Lois & Caedmon – 30th September 2017 – 3 Courses – Table Service
92 day guests / 115 evening guests guests - Blakesley, NN12
Andy, Debbie and the whole team were amazing throughout the planning, preparation and on our wedding day.
Not only did they serve INCREDIBLE paella, canapes and evening food, but nothing was too much trouble from serving drinks to changing the room around for the evening.
Start to finish Buen Apetito were great – they really made the day even more special.
Everyone loved the food – we can’t recommend them highly enough!
Thanks again for everything you did for us!
Jon & Caroline – 23rd September 2017 – 4 Courses – Table Service
96 Day / 146 Evening guests - Nr Dawlish
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Of all the professional services we booked, or researched, for our wedding, Andy and Debbie at Buen Apetito were by far the easiest, most professional, flexible and accommodating.
When they say nothing is too much trouble, it really isn’t but unlike others, it doesn’t all come at additional cost. We had a budget, Buen Appetito respected that and worked within it. They came out and cooked for us in advance of the booking. Debbie prepared sample canapes and Andy cooked paella for seven of us. This was not the easiest seven either. A father-in-law who was a little reticent and not a lover of “foreign” food, a 15 year old whose favourite dish is paella, a 7 year old who at the time only really liked sausages, a fiancee who can be a little fussy and a fiance that likes to think he can point out where master chefs go wrong were all amongst the group. Seven empty plates told its own story!
We chose our favourite canapes (not an easy choice because so many tasted, and looked fantastic) and opted for a paella marisco (seafood) and a paella valenciana (chicken and chorizo) along with a vegetarian paella and our favourite desserts, again a difficult choice due to all the delicious options.
We barely knew that Andy and Debbie were around as they set up their prep area on Friday since they just got on with their own thing amongst the chaos surrounding them. The are totally self sufficient and put absolutely no demands on us for anything.
On the day they were all set up and ready to cook on the dance floor in front of our guests. The three huge paella pans on display and smartly presented staff. Despite our best efforts at keeping to a time schedule the photographs over ran. Andy happily delayed cooking by 30 minutes to ensure that the food was cooked to perfection for when we sat down.
Service was swift and efficient, (nothing worse than being the last table to be served having waited an age) and there was enough for everyone to go back for seconds, even thirds in some cases and it was all delicious. There was nothing left over bar one small portion of vegetarian paella and all our guests commented on how fantastic everything was. The evening buffet was equally sumptuous although we perhaps didn’t need quite as much as we ordered, due to the paella having been such a hit.
All in all, Buen Apetito were the consummate professionals but also the loveliest, most helpful people to deal with.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Andy and Debbie to anyone. Buen Apetito!!
Gill & Stewart – 16th September 2017 – 3 Courses – Buffet Service
64 guests - Branksome Dene Rooms, Poole
Buen Apetito provided a buffet for our Wedding in September down at Branksome Dene Rooms in Poole overlooking the beach. From the first time I spoke with Andy he put me completely at ease. I was in a fluster trying to arrange all the different aspects of our DIY wedding but he reassured me that once booked we could sort out the finer details nearer the time.
We had several people who were either vegan or had food allergies and he worked with us to ensure that everyone was catered for.
On the day Andy & his team just got on and set up. Our timings were a bit loose and they were very flexible.
The food was absolutely fantastic and we receive comments from pretty much everyone raving about it! I particularly loved the toffee apple crumble but all of the food was delicious.
If considering outside catering for your event don’t even bother shopping around – Andy & his team will provide you with fantastic food and service with a smile.
Gill & Stewart X
Penny & Jo – 22nd July 2017 – 1 Course – Buffet Service
130 guests - YHA Okehampton
Andy and Debbie cooked paella for 130 at our wedding back in July and they were brilliant.
From the minute we got in touch more than a year before they couldn’t have been more responsive or more helpful. We couldn’t get to taste their paella at a public event so a few months before the wedding they came round to our house and cooked in our kitchen for 4 of us. The food was delicious and we really enjoyed the evening. It was a great way of getting to know Andy and Debbie and really getting a feel for how committed they are to providing an excellent service.
Around the wedding date, nothing was too much trouble and nothing fazed Andy. The gazebo was put up at our convenience in torrential rain but there were no issues.
On the day, Andy and his team just arrived and did their thing really surreptitiously! It was only when the delicious smells started that we realised they were there! We have had so many comments from guests about the paella, all of them raving about how delicious it was, how much there was of it, how friendly the team were. The speed with which all our guests were served was incredible.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Andy and Debbie to anyone. The quality, value for money, convenience and professionalism we received was outstanding and contributed in no small way to the best day ever.
Many many thanks
Penny and Jo
Kate & Richard – 2nd September 2017 – 2 Courses – Buffet Service
100 guests - Newton Abbot
Dear Andy and Debbie
We just wanted to say a massive heartfelt thank you for the absolutely brilliant catering you provided for our garden party at the weekend.
We appreciated meeting you before the event and the flexibility you gave us when we were choosing menus (canapes & paella) and numbers etc. It was all so easy and relaxed.
When you arrived to set up before the party we were blown away by how quietly and efficiently you set everything up – whilst we in contrast, were running around trying to get everything else ready…we hardly knew you were there!
The food itself was nothing short of spectacular – “a treat for the eyes as well as the belly“, as one of our guests described the three colourful and delicious paellas. You managed to serve a hundred guests so quickly, there was never even a chance for a queue to form – perfect!
We are so grateful to you both, and to Zoe for assisting you so well. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Buen Appetito to anyone looking for a high quality, friendly and professional catering service.