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Catering in Poughkeepsie, NY,
(845) 452-7181

About Us

Based out of Poughkeepsie, New York, Essie’s Restaurant is a catering business that provides delicious New American cuisine for weddings in the Empire State. Executive chef and owner Brandon Walker combines Southern and Caribbean flavors to create truly unique and modern dishes. Using locally-sourced ingredients and contemporary cooking methods, Brandon and his team will strive to enhance your special celebration with a superlative dining experience.


Essie’s Restaurant’s menu is inspired by a range of cuisines, including Italian, Jamaican, and American. Jerk Ribs, Pork Schnitzel Sandwich, and Jambalaya Risotto are just a few of the meals that Brandon and the team can prepare. Available dining options include buffets, family-style dinners, and food stations. As a convenient touch, the staff can set up and clear away all of your food and catering equipment.

Sable and Christina Fulmore

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  • Chef Brandon and his team are absolutely visionary. They hosted our rehearsal dinner and everything about it was so right. The drinks were refreshing, well balanced, and strong when you needed them to be; the food was decadent, delightful, creative, and comforting. We were served multiple courses and each course not only stood on its own, but complemented each other in a way that was cohesive, and elevated universally loved meals to a place that excited and surprised everyone's palettes (and kept us going back for more!). We were fortunate enough to have the entire restaurant to ourselves. The privacy coupled with the warm and well appointed decor created an ambiance and level of intimacy that most would dream of for a rehearsal dinner setting. The staff was exceedingly attentive to our needs and made our guests feel welcomed and cared for. We are so grateful that we found Essie's and Chef Brandon. Having our rehearsal dinner here really made our wedding weekend not only feel li... Read more

    Frequently Asked Questions about Catering

    What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

    $ 95.00

    What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

    $ 95.00

    What is the average catering price per person for stations?

    $ 100.00

    What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeuvres?

    $ 75.00

    Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering?

    Set Up, Clean Up, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Server(s)

    What is the starting price per person for bar service?

    $ 55.00

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    Bartender(s), Limited Bar, House Beer, House Wine, House Liquor

    What event services do you provide?

    Set Up, Clean Up

    What catering services do you provide?

    Buffet, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Custom Menu, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Lunch, Plated, Server(s), Stations

    What types of cuisine do you cater?

    American, Caribbean, French, Local, Mediterranean, Seafood, Southern

    What dietary needs can you accommodate?

    Gluten Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

    What bar services do you provide?

    Liquor License, Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Limited Bar, Open Bar, House Beer, Specialty Beer, House Wine, Champagne Toast, House Liquor, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Outside Alcohol

    Which of the following items can you provide?

    Chairs, Tables

    Which of the following items can you provide?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

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