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EatDrink is a leading Byron Bay catering service, specialising in beautifully prepared, high quality event catering and wedding catering menus, specially tailored to your occasion.

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Simon Ruffell
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Simon Ruffell

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Simons’ extensive hospitality background grew from managing fine dining restaurants and upmarket bars, into catering for exclusive private functions and the corporate boardrooms of Sydney: his formula for success is not just about the quality of the food, but also a recognition for excellent service and a keen sense for creating & maintaining the ambience.

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EAt Drink was featured in Hello May's wedding blog for Zoie & Mikes Byron hinterland wedding. http://hellomay.com.au/article/a-byron-bay-wedding-zoie-mike/

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Please note that the following testimonials are collected, supplied and maintained by Eat Drink Events Pty Ltd.

Nikki & Josh's Wedding , Byron Bay, NSW

Hi Simon,

Just wanted to write and say a very big thanks to you for all your efforts in helping making our wedding an amazing experience.

Everyone commented on how good the food was and all your staff were extremely friendly, in particular Jackie, the co-coordinator, who was brilliant - our MC said she was an absolute lifesaver! She helped helped the day flow perfectly.

All in all we couldn't have asked for a better day and you and your team played a huge part in making it so good, so for that we will forever be grateful - honestly! Wishing you all the very best and hopefully our paths cross again sometime in the near future.

Josh & Nikki,

Kelli & Aaron Tapp , Deux Belettes, Dalwood NSW

Dear Simon and Staff at Eat Drink Catering,

It's been almost five weeks since our Wedding and are are back home from our travels, Arron and I just wanted to say thank you and send you some photos. 

Thank you for helping to make our wedding such a fantastic day, we would like to express our most sincere appreciation of your catering services.

We  cannot speak highly enough of your beautiful food, its meticulous presentation, quality & quantity, your attention to detail, approachability and above all your professionalism. 

We received so many comments about how great the food was and the service hummed away without a second thought, we felt very lucky to be in your capable hands.

Aaron and I had high expectations for all aspects of our wedding and you well and truly surpassed these, for which we are delighted. 

Thank you again for adding to such a terrific day.

Kelli and Aaron Tapp

12 October 2013

Deux Belettes, Dalwood NSW

Gemma & Andy , Byron Bay

Hi Simon,

I can not thank you enough for the amazing job that yourself and your entire team at Eat Drink did for mine and Andy's wedding a couple of weeks ago..

The actual wedding was absolutely perfect thanks to you and the rest of your crew who were working there that day.  I loved having you as my wedding coordinator!!  It was such a nice surprise as I already felt super comfortable with you. 

Kelly Adams my photographer, was actually really chuffed as well, that you called her on the morning of the wedding just to touch base and tell her if she needed anything to let you know.  She said she had never experienced that before - a wedding coordinator calling her beforehand - at any other wedding and totally appreciated it.  Such a lovely simple gesture that really made an impression  :-)

 

As soon as I saw your menus over 2 years ago I knew the kind of wedding that I wanted -  just a chilled out atmosphere with great company and loads of yummy food!!  Something that everyone would have positive memories about.  

I loved the idea of the food stations as they were a point of difference to any other wedding I had been to, and they looked absolutely amazing!  

All of our guests (on the night and since then) has been raving about each of the courses - the mezze platter, canapés, noodle bar and ice cream parlour.  Each having their own favourites, though everyone saying that they LOOOOOOOVED the noodle bar - even down to the chef, the ambience, and how it was set up.  I have had nothing but positive feedback about all of the food and the service of ALL of the ED staff on the evening. 

Andy the supervisor was fantastic!   He and the rest of your staff were very professional, though also had a super relaxed attitude which all of the guests loved and felt very comfortable with.  Several of them even commented to me how awesome the staff were.  If I could have the day all over again (and I wish I could!!) I wouldn't change a thing! 

So thank you thank you thank you S!!  I appreciate all of the effort and hard work that you put in right from the start, helping me create a perfect wedding day for Andy and I.  Giving us beautiful memories that will last a lifetime...

xo

Gemma & Andy

26th October 2013

Byron Bay Surf Club, Byron Bay NSW

Laura & Jeremy Hunt , Byron Bay, NSW

Hi Simon,

Thanks so much for your fabulous work on and at our wedding!

We both had the most fantastic day, and our guests all raved about the FOOD, the set-up of the venue and the decor etc. But the FOOOOOOD! I have had endless comments, and Jeremy and I loved the spread too

Thanks so much, you were a pleasure to work with and we all had the most amazing time from start to finish, loved every minute!

Warmest Regards,

Jeremy and Laura - Hunt ;) ;)

3rd November 2013

Dune Room Belongil, Byron Bay NSW

Toni and Ben's Wedding , Byron Bay, NSW

Hi Simon!! We want to say a huge thank you to you for your amazing service at our wedding "Ben and Toni (12/11/2011). We were so happy with your service in SO many ways. You really helped to make our event. You were more like a wedding planner than just a caterer. A little joke amongst us was when I (Toni) would say Simon says...implying we should probably do it. From the DJ to the lighting, the very stylish Florence Broadhurst print cushions, ostrich feather arrangements, hire furniture and timing of the day -if you said it we put a lot of weight on your advice. You inspired confidence from the beginning and even went beyond our high expectations of you. Great work on the position for the beach and the set up, the styling and the little touches like taking notice of the bride as she emmerged from her room and taking the time for some gentle words of advice for the day. You were responsive, prompt and meticulous in addressing our requirements at every step of the way. The food was spectacular. It was fresh, tasty, and so well presented. Your "food moments" were so well considered and kept interest throughout the day. You and the chef as you said added a theatrical touch and your talented friendly staff added the finishing touches to those little food experiences. Thank you so much Simon. You are an inspiration. Toni & Ben

Jen and Steve's Wedding , Mullumbimby, NSW

Hi Simon I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for the sensational food and service and catering and … and …. everything!! You were a LIFESAVER!!! You made our day perfect. You really did. You and your organising and your wonderful staff and scrumptious food. Everyone raved about the food. I have been telling everyone who raves about your food that you are happy to cater in Brisbane if they need catering. I hope that's okay! Simon, thank you so, so much. You must feel really good knowing you have made people so happy. Our day was perfect because of you and your team. I can't really thank you enough. I wish we could get married all over again - just so we can have another EatDrink party!! We hope you have a super duper Christmas and a very, very happy new year and we wish you all the very, very best for a very successful 2012 because you sure deserve it. Love Jen and Steve

Jane and Chris' Wedding , Ewingsdale, NSW

Dear Simon, Just a quick note to say thank you so much for the amazing job you and your staff did for our Wedding last weekend. Everything ran so smoothly and the food was just divine!! Everyone raved about it - how good it looked, how great it tasted, and that there was plenty of it. All the staff did such a great job - they were professional, efficient and a pleasure to have in our home. We really appreciate all their hard work. And Simon, what can I say...? From our very first meeting you made me feel completely at ease and I knew everything was in such good hands. You worked tirelessly throughout the whole process and I can't thank you enough for playing such a significant role in making our wedding such a fun and successful night. I will definitely be recommending Eatdrink to others. Best wishes, Jane and Chris

40th Birthday , Suffolk Park, NSW

Dear Simon, I am just writing to thank you and your team for the most wonderful evening at Puri Pantai on 17th November for my son-in-law's 40th Birthday dinner. The food was exquisite and the staff very friendly, efficient and not at all intrusive. We had enough leftovers for a second helping the following evening! Mo even poured me a surreptitious pre-dinner gin and tonic which was delicious! Thank you again for all your help and a really good overall package - we couldn't have done it without you. Best wishes Faith

Emma and Tom's Wedding , Broken Head, NSW

Head on the 11th November... Dear Simon, I just wanted to thank you and your staff for a fantastic day on the 11th of November. The food was amazing, so well presented and your staff were outstanding. We had so many compliments about the catering, and some people asked for your details to pass onto other couples getting married in the area. Thank you for all of your recommendations in the lead up to the big day. You were so helpful. Best regards, Emma

Victoria and Michael's Wedding , Bangalow, NSW
Well, what a celebration that date proved to be. Simon, I have you to thank for a great part of the success of the evening. The food was sumptuous, a feast for the eyes and the senses and this was the thread that enveloped the night. (Note to self – never be overruled by the photographer and if mezze appear, taste them and forego the lipstick.) Rumour had it that the humble olive in the mezze was orgasmic – not sure how you managed to do that. Your organisation was impeccable, your suggestions were wise and every cent paid was well worth the cost. Regards, Victoria
Jess and Mike's Wedding , Broken Head, NSW

Hi Simon, Hope you're well. Sorry it has taken us a while to get onto you. We have finally settled back into real life after our lovely break & wedding in Byron & honeymoon in Bali & we wanted to say a HUGE thankyou to you & your team for all you did for us on our wedding day. You were very helpful with the planning of our menu & we are so happy we went with the canapes & noodle bar. Thankyou for all your help with the organising. You were such a pleasure to deal with & made the whole process easy & uncomplicated. The food was absolutely delicious. We had so many great comments on the day & everybody really enjoyed it. From the mezze platter & the canapes, to the delicious noodle bar & the dessert selections. Everything was fantastic! Your staff on the day were absolutely amazing. They were so lovely, friendly, helpful & professional. From bringing extra drinks down to our bridal party on the beach while we had photos taken, to giving breadsticks from the mezze platter to the Mum's with small children. One of your team members had to remind me to have dessert so that I could try my wedding cake & I'm so glad she did. I was so caught up with guests on the day that I would have missed it. That reminds me, the macadamia ice-cream was a real hit too. People are still raving about the food & we are soooooo glad we chose you as our caterer. Thank you, thank you, thank you! - Jess & Mike.

Tahlia's 30th Birthday Dinner , Possum Creek, NSW

Simon and the EatDrink crew....Thank you for such a magical 30th Birthday at Margeritaville!!! Everything about it was AMAZING!!! Best birthday EVER!!! xxx Tahlia

Jilly and Austin's Wedding , Mudgeeraba, QLD
Hi Simon, I want to thank you for your addition to our very special day. Over a month on and our friends and family are still raving about the food and service. Everyone we have spoken to have said that it was one of the best weddings they have been to, with the most delicious food they've ever had at a wedding. One friend asked if you had a cookbook as she'd love to replicate your fish and lamb! You were more than just our caterer, you gave us much needed advice on running schedule, event planning and styling. Your suggestions were invaluable and really added to the theme and ambiance of the wedding. From the celebratory cocktail after our ceremony, the market umbrellas on the lawn, lighting and seating suggestions and menu selection, you really helped us style the wedding we hoped for. Your wait staff were absolutely delightful. I really appreciated their attention to us. My glass was never empty, and they saved us some of the mezze offerings that were served whilst we were off having our photos taken. The only regret I have of the day is not eating more of your divine food. Mum and I have already suggested you to friends who are planning weddings. We could not have been happier with your service. Jilly
Jilly and Austin's Wedding , Mudgeeraba, QLD

Hello Simon I didn't want the opportunity pass without letting you know that the food and service you provided at Jilly and Austin's wedding was excellent - thank-you. I also very much appreciated the advice you gave along the way about the layout of the tables, the lighting, the ceremony site and the umbrellas ( these provided a lovely garden party atmosphere early in the celebration)…and the heaters - so glad we had them at 2:00am - Mudgeeraba is always cooler than the coastal strip! We have received many, many comments about the quality of the food. It was superb. Your staff were also very appropriate - very professionally presented and attentive to our guests' needs. Everything appeared to happen very seamlessly and effortlessly - no doubt due to your co-ordination. All in all Simon - well done! My sincere thanks once again for your contribution to making Jilly and Austin's wedding day so very special. Please pass on my thanks to your staff as well. You are a good team. Colette

Liz and Joel's Wedding , Byron Bay
Simon, Thank you so much for all your effort for the wedding. We received many many compliments regarding the fantastic food. The day was all that we had hoped for, - in no small measure to your efforts. Many thanks again. Cheers, Janice
Angela and Tim's Wedding , Myocum, NSW

It was an amazing wedding. In every detail there was a strong presence of love and dedication. Both families worked really hard, and with incredible attention to detail, Ed’s Farm was shaped into a spectacular venue to welcome and stun 171 guests. Tim’s brother, Bill, was the best man, his toast was a huge success and definitely unforgettable. In between moments of deep meaning and sentiment there was a ton of dancing and going crazy. It was such a treat to all of us to dance to the music of the band, they were just phenomenal and had the dance floor full for the entire wedding reception! Catering was impeccable. Dinner was a memorable feast, food was delicious and staff was faultless, I loved the idea of Ange and Tim selecting a few guests to carve the meat, it added a family dinner feel to the event. Genius. The men looked sharp in dinner suits. The ladies looked amazing especially after heels were ditched and replaced by gum boots. Tim and Ange, thank you for inviting me to your warm-hearted event. It was an absolute honor to capture it for you. Pat

Mandy and Peter's Wedding , Byron Bay
Hi Simon, Now that the dust has settled and we slip into married life, I wanted to send you and your staff a HUGE thank you for being so completely wonderful on our wedding day and throughout the whole process. Given that the weather was nothing short of atrocious, the staff were simply brilliant: every guest has commented on their friendliness, efficiency and graciousness - not to mention keeping the food dry from the torrential rain! We always had a fresh glass of bubbles and were discreetly brought plates of food when needed - it is easy to forget to eat when the centre of attention. Both of our families were also taken care of so well, my mother is singing your praises still. The canapes were divine - delivered in a timely fashion and everyone was served. I did note the hoards on attack at the main marquee entrance, kudos to your team for diverting to another doorway so all could enjoy. The beetroot tartlets were a hit. I am so glad we chose the Moroccan Food Station - perfect for such inclement weather. We loved that you themed the serving table and again all of our guests were more than impressed, as were we. In short, you were a lifesaver. Calling the absent band, getting me a massage, assisting with the decorations - I am truly grateful. The rain was enough to spike my stress levels but you were an excellent calming influence. Simon, I now know why your reputation is so good. So do all of our guests. Lastly, I think you're tops! Best wishes, Mandy
Nicole , .
Simon, Just a short note to tell you how much impact Eat Drink had on our girls weekend. Although competing with the breathtaking Emerald Valley Villa and its surrounds, your catering was the highlight of our get-away. All of us absolutely loved each of the three dinners and the brunch that you put together for us. The food was delicious, the presentation exquisite, and the service so genuinely warm and attentive. From my first dealings with you, noting your willingness to put time and effort into collaborating to create the perfect menus, your sourcing our favorite ingredients and inventing new recipes, to your willingness to mix cocktails or warm sake at a moments notice, everything was perfect. I would recommend Eat Drink without hesitation, and hope we have an occasion to see Eat Drink again in the future.
Lesa and Justin , .

Dear Simon, I can't believe it has already been over a month since our wedding. I finally just got a hold of Stephen's photo's, and it brought it all back in a big way... I wanted to say thank you so much for the perfect evening you served up for Justin & I, and all our guests. We had so many compliments on the food. Lucie and Michael were just fantastic, (I didn't have an empty glass the whole night!) and once again, our guests complimented, this time the service - they were just brilliant. I also wanted to thank Jeremy (nice clean dishes!!) even though I didn't get it meet him. The only down point to the whole evening, was that we didn't get to feast on all the canapes during the photos.. If I had a suggestion to anyone getting married having you as their caterer, it would be that if they have the time, have an early ceremony, get the photo's done, then mingle with your guests and enjoy your food (and drink of course!). So thank you for saving some of the delights when we arrived back from the photo's. The rest of the meal was divine, delicious, right on cue - you obviously know your stuff! We want to wish you and EatDrink the best of luck with your business, although something tells me you won't be needing it.

Claire and Sam's Wedding ,
Hi Simon, Thank you SO much for the catering - it was amazing!! The food was absolutely delicious, beautifully presented and the staff were exceptional. Nearly all of our guests commented on how good the food was and the efficiency of the staff - they had everyone feeling like they were being individually looked after all night long. We really appreciate all your help in the lead up and everything you guys did to make the day perfect, we loved it!! Thanks again Simon! Claire and Sam
Andrew & Leandra , .
Hi Simon, We just wanted to say a really big Thank You to you and your staff for making our wedding a fantastic night and memorable event. Many people have said that it was the best wedding they have ever been to. The beautiful food and wait staff service was a major factor to this. Thank you so much for all of your help with the marquee - it really made the night, even though it didn't rain. It was like a big dinner party ! Also with the table sizes - you were so right, I wouldn't have wanted them any smaller. The Banquet was sensational - everyone loved this and we had so many positive comments on the quality and presentation of the food. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone. Finally, the staff - we had so many comments on how friendly, courteous, efficient and unobtrusive they were. Everybody had a great time with them, and we had lots of comments on how they loved the introduction of the food at each table. Once again, Thank you to you and your staff for a wonderful, wonderful night.
Tania & Steve Marshall. , .
Dear Simon, Steve & I would like to thank you for helping us create a magical and memorable dinner party to celebrate Steves 50th birthday. Moving up to the house was a beautiful setting to walk into the table looked fantastic, the lighting, music and the house itself created the exact feel we were going for The dinner served was delicious. Your recommendation to have it banquet style was spot on. There was no rush, between dishes we all got to move around and talk to different people and everyone went back to their seats at their leisure to help themselves to more food. Food presentation was terrific and each dish was explained in detail by your staff to smaller groups around the table rather than the whole table having to stop conversation and listen as one. Dinner service gave justice to the fabulous food you had prepared. Overall the service was executed with style. I received many comments from my friends that night regarding the food and service most were amazed at the professionalism and knowledge of your staff. The debrief the next day and from the week that has just passed I think can be summed up by one of our friends who said normally when I tell people about a great night weve had, I embellish a little this night needed no embellishment. It was perfect. Steve & I wont be able to top this night (nor will we try!)
Amira & Joel , .
Hi Simon, I wanted to let you know that almost every guest has told me that Joel's party was the best they've ever been to. Whilst they are giving me the credit for organising it, you and I know that all the credit belongs to you and your team A HUGE thank you to you all. All the guests commented on how brilliant the food was. And you'll be pleased to know that Joel loved the cake! Please thank your wonderful team for us. They were not only professional but also warm and friendly. They helped to make Saturday night PERFECT!
Garth Douglas , .
Launch of the new VW Golf George P. Johnson recently staged a large scale corporate event at the very exclusive Emerald Valley Villas, in the Byron Bay hinterland. The food and beverage component of this event required the skill and creativity of a top class catering company. From the inception, Eat Drinks proprietors Simon was a pleasure to deal with. His professionalism and friendliness made the job a lot easier. In our planning stages, Simon had great suggestions and options, ensuring we could deliver the best possible event for our client. Across the two days of our event, Simon and the whole team operated extremely professionally and efficiently. It was clear that their over arching concern was to help us make a great and enjoyable event for our client. Despite several last minute changes, including a much tighter time frame on the day, Eat Drink delivered the same wonderful,high quality food and service. Absolutely nothing was ever too much trouble for the team, even under considerable pressure. The finished product was always delivered with a sense of humour and a smile. Our client and their guests were extremely happy with the catering over the two days, and were blown away by the overwhelming freshness and quality of the food. In addition, Eat Drinks presentation of all food and beverage was impeccable, and really added that extra special touch to the day. I would have no hesitation in recommending Eat Drink for any event where catering quality and professionalism needs to be of the highest standard!
Debbie & Damian Kelly, Lauren & Beau Spinks , .
Hi Simon, Now that the 'wedding dust' has settled, we just wanted to officially thank you and your staff for helping us make Lauren and Beau's wedding such a spectacular success. All of our guests were in awe of the property and the location...... the fantastic food just topped it off! The quality, presentation and service met and exceeded our expectations. Thank-you also for your support, advice and professionalism in the weeks leading up to the event. The canapes were excellent and a great tease as we awaited the noodle bar. Again, the presentation, quantity and quality was spot on. As you know, we were a little anxious that a 'noodle bar' for a wedding may not have been appropriate, however, your conviction that it would work paid off. It reflected the whole theme and ambience of the evening, it was an inter-active experience for the guests and gave them an opportunity to select from the great range. We had great positive feed-back. Beau and Lauren were thrilled with everything, as were we. The staff, both bar and wait staff, really looked after us to ensure we didn't miss out, as can so often happen when you are the host. Thanks again.... we enjoyed doing business with you.

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