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Catering Reviews

The luncheon was absolutely wonderful – can’t thank you enough for everything you and your staff did. The service was perfect and the food fabulous! I always look forward to working with you and can’t wait for 2014 and what that all brings!

TC Aviation

I have been working closely with the catering staff at Simply Elegant for over 8 months now, and every time I deal with them, it is nothing but a pleasant experience. The staff is very friendly, welcoming and very knowledgeable, they can answer any question I ever have. They are very fast and efficient when it comes to ordering food and make the entire experience easy and painless.

Their menu has a lot of different options to choose from and are very flexible when certain needs are required. They have many options that can be used for different occasions/events.

I truly enjoy working closely with Simply Elegant when it comes to arranging food for clients and very glad to have that relationship with them.

Joshua Waselynchuk

I used Simply Elegant over several years for small social gatherings in my home and office. The staff were amazing in assisting me in planning the events. Their recommendations for food items and quantity were always exactly right. The food was delivered on time and staff often helped in arranging things with me.

Every time I used Simply Elegant the food was OUTSTANDING! Beautiful presentation and fantastic flavours made for a memorable experience by my guests and me. I no longer live in Calgary but know that I would immediately call Simply Elegant if I needed to do an event upon my return.

Lang Mac

I was very impressed with everything. Your staff was extremely organized and attentive. The food was amazing and my guests were very pleased. The extra help that Kate provided pouring wine and clearing plates was so appreciated. So thank you for helping to make my Mom’s birthday so special. I will definitely be contacting you in the future as I also hold quite a few client events for my job and am always in need of good catering.

THANK YOU so very much for the delicious food that you and your team provided for our event in Calgary! Working with Simply Elegant was a breeze! The pricing was fair, follow-up and contact with us was spot on, and the food did not disappoint! We will most definitely use Simply Elegant next time we do an event in Calgary, and we will spread the word as well!
Chris Judge

I booked Simply Elegant Catering for my Parent’s Anniversary party and was extremely pleased with the service and the food. Everything on the buffet was delicious and the guests were commenting on the food all night.  If I ever need to cater another function, I will definitely be using Simply Elegant again.
Kendra Urzada

We recently had Simply Elegant cater a “Celebration of Llfe” for us. They put together a great menu and took care of all the details so we didn’t have to worry about anything. They put everything together with very short notice. It wasn’t a problem at all. Everyone enjoyed the food and the catering staff were excellent. I would highly recommend using Simply Elegant to anyone.
Janet Huth

We selected Simply Elegant as our caterers for a cocktail function of 250 people. They were flawless. The food was fantastic, the service was excellent and they were a “one stop shop” for us taking care of linens, table rentals, alcohol, etc. We are a non-profit and they worked within our budget which we greatly appreciated. They were flexible with changes and were extremely professional throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend them for an event of any size.
SARIMS Chapter

SARIMS Chapter

We tried the new corporate catering menu for our office lunch meeting yesterday. The guys really enjoyed the new sandwiches! We tried the Pulled Chicken Pesto, Smoked Turkey and Shaved Roast Beef with a side of the Orzo Roasted Vegetable salad. Even my really fussy guys enjoyed it! One of the guys even said the pesto chicken was his new favorite sandwich. I personally got to enjoy some of the orzo salad and half of a vegetarian sandwich; I’m not sure how you made that grilled tomato so delicious but it was juicy and oh so good!! Just thought I’d let you know we really enjoyed it 🙂 We will be ordering for our corporate lunch again soon!
Krystine Hebert

I have been doing business with Simply Elegant for 7 years and, my company as a whole, for 15+ years; since its inception. I have always found the staff pleasant, professional and helpful. They bend backwards to try to accommodate our needs.

The deliveries are always timely. When they are going to be a bit late (5-10 minutes), they call ahead to notify us. I believe that we receive good quality/price ratio. The invoicing system is topnotch and almost glitch-free. Our firm is very demanding and requests change frequently on a daily basis and the staff at Simply Elegant is always able to service our demands.

Of all the different vendors our company utilizes on a regular basis, I can honestly say that Simply Elegant is the best and the one company we give 90% of our business to for these same reasons. Most companies out there claim to place the customers first and foremost but many do not follow up on their claims. Not Simply Elegant.

When dealing with them, one can truly see that their clients are the most prized aspect of their business. I will never hesitate to recommend them. Hats off to you all guys!!!


Norton Rose Servery

Thanks again for your help during the floods! The feedback for food and service was great.


It was wonderful to have Simply Elegant cater our family wedding.
I had the pleasure of meeting Sharon and Peter who were very kind, respectful and always ready to answer any of my questions.
The food was exceptional and all our guests had only excellent things to say.
The staff went above and beyond! Kind to all the guests, very professional and were constantly checking in to make sure we had everything we needed.
I would absolutely recommend them to my family and friends.
Thank you Simply Elegant for being a part of our special day.

I would like to pass on to you how excellent the food was. Everyone raved about it. There were comments that it was better than the Sheraton, where we usually have our party. The turkey was moist, potatoes were good and the gravy was the best. There was one person who usually doesn’t like gravy and she commented how good it was a few times. I just wanted you to know as most often in a business like this you only hear the bad things.

Maternity Care Clinic

The catering was awesome. Everybody loved the food and none was left. Marc went above and beyond to help me and kept a constant eye on the ladies to keep their drinks full and the food replenished. He made himself comfortable in my kitchen and even made coffee! Marc was Perfection. All the staff commented on how personable he was as well as the food and of course the ambiance…my wonderfully decorated house all played a part in a fabulous Christmas get-together. I will not hesitate to use you again…my husband was even thinking about using you for one of his office parties next Christmas so I don’t have to cook. I might use you for a garden party this summer. Thank you for making everything work out this year and I retained my title of “hostess with the mostess” once again!
Victoria Jalbert

The CABA event came off without a hitch. Excellent service and delicious food has been provided by the staff of Simply Elegant. My compliments to all involved. I highly recommend using Simply Elegant to other organizations and groups.
Tessy Neitsch

TC Aviation – Calgary

I just love simpy elegant catering ! They do magnificent floral decorations and provide you with ideas for your event, you would never think of yourself !!
The service provided by Sharon and Peter is very professional and they know what they are talking about guiding you through your entire event !

I can highly recommend this catering company for your next event !!!

Thank you for the great service Simply Elegant !!

Jeroen Maes

Excellent service for a small gathering. Showed up on time and catered to our needs. Staff was able to go with the flow when needed – food was excellent and house was left spotless. Can’t thank you enough – such a great experience.
Michelle Crone

After speaking with a number of other caterers, we were referred to Simply Elegant by the catering consultant at SAIT. It’s great to hear other industry members make such impromtu referrals and Peter was fantastic to work with. He understood the scope of our event, our guests, and worked to make every detail a simple one. The onsite staff were efficient and very helpful. Set up and tear down was very well executed and the food was delicious. They dealt with a small prep and service area and delivered a great experience.
In an industry with mandatory auto gratuities, Simply Elegant leaves that up to the client based on service received. This is a group that deserves over and above.
Brenda Rains

I recently contracted Simply Elegant to do the catering for my wedding and from the first step a year prior and right until the end I was completely satisfied with my service. Peter was incredibly helpful and offered so much advice and let me customize and then change my menu a few times with no problems, he even remembered me mentioning my husband had dietary restrictions and accommodated his needs without being asked. Everyone I spoke with was friendly, professional and very helpful. They day of my wedding with off without a hitch in regards to the role Simply Elegant played. They knew exactly what they were doing and I was able to enjoy my day with confidence that no issues would arise.
If you’re looking for catering, definitely choose Simply Elegant.
Jennifer Cunningham

Simply Elegant has been our ‘go to’ caterer for the past seven years. Whether serving a BBQ lunch to a crowd of 600+ or an intimate Board function, they have customized their menus and service to meet our exact needs. Hospice Calgary wholeheartedly commends Simply Elegant as a caterer of choice.
Hospice Calgary

Hospice Calgary

At Astoria Homes we use Simply Elegant Catering when we require a business lunch. The service is fantastic, courteous staff, excellent food and great value.
Maureen Ross

Astoria Homes

My client’s are sick of the same old sausage and meat panini’s and want to try something different. In order to succeed in sales we have to present ourselves as being unique in the marketplace. I heard about Simply Elegant through one of their amazing catering events and decided to give them a call.

What surprised me was that Simply Elegant has weekly hot meal specials for a price close to regular old sandwich trays. These chef prepared meals may include Chicken, Beef, Soup, Vegetables, and Salads – all for one low price. Each special is unique and is different every month. Not the same old same old as above. How do they do it? They shop for specials, buy bulk quantities and prepare a menu in advance that saves me money. You can sign up for their regular newsletters that offer these monthly specials on their web site.

One of my engineering clients desired sandwiches instead of the hot meal deals. I called the Simply Elegant sales coordinator and she offered me a package deal with sandwiches, pickle trays, cookies, and drinks. What is important to me is that the meals are delivered on time and I haven’t had one problem with Simply Elegant delivering late. The sandwiches and wraps were of the highest quality and were prepared by what looked to be a professional chef. The meats were of a high quality – for example, the chicken and beef were not sliced deli meats, but were prepared in house (Chicken Breast, Roast Beef) that tasted out of this world. This engineering firm liked the sandwiches and wraps so much that they called me to use Simply Elegant as their corporate caterer.

I highly recommend Simply Elegant. Their food is fresh, is of highest quality and is prepared by professional chefs. Their staff is so nice to deal with and their pricing is competitive to other catering companies that I’ve used in the past. Their monthly catering specials presents my sales company as being unique in the marketplace. Use them!

Dom DiDomenicantonio


Event management reviews

Absolutely loved them the two times so far using [Simply Elegant] for corporate events. I love that they drop off and pick up. My department raved about the quality and selection of food! I look like a genius for choosing Simply Elegant. I also love that I have called Peter with a budget and he comes back with an exceptional menu. So pleasant to deal with, food is awesome!
Sara Cutten

Working with Simply Elegant was amazing! I highly recommend using them for any event you have in mind. They will work with you to understand your needs and deliver an end product that goes beyond your expectations – worry free. Peter and his staff did a spectacular job with the food, set up, accessories, and the presentation was beyond visually appealing. I cannot say enough good things about my overall experience. I would hire them in a heart beat for our next event. We held a professional workshop with a very eclectic group within our industry and our entire audience raved about their experience. These are people who hold a high standard for beautiful things with style and quality. A true success. Thank you team! Working with you was the easiest part of the planning process. Peter your food was delicious and so well presented. Looking forward to working with you in the future!
Lulu Bella

I just wanted to say thank you for your service today! We received such great feedback and your staff was amazing 🙂 … Looking forward to working with you next year! Happy Stampeding 🙂
Aydan Aslan


I just wanted to reach out and say Thank you for everything this morning. It was excellent! The food was great, and all of your serving staff were amazing! So thank you for everything!
Emilie Kittell

Qualico Communities

Once again thank you So much for all of your help. It was great to work with you and the rest of the staff. You were all so professional and nice to work with 🙂 I sincerely appreciate it.
Linda Namaghi

Home Trust

Decorations reviews

I thought the room looked absolutely beautiful. Our solid gold 50th gala was shining in gold from the table cloths to wonderful lit ice centerpieces celebrating our 50th anniversary. Your attention to detail was superb and you certainly helped us to work within our budget. I especially loved the pride you took in your work. I would not hesitate to use your creative touch and services again in the future. Thanks very much for a job well done!
Karen Bossin

Shoppers Drug Mart

Fantastic! Thank you Sharon so much for all your team’s efforts to make our event fabulous! Everyone really enjoyed it and loved how it came together, even Rob was speechless! We chose Simply Elegant to provide decor for our corporate Christmas Party in December 2012 at Mercato Restaurant, and cannot say enough about how they transformed the venue. From just the initial phone call, Sharon immediately grasped the feel we wanted for the event, and provided an endless array of ideas to create the look. Sharon and her team executed every last detail as discussed, and finalized the look on time and within budget. They made our party elegant, classy, and inviting. All of our guests raved about the decor. For anyone, personal or corporate, looking for a great team to assist with their event planning, I would highly recommend Simply Elegant be the company you call for all of your event planning needs.
Erin Hunley

Rayne Capital

Sharon and her team were a pleasure to work with! They worked hard to achieve a look that our client would be happy with, and the end result was a great success. We will definitely contact Simply Elegant for future events.
Shawna Creen

CMP with aNd logistix inc.

Floral design reviews

Peter, Jade, David, Jason(Chef) & Whoever else contributed to making the Baby Shower on Saturday such a huge success…I can’t say Thank You enough!! Not a detail was missed…and the response from the guests was amazing. None had ever been to a baby shower quite like this one. All commented on it being the best! Everything from the delicious, beautifully presented food to the incredible flower arrangements I can’t get enough pictures to preserve the memory! And David, you made my day stress free so I could enjoy the event as much as the guests. You were so professional, efficient and diligent in attending to everyone’s needs. So again, thank you to all! Simply Elegant will certainly be first on my list to call for future events & highly recommended to others.
Marlene Binda

I used Simply Elegant for my wedding flowers and they saved me.  I’m not a very girly girl and didn’t really think too much about what I wanted for the bouquets. Then it happened, 2 weeks before the wedding and I went into full panic mode about them. These girls saved the day. After spending all of 5 minutes with me they knew what I wanted and it sure wasn’t the sample photos I sent them. Needless to say they were gorgeous and I couldn’t be happier. If you’re clueless like myself, trust them. You won’t regret it.
Leona Wright

I wanted to thank all those at Simply Elegant for their help in making our Open House a success. Everyone loved the flowers. Sharon and Peter, you have been so helpful from the start and the food was very well-received. Our staff for the evening, Marie and Nancy, were a perfect mix of practicality and professionalism, offering advice when asked and performing their tasks with the utmost of efficiency. I felt I could relax with them here, knowing everything was taken care of. Everyone enjoyed the event, and we look forward to planning another party in the future. We will be in touch!
Dawna Sagi

ground3 inc. landscape architects

Event planner reviews

Great organization to work with. I hosted a surprise baby shower for my sister-in-law and they provided some beautiful centrepieces for the party. They are really accommodating, prompt with communication, reasonable in their rates, and meticulous in their creations. I initially had some doubts but you just have to trust them to do their magic!
Kiran Fatima

I called Simply one Saturday afternoon, in desperate need of a caterer for a Tuesday meeting. Peter created a menu, presented, and delivered 100% on time! I have used them two or three times since, and each time is exactly the same! Professional, prompt and perfect! I don’t look for anyone else anymore. I always call SE!
Laurie A. Fitzherbert

Simply Elegant is indisputably the best event managing service in Calgary. Simply Elegant was suggested to us from Norton Rose LLP’s marketing department and after initial contact with Simply Elegant, within a day I received a phone call and I was swept away with their proposal. As the VP Finance and Facilities for the Alberta Student Energy Conference (ASEC) 2013 we had unique and specific requests and Simply Elegant was able to provide all we requested and more. They went above and beyond their scope continuously thinking of new and innovative ideas to ensure our event was successful. They are amazing people to work with and are the best communicators. Not only do they reply in a timely manner, but also give concise and thorough details.

The Alberta Student Energy Conference is a professional development and recruitment seminar and was held at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre on March 1st, 2013. Due to the nature of the conference a lot of the decision making was needed to be completed near the date of the conference and Simply Elegant was always readily available to us and we never had to worry about them! We will never forget the moment the doors to ASEC was opened. It was breathtaking. Our sponsors were extremely pleased. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.

A huge thank you to Sharon and Jade from Simply Elegant.

Simply Elegant was the best decision we made.

Jeff Jimenez

Simply a one stop Shop, simply great Service, Simply Elegant!
Jennifer Quaas

Organizing my first fundraiser with 250 people in attendance could have been daunting, but not with the team at Simply Elegant by my side. Peter was an absolute joy to work with, as he has the experience to know exactly how an event can function flawlessly. I also worked with Sharon on decor. I showed her one picture of the flower arrangements I wanted and she delivered precisely. I could not have been more pleased. The fundraiser was May 27th, 2017 and went off without a glitch. The food…the service…the energy…it was all exquisite. I would work with Simply Elegant again and again and again!! Simply Excellent! 🙂
Genna Zimmel

If you are looking something out of the box for your events. I highly recommend Simply Elegant!
Christma Nathali

Very knowledgeable event planning associates. They will ensure that your wedding or event will be clean, organized and successful.
Cassandra Hiltz

Glencoe’s 17th Annual Stampede Breakfast was a HUGE success, many thanks to everyone at Simply Elegant Catering!!! Your team did a fantastic job as always with lots of compliments from our guests – best breakfast in the city they say!!! The fellow that stayed with us (Marc) was really, really GREAT! Very friendly and was on top of things all morning and kept me posted on everything as we went. We would like to go ahead and pre-book for next year as well… YAHOO!!! Thank you again for all you efforts, always a pleasure working with you.
Marlene Krizic

Glencoe Resources Ltd.

Wedding Reviews

Browse the raving reviews our wedding planners get. Or feel free to leave your own review of our awesome wedding planners.

We want to thank all of you for the perfect wedding party. It means a lot to us. We will highly recommend you to all our friends and hopefully we will have another chance to have you as our caterer.

Eileen Schmidt

Everything Simply Elegant provided was perfect. Peter was prompt and professional during our consultation and very timely and thorough in their responses in the weeks leading up to our wedding – same with Shelley in accounting. I can’t tell you how helpful that is when you’re a bride dealing with many different and hectic vendors. The catering staff and onsite manager the day of the event were so lovely and very professional. They made sure both the bride and groom and coordinator were up to speed on all important matters. Food was served as quickly as possible (and it was delicious) and plates, etc. cleared quickly and quietly after dinner. The midnight snack was awesome and they cut the cake without any notice even when they were trying to wrap up for the night. Really excellent and we’d be happy to give you positive reviews and refer you to our friends. The only thing that would make it better is if paying by credit card came without the service fee. Thanks for everything!

Erin Colquhoun & Scott Foster

I just got back from my honeymoon. I am beyond happy with how everything went. The food and service was so amazing and went far above anything I was expecting. Thank you so much again for everything! I think the catering is what made my wedding day all come together. Thanks so much!

Dear Peter and Simply Elegant Staff, It was a pleasure meeting you.  Thank you so much for such wonderful service and food.  I want to say a special thank you to your staff at the wedding.  They went above and beyond to make sure everything was taken care of so we could enjoy the wedding.  Thank you.
Betty and Neil

To the Simply Elegant Team: You made our wedding day special – it meant so much! Thank you to each and all. Your team at our reception and dinner were outstanding, serving and pampering our guests! The tables looked “Simply Elegant” and so many commented on the wonderful dinner.
Lou for Corey & Tara

Simply Elegant, the name says it all. From start to finish service was executed at a very high standard. Despite the weather Rob, Peter, Jade and the rest of the Simply Elegant team were fabulous in putting things together and seeing it run smoothly for our June 25th event. Great eye for detail and were in tune to what we were looking to achieve. Sharon, “Dame Extraordinaire”. Merci beacoup! Mere hours before our ceremony last minute request were being sent and she was able to make it happen. Words are not sufficient to describe our gratitude nor the the quality of service we received. Whether your event is on a small or large scale these are the people you go to. They make visions a reality.
Rhonda Richardson

Everything was absolutely beautiful and the day went so smooth. No hiccups that I am aware of and no drama.  The flowers were perfect and the color was bang on! So many compliments on the food. The selections were amazing and everyone said great things about your catering company. Thanks again for everything; it was a perfect day!
Kara K Leinweber

Love simply elegant! My husband and I came in and were immediately surrounded by great energy! We used simply for our wedding bouquets, some decor and catering! We were so happy with everything! The food was AMAZING (I was glad there was left overs lol) the bouquets were stunning!! Peter and Sharon were fantastic to work with!! I will be using simply in the future for sure ?
Jessica Smith

I have used Simply Elegant many times for catering though my work. While planning my wedding this past year, I had contact them to get quotes on catering, and to my surprise they also do wedding flowers. Now, being the procrastinator that I am, I left my flower purchase until the very end and not much left to spend on them either! After many emails back and forth with Sharon, she went above and beyond my expectations and saved me loads of money, while not compromising on the quality to get the flowers that I needed for myself, my husband, 8 people in the wedding party, parents and grandparents. I believe these flowers really added the special touch (and pop of colour) that would have been missing, and my husband and I could not be happier with the outcome.

I continue to use their catering whenever I can through work, and would highly recommend them to anyone one looking for exceptional quality, reasonable price and friendly staff wanting to help with any request you might have and then going over and beyond what is expected.

Thank you again to all the staff (and especially Sharon) for making our Wedding Day extra special!

April and Dana Koch

On behalf of my wife and myself we wanted to thank you for the catering at Aaron and Kallie’s wedding. We received many compliments about the dinner and all the guests thoroughly enjoyed it. When we walked in the hall, the transformation that your team did in preparing the tables was amazing. You made the hall look great.  We appreciate your professionalism and accomodating the last minute uninvited guest. As parents you want nothing but the best for your children, and we felt that they got it on their day. Thank you again.
Donald and Mary Beaton

We feel we saved money by using Simply Elegant because of the special connections and relationships they have with vendors, we also saved money by not having to take time away from our jobs to go visit several vendors to see if they were appropriate for us…Sharon just knew what we wanted – gave us options to pick from and therefore it was basically one stop shopping.
Holly Daniels

I wanted to say THANK YOU so much for everything you did over the past year. I am so grateful for your patience, multiple quote adjustments, delicious! tasting and amazing food and service on the day of my “big day”. Eric and I have received a ton of feedback from our guests that the food was incredible, and my only regret was that I didn’t get to eat more on the big day! It was such a whirlwind I hardly made it back to the food tables and now I dream of that delicious turkey sage slider! Hehe… Thanks again to you and your team. I will definitely be recommending you to everyone and anyone in need of catering.

Paige and Eric

I had the privilege to have Simply Elegant manage our wedding. This business is comprised of a team of extremely talented professionals that will truly treat you nothing short of a princess or a prince.

Our wedding was a large wedding of 600 guests! I had a vision of a Parisian glamour themed wedding and was very worried a size this large of a wedding would quickly turn into a nightmare. Let me tell you, I was wrong!

Enter the Wedding Fairy, Sharon Barwick and Simply Elegant owner, Robert Virda.

Sharon is everything you would dream a wedding planner to be. She is empathetic, a great listener, an excellent problem solver (she actually foresees problems before they occur) and an extremely talented artist all in one. Her approach is so refreshing, she will not let you panic, provides creative solutions and is always there to listen to any concern you have, no matter how many you have!

Sharon designed my floral including my bouquet, my bridesmaids’ bouquets, the groomsmen’s boutonnieres, floral at the venue, tables decor, cake table, our wedding party table and much more. All this while providing ways to cut on cost without compromising our vision. Did I mention we had 600 guests?

Sharon and Rob were there for us the entire time helping us plan and providing us with valuable insight. They also learned about our culture and how to address everyone in our family.
On our big day, Rob and Sharon had become a part of the family. Rob came and congratulated us and we felt like we were in great hands.

Sharon was there reminding me to enjoy every moment, look up and smile while going down the stairs and walk with grace, she helped us stick to our schedule to the minute. Really she was my angel guardian that day.
Due to my outfit changes we had a tight schedule, she made sure everyone was where they needed to be at the right time and let me tell you; that is no easy task when there are this many individuals to manage!
She even managed my aunt who came from overseas and only spoke French! Yes, Sharon speaks French as well 🙂
I could honestly go on and on about how amazing Rob and Sharon are as well as their talented team who always smiled when they saw us and treated us like family.
If you are thinking about Simply Elegant for your wedding, don’t hesitate. It will be the best decision you made after getting married of course 🙂


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