'Thank you for cooking with love'...
'Thank you for catering so brilliantly for Camilla and Mark's Wedding Breakfast on Friday 28th August. and in particular with the COVID-19 restrictions that were in place. As you can imagine we have only just come down to earth and finished clearing up and sorting things out after the frenetic last few weeks.
The food was absolutely delicious and we had so many compliments from everyone who attended. The canapes were sublime.. The main course was delicious and beautifully presented and extremely imaginative. I must try and replicate it. It was really refreshing to see such generous portions, particularly from a Caterer. As for the Pudding, I don't think I have ever tasted such a yummy and light meringue roll in my entire life. As I know meringues can be tricky; they were extremely well executed and I think you can tell how well received all the food was by the way the meal was devoured.
The two waiting staff were also lovely, and performed their duties very discreetly, but made sure no-one went without, including making sure my ice was always topped up, as well as the guest's drinks. Everything was tidied away extremely well afterwards'.. C Colley, Teddington, 28/08/20.
'Thanks so much for all your lessons and assistance in completing the forms to enable Emma to gain this', E Smith completed her skills training with me for her bronze, silver and gold for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, 2017-19.
'I wanted to thank you very very much for the delicious food and wonderful service you gave us on Friday. Everybody commented on how wonderful your food was and how lovely all the waiters were, no wonder given that they were mostly Brazilian! I really enjoyed working with you and getting all your advice and support'. V Chown, St John's Wood, 14/06/19.
'Thank you so much for a fantastic service and food evening.
So many compliments on the food and especially the staff. Again thanks for such a professional service'. J Travis, Teddington, 06/04/19.
'Thank you for making my party a resounding success. The food was delicious and the management was superb'... C Rentoul, Teddington, 29/03/19.
'I just wanted to say thank you again for all the wonderful food and service. The guests really were full of praise for everything and we will certainly be passing on your contact details for anyone in need of catering. One of my colleagues is still in raptures about your meringues so she may be in touch regarding your secret recipe'… The Marsh Agency, Albemarle Street, W1. 11/03/19.
'Thanks so much to you and your wonderful team for everything you did for the Golden Wedding party yesterday. The canapes were fabulous - super delicious and so beautifully presented. We have had so many appreciative messages today! We felt in such good hands from beginning to end with your team calmly taking care of set up, efficiently looking after the guests and then (bliss!) clearing up so brilliantly afterwards. It made hosting the party a thoroughly enjoyable experience and now we are trying to think of a reason for having another one soon!', D Mount, Golden Wedding Anniversary, 20/07/18.
'Such delicious food again'! Sue Vernon, 08/07/18.
'Jo and her team provided the catering for my 50th birthday party. I was delighted with every aspect of experience - from the communication and planning to every detail of the execution. The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. This is home cooked but sophisticated food at very reasonable prices.The serving staff were gracious and efficient, and Jo was very well organised. This meant I was completely able to enjoy my party without worrying at all. I cannot recommend Jo highly enough. She provides a wonderful service which is worth every penny'. S Ashwin at Twickenham Rowing Club, Eel Pie Island, 30/06/18.
'You did us proud our guests thought your food was fabulous as did we!
Many thanks again to you and your team for making our evening special.
Bev and Simonne for their Wedding Celebration', 07/07/18.
'Thank you so much for all your hard work last night. Everything went so smoothly and the food was delicious'. C Bibby, 28/04/18.
'It was lovely to see you last night – the food was absolutely delicious and Miranda was more than delighted with everything. Douglas was absolutely brilliant – it was a lovely evening', Sue Stephens, Senior Publicity Manager, Simon and Schuster UK, for the launch of Miranda Seymour's book 'In Byron's Wake' at Daunts Book Shop, Marylebone High Street, 13/03/18.
'What a party, and what a triumph your canapés were! EVERYBODY commented on how fabulous they were, AND how plentiful! You really did us proud, and we can't thank you enough. They were so interesting and different, and really, really scrumptious, with brilliant ingredients and combinations. As you said, you like 'abundance', and so do we! You are a total star! Your staff were wonderful too - ever vigilant and attentive, smiling and charming. PLEASE give them the praise they so richly deserved. For us it was a total Revelation to give a party and not do all the work! As a vicar's wife, I have given loads of parties for parishioners, and slaved for loads of hours over loads of canapés. So to just stand back and let it all happen was bliss. Thank you so, so much, it couldn't have been more wonderful'. Revd Christopher and Sally Kevill-Davies, on the wedding of their son, Tom, 15/02/18.
'Another really big thank you for all you did to make the evening such a success, as always, delicious food beautifully presented & everybody notices & remarks on it! And what a really nice team you've got, we love them all. Nothing seems to be too much trouble for them & the whole place was left immaculate when they'd gone. Thank you so much. Thanks for the lovely delicious Florentines as well. Do hope you have a happy Christmas & a good 2018. We'll see you on February 15th from Tom Kevill Davies's party - something nice to look forward to!! Lots of love & thanks for all the wonderful food'! John and Ginnie Murray, W1 09/12/17.
'Our evening was a great success and your food an absolute triumph. Orieta and Douglas were super efficient and absolutely charming. Please pass on my heart felt thanks for all their hard work.
And to you for delicious food so beautifully presented'. Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust, Twickenham, 30/11/17.
'Jo Ewin and her staff radiate calm and capability - they’re charming with it too. Delicious,, imaginative canapes, supplied with minimum fuss and adroitly served – all make a major contribution to the success of a party. Sometimes you can’t believe your luck'. Paula Johnson, Head of Prizes & Awards, The Society of Authors, 29/11/17.
'I just wanted to thank you for all your magnificent work on Saturday. The food was superb and the service outstanding. It made for a truly memorable evening - and I have lost count of the number of guests who commented on how great the food was'. S Henderson, Teddington, 50th birthday, 15/07/17
'Thank you so much for organising such a brilliant dinner for us. From the moment you arrived, the kitchen was transformed into a fantastic powerhouse of creativity, professionalism and calm. Ted & I were so impressed with your wonderful attention to detail, creating for us the most delicious and beautifully presented food. Our friends loved it too, making it, an evening for us all to remember and a perfect way to celebrate Ted's special birthday. For me, it couldn't have gone better!', D Warren, Isleworth, 15/04/17
'Jo and her team took away all our nerves and anxieties on the day of the big party we were hosting for Susan's birthday. Jo and her staff worked like clockwork in our kitchen to produce a delicious lunch whilst at the same time helping to keep glasses charged and provide our forty four guests with wonderful canapés. Jo undoubtedly helped to make the day a great success'. Andrew & Susan McMorrin, 50th birthday, 09/04/17
'Thank you for all you did to make the celebration such a success. The food was delicious and Celia circled the room with it so graciously'. H Natzler, SW1. 100th birthday, 18/02/17
'You beat me to it because I wanted to say a big thank you for laying on a splendid breakfast yesterday. It was very reassuring to know that you had everything under control and knew what needed to be done. As mentioned, I has numerous positive comments about the food which was delicious'. 08-06-17 Chris Betts, Romulus Construction, Breakfast Buffet for 120 people, EC2.
' It is for us to THANK YOU for all the wonderful food, your calm reassuring presence, your organising of the staff & keeping everything moving so effortlessly. It makes it so much more relaxing for us, knowing that everything is safely in your hands! Thank you so much for arranging the whole event so brilliantly.
When should I book you again for next year?!!' 03-12-16 Ginnie and John Murray, W1.
'Many thanks for your email, and for the delicious canapes on Saturday. There were many positive comments about the food, everyone was very happy (particularly me with an hour to relax before the party, not something I’ve ever experienced before!)', A Rowe, W6, 26/11/16
'Jo is the perfect partner for any event. She helped me plan my birthday dinner for 40, listening to everything I wanted and gently steering me the right direction. Everything was done to suit me, before, during and after the event. On the night she was in complete control in the background, allowing us to enjoy the party without giving the arrangements a second thought. The food was absolutely fabulous and, quite rightly , Jo got a big round of applause from our guests at the end of the evening. Thank you Jo! All our letters are full of praise for the food. You helped make it a wonderful evening'. 08-10-16 C Harington, Group Communications Director, Hachette UK.
'Jo and her team were efficient, friendly, tidy, punctual and very easy to communicate with. They served up delicious canapés in stylish and elegant serving dishes, organised our bar and cleared away in record time. We'd have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them as party caterers - being a small, independent publisher we enjoyed dealing with a small, independent caterer!' 14-06-16 S Allen Slightly Foxed.
If it wasn't for the fact that we had to leave at crack of dawn yesterday this email would have been winging its way to you earlier. However the thank you is just as big for the success of the Network party due in no small measure to you and your team. The food was scrumptious as always and I think the new idea of finger eats instead of a sit down meal is the way forward. You take such a great deal of trouble with all aspects of the evening to make it run smoothly and with obvious enthusiasm to make it a success. Please thank your two delightful chaps who went above the call of duty to ensure we were all well looked after. E Auer, Women's Working Network, 24-06-16.
'Thanks so much for doing an incredible job on Saturday!! The food was absolutely delicious…. had so many compliments about it! The staff were also incredibly professional, smart and polite. Thank you! 13-6-15 L Barnes, Chiswick.
'The day was a great success!! Thank you so much – the food received rave reviews from everyone. You and your staff were a delight to have in; and your calm ‘everything is under control’ manner was very comforting, especially when the hob started playing up!!' K Dixon, Islington, 25-05-16.
'Thank you so much for catering our day, Jo. Everyone was so complimentary of the food; it was deemed the best food at a wedding, EVER! Your Mac n cheese was a real hit too. Thanks for everything.. Talia & Filip, York House and Twickenham Rowing Club 03-09-16
'My first thank you letter has to be to you, dear Jo, for all you did for me to give me a truly wonderful birthday. Everyone is RAVING about your food, which was indeed delectable, and you organised everything so beautifully that it all just appeared with minimum fuss and I certainly could lie back and enjoy it'. P Havron, St Margarets, 90th Birthday Party for 12, 14-05-16.
'A heartfelt thanks to you and your team. The response to the food was amazing – people were really blown away – and, as Ursula says, we’re just astonished at your team’s professionalism and elegance in quite a challenging environment. I can’t wait to work with you again'. Z Hood, Deputy Publicity Director, Little, Brown, Launch of imprint Fleet, Canapes for 90.
"Jo cooked for my small lunch party and allowed me to relax and enjoy myself rather than being worn out with doing all the cooking myself! My guests loved the food and were extremely complimentary - especially remarking on the wonderful flavours of the couscous and the freshness of the chickpea and lemon salad. The pistachio and yoghurt cake with spiced fruit was a perfect dessert. All in all a very special lunch for my guests and particularly for me"! Linda Haydon, Arlington Road, Teddington, 29-12-15.
'Thanks so much for another wonderful display of your brilliant catering! If you could only hear the comments upstairs, your food is the highlight of the evening. I loved the new slate trays you display it on and the gorgeous white heather to go with the quails eggs. It is all so pretty, as well as being delicious! Thank you again a million times for making our party go with such style!'. Ginnie and John Murray, publishers, W1, Canapes for 90, 05-12-15.
'We were thrilled with all the hard work, care and attention you took for what has turned into the party of the year. The food looked sensational and tasted quite delicious'. Judy and Martin Hodges, Teddington. 21-11-15.
'Thanks for making Jenny’s day such a special day, Jo, yesterday and the hard work of all your staff'. Stuart Higgins, Teddington. 08-08-15.
'Thanks so much for doing an incredible job on Saturday!! The food was absolutely delicious.. had so many compliments about it! The staff were also incredibly professional, smart and polite. Thank you!' Luisa Barnes, Chiswick 13-06-15.
'Jo - lots of compliments following Sunday's tea!' Jenny Wills, Sophie's mother. 07-06-15.
'Jo, you are a sweetheart. The day was special and went so well. All that hard work is worth it for the memory alone! Well done. Thank you Jo for all your hard work, and helping make it such a successful and smooth running event. It was lovely to come back from the church and see all the tables looking lovely, with the harpist in situ. Your staff make a good team and everything was very professional and the food quite simply delicious! Well, I have still got a bit in my fridge which is lovely. All those emails and get-togethers!! It was worth it! Thanks a million Jo, Love Sophie xx'.. The Wedding of Gina and Dan, Sophie Newton's daughter 06-06-15.
'Thank you again for your brilliant contribution to our Golden Wedding party last week. The food was delicious and the service discreet, efficient and helpful. You were so calm - held the whole thing together beautifully. We have had many appreciative comments from guests, some of which you might like to hear: 'heavenly food', 'wonderful meal', 'the staff were great and so attentive, including a waitress who took great pains to find me canapes with no shellfish' and 'the best lunchtime occasion we have attended in the last fifty years'. Pat Cawrse, St Margarets 23-05-15.
'You and your team were superb last night - a major contribution to the success of the evening and the food was absolutely delicious. So many thanks from us both'. Sir Ferdinand and Lady Julia Mount, Book Launch of 'Tears of the Raja's, 12-03-15.
'I have honestly not ever been at such a well catered event with such delicious food, lovingly prepared. (and the love does show!!). It was even better than for Tess's event. And there was such a generous amount too, it just kept coming. The service was excellent. All the guests were impressed by the canapés and the presentation. Lots of lovely touches, that were so unique, like the spring flowers. Honestly, it was a really wonderful service you put on for Maya and for us as parents. You exceeded my expectations and it was all so relaxing. Being an artist, I really appreciated the presentation of the food. Something you just can't predict when choosing a caterer. Many thanks for a very special night. My idea was to create a gorgeous bubble of love around Maya, with friends and family she has known since she was born. 18 I think nowadays is when they take the biggest step into the grown up world and I wanted her to see how many people would be rooting for her as she faces the challenges ahead. You were very much a part of creating that bubble on Saturday night , so thank you!!'
Rukshi and Harry Brownlow, Reading, 25-02-15.
'Many, many thanks for making our party such a success on Sunday. The food was superb and you remained calm and serene throughout. We had so many compliments. Your waiting staff were so good and helpful also'. Jenny and Stuart Higgins, Teddington.
'I really don't know where to begin in terms of thanking you for Saturday. A good start would be to say that you were completely amazing; you worked so hard and the food you produced was delicious beyond imagining! We have had so many nice comments about the food and the beautiful presentation. Your staff were so nice, absolutely charming, efficient and made everyone feel so welcome. We never had to worry about making sure that our guests' glasses were topped up and the food just kept coming and coming'. Richard and Lynda Fox, 15-02-14.
'The food was absolutely magnificent. I had so many people saying it was the best ever and your presentation was inspired. I'm glad I just left you to get on with it!' Jill Woolf exchibiting at The Mall Gallery 18-02-15.
'We had such a happy celebration yesterday and the food was just superb. Thank you so much for all you and Celeste did to make it so successful. You were both organised and calm and everything happened seamlessly. You had thought of everything! We loved the flowers on the serving trays too - a charming addition'. Jane and Robert Peacock, 12-02-14.
'The day was a great success!! Thank you so much – the food received rave reviews from everyone. You and your staff were a delight to have in; and your calm ‘everything is under control’ manner was very comforting, especially when the hob started playing up!! 4-14
'What can I say Jo, you couldn't have done a better job, everything perfect, such good looking, attentive, charming staff , constant attention to detail, great organisation, calm approach to everything thrown at you and on top of that THE MOST DELICIOUS FOOD. A huge amount of respect and thanks for making it a great party. Well done'. The wedding of Jo and David Gill, 03-05-14.
'Many thanks for your efforts last night. It went very well and your wine choice and canapés were right on the button'. Martin Westwood, The Household Cavalry Museum, 15-04-14.
'Compliments were received for days afterwards, and the quantity of food was
just right'.. Euclidian Underwriting Ltd.
'Thanks so much for another brilliant performance from you. We've had lots of comments on how scrummy the food is & how beautifully presented it always is. It's wonderful for us having you here, we have no need to worry about anything, it always runs so smoothly & well. Also, such lovely & attractive staff you always have which really jollies up the whole event!..' Ginnie and John Murray 08-12-13.
'Thank you so much for your superb food and wonderful staff, who made such a huge
contribution to the success of the evening. The canapés were delicious and the
main courses tasted marvelous. All the guests on the tables were served at the
same time and the vegetarian dishes came out promptly too. All the feedback we
have had from the guests has been hugely complimentary. Your staff were
extremely professional, polite and courteous and always seemed to have a smile
on their faces. The evening was a marvelous success and early indications are that we have raised nearly £11,000. Please have no doubt that we will be calling upon your services in the future.' Jackie & Jo, Sudbrook School, Petersham.
'Thank you for providing such a professional service for us again this year, it all ran very smoothly despite our late arrivals and I am very happy to say the evening was a success! I particularly loved the veggies and the starter... really good!!!' Andrea Cox, South Bank Sailing Club.
'Thank you so much for your really deliciously excellent food on Friday night. Everything tasted wonderful, fresh scrumptious flavours, and it was obvious how much everyone enjoyed their supper'. Diane Morcom, 30-06-13.
'My compliments to your Reine de Cuisine - she is top of the range (no pun
intended there)'.. Kenneth L Maidment CBE and Mrs Moira Maidment.
'My party went with a "wow". The food you prepared was delectable and
everyone commented on it. The guinea fowl perfection'.. Mrs Daye Offer,
'The evening did go very well and the food was absolutely delicious. Everyone loved it and I would not hesitate to recommend you'. Wendy McCaffer, LEH mum.
'It was all lovely & the stafff were excellent. The parma ham & asparagus rolls were singled out for high praise....' Amanda Greenbury
'Marvellous compliments from all to you, the chef....', Joy Scurr, LEH mum.
'Many thanks again for your splendid food and all your hard work. Everyone
thought it was yummy'.. Marion and Patrick O'Donnovan, Teddington.
'What an amazing month I have had.. Without your incredible skill, attention
to detail and striving for the best food ever, the show would not have gone
on! Thank you for it all'.. Lucy Offer, Teddington.
'Thank you for helping make our wedding drinks party so lovely. The food
was fantastic and so beautifully presented. So many people commented on
how delicious it all was'.. Eleanor and David.
'We are all still basking in the afterglow of our golden wedding celebration on
the 4th and wanted to repeat our verbal thanks to you for your superb
catering. The food was just delicious and the service by your friendly and
efficient staff was greatly appreciated by all our guests'. Shirley and Tony
Edwards, held in Teddington.
'Just had to tell you how talented and wonderful you are. Everything you did
at Caroline's party was FIRST CLASS! I've never seen such a beautiful and
tasty presentation. What a treat for all of Caroline's guests to enjoy your
talent and creative genius. Duarte is truly a prize assistant and did a
masterful job. Many people commented about his professional and beautiful
service and lovely personality'.. Linda Mattingly (Caroline's sister in law).
'Thanks for making it such a success on Friday and for your good wishes.
Everyone loved the food and the whole way you make a small party like that
into an event'.. Nick Robinson, Constable and Robinson publishers.
'Apologies from me too for the delay in getting back to you. I don't want to
mess around the best cook in western Europe'.. Robert Behrens, Chief Executive,
'Thank you so much for doing an absolutely brilliant job. Everyone was very
impressed and it's hard to impress all those Cypriots, they go to a lot of
parties! Not only was the food delicious and beautifully presented, but you
were so calm and efficient and the waiters you had arranged were excellent
too.. Everyone was raving about you!'.. Tess Harris, Reading.
'Jo Elwin has cooked for me, my family and my friends for many years, at my
home and on our holidays in Italy. She is a superb chef and produces delicious
three course dinners and lunches, seemingly effortlessly. She has a sunny
disposition and is intelligent and funny. I couldn't recommend her more highly'..
'I have known Jo Elwin for 7 years. As publicity director at a book publisher,
I organise publication launches – anywhere from 50 to 500 guests.
Jo was highly recommended by a colleague and I would never think of using
another caterer... extremely professional, reliable and hands-on, plans
everything perfectly, has first-class waitresses, sets up the room and is brilliant
at adapting to any venue – however limited or spacious. Her food is consistently
delicious, of the highest quality, varied and beautifully presented. Guests, who
can often be demanding and cultured, are always full of praise... not only a great
cook, she also has the most fantastic temperament. She completely takes away
the stresses and strains of organising events. She is an absolute joy to work
with and I cannot recommend her highly enough.. Sam Evans, Constable and
'We were all impressed not only by the food which was excellent, but also by her
enthusiasm in helping us to attract clients... Enthusiastic, extremely hard working
and punctual and always produces above average food'. Elissa Bayer,
Director of Private Clients, Charles Stanley, London.
'The feedback as always is fantastic'.. Karen Morrissey, Administrative Human
Resources Manager, Dewey & LeBoeuf, London.
Smiling, attentive, courteous, smart staff
Adele with waiting staff
A book launch at a venue in Central London