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Chef Joe's Catering

Franconia , NH

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Franconia, NH US

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Becca
Wedding:
10/1/2016
4.4/5.0
We LOVED our chef joes food! We had them do a cheese, cracker, and fruit tray for our cocktail hour that was SO beautiful, and then we got the barbecue menu buffet style for our wedding reception and it was SO yummy!!! People couldn't get enough and I think everyone went back for seconds :) The staff was extremely friendly. YES, I will reiterate what other people are saying, Nancy was not always the easiest/quickest to communicate with, but she always met our needs and in person she is absolutely wonderful and so friendly (which doesn't always translate over the phone). We were invited to their bistro to see how their staff runs a business and we got to have a meal on them to meet Chef Joe, Nancy, and the rest of their team. While we didn't eat any of the food we'd actually be having at our wedding, we very much understood it was all going to be delicious and beautifully presented since everything we had at the bistro was outstanding. I really would highly recommend them. Such great value for the incredible food.
We LOVED our chef joes food! We had them do a cheese, cracker, and fruit tray for our cocktail hour that was SO beautiful, Read more...
We LOVED our chef joes food! We had them do a cheese, cracker, and fruit tray for our cocktail hour that was SO beautiful, and then we got the barbecue menu buffet style for our wedding reception and it was SO yummy!!! People couldn't get enough and I think everyone went back for seconds :) The staff was extremely friendly. YES, I will reiterate what other people are saying, Nancy was not always the easiest/quickest to communicate with, but she always met our needs and in person she is absolutely wonderful and so friendly (which doesn't always translate over the phone). We were invited to their bistro to see how their staff runs a business and we got to have a meal on them to meet Chef Joe, Nancy, and the rest of their team. While we didn't eat any of the food we'd actually be having at our wedding, we very much understood it was all going to be delicious and beautifully presented since everything we had at the bistro was outstanding. I really would highly recommend them. Such great value for the incredible food. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.0/5.0
My review on Chef Joe's is kind of mixed. We chose Chef Joe's for our wedding because of their pricing and their reviews of their food. The food of the wedding was wonderful. We had a buffet and custom-made the menu. We had passed and stationary appetizers. At most weddings you hear that the bridal party misses out on appetizers while doing pictures, but the servers brought over appetizers to us during photos and left us a plate at the head table for when we were finished. They also boxed up the food at the end of wedding for us to take home all the leftovers! Before the wedding, we had a consultation with Chef Joe and his wife/business partner Nancy. We discussed the menu and they said we would be invited for a dinner in place of a tasting so we could experience the total package. We never were invited for this. Our venue required proof of insurance from the caterer. I requested this from Nancy 6 months prior to the wedding and asked her multiple times by email and phone and never received it. A few weeks before the wedding, I called Nancy to check in. She had lost our menu, didn't have the correct venue, didn't know the address, had the incorrect head count, and didn't remember we were renting plates and silverware from them. When we finally got our invoice, it was incorrect 2 times. It was very stressful leading up to the wedding and luckily the food and servers were wonderful and everything ended up working out great.
My review on Chef Joe's is kind of mixed. We chose Chef Joe's for our wedding because of their pricing and their reviews Read more...
My review on Chef Joe's is kind of mixed. We chose Chef Joe's for our wedding because of their pricing and their reviews of their food. The food of the wedding was wonderful. We had a buffet and custom-made the menu. We had passed and stationary appetizers. At most weddings you hear that the bridal party misses out on appetizers while doing pictures, but the servers brought over appetizers to us during photos and left us a plate at the head table for when we were finished. They also boxed up the food at the end of wedding for us to take home all the leftovers! Before the wedding, we had a consultation with Chef Joe and his wife/business partner Nancy. We discussed the menu and they said we would be invited for a dinner in place of a tasting so we could experience the total package. We never were invited for this. Our venue required proof of insurance from the caterer. I requested this from Nancy 6 months prior to the wedding and asked her multiple times by email and phone and never received it. A few weeks before the wedding, I called Nancy to check in. She had lost our menu, didn't have the correct venue, didn't know the address, had the incorrect head count, and didn't remember we were renting plates and silverware from them. When we finally got our invoice, it was incorrect 2 times. It was very stressful leading up to the wedding and luckily the food and servers were wonderful and everything ended up working out great. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
2.0/5.0
I wouldn't recommend them for a wedding. Perhaps a business event, but not a wedding. Chef Joe's wife Nancy handles the business end of things and is a bit abrasive, difficult to contact and not interested in providing good customer service.
I wouldn't recommend them for a wedding. Perhaps a business event, but not a wedding. Chef Joe's wife Nancy handles the Read more...
I wouldn't recommend them for a wedding. Perhaps a business event, but not a wedding. Chef Joe's wife Nancy handles the business end of things and is a bit abrasive, difficult to contact and not interested in providing good customer service. Read less
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Conner
Wedding:
8/20/2016
3.9/5.0
Chef Joe's catered our reception and we also did our rehearsal dinner at their bistro in Franconia. For both occasions, the food was really delicious and the value was fantastic, particularly for the reception. During the planning process, Chef Joe's was often a bit difficult to communicate with and we found them somewhat unfriendly at times even during the wedding weekend. However, if you are willing to put up with some annoying communications issues, Chef Joe's might still be worth it for the quality and value of the food.
Chef Joe's catered our reception and we also did our rehearsal dinner at their bistro in Franconia. For both occasions, Read more...
Chef Joe's catered our reception and we also did our rehearsal dinner at their bistro in Franconia. For both occasions, the food was really delicious and the value was fantastic, particularly for the reception. During the planning process, Chef Joe's was often a bit difficult to communicate with and we found them somewhat unfriendly at times even during the wedding weekend. However, if you are willing to put up with some annoying communications issues, Chef Joe's might still be worth it for the quality and value of the food. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Laura
Wedding:
8/13/2016
4.8/5.0
My husband and I first met with Chef Joe to do a menu brainstorm session which resulted in a mouth watering in season customized menu for our mid-August wedding. He was very helpful in coming up with recommendations and created a delicious customized menu that both my husband and I were excited about for cocktail hour (we did a mix of stationary and served appetizers), buffet dinner and a variety of desserts. He was also very accommodating and came up with creative solutions when it came to food allergy/sensitivity issues. If you are looking for a caterer that is passionate about food and will create a delicious customized menu for your wedding, I would highly recommend Chef Joe's! We got so many compliments from our wedding guests about the food.
My husband and I first met with Chef Joe to do a menu brainstorm session which resulted in a mouth watering in season Read more...
My husband and I first met with Chef Joe to do a menu brainstorm session which resulted in a mouth watering in season customized menu for our mid-August wedding. He was very helpful in coming up with recommendations and created a delicious customized menu that both my husband and I were excited about for cocktail hour (we did a mix of stationary and served appetizers), buffet dinner and a variety of desserts. He was also very accommodating and came up with creative solutions when it came to food allergy/sensitivity issues. If you are looking for a caterer that is passionate about food and will create a delicious customized menu for your wedding, I would highly recommend Chef Joe's! We got so many compliments from our wedding guests about the food. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We have no complaints about Chef Joe's! Our food was incredible and we've heard great compliments on how good it was. We would definitely recommend Chef Joe's to others!
We have no complaints about Chef Joe's! Our food was incredible and we've heard great compliments on how good it was. We Read more...
We have no complaints about Chef Joe's! Our food was incredible and we've heard great compliments on how good it was. We would definitely recommend Chef Joe's to others! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Outstanding food, both for the rehearsal dinner and wedding!
Outstanding food, both for the rehearsal dinner and wedding!
Outstanding food, both for the rehearsal dinner and wedding! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
2.9/5.0
Joe and Nancy are big whigs in the catering industry and will impress you with their inventiveness of dishes and name dropping. My husband and I were pretty surprised to find such well-rounded catering talent in rural NH. They can definitely cook and your guests will LOVE their food, for certain. They aren't for everyone though.

They can come off as kind of disappointed if you don't want their food to be the center of your wedding and if you aren't interested in dropping 10 grand on food. I don't recommend working with them if you are a shy couple because they move fast and you'll walk out of your consultation wondering what the heck just happened and what you singed up for. Also, they take handwritten notes during your meetings, but then they send you a summary of what was agreed upon and it's just not clearly spelled out. They say that contracts aren't their thing so they have an informal handshake agreement style. As any couple on a budget knows, this kind of informal connection with your vendor can leave you feeling vulnerable.

Finally, more than any other wedding vendor we worked with, I felt that after Joe and Nancy were paid, the communication came to a grinding halt.
Joe and Nancy are big whigs in the catering industry and will impress you with their inventiveness of dishes and name Read more...
Joe and Nancy are big whigs in the catering industry and will impress you with their inventiveness of dishes and name dropping. My husband and I were pretty surprised to find such well-rounded catering talent in rural NH. They can definitely cook and your guests will LOVE their food, for certain. They aren't for everyone though.

They can come off as kind of disappointed if you don't want their food to be the center of your wedding and if you aren't interested in dropping 10 grand on food. I don't recommend working with them if you are a shy couple because they move fast and you'll walk out of your consultation wondering what the heck just happened and what you singed up for. Also, they take handwritten notes during your meetings, but then they send you a summary of what was agreed upon and it's just not clearly spelled out. They say that contracts aren't their thing so they have an informal handshake agreement style. As any couple on a budget knows, this kind of informal connection with your vendor can leave you feeling vulnerable.

Finally, more than any other wedding vendor we worked with, I felt that after Joe and Nancy were paid, the communication came to a grinding halt. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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adusel01
Wedding:
10/25/2014
4.0/5.0
Very very good food. Not at all your typical wedding fare, as the bride I made sure to eat and eat a lot! All of our guests raved about the meal and couldn't say enough good things.
Very very good food. Not at all your typical wedding fare, as the bride I made sure to eat and eat a lot! All of our Read more...
Very very good food. Not at all your typical wedding fare, as the bride I made sure to eat and eat a lot! All of our guests raved about the meal and couldn't say enough good things. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner
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Lori
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Even though we changed our mind multiple times over our wedding meal - Nancy & chef joe worked with us until we were happy. The end result was amazing though we knew whatever they served would be incredible! We had a thanksgiving dinner served at our wedding and all of our guests raved and some still are raving about it. I made sure to try a little of everything and I'm glad I did. Everything was absolutely delicious and the staff was super professional and helpful. I would absolutely recommend booking chef joe for your event, you won't be disappointed!
Even though we changed our mind multiple times over our wedding meal - Nancy & chef joe worked with us until we were Read more...
Even though we changed our mind multiple times over our wedding meal - Nancy & chef joe worked with us until we were happy. The end result was amazing though we knew whatever they served would be incredible! We had a thanksgiving dinner served at our wedding and all of our guests raved and some still are raving about it. I made sure to try a little of everything and I'm glad I did. Everything was absolutely delicious and the staff was super professional and helpful. I would absolutely recommend booking chef joe for your event, you won't be disappointed! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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