Testimonials - THIS WILL BE FORMATTED 

Dear Ollie Tom and Team. Just to say a huge thank you for all your help planning our wedding, and on the day itself. The food and drink were the talk of the day, and you were totally and utterly brilliant. You took huge amounts of stress out of the process and contributed immeasurably to an amazing day. Thank you so much

WEDDING CATERING WILTSHIRE, TRAFALGAR PARK

Your team were all so fantastic in every possible way and just made the whole weekend go so smoothly. From the moment we began to plan last weekend I knew we were in safe hands. You gave us so much of your time and expertise for which we are extremely grateful and you thought of literally everything. Your staff were immaculate, very well trained and always smiling. You are quite amazing - the food on Saturday was quite delicious and everyone was raving about it. I wish we could have it all over again.

WEDDING CATERING WINCHESTER 200 GUESTS 2013

You and your team were just fantastic and worked so hard to make our party go so smoothly and brilliantly. Not having to think about anything other than our guests was such a huge relief. All your staff were so friendly and so professional.

CANAPÉS HAMPSHIRE FOR 200 2013

What our guests see and enjoy is the smiling serving staff and wonderful food, but behind the scenes the meticulous care and planning ensures the occasion runs smoothly and efficiently that even the hosts can feel that they are guests.

CANAPÉS WILTSHIRE, CLIENT OF OVER 20 YEARS

The commitment you put into each undertaking, whether that is an event for more than 100 or just a discrete supper party, remains constantly high as is the standard of your food, whether it’s solely your brilliant canapés or a complete menu, invariably exceeds expectations

PRIVATE PARTY CATERING HAMPSHIRE 2013

Your staff were professional, friendly and it was such a relief not have to worry about anything regarding the food/drink. The food was fabulous with so many positive comments and the service was outstanding.

CHARITY EVENT JANUARY 2013

The food was amazing, the selection of cocktails and champagne fantastic and the service from the team was outstanding. I don’t know how everything was prepared in our house and our kitchen was left spotless.

CANAPÉS AND COCKTAILS FOR 130 HAMPSHIRE 2013

The main course at dinner was one of the best things I have ever tasted. The food was absolutely delicious and by far one of the best wedding meals I have ever eaten. Once again you excelled yourselves and compliments for the delicious canapes and meal have been pouring in. All details thought about and every expectation fulfilled on the day by friendly staff, making a perfect wedding day.

WEDDING 250 GUESTS BERKSHIRE 2013

Thank you for all your hard work and making our day so special with your incredible attention to detail, and everyone really expressed how it was the BEST wedding food they had ever had. Your team were amazing and we were thrilled with how everything went.

WEDDING BREAKFAST 140 HAMPSHIRE 2013

The staff were a delight and perfect for the occasion, we could not have been happier with how it all went. A big thank you to you for making it all possible, the menu was sensational

FAMILY CELEBRATION DORSET 2013

You were all round fantastic. You looked after everything and sorted out all manner of things... From dealing with high spirited young teens to allaying my many worries, whilst providing delicious food and cocktails. You are unflappable, charming, professional and fun to work with.

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY 2013

The staff were wonderful and made it so easy to relax and enjoy the day. Thank you so much for surviving a very chaotic kitchen full of people, how you remained so calm I have no idea, and everything was left tidy.

CHRISTING LUNCH HAMPSHIRE 2013

As always, your food was absolutely delicious and your staff exemplary.

CANAPÉS AND DRINKS, WILTSHIRE 2013

Harry's 50th was a joyous occasion mainly due to Heather and Ollie. We had the most fantastic evening, with the most delicious food served by Ollie and his delightful staff. Ollie and the team were outstanding and I can't recommend them enough.

DINAH MARRIOTT, 50TH PARTY FOR 220, ANDOVER, HAMPSHIRE

All of your food was superb and you left the kitchen absolutely spotless. We could not have asked for more...

MIKE, CHRISTMAS DAY FOR 20, READING, BERKSHIRE

The many thank you letters re-iterate time after time that the food was delicious, the service fantastic and everything seemed to evolve effortlessly. You did everything possible to make sure that we had as stress-free and enjoyable party as possible. We certainly know where to come for the next party.

ROSEMARY, WEDDING FOR 150, BASINGSTOKE, HAMPSHIRE

Robin and I would like to thank you for helping to make Melanie and Richard's Wedding Day so perfect. Your own efficiency, attention to detail and delicious food did not go unnoticed by our discerning guests. It is interesting the things people notice - many commented on the canapés and the complementing rose decorations; the BBQ and fillets of beef were mentioned frequently; impossibly lemony lemon tart, fruits and vanilla ice cream and many people didn't have a space for a bacon butty but found one! PS Please thank your staff who looked after us so attentively from the Butler who we thought might like to come and live with us to the numerous waiting staff who, despite the length of the day, remained polite, helpful and cheerful (not to mention suntanned and gorgeous!) We enjoyed having you all around and thank you again for making it a day to remember.

WEDDING CATERING, HAMPSHIRE

I wanted to thank you for magnificent food and service at my 70th birthday. Everything was so professional, but discreet, a clever trick!

BIRTHDAY LUNCH CATERING, HAMPSHIRE

Thank you so much for all that you did for our Wedding Dinner and Barbeque the following day. The menus that you helped us to choose were totally delicious - we received many compliments. Your team were professional and discreet, and they adapted the service perfectly from the more formal Wedding Dinner to the relaxed Barbeque the following day. Very importantly for us, they were a pleasure to have working at my parents' home. Thank you for your part in making the weekend everything that we had hoped.

ANNA BRANCO, NEWBURY, HAMPSHIRE

Exquisite food with friendly professional service. Whatever the party, you can be confident that everything will be perfect, so you may relax and enjoy your guests. The best way to entertain!

SHAUNAGH DE BOINVILLE, BASINGSTOKE, HAMPSHIRE

Many thanks for making Helen's 21st so enjoyable and successful for us. The food was delicious and the professionalism of all your staff made it easy for Mike and I to relax and enjoy the evening, knowing you had it all under control. The late night bar snacks were particularly appreciated. The Birthday Cake was just to die for. Many thanks to you all.

SHAWFORD, HAMPSHIRE

Thank you so much for a perfect day. The food was amazing and people spent all of Sunday talking about the amount and variety of the Canapés. Some people could not believe there was a dinner to follow. The waiting staff were also commented on. People found them all to be the most pro-active and competent staff they had come across in any restaurant or catered event. My uncle wanted to pass on a special thank you and as head of Qantas would like to offer any of them a job with his cabin crew, if any of them felt like travelling for a year or so!

CANAPÉS AND DINNER CATERING, HAMPSHIRE

This was our one and only Daughter's Wedding, with no prior experience of planning and organising such an important day for us all we were entirely in the hands of you and your very professional team. We commend your organisation at the highest level as the day was meticulously planned and implemented with expert precision to the finest detail.

RICHARD, SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE

An excellent all round service. The most delicious food and all details thought about. Every expectation fulfilled on the day by friendly staff. All making a perfect Wedding Day.

MRS BELL, WEDDING HAMPSHIRE

Heather was the first person I involved in the planning of a large 40th/10th wedding anniversary party we had in the summer of 2011. She could not have been more helpful, professional or fun to work with. She arrived full of ideas about all aspects of the party and put me in touch with some fabulous companies some of whom used. However that was just the tip of the iceberg, because the cocktails, the eats and the dinner she laid on was truly delicious. Nearly all our thank you letters mentioned the amazing dinner that was served. Her team were smart, efficient and hard working; I think the last cocktail was served at about 5.00am. It was an amazing party and the credit for that largely goes to Heather and her team. I would not hesitate to recommend them for any occasion.

CATE BELL, WEST TYTHERLEY


 

Heather McKaig has catered for us for two parties, an officers' Regimental Reunion and a rather important birthday. They are exceptionally easy to deal with, highly competent in what they do, produce first class food (particularly their Beef), and have well trained and charming staff. We recommend them highly.

LORD AND LADY ROLLO, BRADFIELD, BERKSHIRE

We have worked with The Essential Party Ingredient on numerous occasions. Their service is flawless, and their food second to none. We and our guests have always been very impressed by the high standards they offer with such willingness and flair. We would not hesitate to use them again and recommend them most highly.

ZOE EVERARD, CARTIER

As a family we've been delighted by Heather McKaig's fabulous food over a life-time of various parties. The standard of cooking and calm, caring service is always beyond praise.

MRS JOANNA DURHAM MATTHEWS, SOMERSET

For efficiency, attention to detail and well drilled staff - not forgetting mouth-wateringly good food - there's really no one to beat Heather McKaig and her team. She organised a party for 150 for my husband's 50th in London in a top floor apartment and handled the logistics faultlessly. If you want to relax and enjoy your own party leaving the organisation in her capable hands (and those of Ollie her son) you'll be making an excellent choice.

ELIZABETH, 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR 150, LONDON