin that she’d barely talked to on the phone, and had communicated with a few times by email.

On top of that, our server, her assistant and the chef did all of this on their time off! Yet another testament to just how personally Rachel and the staff at Great Events catering take their work and their clients.

If you are planning, or even considering, a wedding or special event in the Florida Keys or Key West, then Great Events is the absolute best option for your needs. We can’t thank you enough, Rachel and staff! You will always be in our hearts, and we are blessed that you let us into yours.


David and Kristin Woodbeck
Janesville, WI

I cannot say enough about how amazing Great Events is!

They really helped us to create what we envisioned for our wedding. Not only was Rachel, the Chef and the whole team helpful and accommodating, but the food was incredible.

Rachel really went above and beyond in helping us figure out the perfect menu. We had changed our minds along the way and they totally rolled with the punches and we ended up with perfection!

The food was amazing!

So many of my guests told me it was some of the best food they have ever had at a wedding. My husband and his friends and family are Peruvian, and they were completely impressed with the Chef’s yucca fries, a typical Peruvian side dish.

All I can say is delish!!!!

I hope all is well in KW and with you and yours. I promised I’d provide a testimonial once we were home a little settled so here you go:

We were referred to Great Events Catering by several brides on The Knot community boards. We were planning a destination wedding to Key West and had one weekend to meet with and select all of our vendors. Rachel and her team at Great Events went above and beyond in service, responsiveness, and courtesy — and this was before they had our business! Out of the three caterers we made appointments with, Great Events was the only one who offered us a tasting, introduced us to the chef, and invited us to our venue that same weekend to see them set up for another party. They set themselves above the rest.

Rachel and I started working together almost one year before our wedding date. She was conscientious of our budget concerns and worked with me to make the party of our dreams come together. She answered my endless questions, made changes to our arrangements without hesitation, and was inventive with ideas to make a great party. She was amazing to work with!

In addition to our wedding reception, Great Events also catered our welcome reception and once again, really worked with us to make the event our own and offered creative menu ideas.

Their attention to detail is impeccable. The buffet set was so perfect for each event and Andrew and Katherine and Marco and the team really put my mind at ease.

I have to give a special shout out to Andrew — in torrential rains before my wedding started he told me “not to worry” and I didn’t have to. As my banquet manager, I knew we were in good hands with Andrew and his team.

Thanks so much, Great Events! You’re professionalism and personalities really made our wedding celebration magical!

Dave and Tarah

Of course we would love to put our comments on your website. You guys did such an amazing job. Thank you for making our day so special! We will definitely refer you to anyone we know who is having an event down in the Keys!

Thank you very much for a beautiful wedding! We had so much fun and the food was AMAZING!

Thank you so much!!
Melissa and Tim

I just wanted to thank you, Great Events Catering, Chef Andrew, Erica and Dave Gonzales the Event Director for the Hemingway House for a perfect event on Saturday night, a Wedding Celebration Dinner for our son and his wife. When I walked through the gates of the Hemingway House and saw the beautiful set-up I knew it was going to be a wonderful evening. The tables, flowers, band and cigar roller were all arranged and positioned in the perfect place to allow for easy flow and to maximize the beautiful gardens of the Hemingway House. For me, the attention to the atmosphere is as important as the food, which was exceptional. The passed hors d’ oeuvres were hot, delicious and beautifully presented; everything on the buffet was absolutely delicious and again, beautifully presented; and the mojitos were a huge success! I have received numerous calls from our guests commenting on what a beautiful event it was and how every item on the buffet and the appetizers were absolutely delectable. I’m trying to keep this condensed, but I can’t resist….the plantains, mojo roasted pork, guacamole, paella, conch fritters, cuban antipasta, bruschetta on plantains, red curry shrimp…..needless to say, I LOVED our menu! And I tasted everything!!

Obviously, you helped make this evening very special for us and if we ever have reason to host another event in Key West or to recommend you, we will be sure to call Great Events. Again, thank you for helping make this evening special for us, our son and his new wife and our guests.

Best Regards,
Deborah Bridges

Thank you for such a fabulous wedding reception! Your attention to detail was impeccable, the buffet was visually lovely, your staff was delightful, and the food was outstanding. We’ve received rave reviews from all our guests and everyone wants to do it all over again! Please give our thanks and best regards to your staff.

Jennifer & Edwin

I didn’t get a chance to thank you for everything you did for the wedding. It was PERFECT! The staff was wonderful, the food was great and the flow was just right. Every guest at the wedding commented on how good the food was and how nice your staff was. I can’t thank you enough. Eddie and I are in Hawaii now on our honeymoon, it is beautiful here. I just wanted to say thanks. I will be in touch when we return.

Lot of love,
Katie & Eddie

“Thanks again for doing such a fabulous job for our event. I know it was stressful for you all to have to work in a new and challenging space, but I think it really went well. I have had countless compliments on the food and the space.”


“I wanted to thank Great Events for making my wedding reception wonderful. The food was not only delightful, the presentation was amazing. I received compliments from all of my guests on how wonderful the food tasted. I work in customer service, so I know what it means to give incredible service. The staff was very attentive and had great people skills. For anyone considering Great Events for their event, I would highly recommend this company. I can’t express how amazing the food taste. I know when I have attended other weddings the food was over cooked and very bland, but not at my wedding. Everything was perfect!”

Julie C

“Thank you all so much for taking such good care of us and working so hard to help make our Moonlight & Magic as great as it was. Everyone was a joy to work.”


“The Great Events’ TEAM was OUTSTANDING in every sense of the word, and that is probably not saying enough on their behalf. Your team made each individual feel special. They all go way above being staff, but true professionals in their field. They are a real Class Act. On John’s behalf I need to say that he goes beyond the word impeccable service.”


“Thank you for making our wedding a memorable event…our guest were very impressed…you are truly the island’s premier caterers.”

Cindy & Jim

“Everything was PERFECT!! The raves continue to flow in… you guys did an awesome job!!”


“Just a note to tell you how pleased we were with the food as service fro our 25th anniversary Party. The food was so beautifully prepared…ours guests’ every need was met…and the best bartender services in Key West! Our 25th will always have a special meaning and that’s due, in large part, to Great Events Catering.”

Mary Ann & Roger

“It is difficult to add mere compliments if the client is completely satisfied and has found what he requested perfectly achieved. So I take this occasion to thank you for a brilliantly successful culinary and social evening.”


“We can’t thank you enough for the exceptional job you did for our housewarming party. Everything from the design and planning, the food, the band, the flowers, the valet parking, the departing gifts, and of course, you and your the staff, exceeded our expectations. Our guests gave you all rave reviews and are still talking about what a great party it was… All of the food was absolutely to die for… It wouldn’t have been a successful without your help and creativity. It couldn’t have been any better than it was and for that we thank you! We’ll have to do it again sometime!”

Linda & Doug

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