The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for couples looking to share the start of their new lives together with friends and family. Over the past year, the team at Great Performances has made it a goal to make it possible – and safe – for couples to host their dream wedding and to share it both in person and virtually with friends and family. We were thrilled to plan and cater E&E’s wedding at Wave Hill.  It was truly an incredible event with gorgeous views of the Palisades and the Hudson River, socially distanced celebrating, and virtual attendees for those who were not able to attend in person.  


If you are starting to plan your wedding, contact us. We look forward to learning all about you and your dream wedding. 

For the past several months, as we’ve stayed at home and missed so many of the events that mark our spring and summer, we’ve been busy behind the scenes at Great Performances planning how we’ll be able to run events safely.


Covered Hors d'Oeuvres for catered events
How to make Catered Events Safe During Covid

The scale of our events may have changed, but the care and attention we put into them remain remains the same—if not somewhat heightened.

We’ve stepped back and taken a fresh perspective of how we run events and rethought every single step.

We have two main priorities:

  • running a great event with outstanding food and service for our clients and their guests
  • ensuring that we’re doing all we can to maintain everyone’s health and safety.

From the first moments of collaborating with our clients, we apply our Covid lens.

Top of mind is how to reduce the number of staff members.

We have to rethink menus and how we can continue to deliver flavor and variety but with fewer people in the kitchen.

We carefully plan the entire event, step by step, including preparing and serving food, pickups, beverage service, and bars.

Hors d’oeuvres are passed in covered trays with individual toothpicks to prevent direct contact with the food once it is placed on the tray.

And although bartenders are still preparing drinks at the bar, they’re behind a protective shield with a waiter acting as the liaison between guests ordering beverages and the bartender preparing the orders.

We have a responsibility to keep up to date on the latest guidelines for health and safety at events and gatherings, convey them to our clients, and get ahead of any permits that are required.

"We have to be much more thoughtful, strategic and cognizant and aware of everything that affects the event. In the past, I could have planned an event for 1000 people in less time than it took me to plan a recent event for 40 people.”


Covid safety during weddings
COVID Wedding Catering NY

Of all the events that have been canceled this year, perhaps the most heartbreaking are the weddings.

For the most part, our couples have been incredibly flexible and resilient, despite their disappointment.

With the reopening of outdoor venues, we worked closely with our partners like Wave Hill and Caramoor to create a variety of packages to help couples celebrate their special day with their family and friends with an extra eye on health and safety.

These smaller, more intimate weddings – or microweddings – meet all requirements for social gatherings and we’re happy to celebrate with couples each weekend for the coming month, with back-to-back weddings on each weekend day.

“We are excited to help bring the dreams of our couples to life, even if it’s a little different than what they had originally planned! Many couples have decided to do a smaller ceremony and dinner now with plans to book a ‘Wedding Sequel’ next year: a larger celebration with their originally intended guest list.” Amanda DiUglio, Senior Event Director.

From the moment planning starts, we work together with the couple to help guide COVID-friendly set-ups, floor plans, and menu selections while keeping their personal style and vision.

Learn more about our microweddings.


To discuss your event contact us

Call: 212.727.2424

Email: celebratefood@greatperformances.com

Or complete the form.

Our wedding specialists have been busy! Couples are still eager to get married and we’ve got the top tips for saying “I Do” during Covid and resources to help you navigate weddings in the time of the pandemic.

1. Embrace the Now

For couples who are eager to start their married lives together, we have been working hard with our partner venues to create special, intimate weddings, or micro-weddings, for you and your closest friends and family.

We worked with our partners at Caramoor and Wave Hill to craft special packages specifically for smaller-scale weddings but that still have the magic our couples have come to expect.

Click here to read more about our microweddings.

2. Prepare Your Guest List

Be aware of any guest count limits venues may have in addition to state and local guidelines, and when in doubt your event planner can help confirm the details for you.

3. Find Your Perfect Venue

Outdoor weddings, whether in a park, garden, or rooftop are the way to go right now.

We’ve curated some lists of our favorite venues that you can check out to gain inspiration.

Our venues range from country settings to rooftops in the heart of Manhattan, making it easy for you to still enjoy the wedding of your dreams.

Click the links below to check out some of our favorite venues, then contact our event specialists to book a site visit and start planning your wedding!

4. There's No Place Like Home

Don’t forget to consider your own backyard or perhaps you have access to some great outdoor spaces like a field or a farm.

We can help bring the party to you!

We have a variety of menus that can help you create the perfect wedding for you and your guests.

From more informal backyard barbecues to elegant seated dinners, our chefs have been creating menus celebrating the delicious produce of the season, all prepared and served with strict attention to health and safety protocols.

Click here to check out our Summer Entertaining Ideas

5. Celebrate With Everyone

Just because gatherings are limited in size, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with everyone virtually!

Tools like Google Meet and Zoom are perfect for hosting virtual weddings.

Elevate a virtual experience with meals delivered to your family and friends so you can still enjoy a shared experience.

We’ve been working on elegant bento boxes filled with six incredibly delicious tasting portions that create a full meal complete with dessert.

Looking for something different?

Chat with our event specialists to learn more about our bento boxes, craving packages, and more!

Click here to check out our Bento Boxes


To discuss your event contact us

Call: 212.727.2424

Email: celebratefood@greatperformances.com

Or complete the form.

Images credit: ©Kamp Weddings; @ryonlockhartphotography; @twahphotography; ©Sarma and Co; ©Gulnara Studio; ©Julian Ribinik Photography; ©Dave Robbins


If you were planning to get married in the Summer or Fall of 2020, you may be asking yourself “Should I cancel my wedding?” We are thrilled to say that the answer is not necessarily!

We’ve been talking to our couples, to wedding planners, and to our venues to find out what they’re doing, planning and seeing with their weddings.

Couples are adjusting their plans, with many of them holding smaller weddings (or microweddings) to accommodate social distancing and limited party sizes. Wedding planners are helping them find outdoor venues, and in many cases, planning a second, larger wedding or first anniversary party once restrictions have been lifted.

Caramoor and Wave Hill, two of our partner venues and consistently high on the list of New York’s best wedding venues, have created innovative ways to help their couples start their new lives.

NY Weddings PACKAGES in the Time of COVID

CARAMOOR – A Westchester Wedding Venue in Lush Greenery and History

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is a gorgeous destination with spectacular gardens and grounds. The weddings team has crafted special packages perfect for up to 50 guests. Starting with site rental and toast packages, there are upgrades that can be added to help create a magical, intimate wedding perfect for the celebrating couple. More information on Caramoor’s 2020 Wedding Packages.

WAVE HILL – Bronx Wedding Venue with Spectacular Views of the Hudson River

Wave Hill is a spectacular garden in the Bronx. This hidden gem boasts a variety of gardens and an incredible view of the Hudson River. The wedding team has created intimate packages, perfect for groups from 20 – 100 people, that include rentals, a champagne toast, and bar bites with optional upgrades to enhance the experience.

620 LOFT & GARDENS – NYC Wedding Venue with Extraordinary views of Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral

An incredible rooftop garden complete with a reflecting pool make this an idea venue for a summer wedding. The wedding team has created wedding packages for a five-hour event for up to 100 people (maximum based upon current guidelines and restrictions). More information on 620 Loft & Garden’s 2020 wedding packages.

Have questions about socially distanced wedding catering in New York?

Fill our the form below so we can learn more about your special day and your vision. A member of our team will reach back shortly.