Raves & Reviews
I believe what makes your catering experience different is the “soup to nuts” factor and your personal touch. I love that all I have to do is buy some flowers and you take care of everything else for me. From staging the serving area to lighting the candles, you make it so lovely and hassle free for me. I also really enjoy how you make our guests feel welcome and at home – from answering the door and taking a coat to making sure glasses are full to engaging with everyone on a friendly level. Everyone remembers you! You’re more than a caterer. You’re an entertaining friend.
– Jodi Mayfield
I write to thank you immensely for the exceptional banquet service and scrumptiously delicious food you provided for our Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony on April 22, 2017.
The food was so very tasty and the presentation was absolutely, stunningly beautiful! The vegetarian lasagna and mini watermelon/goat cheese bites were the talk of the reception; everyone loved the delicious and well-prepared dishes on the buffet, as well as the beautiful cake you provided. That no food or cake was left at the end of the ceremony speaks to how much everyone enjoyed the dishes you prepared.
I can’t thank you enough for your professional, courteous, warm, timely, and efficient service! What an absolute joy to meet you and your staff; rarely do we meet people as dedicated as you and your staff. The level of service you provided far surpasses any catering experience we have ever had. We look forward to working with you again in the coming months for other events and functions; and will certainly contact you for our next Induction Ceremony in 2018.
Thank you abundantly for helping to make our ceremony a complete success.
My very best,
Sylvia Lewis Hylton, C’98
Phi Beta Kappa, President
What thoughtful service and an excellent experience! Carlton makes for an unforgettable time.
Carlton was wonderful!! I would HIGHLY recommend his services to anyone. Not only do you get fantastic food, but also the pleasure of getting to chit-chat with an amazing individual. We will be using Carlton again for sure!
Occasional Occasions provided catering service at my home for a 50th Birthday Reception for my wife. The reception was for 30 guests and the menu was heavy hors d’oeuvres. Because my wife is very particular (code for a bit of a snob), I was seeking a caterer with a classy cuisine (no Swedish meatballs, wings, etc) at an affordable price. When I first talked to the owner, Carlton Brown, I knew things would go well. I told him about my wife and her tastes and the budget that I wanted to work within. Within a few hours of our call, he e-mailed me a proposed menu (with representative photos of each item) and HE KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK ON THE FIRST SWING!
My wife, who was highly concerned about my ability to pull off a classy event without her involvement, WAS BLOWN AWAY! She loved both the elegance of the presentation and the menu. The food was fabulous and our guests loved everything–from the balsamic kale salad, to the beef wellington en croute, to the pesto sun dried tomato cheesecake. The event went incredibly well and the food and presentation were first class! Occasional Occasions is now OUR caterer. You cannot work with a better person than Carlton Brown.
– Crandall Jones
After contacting several (10+) caterers, I hired Carlton to cater my wedding. The first reason being that during the initial contact he was always very professional. He was also detailed with his proposal and was able to explain everything to me so that I had a clear understanding of what to expect. He always responded quickly to my emails/calls, and he was very understanding and accommodating about my budget constraints. And best of all he was very friendly and jovial, like we had been friends for life. It was a pleasure working with him.
As for the food, it was out of this world! He made classic favorites in a contemporary style. Everything he made was delicious. I even heard a guest mention they thought he should be on Top Chef. He also did a superb job with set up and presentation. Everything was perfectly matched to my color scheme. His table was decorated very tastefully and elegant. I may have been on a tight budget, but it certainly didn’t show. I cannot say enough good things about him. I would recommend him to anyone, and will also use him again.
– Lisa Wolverton
What can I say about Carlton? First of all he’s just phenomenal at what he does and he’s such a sweet person. He put on such a spectacular event for me. Several times looking at the staging I was ready to cry at how beautiful the tables were. He did everything even down to finding a great bartender for me. My event was a success. Thank you thank you thank you Carlton!
– Tameka Jones
Carlton Brown is the epitome of a professional. He is an absolute pleasure to work with; not only is he passionate about preparing excellent food for his clients, but he is also passionate about people. I hired Carlton to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for my family this year (20 people). It was not easy finding the perfect caterer, one who was willing to make and deliver Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, but Carlton agreed to do just that. Carlton postponed his own plans for Thanksgiving just to make sure that our Thanksgiving was perfect.
The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. All of my guests were truly impressed. I was able to visit with my family without worrying about serving or cooking a thing. It was wonderful!
I would recommend Occasional Occasions and Carlton Brown for any catering needs. I look forward to working with Carlton again in the future. I was extremely pleased with every part of my catered event. Thanksgiving dinner was simply wonderful thanks to Carlton Brown and his company, Occasional Occasions.
– Paul & Patrice Phelps
Carlton provided catering services for my wife’s birthday and retirement party. The catering services were for approximately 30-35 guest. Carlton, was very professional!!! He was very patient and helpful with deciding on a menu and setup. The party was held at my home and he came by the house a couple of weeks prior to the party to get a feel for the layout and provide ideas. He then provided us with wonderful suggestions and even saved me money on renting a bar. He stated he would show up 2 hours prior to the start of the party to set up and he was on time and went right to work.
My wife and our guests had, without question, a great time and many of our guess went on and on about the catering service. I really wanted this party to be special because not only was it the first birthday party my wife had ever had, it was also her retirement party from a 24 year Naval career. Carlton sent her ashore for the last time in style!!! We definitely plan to use Carlton for future events. I’m also in the military and he is definitely catering my retirement party. Carlton did a wonderful job and I highly recommend him. The food was great, the service was exceptional, the experience was unbelievable.
– Mortez Williams
Thanks again for providing food for the Concierge Society of Atlanta Reception. Everything was fabulous. Continue to WOW your clients with your quality and presentation. You are on the top of my list for Atlanta’s best caterers. Much Success!
– Wakeilo Towns
Thank you so much for providing the food for the Concierge Society Meeting. I think you got the message that we LOVED the food. I will certainly recommend Occasional Occasions whenever I get the chance.
– Jeanne Anderson, Evergreen Marriott
Carlton, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Nikita’s 40th Birthday event. The presentation and food was absolutely wonderful. The staff was very courteous. I’m so glad I was able to experience your first class service. I enjoyed the mashed potato bar the most. Wishing you all the best!
– Roderick Tate
My boyfriend and I loved our Valentine Dinner! Everything was perfect but my favorite was the chocolate cherry bread pudding. Thanks again for your wonderful dishes. I will recommend you to all my friends.
– Farrah Allen, The Farrah Allen Group
Just wanted to let you know that the food was fabulous. My wife was completely impressed! We had a great time – a nice candlelight dinner with soft music in the background… It was so much better than going to a crowded restaurant. Thanks for the concept bro! You can be sure that I’ll be doing this again.
– Ollie Patterson, Atmosphere
Everything was FABULOUS The food was wonderful. These folks licked the plate and there were morsels left over. The eggplant was OUTSTANDING. It was all so good I got up at 3:00 and had some more. The ROLLS were great – next time I need a double order. The SALMON was the BOMB!! They kept coming back and so I had to cut the pieces in half. The MAC & CHEESE for Grownups, was on point. Everyone (even vegetarians) ate the STRING BEANS.
– Iris A. Miles, Executive Director – Cox Business
I recently had a house warming gathering with a few friends and neighbors over. I am a very busy lady with no time to prepare for such an event. Occasional Occasions handled every detail of the party with a professional and courteous team. They even, took care of helping me rearrange some furniture to achieve the look I was hoping for. This just shows the level of excellence and devotion Mr. Brown has for his customers. I can truly, say that I will recommend Occasional Occasions with pride and confidences in knowing that any one will receive the highest level of quality, food and customer service. I will always use Occasional Occasions for all of my catering needs.
– Linda Tramell
Thank you so very much for all of your help. My party was absolutely wonderful thanks to you. Your expertise and imagination was just short of pure perfection. Your staff was very professional. I can’t wait for my next event. I know you will make it more than memorable. Thanks again.
– Robyn Bell
I highly recommend Occasional Occasions for those with a desire to experience catering that arouses all the culinary senses. Visual presentation and attention to detail is remarkable, not to mention captivating aromas that pull you into an unforgettable taste experience. The combination of elegant style and sensational tastes makes this THE catering choice for all occasions. Carlton is not simply a caterer. He is a culinary artist. The combination of food and presentation results in what I call soulful southern elegance. He’s bound to make the client’s event a memorable one.
– Charlette Sylvester, Flour Child…Sweet Creations
I don’t know where to begin in expressing my delight and tantalizing satisfaction with your service. Every element of your service exceeded my highest expectations. The aromas, presentation, menu, style, taste, flavor, eye appeal, taste (did I say that already) — oh how magnificent. Thank you so much for the exceptional elegance and professionalism that is synonymous with “Occasional Occasions by Carlton”. You’re definitely the best!
– Carolyn White, C & W Business and Travel Service
Occasional Occasions by Carlton has catered several events personally and professionally for me since 2000, from my company holiday parties to my daughters baptism. With Carlton and his professional staff preparing delicious and exquisitely presented foods, handling the preparty set up and post party clean up, I was able to relax and mingle with my guests instead of feeling tied to the kitchen all night, and tired from the pre-party preparations. I look forward to working with Carlton on future events.
– Caro Perrone
Always professional, always satisfying. Occasional Occasions defines Bon Appetit.
– Jamel Thornton, Mel City Entertainment, LLC
When I think of catering, I think of great food to compliment a great occasion. When I think of Occasional Occasions by Carlton, instantly my taste buds take over my thoughts and an occasion becomes an event. Specializing in extreme results in fitness, Occsional Occasions has even assisted me in my client’s consistency by AMPING the strictest of my customized nutrient regimens as they successfully loose weight. Stepping away from the fitness platform, I’m bold enough to say: no one can match his culinary artistry, the elegance of his service style, the precision of his presentation; the quality of his dishes. Occasioanl Occasions by Carlton is truly a master at his craft; a “must have” if you want your occasion to “get it right” on the first try.
– Zario Manning, Metamorphixx of Atlanta
Recently I had the pleasure of attending Carlton’s event, The Taste. I was impressed with not only the quality of the food but the thought, passion and creativity he put into the menu. The food was outstanding and his presentation was a treat for the eye. His taste is nothing short of impeccable and I would recommend Carlton without hesitation. You will be working with someone at the top of their field.
– Bob Burkhardt, PG&J Fine Art Gallery
The dishes Carlton prepares are delicious and exquisitely presented. If you want ambiance, style, and tasty food, call Carlton of Occasional Occasions.
– Laura Gilmore
Carlton, I love your service, decor and the food is always GREAT. I have used your service in the past and plan to use it again. The TASTE was OFF THE CHAIN and I can say I have been to numerous taste before but that was the BEST outstanding selection. I would recommend your catering service to all of my friends and business associates.
– Freddie Johnson
Occassional 0ccassions staff were very professional, food was great, and what a “fantabulous” presentation. I would definitely use them again as well as refer
– Andrea Saboor
There are so many wonderful things to say about Mr. Carlton Brown; where do I begin? WOW! Mr. Brown was referred to me as a potential client in 2008. We corresponded via telephone and email to conduct business (for his web site design needs) and he always remained polite, courteous and professional. To date, I must say that he is my favorite client (in 7 years of being a business owner). After finally meeting Mr. Brown face-to-face at his AMAZING grand re-opening for Occasional Occasions by Carlton – Summer 2009 – it was confirmed that he IS the same wonderful personality that I have had the pleasure of speaking with over the course of a year. To have the privilege of knowing such a person and having such a client who respects and appreciates, not only business as a small business owner, but my area of expertise, is hands down the best feeling I have ever had. He takes the time to listen and welcomes my professional advice and is just a joy to work with. I have had the honor of seeing Carlton in action for Occasional Occasions by Carlton, from an initial client assessment to the delivery of finished products/food. WOW! He is professional, efficient and diligent in the execution of tasks within his business. To see how humble he is during preparation of an event is amazing. He takes the time to PREpare for a reserved event (dishes to be served, table decor, seating arrangements, etc.) as if he is preparing for his personal friends and family members; every detail is taken care of with precision and perfection. It has been my pleasure to continue to spread the word about Carlton; he makes it easy. I think he is absolutely one of the best Chefs and Caterers in the Atlanta area and I would highly recommend him to ANYONE on ANY given day. He’s the best!
– Altovise Curtis, Curteous Web Designs