Simon and I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything you did for our wedding. In the lead up you were so easy to work and speak with and flexible with our plans/changes. Hopefully we didn't make things too difficult, but from our perspective of planning a wedding from another state, you were amazing. I know I barely saw you apart from on the Tuesday arvo where I was possibly a little bit scattered brained with everything going on, but even then you were so lovely and helpful.
And the food! I have lost count of how many people spoke to us about how delicious it all was. Plenty of them said it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding. I think my personal favourite was the chicken karage (I think I ate half a platter of that), and you were right about the macarons - they were also fan favourites. I don't drink coffee, but we also had a lot of people saying that too was delicious. But thank you to you and your staff for cooking up a tasty storm. It was amazing.
Hope we are lucky enough to eat your food again in the future, but if not all the best, and again thank you so much for everything.
Amanda & Simon (May 2019)
We were married at Kangaroo Valley Bush retreat in May 2018- just over a month ago. Being shoulder season and not quite winter, Katrina was extremely flexible in letting us choose anything from any menu! (Which made the choices all the more difficult because everything looked great). We went with Caterina because not only was her company the recommended caterer for our venue and had the added benefit of knowing the kitchen and venue very well, but I also had a work colleague who highly recommended Caterina using them for their wedding.
We had to have a lot of trust as we were unable to do a tasting due to Caterina being in high demand and booked every weekend and for most mid-week weddings. My advice to others would be to absolutely trust Katrina. She was flexible with our requests, but was also able to provide sound advice based on a lot of experience. She went above and beyond to help us with preparing- not only for the wedding feast, but also with the seating plan and run sheet of the day. This is invaluable given we (like most) have never planned a wedding before.
Now to the food. EVERY guest we have spoken to since raved about how delicious the food was. From the canapes, to the cake and banquet. People specifically loved the truffle oysters and BBQ prawns. We barely got to try our cheese wheel wedding cake because it got devoured by our guests and it was made of the biggest cheese wheels I have ever seen. I think guests also really enjoyed choosing what they wanted to put on their own plates. For mains we had the slow cooked beef cheeks, duck confit and sumac crusted ocean trout. The sides were seasonal greens, risotto and a white bean salad, however the day before when the weather was forecast wet and cold, Katrina suggested a white bean stew instead and it was lovely, warm and hearty. One of the guests even said it was the best wedding catering they have ever had (and he has been to a lot of weddings!)
Thanks so much to Katerina and her very professional team for making our day so special and going above and beyond at every opportunity.
Lauren & Jonathon (May 2018)
Where do we begin... Katrina and her incredible team at Caterina in Kangaroo Valley went above and beyond to make our wedding day the most spectacular and unforgettable day of our lives.
Katrina worked with us to create the perfect menu - from the delicious canapés served at the sunset deck to the abundant grazing boards and the sumptuous banquet at our reception. Everything was perfect! We even had a special selection of bridal party only treats which arrived right on time post ceremony along with bubbles and beers. Katrina’s team didn’t miss a beat! A special thank you to Lora who created our dream wedding cake too!
Katrina and her team know the Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat better than anyone else and it shows! Their friendly, professional and attentive service was seamless the entire weekend and we were able to leave the coordination up to them entirely. To return to a perfectly tidy reception hall on Sunday for breakfast was a wedding gift in itself!
If you want your big day to be a memorable, stress free and a delicious occasion talked about by every single guest, look no further than Caterina in Kangaroo Valley.
Ellie and Atticus (March 2018)
Katrina and her team are simply amazing, from the ridiculously tasty food which received so many compliments, to the professionalism and kindness of the staff, it was all just perfect.
The food can only be described using one word ‘DELICIOUS!’ …. From the canapes on the sunset deck which were unique and full of flavour, to the charcuteries boards which were perfectly portioned with fresh produce and to top it off the high quality shared platters for main, it was all just so delicious. (The lamb was a 10/10!)
Katrina and her team made sure we (the Bride and Groom) had canapes while we had photos taken, made sure we had drinks throughout dinner and made us feel so special. It was so refreshing to know that Katrina and the team had everything sorted and there we didn’t have to stress about anything.
Breakfast on the Sunday was so welcomed by our guests, the freshly cooked egg and bacon rolls, cereal and muesli was what was needed after a long night.
We are so thankful to the Katrina and her staff to making the process so easy, for their kindness and the high-quality food, we are so glad to have had you as part of our wedding day.
Balinda and Garry (February 2018)
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
The food was amazing! There was so much food and we loved the buffet banquet style. It really helped bring the relaxed feel we wanted for the wedding as well as ensuring all the hungry boys attending were satisfied.
People still mention how amazing the food was when we see them now (two months on!)
Your team were so professional, friendly, helpful and attentive! Cannot fault or praise highly enough! The clean up was an absolute breeze for us after your team had been through.
A couple who attended the wedding are serial wedding attendees (I think the figure stated was 22 wedddings in the last 12 months) They both came up to us on the night to say it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding! What a compliment!!!
The cafe was so great! Awesome coffee. I can’t believe how many times I said and heard that “the deluxe breakfast rolls were best bacon and eggs rolls EVER”. Can we come to the retreat just to get them for breakfast one day?!?
Me and Mrs Thurtell (January 2018)
I wanted to pass on a huge thank you to you and your crew. I really appreciate how easy you were with our numerous special requests. You kept me calm and unstressed, and having your welcoming and easy going presence around in the day before and after was a very much appreciated. The food was just perfect! Beautifully presents and guests are still talking about how delicious it was. Many have said if this was what they could eat all the time, they would go 100% vegetarian! Thanks for leaving us with such lovely memories.
Please feel free to use me as a reference or use this email as a testimonial on your website.
Mikaela and Jonathan Abolins (October 2017)
"Wow! There really aren’t words to help capture just how incredible Katrina’s food was for our wedding weekend. From the open day where we first tasted some of Katrina’s morsels, to the wedding banquet and morning after breakfast, the food was mouth-watering and plentiful. We lost count of how many guests commented that it was the best wedding food they had ever had. The only negative thing said was that their stomachs weren’t big enough to fit more food in!
Katrina was so flexible, knowledgeable and helpful with our food choices, and her easy-going personality just made the process stress-free.
Lora’s wedding cake was scrumptious, and her creative flair meant our cake was unique and just perfect for us.
The morning after breakfast was a must-do, rocking up to find the reception hall immaculate and more delicious food waiting for us was the perfect way to cap off our weekend."
Krystal and Dave Freeman-Smith (August 2017)
We would just like to say a huge THANK YOU!
Saturday was perfect! The food was absolutely incredible, I think we've had nearly every guest raving about your food. Thank you so much for making our wedding that extra bit perfect! We wish you had a restaurant so we could enjoy it again!
Amy and Ollie (July 2017)
Guests remember 2 things about weddings; food and alcohol. We are lucky as we have 3 things to remember from our special day. The spectacular venue, Andrew whom had a great sense of humor and did a great job all night. And their is not enough stars to describe how fabulous the food was.
You and your staff were amazing, the food was more than perfect, not one person was hungry and every one said they loved it.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
Sabrina and Dave Arthur (June 2017)
From the second we tasted the food at the Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat Open Day, we knew that Caterina’s was going to be the one for us. Hearing their philosophy on food just sealed the deal.
As a couple, food plays a big part of our lives and the majority of our family and friends are foodies as well. As a result we knew that the food was going to be one of the top 3 most important items for us for the wedding.
Caterina ticked all the boxes for us. Having local and seasonal produce, made from scratch made us realise that food was important to the team and what we got was amazing in flavour and quality. We chose the mediterranean style banquet which meant guests got to interact with each other over a big family dinner. This suited our long tables across the room. Even the tone set at the beginning of the night with the amazing canapés and fantastic drinks service on the deck at the KVBR was perfection. Lastly I haven’t seen a cake at a wedding disappear faster than ours. Everyone could not compliment the meal enough!
It wasn’t just the night that made using the Caterina’s team the best choice. From the very beginning, going through ideas of what we wanted through to execution, the team we hands on and easy to work with. As we planned our wedding ourselves, knowing that meals over the weekend at the KVBR, the wedding meal and the cake could all be organised through one team who were extremely experienced made organising the weekend an absolute pleasure. Even with a number of different allergies and dietary requirements across the group - this was dealt with efficiently by the team.
I wish I could do it again with the team and strongly recommend them!
Andrya and James (May 2017)
In our family, food is a tremendously important part of a family gathering, especially for weddings. Katrina and her team went above and beyond to make that wedding dream come true!
The banquet was the perfect set up with everyone sharing and passing the plates down the table; it felt like having a home cooked meal. The presentation was amazing, the flavours were delicious, the service was perfection. I cannot thank the catering team enough for making our wedding day one to remember!
Joanna Sosa (February 2017)
From the start of our wedding weekend extravaganza at the Bush retreat , Katrina and her team were cooking up a storm, the smells out of the kitchen were to die for!
From the Family and Bridal party dinner on the Friday to Our wedding Canapés and drinks on the deck to our Reception meals everything was impeccable! our share plates and meals were at the plenty and we still get our guests complementing on our wedding food and how nice it was to have the share plates.
It was so nice the next morning to have breakfast all ready for our guests that stayed on site and reminisce on a magical wedding day!
Thank you so very much Katrina and your team for making our Wedding weekend one to remember!
Ashleigh and Jud Cole (February 2017)
Wow, wow, wow. Katrina your food and service for our vegan/vegetarian wedding was just amazing. You dealt with all my questions and queries with such calmness and confidence.
All my vegetarian/vegan and non vegan/vegetarian friends and family raved about how delicious the food was. Every one of the 4 meals you prepared for our wedding weekend was delectable. I will hire you again for smaller gatherings I have just so I can eat your food again. Thank you so much for making our wedding weekend run so smoothly and seemingly effortlessly. You are a kitchen/catering superstar. I cannot wait to eat you food again. Thanks again for everything.
I recommend Katrina to cater your wedding, if you do you will have absolutely nothing to worry about and you will have the most delicious meal you have probably ever eaten.
Lots of love
Sally and Juliet (January 2017)
Caterina catered for our wedding of 114 guests. Choosing Katrina and her team for our wedding was the single greatest decision we made during the whole experience. From the initial stage of inquiry through to the day itself, Katrina was very understanding of our wants/needs, and flexible in customising the experience so it suited our style as well as logistics.
The food itself was delicious. Most of our guests still talk about how amazing the food was. We opted for the BBQ option. Unlike traditional wedding meals, having shared platters was more conducive to the relaxed and 'laid back' atmosphere we were trying to achieve. There was a large variety of meats and salads, and vegetarian options for us to choose from- and in some ways this made the process harder. However, Katrina's expertise in the area helped us narrow down the menu to include, chicken, lamb, beef, seafood, salads and vegetarian options!
One of the things that really stood out was the team's depth of experience. This meant that we did not have to think or worry about anything on the night. Katrina is flexible around speeches, sunset photos and other any unexpected delays, and adapts her schedule accordingly. The staff were very professional, personable and thorough. I highly recommended getting the breakfast package for the morning after. Not only is it delicious and relatively inexpensive, it is one less thing you need to think about, and it means Katrina's team do the majority of the cleaning in the morning!
We would highly recommend Caterina.
Mitch and Ash (January 2017)
We were married at the beautiful Kangaroo Valley bush retreat in November 2016.
The ease of having an in house caterer made our planning a lot less stressful and a lot more appealing to our budget. We had been quoted from external caterers however Caterina’s pricing came back red hot.
Katrina was lovely to deal with and a great help with everything , going over and beyond just her catering duties. She offered great advice and problem solving options when it came to our wedding plans.
The Caterina team organised supplies for a bbq the night before and breakfast the morning after the wedding was just what the doctor ordered. It was a great way to bring all of our guests together.
The wedding feast…… It was beyond amazing! There was more than enough food to go around and we loved that there was a variety of delicious meals to suit everyone’s tastebuds, we got to have a bit of everything which was great. Our guests were complementing the food saying it was the best wedding meal they have ever had, and we definitely agreed. We are still getting compliments 2 months later on how amazing everything was.
The pastry chef also did an amazing job with the cake, providing us with exactly what we asked for. Unfortunately my husband and I did not get to try the cake as there wasn’t any left which must of been a good sign.
I can’t thank the Caterina team enough for all there help and amazing service they provided us , we definitely recommend using Caterina in kangaroo valley for your upcoming wedding or next event.
Annemarie and Tate Harris (November 2016)
We both want to say thank you for the amazing meal you and your team created and served for us and our guests. The food was amazing, just right for the cold winter weather and there was plenty to go around. The banquet style service for dinner was exactly what we wanted to bring our guests together by truly sharing the meal. So many of our guests commented on how good the food was - they were all very well fed! Thank you also for your on-the-day flexibility with the rainy weather - the decision to move the post-ceremony canape and drinks service to the reception hall was a very good idea! Everyone was kept warm by the fire and the food. And we must mention the cake. It was three tiers of chocolate goodness. We selected three different flavours to suit everyone's tastes, but it turns out that everyone loved all of the flavours and (at three pieces each) the cake got devoured, fueling the all night dancing! It was the wedding highlight for our chocolate-loving brother-in-law who months later is still reminiscing about the cake.
Mel and Prashan (June 2016)
It is almost two months after our wedding in April 2015 and I still have dreams about the amazing food that Katrina and her team prepared for us!
I do not have the words to fully express my gratitude to Katrina. Her helpfulness, and patience with my millions of questions pre-wedding, including changes to the menu, went above and beyond what I expected and made my preparations so much easier! Katrina and her team's talent in the kitchen surpassed everyone's expectations and the amount of people I had making comments about how amazing the food was, was ridiculous! Forget that I just got married, did you try the beef cheeks?! Katrina's organisation meant that everything went off without a hitch and her team were beyond friendly and helpful for all of my guests.
I couldn't have asked for more! All that is left to say is; book Caterina for your next event and you won't regret it! (and can you invite me too?! - I promise I won't eat much.... maybe!)
Thank you again Katrina, my day would have never been as wonderful as it was without your talent and insight.
Zoe and Cam (June 2015)
What can we say, the food was absolutely amazing. More than what we expected. Everything about it was beautiful, even the staff. People still ring me up and talk about it and wish you were close by so they can come into your restaurant and eat your food. It was so yummy, we have been to many weddings and never had food like yours....truly cooked from the heart :). Although everything was lovely, I wish I booked you to do our meals all weekend.
Hope you are well and you never know I might see you again as many guests loved your food and venue.
Frances and Glen (May 2015)
The service that you provided for our wedding at Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat in May 2015, was outstanding. All of the food provided on the day was absolutely scrumptious, there was plenty to go around and no one was left hungry or unsatisfied.
We had nothing but good praise about the meals. Guests commented that it was the best they had eaten in a long time! I am still talking about the food and receiving compliments months after the wedding! (I still think about the eggplant involtini to this day lol).
Staff were amazing, polite and attentive, with special thanks to Andrew? (I hope i got his name correct). He was a life saver, giving us tips on the day, to help make sure everything ran smoothly.
When organising a wedding you want everything to be hassle free and you want to get your money’s worth, well Caterina catering ticks every box and more!
Jay and Myself could not have asked for a more successful addition to our wedding.
If you want wholesome nourishing food with a warm rustic feel these guys are the one, can’t recommended you highly enough!
Thanks again for making our day stress free and delicious!
Jay and Lauren (May 2015)
Katrina was extremely helpful in everything involved in catering our wedding at the Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat. She was dedicated to meeting our needs, vision and budget and was refreshingly flexible. The whole process of working with her and her team was most enjoyable and the quality of food at our wedding was notably commented on by so many of our guests. Jason and I even passed up sunset photos so as not to miss the dinner! Many thanks!
Melissa and Jason (March 2015)
Dear Katrina and team,
Thank you so so much for being a huge positive part of our special day.
I am thrilled to say that my guests were raving on about the food at our wedding.
Jarrod's Auntie is a chef and she said "It was the best food she has EVER had at a wedding" (she has been to ALOT). I think she may have even contacted you about it.
The food was presented beautifully, tasted phenomenal and there was plenty of it.
The food at our wedding was PERFECT!
Thank you so much for all your hard work. You and your team have truly impressed myself and all our guests.
Jodi and Jarrod (March 2015)
How good is this food? The comment we loved hearing over and over on our special day. As foodies, having unique, fresh and delicious food at our wedding was really important and we weren’t the slightest bit disappointed. Katrina helped us plan our menu and was always open to small changes that made our wedding extra special. The food was beautifully presented, fresh and timed to perfection. If you’re looking for a caterer who is professional, hard working, flexible and produces high quality food, then look no further than Caterina in Kangaroo Valley, you won’t regret it.
Anisa and Ryan (March 2015)
I wanted to write to say thank you SO much for the weekend. Everyone raved about the food. I have honestly not heard people talk so much about how good the food was at a wedding before. Even the following days people were still talking about it saying it was the nicest meal they have had in a long time. Kane and I loved every mouthful too, it's exactly what we wanted and we could not be happier!
I appreciate all your help in the coordination too and to the staff on Sunday for preparing the breakfast which was also well received.
All the best,
Ainslie and Kane (February 2015)
Thank you so much for the amazing, mouth watering food you prepared for our wedding. It was so delicious and our guests were raving about it. Thank you so much for catering for the allergies we had and for answering all our questions; you really did make our reception run so smoothly. I only wish I had been able to eat more of your Velvet Mocha Moose, so yummy.
Again, thank you.
Sam and Matt Jordan (June 2014)
We just wanted to thank you for doing such a great job with the catering for our wedding at the Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat in May earlier this year. The food was outstanding and our friends are still talking about it. Many of our guests said that it was the best food they had ever eaten! There is nothing more we could have asked of our caterer, so thank you for exceeding our expectations.
You actually started helping us about 12 months before our wedding. You were very patient with all of our questions and numerous phone calls. You recommended how much beer and wine we would need and also gave us advice on catering for our engagement party. You also know the venue very well and this ensured that the reception area was set up appropriately for our guests.
Our advice to anyone considering Caterina would be this:
Call Katrina and book her in. You can put all of your confidence in her to provide you with the best food some of your guests will ever eat. Her staff are professional and very kind. If you have any concerns in the lead up to your event all you have to do is call Katrina and the problem will be solved.
Thanks again Katrina!
Rachel and Daniel (May 2014)
Thank you so much for the amazing food on our magical Day. We were so pleased with quality. Our day was absolute perfection and we thank you very much for being a part of it.
Scott & Shannon (May 2014)
Hi Katrina and all of your staff,
I can't thank you enough for everything you did for myself and Matthew before and during and after our wedding day. If there is one thing all of our guests have commented on it how wonderful the food was, and that they didn't leave hungry. The banquet was definitely the best option so I am glad I pulled my head in and listened to you and mum :)
Thank you for your assistance with making arrangements for the changing weather, it was so wonderful to have someone with experience help in decision making so that the day could be the best possible day.
Attached are the photo's from our photographer, I was hoping for some table shots, however I hope these may help if you have other clients like myself who like to see visuals. If you want to publish any let me know and I shall check with Nicholas if this is OK. Unfortunately he left before the dessert and cheese platters :(
The vegetarian meal also received a lot of comments as to how delicious it looked and was.
Dessert was also amazing, everything all just lived up to all promises and exceeded them. One thing I absolutely loved was how you and your staff arranged breakfast the next morning, I would recommend this to everyone as not only did the place look great, (as I have memories of what it looked like at 5am) the small touch of arranging items from the wedding on the breakfast table just made it feel like our wedding day extended a little further.
Not too sure who got up and sang with the band but this also added to the night, as my idea of a wedding is that everyone feels welcome, so I hope your staff did as well.
I wanted this email to say so much more and if there is anyway I can recommend your company further please let me know as I am happy to assist.
Take Care and THANK YOU sooooooo much again.
Heidi and Matthew Smith (May 2014)
Thanks so much for the weekend. The vego food was amazing and all the guests are still talking about how beautiful the pumpkin ravioli and sweet potato was. All of your staff were so lovely and friendly too :)
Thank you for an unforgettable weekend.
Claudia & John (April 2014)
Katrina, we would like to express our most sincere appreciation of your catering services for our wedding. We, along with our guests, cannot speak highly enough of your beautiful food, its meticulous presentation, its superb quality & quantity, your attention to detail, approachability and above all your professionalism. We had high expectations for all aspects of our day and you well and truly surpassed these, for which we are delighted. Thank you so much for your patience with my questions throughout! And a huge thank you for the ease at which you adapted to our unexpected changes. Knowing that your caterer will make everything okay regardless of any obstacles is a sure sign of confidence and trust and we had that from you and your team. Thank you again for adding to such a terrific day.
Aisling & Stuart Jackson (March 2014)
We just wanted to say a very big thank you for all of your hard work for our wedding weekend! Your food was delicious and we have received so many compliments on everything from the breakfasts, the canapés and the wedding meal itself. So many people have told us how refreshing it was to see such an abundance of food come out of the kitchen and despite all the dancing, nobody went to bed hungry!
The gourmet BBQ you served up on Saturday night was delectable and we cant thank you enough for everything you did. You and your staff were so accommodating and we both agree that you helped make our weekend something so special!
All the best,
Joe and Holly (March 2014)
We just wanted to say Thank you for the wonderful job you did for our wedding. The staff were amazing and the food well it was just delicious. The whole night went off seamlessly. So thankyou again for such a delicious evening and for all your efforts to make our night as special as it was.
Kylie & David (March 2014)
We just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for all your help leading up to our wedding, answering all our questions and dealing with all the changes. Thank you for the amazing food at the wedding and breakfast the next morning. We've had so many comments from guests about how much they loved the food.
We really appreciated all the hard work your team put in, including following the bridal party delivering (delicious) canapés and drinks! You and your team made our day/night stress free and so enjoyable.
Thank you so much,
Alice and Michael (February 2014)
I would like to sincerely thank you, the managers, Joshua and Nadine and the Caterina catering team for making our team conference the best ever! The event planning process, cleanliness of the facility, quality of the food and beverage, and the level of on-site service provided by the catering staff exceeded my expectations. The entire experience was wonderful – the managers were responsive to every query and accommodating to everyone’s needs. Our entire group have agreed that we must have our next offsite team conference at Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat. A huge thank you once again and congratulations to your great team for a job well done. I would highly recommend your amazing venue for any event.
Haylee Alder, NICTA (April 2014)
We want to give our huge massive Thank you and heaps love to Katrina. She is truly amazing and an inspiration to us all! Her food is unbelievable delicious and surprised our team all the time. It is Wow factor and high five to you Katrina, Well done! Everyone agreed that her food is the top, and her passion for the local fresh produce is much appreciated.
All our special diets had been met, even for the medical condition.
The very well prepared afternoon tea for our canoeing trip, the healthy mixed nuts you selected and prepared for us, the delicious homemade slices, we thank you Katrina for your time and efforts in preparing all these for us.
Once again Thank you for looking after our taste buds so well Katrina. We all love you and your lovely team!
We also want to say Thank you Louiza. Thank you for keeping the beautiful Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat.
It is now not only a gem on the beautiful south coast but also a treasure and warm memory in our Bakels people’s heart.
We wish you and your team all the best. Please feel free to stop by if you are in Sydney.
Cindy Jiao, Australian Bakels Pty Ltd (February 2014)