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H & J Hospitality

H&J Hospitality prides itself on, flexible menus, gracious service & keen attention to detail.
602 West Buffalo Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
607-882-9609
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4.8
34 Reviews

H&J Hospitality was formed in 2005 and began with the purchase of the Ithaca landmark, Joe’s Restaurant, a popular eatery and gathering place since 1932.  The new owner, Jamie Ciaschi, set out to build a food and beverage corporation using Joe’s Restaurant as the base from which H&J Hospitality would eventually grow.  In 2008, H&J Hospitality began its catering business by hosting a Cornell University fraternity formal at the Museum of the Earth.  Since that time they have grown into one of the largest caterers in the Finger Lakes region.  In 2009, H&J Hospitality entered into a catering contract with the Johnson School at Cornell University, which has become a cornerstone of their catering business.

Once H&J Hospitality stabilized the catering business, they quickly tapped into the wedding market, which has proven to be the biggest customer base that they serve. Continuing to grow, H&J Hospitality entered into an agreement with Cayuga County to be the exclusive operator of the Emerson Park Pavilion on the tip of Owasco Lake in Auburn, NY in 2011. In June of 2012, Emerson Park Pavilion completed its $4 million renovation. In the same month, H&J Hospitality began operation of the Emerson Park Pavilion and hosts approximately 90 events each year at this facility. 

In 2017 H&J Hospitality added a new property to their collection of event locations, The Lansing Events Center. This property will house the H&J Hospitality corporate offices and will be one of Ithaca’s premier outdoor event facilities. After extensive renovations, this property will begin hosting events in the spring of 2018.

Over the years, H&J Hospitality has established relationships with many local venues that host events and have catered at almost every facility in the Ithaca area that allows outside events and catering.  

Our Company Philosophy:

• Full service caterer that has the flexibility to meet the needs of virtually every customer • We make every customer feel special and unique regardless of the occasion or event • We are a one stop shop caterer that can coordinate every aspect of your event • Experience and capability to handle multiple large-scale events simultaneously • Our systems and standards allow us to provide impeccable execution of every event

Olivia
9/23/17
Categories: Catering, Event Production, Event Rentals & Photobooths
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We used H&J for almost everything besides florals, photography, and dinner (we opted to go with Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - no regrets!). We worked mostly with Rene and she is just AMAZING. I sent her emails all the time about the most mundane things and she would always respond promptly, cheerfully, and (most important) helpfully. She went out of her way to find solutions for us (researched padded vs. plain chairs, found out if electric heaters were available to rent from her vendor contacts, let us borrow platters for free to display our cupcakes from another vendor, allowed us to choose wine & beer that wasn't listed). When we moved our date up almost an entire year, she had no problem with it at all. Unfortunately the date we chose was one she was unavailable for, so Mike was there instead. Rene handed off all of the information to him and it went off without a hitch. It was so nice to have a vendor that was reputable, established, and professional to make sure everything went smoothly on our wedding day. I can't thank them enough!
Rebecca
8/26/17
Categories: Catering
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Such a great team! We had widely varying numbers due to a number of guests traveling from out of town, and Rene at H&J was completely flexible and understanding. The food was amazing, timely, and well coordinated with everything else going on. I cant say enough about how great they were!! xxx
Katie
7/8/17
Categories: Catering
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
H&J catered my Ithaca wedding 7/8/17 for about 150 people, buffet style outside under a tent. We also did our liens, service ware and glassware rentals through them even though the venue required us to use a different bar service. Food was great and the planning process working with Rene was one of my best vendors. She was truly amazing and a pleasure to work with. The first vendor I contacted for catering was All Occasions Catering & Events Planning. They responded back that I would need at least $24-$31,000 ON TOP of what I said my budget was. The self dubbed "Goddess" Patty said I would look "penurious" (her exact words) and offered the unsolicited advice that my partner an I get second and third jobs to afford a more lavish wedding. I was beyond upset and suddenly dreading the entire wedding planning process if this was going to be the type of greedy judgmental attitude I got. Luckily the next person I got was Rene. She said my proposed budget would be tight but definitely doable and offered a few ways to cut costs, such as offering free compostable ware instead of renting silverware. In end, other areas of the wedding came in under budget so we elected so add an extra entree choice to the package and do silverware, china, glasses, and liens and even with all of that only went about 2k over our original goal (a far cry from another 20-30k!). Rene was extremely responsive to emails, usually responding within 10-15 minutes during business hours. She was very helpful in drawing up numerous estimates so I could compare prices adding and excluding different things and got everything back to me within a day or two at the most. I was planning from out of town and asked to schedule a very last minute tasting which she was able to accommodate. Overall she was just very cheerful and pleasant to deal with out of all my vendors. She wasn't able to be on site for my actual wedding but handed over all the details and everything went smoothly.
Kelly
6/24/17
Categories: Catering,
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I worked closely with Rene from H&J over the last year. She went above and beyond to answer any and every question I had. She responded quickly and made sure every detail was taken care of. On our wedding day, the staff arrived and did everything perfectly! I would HIGHLY recommend H&J, as well as Joe's Restaurant (for rehearsal dinner). They made our wedding problem free and simply amazing.
Mary
6/17/17
Categories: Catering
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
My husband and I went through H&J Catering for our wedding last month and could not be happier with the services we got. From our food trial to day of services, H&J was nothing but professional and amazing. A number of people told me after the wedding that they were beyond impressed with how good the food was (as we all know wedding food can sometimes be pretty meh). We went with the salad, grilled chicken with lemon beurre blanc sauce, crusted cod and pesto pasta and grilled vegetables as our options and they were so, so good. I would absolutely recommend them for any catering needs.
Kay-Kay
7/16/16
Categories: Catering
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
H & J just catered my wedding in July and they were perfect!! They were extremely professional and easy to work with. Everyone loved the food! My only regret was not being able to eat more!
Rachel
6/30/16
Categories: Catering
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Thank you so much to Tom and the whole crew at H&J Catering! You really helped to make our wedding the most amazing day. From the get go, Tom was extremely accommodating with my fiance and I as we were planning our wedding from out of state. He was very flexible in helping us find a time to meet with him and have a taste test when we were in the area, and we were extremely happy with the food options. The spiedies won us over - being Central New York natives and now living in Boston, we wanted to honor our roots by including spiedies in our menu. On day of, I didn’t have to worry about a thing. The crew was there on time and everything looked amazing. Two caterers even brought my new husband and I our meals direct to our table (even though we were going buffet-style). They were extremely gracious and attentive. What’s more, we had many compliments through the night and for days after at how good the food was (the vegetables were my favorite!), and our vegetarian guests were blown away by the delicious options available to them.
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Categories: Catering
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I highly recommend H&J. Chelsea was amazing to work with! She was incredibly flexible, responsive, and accommodating. Totally exceeded all expectations. Rene coordinated the catering on the wedding day. She and her team transformed a venue in 1.5 hours into something spectacular- setting up tables, chairs, center pieces, flowers, candles, pie stands, ect. Guests raved about the food. The value of the overall package was great!
User6625171

Categories: Catering
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Dustin worked with me for the year leading up to my wedding to perfect the menu, and allowed me to feed all my guests a very high quality meal on a realistic budget. There were so many menu options to choose from, and a lot of ancillary services like cake cutting were included in their event rates. H&J provided me with plenty of linen and china rental options. The staff that came out to our wedding were fabulous. They were unobtrusive but genuinely friendly, and they were very professional. They handled a lot of the decorating, placing hundreds of candles and even places fresh flowers on and around my wedding cake. I am so glad we hired H&J Hospitality to provide the food for our special day, we didn't have to worry about a thing and our guests enjoyed a lovely meal.
Margaret
9/26/15
Categories: Catering
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
H&J did an amazing job caterering our outdoor wedding on a private property 30 minutes away from their kitchen. The food was on point, delicious, hot and beautifully displayed; we received so many compliments. Dustin was so amazing to work with, by far the best vendor we had! He was quick to respond to every question and request we had throughout the months leading up to our wedding, which were many! They worked within our budget to design a food and bar menu that we could both afford and be proud of. They went above and beyond during service, all the staff was professional and attentive! I would recommend H&J to anyone looking for a caterer for their event.
Kaitlin
9/19/15
Categories: Catering
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Dustin was amazing to work with from start to finish for our wedding. He was very responsive and helpful and accommodating. He organized all of the table and linen rentals and is very knowledgable. He and his staff did a great job the evening of our wedding despite a huge rainstorm. All of our guests raved about the food. We are very glad we went with H&J!
Amanda
9/12/15
Categories: Catering
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We used H&J for our wedding on September 12, 2015. Dustin, the catering manager, and his staff were awesome. Leading up to the wedding Dustin was quick with his responses, caring and attentive. Their professionalism was beyond our expectations. The food was outstanding. I can't say enough about H&J! It was pouring rain all day, the staff was in and out of the rain, soaking wet, but always had a smile on their faces and willing to do anything to accommodate or guest. Outstanding service!
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Catering
What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Set Up
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, French, German, Indian, Italian, Korean, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Southern, Southwestern, Thai
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), 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
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