Client Comments

What our clients say about us . . .

Reviews on Google+:
“Grace is an excellent and innovative cook and everything she prepares is simply delicious. Her presentation is also wonderful: nothing is ever heavy-handed. She uses plants and flowers to enhance the visuals of her presentations. The result is always festive and inviting. Grace has catered several events that I attended and if I didn’t know she was the caterer, I would easily recognize her cooking and presentation. They are both winners.”

Barbara C
“Grace catered our outdoor summer wedding. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Grace made the planning process easy and fun. I would love to use Lighten Up Caterers again!”

Amanda Beckwith
“I love the food, I love the service. Will do business again.”

Joyce Calvitti
“Much to the delight of my guests and myself, I had Grace of Lighten Up Caterering prepare the food for my annual outdoor event two years in a row. What a wonderful day her food and presence created. Her marinated portabella mushrooms and rice salad, which was made with some unique and delicious ingredients, were such a hit the first time there was a special request by several guest for an encore! Her food suggestions before hand worked perfectly into the mood and style I wanted to convey. She had no problem accommodating different palates and was sensitive to meeting the needs of those attending. Her casual yet elegant presentation was the cherry on top. I’ll soon be deciding on a date for this year and Grace will be the first call I make!”

Francesca Zambello
“I’ve been using Grace and Lighten Up Catering for years. They are dependable, and their food is wonderful. I highly recommend them for any kind of event!”

More client comments . . .

“Thank you for delivering such a wonderful culinary experience. All the guests raved about the wonderful tastes and presentation. You are truly a talent whom I would love to learn from if ever given the opportunity.” Elizabeth Ngonzi, authentic African wedding for 225 guests.

“Thank you for the wonderful effort you made for our wedding. Every part was excellent and exceeded our expectations.”

“Thank you so much for your hard work and obvious talent for creating a wonderful reception. So many guests remarked how delicious the food was [most saying it was the best they’d ever had at a wedding reception]. The flowers, the cake were gorgeous. I could go on and on……”

“You are wonderful at what you do and our wedding clearly reflected that. The food looked and tasted great. I can not tell you how many compliments we received. Thank you so much for all your hard work.”

“The phone didn’t stop ringing since we left on our honeymoon, with calls from friends and family expressing what a great time they had and again declaring that it was the best reception ever!! We knew the success of the reception was due to your thoroughness, expertise and incredible taste. The food was delectable, and the presentation was unbelievable! What can I say? We love you and hope that you continue to make people as happy as you have made us.”

“I engaged you to do Cary’s party because Ann Chapin said that you are the best. What an understatement! From our very first phone call I knew that I was in the hands of a professional. When I saw your menu it knocked my socks off! I know that New York has a reputation for excellent cuisine but you surpassed my expectations. The only problem I had was that a quarter of the guests returned the next day in the hopes of getting leftovers! You and your staff were simultaneously invisible and yet always there.”

“Your staff is such a pleasure to work with—truly professionals of the highest order. We all take tremendous comfort in knowing that all the events we do with you will be taken care of down to the smallest details. Having you as our ‘in-house’ caterer assures us that every event we do, matter how large or small, will be an elegant success.”

“I can’t thank you enough for the absolutely perfect lunch! It had been a difficult day, but when we arrived at The Newark Museum to find a delicious lunch laid out so beautifully, the day turned around. Extra Thanks for making adjustments.” Teach for America

“Thanks again, Grace—–it was brilliant!!!!” Celia Costas, producer for Mike Nichols

“I have been meaning to write ever since the Volunteers for Literacy event at Lincoln Center. It was a pleasure to see and hear Liz Smith, the panel of writers and celebrity guests. That would have been a great evening, but of equal enjoyment was the buffet that followed it. Usually food and service are standard, not so this time. The food was varied, fresh and delicious. ”

“Our evening at The American Craft Museum was a wonderful, beautiful and delicious experience. Thank you for the attention and care with which you served us a lovely dinner in a special environment.” Antonia Ax:son Johnson Goran Ennerfelt