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The Food Dudes

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About

The Food Dudes Inc. is a full-service catering company that has grown from a small, home-based operation to become a leader of the the catering industry in Toronto, Ontario. The Food Dudes is committed to using the highest-quality ingredients, maintaining superior service, and tending to any and every one of your needs. Adrian Niman founded The Food Dudes in 2007 upon completion of his training program at the Michelin-starred Reads Hotel in Mallorca, Spain. In 2008, Adrian partnered with brand creator, Brent McClenahan, who specializes in bridging the gap between design strategy and the culinary arts. In 2009, Daniel Frenette partnered with the dynamic duo. His experience as Sous Chef on tour with The Rolling Stones gave The Food Dudes the ability to handle large-scale events of up to 2,000 people. Since then, The Food Dudes has become the choice caterer for over 200 clients, representing over 750 functions annually.

Services offered

It is not often that the dudes at The Food Dudes get the chance to cater weddings, but when they do, they bring a professionalism and craft to these celebrations that has been honed at corporate functions, political fundraisers, and other high-profile events – guaranteeing that the quality of service provided is always top-notch. These services include the following:

  • Buffet
  • Cocktail reception
  • Family-style
  • French service
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Plated

Cuisine

The menu offered by The Food Dudes covers a lot of culinary ground, but especially draws upon the following cuisines:

  • American
  • Barbecue
  • Cajun
  • French
  • Italian
  • Southern
  • Southwestern

Highlights

Event Services

Delivery, set up, clean up

Catering Services

Buffet, cake cutting, cocktail reception, dessert, hors d'oeuvres, outside cake, plated, server(s), stations, tastings

Plated Service (per head)

$50

Buffet Service (per head)

$35

More information

What types of cuisine do you cater?

American
Italian
Japanese
Local
Mexican

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten free
Kosher
Lactose free
No pork
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Limited bar
Champagne toast
Open bar
House beer
House liquor
Liquor license
Outside alcohol ok
House wine
Premium liquor
Signature cocktail
Specialty beer
Specialty wine

Which of the following items can you provide?

Chairs
Tables

Which of the following items can you provide?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$25

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?

$25

Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering?

Delivery
Set up
Cake cutting
Server(s)
Dessert
Tastings
Chairs
Tables
Linens
Flatware
Glassware
China
Clean up
Cocktail reception

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$7

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Open bar
House beer
Specialty beer
House wine
Specialty wine
Champagne toast
House liquor
Premium liquor
Signature cocktail

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    Katie Q. Married on 23/10/2021
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    Best Wedding Food!

    Food Dudes catered our wedding at Steam Whistle and everyone raved about the food! We heard from many guests that it was the best wedding food they've ever had. The appetizers were plentiful and wildly delicious, the mains were perfectly cooked and people couldn't get enough of the beet salad (have you ever head rave reviews about a salad before?). Jason was such a dream to deal with, so helpful at every turn, especially with all things covid. We can't recommend them highly enough!
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    Michael C. Married on 04/09/2021
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    Food Dudes was exceptional!

    For our backyard wedding, they were phenomenal in navigating our at-home kitchen set-up, creating an intimate and gorgeous menu for us and for outstanding service to us and our guests all night long. I've used Food Dudes for work events and was so happy to be able to have them a part of our big day!
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    Loribeth G. Married on 02/09/2021
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    Fun, Easy, and Delicious!

    Thanks so much for everyone at Food Dudes for their professional, prompt service, from early planning to the day-of! The food was great, the staff were friendly and accommodating, and everyone's dietary needs were met without issue. Thanks for making a hectic day a little less stressful!
  • Amanda Farag
    Amanda F. Married on 02/11/2019
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    Best food ever!

    By far the best food I’ve ever tasted! This is NOT typical wedding food. Not only was the food amazing, but Jason (one of their coordinators) was simply amazing and so helpful. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. We still have guest from our wedding commenting about how good the food was!!!
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    Rebecca M. Married on 15/12/2018
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    the BEST wedding food

    SO many of my guests have been commenting about the food at the wedding. I was so sad that I didn't get to eat more of it! I am a vegan and my husband is not. Food Dudes was so accommodating to helping to create a vegan friendly menu that everyone would love. The staff was incredible. Two Thumbs up! They were just perfect!
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    Megan B. Married on 15/12/2018
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    Delicious food with great service

    We had the challenge of getting married across the country, and not getting to taste our food before the reception. We told our Wedding Coordinator that food was important to us and that it was something we were willing to pay higher prices for. We took one of the recommendations of our Coordinator and never looked back. Heck, she had great taste we thought (well her taste seemed to be similar to mine, so same difference?) And boy did she ever.

    We loved choosing from the menu options and putting together a menu that really seemed like "us". We were a little afraid some of the items would be a little too adventurous or spicey for some of our guests, but we only received positive feedback from everyone.

    We made sure to enjoy our food on our wedding day and it was delicious.
    We had a vegan guest and I myself am a pescatarian. There were plenty of options for everyone. I know that the sous vide short ribs were the biggest hit.
    My mom was the most impressed with the service during the passed appetizers. So thank you for that!

    I'm still dreaming of the fudge brownie.

    -Megan & Brandon
  • Giselle
    Giselle L. Married on 13/10/2018
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    Just do it

    Food was the top of my list of important details - it was a make or break.
    The Food Dudes made it a dream wedding. EVERYONE loved everything they did from creating a few custom menu pieces for our appetizers and welcome cocktail to the setup and take down of the day. We are still getting messages daily about how incredible the food was. Wedding food can be good or bad...the Food Dudes made it GREAT! THANK YOU!!!!
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    Meghan W. Married on 07/07/2018
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    Fantastic food!

    We would recommend Food Dudes for catering your special occasions/wedding, however I think my husband and I had a one off experience, and sadly it was a bit of a stressful one. We knew right away once we met with Jason and went through our tasting we would book Food Dudes, however had we known the lack of professionalism and customer service that was in store for us leading up to the wedding we probably would have chosen elsewhere.

    Unfortunately, Jason wasn't able to run with our wedding right til the end due to unforeseen circumstances which we completely understood, but we were then passed on to the Operations Director and then 4 days before the wedding a junior event manager was briefed on our wedding. From the time we were passed on to the Director to the day of the wedding we just had an unsettling feeling that things were being missed, after we were so organized and planned everything out prior with Jason, and found ourselves having to repeat clear instructions and details until it was correct (we ended up having a detailed play-by-play, floor plans, and working directly with the Event Rental Group in order to make sure the right items were being booked).

    In the end, 90% of the day ran smoothly and we were pleasantly surprised. I unfortunately felt the ceremony wasn't handled well as myself and the bridal party were left waiting in the bridal suite unsure of where to go to enter for the ceremony, until we figured it out ourselves and by then the music had already been queued by the junior event manager (which I think he realized the mistake right away as we saw him running towards where we had eventually worked out where to come out from to make sure we were even there). I had looked forward to that moment with our favourite song, my dad on my arm and walking up to the man I loved, but instead we were all a bit flustered and felt rushed. Whether that should have been handled by catering (our event manager) or the venue manager we don't know.. Just wish the music hadn't been queued until the event manager knew we were in place which I think is common sense.

    There was also a small hiccup with our table wines and tealight candles, but nothing worth mentioning here. Just slightly annoying we made it quite clear with labels and dummy-proofed each box, and yet there were still mistakes.

    The rest of the day was great. Food was fantastic as expected by Food Dudes. Our guests loved everything from the canapes to reception meal, as well as how smooth the day ran. They made sure to put 2 of each canape in the bridal suite so we could have a taste as well (we even tried grabbing some during cocktail hour, but our guests were devouring them before it could make its way to us haha). The event manager was great at finding a bridal party member and checking in with them, and even checking with us in terms of timing of everything we thought was very thoughtful and reassured us things were running smoothly.

    In the end we were happy with Food Dudes, but just wished the month or so leading up to the day hadn't been so stressful and left us feeling neglected and almost feeling stupid/like we were doing something wrong. For the overall price and our experience I would say we are close to saying it wasn't worth it, however we know if we hadn't gone through the experience that we had and instead worked with Jason from beginning to end it then it was definitely worth the value!

    Thank you guys for the fantastic food and in the end an overall incredible day!
  • Stefanie
    Stefanie Married on 18/11/2017
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    Our favourite Dudes!

    My husband and I have nothing but good things to say about Food Dudes! We hired them for our November wedding at Design Exchange, and we worked directly with Jason Dinetz, who we also hired as our "Day Of" Coordinator. Our emails and questions were answered ridiculously quick and with lots of detail, and Jason really went above and beyond to make sure everything was taken care of. He's also just a genuinely kind and grounded person, so we were very grateful to have him in our corner to support us.

    The food is another story! It was by far the most inventive and most thoughtful meal we've ever tasted. We had an eclectic guest list and had to consider vegetarian and vegan options and other dietary restrictions, and the Food Dudes delivered on every single dish. We had some tough critics as guests (including my traditional Italian dad) and our guests are still complimenting the food to this day!

    Food Dudes made our wedding extra special and we'll always be grateful for our experience with them. We look forward to working with them again in the future.
  • Jennifer
    Jennifer M. Married on 24/09/2017
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    I worked with June from Food Dudes and she was an incredible help in planning our big day. We had our wedding out of town and she helped every step of the way with ensuring we had everything we needed. The food was incredible. It was the one thing that people are still talking about. I highly recommend splurging on the hors d’oureves they were incredible.

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