Juste Hors D'Oeuvres and Much More, LLC

Bethel, CT

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

If you want a caterer who is not "off-the-shelf" ordinary and has a vast variety of full-service menu selections, you've come to the right place! We are highly experienced, full-service caterers who assist our clients, both private and corporate, with menu creation, party planning, and any rentals needed. Whatever event, large or small, you have in mind, we're there to realize your vision! Our expertise as on-site personal chefs at private dinner parties is exemplary. Our brides and grooms love our personalized approach to planning their perfect day! We pride ourselves on our highly individualized approach to menu creation to ensure the perfect event while honoring your budget! While we have only been working with Thumbtack for less than a year, we have been hired over 20 times and have a 5-Star rating!!! Visit us to read our exemplary testimonials (both on Thumbtack and our website) and view our eclectic menu selections. Warm regards, Marylyn B. Schwartz (Proprietor)

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Interacting with our clients from the initial phone call to the completion of the event is exhilarating! To see the clients' vision come to fruition and to know that we made a positive difference in their lives as well as those of their guests is the ultimate goal of JHD's catering!
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Location

Bethel, CT 06801

Years in business

8

Number of employees

10

Times hired on Thumbtack

60

Reviews

49 Reviews
  • Sherry L. Jun 17, 2017
    We can not thank Marylyn and her staff enough for making our day so seamless. She had unique, personalized menu ideas that made the day elegant. Our day was truly unforgettable.
  • Penny N. Jun 14, 2017
    Juste Hors D'Oeuvres did a wonderful job for my daughters Bridal Shower, price was very reasonable and Marylyn was very helpful and easy to work with planning the event.
  • Penny N. Jun 14, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Vivian R. Jun 13, 2017
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    From beginning to end everything was approached with care and consideration. Constant contact until arrival to make sure everything was 100% they way we needed it. Thank you so much for your help, you made this wedding a blast!
  • Rachel W. May 29, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    We had a wonderful backyard wedding yesterday which was enhanced by the wonderful food and service deluvered by a real sweetie - Marilyn. Juste Hors D'Oeurvres prepared and served delicious appetizers, yummy mains and scrumptious desserts. Marilyn coordinated tent and party rentals as well as liquour and soft drinks. She easily handled everyrhing with a smile and answered emails and phone calls promptly. We had many compliments!!
  • Janice M. May 24, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    The food and the service were excellent!! This was my first catered event and Marylyn made it so easy. I talked to at least ten other caterers and none were as helpful and thoughtful as Marylyn. I will definitely use Juste Hors D'Oeuvres again and recommend it to all my friends. I'd give more stars if I could!!!
  • Hutch H. Apr 3, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    50th birthday perfection
    I wish I could give 10 stars...I would. I was a little nervous hiring Marylyn for my wife's 50th birthday party as I had never met her. The pre party planning was simple and Marylyn gave me ample food choices and walked me through the whole process. She was very responsive to return emails and answer any question I had. When she walked into my kitchen I knew I was all set. We had 70 guest, an hour and a half of cocktails and hors d' oeuvres, a full salmon and beef dinner followed by dessert. She supplied everything and never asked for anything allowing us to enjoy our guests and the party. The food was amazing with 5 different served hors d' oeuvres and then dinner. Dinner was served hot and the presentation to the guests was first class. The staff was so friendly and attentive and worked to make every guest happy. The bar staff was equally great and at the end of the night, they cleaned everything. I cant wait until next time. Thank you Marylyn. Hutch Avon, CT
  • Rebecca D. Mar 26, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Would recommend
    Marylyn did a wonderful job catering my husband's 40th bday party at our house. Great food, easy to work with, punctual, clean.
  • Virginia B. Mar 25, 2017
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Special Event Success - Thank You Marylyn - Food was Beautiful and DELICIOUS
    Just amazing - Marylyn was able to provide an absolutely delicious assortment of food for a special event - Fig, Gorgonzola and Arugula Toasted Crostini, Grilled Eggplant, Goat Cheese, Mozzarella and Sundried Tomato Stacks, Lemon Ricotta and Olive Tapenade Crostini, Tortellini, Tomato and Pesto Skewers, Assorted Artisan Cheeses and Grapes w/Crisps and Crackers, Shrimp Salad w/Brioche Rolls and Buffalo Chicken Skewers w/Blue Cheese Sauce. Our guests were gushing all night and Dan was fabulous. Thank you Marylyn for making our night special.
  • Adwoa D. Feb 12, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    The best catering experience ever!
    This team provided a custom made traditional west African meal for my father's surprise 70th birthday party. Everyone raved about the food and the excellent service. People continued to ask about where I found them well into the next day. Sensing my nervousness, the entire team made it a seamless process for me upon arrival. I was provided with full catering as well as bartending service. They are definitely a group I'll use again for my upcoming 35th birthday party this summer. I cannot thank them enough for a wonderful event!
  • Jennifer V. Jan 3, 2017
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Great 70th Birthday Party!
    Working with JHD was easy! Marylyn immediately "got it" when I described my vision for my dad's 70th birthday. She took my ideas, made several recommendations, and we were off! We had never used JHD before and didn't really know what to expect, but the morning of the event, Neil arrived on time (actually a few minutes early) which we really appreciated. All my guests loved the food. The presentation was perfect! Neil was friendly, helpful, and my kitchen was left in tip-top shape when he left. We can't say enough nice things about the wonderful job JHD did for us! Thank you!
  • BLAKE B. Dec 12, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Read and learn the truth
    I have been a founder of internet based company with over 19 years of blood, sweat and tears called www.PetCareRx.com. I have worked on many deal and partnerships with some of the BEST. I can say Juste Hors D'Oeuvres was not only the best group of people I have ever come across with a proven method to keeping a event stress free and allowing the host to actually enjoy a party. The first time I was able to eat at my own event and believe me the food was amazing. Planning any event is stressful and to have the level of expertise on your side makes all the difference to having a night go so well that people do not want to leave. Each and every detail was thought through and executed to perfection. Question that I have to anyone reading this is why are you still reading ... You do not get a 2nd chance to plan a event. DO NOT RISK hiring a mistake. You can rest assure you will have a amazing event with Juste Hors D'Oeuvres. 10 Stars
  • Raegan W. Dec 4, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Marylyn and Juste Hors D'Oeuvres is fabulous!
    Marylyn and Juste Hors D'Oeuvres is fabulous! She is everything that you want your wedding caterer to be. She was always very nice, very attentive to detail, easy to communicate with and highly professional. She and her staff were really wonderful throughout our whole event. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it. Perhaps most importantly she was willing to work within our proposed budget. We cannot recommend her highly enough. You will not be disappointed.
  • Mae L. Oct 29, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Great experience
    Easy to work with, very nice staff, good food!
  • Devin B. Oct 17, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    The process of finding a caterer for our cocktail wedding reception was very stressful. There was a lot that I did not take into consideration, such as price and how much food would be needed to feed 125 guests. From the moment I first talk with Marylyn on the phone, I felt that I could trust her to cater our wedding and I was right. We did not have a sit down dinner; instead we had a cocktail style reception with passed hors d'ouveres, a taco station, and a slider station. Marylyn was upfront and honest from the beginning and constantly in contact to make sure we were comfortable with the choices we were making. She was able to negotiate deals for liquor, linens, and other rentals that we needed. She essentially took care of everything we needed to ensure that we would enjoy our evening. Marylyn and her partner, Neal are professionals and experts who not only provided us with excellent service, but were very humble, accommodating, and most importantly knowledgeable. We had an array of hors d'ouveres to choose from. For our reception, we had the option to choose 5 and it was hard to do that. I would highly suggest the jalapeño poppers! They were a hit at the reception. For tasty food and high quality service, I would highly suggest Marylyn and Neal.
  • Scott P. Sep 28, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Amazing Caterer!
    My fiance and I hired Juste Hors D'Oeuvres and Much More, LLC for our intimate wedding of 100 guest and could not have been happier with our decision! Marylyn and Neal were such a pleasure to work with throughout every step of our wedding planning process. Our guests raved about the food (from appetizers to entrees) and couldn't get enough of it! Both Marylyn and Neal went above and beyond our expectations, providing us with quotes and contact information for lighting, equipment rentals, alcohol and even ice! Our guests gave us an abundance of compliments of the entire Juste Hors D'Oeuvres staff that worked our reception. What we were most impressed by was Marylyn's ability to provide exactly what we wanted while keeping within our price range. Overall, the folks at Juste Hors D'Oeuvres helped make our wedding as perfect as we could've hoped! We both recommend hiring them for your catering needs, and we look forward to working with Marylyn and Neal again in the future. Thanks again guys!
  • Erin W. Sep 27, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Barn Wedding
    Marylyn and Neal assisted with our DIY barn wedding and they were fabulous providing not only guidance along the way but also providing a great meal and professional service at our wedding! They worked within our setting and delivered in all aspects. We can't thank them enough for sharing in our special day!
  • Richard T. Sep 14, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    10+ Stars If We Could!!!
    We would give Juste Hors D'Oeuvres 10+ stars if we could for the fantastic partnership and catering they provided on both our joyous day and the planning leading up to our wedding event. Right from the beginning of our contact with Marylyn, when we were still deciding on our caterer, she was friendly, very responsive and had some great suggestions. She took the time to really listen and understand what we were envisioning for our wedding, a theme that was fairly involved and complex, what budget we had allocated for the catering and what our expectation was for the menu. Her suggestions were insightful and respectful of all those factors and she was able to work within our budget, in fact she was able to provide some excellent ideas that enhanced our theme while saving us thousands in cost and not lowering the quality of our admittedly high end reception. Over the months of menu planning, tasting, staffing logistics, venue requirements, insurance requirements etc. etc. etc. Marylyn went from a caterer we hired to a beloved trusted advisor and friend. Every tweak we made to our plans, every idea we had on how to make our event even more spectacular for our guests, Marylyn helped us to realize realistically based on her thoughtful experience. At the tasting we first met Neal, her partner in Juste Hors D'Oeuvres. He is as warm and friendly as Marylyn and they work well together in the artistry of their food. (More on that later!) Our reception was in Chelsea in August on THE hottest day of the year (The temp was 105 on the penthouse rooftop @ 4:30pm) and this forced a major last minute shift in plans on the day of as we had to change having the cocktail hour for our 150+ guests, the bar and the band from outside the rooftop to inside in the upper penthouse. As we were doing a 2 floor event this could have easily gone wrong in so many ways, but Marylyn and her staff took it in stride, calmly helped to figure it out and executed on the change flawlessly. (Btw, her staff is excellent, think well on their feet, and are both friendly and professional. A large amount of our guests specifically mentioned to us how good they thought the staff was!). The shift went so well that none of our guests ever realized that it wasn’t originally planned that way. The passed appetizers that Neal and Marylyn prepared for our guests during the cocktail hour were incredible. People are still raving about them up to now, a month later! The Applewood bacon wrapped stuffed Majool dates were especially mind blowing as was the cauliflower & cumin fritters and all the other appetizers, and their flatbreads are divine! The main reception in the lower penthouse was expertly catered - Neal and Marylyn ensured that all the food was exceptionally executed, cooked to the perfect state (e.g., Tenderloin a perfect medium rare as we requested) and everything was served with a visual flare that matched our décor theme. Her staff continued to be on point throughout the extended night (our event went past midnight) and helped to take care of whatever mini-crisis popped up with minimal direction (e.g., we needed another 450 lbs. ice delivery in the first 2 hours of the event because of the heat melting the first batch so quickly). Our event space was very happy with how professional Neal and Marylyn were and how well they and their staff met all the venue’s strict guidelines, including a quick and spotless cleanup of the kitchen after the event ended. Our guests were blown away with the presentation, quality and taste of all the dishes in all the courses. The food was truly exceptional and Marylyn even chased us (the bride and groom) down to make sure that we had dishes specially prepared for us and that we ate (eating at your own wedding is quite the challenge to do!). As we learned, having a wedding is a process of managing the chaos of a million moving parts. The opportunities for things to go wrong presents itself at every turn and expenses can quickly spiral way over budget very easily, and stress is ever present in large quantities. However, having Marylyn and Juste Hors D'Oeuvres as our caterer helped to greatly decrease the pitfalls, our stress, and our expenses. Our special day would not have gone as smoothly as it did if we had not partnered with a caterer as exceptional as Marylyn and her team. We highly recommend Marylyn and Juste Hors D'Oeuvres and will most definitely use them again in the future! PS. Our Wedding was everything we imagined it to be and more, and the feedback from our guests was outstanding.
  • Vicky S. Sep 14, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    The only reason this isn't one star is because of Neil.
    Neil saved the day but otherwise working with Marylyn wasn't so great. She was super unprofessional on email and in person--very pushy and apparently this isn't the first time that this has happened according to her co-workers who were on site. I really wish that her attitude was better and she made more recommendations regarding cold food to be served on the venue since it was a beach. She also should have come up with solutions to any issues that we had rather than just unprofessionally saying that she "needs this or that" to make things work or that things were impossible etc. Thank you Neil for showing up at the venue instead of Marylyn--I purposefully removed myself from contacting her because she was way too much to deal with. She was also really brash and terrible to our wedding planner who has worked events on the island - she basically didn't trust him, made that know, and told me that it wasn't his job to direct things when he 1. knew what he was doing and 2. was the person we hired to make decisions. I only am not giving this place one star because Neil was way better to deal with. Seriously look elsewhere or just use Moonlight catering since Neil is calm, cool, collect, and solves issues without placing blame on anyone.
    Marylyn S. Sep 14, 2016

    I am sorry to receive such a negative review. As anyone looking at my reviews can see, I have a stellar reputation with Thumbtack clients as well as my private clients (www.justehorsdoeuvres.com). My reviews are all 5-Star till this. While I do not want to be defensive, I have earned the right to reply. Vicky was one of the most difficult, childish and challenging clients I have ever worked with. Her husband was really seeming to go along with her constant neediness and mind-changing. We could all see that it stressed him. Charlie was not difficult to deal with. Vicky was so very curt to me as though I were her underling rather than partner in the planning. No matter what I did for either of these clients, it was not enough. To say my staff would say anything negative about me to a client just shows how she is the one who is acting unprofessional and certainly beneath civil behavior. Why insult my team??? We worked diligently to do everything in our power to protect them from possible unnecessary expenditures, and that was viewed as "stressing" her or interfering with the planner. That is utterly untrue. I could produce her very complimentary e-mails all along, but why bother. Even though my partner (we did this wedding totally together except on site) and team did a great job, as she says, both she and Charlie shorted their tips to spite me! How does that rate as grateful? That certainly speaks volumes for the way this client handles issues. And, to be fair to her wedding planner, Vicky and Charlie would not like to hear what he had to say about them to both Neal and I. They certainly did not make his life very easy. He had lots of issues with the constant revisions and changes, as we did... Anyone who knows anything about catering knows that the only way an event comes off great is for the pre-planning to be stellar. And stellar planning and thought went into this event. Vicky shows no gratitude for any of tha expertise! Having said this, I wish them both the best of luck!

  • Lotta K. Sep 13, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Outstanding Service!
    Marylyn and her team handled the catering for our wedding. You could tell that Marylyn is really experienced and she helped us to figure out things we hadn't thought about in advance and she was also very flexible during the event when we had last minute requests/changes. The food was excellent and it was an overall great experience! I highly recommend Juste Hors D'Oeuvres for any type of event.
  • Rochelle S. Jul 23, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I wanted to celebrate my husband's 70th birthday in my backyard, poolside, without having to think about and prepare for 45 adults and 10 children. I also wanted something a bit more elegant than our annual family barbecue. Both of these goals were achieved and all I had to do was play hostess, which is in and of itself exhausting. Marilyn and her crew were prompt, organized and very helpful in every way. The food was delicious and many had more than one helping. I would definitely recommend this group to anyone interested!!!
  • Julia R. Jul 5, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    The Juste Hors D'Oeuvres team: Marylyn, Janesa and Manny were fantastic! I really enjoyed working with Marylyn on the menu and found her to be really cooperative and creative. The food was excellent and their was plenty of it. What made them really exceptional was their warmth, consideration and attentiveness. They made the event so enjoyable and everyone went home with doggie bags!
  • Beth K. Jul 4, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I was seeking someone who could provide a classy, yet substantial food and beverage service to a 100+ event for a professional association. I was a little scared to hire someone that I found online and with whom I had no prior experience or for whom I had no personal reference. But, we had a tight budget and limited time to plan. After speaking with Marylyn, all of my fears were assuaged and after the event, I was so so pleased with her performance. She delivered a very classy event serving passed appetizers and a food station, in addition to wine and beer. It was so nice to be able to let someone else worry about all of the details so that I could focus on our event. Marylyn really took care of everything and served up a wonderful event that attendees are still raving about two weeks later.
  • John W. Jun 26, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Epic BBQ Wedding Reception The full menu and catering service of Just Hors D'Oeuvres goes way beyond the appetizers. With their vast selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts, its hard to imagine a combination which cannot more than please the most demanding of guests. Their grilled lamb, skirt steak and beef tenderloin exceeded high quality expectations and only unsolicited complements were received from many of the guests. The entire staff worked tirelessly for eight hours serving have passed Hors douerves, creating inventive mixed drinks, grilling and organizing the delicious buffet and desserts. The caterers are focused and busy with many events both large and small so just keep this in mind when trying to determine menu selection and coordinating with the various other vendors working your event
  • Joe M. Jun 20, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Marylyn of Juste Hors D'Oeuvres was very professional and communicated regularly up to the day of the event. Her expertise and advice helped put me at easy with all of the details for the event. The staff were pleasant and professional and the food was amazing and well received by the guest. I am planning another event and expect to use Juste Hors D'Oeuvres again.
  • Robert H. May 29, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Last night we celebrated our daughter's wedding in NYC. Just Hor D'Oeuvers did an absolutely amazing job. The food was spectacular, the staff was very professional. All the pre-planning was thorough and they gave us plenty of flexibility. They executed the reception flawlessly in circumstances that were not easy. The ceremony and reception was held in the same space and had to be changed completely between the two events. They were adaptable to this difficult work plan and maintained a professional and affable attitude throughout. As father of the bride I could have been stressing over what could go wrong but honestly, they made it all look so easy that all I thought about was celebrating with our guests and that's the way it should be. My heartfelt thank you to Marilyn, Neal and their whole staff. Bob H.
  • Marcus O. May 27, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    JHD&MM were tremendous. If you are looking for a turnkey caterer that pays attention to all details form food, seating, drinks and ambiance JHE&MM are your folks. Marylyn was awesome for the following reasons: 1. Great listener 2. Awesome attention to detail 3. Great anticipation of event needs and providing good solutions. 4. Don't worry attitude. 5. Incredible value for money 6. Excelente you post event clean up. 7. Service with a smile 8. Great agility. 9. Insurability was awesome for us folks that live in manhattan high rises. 😉 I cannot say enough to thank Marylyn and her Team for impeccable hosting of our event. I will be using her again soon.
  • Terry H. May 18, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    The food was fabulous.the presentation was beautiful. Marilyn was great to work with. Her suggestions were spot on! You can't do better.
  • Tanmay M. May 11, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    My experience with JHD was wonderful. I was organizing a graduation/send-off party for my MBA cohort and we had the event at a classmate's home. Marylyn was extremely prompt throughout the process and had great attention to detail, making sure that we were able to have all the right equipment and that it would be functional at both the primary location as well as at the backup rain location. Because this was a school event, there were certain restrictions on how the event needed to be run (e.g. we needed to have a licensed bartender, we had a certain budget within which to operate, etc.) and Marylyn was very accommodating with these requests. They staff at the event (chef, assistants, bartender) were charming in how they interacted with guests. There were a couple times when guests accidentally spilled or dropped something after having set it down on an uneven surface, and someone was always there within a minute with a replacement snack/beverage. The food itself was delicious; several people came up to me afterward and told me that the bacon-wrapped dates were heavenly and that they even broke their diets to have more! At the conclusion of the event everything was cleaned up and left just the way it was before. If I were to have another event I would certainly choose JHD again!
  • ANUJ G. Apr 11, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Marylyn and are her team did a great job. She did the job on 2 days notice and didn't miss a beat. I would definitely use her services again in the future.
  • Allison W. Apr 3, 2016
    Just Hors D'Oeuvres catered my birthday party at an Art Studio in New Jersey. The food was absolutely delicious. The spread was tasty and well-prepared, each item plated and served with timeliness, and those attending us were funny and engaging, attentive and helpful. I could not have asked for a more wonderful experience!
  • Tisha B. Jan 3, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    She was professional and perfect, she took the time to asked what we envisions our wedding to be like. She was very patient and kind and guided us to a perfect menu to fit our budget!!!!! Am looking forward to a wonderful day!!!! You are amazing!!
  • Rajiv R. Dec 30, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    We recently had the privilege and gastronomic joy of having our Institute Christmas Party catered by Marilyn and her staff from Juste Hors D'Oeuvres. Marilyn made the process seemless, stressless, and very tasty from the standpoint of us and our guests. The signature dishes served by Marilyn and her crew and cooked onsight are fabulous and highly recommended. We are strongly considering using Marilyn again for our party next year. My suggestions for improvement were really in three areas and were relatively minor compared to the outstanding meal we. I thought the pacing of the Hors D'euvres blending into the meal could have been better with less time for the former and more time for the latter. This pacing left less time for Marilyn and her crew to do the kind of clean up we are used to at our parties. Finally, the desserts were considered good but not outstanding by most. These constructive comments do not diminish in any way the great sense of satisfaction we had the quality, quantity and cost of the food we had. We certainly will strongly consider having this group help us next year. Marilyn is honest, transparent and forthright in everyway. She is a pleasure to deal with and you will come away with her strong commitment to service with a smile. I recommend her highly.
  • Jean M. Dec 26, 2015
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Marylyn and her team hosted our Christmas Eve and it was top notch from beginning to end. In planning the cocktail hour and dinner Marylyn really listened to what we were looking for and offered suggestions based on the information we provided. She was easy to talk to and responsive...even with some last minute changes that we made. When she arrived she truely took over our kitchen, which allowed us to enjoy our time with family and guests. The servers were friendly and helpful...from making sure everyone enjoyed the appetizers to cleaning up when needed. And now the food....amazing!!! Everything was cooked in our kitchen to perfection. The mushrooms, clams, shrimp, bacon wrapped dates (just to name a few) were delicious and our family was completely impressed. The linguine was cooked perfectly and the dinner was also delicious. At the end of the night the kitchen was completely clean, which was a definite bonus. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Marylyn. Guests actually thought she was a close family friend because they felt "she treats everyone here like they are family." We would definitely work with Marylyn again...thank you!!!
  • Steffanie J. Dec 22, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    AMAZING Experience. Marylyn and her crew were exceptional catering our Holiday Party for 35 people. Delicious food, immaculate presentation, and professional staff. Thanks so much. Highly Recommended!!!
  • Emily S. Dec 15, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    We recently hired Marylyn from Juste Hors D’oeuvres to cater our Holiday Open House. Her entire staff was very professional, personable and easy to work with. The food was fabulous and we received great compliments from our guests. Everything came out of the kitchen hot and was presented beautifully with fresh flowers. She offers a wide variety of items and the hors d’oeuvres we ordered were unique and delicious. We are already planning to have them back for next year’s event.
  • Susan W. Dec 7, 2015
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Marylyn Schwartz is the owner and is easy to work with. She has a very pleasant, warm, but businesslike attitude so I felt that I was in capable hands. Many guests remarked that the food was delicious! 2 hits were the flatbreads with arugula, blue cheese and more and the key lime mousse. Both looked and tasted great!
  • Andrea D. Nov 11, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Marylyn & her staff helped me throw a successful cocktail party for about 10 people. Everything went smoothly from my initial phonecall with her, during which she helped plan my menu, to the wonderful food she provided. Marylyn arrived promptly at my home and went straight to work giving me directions for finishing some of the dishes and even added some decorative pieces to display on the platters of food. I received many compliments from my guests on the food and even had enough to provide them with doggie bags! Marylyn even followed up with an email and phone all to make sure everything went as planned. I would definitely recommend Juste Horsdoeuvres and would consider using them again
  • Maura P. Oct 28, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Although, unfortunately we did not end up using Marylyn as our caterer, we can not express enough how much of a pleasure she is to work with. She is extremely personable, professional and truly interested in the client and their needs and expectations. She created a very clear and detailed proposal for us that was extremely helpful in cost breakdown as well as exactly what we would be getting in terms of food, linens, etc. She also has a huge variety of very exciting and innovative menu items. It was very clear to us that she is passionate about creating a wonderful experience for everyone at your event. Would highly recommend.
  • Hugh S. Oct 23, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Although my family decided to go another route - my experience with Marylyn was wonderful. I can't speak for her production, but her menu and communication was outstanding. I would certainly consider using Marylyn for future events when they arise
  • Charles M. Oct 22, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Juste Hors D'Oeuvres delivered an exceptional experience on very short notice. The food quality and presentation was outstanding, and it received high praise from our guests. Our communications were clear and prompt, and our expectations were exceeded. We would highly recommend!
  • Lea D. Oct 15, 2015
    The food is absolutely delicious. Marylyn and her staff are professional. It was a pleasure having them cater for me. LDB
  • BJ K. Oct 15, 2015
    We were at a cocktail party where JH prepared the food. Besides the food being eye-catching, it was scrumptious as well. The staff was equally attentive to detail. I would recommend them to private as well as corporate types. Bravo!!
  • Myra A. Oct 15, 2015
    I have worked with Marylyn and can attest to the fact that she is very professional, takes pride in her work and gives 100% of herself all of the time. She is creative and caring. Her meals are not only presented beautifully but they taste as good as they look.
  • Janeisa K. Oct 15, 2015
    I can't say enough about Marylyn and the Juste Hors D'oeuvres team. Marylyn is very diligent to assure all goes according to plan. The food was delicious, our guests could not stop raving about how wonderful everything tasted and how well presented it was. Her team is punctual and professional, willing to do anything to please our guests. Try them out - you won't regret it!
  • Carole G. Oct 14, 2015
    Just Hors D"Oeuvres is the go to place for whatever cooking/catering party needs you have. I have used them both for small and larger parties. They even have helped me with a short window. The staff is courteous, helpful, and dependable. The food is excellent, wide variety of chooses and presented in a very artistic manner. CG
  • Debra W. Oct 13, 2015
    Marylyn was awesome to work with. I live in NC planning a surprise party for my aunt in CT was a challenge. Marylyn and her staff made it easy.The food was excellent and my Aunt was blown away! I wish I lived closer so I could have her cater all my parties.
  • Lou Lou P. Oct 12, 2015
    Juste Hors D'Oeuvres catered not only one of my functions, but needed some fill ins for a Bridal Shower. Not only are they receptive, do what they say they will do, their food is outstanding and are a pleasure to work with and be around. Everything is fresh and presented beautifully. You will never go wrong choosing these caterers. Lou Lou P. P.S. If you would like to discuss further please call them for my cellular number.
  • Sharifa A. Sep 25, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Marylyn was very engaging and provided excellent service in designing a menu that matched my budget. She even assisted with ensuring I got the right supplies from the furniture rental store and a resonable quote by checking with her own vendors to compare the price. I look forward to a wonderful cocktail reception new years eve!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Personalized consultation is the key to a perfect event. By chatting with my prospects and asking some key questions, together we are able to hone in on the perfect mix of wants and needs and develop the right budget parameters. As catering pros, there are times we suggest options to our clients that they would not have thought of themselves often resulting in the saving of time and money! While we all love social media and e-mail, neither are the right way to plan a perfect event!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Our Chefs, Bartenders and other Staff are highly experienced. I spent many years as a teacher then a VP in a Fortune 500 company. It is the combination of exemplary cooking and planning coupled with savvy business prowess that built this business into a thriving success. We are the pros ready to assist you at every turn!!!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Pricing should be customized to the clients' budget parameters. We are not an "off-the-shelf" catering company with prices for set packages. We feel that there are too many hidden costs in packages. Every proposal we make is broken down into the main components. This gives clients the ability to make financial decisions from a place of knowledge. Menus are developed in consultation with our clients. When we understand their wants and needs, we are empowered to work diligently to create a perfect and affordable event!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
After many re-incarnations of careers and proud successes along the way, there came one of those life-changing birthdays. The kind where everyone tells you how great you look while inquiring when you'’re planning to retire… While retirement never entered my mind, a change in direction and the proverbial reinvention theme were definitely in consideration as this birthday aligned with far more serious life changes. While there are many reasons for redirecting one’s career and life choices, the most prevalent and important for me was the loss of my son in 2008. If there was ever a time to find a “new-normal” and search out stimulating challenges to help bring joy back into my life, this was that time. But what else could I do with my corporate executive, teacher and professional speaker background? Nothing I thought of seemed to light the fire needed to lead me in the right direction. Then it came to me. Why not do what everyone tells you you'’re great at doing and the thing you enjoy the most? For me, that is cooking! I'd been an at-home chef for decades. Cooking was the one thing that got me through the darkest of times. There was the cooking for friends’ gatherings, having dinner party after dinner party, catering a friend of a friend’s cocktail hour, catering events for my charities, etc. There were many such happenings over the years and especially during 2008-2009. Every event or at-home party were met with rave reviews. Again and again I was told, “You do this so well.” “Your food is amazing.” “I wish I could put together a party as beautifully as you do.” “You should do this for a living,” etc. When the world continually sends you the same message, one ought to be there to receive it, and this was the perfect time in my life to answer the call! Juste Hors D’Oeuvres was born of my love for cooking and the desire to share the joy it brings to me with others!
What types of customers have you worked with?
As many types of people there are, that represents our very eclectic client base! We love so many cuisines and adore getting requests for unique options!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
The most enjoyable part of my business is seeing the vision or my clients come to fruition. Working in tandem with each of them and slowly but surely framing the parameters, menu, etc. of their event is a labor of love...not to mention a great deal of FUN!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The best advice I can give is to be realistic with your budget. I see many leads coming through wanting to spend no more than $10-20 per person. However, when I see what is wanted, the budget and the wants are totally out of alignment. Think of it this way, a roast beef sandwich, Coke and bag of chips at a deli is nearly $10... not possible to have a meal with appetizers for so little...
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
1. What are the kitchen facilities like? Menu depends on what can and cannot be prepared without the proper facilities! 2. Estimated number of guests? 3. Time of the event? 4. Food restrictions? 5. Realistic Budget 6. What are you wants vs. must haves? 7. What rentals will be required? 8. Are you willing to use beautiful upscale disposables rather than rent all the dishes? This is a great way to save.