We interviewed several caterers for my daughter’s wedding and chose Above and Beyond. Fantastic decision! Gina worked with our budget and extensive dietary restrictions. Religious requirements included, no beef, no pork, no seafood and an large number of genuine vegetarians. I was so concerned that with these restrictions, the food would be bland or boring or worse, institutional! Not so! She even used our family recipe for fried green tomatoes, that were served as sliders. Everything was delicious and there was not a morsel of anything left over. People are still complimenting us on the food and especially the service. Every step of the way she was professional and a joy to work with. The groom is a dining room manager at a Relais and Chateau inn and he pronounced Above and Beyond’s execution of the food and service at his wedding “Perfect”. ~ Michele Cheney, The Homestead at Rest & Be Thankful Farm
We found our experience with Above & Beyond Catering to be very satisfying. Our cocktail party was a celebration of our son and daughter-in-laws destination wedding. We found Gina to be professional & friendly. She listened to our ideas and was able to make suggestions to create the party that we envisioned. We chose the caterers choice option for our food and were not at all disappointed. We will use Above & Beyond Catering in the future and will highly recommend it. ~ The Doirons
Gina Sawtelle from Above and Beyond Catering was the perfect caterer for our outdoor wedding buffet for our daughter and her fiance at our home. The venue was lakeside with 210 people. Gina came to our home a few months prior, as well as two weeks prior to the wedding to confirm all that we wanted for food and service. She set up non-perishables the day before and arrived early on our wedding day to ensure all would go smoothly. The food and service were exemplary! Wedding guests are still raving about both. And, we are still enjoying leftovers. Guests were served in lightning speed as we requested. Couldn’t ask for more. Would recommend to everyone and also look forward to anything hosted by Above and Beyond Catering in Sanford ME. ~ The Waterman’s
You and your staff are exceptional! We had the most incredible wedding day. The food at our reception was absolutely amazing, and you managed to have all 210 guests fed in about 20 minutes! You are such a wonderful person and so great at what you do. Glad we could even get you out on dance floor to show off a few moves:) Thank you so much!! – Brianna & Pat Toulouse
Hi Gina, Thank you for an Amazing Day!!! We were all so happy with everything. You and your wait staff were incredible!!!!!! Thank You from the bottom of my heart! ~Marie & Bob Frechette
June 13, 2014
Above and Beyond Catering has been hosting Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission’s (SMPDC) yearly Annual Meetings for the past five years.
Within these years, meeting attendance has increased from sixty to over ninety. But, even with these increases, Gina Sawtelle and Above and Beyond Catering has accommodated all our needs, and provided delicious meals. Our attendees always rave about the food! Her professionalism in catering is exceptional.
SMPDC highly recommends Above and Beyond Catering, their staff, and function hall for any event that you may have.
Thank you so much for this email, it truly means something to me to hear your compliments as I know you understand what it is like to run an event. The dinner was more than I expected and all our Champions are over the moon! We can’t wait until next year-we will have more for sure! Sunday’s Tour was wonderful, we couldn’t have asked for a better event.
You are truly a gem and I look forward to working with you in the future.
Emily L. Silevinac
Associate Director, Tour de Cure
Kennebunks Tour de Cure
June 28, 2014~
Thank you so much for all the help that you gave us.
Everyone raved about how excellent the food was. Your crew was also
top-notch and made everything move along very smoothly. We will be
eating delicious left-overs for many days ahead!
It was a great day for us. We’ve had many rave reviews, which you can
share in, too.
Love, Fred and Barbara
CASCO BAY CRUISE ~ July 2014 :
Hi Gina –
Just writing to let you know what a WONDERFUL job you & your ladies did yesterday. They were all so personable, nice and pleasant to work with – not to mention the food was amazing! We will definitely keep you at the top of our list for future client events.. you were a breeze to work with – thank you so much for accommodating all of our needs, You helped make yesterday a HUGE success – and clients were so very happy with everything you did.
Hoping you went home and had a big glass of wine! Thank you, again,
Jillian Callan, Client Relationship Manager
Legacy Investments & Wealth Management
Woolwich, ME 04579
Just wanted to let you know you did a fantastic job at the reunion. We were all very pleased with everything. That makes Lisa and I feel great about the wedding reception coming up. I know it will be awesome. We were very happy that we suggested you and your staff for the reunion. They went with our suggestion and you came through with flying colors. We definitely will keep recommending your services. Thanks again and please let your staff know how much we appreciated their efforts.
Hi Gina and Tammy,
Just wanted you to know how much everyone loved your luncheon feast. The chicken croissant sandwiches and the green strawberry gorgonzola salad were especially popular. And thank you for adding all the vegetables (fresh snapspeas!) to the pasta salad……it was delicious and my vegetarian friends thank you! My family has been eating all the leftovers and loving it! You prepared more than enough and everything was scrumptious. All in all it was a perfect day between the weather and and your tasty banquet. My Uncle would have loved it! I am sending the word out how wonderful your catering company is!
Business After Hours ~ April 2015
I can’t thank you and the staff of Above and Beyond Catering for the wonderful job you did once again at the Dead River Company Business After Hours. Everybody in attendance was pleased and I will say you make the job of hosting a lot easier for us! Since you’ve been in business I have been fortunate to have attended dozens of events you have catered and they have all been exceptional. I will say your facility at the Town Club is an awesome venue where I have witnessed gatherings from wedding receptions to business events to family gatherings, etc., all equally enjoyable. I will finish by saying the results are equally as good when you are working offsite and would encourage everybody to employ the services of Above and Beyond!
David Ouellette, Branch Manager
Dead River Company – Delivering on A promise.
24 Shaw’s Ridge Road
Sanford, ME 04073
May 2015 ~ Wedding Reception
Thanks to you and your crew for the wonderful reception on Saturday. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and Larry and I appreciate how attentive you were to Kelsey and Andrew. We had lots of compliments on the reception from the other guests as well.
Please feel free to use us as a reference. Again, great job !
Nancy & Larry Adams
September 2015 Wedding ~ Mousam Lake
I just wanted to thank you for the AWESOME food for our wedding on Saturday. I heard compliment after compliment about how wonderful the food was. I sung your praises, to be sure. I should have had you leave some business cards. Paul and I never got to eat until after the guests had left. My girlfriends who were in charge of setting things out had made plates for us – YUM. We had lots of leftovers – I am still eating bruschetta. It’s awesome over pasta!
Thank you again!!
You can be assured that anytime I need an event catered in the future- YOU are my 1st call.
Nancy & Paul
Business After Hours ~ Portland, ME September 2015
Please tell your amazing crew what a fantastic job they did last night. Everyone was very pleased and today our staff gets to indulge in the leftovers. Not one word, everyone is too busy eating….. 🙂
I would love to be a reference if you ever would like one!
October 14, 2015 ~ Business Breakfast, Portland Maine
YOU GUYS ROCK!!!
Great food!! Fun and fantastic personalities!!
Thank you very much for starting our day off with a smile and full stomach.
April 3, 2016 ~ Wedding at The Town Club
Thank you so much for yesterday! Everything went so great! I got so many compliments about how nice you were…how good the food was…and how great your staff was!! What a wonderful day Mike and I had!!
Thank Again, Beth
April 2016 Bridal Shower with May Wedding to follow!
Your food was so tasty and delicious today; it made the shower. Everyone was raving about it. Thank you so much for helping to make it such a special day for Meg!!
See you in six weeks 🙂
Wedding ~ July 2016 ~ Wedding, Broadturn Farm in Scarborough
Above and Beyond Catering catered our daughter’s wedding reception at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough, Maine. There were 160 guests at this event which included a sit down dinner. I can’t say enough good things about Gina Sawtelle and her catering company. First, we presented her with the request that all the food be sourced locally as much as possible – this entailed adapting recipes and reaching out to local farms for available produce – done. Second, we asked if she would work with someone who would be coming in to roast a pig for the event – no problem, done. Third, Gina helped us figure out the best arrangement for serving the guests in a manner that best suited the setting and the tone of the reception, and the Above and Beyond Catering crew was delightful and professional from the moment they arrived to their departure. But most importantly, throughout the planning process Gina was fully there for us – always with a smile and a “can do” attitude – this was so appreciated, especially considering this is the busiest time of year for her. Without any hesitation, I whole heartedly recommend this catering company!
Kathy & Ned Tillman
Wedding ~ July 9 2016 ~ The Hitching Post, Dayton Maine
My husband and I loved working with Gina and her crew at above and beyond catering. From the moment we met her we knew we wanted her for our wedding. Not only did everything sound and look delicious but she was so great and easy to work with. She never tried to “sell” us her business, just told us like it was and was very down to earth. And the food was amazing! Everyone raved about it! Her staff was amazing and treated us like King and Queen on our day! They made sure we got appetizers during the cocktail hour when we were getting pictures and everything else done, and then there was a plate of apps sitting on our table when we sat down! They made sure we got to eat and had whatever drink we wanted! The bar service was great as well! They we very reasonably priced and had no hidden fees or ridiculous fees like a cake cutting fee! We would highly recommend Gina and Above and Beyond Catering!
Juliet & Patrick
Awards Ceremony ~ LaFayette School
Before making any other choice for any special event, the Town Club has to be visited. Starting with Gina herself, every staff member welcomes you as though you were an old friend. The atmosphere cannot be matched anywhere in the area. It is vintage glamour at its best. The rooms are almost unchanged since the mill bosses frequented the club . A beautiful original piano sits in on of the rooms adjacent to the fireplace. The original decor is a taste of Sanford’s glorious past. The potential of what can be added to this amazing place for a specific event is unlimited. A wedding, anniversary or any celebration can be held here with guests delighting in the food as well as the ambiance. Gina welcomes theme ideas and offers suggestions of her own! I have held two events at the Town club to honor students from my school and the rooms were so lovely, the children were absolutely delighted. Adults kept asking for dinner recipes as the students swarmed the ice cream bar. It was hard to get them to leave without the promise of another celebration next year!! Thank you Gina and your great staff!!!
May 2016 ~ Wedding Wormwood Center, Sanford Maine
Gina Sawtelle and the staff of Above and Beyond Catering truly live up to their name. I contacted Gina based on a family recommendation for my 70 person wedding at a banquet hall in Sanford. I had a small budget but wanted to guarantee good food and great service. Gina and her staff provided that and more! Our menu was haddock, chicken, side dishes of mashed potatoes, carrots and green beans and salad. Gina even prepared a traditional Afghan dish of Kabuli rice for my husband’s family. The food was incredible, fresh and full of flavor. My guests were all so happy with their meals. Most of my guests tried the Kabuli rice as well and loved it! My mother in law thought it was very close to her recipe!
The service was perfect, all of the staff was polite and friendly. Gina is a great businesswoman. She is straightforward and accommodating. Her eagerness to cook the Kabuli rice was a huge plus for us. We had some last minute issues with our venue and Gina was right there to be an advocate for us. You can tell how passionate Gina is about providing great service and food for your event.
I will always recommend Gina and Above and Beyond Catering and plan to use her for any future catering needs.
December 2015 Wedding ~ The Town Club, Sanford Maine
Gina is so down to earth and easy to work with. She was very flexible and does what she can to accommodate your needs. The venue was perfect for our wedding ceremony and reception and so beautifully decorated for the holiday season. The food, service, atmosphere is top notch and I highly recommend Above and Beyond Catering for all your catering needs.
Wedding ~ September 2016 / Mousam Lake ~ Jim & Victoria
How do we begin to explain our appreciation for Gina and her team? From the moment we met her and she was professional, gracious, and helpful. Gina welcomed our obscure requests, frequent menu changes, and millions of random wedding questions. Often times I give her all the credit for making my wedding as beautiful as it was! She didn’t blink an eye when she met with us when we didn’t know which way to turn, she welcomed our parents to her wedding- tasting when we could not go, she recommended her favorite vendors in the area who were just as professional, and helped organize our tent/table rentals … that does not even begin to describe her food! Her catering options were endless, her suggestions and pairings were delicious, and the food was plentiful! I still have guests talking about how full and how delightful the food was! We even had her cater a lunch the next day (which she delivered in a mini-hurricane) that was just as abundant and tasty! She and her staff the day before, day of, and day after were SO polite and professional… they felt like family! She is a true visionary. I am going to miss working with Gina; especially our weekly (often daily) emails; she changed wedding planning from daunting to enjoyable. I would recommend her to anyone at anytime!
Thank you Gina!
Wedding ~ August 2016 / The Portland Company / Amalia & Jon
Gina was amazing! Above and Beyond is such an accurate name, not only did she make sure the catering was on point but she guided me through all the details (like working with the rental company) and took the time to make sure my wedding flowed as smoothly as possible. She offered suggestions and alternatives bearing always my comfort, taste and style in mind. Her can do and cheerful nature was a pleasure to work with, she really relived a lot of the anxiety I had. Her staff was professional and really shined on the day of the event. My guests were well fed and taken care of.
Wedding ~ August 26, 2017 / Katelyn & Kevin @ William Allen Farm in Pownal, Maine
“Oh man, I don’t know if I have the words to describe how happy my husband and I are with our experience with Above & Beyond Catering. Gina, Tammy, and the whole A&B crew have been extremely helpful, responsive, and kind since the beginning – from helping us put together our rental order for the big day to helping us figure how the day should run; they literally went above and beyond for us! The food was incredible! I have been dreaming of the mac and cheese since the wedding! My husband and I had SO many of our guests come up to us and let us know how much they enjoyed the food. We’re so happy with how everything turned out and are currently trying to think of a way to get Above & Beyond Catering to come over to cook us a dinner.”
Wedding ~ Mother of the Bride / August 2016 / The Portland Company
Gina and her crew are absolutely wonderful amazing people to work with! They listen and execute what you want and work hard finding just the right “special vessels” to compliment the event! We couldn’t have been happier with all that they did and the food and presentation were fabulous!! They do go “Above & Beyond” to make your day the most special!!
Celebration of Life ~ Summer 2017
We could not have been happier with Gina and her team at Above and Beyond Catering! They provided a delicious mix of sandwiches and salads for our recent “Celebration of Life”/Memorial luncheon in Acton, ME. The combination of flavors were perfect. Special enough to please adults and not too fancy for picky children (and maybe a few picky adults!) The mixed dessert tray fit the bill, too. Many guests asked us who we used for a caterer. Tammy and Melissa were also perfect…the food presentation looked great, and platters were always quickly replenished. Most importantly, they didn’t rush us at all as the gathering began to wind down. We really appreciated that since many people traveled a long way to join us. Thank you Gina – I am sure we will contact you again!
SMHC / EPIC TRAINING LUNCHEON ~ Feeding over 300 people each day for 14 days at 19 locations! IT WAS EPIC!!
I was working at SMHP in Kennebunk and you did the catering for the staff supporting them. I just want to say that EVERYTHING that we had was delicious. In the 2 weeks we never had anything the same. FABYOULOUS JOB LADIES.
Portland Discovery Tours Spring 2017
Working with Gina at Above and Beyond Catering was a wonderful experience! Planning our event was fun and stress free! Gina made excellent suggestions and recommendations for our Birthday Cruise menu! We were impressed with the ease Gina and her staff showed while setting up and serving delicious food on our boat cruise! Everyone loved the food! The menu was perfect for an evening cruise. The staff was helpful, friendly, and professional. Thank you for helping to make our event memorable for all!
September 2017 / Camp Sunshine Bar Service ~ Wedding
Your girls were OVER THE TOP! I could not have been happier with the service. They were so sweet, so fun and so accommodating. They helped my kiddos put straws in their juice boxes when I was not available, they were picking up not only beer bottles but our soda cans off of the tables and helped us frantically get cake serving ready when the DJ announced it was cake time (and it was not). It is amazing how in 4 short hours these girls felt like family. Thank you for everything and I will most definitely be recommending you to everyone and anyone! I cannot emphasize enough how pleased I was/am with the whole process.
Southern Maine Health Care Employee Event ~ September 2017
Hi Gina –
I wanted to thank you and your amazing team for a wonderful evening celebrating SMHC employees. I’ve heard great feedback including what a relaxed and classy event it was at the Town Club. I have to agree – you always go above and beyond to create a classy event. J I imagine you hear this all the time, because you really do know how to do it right and how to do it well, but I wanted to let you know just the same. It can’t get old, right?
Thank you so much for having us!!
Debra J. Bernier
Human Resources Coordinator | Southern Maine Health Care