Laurels
Best Caterers
in Madison
2017

Why These Caterers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored caterers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best caterers in Madison, WI.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Bonfyre American Grille

Locally owned and operated since 2009, Bonfyre American Grille serves the Madison and surrounding areas and features contemporary American cuisine. They specialize in creating signature salads, pasta, rotisserie chicken, fresh seafood, and hand-cut and "wood-fyred steak." The company provides catering services for private dinners and events, graduations, dinner parties, business events, family gatherings, happy hours, and more. Their catering menu includes beer, wine, pastries and muffins, dessert bar, entrees, taco bar, a la carte items, party platters, soups and salads, sandwiches and wraps, and more.

Madison, WI(608) 273-3973

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Chocolaterian

Specializing in wedding favors, bridal showers, and dessert trays, Chocolaterian caters to the Madison and surrounding areas since being founded in 2012. Catering and parties can be held on-location in the over 100-year-old landmark building or off-site. The company provides catering menu items that include boxed lunches, sandwiches and wraps, savory entrees, sweets, breakfast pastries, fruit platters, breakfast cuisine, beverages, platters, dips, sliders, salads, buffets, a la carte selections, and more.

Madison, WI(608) 249-1156

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El Pastor Mexican Restaurant and Catering

Based in Madison, El Pastor Mexican Restaurant and Catering serves the surrounding areas since being founded in 1998. The company provides catering service packages that include fajita bar, taco bar, breakfast bar, burrito bar, Mexican bar, a la carte options, beverages, and desserts.

Madison, WI(608) 280-8898

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Fresco Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge

Located on the highest floor of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art since 2005, Fresco Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge also caters for events and features seasonal menus for large and small gatherings. The company provides catering services for weddings, corporate functions, birthday parties, get-togethers, happy hours, family celebrations, rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties, business meetings, breakfast and lunch events, dinner events, and more.

Madison, WI(608) 663-7374

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Fresh Madison Market

A full-service grocery business based in Madison, Fresh Madison Market specializes in catering or leading participatory meal preparation parties and team building events since 2008. The company provides catering services for business meetings, business functions, parties, club and association events, team meals, elegant group and couples dinners, participatory private dining events with instruction, themed private dinners, celebrations, accomplishments and achievements, business team building, business rewards, special occasions, and more.

Madison, WI(608) 287-0000

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Gaylord Catering Service, Inc.

Founded in 1983, Gaylord Catering Service, Inc. is a full-service catering and corporate catering company serving the Madison and surrounding areas. The company creates all their food from scratch and specializes in biodegradable dishes and silverware to contribute to their focus on their involvement in the green movement. They have experience catering hors oeuvres, buffet dinners, plated sit down meals, family style dinners, desserts, snacks, pre-dinner hors d’oevres, beverage services, breakfast, box lunches, sandwiches, holiday specials, luncheons, office breaks, side salads and soups, and station buffet dinners for funerals, picnics, corporate events, and weddings. They hold the Best of Madison by Madison Magazine in 2008.

Madison, WI(608) 222-1267

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Great Harvest Bread Company

Serving bread and sweets made from scratch, Great Harvest Bread Company serves the Madison and surrounding areas using flour that’s freshly milled in store daily. Founded in 2007, the company provides catering services for meetings, events, large groups, small groups, and more. Their menu features breakfast, beverages, specialty bread, sandwich trays, desserts, lunch bags, and sandwiches and box lunches.

Madison, WI(608) 284-9309

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Heights Event Center

A banquet hall, event center, and reception hall located in Madison since 2005, Heights Event Center is a locally owned business that employs locally renowned culinary staff. The company provides catering services for weddings, business luncheons, Quinceaneras, private parties, office meetings, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, school sporting events, and more.

Verona, WI(608) 848-8777

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Hotel Red

A boutique hotel and restaurant, Hotel Red is located in Madison near the University of Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium and Monroe Street. The company provides catering services prepared by the hotel’s on-site restaurant that includes food supplied by local farms and suppliers, seasonal menus, trained bartenders, classic cocktails and specialty concoctions, and local artisan brewers. They hold awards that include TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence from 2011-2016, Gold in 2012-2016 and Bronze in 2016 for Best of Madison: Hotel by Madison Magazine, and Star of Madison 2018 for Best Bar, Best Breakfast, Fine Dining, and Happy Hour.

Madison, WI(608) 819-8228

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Le Personal Chef

Specializing in serving a blend of French-Mediterranean cuisine, Le Personal Chef is headed by Chef Sami Fgaier and serves the Madison and surrounding areas since 2011. The company provides catering services for family dinners, personal and private parties, cocktail parties, weddings, special events, experiential dining dinner parties, and corporate events.

Madison, WI(608) 444-4836

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Marigold Kitchen

An urban restaurant founded in 2001, Marigold Kitchen serves the Madison, Middleton, and surrounding areas in Dane County. The company provides weekday breakfast and lunch delivery as well as catering services for private events, office parties, private business meetings, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and more. They hold 2015 Bet of Madison Gold winner by Madison Magazine.

Madison, WI(608) 661-5559

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Market Street Catering

Based out of a full-service bakery and diner founded in 2004, Market Street Catering serves the Sun Prairie and surrounding areas. Events the company specializes in include weddings, corporate events, retirement parties, breakfast catering, and special occasions catering. They also provide setup, serving, and rental options that include plates, silverware, china, linens, and more. They are also home to Carl’s Cake, which is a part of Market Street Diner and Bakery. Carl’s Cake is rated on WeddingWire and serves cake for all variety of weddings and special occasions.

Sun Prairie, WI(608) 825-3377

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Metcalfe’s

A fourth generation, family-owned and operated business, Metcalfe’s serves the West Towne, Wauwatosa, Madison, and surrounding areas since 1917 and specializes in using mainly locally sustainable and organic products. The company provides custom catering menus that include hors d’oeuvres, finger sweets and desserts, assorted wraps, platters, salads, chips and salsa, dips, cocktail party cuisine, nacho bars, fiesta themed cuisine, fruit platters, chili, cheese and fruit platters, and more.

Madison, WI(608) 238-7612

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Smoky John’s

An independent and locally owned business, Smoky John’s specializes in creating food with their specialty “Flavor Magic” Barbeque Run Seasoning cooked over a wood-burning pit. Serving the Madison and surrounding areas for over 40 years, they compete in barbeque competitions throughout the country to provide proof of their excellent food and services. The company provides catering services for special event planning, four types of barbeque options, and more. They also offer express takeout service and a log cabin dining room on site. They hold first place for BBQ Sauce, Smoky Jon’s Fiery Supreme BBQ Sauce from the World Hot Sauce Championship in 2014; first place for Smoky Jon’s Unique Original Supreme BBQ Sauce National Fiery Food & BBQ Show in Albuquerque in 2015; and more.

Madison, WI(608) 249-7427

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State Street Brats

State Street Brats serves the Madison and surrounding areas with on-site or off-site catering. The company provides catering services for themed events, nights out, semi-private events, special events and occasions, birthday, bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, family reunions, company picnics, social clubs, tailgating, and more.

Madison, WI(608) 255-5544

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Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace

Focusing on “catering Austin style,” Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace is a Madison-based restaurant and catering company founded in 2007. They cater for a variety of special occasions, events, celebrations, and corporate events. The company specializes in using fresh produce and meat from local farms, as well as smoking and roasting their meat daily in house.

Madison, WI(608) 242-1800

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TJ’s Professional Catering Services

Specializing in family reunions and corporate catering events, TJ’s Professional Catering Services is based in Sauk City and serves the surrounding area since 1981. The company provides catering services for Barbeques, graduations, weddings, business luncheons, funerals, parties, special events, and more. Their menu selections include hors d’oevres, box lunches, appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, buffets, “lite” buffets, picnics, pig roasts, chicken and pork chop barbeque, Hawaiian luau, and dinner specials.

Sauk City, WI(608) 643-2498

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Upstairs Downstairs Catering

Founded in 1978, Upstairs Downstairs Catering serves the surrounding areas of Madison with several locations. The company will provide serves on request and specializes in catering services for picnics, work luncheons, weddings, banquets, cocktail parties, holiday parties, and other special events. Their specialty menu items include vegetarian options, hors d’oeuvres, stuffed chicken breast varieties, and meat lover’s options. They hold the Best of Weddings award in 2015 from The Knot and the 2016 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award.

Madison, WI(608) 256-4600

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Yola’s Cafe

Specializing in locally roasted coffee and freshly baked treats every day, Yola’s Café serves the Madison and surrounding areas since 2009. The company’s catering menu items include selections of party platters, appetizers, petite sandwiches, sliders and wraps, dips and chips, breakfast specialties, bakery items and pastries, breakfast basics, breakfast buffets and packages, premium sandwiches, sandwich and wrap platters, classic sandwiches, salads, box lunches, soup, beverages, and desserts.

Madison, WI(608) 827-5800

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