I am contacting you because my fiancée Rebecca and I are considering hiring Chris Angione at Carriage House Caterers to cater our wedding at Tarrywile Mansion and Park in Danbury next summer. Chris gave me your email address, and urged me to contact you as a reference.
In any case to make this as easy as possible, would it be possible for you to answer these questions? Sorry in advance for taking up your time!
Response by Chip Delaney retired President of UBS Capital
I am happy to give you a reference on Chris and Carriage House.
I am the retired President of UBS Capital (the private equity business of UBS in the Americas) and because of my job I have had to cater affairs at my home and at venues fairly often. I have therefore used many caterers over the last 25 years and can honestly say that Chris Angione and his staff at Carriage House are consistently outstanding and are the best in the area. (On your rating scale a (10 Out of 1). If they are within your budget, I strongly recommend that you hire them.
Below are the responses to your questions.
- On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the quality of food and the staff?
Quality of food and staff are a 10. Food is delicious and beautifully presented. Staff is professional, hard-working and friendly.
2. Were there any difficulties dealing with Chris, or anyone at CHC, throughout the process?
No difficulties at all.
3. How accurate is Chris in Terms of estimating cost?
Our bill was exactly his estimate. He even added a few minor extras at no charge.
4. If you (or your spouse) are a vegetarian, how satisfied were you with vegetarian entrees and appetizers?
We had a few teenage vegetarians at our most recent affair with Chris and they enjoyed the pastas, salads and vegetable platters.
An important criterion in choosing the caterer is whether or not the caterer manages the who affair (especially the planning and ordering of tents, flowers, liquor, rentals, etc) or does the caterer just prepare and supply food and staff. Chris managed the entire event and sweats the details so that my wife and I can just show up and enjoy ourselves and not worry about anything.
Lastly, I would say that in the Danbury/Litchfield county area there is no catering company that is the equal of Carriage House. The quality of their product is on par with top shelf caterers in Manhattan (although more reasonably priced).
If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me.
Enjoy your wedding,
All the Best,