From start to finish, working with Adolfo was reassuring, engaging, and fun. After describing what I wanted – healthy appetizers and noshes in a public park for 30, 40, or 50 people, he sent photos of exactly what I wound up ordering, after my cousins and I studied his menu in detail, inside and out. He had me at those photos – the skewers with rich-colored dressings and edible orchids, mini-sandwiches framed in fragrant Rosemary, delicate looking shrimp rolls, the bright crudité platter not only looked gorgeous, but everyone raved at how fresh and delicious it all was. Adolfo simply made me look good – best afternoon meal I never cooked.
After seeing those photos it was easy to pick a table cloths – white – his platters did all the talking. To compliment the apps, he provided a lovely selection of soft drinks – juices, iced tea, lemonade, sparkling and plain water – chilled on arrival.
As my number of guests increased, he suggested what I might want to add and what to stay away from. I greatly appreciated the benefit of his experience. I am terrible at making decisions. Adolfo never pushed me, but when I asked for his suggestion, he gave it, for which I was so grateful. Dealing with me is not easy – stressed, perfectionist, indecisive on a good day, much less as the date of this difficult event drew closer. But he hung in there, editing our contract as the order changed, editing anything I suggested. He was quick to reply, and welcomed me to call, text or email with questions.
On the day of the event he was there right on time, with a text in advance to let me know he was on his way. This was just supposed to be a “drop off” but he spent a lot of time with us setting up, including tips on how to make the table look all the more beautiful, with platters arranged at different heights, using the nice packaging in which he delivered them. The trays he uses are beautiful, as are the matching tongs and spoons.
He made our afternoon “snack” in a NYC public park absolutely elegant. He even posted little signs in front of each of the platters describing ingredients – something every vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, kosher foodie would surely appreciate.
Anyone who is investing in catering is concerned about making a nice gathering. My guest count ultimately grew to 80, and he didn’t flinch – whether 35 or 80 he showed me the same patience, and I went into the event feeling confident about the food. I was delighted that it looked and tasted as beautiful and delicious as the photos indicated.
I highly recommend Adolfo. He approached my gathering with a fun, exciting, and very respectful spirit, making me feel like I was his only customer, though I knew he had others this past springtime Saturday. My guests all commented on the lovely food and drink and its presentation. My thanks and gratitude to Adolfo and everyone at Manjar for exceeding my expectations.