Avoid Blue Plate at all costs...
I approached Blue Plate with a very simple menu. My wife and I decided on a ""Ravina-Style Picnic"" theme for our wedding reception and I communicated this to my representative at Blue Plate. I hesitated to mention the event was a wedding reception as I know, from being in the industry, that most businesses use the wedding reception as a chance to increase their profits.
My rep was nice enough and assured me that the menu would go as we agreed: Summer sausage, three cheeses, strawberries, grapes, almonds, French bread and a cracker assortment. We would have a busser, head waiter and bartender as the necessary staffing provided.
When she discovered the fact that this was a wedding reception, she explained that she would normally have three bartenders on to ""maintain the standard of excellence of Blue Plate."" I explained I was in the business and assured her one bartender would handle the event just fine (which he did.) Going into the day, I felt confident the $11.00/head light hors d?oeuvres would be sufficient based off our conversation.
When the food arrived, I was devastated. They supplied deli-slice-style salami with American cheese, chicken-in-a-biscuit crackers and hard-as-a-rock French bread. There was no garnish and it appeared as though the ""chef"" had thrown each item onto the plates without care as to presentation. On top of the horrible quality, there wasn't nearly enough for my guests, which came in 20 people short of the 170 we planned for. Several of my guests even took the step to order 25 pizza's from a local parlor to make up. Over-all, it was embarrassing. The staff refused to cut the cake, which was ultimately done by my guests and I received several questions as to who was responsible so they could avoid the same problem.
Blue Plate's response was akin to ""too bad, so sad"" and refused to do anything short of cutting their hidden fees out of the invoice.
If you value your guests, DO NOT use Blue Plate Catering.