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Kelley, Grubaugh Wedding

Thank you so much for everything. It was a perfect day!Exceeded our expectations! Stephanie was fantastic to work with and so helpful. We could not have asked for a better experience. Food presentation and taste were perfect.Everyone raved about the mac and cheese bar and the s'mores bar.

Barbara Ross, Arthritis Foundation

We had RAVES about the delicious food catered by Applause at our Donor Reception and I wholeheartedly agree! It was an impeccable presentation,loved the sate grill and sushi girl. The linens looked beautiful,the decor was stunning,servers were smiling and courteous and everything was AWESOME. Kudos to our friends at Applause,Kathleen,David,Chef and all. - Barbara Ross, Branch Manager, Arthritis Foundation, West Michigan Branch

Tom and Andrea Yared, Wedding

“The food was very delicious and the beautiful presentation really made it special. We received numerous compliments from guests who asked,' Who catered the event?'”

Cheri Hall, Professional Event Planner

Stephanie, I can't tell you how wonderful everyone thought your food was. You and David did a great job. Your Staff was super as well!!! Thank you again for making my event so superb!

Debra Walker, Legacy Trust Holiday Party

“Many thanks and congratulations on providing a “something more” experience for our honorees and guests. Your collective creativity and attention to detail resulted in an evening that truly exceeded my expectations. You achieved the outcome we talked about throughout our many planning discussions—something that our attendees never experienced before. The food was delicious, its presentation fabulous, and your entire team was truly a joy to work with."

Louise "Punky" Edison, Development Director, WMCAT

Kathleen, We had a wonderful night of great company,food,music and art,and you helped make that happen. We truly enjoy working with Applause,we appreciate the value of your service. We had many compliments on the food and the dessert display was beautiful. Thank you for being an important part of iBall 2014. We are proud to call you a partner in creating a culture of opportunity for people to make social and economic progress in their lives and community.

Sara Tripp, Grand Rapids Griffins

Friendly staff,tables ready on time.Lots of guests commented on how good the food was. Your staff has always taken care of us. Kyle did a great job making the planning easy. We will contact you for future events.

Ginger E. Feldman, West MI March of Dimes

Signature Chefs Auction was once again a HUGE success! It was a beautiful night filled with amazing restaurants and guests. Thank you for your part in helping the babies of West Michigan. You guys rocked it! I know we can’t do this event without you. I humbly thank you. Best Plate- Applause- Chef Mark Williams You all have been a blessing on the families of West Michigan. Together we raised enough to fund almost ALL the programs in our 10 county areas. Thank you! Ginger E. Feldman, Executive Director of Western Michigan March of Dimes

Debbie, Mother of the Groom

I was thrilled with the service that we received from Applause Catering. My son and daughter in-law's reception was held at the GOEI Center and Applause was their Caterer. A perfect venue and caterer. Our event planner was a total asset to our planning process. The Executive Chef personally spent time with us to customize the perfect menu. The food was amazing!!!The portions were generous and our meals were hot. I received so many compliments from our guests. It was very clear that the entire staff was dedicated to making sure that my son and daughter in-law had a night to remember. Thank you Applause for making this special occasion absolutely perfect!

Jamie, Bride

If 6 stars were an option that's what you would receive. I had my reception at Bridgewater Place and with the help of Applause and their amazing staff my big day was absolutely breath taking. The food,that they worked with me onto plan the perfect menu was AMAZING> Our event planner was amazing as well. My day was magical,beautiful,and everything I'd ever hoped it to be with the help from Applause.

Brant Raterink, TEDx Grand Rapids

"Applause,everything was great! You pushed the limits to get us a unique food offering and served and presented it to perfection!Food taste was excellent!. It was great working with Kyle-you took care of so many details that it made hosting the event easy!"

Barb Cote

"Your reputation caused me to call and Kyle was was so easy to work with. Right from the start he worked with me on the menu,set-up and the "little" extras needed to make the Bridal Shower special. What impressed me the most was communication. Kyle was always available,always called back and emailed me the information to me. He was fun and knowledgeable. An asset to Applause. You were exceptional. Trang was great,Ben was always checking with me. I had nothing but excellent comments on the food and the presentation. Thank you for fine job. It was nice to relax and know that everyone enjoyed themselves."

Kelli Cottrell, West Michigan PRSA

" I felt that Kyle and the staff bent over backwards to make sure we were taken care of. We appreciate the professional knowledge on how to set-up our event.The food was delicious and very pretty. I would highly recommend Applause Catering for any event. Very easy to work with. Thanks!"

Lisa Harig, Arkema Inc.

"The food was wonderful and beautifully displayed with the zoo theme. Kyle handled everything. I didn't need to worry about a thing. Our overall experience was outstanding. I would highly recommend your services in the future. I will definitely contact you the next time we host an event."

Kim Scharphorn, Wedding

“Everything from beginning to end was great!”

Brenda Dykema, PORT

Absolutely met our expectations.It was incredible. We received many compliments on your behalf. Thank you for all you did for our Fundraiser.

Cheryl Borgman, GVSU

Stephanie, It went really well. Your staff was well prepared and the reception was a success as usual;thanks to you and your staff. Cheryl Borgman, Academic Department Coordinator Kirkhof College, Grand Valley State University

Chris and Kari Stone Sewalish

" Planning a wedding from 700 miles away can be tough but the experience working with Kyle was fantastic. He was so great at communicating and presenting options,we had no issues. The food was great(I can't emphasize how perfectly the beef was cooked),the staff was extremely professional and the price was reasonable. I have relatively high expectations of service and was truly impressed by the staff. They were dressed well,they were kind and ultimately fantastically accommodating. They were always smiling and asking how they could be helpful. Having a smooth planning process is really what made the difference for us. When our family members get married they will be pushed in your direction."

Andrew Clark and Kristen Pless

"We were taken care of like we were a top customer even though we only had 80 people. The food presentation and taste was beautiful,impressive and delicious. Every question or request we had was answered and handled. THANK YOU!"

Tom and Amy Dahl, Wedding

“Thank you for all of your hard work in making our wedding reception unforgettable. We greatly appreciate everything you have done for us!”

Evette Pittman,Grand Rapids Symphony

Stephanie, Everything was wonderful. Dave is just top notch fantastic to work with.Thanks for everything,I will be in touch. - Evette Pittman, Director of Development Events & Community Engagement, Grand Rapids Symphony

Dion Charity,Northview High School Prom

Many good comments about set up and scenery. Food was great. I had a great experience working with Kyle Balkema. I will refer Applause Catering to anyone looking for a place to hold an event.

Melissa Workman, DSAWM

" Absolutely our expectations were met..in fact the Service Staff and Supervisor were exceptionally helpful. The food presentation and taste was excellent,loved the punch recipe. We're very happy to have a continued partnership with Applause."

ajd48, Bride

"Kyle was very helpful in helping me design a menu to perfectly fit my wedding needs. The food was delicious,everyone loved it and the staff stayed after the reception until literally everything was cleaned up and did so happily. They also coordinated very well with the wedding planner from our venue to make sure that everything was taken care of. I didn't have to worry about a thing. Would definitely recommend."

Elizabeth Burrison

Dear Kathleen, I would like to say Thank You. I am sure you get it all the time since I have seen first hand how awesome your catering company is. I just wanted to make sure you knew, that they all were a blessing and I am grateful. I originally chose Applause catering because truthfully when Kyle answered the phone, he was kind. He continued to be understanding and patient when I went back and forth because of budget or indecisive choices. He was friendly and guided me along the process, helping me make the best possible decisions. Even when I asked for completely ridiculous things, it wasn't a problem. ( A whole wheel of cheese! It was there!) He was so personable and I am very pleased that I got to work with him, through the whole year. Now, I being the greenhorn of a wedding planner did not inform Kyle of our cake information. So when our cake arrived at the venue Michael had asked me what was planned for the cake. I had then come to the realization that I had fumbled it. Michael then impressed me. He told me he would handle the hors d'oeuvres, the cake and not to worry. He proceeded to do just that. All night I watched as Michael and Jade gathered plates and silverware to remove and clean, again and again. And at about nine, he let me know that the cake was ready to serve. I was so grateful, I don't think I thanked him enough. Thank God! I was so in awe of what they did. They were kind and never without a smile. Even when I met Jade in the rest room. She was quick to remind me that they would take care of everything to help put me at ease. And it worked. Through out the night everyone continued to tell me how great the food was. And it was fabulous. Also the set up was fantastic. Your Eiffel Tower even matched our Eiffel towers. The whole night was a success and I want you to know that your team was marvelous. Thank you again and I will forever recommend Applause Catering. Sincerely, Elizabeth Burrison

Mary Ann, Bibles International event

Very, very pleased, food was delicious;service was phenomenal. It is a joy to work with Applause. Stephanie and everyone at Applause is so professional,so helpful. Extremely happy event for 625 guests.

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