Welcome to The Southern Gourmet

Southern Gourmet partners, husband & wife team Randy & Crystal Provance, have over 25 years’ experience in hospitality management and food & beverage service.  With culinary arts & hotel/restaurant management degrees the two have a true love of all things edible.  Both have enjoyed long careers in corporate as well as country club food & beverage management.


Opening their first venture in 1996, Caffe Café was a successful coffeehouse /jazz venue where catering quickly took on the staring role in the business. After only a few years, business was all about gourmet catering for the Provances, moving them to a larger catering kitchen in the eclectic Noda area. The thriving operation outgrew the space in only 6 years & the search was on for a larger kitchen. The perfect place was available at the Monroe Road storefront.

With a desire to expand on the gourmet fare that the two were known for, southern foods were incorporated into the offerings. A restaurant menu was developed & The Southern Gourmet opened its doors in the spring of 2006.

The partners & staff at Southern Gourmet extend a sincere, welcome to our home.

Creating Memories of Life's Celebrations

Indoor Garden Atrium

Take a walk through our Garden with the Virtual tour and CLICK HERE for our Garden Rates and Services Menu

Award Winning Catering

The Official Carolina's Best Gourmet Catering Company and Cafe in 2016


Saturday was absolutely beautiful in more way than one! As I am sending a few thank you notes, I wanted to take a moment to send one to you and team. With one week to plan my party / celebration with family and friends (after switching venues)…we made it happen! The food was delicious! The garden beautiful (as always)! The service was nice! Our last family group departed yesterday. All shared similar sentiments about the above including the band, a few personal touches we included… and the overall experience! Thank you for your willingness to host my celebration given the short notice and your busy schedule. We were definitely where we were supposed to be.


Hi Crystal… I wanted to say thank you again for your usual great “product”.  I had may complements on the venue, meal and service.  Personally, I wanted to let you know that your staff did super.  I particularly want to complement on the “just do it” approach.  Rather than asking to fill our glasses (interrupting conversation) – they just filled them quietly.  Few servers get that right but yours did.

In closing, thanks for all you do for us at our events.

Warm Regards,


We attended a catered wedding reception here. Everything from the decor, the friendly staff, the food and the wedding cake was fantastic. Nothing but good things to say about this business. Cheers!!



The service went very well on Sunday…Thank you again so much for helping us out! I may have shared with you before, but when we were first in Charlotte we went to different caterers and had some difficulty with the orders we made through them. When we found the Southern Gourmet, we have NOT gone to another caterer. There is just no comparison on the job you have doe for us… So, thank you for being so reliable!



My guests could not stop raving about the food! And they almost ate it all- I had 1/3 tray of mushrooms left!… You made this event so easy, made me look like a pro, and my nerves stayed calm. I will be shouting yous praises to the roof tops!

Thank you again


Everything was Wonderful!!! The table was so lovely so please tell Kat thank you so much… Everyone loved everything…we only had some sandwiches and some pimento cheese left over…the chicken/bacon wraps and the strawberry lemonade were huge hits along with your deviled eggs…

Several people asked about Southern Gourmet, because everything was so delicious and lovely. I told them that we had used your catering services for years, and it has always been excellent.

Thank you ALL for another special event for my family. I am so grateful that you were able to help us.


Dear Crystal,

Just wanted to compliment you and your team’s effort in catering my Saturday luncheon and meeting. The food was Delicious, the service was superb, and your venue is simply beautiful! Thank you for everything!



Hi Crystal,

Everything was great and the food was amazing. A few people asked for our caterers contact information and I readily shared it. My brother in law was the one who recommended you and said you have helped with a few of his events. This was perfect and a great recommendation.

Thanks for your help and making this so easy!!


The event was a HUGE SUCCESS 6 STARS!!!!
Everyone had a blast and thoroughly enjoyed the food, atmostphere etc.
Thanks for making this a very special and memorable event!

Charlotte, NC

Thank you so very much for catering our wedding. The food, service, the ambiance were exactly what I had hoped for for our wedding.

Kathy and Don

Hi Crystal

The food was outstanding at both events and we could not have been happier with your services. I look forward to having Southern Gourmet cater future events. Thank you for all your help. I appreciate all you did to make the day so easy for me. Southern Gourmet did indeed let us “celebrate with unforgettable food”, and I am very grateful.

Susan, Charlotte


You, Heather, and the rest of your team did a phenomenal job! The food and cake were incredible…so many guests came up to let us know how much they enjoyed everything

Gladys, Charlotte

Everything looked and tasted wonderful! Several people asked the name of the catering co, which of course, I was happy to give! Thank you so much for your suggestions on the food selections. The bride to be loved everything!

Michelle, Charlotte

The food was great and everyone enjoyed the lunch. Thank you for making the lunch portion of the orientation so stress free! I appreciate how much you contributed to making the day a success.


A note of thanks,

The dinner was wonderful- everyone complemented. Of course, I already knew it would be fabulous. The cake was beautiful a and delicious. People came back for seconds. Complements to your staff. They were very professional, courteous, and friendly. Again thank you for such great service, it contributed to making such a special occasion so memorable.

Joan, Charlotte

Our oldest daughter and her husband Jose Nunez, were thrilled to have their rehearsal dinner in “The Garden!” This was our family’s second wedding event using the services of the Provance’s. They had another opportunity to touch the world serving our friends, relatives and international guests. Looking forward to hosting a fundraising dinner for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in May in “The Garden.” I highly recommend this venue!

Falinda, Charlotte, NC

Thanks to Crystal, Randy and their amazing staff for always providing professionalism and quality. My sister’s birthday party was fabulous because of your outstanding work.

Marie, Charlotte, NC

Southern Gourmet recently catered the wedding rehearsal dinner for my son and his bride. We had a party of 60 at an outside event on Lake Wylie. Crystal and Randy were amazing from start to finish! Their services, professionalism and willingness to accommodate our requests was excellent. And the food was truly amazing!! I am still receiving compliments from family members. This was classy southern food done right and delivered so well. Thanks so much to you and your staff!!

Cornman Family, Florida

I had Crystal cater a party I was having for my son. I have never used a caterer before and I was extremely impressed with the service received. Crystal was a great help with the menu. The food was delicious, the price was good, and they were on time with delivery. They exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend them for any event. I will use them again. Thanks guys for a job well done.

Vikki, Midland

Crystal & Randy thank you and your staff once again for providing exceptional service at my siblings birthday party.

Marie, Charlotte, NC

I would like to say THANKS on a job well done. Southern Gourmet recently catered my wedding reception at South Charlotte Banquet Center and the service and food was outstanding. Thanks for helping to make my wedding so special! I will definitely use your business again for my next catering event.

Balencia Hart, Charlotte, NC

Thank you for providing awesome service and decor at my daughter’s tea party. Everything was just wonderful.

Marie, Charlotte, NC

I have been using Southern Gourmet for years. They are my FAVORITE caterer in Charlotte. Working with Randy and Chrystal and Richard is so pleasant and so easy, and their food is the highest quality you could ever imagine. Today, Southern Gourmet is catering our Thanksgiving Luncheon, and the food looks and smells spectacular!! If anyone wants a reference, contact me.

Topsy Wallace, Charlotte Law Firm

Thanks again for the great food and service at my birthday party! We will definitely call you the next time



Over and over our guests told us your food was delicious, the best wedding food they had ever eaten. Thank you for adding a special touch to Isabelle's wedding.


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