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Catering

EVERY DISH IS AN EVENT.

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Great Performances' catering menus are a celebration of contemporary American cuisine, incorporating clean, vibrant and seasonal ingredients sourced locally when possible.

We have a shared goal of developing innovative and delicious dishes for our guests. Whether a dish is traditional or out of the box, it has a GP touch that makes it exquisite. We often source produce, meat, fish and dairy from local growers and purveyors. This fresh, beautiful food inspires our chefs to create seasonal meals that grace our plate. We tailor menus to each event, while remaining committed to the unmatchable flavors of the ingredients we trust. From the process of sourcing ingredients, to developing a dish, to styling the plate, we respect the integrity of our food.

Our Traditional Line is an homage to the time honored culinary tradition of conserving food, reflecting our grandmother's and mother's generations when nothing went to waste. The deep respect for ingredients inspires our chefs to cook creatively and be mindful of  food waste by utilizing repurposed or leftover ingredients to create unique, delicious dishes. All locally sourced, our 100 Mile Menu represents our commitment to celebrating local flavors while supporting sustainable agriculture and good earth practices. Simply put, food grown with love tastes better!

Drink

GREAT MIXES.

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From the perfectly balanced classics to the endless surprises of modern mixology, our Mixologist will delight and educate you with concoctions of all varieties. We know our wines, and will be happy to suggest the best ones to accompany any food being served. In addition, we feature the work of small batch and local distilleries as well as craft breweries, and serve fresh juices, herbal infusions and house-made syrups.

Culinary Team

Our Chefs
create the Unforgettable.

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Seasoned in the kitchen, hungry to explore, engaged listeners and creative spirits, our culinary team is as inventive as they are meticulous. Together, they have extraordinary depth of experience; among the team we work with, we have seasoned GP veterans, who demonstrate knowledge of GP food philosophy, and newcomers, who bring a fresh culinary perspective. As a whole, the culinary team embraces our core values: diversity, arts, farming, sustainability, community, vision and teamwork.

Service

SPEAKS VOLUMES.

So much of your experience and lasting impression relies on service. Service that is professional, intuitive, imperceptible. Service that is graceful, fluid, as if choreographed.

Great Performances began as a waitress service for women in the arts. Today, every member of our impeccably trained staff assumes a pivotal role in this ensemble production. After the sights, the sounds and the aromas have faded, what remains is the memory of a truly great performance.

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Design

IF THE GENIUS IS IN THE DETAILS, YOU ARE IN GREAT HANDS.

Our design team can help plan the creative details of your party, including buffet styling, custom hors d'oeuvres trays, tablescapes and tabletop designs, menus, signage, branded graphics and printed materials, and gift packaging.  

Whether your style is traditional, rustic, eclectic or modern, we help channel the aesthetic and messaging of your event. Throughout the design process, we furnish floor plans, renderings, sketches and mood boards so you know exactly what to expect, from concept through completion.

We understand the importance of brand identity, and can integrate and reinforce messaging through design. We also support existing design initiatives, collaborating with renowned event producers to ensure that the catering presentation is an exquisite extension of a unified vision.

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Wow, wow, wow, wow--you have been absolutely crucial and essential to lifting Planned Parenthood up and raising our event profile. I have never worked with a vendor team that was so damn good at what you do—so resourceful, so calm, and you always had all the answers. You answered questions that I didn't even know I had (and often times before I even knew I had them).

Planned Parenthood of New York City

We are so lucky to have people like you and your wonderful colleagues in our world. You make things work and give us all a sense that there can be perfection in our worlds. That no matter who is running the show, the food will be delicious, the Great Performances team will be delightful and the event will run like clock work.

IBM Global Corporate Events

The team was incredible. They pivoted and worked as hard as anyone I've ever seen. Our gala went off without a single hitch and it is because they made it possible.

City Parks Foundation

It was your personal attention and commitment that accounted for the wonderful evening we had in the midst of a beautiful décor, most cordial hospitality and proficient service that all our guests received. You and your staff added to the success of the event, which thrilled all present with your gourmet cuisine, personal attention and elegant ambiance. I wish you and your team success in your efforts and giving it the high profile that is deserves so rightly.

Republic of Kazakhstan
Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Your incredible catering and event staff provided boutique-level attention, not only to me, but to my committee, my colleagues, and my guests. With regard to the food…you and your chef went above and beyond. Simply put, you’re an amazing team.

Columbia University Medical Center

I am always amazed by your talent and innate understanding of how to seamlessly put together nights to remember.

Ballet Hispanico

The food was delicious and the presentation was stunning! We received nothing but positive feedback last night…from guests, many of them commenting how wonderful the catering was! Of course we let everyone know it was Great Performances.

BRIC

Thank you for being one of the Mayor’s Office of Special Projects and Community Events’ greatest and most committed partners. It is always such a pleasure working with you.

Mayor’s Office of Special Projects and Community Events
New York City

Thank you for being a team that I can completely rely on to deliver when the chips are down. We really needed to deliver a perfect “second half” tonight and you were right there with me. I am not surprised, but it is always nice to find yourself surrounded by true professionals.

Apotheosis Events

What a night it was for Riverside Park Conservancy last night! And then there was your food...inventive, delicious, beautifully presented and impeccably served. Thank you for your impeccable catering of this event — PERFECT in every way. Our hats are off to the GP staff!

Riverside Park Conservancy

The food last night was absolutely delicious and so beautifully presented. We've been receiving rave reviews about it from our guests, who year on year love the Great Performances experience.

Ubuntu Education Fund

Great Performances is exactly that ---Great. In fact, it is fabulous. Our wedding celebration was flawless, and our guests still rave about the elegance of the setting, the Michelin star quality food and the attentiveness of the staff. I recommend Great Performances without any reservations.


I can't thank you enough for the perfection of that party. The beauty of the setting, the food, your gracious professionalism and attention to detail—it was just sublime. Your wisdom and advice was never out of keeping with who we are as people. How do you understand your clients so well?

Eda

I just wanted to say thank you again for helping put together my absolute dream wedding. Everything was so beyond perfect and there was absolutely nothing I would've changed. There were definitely moments where I couldn't imagine how it would all come together, but you just went above and beyond.

Kira

How can we ever express our gratitude to the Great Performances team for helping us create the most magical wedding. Every detail was handled with extreme care and professionalism, so that on the day of our wedding it all came together better than we could have hoped. Our guests were so impressed with the delicious food and great service! Highly highly recommend!!

George

We were blown away by the wedding; everything exceeded even our lofty expectations. The food was so good it's ridiculous.

Benjamin and Elizabeth

GP was perfect from start to finish. The food was scrumptious, beautiful, and creative. I unequivocally give GP 5 stars and recommend it to every bride!

Lea