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WE DON'T DO FANCY FOOD! WE CREATE FOOD YOUR GUESTS WILL FANCY!
Let me explain.... have you been to a wedding when the food looks all fancy, but in reality you are left feeling rather hungry at the end of the meal! Or have you finally been served your food, only to find, at best, that your food is warm and not hot? Or worse still, the top table have finished their food and the last table of guests are only just getting theirs!!!
Well we are the masters of serving amazingly tasty and hot food, with generously served portions that will fill the hungriest of guests and in a speedy, professional manner! Not only that, but we always ensure that at least half of your guests can come back for even more if they can possibly manage it! You only have to read all the numerous 5 star reviews!
Quite simply, we prefer to take less time on fancy irrelevant plate decor and, instead, concentrate on making each course taste and look exceptional, but also be substantial, without all the faff, so your guests will love how our individual courses are plated (please take a look at our numerous photos), but they will also love the fact that they will be left full and content at the end of the wedding breakfast. Proper wholesome, hearty food!
We have one of the best 'staff to guest' ratios in the business to ensure we serve speedily and professionally, but for those of you unsure about whether to have 'plated service' or 'buffet service', we have an unrivalled 'buffet service' which ticks many of the boxes, but also ticks some boxes you may not have considered:
- With buffet service, guests will watch us create their wedding breakfast in our huge paellas (pans) (see photos) whether it be the paellas or one pots, they can see, hear and smell the aromas filling the room! With buffet service they can also come to us to be served and choose more than one option too. Unlike with plated service, where we need to know everyone's choices in advance of the day! I would be very rich if I had a £1 for every guest that asked for two choices that are in front of them, rather than only one choice with plated service!
- We can serve 100 guests in just 8 minutes with our buffet service, speedy, efficient and much more fun for the guests
- You save quite a bit of money too, because we don't have to charge you for more staff to provide the plated service, and these savings you can put towards other costs, more alcohol for example!
- Even if you choose our buffet service, we can provide our dedicated 'drinks team' who will ensure your table drinks are topped up, toast drinks are served, throughout your wedding breakfast (see brochure for details)
- Our brochure is very informative and transparent, our prices are clearly shown, and final, there are no hidden or further costs, what you see is exactly what you get, nothing less.
- We pride ourselves on being entirely approchable, you only have to read our reviews to see that we really, really care about each and every one of you!
- If 'plated service' is still your preference, then rest assured we have one of the best 'staff to guest' ratios, which means speedy delivery of food to your guests, so no-one is left waiting!
- If we are staying on to take care of your Evening Buffet, then we offer an unrivalled price to cater for this too, after all, we are there already, setup and ready to serve!
- NEXT DAY BRUNCH! What a night! What memories! What's for breakfast? We can take care of the next morning brunch, with a selection of pastries, juices, hot drinks, and of course a well filled breakfast bap with all your favourite ingredients in! For a minimum of 30 guests, we will take care of your hangover cure, whilst you all catch up on the night before!
Finally, and possibly the most important part, we are a FAMILY run business, myself and my wife Debbie started Buen Apetito in 2012, with our daughter Natasha as Front of House, supported by our other daughter Dina, then Zeus (son-in-law) and Johnny (also son-in-law) are the creators of the delights that you and your guests will be enjoying on the day, supported by myself and George!
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The best wedding supplier you can find!
The menu tasting was one of our favorite planning experiences and it was a really special evening for both of us and our families to spend the evening trying lots of extremely delicious food. It was also great to spend some time with Andy and Debbie and we all felt so reassured and excited to know they would be joining us on our big day.
Planning a wedding can feel stressful and overwhelming at times but Andy was always at the end of the phone to help with any questions, advice or just to give us some reassurance we had everything under control.
On our wedding day, the food was fantastic. Having Paella cooking in front of our guests added to the atmosphere and certainly made everyone hungry! So many of our friends and family said how delicious both the paella for our wedding breakfast and pulled pork buns in the evening were – many of them having seconds!
Buen Apetito were not just our caterers, but they also provided the cutlery and plates, poured and served our welcome drinks and delicious (even keeping a secret canape stash for Liam and I), served our wedding breakfast, adapted timings as and when needed, helped clear plates and glasses, served our evening food and became great friends for the weekend!
We cannot recommend Andy and the team enough. THANK YOU!
Our guest are still talking about the food
Christine & Dan – 5th November 2016
We had Buen Apetito for our wedding a few weeks ago. From start to finish they were just incredible! Nothing was too much trouble, they travelled to our home so that we could sample some lovely desserts and go through everything before the big day.
They arrived early on the morning of the wedding, set out all the tables with beautiful dishes to eat three different types of paella from. They also catered for the fussy children at our wedding who wanted burgers instead.
The food was amazing!! Chicken and chorizo, seafood and vegetarian paellas, all which were gluten free too.. 2 cheesecakes and a double chocolate cake for dessert which were also gluten free and SO delicious!
We then had burgers in the evening, which received so many compliments from our guests. The day ran so smoothly!
The staff were so professional and friendly.. the lady who runs the venue was so impressed that she has put them on her recommendation list!
Great job guys! Thank you so much!
Christine & Dan
Lois & John – 6th January 2017
Just wanted to thank you once again for all the hard work that you both put in to helping make Lois and John’s wedding such a happy occasion!
All the comments I heard about the paella were positive. Even my father who is very much a traditionalist, to my surprise, said how much he enjoyed the paella.
Paul and I feel it was a great success, so well done to you all.
We would not hesitate to recommend you, you really were a pleasure to do businesss with!
Gabrielle & Huw – 28th January 2017
From the first telephone call until after our wedding, Andy, Debbie and the whole team could not have done enough for us. They were professional, polite and willing to go above and beyond to make our special day one to remember.
The food was delicious (we had canapés, paella, desserts and pasties & chorizo & halloumi brioches for the evening buffet). They were constantly working throughout the day, serving food, drinks and running the bar. It was the perfect choice for us as we wanted something a bit different to meat and two veg for the wedding food, and as they were completely self sufficient, there was no problem with catering for us in our tipi marquees.
Our guests were so complimentary of the staff and food, which goes to show the dedication to the service they provide.
We would wholly recommend Buen Apetito caterers.
Gabrielle & Huw
Molly & Lex – 2nd June 2017
We employed Buen Apetito to cater for my daughter, Molly’s, wedding on 2nd June 2017.
The wedding was held in a marquee in our garden and we chose to serve paella, prepared by Andy and his team, as a main course, along with starters and sweets.
From the earliest days of planning right through to the day itself Buen Apetito proved to be a fantastic choice. Nothing was too much trouble, and as Molly’s plans developed over the months before “the day” she was in regular contact with Andy with new ideas, requests and suggestions all of which were met with a really positive and helpful response, even if the requests involved drink which they hadn’t provided. These people are “yes” people! It was obvious from the start that they genuinely wanted to help to make the wedding a massive success and their involvement meant that any anxiety and worry we might have had about things like detail and timings were absorbed by Andy’s team. They served the fizz, they made the coffee, they moved the furniture, they manned the bar, they dealt with the rubbish, they cleared away, they simply managed all those countless details often forgotten with discreet professionalism and without any fuss!
And not only that, they cooked delicious paellas, piping hot and served in individual traditional bowls by swift and smiling staff.
So, a really big THANK YOU to Andy, Debbie and their staff for making our special day such a success.
l have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Buen Apetito to anyone considering a similar function, and I have given Andy my phone number should potential customers wish to speak to me directly.
Rosie & Steve – 27th May 2017
For our wedding, Andy and the Buen Apetito team served Paella for our main meal as part of a 3 course wedding breakfast, as well as doing canapes after the ceremony, burgers and pasties in the evening, and serving drinks throughout the day and evening. Having our wedding at a country house with marquee, a venue with no catering included, it was fantastic to find one catering company that did everything we wanted, including serving the drinks for our free bar.
We wanted something a bit different from standard 3 course meal, but a bit more formal than a buffet. Paellas were served in smaller sharing paellas (pans) in the middle of each table and was the perfect solution for us. They offered this full package at a brilliant price too!
Andy and Debbie were very flexible, adapting to provide the catering in exactly the way we wanted, offering just the right amount of advice to us. It was a pleasure working through the plans with them. On the day, the food was delicious with many compliments from our guests, and we didn’t have to worry about a thing all day as the Buen Apetito team provided great service and food throughout. I’m very glad we chose Buen Apetito for our wedding catering and wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone who is deciding on their wedding catering options.
Rosie & Steve
Keighley & Phil – 1st July 2017
Andy and his team were so lovely! So calm, professional, helpful and caring- exactly what you need during wedding prep and on the day!
The food was delicious and looked so impressive cooking.
We would definitely recommend these guys!!!
Keighley and Phil x
Jo & Rob – July 2017
Andy and Debbie were fantastic throughout our entire wedding planning process. Really responsive, always helpful and flexible to our (my) requests- even doing banoffee pie for us especially, which wasn’t on the menu at the time!
We had a lovely evening tasting all the canapes and paella and they were so friendly and welcoming. In the run up to the wedding they were always there ready to answer any questions and being massively helpful. It was so reassuring and we felt safe knowing that they would be there, knowing exactly what to do, ensuring things ran smoothly.
They arrived promptly (before us actually!) to set up the day before and early in the morning on the day itself. When we arrived at the venue it smelt INCREDIBLE and everything was under control, with waitresses serving drinks and canapes. The 3 paellas looked amazing… such a spectacle. The canapes were all lovely and the paella went down a storm (even with the fussy eaters!), most people had seconds and many had thirds.
Everyone commented on how wonderful the food was. Their paella is the absolute BEST we have ever tasted. The desserts were all delicious too (especially the banoffee pie!) and all at incredibly good value.
Andy and Debbie and their staff were so friendly and lovely to deal with, from start to finish, whilst being ultra professional and efficient. We can’t recommend them highly enough. We would like to do it all over again!
Jo, Rob & Isaac xxx
Charlotte & Ollie – August 2017
Andy, Debbie and the team really made our wedding day, they went above and beyond and catered perfectly to our odd requests.
The food was truly amazing and went down a storm with our guests, they helped us keep to our timings and didn’t bat an eyelid when things changed last minute.
Andy’s communication was fab, always quick to reply and he was really reassuring to talk too. I cannot possibly put into words quite how fabulous Andy and his team are! I would thoroughly recommend them to everyone!
Charlotte & Ollie
Rod & Lynne Child – 15th July 2017
Thanks to Andy and his team we had an amazing day. Many thank you cards and letters received from our guests without exception complement the food, friendly service, and helpful nature of all Andy’s team.
Nothing was too much trouble.
Every aspect of us trying to host our day was covered and sorted almost before we needed to ask.
We wish you all a great future. Too recommend you in the future would be a pleasure.
Rod and Lynne Child.
Katie & Jack – 12th August 2017
My Husband and I hired Buen Apetito to cater for our wedding at The Art Pavilion in Mile End Park, London this August 2017, and have absolutely no regrets. The food was delicious (canapes, paella, desserts and evening food) and every single guest went for second and third helpings of the paella – we received so many comments on how good the food was at the wedding so we definitely knew we had made the right choice in choosing Buen Apetito.
From the very first email, Andy was friendly, helpful and professional which made the choice easy for us to go with this caterer, having researched local London caterers for months we were losing hope! Andy came to the rescue! We told him our budget and he worked with us without trying to push the price up as most London caterers will try to do. We were really impressed that he could provide a three course buffet with evening meal, crockery and glassware despite his location of Devon when we are in central London. He even organised a taste testing for us at my Father-in-Law’s house in Devon – cooking so much food we ate paella for the rest of the weekend!
On the day Andy and his team were swift, efficient and accommodating – which was especially appreciated by me as a stressed-out Bride in organisational chaos!
Thank you Andy for helping us to make our day so special.
We would recommend Buen Apetito unreservedly.
Nigel Popplewell – 27th August 2017
Dear Debbie and Andy,
The two of you, and the rest of your team, were absolutely fantastic. What you did could not have been bettered, both in terms of the quality of service, the food, your charm and general attention to detail.
Nothing was too much trouble for you, and so many people commented on how much they enjoyed the food, that I’m sure (and I sincerely hope) that you might get some repeat business from it.
I had the most fantastic day, which was due in no small part to your contribution.
Many many thanks.
Donna & Connie – 8th August 2017
Andy and Debbie recently catered for our wedding on 8th August 2017. Our guests are still talking about how sensational their food was and we couldn’t agree more! Nothing was too much trouble for Andy & Debbie. They made our day so smooth, easy, and stress-free, I can’t recommend them enough!
Their food was amazing, they were wonderful to all of guests, and they really helped us feel at ease; that they had everything under control! They are such a dynamic duo, and I would use them again in a heartbeat!
Thank you so much for making our wedding wonderful! Until the next party!
Donna & Connie
Jasmin & Jack – 29th July 2017
Buen Apetito provided the catering for our wedding breakfast on 29th July, 2017 – we chose the plated service, and it was fabulous!!
The service we received from Andy & Debbie at Buen Apetito was absolutely brilliant. From the very start it was always a personal, friendly and professional service. They were always there to answer any questions in the lead up to the wedding, and were very flexible and easy going. They allowed us to provide our own desserts and were happy to serve these for us, as it was important to us for some of our close family to make our desserts.
On the day, the service was flawless and the food absolutely delicious! I spoke with Andy when he and his team arrived the day before the wedding, to agree all the final details – nothing was too much to ask and they even upgraded our tablecloths free of charge (to their own expense and hassle as they had to return to collect them the next day!) as those we had requested weren’t available. On the day, everything ran smoothly – they ran our bar for us, served our scones (in place of canapes) & prosecco, and of course served their wonderful paella.
The team of staff were all very friendly and went above and beyond to make sure everything ran well – the food was served quickly and efficiently, drinks were kept topped up, tables cleared etc. The smell of the food cooking had everyone’s mouths watering and when it arrived it didn’t disappoint! Everyone loved it, and there was plenty of food – many people went up for seconds, thirds and even fourths!!
The price they offered was unbeatable by any of the other caterers we enquired with, but nothing was compromised.
We are so grateful to Buen Apetito for being part of our wedding day, and for serving such wonderful food that I think everyone will remember!!
Thank you for everything – we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone!
All the very best, and thanks again
Jasmin & Jack
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