Testimonials

Wedding breakfast for 140 guests at Omarino Wine Park on 8th April 2017

To Nicky and the team at Verve,

A sincere thank you for catering at our wedding at Omarino in April.  The food was amazing and was big part in making the day a success for us - we had many guests comment on the delicious food.

Nicky - you were very easy to deal with which was appreciated

Kind Regards, Russ and Anna Young

- Anna Young

Wedding Canapes, Seated Buffet Dinner & Dessert for 70 guests at Akaroa Yacht Club on 25 March 2017

Nicky and her team are fantastic! From start to finish they were super helpful, warm and friendly whilst always professional. Nothing was too difficult and any unexpected last minute changes and requests were accommodated with a "no hassle, can do" approach.

The quality of food was remarked upon by many of our guests and was not compromised by our slightly awkward selection of venue!

We are certainly recommending Verve to our friends who plan to get married or wish to have a special occasion catered for in a sustainably delicious way!

Thank you fabulous Nicky and your team. Wishing you all the very best with future ventures!

Stay well and super enthused 😊

Minn Brodie

- Minn Brodie

Three course Wedding Breakfast for 90 guests at Kaikoura on 4th February 2017

Hi Nicky and Steve,

Things are finally returning to something closer to the new normal here so it is time to catch up on a few things.  Head of the list is to send you guys a note.

Thank you so much for helping to make Pip and Ryans wedding the very special day it was.

We were absolutely thrilled with the wedding catering, venison (no easy task for deer farmers who are very fussy) and blue cod what an outstanding job, together with the sides and other courses WOW.

The compliments we have had from our guests say it all. You and your staff were so accommodating, professional and incredibly helpful and made sure everything went so smoothly.

‘Verve’ has been in many conversations ever since.

Thanks again so much for all your effort.

Best Wishes Tina

- Tina Johnston

Wedding Breakfast for 100 Guests at Tutehuarewa Marae, Port Levy, Banks Peninsula, on 21 January 2107.

Hi Nicky,

I just want to let you know that your team yesterday was absolutely amazing! Everyone commented on the food and said it was simply fantastic. Please thank your team for making our day so special.

Warm regards,

Louise

- Louise Trappitt

Wedding Breakfast at Bramble Grove, Kaiapoi, on 13 January 2017

Hi Nicky, just thought I'd drop you a line to say you did an amazing job with our wedding catering! We couldn't have been happier with the outcome. Your staff were awesome and gave exceptional service. The food was DELICIOUS and we had so many compliments on the flavour and also the french country serving style so we appreciated that a lot. Overall I would 110% recommend you to anyone, because we were just so, so impressed! Your catering really made the day special so a million thank yous for being amazing!

Many many thanks,
Amy

- Amy Hawkes
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Christmas Lunch office party for the Education Review Office on 16th December 2016

Hi Nicky
Just wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful lunch you provided for our Office Christmas function last Friday. Everyone commented on how lovely the food was and there was so much that a number of people were able to take a small helping home for dinner!  I was amazed at how many people came up to me to say they think it was the best Christmas lunch we’ve had in a long time.  I know that we contacted you with an incredibly short time frame and I want to thank you again for being so accommodating and helping us when we were in a tricky situation. What had originally seemed like a major disaster (being let down at a venue) turned out to be an absolute winning situation for us. We look forward to enjoying more of your lovely food in the future.  All the very best and wishing you and your staff a safe and happy Christmas and New Year
Kind regards
Jacqueline

- Jacqueline Woods

Thanksgiving celebration Formal Dinner & next morning Brunch at the clients rural property. November 2016

Hi Nicky -
Wow. I knew about Verve, but my guests didn't. And you just blew away everyone's expectations of what a caterer can be. Well, actually, I was too: the cuisine was Michelin star material. These people will now have a benchmark.  Thank you for your enthusiasm, energy, attitude and incredible skills.  I'm about to send a 'broadcast' post-Thanksgiving email and will propagate/remind about Verve so they can experience it themselves.
Kindest regards;
Jay

- Jay Scanlon

Three course wedding breakfast for 104 guests, catered at Glentui Meadows, Ashley George on 25 November 2016.

Don't look past the Verve team for your wedding catering - excellent, brilliant and fantastic just doesn't begin to describe the gastronomical deliciousness these guys plate up! Even feed the band boys!

Thanks a bunch Nicky and the team - you rock!

- Michelle Nelson

Three course wedding breakfast for 70 guests. Catered in a marquee at the clients home, on 26 November 2016.

Nicky!!

Jeff and I would just like to say the biggest thank you to you and your amazing staff!!

The food was devine and so was the service. Mum was delighted to see her mushroom recipe used and dad was so proud with what had been done with the seafood.  We have had every single person comment on just how wonderful it was.  You helped to make our day so special so thank you so much.

Sarah and Jeff xx

- Sarah Hood

Conference Catering; Daily Lunch and Dinner for 50 attendees over 6 days - October 2016

Nicky, I cannot thank you enough for helping to make our school such a success. Everyone was really impressed with how beautiful, tasty and healthy the food you and your team supplied was - and as I had hoped, that really set the tone of hospitality, welcome and generosity in the school.

Personally, I found you pleasant and so easy to work and communicate with. You and your team were very friendly, professional and willing to help over and above what we expected. Each day they left the venue so clean and tidy and the kitchen area secure. I would have no hesitation in engaging your services again or in recommending you to others - which I have already done!!! My friend may be in contact soon about her wedding next year!!

Thank you so much again. I wish you even greater enjoyment and every success as you grow your business (and your own food) and bring much pleasure to others through your wonderful creations.

I hope that we meet again in the future!

Blessings,
Lisa

- Lisa McKechie
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Merrin School Jubilee, Canapés catered on-site on 28th October 2016

Thank you Nicky. The food was delicious - every one raved and was asking who catered so take some business cards on Monday.  We had fun serving from your amazing ovens.  A great success so thank you again.

Ali

- Ali Patterson

60th Birthday Party Canapé dinner, for 40 guests catered at the clients home, on 15th of October 2016.

Hi Nicky
Thanks very much for a great job of our catering, the food was excellent and everybody commented on how good it was.  Also Maggie and Emma did a fantastic job.  Really on the ball. Please pass on to them another very special thanks.

Thanks again
Di and John Logie

- Dianne Logie

Wedding Breakfast for 50 guests at Mt Vernon Lodge, Akaroa, on 15th October 2016

Dear Nicky & Team,

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding.  We had an awesome weekend and really appreciated your part in it!  We will be sure to recommend you to others.

Regards, Carmen & Warwick

- Carmen Burleigh

Afternoon Tea Wedding, Canapés served on platters, for 137 guests at Lincoln Event Centre on 1st October 2016.

Good morning

We had an amazing celebration☺☺☺

Thanks for all your help. Your company has been great to work with.   Lots of recommendations from US.  All the best for your companys future

Warmest regards Deborah

- Deborah Mangan

Canapé party at the clients home on 3rd September 2016

Hi Nicky,
Just a brief email to let you know the canapés were great! I especially enjoyed the arancino balls. A few of our guests were asking who made them..I have recommended your business to others.

Kind regards
Jane

- Jane Gowar
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Apollo Projects Formal Celebration Dinner for 200 Guests. Catered on-site at soon to be commissioned bakery factory on 1st September 2016

Morning Nicky,

A big thank you to you and your team for the stellar effort, not only last night but in the build up to last night also. I can say quite confidently I could not have done it without you, Steve, Hamish, Mary Anne and your whole team! Thank you a gazillion, and the food was amazing!!

Kind regards,  Aleisha

- Aleisha Blake | Apollo Communications Manager – Marketing

Canapés for a fashion workshop held at Omarino Winepark on 25 May 2016

Good Morning Nicky,

Thank you very much for your beautiful canapés on the night of our function. My clients were raving about how tasty and perfect it was for the night. I will definitely pass on your details to anyone I know having a function. Are you able to pop in some business cards for me?

- Wendy Barker
Beauty Progress Thai Massage & Spa

Four course wedding Breakfast & Supper for 128 guests. Catered in a Marquee at the clients home in Akaroa, on 6 February 2016

Dear Nicky,

Thank you so much for the input from you and your team. It was fabulous, and very well received. We were happy with every aspect of the catering. We have had a continuous stream of compliments about the catering since Saturday afternoon and evening. There have also been great comments about your staff. We also really appreciated the very professional approach they took to their tasks and the service of our guests.  Anyway, I wanted to get off this email promptly to you, to tell you we were most appreciative of the quality and service and to compliment you on how good you were to deal with through the planning stage. From my point of view, this fell into place very smoothly.

Many thanks and kindest regards,

- Brigid Simmons

Three course wedding Breakfast and supper for 145 guests at Omarino Wine Park on 5 February 2016

Hi Nicky!

We would both like to pass on our warmest regards for your wonderful work last Friday. We got heaps of wonderful comments about our choice in caterers and we replied we wouldn’t have any one else! Your service and food was perfect and we are so happy with everything. Thank you so so much.

- Georgia and Eddy

Four course wedding breakfast at the clients home for 44 guests on 16 January 2016

Hi Nicky,

We were both thrilled with everything you and your amazing team gave us. We both felt that there was nothing more that could have been done to make the day better. Everyone was completely blown away by the food and service and your team were so accommodating. Everyone of our Christchurch friends asked who our caterers were and I know they will use you when they need any event catered. Will get some photos to you when we return.

Thank you so very much for helping to make our day perfect xxxxx

- Michelle Bardell
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Wedding Canapés & Drinks at Edmonds Gardens, then 3 course breakfast at North New Brighton War Memorial Hall for 130 Guests on 9 January 2016

Nicky and her team made our special day so easy. They were very accommodating and extremely friendly and helpful. The day ran very smoothly over the two venues. Also every guest I have spoken to commented on the amazing food, the beef and salmon were cooked to perfection. Thank you Verve you are awesome!

- Edmonds Gardens

Wedding at Ferrymead Historical Park; vintage theme morning tea followed by three course wedding breakfast for 54 guests 28 November 2015

Hi Nicky,

Iain and I would like to thank you so much for the part you played in making our day so special. Two weeks on and people are still raving about the wonderful food! Your food is truly amazing. All the staff were brilliant and helpful. Nicky, you are a wonderful, cheerful person and we are so grateful for everything you did. Thanks again. We would happily recommend Verve to anyone wanting great food for their event.

Shannon Hall

- Shannon Hall

Canapé Engagement Party at the clients home for 60 guests 28 November 2015

Hi Nicky

We just want to say a huge thank you for the wonderful food your staff served us last evening. Your staff were very professional & friendly & they left the kitchen absolutely spotless .

Regards Karen Hartley

- Karen Hartley

Four course wedding breakfast plus supper for 128 guests at Omarino Wine Park on 27 October 2015

Hi Nicky

Many thanks for Saturday – everything just went so smoothly and everybody raved about the food – in particular the coconut prawns, the chicken and the salmon.  Appreciate everything you did in making the day so special.

Once again many thanks for the wonderful and professional service.

Regards, Kathryn Martin

- Kathryn Martin

Wedding; Intimate family dinner for 20 then supper party for 155 guests at Innovation Park on 10 October 2015

If you are looking for a caterer who will be flexible enough to cater for your choices, who listens to what you would like, who delivers fresh, delicious, flavoursome cuisine, who provides professional, polite and efficient staff, and delivers all this with a very competitive edge – then make the choice we did when we were looking for a caterer for our daughter’s wedding in October 2015 – and choose Nicky from Verve Real Food Catering. When we presented our brief to Nicky which included a family style dinner for 20 and canapés for 155 supper guests – her reply was “yes we can do that and how would you like the mushrooms cooked?”!! Nicky and her team were an absolute delight to work with – nothing was a problem – our evening flowed smoothly and our guests were impressed with the food and service they received. We are very thankful we chose Verve Real Food Catering and should we have another event to cater for in the future, we will not bother obtaining a second quote – we will contact Nicky and know that we can trust her to see that what we would like will be delivered – and delivered with style.

Thank you Nicky! Diane & David MacDonald

- Diane & David MacDonald
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Three course wedding breakfast for 74 guests at the Oxford Town Hall on 23 August 2015

Hi Nicky,

Yes we did!! Thank you SO much! You and your team were so professional and absolutely lovely to deal with.  Again thank you so much! You are a wonderful person and your food was superb!

Best wishes

Keren and Ant

- Keren Clayton

Continuous Canapés for 70 guests at the 2015 'Women of Influence' event

Hi Nicky

Received with thanks – you were fantastic, highly recommend and will come back to you for any future events in Christchurch!
Kind regards
David
David Blackwell  Events Manager – Business  Fairfax Media,
- David Blackwell

Continuous Canapé birthday party at the clients home on 23 May 2015

Hello Nicky,

I wanted to let you know how thrilled we were with the catering for our birthday celebration. The food was divine and we had many many comments from our guests about how much they enjoyed it. Georgia and Emily were brilliant. They may have told you we had a little issue with the oven deciding not to heat properly but they reported it to me calmly and professionally (and discretely) with a ‘plan B’ already in place. Fortunately the oven decided to behave although it presented a challenge for the girls to continually monitor the heat while I was able to continue on with our guests and no one was any the wiser. A huge part of the successful night was your wonderful food and the professionalism of the girls, cleaning and clearing as they went. Thank you also for your guidance and advice in deciding the menu and the little tips about timing on the night. It made all the difference to have your own staff present and serve the food and I would recommend that to anyone else if you want a stress free  event.

Thanks again Nicky,

- Louise O’Connell

Four course wedding breakfast for 166 guests at Omarino Wine Park on 11 April 2015

Dear Nicky & Verve staff,

Just a note to say “thank you so much” for making our wedding (Sat 11th) so special.  We want to congratulate you on the excellent food – it was interesting, tasty and beautifully presented.  The Beef Wellington was just delicious – the best we have ever tasted!  Your staff were polite, helpful and well presented – a credit to you.  All in all your team made it a “magic” night for us all.

Thank you so much & best wishes Anita & Ian Bell.

- Anita Bell

Three course French Platter for 85 guests at Omarino Wine Park on 28th Mar 2015

Dear Nicky & the best team,

Thank you for the fab food, service, smiles etc.  Our day was fab!  Everything tasted great.  I can’t say it enough ….THANK-YOU!

Love Leanne & James

- Leanne Moore
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Three course French Platter for 85 guests at Omarino Wine Park on 28th Mar 2015

(From Google Reviews)

The food served by Verve was outstanding.  The Venison was amazing, beautifully presented.  I had a problem with the wedding cake – made by someone else, Nicky you waved your magic wand and made the day unforgettable, you are amazing.  You are a real team working in with Omarino Wine Park.  Thanks Nicky.

Jan Moore (Mother of the bride)

- Jan Moore

Three course French Platter wedding Breakfast for 85 guests at Omarino Wine Park on 20th Mar 2015

Dear Nicky and the team at Verve Catering,

Firstly, I would like to say a HUGE thank you to you and all of the staff  for the wonderful service my husband and I and all of our guests experienced on the day/evening of our wedding at Omarino Wine Park! The food was absolutely superb and immaculately presented. I wish I could relive our wedding day all over again purely for the beautiful food. I would also like to thank you for your friendly, bubbly, caring and clam demeanour and for your contribution in making our special day go off without a hitch. Not only will I be recommending Verve to all fellow bride and grooms to be for the wonderful service and the delicious food, but also because you were such a delight to deal with during the whole process and I was content in knowing that any request or task I asked of you would be executed to the highest of standard. Thanks again, Nicky! You’re truly a star xx

Love, Kat & Matt

- Katherine Lubbe

Three course Wedding Breakfast for 50 guests at the clients home in Clarkville on 14th Mar 2015

Thanks Nicky, we loved having you & your amazing staff! We have had so many comments on how beautiful the food was, you & your chefs are extremely talented. Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding so memorable.

Caroline & Ray Davey xo

- Caroline Davey

Continuous Canapé wedding breakfast for 110 guests at Omarino Wine Park on 13th Mar 2015

Hi Nicky

We want to say a huge Thank you so much to you and your team.  You were all so amazing  I have had numerous friends and family say many many fabulous lovely comments about you.  Also don’t forget the food it was to die for – everyone raved about it.  So  Thankyou all so much for making our day so special.  It was truly a fantastic celebration for us and we are just so happy the way it all turned out.

 Cheers Jo & Steve
- Joanne Alward

Three course Wedding Breakfast for 80 guests at Omarino Wine Park 28th Feb 2015

Hi Nicky,

I want to say again thank you – for all your and your staffs hard work on our day, so many people have commented on how fantastic you were, and how amazing the food was!

 Best wishes,  Beth
- Beth Shore
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Three course Wedding Breakfast at Omarino Wine Park for 130 guests on 21st Feb 2015

Dear Nicky,

A belated but huge thank you for helping make our wedding day so special.  Not only was the food out of this world on the day, but all your time effort and research leading up to the wedding was truly amazing – we couldn’t be more appreciative.  Everyone complimented us on the delicious Middle Eastern inspired food – your Dolmades were a big hit!  Whats more your team were of the highest standards too.  When the rest of our friends get hitched we’ll most certainly point them your way.

Thanks Again, Siobahn and Shaddi

- Siobahn and Shaddi

Three course Wedding Breakfast at Omarino Wine Park for 130 guests on 21st Feb 2015

Dear Nicky I would just like to thank you so much for the wonderful food you served us on February 21 at Omarino for Shaddi and Siobhan’s wedding. Everyone commented on how interesting all the different dishes were and also how tasty and fresh the food was. I know you spent some time on perfecting some of these dishes and they tasted so authentic (particularly the vine leaves and falafel where there can be a fine line between boring or delicious,) and yours were beautiful and delicious ! Both the salmon and lamb melted in the mouth. And the canapés beforehand were superb. Comment was also made by guests about your wonderful staff who were so professional and friendly, in particular Emily. I know Siobhan and Shaddi found you very helpful during the menu planning process and you went out of your way to accommodate their wishes. So many thanks to you Nicky and well done to your team in helping make it such a special day. I will recommend you to all my friends!

Kind regards Rosemary Elgani (Shaddis Mum)

- Rosemary Elgani

Four course Wedding Breakfast for 130 Guests at Two White Swans Vineyard Waipara on 7th Feb 2015

To all the staff at Verve,

Thank you so much for your amazing work, service and food you provided us on our wedding day on 7th February.  We received so many comments and compliments on the food – it was perfect!  We had such a wonderful day and have many amazing memories.

Thank you again, Harriet & Chris Wilkinson

- Harriet Wilkinson

Four course Wedding Breakfast for 130 Guests at Two White Swans Vineyard Waipara on 7th Feb 2015

Nicky

Thank you to you and your excellent team for the thoroughly delicious catering you provided for Harriet & Chris’s wedding in North Canterbury on Waitangi weekend.  I really enjoyed working with you in the months before the wedding and commend you on the communication during this period to prepare a menu for our 130 guests.   Your advice on menu choices and your willingness to adapt the menu was greatly appreciated.  I would like to specifically acknowledge your maitre d Georgia.   She was very professional, friendly and caring and certainly ensured that the post ceremony drinks/canapes and reception proceeded very smoothly and without a hitch. Please pass on grateful thanks and appreciation to her.  Many thanks to you Nicky and well done to your team in helping make it such a special day.  I have no hesitation in recommending the Verve team.

Kind regards,  Pauline Simmons (Mother of the Bride)

- Pauline Simmons

Three course Wedding Breakfast at Flaxmere Gardens Barn for 65 guests on 24th Jan 2015

Hey Nicky,

Thank you soo much for a great night!
Great food and great service!
Could not recommend your team enough.
A lot of comments were made about how friendly and professional your staff were plus the food was delicious.
Thanks again!!!
Kind regards
Sahab and Alice
- Alice Hussain
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Four course Wedding Breakfast at Flaxmere Gardens Marquee for 120 guests on 17th Jan 2015

Hi there,
I was a guest at the wedding at Flaxmere Garden’s in the weekend.  I just wanted to say a huge thank you to your lovely staff who were absolutely stunning!  I am one of those difficult people who are dairy free and I was so impressed about the level of service I was provided with to ensure I had a delicious meal.  In particular there was one lovely lady who went out of her way for me – she had blonde/brown hair in a braid (vague description!) with a beautiful smile – I didn’t get the chance to thank her properly before the night ended but I was so appreciative of her.
The food was absolutely divine and plentiful.  We all commented how great it was.  I will be definitely recommending you to others :)
Cheers, Jen
- Jen Murray

Three course Wedding Breakfast at Omarino Wine Park for 125 guests on 10 Jan 2015

Hi Nicky,

 A MASSIVE THANK YOU!!! To you, Steve and your staff. The food was amazing and plentiful and the service was outstanding. Sam and I were really impressed and we received heaps of awesome comments from our guests.  Best of luck for the rest of the wedding season!!
And see you again soon,  Allanah
- Allanah Irvine

40th Wedding Anniversary Afternoon Tea for 85 guests at the clients home on 13 Dec 2014

Thank you for wonderful catering. We loved the food and so many people commented on how good it was. Great tastes, variety, beautifully presented. Your staff were great too. Unobtrusive but observant and active. My thanks to them. Given all that, I will be very keen to recommend you to others. You really ‘got’ what we wanted, and delivered on all fronts.

Thank you. Hope you have a good Christmas and New Year.

Cheers,  Barbara

- Barbara Nicholas

High Tea party for 40 lucky Ladies catered at the clients home on 6 Dec 2014

A huge bouquet to you for the marvellous work you did for me on Saturday.  I  knew as soon as I met you that this would be a match made in heaven and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.  It was a very good move trusting you with the catering at my special afternoon tea and I was able to relax and enjoy my day.  I was thrilled also at the seamless way Amy moved around the room with food platters and drink refills.  By the time everyone had left and the dust had settled, it was a treat to see you had done such a good job of cleaning up after yourselves with not a dishcloth or scrap to be found.   I have had many compliments on your work and hope that this brings results in future business.

Many thanks and Merry Christmas to you Nicky.  Best regards, Anne

- Anne Allan

Four course Formal Ball dinner for 185 guests on 5 Dec 2014

Dear Nicky,

On behalf of our trustees, I would like to thank you for providing the catering and wait staff at our Charity Hospital Christmas Ball.  The menu was absolutely delicious, served beautifully and the alternate swap worked really well.  We are very grateful for all your hard work in ensuring the menu made an impression on our guests.

We had an awesome evening and, with your involvement, raised significant funds for our hospital so we can continue to provide free day surgery for Cantabrians in need.  Thank you again.

Yours Sincerely,

Carl Shaw,  Manager Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust

Canterbury Charity Hospital

- Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust
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Four course wedding breakfast at Omarino Wine Park for 111 guests on 28 November 2014

Hi Nicky,

We really enjoyed working with you. We had a wonderful time and there were many great compliments about the yummy food from the guests the next day!!! I have attached a photo that we have received from the photographer for you.

Thanks Laura

- Laura Andrews

Three course wedding breakfast at Tipapa Woolshed for 100 guests on 22 November 2014

Shaun and I really want to say thank you soo soo much for the amazing food at our wedding! The Verve team were absolutely outstanding! Honestly, I cannot rave about you enough. As it happens, we are not the only ones – we had so many comments from guests about the food! They all loved it (perfectly cooked meat, delicious salads, plenty of food for everyone!).  Not only was the food top notch, but your staff were just delightful! I am a big believer in customer service so I really appreciate when staff are pleasant, enthusiastic and courteous to their customers. Georgia, was a particular stand out. I think she was smiling the whole time! She went above and beyond for us, so could you please pass on our sincerest thanks!!
A massive thanks to you too, Nicky! I think we probably emailed you about a hundred times leading up to the big day, and I really appreciate the prompt responses and all the bending-over-backwards stuff you did too. I will definitely be recommending Verve to anyone who needs a caterer!
Many thanks, and kind regards,
Lilly and Shaun Winter
- Lilly Baigent

Four course wedding breakfast at Omarino Wine Park for 100 guests on 1st Nov 2014

Dear Nicky (and the rest of the team at Verve)

Wow what a meal was had on the 1st of Nov 2014 at Omarino. So many people commented on how great the food was because it was! The chicken roulades were yummy, roast beef so tender, vege salad so tasty and everything else fantastic.  You were so wonderful to work with Nicky, so positive and fun loving, nothing was a problem.  Thank you for all your help with everything it went perfectly.  I hope my friends think of Verve when they think of catering.

Thanks again, Mark and Amy Frampton.

- Mark & Amy Frampton

Three course wedding breakfast at the clients country home for 72 guests 14 Sep 2014

Hi Nicky

Thanks so much for everything, we had so many wonderful comments re the catering.  How wonderfully delicious the food was and the awesomely divine canapés were also talked about a lot through the night.  Also another important comment re the service was how attentive and friendly the staff were.  Most of all, we had many people asking if the caterer was a friend of ours – this was of course due to your bubbly and  warm nature.  You made everyone feel so comfortable!  We didn’t have to worry about a thing!

Sharmela and Simon

- Sharmela and Simon Ra

At home birthday celebration dinner party for 12 lucky guests! 16 August 2014

Hi Nicky/ Diahann

Thank you so much for the fabulous dinner on Saturday night. Everyone was so impressed, it really made the occasion. Typical to our family things were a little unorganised … but you were wonderful Diahann. The food was all scrumptious, but we are still raving about the stuffed mushroom, that beef – and the salted caramel, yum yum yum! You seemed to produce it all by magic, but we really appreciate the work that went into preparing it for us, and then disappearing with all the dishes done. You provide a wonderful service, I’m looking forward to seeing you again at another special occasion.

Warmest regards,  Catherine and the Byrnes Family.

- Catherine Malone
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Three course wedding breakfast at Ohoka community hall for 65 guests on 9 August 2014

Thanks to you and your fantastic team. We were thrilled with the catering. Nearly everyone we have spoken to has raved about the food- including my foodie aunties. You even got a mention in my photographer’s blog.  I’ll post the link so that you can check it out. Andy and I both agree that you were excellent to deal with and we will definitely use you again.

Kind regards,  Francie Sutherland

- Francie Sutherland

At home birthday celebration luncheon for 60 guests on 19 July 2014

Nicky, I can’t thank you enough – Jon & Carolyn were fantastic – beautiful beautiful food!!!  And as you said – plenty & more after all my panicking!  It was a fantastic day with all my extended family & some old friends – house was plenty big enough – the sun actually shone!  You made it so special & everyone remarked on all your brilliant dishes – many many thanks.  Very happy to recommend you – you offer such an amazing variety of options – so versatile for any kind of celebration – and your chefs have such delightful personalities!  Nicky – you really made my day!!

Cheers Ruth xx
Ruth Todd BookEnz Plains FM Christchurch
- Ruth Todd

Office opening function for 160 guests, on 16 July 2014

Hi Nicky,

Thank you so much for the amazing food you provided to us last night.  The food was delectable and your staff were professional and yet friendly and engaging at all times.  I heard many comments throughout the night about the high quality of the food and service, which is a credit to you and your team (and the bonus is that I get to keep my job!).  Steve Wright, our General Manager, also passed on his compliments as he was suitably impressed as well.  How about I give you a call over the coming weeks and we catch up over a coffee at which time I can personally thank you.

Keep warm and dry today,  Lyndal

- Lyndal Clark NZCH HR, MSC Shipping Co.

Home catered 21st birthday celebration - Kiwiana themed dinner party for 20 guests on 21 June 2014

 We had a fabulous party. We knew based on the wedding, that your team would be amazing – and they were. Great food. Creative. Brilliant service. A+++++ Thanks again for making the 21st so enjoyable for us all.  And – don’t forget to send me the bill!!!  J

All the best  Jocelyn

- Jocelyn Howard

Book launch celebration Canapé luncheon on 24 May 2014

Hi Nicky!

The launch party was a great success – and the food was just perfect! Every single bite got eaten. I so appreciate you taking on the job at such short notice and ensuring it was all delivered on time, looking lovely and tasting fantastic. I would definitely recommend you and wouldnt hesitate to use you again.  I so enjoyed the afternoon of lovely friends and sparkly fun.

Bye for now Melanie x

- Melanie Mayell, Creatrix Publishing
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Four course wedding breakfast for 80 on 19 April 2014

Hi Nicky!

Thank you for being a part of our day we couldn’t have picked a better team, you are absoultely amazing Nicky!!!!! and your team are so lovely and did such a good job!!! I also would love to thank your girls who put a card in, that was so lovely!!!!!   I have attached a few pics – haven’t got photographers pics yet. Nicky I dont actually think I can put into words how thankful Ben and I are of all your hard work and how happy we were to have you apart of our day! :) xo
From Emma
- Emma & Ben Bakerman

Office opening celebration - Canapes for 45 on 28 March 2014

Hi Nicky

Thank you – as always wonderful food, lots of compliments and empty plates…..and Georgia was just superb; loved having her she did an excellent job. Thanks Jane

- Jane Meyer, Harcourts Parklands

Three course Wedding breakfast for 50 guests at St Marks Church Hall, Opawa on 22 March 2014

Hi Nicky,

Your staff were amazing – Kelly was very professional and organized, the food was excellent and the staff serving were just gorgeous – friendly and lovely. All the guests I have heard from remarked on the service, food and wonderful presence of your staff, they are a credit to you. Thank you so much for making our evening a very special one. We will certainly recommend you to all our friends and family in CHCH. If you ever have ambitions to move your operation to Melbourne, we’ll be happy to support your work here too.

Yours sincerely, JD Ryan and Tania Griffiths

Please use any of our comments for your advertising or web promotions – we had a genuinely lovely time – your staff and service, plus excellent food, absolutely made the day! Regards,  JD

- JD Ryan and Tania Griffiths

Three course wedding breakfast for 127 guests, catered at the clients country home on 2nd March 2014

Dear Nicky,

Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into our recent wedding.  Your food is absolutely amazing and we had so many people tell us how impressed they were.  We really appreciated all the personal touches and how easy you were to work with despite us having a few challenges along the way.  I’d recommend you to anyone.

Irene and Henry xx

- Irene Brynes

Three course wedding breakfast in Hanmer for 96 Guests on 30 Jan 2014

Hi Nicky

Thank you so much to you and your staff for catering our wedding! The food was amazing we got so many comments on how delicious it was. I loved how it was placed on the tables so people could help themselves, that was perfect. Your staff were so friendly, always smiling, chatty and ready to help which made such a difference. Please thank them for us. Thanks again! Lauren and Tim

- Lauren Moody
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Four course wedding breakfast catered at Home for 35 Guests on 19 Jan 2014

Hi Nicky

Thanks so much to you and your awesome team for helping to make Charlotte and Clayton’s wedding such a magic occasion. The food was simply stellar, and your wait-staff and kitchen team couldn’t be faulted. From go-to-whoa (including the wonderful picnic hamper you made for the bride and groom, scrummie gourmet sandwiches for after the service, out-of-this-world canapés for while the photos were being taken, the three course reception, and an immaculate kitchen at the end of it all), it was great to be in such capable hands. You made Charlotte and Clayton’s dream wedding a reality. And, I was able to just relax and enjoy the day. So, all in all – perfect, perfect, perfect. Thanks SO much. Jocelyn Howard

- Jocelyn Howard

Corporate Christmas lunch for 35 at Spencer Park on 22 Dec 2013

Thanks Nicky, Will send that invoice to Wellington for you.  Thank you for helping us out over that xmas hump. Will be ordering again from you in the future.  Awesome food , Awesome service,  Awesome people.  Thanks again, Janiese

Janiese Kulsen Receptionist / Administration Support, Careerforce

- Janiese Kulsen

Four course wedding breakfast for 70 Guests on 24 Nov 2013

Thank you so much for everything. You and your team are absolutely amazing and you all went above and beyond for our wedding.  Paul especially was overwhelmed with how good the food was and was saying it’s exactly what he wanted.  I know my dad absolutely loved the Tripe soup, a bunch of people who tried it were even dancing with their bowls!  We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm you showed us, and we know you must cater for a lot of weddings, it made us feel quite special.  A special thank you to Bree, and your wonderful head cook Jon and the whole team, especially Tom!

Oana & Paul Jones

(Verve note in case you’re wondering – Tripe soup is a traditional Romanian dish and we made some as a special surprise for Oana’s family, many of whom had travelled from Romania!)

- Oana Jones

Four course wedding breakfast at Omarino Wine Park for 80 guests on 9 Nov 2013

Hi Nicky

Just wanted to say a proper big thank you to you for all your help!! Our wedding food was amazing. Sooo many comments!!  Sorry I didn’t properly get to say goodbye to you on the night!!  Had a wonderful honeymoon and back to work next week!!
Hope all is good with you!!
Thanks Kate Hay
- Kate Hay and Andrew Jones

Conference Catering: Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Tea for 120 guests for 4 days (29 Oct - 01 Nov 2013)

Hi Nicky,  Thank you so much for the wonderful food you prepared for the conference. Masses of people were so complimentary at the time and since then various people have emailed to say how much they enjoyed the food. No doubt you are frantically busy now with the festive season approaching. Have a wonderful Xmas and new year. All the best Mary.

Hi Nicky,  A huge thank you for your fabulous food and presentation.We have received so many wonderful comments. So with great food , a fabulous Jenny Gillies Show , and the Botanic Gardens on show we did the city proud. A pleasure to work with you. Cheers Faye

150 yrs Botanic Gardens
- Mary Carnegie & Faye Fleming – for Guides of the Botanic Gardens
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Wedding Celebration for 40 guests at home on 01/11/2013

Hi Nicky Just wanted to thank you so much for the fabulous food and amazing service that you provided on our wedding night.  Everyone raved about it and I will certainly give out your name to anyone who requires catering.  They all said they would love to have you cook every night!  The staff were so polite and lovely – everyone thought they were amazing and of course you were outstanding!  Again thank you so much and we would DEFINITELY use you again for any other function we have and will recommend you to everyone we know.

Kind regards, Beth and Andrew

- Beth Christoffersen

Canapé Luncheon for 45 guests & Family Dinner for 18 guests at home on 05 & 07/10/2013

Thanks for sending through the invoice Nicky.  Payment has been made by internet banking. Your service and menu options cannot be faulted.  We will certainly recommend Verve Real Food Catering to friends, and I’m sure I’ll be in touch for future family celebrations to get your help with catering. Regards, Barbara and Keith

- Barbara and Keith Tappenden

Canapé and Cocktail party for 70 guests on 30/07/2013

Subject: McConnell Dowell Office Opening Dear Nicky and staff, Just to let you know that you and your staff were fantastic and the food and service were outstanding. I really appreciate the pressure you took off my shoulders, a big, big thank you to everyone.

Have a lovely day, Wendy

- Wendy Weeks Office Manager, McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd

At home buffet wedding dinner for 40 guests on 16/03/13

Dear Nicky, Thank you so very much for the huge part you played in making our special day so wonderful both for us and our guests. From the first day we met you, we had total confidence in our choice and we loved your enthusiasm and genuine interest in making everything perfect for us. The quantity, quality and presentation of our afternoon platters and evening buffet meal were exceptional and our guests were very impressed and happy.You and your team went beyond our expectations and we will be more than happy to recommend your services whenever we get the opportunity.

Cheers, Jenny and Barry

- Jenny Taylor

Canapé Wedding & supper for 65 guests at Rossburn Receptions on 01/03/13

Hi Nicky, Thank you so much for catering our wedding, everyone I spoke to was raving about the food, and the way you brought the food around and everything was just fantastic. I was really impressed and loved it all, so thank you so much for all your hard work! Thanks again, everything was perfect! Kimberly Fowler :)

- Kimberly Fowler
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Wedding catered at their home 22/12/12

Hi Nicky, Sincere thanks to you and your team for the amazing food and service at our wedding. You were able to pick our taste and style perfectly, we were amazed by your skill, proficiency and ability to work in our small kitchen. The delicious food and sensitive service really made the evening flawless. We will recommend you to our friends. I hope you did not get held up too long when the speeches kicked in; we thought they might take a bit of time! Of course we look forward to receiving the invoice.

All the best for Christmas and thanks again! Jana & Richard

- Janna Newman

Three course marquee dinner for 120 guests 08/12/12

I have been organising Apollo’s Xmas Functions for the past 6 years and with the growth in our company I decided to engage Verve to help take some of the pressure off. I was blown away by their organisation and professionalism, the night ran like clockwork. Brenda was fantastic looking after the tables and wait staff who were all superb. No one was left at dinner with an empty glass as the wait staff were very proactive. Nicky brought together a fantastic menu that suited us perfectly we had people with food allergies and vegetarians and everyone was catered for. What can I say the food was absolutely amazing! If you have the option of Salmon with a Champagne & Green Peppercorn Sauce definitely include it without hesitation! I was so impressed with Verve that the very next week I booked them in for next year. I would highly recommend them for any type of occasion. If you want a stress free function you can’t go past Verve! Thank you ladies again for your amazing menu and helping to make our Xmas function a success, can’t wait for this Xmas!

- Melody Oliver, Apollo Projects Limited

Wedding for 65 guests at Cashmere Hills Church Lounge 28/05/12

Hi Nicky Thank you so much for the brilliant job you did on Saturday – we all really enjoyed the food, tasted fresh and nice and presented beautifully. Thank you also for leaving the kitchen so clean! Thanks again.

- Melinda and Thomas

Lunch for 80 guests at Canterbury Horticultural Center 15/04/12

Hi Nicky Thanks for the great lunch on Sunday – especially enjoyed the risotto cakes!! THANKS!

- Kerryn

Wedding for 65 guests at Rolleston Community Center

Nicky Catered our wedding back in April 2011. She went above and beyond considering she lost her premises in the red zone 10 weeks before the wedding and still kept positive and cheerful and willing to help us as we scrambled to rearrange a lot of our plans, including venue – from in town to Rolleston. The food was just stunning, nothing could be faulted, we chose an on-table buffet, with everyone getting platters of the different dishes to share amongst their neighbors. Everyone there raved about the food and the service of her team, even my brother-in-law who is an award winning Aussie chef, and is very picky. Nicky is fun, accommodating, ready to alter to please but great at making suggestions that work so well. Very well priced too – couldn’t recommend her highly enough for your wedding – we plan to use her for future functions

- Jacqui Taylor
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Wedding for 95 guests at the Kirwee Community Hall 30/12/11

To Nicky & the wonderful team at Verve Catering Thank you once again for making our big day such a success – the great food and friendly service was perfect (and a hit with the guests). Very much appreciated.

- Colin & Janna

Dinner Party for 15 guests at Home on 30/06/12

Hi Nicky – wow what an amazing dinner we had on Saturday night. Everything was delicious and there was high praise from all at the table (only wish I could of claimed the glory)!! Anyway thank you so much for the wonderful dinner you provided for us. Peter and I are lucky in that we got to have the leftovers yesterday which was great. Will definitely be using you again and will spread the word re Verve.

- Christine

Four course wedding breakfast for 114 Guests on 16 Nov 2013

BOOK VERVE REAL FOOD CATERING!!! You will not be disappointed.
Nicky and the wider Verve team, we CANNOT thank you enough for your exceptional catering on our wedding day! Our guests were exceptionally impressed with the quality of the canapes, entrées, mains and supper along with the wait and bar staff service we could not have asked for more. Friends have even commented that they wish they had known about Verve. Thank you soo much – we totally loved our day and couldn’t have asked for more. A massive thank you to you all – the day would not have been the success it was without you.
Best Regards
Alana Callaghan & Dougal King and families

- Alana Callaghan

Three course birthday luncheon for 120 guests at Omarino Wine Park on 31/03/13

Dear Nicky and staff,

My compliments and warm congratulations on the splendid lunch we enjoyed for my 80th birthday.  All 120+ guests were very impressed with the quality and variety of the food and its presentation.  You have a great many more very well satisfied customers.

Thank you sincerely

Three course birthday luncheon for 120 guests at Omarino Wine Park
31/03/13

- Margaret Austin

Wedding for 75 guests at the Lincoln events center 01/10/12

Hey Nicky,
Thank-you so much for last night the food and service was absolutely outstanding!!!!!! i hope you will also extend a huge thank-you on our behalf to your wonderful girls. everyone commented on how happy and smiley they were so thanks again for making our night so special!

Wedding for 75 at the Lincoln events centre 01/10/12

- Meg and Gra
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Winners of the More FM 'Win a Wedding Competition' 27/09/12

Nicky you are super, super lovely and enthusiastic! You helped keep the the excitement of my wedding alive from the moment we met. And then the food was just as super lovely as you! Our wedding day was just perfect, and you are responsible for a big part of that. Your team were friendly and professional to all our guests, and everyone loved the food. Thank you so much!

"Winners of the More FM 'Win a Wedding Competition' 27/09/12

- Jacinta & Josh Cooney

Three course wedding dinner catered at their home 26/01/13

Nicky!

The food and service was AMAZING! Everyone raved about how good it was and your staff did a fantastic job! The ham was demolished! Just the right amount! Thank you all SO much x. Let me know how to pay you of course! Hope you had a good weekend away

Wedding catered at their home 26/01/13

- Rebecca Stark