Gertrude’s Kitchen: Catering Southern-Style Cuisine for the Soul

Experience unique dining, and bring southern-style catering to your elegant space with food for the soul from Gertrude’s Kitchen. Celebrate your most momentous moments with grandma Gertrude’s original recipes. Choose to build your table from grandma’s menu or let us recreate your grandmother’s heart-pleasing dish on your special day. Wherever you choose to create your magical moments, make the memory of it unforgettable with a gathering of family and friends at a table set by Gertrude’s Kitchen.


Entertain your imagination where rustic country meets chicness and elegance, and dine with a catering experience unlike any other. Build your table from wedding and event package menu options, with everything from entrées to appetizers and drinks to desserts. Customize a table to be as unique as your celebration. Choose from our menu or let us recreate a special recipe from your heart.

Meet the Chef Behind the Catering

Deliver an experience beyond extraordinary with Gertrude’s Kitchen catering your beyond magical event. Bring your dream celebration to reality and create unforgettable moments with an experience that pleases the palate and the soul. Culinary artist, Shonda Singleton-Taylor, puts heart and soul into catering every happily ever after moment by bringing recipes from grandma’s kitchen to your unique dining table.

What began as a little girl in grandma Gertrude’s kitchen, was refined to perfection with years of training and mastery at culinary art school. After mastering the talent of catering through a rigorous culinary arts program, Chef Shonda continued to chase the dream and added the title of pastry chef to her repertoire. Bring your vision and sophisticated palate to Crystal Ballroom Lake Mary for an exquisite culinary experience that is crafted with heart and soul beyond imagination.

Catering Experience

Your most momentous occasion is uniquely designed with the artistry, discipline and passion of a formally trained chef to deliver unparalleled catering services to your unforgettable moments. Catering extends beyond the cuisine. Gertrude’s Kitchen meets imagination with a uniquely crafted food encounter that delivers an award-winning gourmet menu for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Deliver an authentic and unforgettable soul-pleasing cuisine to your special moments, and indulge in an explosion of flavor with food for the soul that tantalizes the palate for more. Every smile created is a special thank you to grandma.

A Sample of the Menu

Burnt Ends


Create an unforgettable dining experience and serve the flavorful goodness of slow smoked chuck roast burnt ends at your next celebration.


Roasted Chicken


Impress your guests and please the senses with a roasted chicken entrée, slathered in a delicious garlic, rosemary and ginger sauce.

Make your event a little sweeter with delectable mini cakes. Choose from a variety of cake flavors and frostings to compliment your dessert table.

  • Red velvet mini cakes with cream cheese frosting and pecans

  • Vanilla Oreo with cream cheese frosting

  • Banana rum with banana cream cheese frosting

  • Strawberry champagne with cream cheese frosting

  • Tiramisu with a chocolate cream cheese frosting, topped with a lady finger

Mini Cakes

Add strawberry banana rum bread pudding with a blueberry rum glaze to the dessert table for a very special dish from grandma.


Planning your dining experience begins with a catering consultation and tasting. Speak directly with the chef and begin planning. Choose your sample of entrées, sides and appetizers, and choose the unique services you wish to deliver to your magical moments. Plan your catering experience with Gertrude’s Kitchen, and serve a soul-pleasing dining experience to your memorable celebration.



Contact Gertrude’s Kitchen to customize the menu for your special occasion.

We invite you to discover the
Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.