Sarah and Chris’s Wedding

May 05, 2012

Wow, where do I even begin?

When we met Elyse Bolton over the phone we knew immediately how great she was going to be as the chef for our wedding just by how enthusiastic she was for our special event and from all the endless options she provided us!

Elyse went above and beyond and put us at ease the moment we called her all the way from Chicago, IL as we were planning our intimate wedding event to be held all the way out in Sonoma, CA. She pretty much told us that she could make anything we wanted for our 20 guest wedding!

What was so amazing about this all is that she would tell us all about the options from passed hors d’oeuvres to spreads for cocktail hour, all the way through first course options of salad, to second course options of pasta, to third course of the main meal with sides and last but not least the final course of not 1 desserts but 3 beautiful sample plates per person for dessert!

We could tell that this is her passion and boy is she phenomenal at what she does!

Throughout the planning of selecting the meal she would provide sample menus and she was extremely flexible in changing options around and even suggested options of what would go best together.

Elyse was also extremely mindful of our budget and helped us choose options that were in our range. When we met Elyse in person in Sonoma for the first time, we hugged because she’s the type of person you immediately feel comfortable around and want to hug!

When the day of the wedding arrived, Elyse and her gracious staff arrived and prepared gourmet sandwiches for everyone during the day at the property where the wedding was taking place. Everyone was raving over the sandwiches and the day had just begun, we hadn’t even walked down the aisle yet! We went off to get married and after a few private wine tastings in wine country our group was ready to eat by the time we arrived back at the property!

Elyse and her team had lit all the candles on the table and to our surprise, they had made beautiful custom menus for the table for each guest so everyone knew what they were being served! Passed appetizers were to die for and everyone was moaning with how delicious they were!!

Just when we thought we had died and gone to heaven, it was time to eat dinner. Every plate of food that was served was placed perfectly and all of our guests feasted. Then it was time for dessert and all you have to do is look at the photos on her website from the night of the wedding!! AMAZING!

Thank you Elyse and your fabulous staff for making our wedding the best and making it a dream. We knew it would be outstanding but I can?t even find the words to describe how truly phenomenal it was for us. We are already thinking about coming back out to Sonoma, CA for our anniversary and perhaps we can do it all over again!

All the best,

Sarah and Chris Simon


Ariah and son Cameron

April 01, 2012

Hi Elyse,

My son Cameron, and I are so thrilled with all that you and your assistant…(sorry I forgot her name) cooked up for us. Really we are soooooo happy with you and the love, care, expertise with which you two created our nurturing meals.

What a wonderful treat!

Elyse I will keep you in mind and tell everyone I know who may be looking for a cook about you!

Have a wonderful new year!




Chris and Don’s Holiday Party

March 01, 2012

Hi Elyse,

We want to thank you for the amazing party last night. You all worked so hard to make everything perfect and it was. The food was great and your and your crew are so professional. We are truly impressed. Hope we didn’t keep you too long last night. After so many hours of prep, surely your were all very tired last night.

Thank you again. If you ever need a reference for a client, please let us know. Take care and hope to see you again soon.

Chris and Don


Wine Pairing In Napa

November 11, 2011


Thank you so much for cooking us a delicious meal while we stayed in Napa. Every course paired perfectly with our wines, and all of the food was cooked to perfection. We especially liked the spicy and creamy contrast in the shrimp and grits and the tenderness and seasoning of the lamb. After traveling all day, it was so nice to come home to a warm meal. You did exactly what we asked for, and managed to put a nice flair that articulated your style of cooking: comfort food with a modern twist.

We enjoyed the meal and your professionalism very much, and will certainly recommend you to others we know who will be making future visits to the region. Furthermore, we hope you will consider cooking for us again upon our return next year.

Thank you again so much!



September Wedding!

September 27, 2011


Just wanted to send you a big Thank you for the amazing job that you and your staff did at Matt and Shelby’s wedding. Everything was wonderful and your staff was very professional. The food was excellent as well as the service.

I would be happy to be used as a reference for you in the future.

Thanks again for making Matt and Shelby’s day a wonderful one.

Mary Herbon


50th Birthday Celebration!

June 03, 2011

Oh, Elyse . . . how can I begin to thank you?? As I think I mentioned, I have never used a caterer personally (although I have planned many large scale events and used them for work) but you far exceeded every expectation I had. Everyone, and I mean everyone, raved about the appetizers, the salad, the bread and most of all, the main course. Your staff was wonderful and you are absolutely delightful to work with. You made my birthday party sheer perfection!

Thank you again and I promise this will not be the last time we see you!!!