LYNDSEY AND JEFF WILLIAMS
On behalf of the new Mr and Mrs Williams (and the Muntane and Williams’ families), I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the team for making their day simply incredible.
Their words were ‘the food was amazing, and beyond even our expectations’, ‘the staff were friendly, fun, professional – we loved them’, the loved how we staged the wine tasting and that went down really well, oh yes and the canapés were ‘insanely delicious’ (I have been to a LOT of weddings and those canapés were among some of the very very best I’ve tasted – and I’m so pleased we convinced them to have them!!). Oh and the purple mash went down an absolute storm with the guests – they loved the beetroot element
They have both said it was the day of their lives, and so I think overall we could say it was a massive success.
reat Higham Barn, Doddington 18th July 2015
DEANERY GARDEN PARTY
I’ve just returned to work after having a day off and wanted to thank you very much indeed for all your hard work on Friday night. The whole team were cheerful and obliging and nothing seemed to be too much trouble (no mean feat with so many people at the event!). We have had many complimentary messages and everyone seems to have had a very enjoyable time in a relaxed atmosphere.
Canterbury Cathedral 17th July 2015
Danielle and Glenn Southam
We were thoroughly pleased and impressed with the catering you provided for our wedding at Winters Barns on 26th September. It tasted and looked delicious. All of our guests commented and many said the food was amongst some if not the best food they'd ever had at a wedding. Special mention should go to the vegetarian dishes you do as my cousin said it was the best vegetarian food she'd had at any wedding, usually vegetarian get the raw end of the deal, but she said that was not the case with ours. The evening food also went down a treat, everyone commented on what a good idea basic chip and bacon butties were!
Lastly, throughout the whole process we found chives but mainly yourself as a pleasure and professional person to work with. You were quick to respond to queries and offer guidance and suggestions but not forceful. Then finally on the day you were there for most of it but we never felt your presence and the food just seem to effortlessly appear and then disappear.
I’d also like to point out that out of the 4 catering companies we met with Chives were the only ones to showcase their products with canapé samples which really gave a feel for the taste and aesthetics of the food you produce and from our point of view that was above the level of customer service we expected.
We would definitely recommend you to other couples and wish you all the best for the future.
Winters Barn 26th September 2015
Laura and Nick
Just a note to say again what an amazing job you at all at Chives did on our wedding day. As you know our priority was to make sure people had excellent food and a great time, and that certainly happened. So many people have said to us how much they enjoyed the food especially canapés!), and also that the staff were helpful and friendly without being intrusive. Just perfect! You went well beyond the remit of caterer to ensure that Nick and I were happy with everything too and making sure that everything ran smoothly behind the scenes. Thank you.
We'll send a few photos to you when they are ready if you like, and of course would be happy to recommend you to anyone.
Swarling Manor 26th September 2015
Charlotte and Steve
We just want to say a MASSIVE thanks for everything you did for us on our special day.
All our guests said how amazing our food was and how it’s the best wedding food they have ever had. You made sure everything went to plan and your staff are absolutely fantastic, really polite guys.
I will be making sure I tell ALL my friends who are getting married to come to chives.
Pines Calyx, 5th December 2015
Shakila & Jason
Debs, I can’t thank you enough for everything you did on Thursday. EVERYONE has said how fantastic the food was and how professional, friendly, hard working and in control you were. I honestly think things would not have turned out half as well had you not been there. I think my sister summed it up when she said "that woman went above and beyond the call of duty. She was everywhere and doing everything". Thank you also for being thoughtful enough to do Jason and I a "goodie bag" - I didn't realise how hungry I was until we got back to the hotel. It was the perfect end to the day having a midnight feast of fantastic food in bed!!
Please pass on my thanks to everyone in your team who attended. Graham, of course, for producing such marvellous food (the kangaroo pies were a big hit) but also to the waiting staff who were so friendly and professional. I just can't say enough nice things or sing your praises appropriately high enough.
The Artists ( Beacon) House 20th August 2015
Louise and Toby Withersgreen
We have just got back from our honeymoon, very relaxed (and peeling a little!), and top of my list was to email you.
We cannot thank you and your team enough for everything you did to make our wedding the day of our dreams. We felt so lucky to have found you and I'm sure I could write an essay on all the wonderful things you did but I have tried my best to summarise them....
Firstly, the food was so far beyond divine there isn't a word for it, we have even had a thank you note from a guest that says he is still dreaming of the steak and guinness pie!! The tables were set up exactly as I had hoped with impeccable attention to detail and not a lavender stem out of place. All of your lovely staff were fantastically polite, attentive and professional.
What really sets you apart though, is you - you are like a fairy godmother!!! For me, as a perfectionist and an event planner, it is hard to trust people to do things perfectly and to allow other people to be in charge (as you probably noticed)!!
However, you put me totally at ease. All the correspondence and meetings in the lead up to the wedding ensured nothing was overlooked and everything was set and ready for the big day. Your presence on the day was discrete, delightful and I know how hard (and for how many hours!) you worked to make sure our day was absolutely perfect in every way, and that every single tiny detail was exactly as we had hoped.
Please pass our heart felt thanks to your team, a big big thanks to Graham (who really should have come out to do a bow on the day - everyone was so thrilled with the food!). But the most huge thanks to you, you are simply brilliant - thank you for making our day the best day of our lives.
linMarquee in Langley 6th June 2015
Vicki and Peter Ehmann
Really want to thank you again, it was such a great day. We had so many lovely comments about the food. People were also impressed about the organisation and attention to detail- like knowing who the vegetarians were. My dad also made the comment that usually the young staff like waitresses are quite sulky (!) but they were all so friendly and helpful!
I really enjoyed working with you and hopefully will again. I am starting a wedding planner course so you never know
Winters Barn 30th May 2015
SIMON AND IONA THOMPSON
I just want to thank you again so much for everything you have done. You and your staff really go above and beyond for your guests and that really ls such an amazing thing for you to do!
As I left today I suddenly realised I didn‘t thank your husband for the wonderful food, I felt awful for it so I thought I would send this email for you to pass on our many thanks and really want to thank him the most for catering for me by giving me two meals and puddings, the salted caramel cheesecake was absolutely gorgeous I just wished I could have eaten more! And thanks for catering for my fussy husband and the vegans and vegetarians! Everyone was so Impressed with the food,particularly the kangaroo pies!
We will forever remember you and your team for the wonderful things you rid to cater for our every need and have absolutely no regrets In choosing Broome park for our wedding reception venue! We will always think fondly of you and the venue!
Andrew and Gemma
"Thank you so much for looking after us on our wedding day. We had so many compliments about the food and your helpful staff so please pass that on to all of your waitresses. waiters and chef! The kangaroo pies were a particular highlight for many and we were really impressed how your staff brought the evening buffet round to the guests to make sure everybody was fed. Everything ran to plan and we enjoyed every bit of it!
We will defiantly recommend you to anybody getting married in the future!
It was really lovely meeting you and would like to express our thanks to you again."
Mr & Mrs Cocktell
"Well. where do we start. maybe with just a great HUGE thank you. to you and everyone at Chives. From day one you have been just amazing and we are so thankful that we chose chives to do the catering for our wedding. It was one of our last decisions we made in the planning process and probably also the best decision we made. You really are so much more than a caterer... you are a wedding planner. an organiser, a calm face when things are feeling a little out control and at the end of our two years of planning you have also become a friend.
The food was lust stunning, l have heard nothing but wonderful comments about the Matthews friends are still taking about the
canapés... especially the mini kangaroo pies and the dates. Another guest mentioned that they wished they had known about you when they had a party last year. However it was not only the food. It was the wonderful service from all the members of Chives that day that was the cherry on top of a very scrumptious chocolate cake A glass was never empty and the staff couldn't have been more helpful.
A special thank you for putting the cake in the bridal suite. Matthew was especially happy with the earth large slice of Chocolate. and we ate the lot. Also for wrapping up any cheese that was left after the buffet - I am ashamed to say that has already gone!
l am sure that the day ran so smoothly because you were there and l know that we will be contacting you in the future. l am also sure that you have so many clients that will be more than willing to recommend Chives I shall end
this email by saying that we shall see you soon!
Warmest Regards and Many Thanks."
KATIE & CRAIG RIMMER
Me and Craig could not have chose better caterers for our big day. Everyone commented on how beautiful the food was and you even won my dads heart with the lamb, we can not thank you enough for the service you provided and kept our guests happy with your amazing food. Again thank you so much, will be recommending you to everyone.
aynes Barn 23rd July 2015
James & Toni
We can’t thank you and your team enough for all your help to make our day as amazing as it was. All our guests have commented on how good the food was and how friendly all your staff were.
Throughout the months leading up to our special day you were amazing Gayle being there to answer all our questions and concerns and you truly delivered on the day and we shall always recommend you and Chives Caterers to everyone we know. We hope we can have an event again in the future to personally use you again.
Thank you for your kind words and We wish you all the best too.
Take care and hopefully see you again soon. Kind Regards
Elmley Nature Reserve, Isle of Sheppey, 8th August 2015
Nick and Laura Bray
I just wanted to thank you and all your team for such a brilliant selection of gorgeous food. It was simply superb, exceeding all our expectations, making the significant contribution to what was a brilliant day.
Everyone enjoyed themselves and loved the food. I hope you had a good day too, even though you were working.
Swarling Manor 26th September 2015
Mr & Mrs Hall
Thank you so much for being part of our special day.
Everything from your friendly smiles & service to your stunning food was perfect! The carvery at the tables still has our guests talking. We could not have asked for more. So pleased we found ‘Chives’
Winters Barns 27th December 2015
Ellie And peter
We are only just recovering from the excesses and exuberances of our wedding celebration last week – not all alcoholic I hasten to add, but just a massive overdose of joy and happiness!
But I did want to let you know how sincerely grateful Teresa and I am for an amazing wedding breakfast at Ellie & Pete’s wedding last Thursday. The food was truly fantastic – the standard and quality was far beyond anything I would imagined possible when catering for large numbers of people!
From the gorgeous and unusual canapés (who would have though of a miniature kangaroo pie!) right the way through to the sublime cheesecake dessert, out taste buds were tantalised all afternoon. I know Ellie and Pete may have chosen an unconventional main-course but that chicken and leek pie was out of this world and represented quite a challenge to get through – but I was glad to see a few of us managed to offer up clean plates to the waiting staff!
And on the subject of staff, your team were friendly, smiley helpful and unobtrusive – exactly as they needed to be, but of course Debbie, the day would not have run so smoothly without you coordinating everything in your totally unflappable and capable style.
The whole Chives experience ensured that Ellie, Pete and all the guests had a totally unforgettable day.
Swarling Manor 30th July 2015
LISA AND NEIL GOODMAN
Thank you so much for all of your hard work on the day. We received so many compliments about the food and you all made it so easy for us to just relax and enjoy!
Winters Barn 13th June 2015
LACIE AND BLAIR RISBOROUGH
My name is Lacie Riseborough, I married my husband Blair Riseborough at Swarling Manor in Petham, just outside of Canterbury on Saturday 11 July this year. It was a glorious sunny day and really very special.
I would very much like to nominate Chives the Caterers for the Brides Choice award. I live in Western Australia, but born and bred a Dover girl! My husband Is Australian and we met in London and have been living in Australia in Perth for nearly six years. We both knew the perfect place to get married would be a pretty venue in Kent during an English summer.
To my delight I found the very lovely Debbie at Chives. I truly was so impressed by her professionalism, kindness, generosity of time and talent for catering. I work in an events background myself; raising money out of major corporate partners so to say I'm fussy is an understatement.
To put it bluntly Debbie just understood my needs and was able to meet my expectations in every way.
The fact that I live on the other side of the world could hinder a lot of wedding suppliers but Debbie and her team at Chives were only too delighted and happy to send copious emails, take phone calls and meet for coffees during Christmas and pre wedding plans - nothing was too much trouble and nothing extra was charged for this additional time she gave to getting to know Blair; making the day perfect.
Debbie just is excellent at what she does and enjoys her work. I suppose when you love what you do it just becomes second nature to be the best at what you do.
Her husband; the chef behind the scenes is exceptionally talented and coming from a family of foodies we were all very pleasantly plump after the ceremony! We had many guests mention on the quality of the food and they all eat at high end restaurants in London on a frequent basis.
I cannot express in words how much Debbie really was more than a caterer holding the entire day together; even coordinating a run sheet for me personally. I was able to put my trust in her entirely and she didn't let down.
There's many companies in Kent in the wedding business who give 95% but the difference is those who give that extra 5%. Chives without doubt does this time and time again and they very much deserve recognition for their service to industry.
Swarling Manor 11th July 2015
LUCIE AND STEVE VASS
Before we jet off on our honeymoon we just wanted to say a massive thank you to you, Graham and the team for giving us the most amazing wedding day! We realise we asked a lot of you but you took it all in your stride and bought our dreams to reality.
All our guests have commented on how amazing the food and service was and how stunning everything looked! We really can't thank you enough.
Lympne Castle May 2nd 2015
Stephanie and Kevin
It feels like such a long time ago that we were eating your delicious canapés and meal, and the harsh reality of normality is sinking in now our honeymoon is over! We both just wanted to say a huge thank you to you, Graham and everyone at Chives for really helping to make our day so special and such a success.
Everybody commented on how wonderful the food was throughout the day (the cheese board was a winner in particular!) and we even convinced the fussiest of guests to enjoy a kangaroo pie, so we definitely achieved a victory there!
Your service was fantastic and all of our guests noticed how hard you all worked but how smoothly the sit down meal went, and one guest even asked if you were available as private caterers; they could eat your food daily and come to think of it, I could quite easily!
We wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to friends and family and hope that we might, once again, be in need of your services in the future. Once again, thank you,
Knowlton Court, 28th March 2015
ALI and Halim
Hi Debbie, we have just returned from our honeymoon, having had the most wonderful time.
We wanted to drop you a note to say an enormous thank-you for a truly amazing day. The tables looked perfect and the food was delicious and you and your staff worked so incredibly hard - thank you. It was certainly the most wonderful weekend of our lives and one, both us and our friends and family will remember forever.
We are so delighted that you shared a part In our special day.
EMILY AND DARREN
"We have now returned from our honeymoon and we wanted to send you a thank you for all you have done. I truly don't know where to begin. You have been so much more than a wedding caterer to us from continually offering to help with absolutely anything needed & personally we found you to be such a lovely genuinely fantastic person to meet alone. I would recommend your company, I have been again & again.
I think generally everyone to some degree expects wishy washy food at a wedding including myself! As we knew when we found you this was going to be something special, your wedding breakfast was totally off the sale! we have literally been astounded by the compliments we received from our guests. Everyone has asked who did our food with complete Intrigue & curiosity as to who was
responsible for such a mouth watering menu! I can only hope I am emphasising enough how pleased we are.
There were times when we was just so reassured to have you Involved in our day, you really built trust and a relationship with us, yet always remained professional. I think nowadays so many company's miss that and I can‘t begin to explain lust how much it made the wedding planning easier knowing I had you there. We have thoroughly enjoyed you being part of our wedding planning and the
I wasn't too involved in what Andy had arranged with you regarding dessert (I didn't even give him your details so was very surprised when I found out all these extras had been arranged & with you!) but wow again to pull out all of those extra desserts in that time and still to such a high standard i can't thank you enough. You saved the day!! I will miss our emails and speaking with you it has been a real pleasure. We both send our love and wish you every success with your brilliant company: we have been blown away"