Thank You Notes

Thanks to you and your staff for playing such a key role in making my little girl’s dream wedding become a reality.

I would like to thank you and your staff, from the father of the bride point of view, for the great work that you did at my daughter’s wedding in Dodge Center on July 18th. When we first started the budgeting process for this wedding, we identified every known area of expense, from high to low. Obviously the catering was high on that list. I wanted my daughter to offer a quality meal at her wedding, but I did not believe we had to pay a lot to have that. We looked at a number of caterers that offered good food at, what I thought, were good economical buys. We thought we had made our selection when my wife, daughter and future son-in-law visited you and tasted your food. They loved your food, but what got me thinking was the level of service that you promised. We were hosting a wedding in rural, south central Minnesota. I needed to be confident that the caterer would be there on time, run their portion of the reception flawless and provide great service along with great food. I wanted our guests to feel like they were at a restaurant, not just in a food line. At that point I decided that we should make our decision on who offered the best “value,” not necessarily the lowest cost. That’s why we signed on with Donatelli’s, because you convinced my wife that you had things covered. That communicated value to me. Your price was reasonable, but not the cheapest. That’s ok, value should never be the cheapest. It can’t be.

Let me tell you, you and your staff exceeded our expectations. I spoke with you for about a minute before the reception started to get aligned on how things would flow. After I welcomed our guests and said a prayer over the meal, I handed you the mic to give our guests the instructions. It wasn’t a cold, “do this,” set of orders. You were warm and personable with our guests. Your personality fit in like we had rehearsed this together. From there, the tables were released one by one to get in one of the two lines that were set up. You promised everyone that they would all get through in a very timely manner and they all did. I didn’t think you would be able to keep that promise but you did. Your friendly staff cleared the plates quickly when everyone was finished and you brought ample food for our very hungry guests could go back for seconds, whey they did. I think some of the groomsmen may have gone back three times. After everyone was finished, your staff quickly cleaned up and you all quietly exited without any disturbance to the wedding whatsoever.

Thanks to you and your staff for playing such a key role in making my little girl’s dream wedding become a reality. I also want to thank you for giving my wife a great sense of peace. She never worried about the food or your service. That meant the world to me as I wanted this to be a dream wedding for her as well. I wish I could have realized from the beginning how important the total service and “value” of the wedding caterer really is to the success of the wedding. Please feel free to use my wife and me as a reference. We can save other families a lot of time in selecting the right caterer.

Miles Jefferis

Miles Jefferis

Dear Trish,

We are so glad you were able to be a part of our special day. We have no regrets about choosing Donatelli’s! The food was amazing and you took care of us wonderfully. We could not have asked for any more.

We are still receiving compliments on the great food we had at our wedding. We also froze some of our leftovers and are enjoying them even now.

Thank you for everything you did and for the red napkins. Our napkins with our name and wedding date arrived the Monday after the wedding. So now we are set for anniversaries.

Know that we have and will recommend you to others. You were a pleasure to work with and helped make the day wonderful.

John & Ashley Tushaus

Trish & Mark,

We want to very sincerely thank you for the fantastic job you did catering our wedding on October 24, 2009 at Central Park. The food was phenomenal! We got so many compliments on it. The service was great too, and your bot were a pleasure to work with. Thank You!

Ben and Amanda McGibbon

Dear Trish (and Donatelli's staff)

Thanks you SO MUCH for the wonderful food and service you provided at our wedding reception on August 15. From the minute we selected you as our caterer we knew the food was one thing we wouldn’t have to worry about – we knew you would take care of everything. You were pleasant to work with, you worked around our decorating schedule, and we got tons of compliments on the food. There isn’t one thing we would have changed. Thank you so much for all your hard work!

Nicole and Luke Fritsche

Hi Trish,

Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say THANK YOU for everything last night. Our wedding went perfectly, and the food was a large part of that! EVERYBODY raved about how great it was and how it was the best food they’d ever had at a wedding. Several people told us they went up for 2nds, 3rds, even 4ths! (Now how often do you hear that happening at a wedding?) We were just thrilled with how wonderful the food was, and how great the staff was. Mark did a fantastic job of working with my decorators and making sure the banquet room was set up beautifully. And the servers were all friendly and polite. All in all, Donatelli’s went above and beyond and it showed. We cannot thank you enough.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Donatelli’s will ALWAYS be a very special place for Ben and I, and you’ll be seeing us around the restaurant!

Ben and Amanda McGibbon

I’ve heard horror stories of moms planning and cooking for days in preparation for their child’s open house.  Choosing Donatelli’s to cater our son’s open house was  stress free.  They helped me pick the right menu and quantity and delivered everything we needed, hot and smelling wonderful.  I felt like I could relax and spend time talking to all the guests.  A year later I still hear unsolicited comments from people about how wonderful the pasta dishes were.  I’m going to have to hire Donatelli’s again this year for my next son’s open house, or the guests will be mad.

Sue Hooker

Dear Donatelli's,

Thank you for giving us meatball subs at the Hope Kids Festival. We really appreciate all your hard work cooking for us and those cookies—man they were delicious. You are amazing cookers, we are very happy at you. You rock!!!!!!!

Mitike and all her 9 other family members


We wanted to send a quick note to say thanks to you and your staff for helping us with our son’s graduation party this past summer. The party was a huge success, in large part due to the great food. We received so many positive comments about the food. It was truly amazing! We appreciate your help and guidance as we planned for this big event. Chances are you will be hearing from us again when our next one rolls through in a couple of years.

Thanks again for everything, Jolene & Dan Altman

Thank you so much for your amazing catering! You went above and beyond. Everyone was so nice and helpful. Plus Guido loves you! I have referred you to everyone. You were unbelievable. Everyone loved the food. Thank you a million times over. Trish, you’re amazing!

Brooke & Johnny Creighton

Trish and Staff,

We wanted to thank you all for making our wedding day all the better. I can’t believe how amazing all of you were in making sure dinner went perfectly. The food was delicious! We still are hearing wonderful comments on both the food and your staff!

Thank you, Tara & Anton Brinker

Trish & Crew-

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You guys did an amazing job. We were so pleased with everything you guys did for our wedding day. We got nothing but rave reviews on the food. We couldn’t be happier.

Mr. & Mrs. Brent Hall

Dear Trish,

There is really no excuse for Mike and I taking so long to thank you for the wonderful job you and your staff did catering for our wedding in June. I hope you will forgive us and agree that “it’s never too late”. The food at the wedding was incredible! I know a lot of the guests were glad that there were second servings! You went our of your way to work with our schedule when it came to decorating, and all of your staff was very friendly. My only regret is that I wasn’t able to eat as much as I would have liked! (Thankfully, your staff was kind enough to save the leftovers for us and we ate them on our honeymoon!) Thank you again for everything, you are truly great at what you do!

Gratefully, Jessica & Michael Freiermuth

Dear Trish & the Donatelli's Catering Staff-

Thanks so much for serving up such delicious professionalism for our wedding 10/20/12!

Sam & Jason

Comments & A Thank You

First let me apologize for the lengh, I don’t use the short version to say anything. Let me go back to a week ago. On St. Pat’s Day, I was working long hours outside. In dire need of a good meal and a warm up. I knew where to get a good Rueben Sandwitch and a bowl of soup. I was not disappointed. Tomato Basil ( one of my two favorites ) was the soup that day. I was thinking of both were exactly what I had been craving, when the server came to me to mention that some silent stranger picked up my tab. Now I’ve thought on this; and I think I know what transpired. Reguardless, I was so satisfied that day I knew I needed to let the people know who were involved. First let me say that I’ve been coming to your restaurant for well over 25 years. I concider it my second kitchen. In all my meal i’ve rarely been disappointed. I mean almost never. I concider myself a fair cook, and enjoy what I make. Still I crave Donatellis standard red sauce often. I am justified in saying that on any given day I could close my eyes and point at the menu and be happy with what comes out of the kitchen. I’m a great fan of the regular menu options. And I’m impressed by inovation of most of the daily specials. I have family and friends that visit me from around the country. Everyone looks forward to coming to Donatellis. I personally have always been amazed at how the people that come to work there, stay there for a long time. I can only assume it’s a good place to work. My sister spent most of her career in the restaurant industry. She’s impressed by the way empty dishes are quickly removed and by any of your staff that passes by. This comment is not derived from a free meal, everything i’ve said is sincere. I tell anyone who’ll listen about your place. And although I try to give positive comments when I’m there. I wanted to send in a more formal and comprehensive critique. Thanks alot, and I’ll keep showing up as long as you’ll have me.

Your neighbor, Claude


Our thanks for creating an appealing, delicious, and stress-free evening! You promised to be a full-service caterer- you were and more. Mark and his crew were patient and impeccable in the set-up, serving, and clean up. Every detail was their concern and they followed through right down to washing our cake plates. You have my thanks and a recommendation to anyone who will listen!

We ended up with your stainless cake servers.. I will be in tomorrow and return them along with your payment. If the leftovers are available, that will be a convenient time to take them.

If I’ve forgotten other details, please let me know.

Gratefully, Nadine

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