Don't Take Our Word For It!
Read our customer testimonials below. BJ's Restaurant, Rentals, and Catering has been providing top-notch service for over 35 years. We love to serve our community and it shows. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal customers and look forward to serving you again and again in the future.
SSG Brian J. VanSingel
777 Military Police Detachment To Bob Elam, Bob, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed working with Margaret while planning Sydney and Drew’s wedding. Margaret was so helpful, knowledgeable and reassuring. She was such a pleasure to with. She always got back to me quickly with any questions I fad and made me feel comfortable that all my needs would be met. All so very important when planning a wedding. Margaret represents BJ’s Catering very well. The people who came out to set up tents, cook, etc. were professional and nice to work with as well. Ronnie especially jumped in and did whatever was needed. We appreciated having him during our weekend events. I recommend your business highly. Regards, Linda Thanks Ronda, Even without the coupons we’ve enjoyed going to Bj’s for well over 12 yr now and are never disappointed! We bring in lots of friends both locals and our downstater friends to eat there as well! I hope and pray you continue to have a very successful Restaurant and know we’d be lost without your awesome quality of food, friendly service and great location! Brian & Dianna The search for a good and affordable caterer was by far the most difficult job of planning my wedding. Every time I called a different catering business I was told that the company couldn’s replicate my ideal pasta station or that they couldnâ€™t do it for anything less than an astronomical amount. After a long search for the perfect caterer, my husband and I called up BJ’s Restaurant and Catering. They were very accommodating to our idea of Italian Stations instead of a typical buffet or sit down style meal. The attention to detail was fantastic! If there was ever a question of my preferences, they would always call and ask and never assume that they knew how I wanted my meal served on my ”special day”. My husband and I were blown away by the staff’s hospitality, especially when we went to taste-test the food. Almost all food met our expectations, but what made an even bigger impact was when we offered up our own suggestions on how to make it better, they took notes and listened and didn’t try to change our minds. We always felt that we were the ones that had the final say on the taste and presentation and always felt that our ideas and suggestions were taken seriously and immediately implemented to create the vision that we had for the wedding. They were open and inviting to all of our unique requests(like a chef on site to saute vegetables in front of our wedding guests and a private dinner for my husband and I to share together while the other guests were eating in the main dining room.) It’s now 3 weeks past my wedding date and I have continued to hear nothing but great things from my guests concerning the food, the drinks, and the service that night. To say the least, it was well worth the long search I had in the beginning to find just the right caterer who understood and helped work toward my vision of a perfect wedding. Sheila BJ’s Restaurant, Just wanted to say Thank You for helping make my Mom’s (Gerry David) Surprise 75th birthday party a special memory for our family and friends! She was so surprised and we all really enjoyed ourselves… The service was great − vey professional and very courteous, worked very hard to please all of our guests… Everyone enjoyed the food and atmosphere! Thank you also for the great deal with the party’s cost! I will highly recommend BJ’s Restaurant to people! Also, I would not hesitate to book another important occasion there! Thank You to everyone at BJ’s!!! Karie Dear Bob & Crew, On behalf of the Gaylord DOA I want to thank you for youre assistance in making our Oktoberfest a success. We could not have managed without your assistance and help. Your crew is wonderful and we can't wait to do it again next year! Thanks again, Joe Duff Dear Kelly & BJ’s Catering Staff, Thank you so much for catering and serving our wedding. Myself, my family and our guests were absolutely blown away by your professionalism, attention to detail, hard work, & most of all great food! The staff worked their tooshies off to make our reception PERFECT! I adore you guys and would recommend you to any & all future brides! Thank you for making everything so effortless! Love, Carey & Kevin To Whom It May Concern: On June 16, 2012, our daughter and her fiancé were married on our family farm near Manton, Michigan. We are truly situated in a remote location surrounded by fields and hardwoods. Jessie and Neil's goal was to create a "farm chic" atmosphere... whatever that means. Well, thanks to BJ's Catering, they were able to accomplish that and more.
Taking on this type of wedding out in the "boonies" was no easy task for any caterer. BJ's didn't hesitate - they enthusiastically took on the task and did they ever succeed! From the very first time we met with Ronda, we knew we were in good hands. She worked to understand the vision the bride had for the reception and meal and also worked to stay within our budgetary means. We used them as a "one-stop shop" - renting our tent, tables, chairs, bar and other essentials along with having them cater the dinner.
The following are just a few of the highlights in using BJ's:
- Ronda and Bob - We so enjoyed working with them - they became like family. They understand what it means to serve their customers and bend over backwards to do so. They were just a delight. Nothing seemed too much or too little to ask for.
- The food was fantastic! We are STILL getting compliments on the dinner! Remember, this was off-site and in a field. But, with their portable kitchen and their outstanding staff, they were able to prepare dinner for over 225 guests ONSITE! It was incredible! And, they even wrapped up the few leftovers for us. I wasn't expecting that but really appreciated it the next day. (I still drool when I think of that standing rib roast and the homemade maple salad dressing...).
- Staff - Loved them all! They were professional, courteous, fun and terrific.
- Punctuality - All of our rentals were delivered and picked-up on time. Also, Ronda worked with us on the timing of the wedding, pictures, cocktail hour and dinner. Everything ran as smooth as silk â€“ right on time and perfect.
- Quality of rentals - absolutely the best. From the sparkling clean tent to the beautiful linens to the gorgeous dinnerware - the best.
- Working within our budget - Ronda was excellent at helping us not to overspend and frankly told us what we needed and didn't need. They helped us to save money - something very unusual for venders in today's world.
- Made us feel that we were more than just another job - We all felt that BJ's was invested in us personally. Their goal was to provide the most excellent service and the most beautiful wedding reception for our daughter and her new husband.
I could go on and on. Would I recommend BJ's as a preferred caterer to any venue? Absolutely! You bet! They were and are the best. Our primary residence is in suburban Detroit and I have been to wedding receptions and parties at the Detroit Athletic Club, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Birmingham Country Club and others - trust me when I say BJ's delivered the same quality food and probably better service and they did it in a farm field!
Please feel free to contact me should you need any clarification or have any questions.
Pat To the Editor:
Otsego County United Way held its second annual "Win an Instant Wine Cellar" event last month. Guests were treated to a beautiful room and a fabulous assortment of appetizers at BJ's Restaurant. We want to share this thank you publicly and recognize the contribution that BJ's makes to United Way and Otsego County. It is truly a community treasure that has been around for years that remains fresh and focused as a business leader.
Owners Bob and Rhonda Elam have a heart for their community and give back in many ways. They have also done an amazing job remodeling the interior of the restaurant, and their food is fantastic. The "Win an Instant Wine Cellar" event featured a selection of sushi, roast beef sandwiches and included many delicious appetizers. Music was provided by singer/songwriter Jerry Lambert, and the guests all had a fabulous time. Kim Brown of Strictly Sweets in Gaylord won the "Instant Wine Cellar". United Way utilizes funds from events like this to help in its operation so donor dollars are directed to First Call for Help, a United Way program helping those in need.
To everyone who helped, donated and attended, thank you for your support. UNITED we can do so much!
Otsego County United Way