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
Wasco Thanksgiving Meal for Employees ~ November 2017
Wasco would like to thank you and your staff for the wonderful Thanksgiving Luncheon you put on today for our employees. As always, I have to say our employee’s love seeing you caterer our events, and the luncheon was absolutely wonderful, and it put us all in the Thanksgiving spirit. I will let you know that I had quite a few say they ate too much, but isn’t that what we all do when the food is so delicious and when we eat a Thanksgiving meal? Love that our employees love Above and Beyond and your Staff Gina! We are all looking forward to seeing you all again in a couple of weeks at our Christmas celebration!
William Allen Farm Wedding ~ June 2018 / 150 guests
Gina took the time to catch the vision of our event and worked to make it happen. She was fun to work with and her staff did a great job! I will use her again in the future and high recommend her to others.
May 2018 Wedding ~ Private Residence in Lebanon
From the time we first met all the way to the end of the event. Above and Beyond made sure everything was what we wanted. Also took our ideas and made them work for the event. It was a wonderful and painless time working with all of the company . We would and will recommend this service to all.
June 2018 ~ Private Residence in Sanford
Gina (with Above&Beyond Catering) could not have been more incredible to work with in planning my wedding! The selections they offer at A&B are paramount, and the service they provide is without a doubt the greatest one could ever experience! Gina not only helped us plan out our menu, but she worked closely with Savvy Event Rentals to help me get the decor I dreamed about, for my vintage and intimate wedding! I don’t have one single complaint, and would absolutely encourage EVERYONE to go with A&B for their catering needs! Gina is truly in her calling with this business! I couldn’t have had my dream wedding without her!!!
May 2018 ~ William Allen Farm Wedding
We used Above & Beyond Catering for our May 2018 wedding and it was the best decision we ever made! Gina is amazing to work with and all the Above & Beyond staff are incredible. This company is nothing short of their name and went above and beyond from all of our planning to coming the day before to set up our venue. Gina & Tammy were more than just caterers, acting as our wedding coordinators. On top of all the amazing service we received, the food is delicious! This team is so kind and nice we truly felt like we were being taken care of by our own family on our big day. We can’t recommend this company enough. They are incredible!
Kerry & Tony
August 2018 ~ Family Residence
Wow! From the get-go, Gina and her whole team were so professional and nice and helpful, we couldn’t believe our luck. Every step of the way, from planning to execution, Gina truly went above and beyond—from patiently explaining various options (we had never thrown a party like this before), to pulling everything together perfectly on the day of. She was always available to answer questions and she showed up every time we met with a smile and boundless energy. Everything was perfect for our son’s wedding celebration—an outdoor party with a top-of-the-line tent and all the tables/chairs/linens/catering/alcohol handled by Gina. We could not recommend her services more highly. P.S. Her “Gin Tin” bar was the talk of the party. It’s amazing!
October 2018 ~ Acton Barn Wedding
Amazing- simply amazing is how I sum up the food, service, responsiveness and professionalism Gina and her staff provided. The items I was stressing over Gina took care of and made it all perfect. I enjoyed every minute of my daughter’s wedding thanks to the great job Above and Beyond did. ~ Kim
April 2019 Funeral Luncheon
Owners and staff truly care about your event and go the extra mile to make sure it’s perfect
June 2019 ~ Wedding / Wells Maine
Gina and Staff catered our wedding on June 15th, 2019. It was absolutely the best food we have ever had in a catering setting. They were absolutely amazing and it was an honor to be able to eat their food on our special day!
Living 3 hours away, we had only spoke on the phone or through texts and e-mails. They accommodated our guests whom had food allergies without skimping on portions. Highly impressive, fun to work with and would recommend to anyone needing a Caterer in Southern Maine and surrounding areas.
Delicious food · Professional staff · Good for parties · Experienced chefs
August 2019 ~ 50th Anniversary
Gina: My company is finally gone and I can sit back and really appreciate the wonderful job you and your crew did last Sun. The food had nothing but good reviews by all. I didn’t get to try everything myself but my children and other guests were especially enthusiastic about the lobster and the Above and Beyond cole slaw. (I’m glad you suggested it.) My sons were grateful for the extra ordinary service of lobster without rolls for their gluten-free wives….truly “above and beyond” service! I loved your attention to detail with the creative and attractive presentation of the food and arrangement on the table. In fact, all throughout the preparations, you instilled confidence that you were on top of everything and understood how important aesthetics are. Your taste and style were high class. You put me at ease. It was as close to a “worry-free” day as such an event can be. Thank you so much and rest assured your reputation will be enhanced by our reviews. Feel free to have potential clients call me for a recommendation.
August 2019 ~ Ocean Gateway / Portland Maine
Gina was so wonderful to work with for my wedding. She invited us for a tasting and my fiance and our mothers got to try all the apps and all the entree options. This is was very generous and so helpful when choosing our options. Gina worked with us every step of the way, she also helped to coordinate the rentals and she spent hours on the phone with me confirming each little detail. This is a great company and we will recommend them to friends and family.
October 2019 ~ Lebanon Wedding w/ The Gin Tin vintage mobile bar
I can’t say enough about Gina! Her personality is magnetic. She was so helpful and pleasant with every email and phone conversation regarding the bar service and other things. She really went above and beyond for what we could have expected and I would not hesitate to hire her again and would highly recommend her to anyone! Not to mention The Gin Tin is adorable and their selection and prices were great! Thank you Gina!!
October 2019 ~ Parsonsfield Wedding (catering & bar)
Gina and her crew absolutely will accommodate your needs and wants for any event! She was my favorite human during the entire planning of our wedding process. The guests raved about the food and how delicious it was! But more importantly, she genuinely cared that we had a great, fun, and easy night! Couldn’t have asked for a better caterer! I feel like we earned a friend in Gina!