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Need Orlando Catering? Why You Should Choose John Michael Events

Our team at John Michael Events prides ourselves on crafting one-of-a-kind culinary experiences for guests while ensuring a smooth and seamless planning process. The words “professional,” “efficient” and “superstar” are how our real-life clients have described us, which shows that our dedication to excellence in our food and service has paid off. We have been an Orlando catering staple since 1995 and are proud to announce today that John Michael Events has been named the #2 Best of Orlando catering in Orlando Magazine!

Voted on by local readers of the magazine, this award means everything to us, as our clients are #1 in our hearts. The fact that hundreds of thousands of past, current, and prospective clients singled us out by nominating our company, is evidentiary that we are doing our job of truly catering to you right. Every wedding, corporate gathering, and social event that we’ve catered has all been to support the Orlando community, and we couldn’t be more grateful for this title.

If you’re in need of Orlando catering for your next event, we would love to work with you! In this post, we’ll illustrate the unique value we bring to the table and ultimately why you should choose us as your caterer. We’ll describe the distinct qualities that make John Michael Events an industry leader and show you why our clients have named us as one of their top three favorite Orlando caterers.

A Taste of John Michael

Let’s start with our impeccable food offerings! After all, food and drink are our bread and butter. Here at John Michael Events, we source and use only the freshest ingredients to create your customized menu. Whether you’re looking for classic fare like Beef Brisket and Chicken Marsala or more adventurous cuisines like Chef carved pernil or spanakopita bites, we can provide it all. There’s no food option that is off limits, so no matter if you’re hosting a casual, corporate happy hour with a Slider Bar and Mini Pizzas or an elegant and formal wedding reception with Roquefort Mushroom Chicken and Filet Mignon, we’ve got you covered.


We are also experts at accommodating dietary restrictions! We have extensive experience in crafting delicious food that will satisfy any dietary requirement, from vegan to gluten-free to dairy-free to keto. Personalization is our specialty and we make sure to take extra special care of all of our valued guests.

Not to mention that our Chef is no stranger to preparing various types of cuisines! Whether you desire Indian, Middle Eastern, Asian, or Caribbean food, he will happily create the perfect custom menu for you. We can even provide kosher and halal products as requested, so as you can see, our catering menus really are just the beginning.

If your mouth is watering and you’re ready to sample our menus, we have good news! Approximately every 8 weeks, we host our group tasting event, A Taste of John Michael. This unique Orlando catering event is the perfect opportunity to try a wide variety of our food offerings, meet our expert team, and get to know our Diamond package vendors. It’s also the ideal time to solidify your event menu by taste testing and narrowing down our many menu items. The best part? This event is complementary for all booked clients and just $20 per person for prospective clients. For prospective clients that eventually book our catering, we will apply your tasting payments (up to $160) to your event deposit!

Most of our Taste of John Michael events alternate between weekday evenings and Sunday early afternoon.  Trust us when we say that this will be the most fun part of your event planning process!

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All-Inclusive Wedding Planning Packages 

Here at John Michael, we are not just caterers, we are also certified event planners! We can certainly provide the best Orlando catering for your celebration, but we can also book all of your wedding vendors for you in one fell swoop, including your venue!

Our all-inclusive wedding planning packages remove the stress from your planning process. We have meticulously vetted only the top Orlando wedding venues and vendors to include in our packages, which saves you all the hassle of countless hours of research. Our Diamond package vendors are tried and true professionals, and our Orlando catering team can liaise with them on your behalf to book and plan services. This means that you have one main point of contact for all your wedding vendors!

Our planning packages are anything but cookie cutter! We are more than happy to tailor your package to your specific needs and wants, so you end up with the wedding of your dreams. For a breakdown of our packages and how to customize them, check out our other blog post: How to Customize Your Catering Package.

Plus, our packages aren’t the only thing that are all-inclusive! Every member of our team values inclusivity and we welcome clients of all backgrounds and orientations. In fact, one of our founders and owners, Michael Thomas is a certified LGBT wedding planner by the Gay Wedding Institute. He is also an active board member of the Metropolitan Business Association, Central Florida’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and a founding member of The Wedding Alliance, a local organization that provides resources and training to promote marriage equality for all.

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John Michael Events Is At Your Service 

We are a family business and when we work together, you become part of our John Michael Events family! We always strive to provide consistent, timely, and thorough customer service to make the process as simple as possible for you. You will have one primary manager as your main contact, from start to finish, and we even limit the number of events that we execute on any given day in order to give your event the individual attention it deserves.

Don’t just take our word for it! Check out what our clients have to say about our Orlando catering services:

“Our experience with JM was great from start to finish. Giselle helped me through all the planning and answered my endless questions. We also enjoyed attending their monthly tastings. On our wedding day, Josh (day of manager) and Debbie (bartender) stood out as superstar staff. The food was delicious and the service was top notch. I got praise from guests for days after our wedding.  I could recommend their services over and over. Thank you John Michael!”

-Ashley & Damien

“I was thoroughly impressed with the level of customer service this entire staff had and how knowledgeable every worker was in the food they were serving. They recently catered a friend’s wedding and I’ve been to weddings in the past where the servers unfortunately had no idea what they were serving, the ingredients in it and no ability to find out. As someone with allergies, this is always a huge concern for me. The staff of John Michael catering exceeded my expectations and was able to answer every question. They always had fresh, hot appetizers and made sure to equally spread out amongst the attendees to ensure everyone got served. Dinner included lots of quality Vegetarian options. This was buffet style and each item was labeled with the ingredients listed. Kudos to Paolo, Lance and that entire team. The food was good, the drinks were great and the service top notch. I will definitely recommend their services to others.”

-Rachel B.

“From start to finish working with John Michaels was an absolute pleasure!

Giselle helped plan everything from the tastings, to table set up, menu, payments, everything and I cannot tell you how incredibly helpful she was along the way.

& The food! Oh my. Absolutely delicious – we have heard literally not one bad thing about any of it, the appetizers, main courses, the servers – all were literally fantastic. (I even had a few say it was some of the best wedding food they had ever had!).”

-Allison Marie 

Environmentally Conscious Orlando Catering 

Weddings and events notoriously generate a ton of waste, from food scraps to electricity to disposable plastic. Our team stands out on the Orlando catering scene because we are actively working to combat this waste with each and every event we cater. How do we do that?

We minimize the amount of waste our events produce by recycling, choosing digital over printed media wherever possible, and using energy-efficient lighting. We also employ water outtake controls, utilize gas appliances, and dispose of grease properly so it can be recycled.

When it comes to food waste, we partner with O-Town Compost to reprocess any leftover food scraps. Nothing goes to waste and is instead repurposed to create fresh soil for the gardens in our Orlando community.

When we provide our distinguished Orlando catering for your wedding or event, you can rest easy, knowing that you are helping to minimize your environmental footprint while maximizing the opportunity to make an eco-friendly, positive impact.

Best of Orlando Catering

John Michael Events is an experienced Orlando wedding and event caterer, specializing in serving all types of events, from weddings to social events to corporate events. We offer all-inclusive wedding packages that not only include event catering, but also the additional vendors you’ll need to throw the perfect wedding or event! Every other month, we are proud to host “A Taste of John Michael,” a one-of-a-kind group tasting experience, where clients are invited to sample a variety of our delicacies.

Ready to book the best Orlando catering? Contact our team by hitting the button below. We would love to chat with you!

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