Client Testimonials

Hear what others have to say about the FoodSmiths

Gretchen and her staff do a fantastic job listening to her customers requests and putting forth an amazing spread that will please all guests. Definitely not the typical catering that you often run into at most events, as she goes above and beyond to provide the best possible experience for her clients. Couldn't recommend The Foodsmiths Catering enough!

Curt Elmore
Urbana, Ohio

Gretchen is an awesome chef and caterer. Her wide-range of food possibilities is creative and delicious and her presentation is next to none. I've experienced her menu and great service many times and have never been disappointed.

Linda D. Smith

I highly recommend Gretchen and The FoodSmiths Catering for delicious food and great value. Gretchen can work with a variety of budgets and always produces 5-star results. She takes care of all of the catering details from set-up to tear down. The FoodSmith's team is professional and on-time. Gretchen will make any host or hostess proud of their event.

Stacey Borowicz
Powell, Ohio

Gretchen and her expert team at The FoodSmiths Catering, LLC have consistently prepared delicious entrees and treats for several large and small events that we have held. I would highly recommend her for all of your culinary needs!!

Tony Fox
Dublin, Ohio

Gretchen brings great talent and personality to her profession as a chef. She has catered large and small events for my family and business and the results are consistently excellent. I highly recommend Gretchen for unsurpassed professional service and especially her outstanding food.

Mike Major
Urbana, Ohio

Gretchen's food was great. Her ability to provide for a large group of people for an independent film was beyond our expectations. She created a friendly and hospitable atmosphere that makes making movies more enjoyable!

Ralph Moran, Assistant Location Manager, My Pet Piranha, LLC

You get all things with Gretchen. Someone who is personable, giving and friendly, but also someone who has deep knowledge and a commitment to quality. We hired her most recently to cater our housewarming party. We had no idea how many people would be showing up, but knew the number would be somewhere between 50 and 100 people. Gretchen helped us feel comfortable with the amount of food we would need, she helped us come up with a menu and she had it ready and waiting for us the day of the party. Everyone raved. We'll definitely be hiring The FoodSmiths again.

Troy Carlson
Hilliard, OH

Gretchen catered my wedding and did an OUTSTANDING job. She was punctual, precise, and really helped me with any changes to the menu. NOT TO MENTION THE FOOD WAS FANTASTIC!

Jason Roberts

Wow!! What a great Chef ...Gretchen is wonderful at what she does. She's got a great personality to go along with the food she makes. Just an expert in what she does and I would highly recommend her for any business or personal function. The food is great and she just does above and beyond your expectations..great to work with her.

Steve Baldzicki

Gretchen is a great neighbor & friend. She has a professional kitchen and her staff are really great to work with. The food and drinks provided were delightfully tasteful and plentiful. Don't hesitate to call Gretchen for your next event!!

Deb Allard
Co-Owner, Health Source of Dublin Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab

Gretchen provides great service with outstanding food for any budget. She is great to work with and has always helped us make our events better. We always get a fantastic response from everyone who has come to our events because of the meals she provides. I can't recommend her enough.

Sam Park

My husband and I hired Gretchen to be the caterer to our wedding. Not only was she able to accomidate my request for our food tasting, but she was willing to come to us and we did not have to drive to Dublin ... The food was fantastic. She had hors d'oeuvres, and a main dinner for all of us which was waited on by her staff. The food was hot and there was plenty of it for us to eat. She brought all the linens and the plates and cleaned up after us so we did not have to worry about it. Her crew was on time and very polite. We also had an incident where one of the kids lit a napkin on fire and her staff was able to put it out without our worry and knowledge until after the fact ... My wedding consisted of 150 guess and she was able to please us in every way. The next event we do I will be going back to Gretchen and even now I wish I still had some of her food 3 years later.

Jessica James

I found Gretchen and FoodSmith Catering to be a very professional catering service. Food items were unique, but not off-the-chart, and the service provided by her and her staff were superb. I've been involved with several events which used FoodSmith's services and was pleased with their performance. On-time, quality food and accompaniments, courteous and professional staff and fair pricing.

Michael Morris

Gretchen is personable and creative -- and her food ROCKS! She is the best -- you can't go wrong with this chef!

LeeAnn Massucci

Gretchen does a great job. Whether you are planning a formal wedding reception for 400 or a just casual meal for Lions club the food is superb, the service is prompt and reasonably priced. I highly recommend her as I did to my own daughter for her wedding

Todd Michael

The food was perfect! Peg and her daughter did a super job setting up and the timing was perfect. They were leaving as guests were arriving. Several people took your business card and were asking who was the caterer. I was very pleased with everything. Thank you so much!

-- Brian of German Village

Dear Gretchen and staff,

Thank you for the delicious and beautifully presented appetizers and dinner buffet you prepared and served for my daughter’s wedding. I really appreciated the extra attention you readily paid to my special dietary needs. Not only did you assure that the side dishes were gluten free and low FODMAP, you also prepared a special entrée for me. It was also very courteous of you to let me know the ingredients in the food. Every one of your staff members came up to me individually and introduced themselves. I was told ahead of time how I would be served as well. Thank you again for your friendly and professional service. We received many compliments from the wedding guests on the food as well.


Nancy Rector

Hi, Gretchen

I just wanted to thank you for making the special effort to accommodate me for my dinner last evening...

The food was wonderful and everyone really enjoyed it. We did have a good amount left over, which is what I wanted, so everyone got to take leftovers home. The Mediterranean pasta, Salsa Chicken, Fire-Roasted Corn, and Southwestern Tortilla Salad were particularly big hits. It made for a fabulous evening, and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated both your willingness to squeeze me in on an already-busy evening as well as how delicious and lovely the food was. Thank you very much!

Vicki in Dublin

I am so thrilled to have been introduced to Foodsmiths Catering and Gretchen Bonasera. I know I have found a catering service for life. Not only is their food delicious, but the staff and service is stellar. Foodsmiths goes above and beyond and will exceed your highest expectations. Gretchen takes the time to understand your needs and offers helpful suggestions that you may have never thought of. Her staff truly takes the worry of food and service off of you so you can enjoy whatever it is you have planned. Many thanks to Gretchen and her staff for all their amazing hard work and wonderful food and I cannot wait to work with you soon.

Alison Goldstein

Dear Gretchen,

You are a consummate professional and we are grateful for your delicious talent, remarkably accommodating leadership and staff, and incredible flexibility and patience.

Thank you for being part of our sisterhood and ensuring all catering details are executed flawlessly.

We admire you so!

Vicki Bowen Hewes
Executive Director, Dress for Success Columbus

Everyone raved about the food, the service, everything… In fact (my boss) would like to do the same (formal three course) lunch again, for 6 (guests) this time.

Thanks again, everything was wonderful!

Anne Denney
Norman, Jones, Enlow & Co.


I just want to thank you for the wonderful food on Saturday!!! Everything was so delicious and I would definitely use you again! Now if only you would share your chicken recipe and corn recipe so I can make that for dinner regularly. SO GOOD!

Thank you!!!!


“I knew you would do a great job but, you truly outdid yourself in every way!!! The dinner was fabulous and it was delightful to enjoy the evening as I knew you were taking care of every detail! From presentation to delicious food to service to efficiency at every turn...we were thrilled with the work you and your team did. Thank you for making this a very special and memorable evening for our family and guests!”

Best wishes,

Connie & Dan Schreckengost

“Gretchen- Thank you so much for doing our WOWs reception so beautifully and so delicious too. The raves are many and the appreciation is great!”

Lin & Diana

“Chef Gretchen and her staff are professional, creative and worked one-on-one with us to create an menu specific to our needs. The food selections and presentation are outstanding! The staff and service are impeccable and they'll go above and beyond to make your event a truly memorable experience!”


“ What a phenomenal job you (Chef Gretchen) and your crew did. I have received tons of Thank You emails and all were RAVING about the food, very classy event. You're definitely hired for our annual Customer Appreciation day. Thanks Again ... Foodsmiths (are) absolutely THE best caterer in Columbus - for anyone who is in need of one, you won't go wrong hiring Gretchen !!!”

Mindy Rupp, Associated Industries for the Blind, Columbus office


Thank you. Your food was definitely a HIT!! Everyone was asking...where did that food come from? The chicken was tender, flavorful, the potatoes was delicious and every one here thought it was good. The cake?? The best carrot cake I ever had. You will definitely hear from me again. Take care Gretchen!! ”

Beverly Evans
Progressive Insurance, Dublin

“I received great feedback on the food, two folks specifically coming to find me to inquire who I selected this time. I gave out your information. The salad was very well received and the fruit was perfectly ripe - I have yet to find a caterer who gets the fruit at the peak like that. The caramel brownie was fantastic... Several other committees meet as well and I'll communicate your information to those folks who order for them.”

“Thanks again for a lovely lunch and it was a pleasure meeting you!”

Pat Camp | Executive Assistant | Dublin Road | Columbus, OH 43235

“Gretchen- Thank you for all your hard work of the party. Don and I thought the food was wonderful as usual. Good luck on your operation.”


“Again, thank you for making our event on Tuesday evening so lovely and delicious!

We know that you donated a large portion of the food cost (and) your generous donation ... is greatly appreciated.

I was on your website ... and am hungry simply at the site of your creations!

Make It A Successful Day!”

Vicki Bowen Hewes
Executive Director, Dress for Success Columbus.