Client Testimonials

Our clients love our food! From our creative menus and exquisite meals, to our stellar service and acute attention to detail, our clients constantly rave about the Forklift experience. Don't take our word for it - below is a sampling of reviews.

"Their care in helping us plan the menu from their extensive choices, their flexibility in terms of what they would do and what we would provide (like we bought the wine for the Sangria), and their effort to just make it as easy as possible for us was great."

Meizhu L., Suffolk, MA Read More »

"Thank you for everything! The weekend was magical..."

Jenna M., Jamaica Plain, MA

"No detail was overlooked and they made life easy for us that day. Very grateful to them for helping us celebrate such an important event for us amongst family and friends - abound with foodies."

Dawn C., Westwood, MA Read More »

"Thank you for catering the graduation party. Everyone enjoyed the food. It all looked beautiful."

Kathy E., Dedham, MA

"Our guests raved about the food (even the not-to-be-named famous food critic who never eats anything was wowed by the salad that he ate). No glitches, fabulous food, great service... the works!"

Elsa A., Boston, MA Read More »

"What a memorable evening! From the medjool date appetizer to the French apple tart, the meal was perfection! It was a thoroughly happy event. Hurrah to Forklift Catering."

Lucy B., Sharon, MA

"I can't thank you enough. The food was fabulous, your set-up worked so well and the staff did a beautiful job serving. All of the food tasted so garden fresh and the flavor combinations were amazing. I never realized how boring my food was until Tuesday night.

Have to tell you, almost everyone I spoke with mentioned the wonderful food. Next time we're grabbing your business cards and placing them on the table so we can promote you.

Forklift's presence elevated the event from a mundane awards ceremony to a very elegant affair. Who knew this could happen in a working architectural shop. The keynote speaker even mentioned the terrific caterer in her remarks. What a huge compliment to all of you.

Thank you so much - and I look forward to doing it again, next year."

Tobi G., Boston, MA

"We didn't choose from a list of pre-set options, we told them what kind of food our parents enjoyed and they worked to prepare something specific for our event.

Both the food and presentation were outstanding! Everything was beautifully plated, and the flavors were truly amazing."

Allison K., Brunswick, ME Read More »

"It was a pleasure! Everyone raved about the food, the service and everything else! Of course, I’m thrilled that our guests were so happy and we were delighted, too. You made it a day that (my family and I) all were able to relax and enjoy!

Thanks again and I am sure that you will be hearing from us."

Carolyn C., Brookline, MA

"I would recommend them for a special occasion or for any time that you want to have a leisurely dinner that shouts 'special'... If your looking for incredible... use Forklift catering.. I guarantee you won't be disappointed..."

Patti H., Abington, MA Read More »

"The food was great and the set up was perfect. The only thing that didn’t cooperate was the weather! I won’t hesitate to call you again for personal or business."

Andrea C., Newton, MA

"Several weeks later our friends are still commenting on how good the food was!"

Greta H., Kingston, MA Read More »

"I have hired Forklift Caterers to cater several dinner parties for me at our summer home in Martha's Vineyard..Dennis and Jamie searched the Island for the freshest organic ingredients and created a dinner fit for a king. The food was delicious, fresh and healthy with a gourmet level of excellence. They were fun and easy to work with. What ever I wanted they were willing to do. I wouldn't hesitate to hire Forklift for any occasion."

Susan V., Edgartown, MA Read More »

"We hired Forklift for our 50-guest wedding, held at the Commander's Mansion, in July 2010. From the outset, they were the only caterer who had a menu that looked interesting and was something different than the bored and stale ideas that other caterers post on their websites or offer by email. My husband is a chef and was very particular about what he wanted, and Forklift more than delivered. Jamie and Dennis helped my husband put together a menu that we were excited about. They never balked at special requests, and were excited to try dishes they hadn't done before. Our tasting was a joy, and they attended to every detail of our reception that we would never have thought of. Then during the reception, the servers and managers were more professional than most restaurant staffs.

 

If you are planning a wedding in the Boston area, Forklift is the ONLY wise choice for those who want delicious food, professional service, and reasonable prices."

Benjamin W., Cambridge, MA Read More »

"I tried Forklift catering for the first time to celebrate my mother's 60th birthday and the arrival of some family members from abroad. My cousin's husband, present at the dinner, owns a restaurant in Caracas and he, like the rest of us, was impressed with the food presented by Dennis and Jamie from Forklift Catering. We had three hors d'oeuvres which were plentiful and delicious (particularly the risotto balls!), a delicious salad and a halibut entree which was not only beautifully presented but also full of a variety of flavors which were exquisite. An added point is that I called Dennis with less than one week to plan and he was helpful in getting a menu coordinated and worked easily within the limited time frame. Overall the event was a success - we were able to enjoy the food and each other's company given that the food, service and clean up were all taken care of perfectly by Forklift."

Lili B., Tewksbury, MA Read More »

"We would recommend Forklift to anyone. They pulled off a wonderful 100-guest Wedding Reception Buffet in a challenging venue which lacked a proper kitchen. Rave reviews by our guests on the food and service. Dennis and Jamie are a delight to work with."

David G., Somerville, MA Read More »

"I recently hired Forklift Catering to cater a work event for 130 people. Not only was the food fantastic, Jamie and Dennis were great to work with. They were accomodating and very gracious. We were on a tight budget and they were able to work with us and help us create a great dinner for our attendees. I was impressed with their ability to make a large amount of food and have it still taste like it was made per plate.. multiple people complimented the food, which does not happen at many events like this! I really enjoyed working with them and would hire them again, in a heartbeat, for a large event or smaller dinner party..."

Katie C., Boston, MA Read More »

"We could not be more thrilled with Forkift--they did a phenomenal job catering our wedding on 10.10.10! Every single item was outstanding (loved the tomato-soup shots and grilled-cheese bites and mini ice-cream cones!). Dennis and Jamie were accommodating, thoughtful, and creative. We truly enjoyed our experience with Forklift and highly recommend their catering services."

Katy and Matt B., Boston, MA Read More »

"The Chefs and wait staff were superb, something we could easily become accustomed to."

Erna F., Foxboro, MA

"How can I begin to express my gratitude for the fantastic job that you and your team at Forklift did for the Gala? From beginning to end, the planning, process and execution was flawless. Your staff was professional, polite, and eager to help. The food station presentation was beautiful. As I speak to people after the fact, and they reminisce about the event, every one of them raves about the food! More than just raving, weeks later, they remember individual items like the tomato soup shooters and the goat cheese pillows. "

Robert R., Somerville, MA

"I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful you, Jamie and your team are!  Words will never be enough to express our sincere appreciation for all you did.  It was an amazing event which was completely outdone by the incredible food!  I still have guests talking about the food.  One guest in particular, who is a client and one of which we refer to as the Food Snob, asked for your business card! Thank you again for everything.  I look forward to working with you on many future events."

Denni L., Woburn, MA

"Lovely.  Very attuned to detail.  Thoughtful staff and compelling food."

Teresa S., Jamaica Plain, MA Read More »

"My boss, the President & CEO, is keen on the smallest details and presentations, and his feedback was completely glowing.  During our debrief meeting, in front of the staff that coordinated everything, he noted that the food was fantastic, the timings and presentations on all accounts were thoughtful the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff were outstanding."

Lisa C., Boston, MA

"The results are in - the food was a smash hit. The dates were amazing and I think every single one got eaten. Thank you for adding the vegetarian sandwiches. They were the favorite of a good number of people. And the breadsticks went over well but we had gobs of them! Overall the food was well presented, tasty, and a good value."

Alison H., Peabody, MA

"Dear Dennis and Forklift,

Thank you so much for all your work at our wedding! It became a huge success because of you and your stuff! Everybody there still talks about how wonderful the meal was and tells us they had a great time, and that is what we cared about the most. We really appreciate it. We would like to highly recommend you to anyone who is planning a wedding. Thank you so much! Please keep up the great work!"

Toyoko and Rich, Somerville, MA

"We just wanted to let you know that we were thoroughly impressed with your creative and delicious food, your professionalism, and your attention to our food allergy concerns.  It gave us such a tremendous peace of mind to know that not only were you  so knowledgeable about food allergies, but you were so understanding and so willing  to accommodate our many requests to ensure that all of our guests would be able to enjoy the food.  Putting the food allergy issues aside, we just wanted to say that your food was brilliant.  Everything was incredibly fresh and flavorful and all of our guests were blown away.  The Israeli cous cous salad was particularly fantastic and we devoured every bit of it!  Thank you for your ongoing consultation in helping us prepare for our event and the way you made the actual set up effortless for us.  We will look forward to contacting you again for our next party!"

Rachael C. - Roslindale, MA

"Dennis & Jamie were a pleasure to work with. No detail was too small to be planned and then perfectly executed by them and their staff. They accommodated our budget without sacrificing quality.  Between a number of our guests sitting at the wrong tables, a kitchen that was too small, numerous dietary restrictions, etc, a lesser group could not have pulled through the way that Forklift did. They did so much to reduce our stress on our big day, and most importantly, gave our guests a delicious meal that they raved about afterwards. Thanks Dennis, Jamie and the whole staff!!!"

Ratha C. - Boston, MA Read More »

"Thanks for all your help – you continue to impress me and the rest of our staff and guests and I hope you have enjoyed working with us as much as we enjoy working with you!"

Ann-Marie W. - Boston, MA

"Hi Jamie - we had a great night!  I thought everything was wonderful.  We will surely call you and recommend you in the future.  Thank you for making everything seamless and easy!"

Laura B. - Medford, MA

"I hosted a 200 person business cocktail reception in a Boston law firm with a few high-level officials including an Ambassador, a Consul General, and a Governor. The event was a huge success. The catering logistics – from the food to the service, and all the work that went into organizing the event beforehand - were above excellent! Many of the guests commented to me on how delicious the food was – especially the duck. Organizing these types of events is always stressful and the team at Forklift handled the last minute changes and challenges with grace and action. Bravo and thank you!"

Julie L. - New York, NY

"Dennis and crew recently catered our wedding at the Commander's Mansion in Watertown and everything was perfect! Many of our guests commented that not only was the food delicious but the service was professional, genuine, and accommodating. I couldn't recommend Forklift more. 

I first contacted Dennis at Forklift after being let down by a few other catering options. My husband and I are vegan and had been, separately, for 7 years when we first met. Needless to say, our shared values and love for food helped bond us as a couple and continue to remind us why we're so perfect together. We also lived in San Francisco where being vegan is not as stigmatized as it is in other places. I knew that finding a caterer in Boston that was willing and able to create an entirely vegan event for us was going to be a challenge. And it was, until I called Forklift. 

Where other caterers scoffed (literally!) or simply did not seem competent (we were looking into having a vegetarian restaurant cater our wedding--not a good idea), Dennis was completely up to the challenge. He respected my expertise in vegan cooking and involved me in the process of coming up with the perfect menu while also offering his own ideas on how to please all of our omnivorous guests. My father (who paid for most of the wedding) was skeptical (to say the least) at first about our desire to share our culinary values with guests who, for the most part, enjoyed meat and cheese but when he joined us for the tasting (which was super classy!!) he was totally blown away! At the wedding, everyone seemed to agree. Even my Indianan, meat-and-potatoes, truck driver father-in-law commented on how great the food was without even being asked! 

The service was also fantastic. After the ceremony, the wedding party headed out to the lawn to take pictures and one of the servers (I don't remember her name, sorry!) immediately showed up with champagne and some appetizers for my husband and me because she knew that we would be taking photos for a while and would probably not get a chance to enjoy cocktail hour with our guests. This is just one example of many that I could mention about the attentive and thoughtful service that Forklift provided on my wedding day. Many things made me feel like a queen that day, but the service that Forklift provided was on the top of that list. 

Food: outstanding. Service: from my first conversation with Dennis until last call on my wedding night, these people know how to cater a wedding. 

100% top notch!"

Meredith K. - Boston, MA Read More »

"The Forklift team recently catered my son's bar mitzvah party at our home. While the weather was profoundly less than desirable, the event was executed flawlessly. In fact, our entire experience with Forklift is something I will look forward to again as they have officially earned themselves "caterer of choice" designation among our family and extended family. The food was beautifully prepared and plated and beyond delicious. It was plentiful, well varied and featured what we now know to be Forlift's signature creative twist. They really took the time to get to know our family and understand the kind of vibe we wanted to create for our party and how the food could be a centerpiece of that experience. Their staff was professional, nice, fun, engaging and the service was impeccable. Every guest who I have spoken with since the party raved about the food. I have given their name to at least a dozen people in just a few short days. I would recommend them without reservation again and again and again!!"

Risa S. - Needham, MA Read More »

"For the record, I am a wedding planner and I have worked with loads of caterers and vendors throughout New England, but far and away, I've never enjoyed working with a catering team as much as I enjoyed working with Forklift. Coming down off of the high of a "perfect wedding," I was eager to tell Forklift what an amazing job they did. The bride and groom were so impressed, the guests ate every morsel they were served and I was put completely at ease by Dennis, Kelly and the entire staff of Forklift. 
We enjoyed pan seared cod with tomato butter and fresh local vegetables, and perfectly seared steak that melted in your mouth, with a Raw Bar to-die-for. The staff was so relaxed and were completely in control of the event at all times. Guests didn't even need to ask for that glass of wine or extra napkin, like mind readers, or well-seasoned professionals, the staff knew exactly what each guest needed and delivered it with a smile. 
On top of that, the staff is not just a group of well-trained professionals, they are a team - a group of people who seem really happy and excited about what they are doing. The waitstaff was so friendly and politely joked around with guests, it was just a perfect situation with regard to exceptional food, exceptional service and an exceptional day. 
Dennis and Kelly are a dream to work with and are above all, just really kind people. When people are passionate about what they do, you can sense it in their product. This remains true in every delicious, locally-harvested, in-season dish they serve. Highest praise and thanks to such an amazing team! You really made the day."

Amanda C. - Cambridge, MA Read More »

From the very start Dennis inspired confidence and made us feel like we were in good hands.  As my (now) wife and I were planning the whole thing ourselves from Washington DC, we were very particular with the vendors we chose and never thought twice about putting our trust in Dennis.

Ali H. - Washington DC Read More »

We used Forklift for our wedding of 190 people at the Epicenter in Boston in January 2013. We had a fantastic experience working with them, and would hire them again in a heartbeat. We like to eat and we care about food. We wanted a caterer focused on making great food. All our guests were super-happy (everybody was talking about pizza, charcuterie and duck all night), and we loved the food. When my wife first spoke with Dennis, he pointed out that one of the main ways in which Forklift is different from other caterers is its dedicated staff (they don't hire new contractors off the street for each gig). The result, he argued, was a much better experience for the guests. This didn't mean much to us at the time, but after the event, and after getting so many complements from guests on the "very friendly catering staff", it meant a lot. You don't want grumpy servers at your event. Dennis' smiling servers helped set the tone for the evening.

Rick B. - Boston, MA Read More »

We couldn't have been happier with our choice to use Forklift! Thank you for being so flexible and patient in light of the Blizzard of 2013's impact on our event and making it work the following day...it turned out just perfect! In addition to your incredibly delicious food, you and your staff were so gracious and helpful - many of the guests expressed this as well. 
 

Heidi B. - Walpole, MA

Just wanted to thank you both for everything you did to make yesterday a success!!  Everything ended up working out perfectly and we were even able to hold off the rain. Thanks for always being so great to work with!

Katie C. - Boston, MA

Wow. I hardly know where to begin. We found Forklift late in the game, gave them a nearly impossible assignment, then enjoyed mountains of mouth-wateringly delicious food kept hot, displayed beautifully, served professionally. I still don’t know how they pulled it off. This team is amazing!!!

John and Elaine S. - Cambridge MA

Forklift was unbelievable!! You were all so professional yet warm, accessible and helpful. The event was exactly what we described in our first meeting with you - casual but elegant.  The food was unbelievable!!
Seriously?!? Truffle popcorn?!!? It was one delicious thing after another. We are continuing to get oohs and ahhs through the week as friends continue to reflect on the food. Just absolutely delicious and presented so beautifully!!

Perrie M. - Lexington, MA

I just wanted to say a formal "thank you" for helping us with Abe's Bar Mitzvah. I had called many caterers and Forklift was by far the most responsive, professional and friendly company. I felt very taken care of throughout the process, And the party itself? Great staff, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Great food, wonderful presentation. All in all, it was a slam dunk!

Nina E - Acton, MA

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