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Fox Banquets & Rivertyme Catering Inc

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(17 Reviews)

111 E Kimball St, Appleton, WI 54911

(920) 731-7271

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Today: 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
37
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Appleton.

General Info

ON SITE BANQUETS:Celebrating 20 years, Fox Banquets is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Appleton with ample free parking just outside our door. We are best known for our panoramic views of the scenic and historic Fox River. OFF SITE CATERING:We are "An Approved Caterer" for the downtown Appleton Performing Arts Center. Rivertyme Catering specializes in custom menu designs – brought to your home, office or special event. Other popular sites are the Houdini Museum, the Appleton Arboretum the Barlow Planetarium and countless special locations through out the valley. See why we have been the choice of local businesses and brides for 20 years! Please take some time to browse through our menu pages. Remember that these are just samples. We specialize in custom menu designs. If you want something you don’t see, just ask!

Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Fax: (920) 731-7291

Services/Products

Banquet Facility for Weddings, Corporate Meetings and any occasion.

Payment method
all major credit cards
Location
Neighborhoods
Downtown Appleton, Fox River Paper Company Historic District
Amenities

Preferred Caterer of The Appleton Performing Arts Center

Associations
Categories
Wedding Planning & Consultants, Caterers, Wedding Supplies & Services, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities
Other Information

Parking: Lot

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loren.forslund

02/09/2013

Overall

We have been there twice, July 2012 and Feb 2013. Both times the bar and dining areas have been set nicely and spotless clean. The kitchen staff, servers and food was at both times excellent. Parking is at the door and you don't have to walk two blocks through the building to get to the festivities. We would recommend them at any time.

Melschultz

12/13/2011

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Best choice for any special occassion

We booked the Fox Banquets for our wedding and it turned out amazing. We had horrible weather that day and with everything that could have went wrong Debra did an amazing job! I couldn't have asked for better people to be handling the details of my biggest day.She handled everything I didn't have to worry about a thing I knew they would do a fantastic job and they did. Debra was a pleasure to work with we loved her. I would recommend this facility to anyone and everyone!!

Nancy O

10/20/2011

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Magical Night

We are so pleased to have chosen to celebrate our anniversary at Fox Banquets Rivertyme Catering. We've had people tell us how ""classy "" the party was, how ""great"" the food was, and that the facility in general was just ""beautiful"".

You helped to make it a magical night for us. We'll be back for our next Party.

Linda N

08/29/2011

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Wonderful Evening!

We had our son's wedding in August of this year and were so happy with how everything turned out. Debra's advice was appropriate and everything was set up just as discussed. It looked beautiful when we arrived and the food was just delicious (including the appetizers, main meal and snacks). We took a risk by not having a tasting and based our decision on reputation. We received numerous comments that this was the best wedding meal our guests had ever had and I believed it because we felt the same. The food was of good quality, taste, portion and temperature. The wait staff was polite and attentive. We had a few glitches (i.e. CD not compatible with their player but we should have checked that prior to the event) but none of these glitches involved the facility. The room was perfect for the size of our party. Overall, we had a wonderful party and I highly recommend this facility.

kimber920

07/20/2011

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July Wedding Mixed review

We had our daughters wedding there just a week ago. I'll start with the good. The staff did a nice job setting everything up. We dropped off everything on Thursday and It looked beautiful at the reception. It did cost $300 . Their info flyer states ""We will set everything up, we take everything down"" .But we were told at the end of the night to"" take whatever is yours"" they wouldn't know what is ours. We had to take everything down and box them up ourselves the night of reception .
Food was okay, what you would expect from wedding food. I was disappointed because I had high expectations due to reviews. During dinner we heard Debra screaming at the waitstaff to stop standing around and get out there and pick up the plates, we had not finished eating and they were picking up our dishes.
We enjoyed the wine. they had a nice selection and our guests really had a good time.
Debre had us type up a bullet list to bring on the Thur before wedding. That was very useful, we went over all our preferences and were told if they could not accomodate us. Everything was as we had requested night of reception.
Room was very crowed!! We had a small wedding only 135 guests, we were told we would have to have a minimum of 200 to be in the larger room downstairs. I can't imagine more people crowded into that room. It was difficult to get in and out of your chairs without bumping into people. The wait staff had a difficult time.
Debra could be very difficult to work with. At times she was bossy, condescending and pushy.
They only have 2 options for beer.
I didn't realize that the $2500 minimun was for dinner only, does not include hors D'oeurve and is before the 20% tax, tip add on.
Debra did suggest we serve ice cream with our wedding cake to use some of the money we had to pay. Debra returned calls promptly
There was construction going on on Kimball Street, We were told by Debra that the roads would be open before our wedding, they were still closed. It was very difficult to get to the recetion site. We could have warned our guests had we known.

nlwerner

06/18/2011

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I had my wedding here early th...

I had my wedding here early this year. The building is beautiful. I decided to have my wedding here because we got a whole floor to ourselves--our own bar area, cake area, restrooms, dinning area, and dance area. However, the owner lady was unforgivably rude. She scoffed at me numerous times and almost made me cry the week before my wedding day. She didn't like my center arrangements, which were simple and nature based. They boast that they set up everything if you pay for the package. I asked her if they could put tulle bows on the back of chairs. She made it very difficult and when I went to show her what I meant--apologizing for not being an excellent bow maker--she actually laughed at me and walked away. My bridesmaids and I had to go in early and rush to do all the bows ourselves before guests arrived. The owner never even offered my husband and I a test tasting for the dinner. She was even slightly rude to one of my guests who was trying to take my picture--because the owner wanted to put the snack food out. Also, my husband and I wanted to do a quick 20 minute ceremony at the wedding to exchange vows in front of our guests during our allotted time in the space. She would not allow this without charging a few hundred more. It was ridiculous. Looking back, I feel she really ruined the whole experience for me and I want people to know that the beautiful facility does not make up for her rudeness.

quinzerj

06/07/2011

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HORRIBLE PLACE DEBRA IS A B*TCH!!

i am getting married june 16 2012 and i wnt here on april 16th for my consultation. and debra was very rude to start with, my mother, my children and myself were looking around the hall on the top floor and she was yelling for us, helloo, you who, and that turned me off right away, i mean really you can't walk 2 more feet to come and introduce yourself?!?! well then she wouldn't let us ask the questions we wanted, she kept telling us let me go over the info then u can ask questions, she treated us like we were in kindergarden. i knew what i wanted and i didn't care about other weddings that were there or what other people did. and as far as their $500 deposit, she wouldn't work with us at all, we were going to pay 1/2 then and 1/2 in 2 wks. have you seen this economy latley?!? so she was very rude, unprofessional, and i found a better place for 1/2 her price!! i wouldn't NOT reccommend this place to any of my friends that are getting married !!!

quinzerj

04/22/2011

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i am getting married june 16 2...

i am getting married june 16 2012 and i wnt here on april 16th for my consultation. and debra was very rude to start with, my mother, my children and myself were looking around the hall on the top floor and she was yelling for us, helloo, you who, and that turned me off right away, i mean really you can't walk 2 more feet to come and introduce yourself?!?! well then she wouldn't let us ask the questions we wanted, she kept telling us let me go over the info then u can ask questions, she treated us like we were in kindergarden. i knew what i wanted and i didn't care about other weddings that were there or what other people did. and as far as their $500 deposit, she wouldn't work with us at all, we were going to pay 1/2 then and 1/2 in 2 wks. have you seen this economy latley?!? so she was very rude, unprofessional, and i found a better place for 1/2 her price!! i wouldn't NOT reccommend this place to any of my friends that are getting married !!!

Newlywed25

12/06/2010

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Perfect Day

My husband and I recently had our wedding reception at Fox Banquets. We chose to pay for the decorations package and were very pleased with the sight that greeted us when we arrived following pictures. Our decorations were artfully displayed on all the cocktail tables and the dinner tables were set according to my specifications. Fox Banquets provided twinkling lights for the stair banister and also some silk floral arrangements on the hors d'ouevres table. The food was delicious and hot. The staff were all very friendly. The owner, Deb, is very experienced. My wedding day was a dream!

sb1592

09/20/2010

Overall
Unacceptable Customer Service

I have never in my life treated as poorly as I was tonight by the owner of Fox Banquets. I stopped by after work (I work two blocks away) to check on the choices my son and his soon to be bride made for their rehearsal dinner. I first had to search for an office, as one was not obvious, and when I found it I was greeted by the owner in a condescending tone. Her first words were "did you have an appointment."



If it weren't so close to the wedding I would have cancelled and booked somewhere else.



Run away from this venue

mgselzer

07/27/2010

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Perfect!!!

Dear Ms. Michaels,
We would like to thank you, again, for the wonderful catering service you and your staff provided our family. People are still asking if we have any of your business cards. The food was truly delicious, the decor classic, the service thoughtful.
With Sincere Appreciation,

Rebekah Culotta

07/26/2010

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Fabulous reception location

My husband and I had our wedding reception at Fox Banquets. Deb and her staff did a fabulous job. We purchased the decorating package and it was the best purchase we did for our wedding. I dropped everything off a few days before the wedding and didn't have to think about it again. Everything was done how we wanted it, and our wedding day was exactly what we hoped it would be.

Rebekah - Appleton

S Nejedlo

01/05/2010

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Rehearsal Dinner Couldn't Have Been Better!

On December 30, 2009 we had our son's rehearsal dinner here. WOW. It couldn't have been better! From Debra's planning help on menu choices to the beautiful lights of Appleton out the windows during the meal, it was perfect. We had our own room with a bar, a very friendly and efficient bartender and awesome waitresses! The food was FANTASTIC and the dessert portions were big enough for 3 people! We simply couldn't have been happier and would recommend this place highly. (By the way, we also went to a wedding here in August and again, the food was luscious and the service superb.)

PMutt

09/16/2009

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Excellent food

A friend referred Fox Banquets to us and my husband and I (married 8/8/09) booked the hall. The place is beautiful and if you decide to do your own decorations, what you need is very minimal. I felt a little overwhelmed by Debra as she's experienced and had many definite suggestions to make. Our wedding party was running almost an hour late to dinner - but many kudos to the chef and wait staff as the food was absolutely delicious! We received many compliments on the food - I would definitely recommend Fox Banquets.

Elaine Van Zummeren

09/11/2009

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The Wedding of Peter Tracanna & Elaine Van Zummeren

We booked the church service which had to be a late service at 7:30 p.m.
We also chose the date of August 28, because we have four granddaughters going to college. This way they were able to be there.
The dinner service was excellent, the food was great. It was decorated so beautiful.
We had a group of 29 people.
Everyone complimented how nice everything
went. The waitress went of out their way for us.
Thank you for being a service to us.

shr2u

06/19/2009

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Job well done!

My son and new daughter-in-law had their wedding reception at Fox Banquets recently. It was absolutely beautiful! I received so many compliments from our guests. Everyone commented on how beautiful the decor was and how delicious the meal was. I have to agree! The meal was great and it was served hot from the first guest to the last guest ... which can be a big problem sometimes. The staff was very courteous and helpful and the decor could not have been better. The bride and groom made an exceptionally good choice!

amvg71374

06/17/2009

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The perfect location

We got married this past Saturday and had our wedding reception at Fox Banquets. Everything was great - from the decor to the service and especially the food. We had numerous guests compliment us on the food, it was delicious and hot and served on time! I cannot recommend this place enough. Debra Michiels knows banquets and she knows how to make them go smoothly. She has years of experience and comes prepared with suggestions. At the same time, she listened to everything we wanted and made sure it all happened. I do not have one complaint about this location or the staff there. I highly recommend them for any event!

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