From: Ed Bickerstaff (wedding Feb 2002)
We receive many
letters of commendation. For your reference, a few of these are
included in this site so you can see what our client's think of
our food, service, and level of professionalism.
Great Barrier Island was a great choice of location for our wedding although several logistical issues were raised, probably the most serious was catering. Our catering was to be done by the Orama Camp at Karaka Bay which was our venue, however the resident chef left. We were fairly concerned and Louise from Orama recommended Dave Roast of the Claris Texas Cafe and his catering operation Island Indulgence.
We initially contacted Dave and he sent us a range of menu options. Dave stressed right from the beginning that flexibility was paramount and he proved this by allowing us to mix and match different menu items while at the same time offering suggestions to enhance our selections. It was immediately evident that Dave knew what he was doing and would be a dream to deal with but we hadn't tasted his food.
We arrived on Great Barrier a week before our wedding and took the first opportunity to sample the fine fare of Claris Texas Cafe. We were stunned at the range, quality, and price of the food on offer. Needless to say we returned for a few more samples over the course of the week.
Dave and his staff performed magic when producing our wedding "feast". The timing was great even with a last minute delay of 15 minutes when we had a schedule change. Our guests thought they had found Paradise when they ate, and try as they might there were leftovers, these Dave kindly rearranged into new dishes for our evening barbecue. Dave has the remarkable ability to be "hands off" but still offer advice when it might be required.
To be fair the only risk you might have when using Dave's Island Indulgence service is that you may be disappointed with food you eat anywhere else afterwards.
Disclaimer: We are not associated with or employees of Dave Roast, Claris Texas Cafe, or Island Indulgence, we just had a bloody good time and all three of the aforementioned contributed in no small way to that bloody good time!