When the folks behind Cleaver’s Market tried their hands at Catering, a new world opened up, a world that offered everything they had been missing.
Now known as Catering by Cleavers, the Sioux Falls-based catering service specializes in delivering gourmet food, providing quality service, and creating an unforgettable experience. Owner and head chef Tyler Honke prides himself on upholding these standards for businesses and couples alike.
“We aren’t like typical catering companies,” said Honke. “We are exclusive and only take one booking per day. This way we guarantee that the quality will be second to none.”
With all guests in mind, Honke offers an array of menu options, including vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.
“My favorite time of year to cater is in the fall. There is something about the smell of our smoker and the crisp, cool air that is so satisfying.”
“We meet with each couple to help create a menu specifically for them,” said Honke. “We have done everything from homestyle menus to upscale menus, and everything in between.”
Such menus include some of Honke’s most popular dishes, like the Smoked Chicken with Boursin Cream Sauce. Another fan favorite is the Sous Vide New York Strip served with a choice of sauce, vegetable, and starch.
“This is a chef-manned station where I stand at the end of the buffet and carve the New York strip to each guest’s specifications,” said Honke.
More of What’s of the Menu
+ Carved Pork Tenderloin Slider // Soften dinner roll, grilled pork tenderloin, cucumber chili sauce.
+ Pesto “Cheesecake” // A layer of lemon basil cream cheese topped with pesto, sun dried tomatoes, and pine nuts served with crackers.
+ Lobster Gratin // Our most popular dip! Cream cheese, lobster meat, and sour cream infused with lemon and basil, served with grilled naan bread.
+ Buffalo Meatballs // Served in caramelized onion cream sauce.
+ Grilled Vegetable Crudités // A new take on a vegetable tray! We marinate then lightly kiss the vegetables with a flame so they maintain their crispness!
+ Roasted Asparagus + Prosciutto // Mixed greens, roasted asparagus, prosciutto, tomatoes, red onion, banana peppers, roasted almonds, and balsamic vinaigrette.
+ Smoked Pork Banh Mi // Crusty French bread, grilled sous vide pork loin, pickled julienne vegetables, cilantro aioli.
+ Sticky Toffee Pudding // Layers of buttery toffee sauce, whipped cream, and moist sponge cake.
In addition to personalized reception menus, Catering by Cleavers also has a private hall couples can use for rehearsal dinners that can fit 55 people for a seated dinner and 75 for standing social engagements.
Honke and his team are fully prepared for either situation with smaller dishes, like the Boursin Bacon Tomato Cups, to larger dishes, like the Smoked Coulette Slider. Being in the catering business 20 years, Honke realizes the importance of adhering to a couple’s budget without losing the quality in the company’s food.
“It’s great to see couples get so excited about having us cater their wedding,” said Honke. “We are able to create their dream menu, keep within their budget, and do so in an easy and simple way.”
Honke went on to explain that working with a catering company should also be fun, which is why he offers a free tasting to the soon-to-be-newlyweds, giving them a chance to pick their menu by flavor and not just descriptions.
Heavy Appetizer Menu Example
Bacon Jam over Cream Cheese // Boursin Bacon Tomato Cups // Calamari Stingers // Naan Bread Tacos // Thai Basil Chicken Meatballs
“My advice to brides and grooms is to come meet with us,” said Honke. “We can work with anyone and any budget to make their dream day come true.”
As far as reservations go? Honke urges couples to book as soon as possible, even if they don’t have the menu nailed down. Catering by Cleavers has already begun booking for 2022 weddings, and they don’t expect to slow down.
“Since I am the owner and the main chef, I am on site for every event,” said Honke, “which is worth it when I see the quality we provide.”
For more information, visit cateringbycleavers.com.