Dinner Party Catering Reviews & Private Chef Reviews...
"It was divine."
Deana Lancaster, Food Writer, North Shore News
"I hired Frances as a private chef at a time when life was hectic and I was facing a necessary change in lifestyle. One of the first things she asked me was what my favourite restaurant meal was; the magic of Frances is how she can seamlessly maintain the integrity of exceptional gourmet cuisine while customizing menus with substitutions and healthful solutions to the point of not knowing the difference. Frances' passion for food and mesmorizing her clients with her talents is evident in every special dish she creates."
"Frances, thank you again so much for the incredible dining experience you created for us last night! The entire evening was magical. It started with the table being set so beautifully, and the fantastic personally etched champagne flutes. We so appreciated the delicious extra starter course, the lamb dinner was honestly the best we have BOTH experienced in our lives (and we eat at fine dining restaurants once a week!) Honestly the attention to detail throughout the evening was tremendous. The crème brûlée...mmm... The fact that you baked our children cookies too, left us scrumptious nibbles for breakfast this AM, and sent us pictures of the evening today, was truly above and beyond our expectations! We will certainly be using your services again and will be referring you to our friends."
We engaged Frances to join us on our family cruise off the coast of British Columbia for a week in the summer of 2006. We talked with her a few times in advance of the trip to talk about food preferences and requirements for the family and our guests. Frances completed all the shopping and joined us at the beginning of our trip. She was with us for the whole week on a reasonable size yacht, but still fairly close quarters.
The quality of the food and the preparation and presentation was excellent. Frances provided a wonderful variety of cuisine - it was always fresh and mostly organic – there were simple items for the kids and gourmet dishes for the adults. She did a great job organizing everything including the timing of preparing the meals and snacks through the day. She also provided a number of special surprises – new dishes and exotic snacks.
Frances fit in exceptionally well with our family. We would love to have her work for us again on a trip and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her private chef service to others."
Phil and Cindy Swift and Family
Founder and CEO, Arc Financial, Calgary
" We would like to thank you both for a wonderful night. We all really enjoyed the evening and appreciated the beautiful dinner you created. It was excellent!! My parents were so happy with their "day"."
Rina Muzzin, West Vancouver, BC
"It was definitely a real success. All were raving about the food and the service. A number of our friends commented that we have "upped the bar" in terms of how to do things right! It is so nice just to be able to enjoy everything along with everybody else. One of the great things was how it all seemed to go so smoothly, and according to plan. Your assistance in coordinating before, during and after is most appreciated. Thanks for making the evening special."
Peter and Kent, Vancouver, BC
" A big thank you for all the hard work that you put in on Saturday. Everyone was bowled over by the quality, quantity and the presentation of every course. Pretty well everyone commented that the meal was one of the best they had ever experienced. You probably got some idea of that by the pretty well clean plates that arrived back in the kitchen after every course! Velma was completely surprised and delighted by the whole evening and having the high quality professional services made the whole evening top notch. Your cleanup was fantastic and it made all the difference on the morning after the night before. Thanks again for helping me make the night a memorable one for Velma."
Stuart and Velma MacRitchie, North Vancouver
"Hi Frances, Thank you so much for making the Rosemount Wine Dinner a huge success!! I recognize that the kitchen space you were working with was small but I heard from everyone the meal was superb! Stefanie and Arleen were thrilled with the professionalism of yourself and David and the amazing food. I just wanted to pass you along part of a note from Arleen:
“The food was utterly fantastic! I seldom eat meat, but wanted to satisfy the masses so I chose the filet. After everyone was served the room was quiet and then the exclamations started about how it was the best steak they had ever eaten, etc. I would not hesitate to recommend Travelling Gourmet to anyone and will certainly do so. Her waiter was absolutely attentive to everyone and he and Frances explained all the dishes as they were served and highly entertained us all. I can't rave enough about the food! We dine in a variety of Vancouver's high end restaurants and I would certainly equal her food to any of them. She uses a lot of organic ingredients and that really pleased me as everything was so fresh.”
Thanks again for all your help it was greatly appreciated and I will certainly keep you in mind for any other events. All the best, Kristine"
Kristine Potter, Blitz Direct, Data & Promotion
"Our compliments to the chef! The Hors d'oeuvres you prepared for our party were amazing. Everyone was raving about the quality of the ingredients, and the innovative design of each dish. We can't thank you enough for your efforts and talent - and we look forward to hosting our next party with Travelling Gourmet!"
K.B., Yaletown, Vancouver
"I would like to say thank you on behalf of my family for the wonderful dinner you made for us and our friends. It was great to just relax and do nothing - just eat and enjoy the company. I hope you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. May 2004 bless you with prosperity and good fortune! Thank you again for the wonderful dinner - it will not be forgotten amongst our friends."
Winne and Paul Timko, Richmond, BC
"I just wanted to thank you again for preparing a wonderful meal for my parents on their 25th anniversary. They were completely overwhelmed and had a great time. They have never had the opportunity to eat food as elegant and delicious as yours. This will be a night they will not forget, I can promise you that. Thanks again! You cook wonderful food and have a great personality to go along with it!"
Lauren Compton, White Rock, BC
"Hi Frances, Arne and I want to thank you for making our nineteenth anniversary so special. The attention to detail, the beautiful presentation and your care in serving made for such a special evening. Each course was delicious but my favourite was the puff pastry with camembert. Yummy! It was lovely to wake up this morning to the delicious muffins and coffee. Thank you again for a truly wonderful evening."
Pauline and Arne, West Vancouver, BC
Hi Frances, Thank you again so much for all your effort with the birthday party buffet for Bob. I've already given out one of your cards! Bob and I had a wonderful time Saturday and our guests raved about the food! All the best for future functions.
Sheri Gibbons, Port Coquitlam, BC
"It was like receiving a culinary genie in a bottle!"
S. Silverstone, White Rock, BC
Wedding Catering Reviews...
"Thank you again for all you did for making our wedding day so wonderful. Everyone in both families continues to rave about how much they enjoyed the dinner. All in all you were a huge hit with all the family. We would be more than pleased to recommend you to any future customers and will be sure to spread the word through our group of friends and associates."
Cathy and Bruce Young, Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC
"Many thanks to you for helping to add that special touch to our wedding day which added even more to an already perfect day. Your delicious and beautifully displayed foods were a great hit! Everyone raved about how wonderful the food was. The crusty stuffed baguettes you left out for us for late night snacking, was a wonderful surprise, and came in very handy for the next day, when some of our family and friends came and gathered here for a swim and gift opening. All the best to you and congratulations on a job well done."
Bruce and Susan Thomas, Langley, BC "Our wedding night was amazing and just what we wanted it to be. Quiet, only the two of us and a fabulous gourmet dinner. It couldn't have been any better if I planned it all over again. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being so great and working with us on creating a very special evening for two. You went above and beyond when you also served as a witness and took pictures as well. We wish you well and know that you will have much success since what you provide your client is clearly something extremely unique and elegant. Thanks again with big hugs!!" Steve and Stacy Deakin Port Moody, BC
"Frances, you did an amazing job! I have received a few emails and text messages today where everyone raved about the food and service. I know we will be seeing you again in the future. I was over the moon pleased with all of the food, you did a GREAT job and made our day go soooo smoothly. Thanks again.Take care. All the best!" D. Marbach, White Rock, BC
Personal Chef Reviews...
"Just to let you know, the Ginger Sea Bass and Wild Mushroom Lasagne were fantastic and we can't wait to try the other entrees that you left for us in the freezer. It's so nice to come home after a long day, and with almost no effort be eating fantastic food! How far in advance do we need to book our next cooking session?" All the best, C W North Vancouver, BC
"Thanks for the wonderful cooking....what I have tried so far is fantastic. And no one has EVER brought me flowers before........nice touch.I was thinking of having a dinner party for a few friends in November....would you be interested in helping me out? Let me know which dates may work for you, was thinking the last weekend in November.Cheers." Vishal Hingorani, Yaletown
"We just wanted to send you a personal note of thanks for the gourmet fare that you left for us in our vacation home in Whistler. It was wonderful to arrive to a fully stocked refrigerator, pantry and fresh baked bread! We also commend you on your choice of wines! We will be in touch prior to our next trip to Whistler." M. D. California, USA
"I had a friend over last night and we had the Salmon and Shepherd's pie ------ FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST TERRIFIC. HOW MANY CLIENTS PROPOSE MARRIAGE TO YOU ? Looking forward to seeing you in Feb. All the best Frances , you're one class act !" A.H. North Vancouver, BC
"Just a quick email to tell you that I spoke to Diane and she was thrilled with the service. She says she has never eaten so well and is sure it will speed her recovery! Thanks again." M. C. Virgin Islands
"We had rave reviews from the dinner party that you did for us last week and are looking forward to the Personal Chef Service next month!" H. B. West Vancouver
"My wife and I have been using the Travelling Gourmet Personal Chef Service for 3 months now. We find that we are eating much healthier than before using this service. We enjoy the quality and variety of the meals and find them much tastier than our own cooking." Sincerely, O & B Coal Harbour, BC
"Our first meal was SUPERB! Frances - thank you for such a delicious new experience! We are thrilled and can't wait to try the rest of your creations!" S & T Port Moody, BC
"Hi Frances, the entrees are wonderful, we love them. Very tasty, and very easy to prepare. We're tried one of each and have enjoyed them all." PG North Vancouver, BC
"Frances, We had our first Travelling Gourmet meal last night (turkey shiitake meatloaf w/ parmesan taters) and it was amazing - thank you! Can't want to try the rest..." L and S Kitsilano, BC
"The Travelling Gourmet service has been outstanding in every way! Before using this service, I found that meals were a lot of hassle to shop for and prepare, and I was eating very poorly. Now that I have used the service for six months, I am feeling extremely healthy and well-fed, and I save so much time and money since I don't have to grocery shop and prepare food every day!Thanks to the Travelling Gourmet, I can have any meals I desire prepared to my exact specifications, which is wonderful since I am also a picky eater. Eating this well has also greatly improved my energy levels and my ability to get lots of work done each day. I don't even eat out much any more since the Travelling Gourmet takes care of all my culinary needs much better that any restaurant ever could. I highly recommend the Travelling Gourmet to anyone considering this service!" CK West Vancouver
What fun we had--no doubt in great part thanks to your wonderful food. Many thanks to you for your help. SB North Vancouver
"The meals are great, as usual.I have been busy with work so it's good having the prepared meals.Brother-in-law was over last week and he thought the meal we had was excellent." Take care. BH North Vancouver
"Everything is amazing...Thanks again." L & J Vancouver, BC
"We had the salmon tonight and my husband could barely eat it due to the huge grin on his face - we both enjoyed it very much. Our son is enjoying the items from the kid's menu, including, garlic and cheddar cheese toast, pizza (which I tried the other day and thought were wonderful) and the spaghetti and meatballs. Looking forward to receiving our new menu! Thanks." L.W. West Vancouver, BC
"Dinner last night and tonight was FABULOUS! Love the taste of both the salmon and chicken. Many thanks again." S.A West Vancouver, BC
"Just wanted to thank you again. Mish is quite pleased and that is a happy thing for my siblings and I." S.M. Victoria, BC
"Dear Frances: Roger dragged himself home tonight and we tucked ourselves into a bottle of wine, made a salad and savoured your delicious beef pie. What a comfort it was in the midst of all our confusion. I'm so glad we found you. Have a restful weekend.Thankfully yours, S.B. Deep Cove, North Vancouver
Dear Frances, Thank you so much for the wonderful meals. My intention was to save them for a rainy day, but it has been raining a lot lately, hasn't it? My complements to the chef. L& T False Creek, Vancouver BC
"Well-made, generously proportioned food."
"Cambozola shepherd's pie-easily the best of this classic brit dish that I've tried."
Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine - November, 2006
North Shore Outlook - November, 2006
Allergic Living Magazine - 2005
Vancouver Magazine - November, 2004
The North Shore News - September, 2004
Vancouver Sun - July 2004
Windsor Star - July 2004
The Times Colonist - July 2004
The National Post - September 2003
Urban Rush, Shaw Cable TV - June 11, 2003
The North Shore News - February, 2003
Some of the corporate clients and personalities we've had the pleasure to serve...
Advantage Business Development Arborite Canada Bardel Entertainment Big Sky Management Blitz Promotions Bob Bentall Bentree Holdings Bruce Young, Office of Paul Martin Calona Vineyards Canadian Doormaster Electric Ltd. Diana Krall Dinnerworks Gibson and Company Hcareers.com Canadian House and Home Magazine LMDG Building Code Consultants Lynn Waterman, Fasken Martineau Murry McLaughlin Omni Films People First Solutions Q Trade Quicksilver Inc. Remax Rosemount Estate Winery Sam Feldman and Associates Telus Corporation Timico Consulting Ltd. Trev Deeley Harley Davidson Vicki Gabereau Weber Barbecues
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