J&L Catering

Medway, MA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I truly love what I do. All of our products are made from fresh from scratch (never frozen!) and you can tell the difference! We also customize every menu to accommodate our customers' tastes and needs. We make everything from hand-cut potato chips to sushi to everything in between. When we are at an event, we pay special attention to every detail-whether its the presentation of your buffet, the food itself and/or the exceptional service, you will be thrilled with every aspect! We look forward to making your event truly memorable - including the food, service and presentation.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I really enjoy helping people and making them happy with my food. Hearing, "Wow, that was the best (you name it!) I have ever had, and I have had a lot of those!" is an incredible feeling. Likewise, having someone say, "No, I don't want to try that (whatever it might be)" because he or she "does not like it" and then getting them to try that food - and then hearing them say, "that is truly incredible!" is amazing. I also enjoy the freedom and creativity that goes into catering and assisting a client with building a menu. And, getting a client walking through the door (or on the phone) with little idea of how to put an event together to the end of the event is very rewarding. Seeing their concepts come together at the end, with my help - and food!-, makes me love what I do.
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Location

Medway, MA 02053

Years in business

12

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

75

Reviews

35 Reviews
  • Pam M. Jun 12, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I had a brunch for my daughters graduation and John did a fabulous job with the meal - we were all very placed with the food and John was great to work with. I would definitely recommend J&L to cater an event!
  • Beth C. Apr 30, 2017
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Wonderful experience!
    John provided excellent service all the way around. Great communication, great follow through, and great food!
  • Mary P. Feb 12, 2017
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Very Responsive!!!
    It turned out that J & L was not available for our event, but he was very responsive to our inquiry, helpful with our options and while he could have delivered the catering to us early, he feared it would be an inferior product and was honest to tell us that he would rather turn down the work than have us have a less than perfect expetience. He asked us to keep him in mind for the future and we absolutely will.
  • Alexandra D. Aug 23, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    John's awesome!
  • Jill M. Aug 3, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    John recently catered a shower at our home for about 50 people and did a phenomenal job! He was professional, easy to work with and most importantly, guests raved about the food! Would highly recommend to all.
    John B. Aug 4, 2016

    Thank you, Jill, for your 5/5 star review! It was a pleasure working with you!

  • Fana H. Jul 17, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    The food is so testy and well done job. The food everybody loved it on the party, it was more than enough food! I will do it again! 😀 John came on time! Explains everything, the only thing I can say is 👍
    John B. Aug 4, 2016

    We are so happy you enjoyed everything! We look forward to working with you again!

  • Line C. Jun 28, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    John and Co did a fine job on our daughter's graduation party for about 60 people with 2 food stations and hors D'oeuvres. John and his employees were very easy to work with, the food was great and they left our house neat. You wouldn't know they had even been in the kitchen. Thanks John an Co
    John B. Aug 4, 2016

    Thank you, Line! It was a great event!

  • Brittney M. Jun 14, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Delicious food. Great staff.
    John B. Aug 4, 2016

    Thank you, Brittney, for including J & L Catering in your special day!

  • Susan M. Jun 7, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Clam bake for30.....the first to respond to our request..he were Thorough,professional, and described his product accurately. And our expectations were met.pricing reasonable,service was Good and food delicious. Guests are still raving. Carol
    John B. Jun 8, 2016

    It was a fabulous event and we were thrilled to be a part of it. Thank you for your kind words!

  • Carol L. Apr 19, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    John was a delight to work with! I hosted a Bridal Shower Brunch for my daughter with 45 guests, and the food received rave reviews. There was more than enough for everyone and just enough leftovers for me and a few friends to enjoy later. John's attention to detail and his service is excellent. I received five quotes from Thumbtack for caterers and J & L had the best selection, best pricing and best professional and friendly approach.
    John B. Apr 19, 2016

    Thank you, Carol! It was a pleasure working with you, too. I'm glad everything went well!

  • Lyn H. Mar 11, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    John was amazing and his food- seasoned with a little piece of heaven! Great job to John and his team!!!!! Absolutely amazing work!
    John B. Apr 19, 2016

    Thank you, Lyn, for the kind words! We are thrilled to be catering Lin's wedding!

  • Nikki D. Nov 25, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    My fiancé and I went for a tasting last weekend and the food was fantastic! John was very friendly and welcoming as well. We left there happy and very satisfied and decided to book J&L for our wedding! I can't wait for our big day and I know put guests will love J&L!
    John B. Apr 19, 2016

    Thank you, Nikki! We are excited to be a part of your big day!

  • Michael J. Nov 12, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    I don't have much experience in party planning and John was very helpful. It was a last-minute request and he was accommodating and delivered an excellent product right on time (a little early, actually).
    John B. Nov 12, 2015

    hank you for your great review. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed everything. I look forward to working with you again!

  • David G. Sep 12, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
  • Melissa D. Jul 28, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    John B. Jul 28, 2015

    Thank you for your 5/5 star review, Melissa! It was great working with you!

  • Bekah L. Jul 20, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    We used J&L Catering for our backyard wedding. He worked with me to get the menu selections just right for our diverse crowd, and to get the right amount of food. Everything was perfect, our guests loved the food and had nothing but fantastic things to say about John. He was extremely personable and professional and most certainly delivered on his commitments. I will recommend him to anyone and use him again should the need for more catering arise. Thank you, John! You helped to make our wedding day perfect.
    John B. Jul 20, 2015

    Thank you so much, Bekah! It was a pleasure working with you, too! Congratulations again!

  • Paula D. Jun 10, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    My experinece was a highly positive one. john was very helpful and accommodating, esp dealing with our ever changing numbers of attendees. Would highly recommend
  • Christy W. Jun 2, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    John was great to work with and accomadating to all of our last minute requests, as is the case with many corporate events. His team was professional, punctual, and able to adapt to catering in a unique "non kitchen" atmosphere. The guests loved all of the food and the presentation and many asked for his business card! We hope he gets some calls from our event!
    John B. Jun 2, 2015

    Thank you, Christy! It was a great event, and wonderful working with you, too!

  • Julie A. Mar 11, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    John B. Mar 11, 2015

    Hello Julie, I'm glad you enjoyed the food and service. We enjoyed working with you! John

  • Laurel M. Mar 10, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    We had a great experience with John Boardman catering our event last week. John was wonderful and helpful both online and on the phone as we were planning the menu. John ended up doing a slider bar and beautiful crudité platters for us. John delivered these to our home personally. He was very helpful with heating and serving instructions and very generous with the portions and left us serving utensils as well. John did a beautiful job. the presentation was great. We would definitely use John again for another event!
    John B. Mar 11, 2015

    Hello Laurel, I'm glad you enjoyed the food and service. It was great to work with you, too. We look forward to working with you in the future! John

  • Susan B. Jan 9, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Great Food! Very professional and friendly. Easy to work with. I have recieved a lot of feed back from the employees that the food was great.
    John B. Jan 9, 2015

    Hello Susan, I'm glad it all worked out and everyone liked everything! We hope to work with you again! John

  • Mira W. Dec 20, 2014
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    John was outstanding. Extremely professional and great to work with. We would absolutely use John again for our catering needs of any size. The food was the perfect portioning and everything was delicious from the appetizers, to main dishes, to the tasty desserts. Thanks again.
    John B. Jan 9, 2015

    Hello Mira, Thank you for your great review. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed everything. I look forward to working with you again! John

  • Jennifer C. Dec 18, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    We hired J & L Catering for our company holiday party, and they provided excellent food within our limited budget! They also delivered everything on time and set up a beautiful display the day of the event. It was a pleasure working with John.
    John B. Dec 18, 2014

    It was a pleasure working with you, too, Jenn. Thank you for your kind words!

  • Gail C. Dec 12, 2014
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    I found J&L on the internet. Took a chance as I needed to find a catering company with 4 days notice. J&L was outstanding! They were very responsive, extremely friendly, detailed oriented, and delivered exactly what they promised! The food was delicious! I'm so happy that I found them.
    John B. Dec 13, 2014

    Thank you so much Gail. It was a pleasure working with you too!

  • Leslie C. Nov 4, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I was planning a birthday party for my husband and wanted to have his favorite foods. John and I talked over the menu and he tailored it to our needs. He also had us in for a tasting since I felt more comfortable hiring him after I was sure of the quality of his food. Everything he prepared for us was delicious. He also offered great ideas for the set up at our house. The night of the party he came with 4 of his staff. All very professional. They took control which allowed me to enjoy the evening.
    John B. Dec 13, 2014

    Leslie, we are so happy you got to enjoy yourself and the food. It was a great event!

  • Annie S. Sep 19, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Thanks to John and his team for an beautiful job catering my Mother's wedding celebration! The food was outstanding, suited a variety of complicated palates and your team was gracious and professional. Several of my relatives asked for your card, and they are a difficult crowd to please!
    John B. Sep 22, 2014

    Thank you, Annie. It was a pleasure working with you, too. I'm glad everyone had a great time!

  • Elizabeth M. Aug 22, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I recently worked with John for my daughters bridal shower, The entire experience was great. Meeting to discuss what my vision was for the shower and following through to make that vision a reality. I had told John I wanted a rustic country picnic but a little fancy. He put together a fabulous buffet of upscale mini sandwiches, a vegetable slaw and two salads. Everything absolutely delicious! His attention to detail I truly appreciated also. The presentation of every dish was lovely. First rate, I would highly recommend.
    John B. Sep 22, 2014

    Thank you!

  • Mary T. Jun 2, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    John and his staff made our daughter's graduation party a truly memorable experience for her and all of our family and friends. The food was outstanding, the service impeccable, the presentation beautiful! We could not have gotten a better caterer! They were fantastic and would recommend John and his staff to anyone!
    John B. Jun 2, 2014

    Thank you, Mary. It was a fabulous working with you, too. We really appreciate your kind words!

  • Cheryl D. May 5, 2014
    John catered an in-home 80th birthday party for 25 people this past weekend. All the food was excellent and well-presented - beautiful stationary displays and the passed appetizers won raves. John was very easy to work with, very professional and very helpful in crafting the menu. I knew what I wanted for the most part, but he helped me hone in on the perfect amount of food. We had enough food that the anyone could come back for seconds or thirds, but not an insane amount of leftovers that would go to waste.
    John B. Jun 2, 2014

    Cheryl, it was wonderful to work with you, too. Thank you for your great review!

  • Vanessa W. May 4, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I had ordered some food for about 14 guests. I ordered just a few dishes which were steak tips, very enjoyable, meat cooked perfectly, went very quickly, ribs were very nice, the honey glazed chicken wings were not so popular thought they lacked a bit of sweetness, however not terrible, the slider bar was popular, pulled pork and burgers nicely done and the herbed chicken was delicious. Ordered cookies with infused milk and smores bars both very good. I picked the food up before 12pm and communication with John was easy and always available whether through phone or email. I had made some of my Nigerian rice (Jollof Rice) to go on the side which is why I did not order any sides from John. The food was very well all my guests were raving on about it and where I got it from. Fantastic job.
    John B. May 5, 2014

    Hello Vanessa, I'm glad everything worked out. Thank you for your kind words. I enjoyed working with you, too! John

  • Eli L. May 2, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    John was terrific to work with. He brought along two very competent staff members to help out. The food overall was very good. The one part of dinner which I wasn't crazy about was the desert but that was a matter of my selection from an extensive menu. One problem with the equipment that we rented was it two tablecloth or twice the size they should've been. Overall the evening went very well and I would definitely recommend J&L catering to other people.
    John B. May 5, 2014

    Hello Eli, I'm glad everything worked out. Thank you for your kind words. I enjoyed working with you, too! John

  • Mike T. Mar 25, 2014
    Working with John and J&L Catering has always been a pleasure at each event we've done together. The food is always delicious and the service is always above an beyond. You cant go wrong when choosing J&L for your next event!
    John B. Mar 26, 2014

    Thank you, Mike, it's always great working with you, too! We look forward to the next event!

  • Trudi F. Mar 14, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    J&L Catering was outstanding!!! John made our event spectacular serving delicious food beyond any expectations. He is so easy to work with and was so generous with his time and amazing preparation to make sure that everything was just perfect. He even brought flowers for the table! He served a perfect meal from beginning to end and each dish was amazing! Thank you John, for your outstanding work and attention to every detail. The next time you have any type of event be sure to hire J&L Catering!!!! I will be hiring him for all of my events for Feinstein Events!!!
    John B. Mar 25, 2014

    Thank you, Trudi! It was a pleasure working with you on the fantastic event. Chris said he was thrilled with everything and will be using both of our services for all of his events in the future!

  • Kim M. Dec 9, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    John put together a great menu for our company holiday party. Food was plentiful and delicious!
  • Kristen D. Nov 14, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review

Q&A

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Try to have an idea of what you are looking for before you contact a vendor (or, know what you are not looking for, which is equally important). Calling a caterer and asking, "How much does it cost to cater an event for 100 guests" is like asking, "How much does a car cost (is it a Ford or a Rolls Royce)?". There are so many variables that go into pricing - number of guests, type of food (i.e., burgers vs. lobsters, casual brunch vs. upscale, plated dinner with a cocktail hour), china vs. disposable, rentals, cocktail hours, etc., that pricing can change when any variable does. Be open to suggestions and be sure to tell the vendor what you are definitely looking for. We are so happy to help you - but we can only guess so much!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Executive Chef & Owner John Boardman has over 20 years of culinary experience. After he earned his formal culinary degree, John worked for upscale restaurants and has catered for Harvard University. In addition, John worked for Legal Seafoods, Inc., where he was a founding chef of their multi-million dollar catering division. John has also had the honor of cooking under the direction of some of the great chefs of the world, including Julia Child and Jasper White. Over the years, John has catered events for thousands of happy clients, including Former President Bill Clinton. Guests have enjoyed the unique flavors and attention to detail for which he prides himself. John’s creativity, talent and passion for food, combined with his drive to satisfy his clients, will shine through in any social event.