" I can't begin to tell you how happy we are with our choice to use Top Shelf Catering again - this time, for our son's graduation party. The crew, Bill, Brandon, Mark and Drew, who we affectionately renamed the "A-Team" arrived well in advance of our event. They set up quickly and before we knew it, they were ready to serve the hungry Watson family, even before our guests arrived. They were extremely professional, preparing and serving assorted hot and cold items - all fresh and delicious. As our guests arrived and began filling their plates, it became immediately clear that the crew was committed to making sure that our guests had a fabulous time. Not only did they ensure that food was replenished throughout the party, they also took the time to clear plates and tidy up as guests finished eating. They were an incredible team, and we feel so lucky that they were there to make our event run so smoothly. We would choose Top Shelf Catering again and again and again. And, we actually will as we have another son graduating from Shaker in two years. If we could book the party now, we would. We will, without a doubt, be calling you when the time comes.
Thank you again for providing excellence in catering service. I look forward to giving you my business in the future. All the best!"
D. Watson .
"Once again you and your team hit it out of the park! Everyone raved about the food (Your BBQ sauce continues to be legendary)... Your staff was prompt, courteous and helpful. We are already planning another party so that we can use your services - Looking to maybe do a clam steam at the end of the summer..... Thank you again for everything and you have a client for life!"
H. King .
"Everything was amazing !! Everyone at the party raved about the food, ( especially the braised beef!) and was inquiring about what catering company I used. Lots of word of mouth at this party. I hope it gives you some business. The girl who delivered the food was GREAT, nice, kind and proficient. You guys are so easy to work with and you made everything so easy. Prices were competitive as well. Thanks again for everything. The catering allowed me to enjoy the party without the hassle of turning on an oven. Thanks again. ."
J. Schumacher .
Clifton Park, NY
"I wanted to let you know that our event yesterday was perfect ! The team you sent couldn't have been any more professional , efficient or personable and the food was amazing!!! ...the Ribs and Chicken were done to perfection, juicy and tender and the salads had great flavor....the corn was sweet and crisp. Again, please extend my thanks to all of the "guys" that worked as I didnt get a chance to say good bye or say thank you to them....We will definitely recommend Topshelf to others in the future!!! ."
"Good morning, I had to take the time to tell you how impressed we were with Top Shelf Catering. The staff was beyond amazing, all my guests loved the food and of course the service. Your catering company will be my first choice every time. The president of our fire company is looking forward to continue this picnic and work with Top Shelf for years to come. Again thank you so much for everything you did. Have a great day."
Ballston Spa, NY
"Everything for our rehearsal dinner exceeded our expectations. The food was delicious; several guests commented that it was the best cole slaw they had ever eaten and wanted the recipe! The amounts were totally sufficient (my Italian heritage always makes me worry that there won't be enough food!). The gentleman who delivered the food was courteous, cheerful and helpful. He did not merely "drop off the food" but helped us set up. We would not hesitate to recommend Top Shelf to others or to use your services again; we only wish we had known about your company for the weddings of our three children that got married before this son. Thank you !"
"TOP SHELF, from delivery to plate, a perfect 10. Top Shelf offers delicious, homemade food at reasonable prices. I also appreciated the garnishes, nice touch! Thank you again!"
" Hi Dan! Just wanted to tell you how nicely everything turned out for our party. The tent arrived Friday morning, perfect size, & looked very festive with the linen tablecloths. I can't rave enough about the catering crew you sent. Bill was extremely helpful, introduced us to everyone. They could not have been nicer or more helpful. They were great with our 2 grandchildren & the 70lb. dog did not faze them. Even through the 90degree temperature, they all remained jolly! At the end of the event they all sought out the graduate to congratulate him. Many people at the party commented on how wonderful the caterers were. Thank you for making our party such a wonderful success. We will definitely hire Top Shelf again whenever we do another event & will certainly recommend you to our friends in Albany. Thank you again!!!!"
"I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that I decided to use Top Shelf Catering for my party. The food was delicious and plentiful, and your service and responsiveness throughout was outstanding. All of the guests at the party remarked about the quality of the food, and so many asked me to share your contact information with them. I can think of no greater recommendation than the fact that several people at my party are interested in contacting you for future events. I know that I would certainly do so in a heartbeat. Thank you again for everything. You helped to make my birthday party a memorable event! !"
"Hello Top Shelf: Your food, your service and your team - awesome, wonderful, where did you find them - are just a few of the comments that we have heard from people who attended my mom's 87th birthday celebration over the weekend! I got your name off of the internet, so I went on faith when I hired you to do the catering! I could not have made a better choice! The food was simply wonderful! Your team was excellent and went above and beyond in offering any assistance that I needed once they were all set up! The pink linen napkins along with the other decorations were a special touch but did not go unnoticed! The team that you sent was extremely professional from set up to clean up!!! The ice cream bar was a big hit with everyone along with the cupcakes that I ordered. I feel confident that Top Shelf will pick up a few new clients from those who attended mom's party! I don't know if I will have the opportunity to use Top Shelf Catering's services again in that I live in NJ, but you certainly added to the success of our party!!! Also, where did you get that ham from??? Can you send me one? Seriously! Overnight!!! Many including myself said it was one of the best hams they had ever tasted!! Thank you for everything!!"
" Listen, I just wanted to pass along some feedback to you. I thought I should let you know that everyone (and I mean everyone!) has truly raved to us about Top Shelf Catering, the food, the professionalism, and the service. Two months later we still have people stopping us to tell us how incredible they thought the food and service was. I, unfortunately, prepared a plate and was torn away almost immediately....but sneaked back for a few delicious bites. So, in short, thank you and your wonderful staff so much for helping make our reception such a hit. Billy and I will (and have) certainly recommend you and hope to utilize your services in the future. Thank you again and all the best! "
Martha and Bill Bowles
"Top Shelf - Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did catering my daughters wedding reception. Your food was amazing. Everyone said they loved your food and my husband devoured your sausage and peppers. The chicken cooked on-site was amazing. I wanted to let you know how great everything was.Thanks again and I will definitely find a reason to order more catering. "
"I just wanted to reach out to you and say thank you for the job your company did catering our reception. Your team was fantastic, the food was out of this world. All of our guests were raving about the food. We had a ton of compliments and I passed your name on to everyone who asked. I really want to just highlight how great the staff was start to finish. Helpful, great with setup and break down and 100% professional, a truly top notch crew. Even the manager of the venue said your company was one of the best she has seen in all the years she has been there. She said she will highly recommend your team to her customers in the future. If you EVER need a reference please let us know. Cheers! "
"As always, Top Shelf Catering is just that...TOP SHELF! My guests are raving about what a perfect day it was"
Saratoga Springs, NY
"I Just wanted you to know that you and your team did an outstanding job catering the event held here this past weekend. You folks thought of everything and it was much appreciated! "
Owner Pheasant Ridge Hunting Preserve
"Thank you to the wonderful staff at Top Shelf. We want to thank you for providing your amazing food, perfect service and your courtesy!! You really took care of us on our special day. Also a special thank you for taking care of my grandfather by bringing him and my aunt their food. Jim, the bartender did a great job too. We will recommend Top Shelf whenever we can in the future. Much appreciation"
Nick & Alyssa
Lake George NY
"Top Shelf everything was
fantastic! I will definitely be in contact regarding future orders. Your company offers such a great selection of catering menus."
"Top Shelf is not just a name
I've learned, it is a way of doing business for you folks from beginning to end! You were cooperative and helpful, and your expertise and suggestions worked perfectly and made for a hugely successful event. I truly appreciated how accessible you were, especially since I planned this event from Missouri. You answered the phone every time we called and had all the answers. I highly recommend Top Shelf Catering."
Robert J. Randisi
Executive Director & Founder
The Private Eye Writers of America
"Thank you for the wonderful food
you provided for our event on Sunday! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it! I am sure that you will hear from us again!"
Saratoga Springs, New York
"Hello! Just wanted to let you know that your company did an amazing job catering our wedding. I will be sure to recommend Top Shelf Catering to all of my friends that are getting married and looking for a caterer. Thank you for all you did. The food was great! "
Delanson, New York
"We had a great time yesterday. The food was great and everyone LOVED the fried dough bar. We are actually having the leftovers this afternoon for lunch. I am sure that we are going to be repeat customers!!"
Albany, New York
"Top Shelf, thanks so much for the wonderful food and service you and your staff provided for my son's wedding celebration. Top Shelf is an appropriate name for your company. I received numerous comments regarding the delicious food. I was amazed with your whole operation from start to finish. In a span of four hours you set up grills, tents and food stations, you cooked the food and then broke down everything all in an efficient and professional manner. You didn't leave any mess behind and even took the garbage with you. I know my guests were truly impressed and i made sure they knew the name of your company when they left. It's no wonder you've been in business for 35 years. Your hard work and dedication in making people happy is second to none. Keep up the great work. "
Pleasantdale, New York
I wanted to drop you a note to thank you for the great food and service your company provided at my daugher Breanna's wedding at Liberty Ridge. Everything was delicious, and we will recommend your catering company to anyone looking! Thanks again."
Schaghticoke, New York
"I would like to take the time and say Thank You to you and your staff for making our event come together by way of the delicious food!!! Everything that was prepared and delivered was absolutely delicious. Your driver was pleasant and very professional. Thank you again for accommodating us and making this a great experience. I have your number locked in and will be using you and referring you for upcoming events. Much Gratitude and many blessings to you and your company "
Albany, New York
" Top Shelf, the food you provided for our luncheon was absolutely delicious. All of the attendees were very pleased and asked where I ordered from. Thank you so much."
D. Langkau, RN, CDS
Albany, New York
" Thank you for doing such a great job with our party! The chicken was just wonderful! It was a huge hit. People remarked how wonderful all the food was. Well done, and your delivery person was very cordial and extremely helpful - very professional. Thanks so much!"
Cohoes, New York
" Great reviews!!!!
Your holiday buffet with turkey dinner was outstanding for our senior Christmas Party. Everyone loved the food and your delivery staff was excellent on helping get the food set up. Our facility will certainly have you cater our parties in the future. Thanks again for great food and service. "
The Edison Senior Residence
Rotterdam, New York
December 12, 2012
" Top Shelf, the food your company provided for our party was very, very good and everyone was asking who we had cater. Thank you so much for such great quality food. We will definitely contact you for our next banquet."
August 3, 2012
" I wanted to tell you how very
pleased I was with the service we received from Top Shelf and the food was fantastic! I received so many compliments from our guests. I wish you left your business cards so they could take one. I appreciate everything, Thank you so much. "
July 13, 2012
"Thank you!...for a wonderful party! Your staff really came through for us, and we had a marvelous party. The food was delicious, and the grill masters and servers worked very hard through the heat of the day, and were most gracious. Many of our guests inquired who are our caterers, and of course I gave them your name! Thank you for a great job, great party. We appreciate all you and your staff did for us."
Clifton Park, NY
June 30, 2012
"Top Shelf, I am writing to express our appreciation to your staff for such a terrific picnic on june 29th. We knew the food wood be special; not just any burger, but a thick deliciously charcoal grilled burger. Not just "food service" potato chips, but individual bags of great tasting Cape Cod Kettle chips. The friendly efficiency of your team was undaunted by the 90-degree heat, as you served plates in a relay with our team - what a system!"
Cori Hoffman, Schenectady ARC
June 29, 2012
"Our party was a huge success, and
we heard nothing but positive feedback from all of the guests about the food on the Italian Buffet. The chicken parm was fantastic and complimented by all. The most comments though came regarding the tortellini salad. By using such gentle seasonings, the flavors of the food were allowed to come out and it was really fabulous. According to some native Mediterranean guests we had with us, it is also apparently in line with how the recipe is intended to be served. (Kudos!!). Delivery worked out perfectly, right on time, easy and quickly set up. We could not have been happier with the food and the service we received from your company and would not hesitate to recommend you to others.Thank you so much again for all your help, and we will look forward to future Top Shelf events! "
May 5, 2012
"We have gotten nothing but compliments on the Saturday Steak Roast. Thank you for making our event such a success. "
April 21, 2012
"I have to tell you your food was delicious and the staff was fantastic. Not only were they efficient and great cooks but they were also courteous, friendly and very fun. You all did a magnificent job and I will be sure to use you again!! It was a pleasure not to have to do the cooking and clean up. My guests all complemented the food and thought it was the best. Thank you so much again."
September 24, 2011
"I just wanted to say thank you for everything! The food was outstanding; every person I spoke to said that it was fantastic and that the service was wonderful. I would recommend your company to anyone! Thank you again, you helped make our wedding day perfect!"
Jack & Abigail Meager,
September 10, 2011
"Our Pig Roast was fantastic! My husband and I (and guests) couldn't have been happier. The food was wonderful and the service was really great. The staff was very friendly and I would absolutely use your catering company in the future."
A. Clarke, Broadalbin, NY
July 23, 2011
"Hi, I had to drop you a note to let you know how great your team was at the party on Sunday. From start to finish, they were professional, helpful and just genuinely nice guys. The food was great too! It is the second time I've used your company, and recommended you to everyone I know. Thanks!"
Laura G., Ballston Spa, NY
July 17th, 2011
"I just wanted to let you know everything was fantastic Saturday!
You have a great crew and the food was awesome. Karin and I were very pleased! Can't wait for our empoyee appreciation bbq here at work. Again thank you!"
J. Calhoun Gansevoort
June 21, 2011
"Our party was great. Everyone loved the food and the guys working were really nice. I have already referred you to a couple of people. No doubt that I would use Top Shelf Catering again. Thanks for all your hard work."
D. Towsley, Gansevoort
June 18, 2011
"I have been meaning to send along an e-mail, letting you know just how much we enjoyed our pig roast. Your staff was a pleasure to have, helping us pull off the event. It was our first pig roast and hopefully not our last. I have, and will continue to highly recommend Top Shelf for anyone in need of catering services. So dependable and considerate. THANK YOU! "
Mary Beth and Peter Davis
, Latham, NY
June 18, 2011
"Everyone LOVED our dinner.
Top Shelf got more compliments and many wanted to know if you left any calling cards. There was plenty of food and the left-over's were being brought to a local shelter, Joseph's House. Thank you so much. We were very pleased when you catered our son's graduation party and we are again very pleased with St. Michael's Women's Guild Year-end dinner. As I mentioned, many people asked who catered the delicious meal and I wouldn't be surprised if you hear from some of them in the future. By the way, they all loved the warm garlic bread in addition to everything else! Again, thank you."
B. Campbell, Troy, NY,
June 6, 2011
"Wonderful! I just wanted to let you know the food was excellent, and the clams were perfect. The food was delicious and the cake was beyond our best expectations. Our guests said the corn was so good they wondered where you got it so early in the season! Even more, your servers were all helpful and professional. They even helped us put up our own tent. Everyone was impressed! Many of our guests asked for your companies name. Oh and thanks for sending the beautiful sunny day;-) "
G. McGreevy, Averill Park, NY,
May 21, 2011
"Thank you! I attended the BBQ fundraiser yesterday at Christ Community Reformed Church in Clifton Park and was told Top Shelf did the catering. Everything was well organized, professional, clean and, most important of all, DELICIOUS! The chicken was mouth watering and the sides were yummy! "
B. King, Clifton Park ,NY, May 7, 2011
"The St. Pius X Choir extends its gratitude to you for the wonderful catering you provided for our "Oktoberfest" that was held on October 2nd. Our event was a wonderful evening of food and entertainment shared with parishioners and friends.Your staff was a lot of fun and added to the atmosphere of the evening. We hope they enjoyed working with us as much as we did them. I appreciate the ease of working with your company and your ability to grasp our fundraising needs. I look forward to working with you for our next event in March."
T Mason, Event Coordinator, Loudonville ,NY, October 2, 2010
"We want to thank you so much for everything. Everything was excellent and everyone in our company that attended last years party just raved about how much more professional things were run and how fantastic the food was compared to last years catering. Your crew deserves to be commended, they were always concerned with the quality, the presentation and making sure that our guests were happy and had all they needed. If ever you need a recommendation we would be happy to assist. We will definitely not look beyond Top Shelf for our next event!!! "
E Radell, Clermont ,NY, August 21, 2010
"Top Shelf, We just wanted to say that your staff went beyond our expectations!! THE FOOD was absolutely Delicious! Thank you so much for making our day the very best it could have been."
J & E Fullerton, Cambridge,NY, July 31, 2010
"Top Shelf - Your staff was amazing. Everyone raved about your services. Thank you for making our day so special."
Melissa & Amanda K., Mechanicville, July 31, 2010
"Thank you! I just wish to thank you on behalf of all those who attended our 27th annual Independence Day Party. You brought more happiness and joy then you will ever know. We look forward to seeing you same time, same place next year, July 4, 2011. Thanks again."
T. Maggs, Scotia, July 4th 2010
"Our buffet was excellent. I would be here all day if I had to list all the compliments for each food. Your salads brought big raves as did your sausage and peppers. When I asked everyone if we should order from your company again everyone said yes! Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to make our day a success. I look forward to doing business with you in the future. "
Rebecca P., Capital District DDSO, Schenectady, May 2010
"Top Shelf, thank you so much for the great food on Saturday. All went well and our charity auction was a great success... "
Virginia B., CCHS, Troy, NY
"I just wanted to say thank you for everything, the party was a big hit, the food was delicious, and the service was exceptional. The team that you sent were so personable, and worked very hard to make everyone happy while they were here. I would definitely use your catering service again, as a matter of fact I have been raving about it to everyone for the past 3 days!! Thank you again!!"
J & M Varkony, East Greenbush, October 2009
"Thank you! My co-workers and I want to thank you and your staff for the great job you did at our Company Picnic on August 7th. The food was excellent and the service was superb. The kids really enjoyed the ice cream stand. Thank you again and we look forward to using Top Shelf Catering in the future."
D. Fido,Clifton Park, August 2009
"Everything for our picnic went very well. Delivery was on time and the food arranged based on our "rainy" needs....the young delivery man was really accommodating and polite. The food was terrific and almost too plentiful. A number of folks asked for your name as they have upcoming events and were very impressed."
Sue D, GE, July 2009
"We just wanted you to know that your company did an awesome job at our Pig Roast. The food was absolutely delicious. Thank you and have a wonderful summer."
The Neals Family, Rotterdam, 2009
"My husband and I would like to thank you and your staff for the awesome job you all did at our party for our son. The food and the service was great. We were able to mingle and enjoy visiting with our guests without having to worry about anything. You and your staff took care of every detail. We have had many compliments from our guests on how great everything was. We have sent many of our friends who are having parties to your website. Thanks again."
The Johnsons, Watervliet, June 2009
"I want to thank you for a great party on Saturday. The food was outstanding, your staff courteous and friendly and the clean up was beyond what I had expected. Many guests commented on the high quality of the food and the friendliness of your staff. We look forward to working with you again."
C.W. Kelleher, Troy
"All I can say is WOW! You guys did such an incredible job. I cannot even count the compliments we received on the food and service from our over 400 attendees. The food was amazing. Your staff is extremely accommodating and professional. I would never hesitate to recommend you or book you again. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making everything so flawless for our event. We are very appreciative for all your efforts and making it possible for us to not worry about a thing. "
Elaine Hannay Gruener,
"Top Shelf I just wanted to thank you and your crew for a great job at our reunion last weekend. Everyone enjoyed the food. It was all delicious. We would definitely recommend your services to others. Thanks again. "
Carolyn Cahill, Jamesville
"We heard nothing but compliments about your super friendly staff and your excellent food. You guys did a wonderful job and I wanted to thank you once again for your superior services. And we get to have another party this evening to finish the leftovers. Thanks!"
Jennifer D. Northville
"I just wanted to say thank you for everything. The picnic was great and the weather held off until the very end. Your company has provided excellent customer service. From the beginning planning stages to the last minute changes. The food was delicious. Your staff was respectful, courteous, friendly, professional and eager to help make the party a success! I will use your services for any future parties. Many of the guests commented on how good the food was and asked who the caterer was. So, hopefully, you will get some more business. Thank you again!"
Eileen K, Albany
"Thank you so much for helping make our wedding such a special day. You guys are absolutely fabulous!!"
Meg & Jack, Schenectady
"Everything was awesome! The lobsters were great and the service was better! I've already made 3 referrals of your services! Thanks again!"
Paul G, Ballston Spa
"Thank you for a most delicious dinner reception. Your service is outstanding. My family and extended family were quite pleased with your meal and service. The appetizer lay out was great, very tasty. Something for everybody. Thank you for moving the chairs for us too. The wedding reception went smoothly because of your great service and staff. I will recommend you to anyone! We will call Top Shelf for events we may have in the future."
Nancy H, Clifton Park
Mary M, Delmar
"I wanted to extend a BIG thank you to you and your crew for the terrific job they did at my party on 9/3. I look forward to working with you and your team in the future."
Kira, Saratoga Springs
"My future daughter-inlaw, who comes from a small town on the Georgia/Florida border said she can not believe she had to come all the way to New York to get the best BBQ she has ever had in her life!"
Kathy H., Clifton Park
"What a party! Your staff was the very best. They really added a lot of liveliness to the party, too. All of our guests were very impressed with both the food and personalities of the workers. Thank you for a job extremely well done. We will use your services again, definitely."
Mimi R. Schenctady
Top Shelf is a chef owned and operated
catering company since 1980
Thank you for visiting with us.
At Top Shelf Banquets & Catering we are celebrating 37 years of catering to the most discriminating tastes in upstate New York. We never forget that we owe our longevity and continued success to you, our awesome customers!
With that in mind we promise to continue to offer you exciting menus that are delicious, plentiful and as always, affordable!
Don't forget our incredibly popular
"Taste of Summer BBQ Buffet"
7 days a week!
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We have some exciting barbecue packages online right now! Be sure to check out our Chicken and Ribs and Lobster Steam Packages!
On our menus page you will also find our Chicken BBQ, Clamsteam, Steak Roast and Pig Roast selections.
Would you like to have our succulent pig or juicy chicken and ribs at your next party but don't need full service catering? Try our Just "The Entree" option! Available for delivery anywhere in the Capital District all year long. GREAT for Super Bowl and holiday parties.
Please take time to browse our various menus. If you have any questions you may email us at Top Shelf Catering or we would be more than happy to answer any questions or discuss any party plans you may be making in person or by phone. Just call us at (518) 279-4201.