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Thank you so much for doing the amazing canapes and simply beautiful cake for my 40th. 

I honestly wouldn't have had a party if SJ Catering hadn't been available - you simply made the evening so easy.

We have had so many comments on the food, both canapes and cake, and I will not stop recommending you.

Thank you enormously for all your efforts and hope to see you very soon.

With lots of love, Katy.

Just a quick note to thank you, and all of your colleagues who were involved, for the work in putting on my retirement lunch party. It went marvellously well, and even the weather was kind. There were numerous compliments paid to the quality of the meal and also to the staff, who could not have been more efficient and attentive. For my own part I would like especially to thank Claire White who was warmly welcoming from the moment of our arrival ahead of the guests, and who directed operations with charm, agility and evident professionalism.

May I also renew my thanks to you, Amanda, for your care and help in planning the event. It has been a pleasure throughout to engage with you, and reassuring at each step to have known that the occasion was in the hands of such an able and experienced organiser.

Please pass on to all of the team my thanks and the compliments of my guests. I shall certainly be singing loudly and widely the praises of Suzanne James.

With my very best wishes,


Tim and Pru had a fabulous time. Everything was delicious and the compliments were flowing all evening.

Speak soon... merry christmas to you all!

Tania Annesley


On behalf of the Ruiz family I would like to say thank you very much for putting on such an excellent anniversary lunch party for us. My parents-in-law throughly enjoyed their special day likewise the family. Even the most critical members of the family had no complaints.

Please thank everyone who played a part in making the day such a success and an enjoyable one.

Our best wishes to you for the future.

Kind regards,
Karen Ho

Just a quick note to say a huge thank you. We were so impressed with the food and service - it really was amazing. Without exception everyone commented on what amazing caterers we had. We absolutely loved yesterday and having you guys made it very easy and possible for us to really enjoy the event. I have no doubt this will not be the last party we ask you to cater….

Finally, a big shout out to Harri and Lynne. They were, quite simply, brilliant. So professional - nothing was too much bother - even rocking Henry to sleep when I nipped to the ladies. Please can you pass on our thanks to them for their part in making yesterday a very special and enjoyable day for our family.

Until the next party…

Abbie Burk


We were delighted with the outcome of the 60th wedding anniversary celebration. Your excellent staff had a large part in ensuring the success and we are very grateful. Special mention might be given to Dan who was very responsive to our requirements both in the planning and on the day.

My 89 year old mother in law has requested we use Suzanne James for her 90th Birthday celebration. A major compliment from a lady who rarely gives praise normally.

Excellent canapes. Good quality food. Well trained and very professional staff.

Thank you for making the day very special for the family.

Karen Ruiz

This is a short and wholly inadequate message of thanks for all your assistance, attention and tireless energy. There has been universal praise from our guests at how well the evening ran which is testament not only to the quality of your staff but also to your almost unseen management and leadership. there was fulsome praise from all for the taste and quality of the food so please thank chef.

It has been my pleasure to work with you and I wish you well.

David Rutherford

I wanted to say a big thank you to you and the team for organising such a fantastic event. We think we entertained 187 guests (very appropriate, as that was the number of the house where I was born 60 years ago!) and have already had many messages of warm gratitude. And we’re enjoying the bonus of the surplus hog and crackling, which is going down very well.

Yesterday we had a leisurely lunch at Belair House, and I’ve still not finished opening my presents. The way your team took these off my hands and added them to the growing stash was typical of the friendly and helpful attitude they showed throughout, which played a key part in making the whole thing such a success.

We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to others.

All the best, and many thanks again,

Jonathan, Clare and Lydia


We were all so impressed by your team. James was a very charming and reassuring presence, and ensured that everything went really smoothly. I have already had loads of email thank yous and all mentioned the dellcious food and wine, so please pass on my thanks to all involved, and take a bow yourself Amanda for all the work you put into the preparation.

And weren't we lucky with the weather? It was all over so quickly .... which is usually the sign of a good party.

Susan Fletcher

I wanted to say a very very big thank you to you and your team for giving me the best birthday ever. It really couldn't have been better and everybody enjoyed themselves immensely.

The staff were fantastic and managed every detail perfectly. The food was delicious -with lots of comments on how very good it was. My cousin Jancis Robinson also commented that the wine was well chosen and your team made sure that it kept flowing at exactly the right rate. It was exactly the balance I wanted between being personal, relaxed and informal with wonderful food and drink, whilst running like clockwork. And as for the weather.............. Perfect!

I even had to bring my emergency supply of pashminas out at 9pm as a few hardy friends didn't want to leave!

One of my friends commented that the bar had now been set impossibly high for others to follow!

Many many thanks to you all

Grace Conacher


Thanks for Saturday, it was great. I was happy at the overall set up and vibe which was essentially a warm, welcoming, easy going family party with plenty to eat and drink with your team professional, attentive and friendly. Perfect.

We all extend our thanks to you and your team.

Best wishes

Angela Oritsejafor

Thank you for your excellent services on Saturday 16th April at Crystal Palace Road.

The canapes looked beautiful and tasted delicious, and thank you also for the birthday card and the generous gift of wine. The event was a great success, and I will recommend you to all my friends.

Many thanks!

Best wishes,

Cathy Helweg

What an amazing job you did tonight. Thank you so much from all of us, the food was lovely and everyone said such good things about you and your delightful staff.

Thank you again and I hope to see you soon.

Alison Hirsch

Michelle and I would like to say a huge thank you for providing us with the most wonderful afternoon tea.

Our mum was totally surprised and thrilled with the surprise and everyone enjoyed the food.

Many thanks and have a wonderful Christmas.

Michelle & Susie


I wanted to day a very warm thank you from both of us for masterminding such a successful party.

It is very clear how much our guests enjoyed it - a fantastic occasion, the gallery, the wonderful table, the excellent meal and wines and the very attentive service ( please thank James in particular for us). It could not have been better.

Anna Walker


The food was fabulous and received many, many compliments!  I really enjoyed the versions specially adapted for my dietary requirements - thank you so much for that - the yummy lobster and prawn salad, in particular, was to die for. 

I have passed on your details to a couple of people who might wish to use your services in the future.

Thanks again for your friendly service and a wonderful gastronomic experience all round!

Sally Blaxland


I should like to thank you for the superb service that you provided for my 60th at the Cartoon Museum.  It was very much appreciated.

Your contribution to the event was outstanding.

With best wishes,

Sir Stuart Etherington


Saturday night was a great success. The dinner was delicious and Colin, Claire and staff did an excellent job as ever. So…thank you!

Marcus Wells


Many thanks for the work that you and your staff put in to make my party on 9th May at the October Gallery such a success.  I was so pleased with how the evening went and many of the guests praised the food and the lovely staff who presented it.  Bravo!

Andrew Barker

We just wanted to write and express our deepest gratitude to every single person involved in our wedding party on Saturday and our wedding ceremony day back in January.

We do a huge amount of cooking ourselves at home and weren't sure if food from a catering company would be what we wanted. However, we and so many of our guests were absolutely delighted with the food you provided. It was very important to us and was completely perfect. Several people have asked me for your details as well.

The service and attention we got on both days was also superb and the whole organisation process was excellent.

We really, really hope to be able to experience some of your catering again at some point in the future.

Very Best Wishes,

Siobhan & Oli


A HUGE thank you from me to all the team for the simply excellent arrangements on Saturday.  Everything was perfect from (before) the start to (after) the end. 

I have heard nothing but complete admiration for the way your team worked so hard throughout the eveing and everyone has told me how impressed they were with the food and the way the venue had been laid out.

The only thing I would have changed would have been to make sure you were all in the room when I thanked you. Definitely the loudest round of applause all night!

With all best wishes,

John Townley

We had a fantastic time!! We thought it was around 1am and it was 3am - poor neighbours! And most importantly our friends John and Sal, the leavers, had a wonderful night. Scott, Tommy and the rest were just great. Everyone raved about the food and there was nothing left but a few desserts. So nice to be able to enjoy your own party!

We are coming to Supper Club next week - celebrating Katie's 20th birthday just before we fly to the States the next day.

Thank you again - a really special evening!


Everyone said how lovely the food was.  The staff were lovely and Claire had everything under control.

If I have occasion to use you again I will.  I would be more than happy to recommend you to others too. I may pop down to the supper club at some point.

Once again many thanks for your hard work and patience.

Kind regards

Many many thanks again for all your help in providing such a speedy and efficient service and what promises to be wonderful food and a stress-free occasion.

Best wishes



just wanted to say that the food was so delicious and everyone had a great time, including me because I didn't have to slave over a hot stove!   A big thank you to Suzanne and her team.

Speak soon.

Ann Lynch


Thank you so very much for helping us to realise our plans for our Golden Wedding Celebrations.  Despite the weather, everything went so smootly and your whole team were excellent, so profressional and yet human and helpful.  All our thank you letters say how brilliant it all was and with such delicious food. 

Thank you again,

Peter & Jacqueline

Liz, Milly, Lucy and I just wanted to thank you again for such a lovely party last night. The food was absolutely delicious and you and your team were so welcoming. Your kitchen was a wonderful venue. Thank you for helping to start the Dulwich Festival off in such style.

With very best wishes and many thanks
Rachel (Artists Open House Team)


Thank you so much to you and your team for all your energy, enthusiasm and tremendous skill which you shared with us last evening.  Your efforts raised the Dulwich Festival in so many ways for which we are very grateful. It was particularly delightful to be able to welcome the various sponsors.  The canapés were exceedingly beautiful and delicious in equal measure.

With very best wishes,


You would not believe the buzz the Launch [of the Dulwich Festival] has created - I have had several emails saying what a great party it was which was entirely down to you and your staff and the wonderful Jimmy.  I had no real idea how it was going to pan out as it's the first time we have done something on that scale but all I can say is "What a resounding success!"  I am definitely coming to the next supper club!

Thank you again for pulling the party together and laying on such a fantastic evening. I cannot thank you enough.

Best wishes



Thank you so much for making my 40th such a night to remember!  The food was delicious (I'm sure I managed to eat everything on offer!), the alcohol was flowing, and the service was superb.  The staff were so attentive, friendly and professional. It made me so relaxed to know that all the guests were being taken care of so wonderfully, so I could let my hair down!

I have had so many notes from friends and family saying what a superb time they had, how delicious the food was and how every time they turned around a fresh drink was on offer, so again thank you.  We couldn't have done it without you and your team.

All the best,
Vanessa James

PS It is Tom's 40th in 3 years, so I'm already saving and thinking ahead!!


Suzanne James made for a totally stress-free and enjoyable event.   Calm, cool, collected and delicious. Endless compliments about the food, especially about it being truly 'bite-size' (obviously very important to women).   The kitchen looked spotless and as though nothing had happened there for days, the canapes left in the fridge were just right whilst we/I finished off the opened/leftover Prosecco and I can truly say that we both really enjoyed it all.

Please say a very big and heart-felt thank you to all your splendid team, I'm afraid some of them disappeared before I had had a chance to thank them.   And of course, thank YOU.

I hope you didn't have another event tonight but I seem to remember that you did.

Kind regards


Thank you for the scrumptious buffet you prepared for my family gathering on Sunday.

It was great of you to go to so much trouble to accommodate our various dietary problems and everyone was delighted with the selection, which not only tasted but also looked fabulous.

Best wishes,

I can't thank you enough for the amazing catering last Friday at Simon's memorial.   The food, your wonderful staff, you, it was all perfect.   Do please pass on my sincere thanks to everyone. I do hope we bump into each other in the future.


with love and thanks dear Suzanne
Amanda x


You were great, thank you all so much!

We had many, many compliments about the food and the quality of service at our party (particularly from the two latecomers for whom food was conjured up!).

So, thank you for everything!

Good wishes

Julia & Jon Layton


This is my first day back in the office after Sunday, so just wanted to send you a huge thank you as soon as possible not only for all your wonderful food so very kindly donated, but also your fantastic support throughout the event, which was greatly appreciated!

Many thanks again for all your help and support.

Kind regards
Caroline Dunmall

Dulwich Helpline

Everything went extremely well and your staff were a joy to work with, you have a wonderfully happy relaxed team and it shows.

I look forward to working with you again in the future.   The Synagogue staff were VERY impressed with the state of the kitchen when you left. Thank you again.

Best wishes and thanks to you and your team.
Thank you so much for making the party such a success. Everyone commented on the wonderful food and the calm, friendly professionalism of the staff—please pass on our thanks again to them. We are celebrating our Ruby Wedding next year, so we’ll start saving now for the party.

Best wishes,

Susan and Richard Seager

I have to put in writing our feelings following our anniversary party at the Horniman in June.  Not surprisingly many of the letters received from our friends and family mention the quality of the food and how competent and friendly your staff were.

From day one following our initial meeting everything has been smoothness itself having, on no occasion to worry.  You anticipating many of our possible concerns and always made us feel totally comfortable and relaxed.   During the whole event James's professionalism showed,everything apparently happening as if by magic.

I have many years experience organising prestigious events at such venues as the V & A, and I say without hesitation the performance of your company was faultless......

Thanking you and your staff for a perfect and very happy occasion

Harry & Kate Davey


Many thanks for providing such wonderful food and service for my Mum's 80th birthday celebration.

We thoroughly enjoyed yourselves!! The desserts were out of this world.

Kind Regards,
Shona Bond

jI wanted to thank you and your team for providing such a great service and of course food.

Everyone was very complimentary about your culinary skills and said the choices were all delicious.   You provided a calming influence as well as we had total faith that everything was running from your end so smoothly.  

We hope that you managed to glimpse a bit of the first Bat Mitzvah I think you have catered for - but maybe you were too busy behind the scenes??

Anyway, we were very impressed and felt that you and the staff helped to make Hermione's party very special indeed.

I was also very pleased with Lorenzo and Lou who you also helped us source and look forward to seeing the photos and video in due course.

Kind Regards

Mark & Jackie Oldham


Thank you Suzanne.   It was a lovely evening.   Your staff were amazing - courteous, efficient, discreet.....and the food was fabulous...a really successful evening.

Lynda Haddock


Thank you all so much for Saturday it was all we wanted and more!

With many many thanks,

Tyrrell and Sian Evans


Thank you so much for Saturday. I have never felt so calm and relaxed during one of my own parties. Thank you particularly for the care and attention you showed toward our house - it was very considerate and much appreciated.

As for the food - it was sensational.  I loved the lamb and knew it was going to be the best bowl but Simon is pretty adamant that the sausage & mash, and the fish & chips were the best!  It was all so good.   I have had so many people send me thank you notes, all commenting on the food - with a number of them wanting your details.

Jasprett Saini


We experienced the excellence of your food and service at a friend's wedding celebration in their home and decided that it could be no better recommendation for Nicky's 60th birthday lunch celebration for 40 people at our home. We were not disappointed. Excellent food, excellent service, no fuss, no bother; went like clockwork and our guests were very impressed too both by the quality of the food and the sheer niceness of the members of your team.

Stephen Hopwood


Just to say everybody raved about the canapes and thought they were some of the best they'd ever had. Both Paula and I felt you guys did an amazing job and would not hesitate to use or recommend you to others.

Many Thanks,
Daryl Jessop


Thank you for providing such a marvellous meal and table service on Saturday. The food was universally praised very highly and your friendly, smiling and helpful staff made a major contribution to the success of the evening.

Pat Soutter


Our party was truly wonderful and everyone really enjoyed it! Your whole team did a great job. Thank you again for helping to make our party so successful!

Marina Newington


I wanted to say thank you very much for all your help. The food was lovely and so were your staff. I have received many positive comments from my friends and family. The evening, actually the whole day, was absolutely amazing, so thank you very much!

Hope you have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Best wishes,
Glenda Newton