At Simply Gourmet we work hard so you can play! We love serving outrageous food and providing fantastic service -- that's our passion. Attention to detail and our "one on one" style is what makes us unique. We work individually with each of our clients, ensuring the experience is absolutely perfect and the event catering is remarkable. All of our events, from green weddings and business luncheons to private presidential dinners and holiday gatherings, carry our signature of perfection. We think our delicious food should be as fun as your party and the possibilities with Simply Gourmet are unlimited! Stop by and see us soon.
Chef Larry Barrett
Questions & Answers
Who are Jamie and Larry Barrett? Chef Larry has an incredible passion for food and years of culinary experience in New York and Los Angeles. He feels that food should not just be a feast for the palate but also a feast for the eyes. Jamie has years of party planning experience, an eye for detail and incredible organizational skills. Together they create a party to remember.
What type of events and parties does Simply Gourmet cater? We cater for many types of events - casual and elegant wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, Presidential Dinners, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, picnics, lunches, brunches, BBQ, cocktail, birthday and yacht parties. We also specialize in exclusive wine tastings. In 2009, we became officially certified as a Green Caterer by Sarasota County. This means any of our event catering, including elegant wedding receptions, are now officially recognized as green. Only Sarasota catering companies with the official Green Business Partnership certification can claim this distinction.
What type of cuisine does Simply Gourmet serve?
Chef Larry blends multi-ethnic cuisine with a classical flair. He is guided by his sense of exploration and freshness, always using the finest local ingredients. The result is a blending of flavors, textures and unique presentation.
What other services does Simply Gourmet provide?
No matter what type of event you're planning, Simply Gourmet Catering can help you realize perfection. We offer decorating services for the buffet/bridal/cake/coffee and dessert tables and will prepare event agendas for your special day. We'll also provide first class bar service and have a zest for helping you find other local experts in the areas of floral arrangements, event and wedding planners, photography, video, entertainment, designer cakes and guest lodging.
What makes Simply Gourmet unique? Our award-winning catering service is unique for many reasons. First, your satisfaction is our primary concern. We listen to what you want and what your expectations are. Maybe you want your food to taste as if it were catered in Milan, Italy or perhaps you want to treat your guests to a down-home southern barbeque. We design our food to match your dreams. Catering prices and budget are always adhered to. We don't just give you a pre-printed form with photos of food found in magazines and generic websites. We customize each and every order, often personalizing menus with signature dishes and one-of-a-kind desserts. In fact, the only time we use a "cookie-cutter" approach is when we are baking our delicious gourmet cookies.
Do you offer free consultations?
Yes, we encourage you to come in and talk with us about your event. Nothing excites us more than creating a personalized menu and a plan for your party.
Simply Gourmet Caterers - Sarasota's Off-Premise Catering Experts. Perfect food is our passion. We cater weddings, small parties, business luncheons, brunches, corporate retreats, birthdays, receptions and private affairs. Our award-winning catering is enjoyed at many locations including Selby Gardens, Phillippe Mansion, Ringling Museum, Powell Crosley Estate, Crosley Museum, Chelsea Center, College Hall and The Garden Club. We're extremely familiar with most venues from Sarasota, Long Boat Key, Siesta Key, Bradenton and Ellenton to Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Brandon. Delicious food and extreme attention to detail - that's what sets our catering apart.
Simply Gourmet is officially certified by Sarasota County as a Green Caterer. Please click here to learn more.