72 total reviews
My first experience with Jean-Jacques was for my own wedding in August 2008. It was a second marriage for my husband and me and Jens organized an outdoor tent wedding for 100 guests at our home in Northern Westchester. It was elegant, food was extraordinary and service greatly exceeded our expectations. When my son and daughter-in-law announced their engagement there was no doubt whatsoever that we would look to Jean-Jacques for their very special day. The bride and groom selected one of Jean-Jacques' recommended venues and once again they exceeded all of our expectations. Jeannette and Mary guided the bride and groom through the decision making process and turned their dream wedding into a reality on June 9, 2012. In my opinion, the amazing food, commitment to excellent service, kind and considerate staff and beautiful locales make Jean-Jacques the very best caterers in Westchester. I will continue to use their wonderful services for all of my family's special events.
I had my wedding at the Marros Estate on May 19th, 2012 in Rye, fully serviced and catered by Jean-Jacques, and let me just say that they surpassed all my expectations with flying colors. Jeannette and Mary are the most professional, kindest, and respectful people to work with, they took care of everything. Mary was there on the wedding day to make sure all my requests were met, and Jean, the Maitre D' took care of myself, my husband, and our guests as if we were her family. The food was wonderful, I am still getting compliments today, and the staff was right there for any guests' needs or questions. Overall, a truly professional and well-mannered company, who knows what they are doing more so than any other wedding I have seen. I wish I could have a second wedding, just so that I can use them again!! Thank you Jean-Jacques!!
When our daughter was married last May, we decided to have her reception at Monteverde at Oldstone, one of the most beautiful spots along the Hudson River. While the location was unsurpassable, a huge component of the evening's success was the phenomenal job Jean-Jacques did, as our caterer. We coordinated everything through Vinny Scelsi--he is, quite frankly, a magician at what he does. I got countless compliments on the outstanding quality of the food and can't begin to describe what a gorgeous job they did setting all the tables, covering the chairs, and arranging things in the best possible configuration for what we were doing. In fact, people are still bringing up how wonderful the food was--now 3 months later. Their wait staff was very professional and impeccably dressed, and Vinny's daughter acted as the maître d'. She was lovely and charming and incredibly good at her job, sensing what needed to be done before it even needed to be done! When it was obvious I had not taken time to sit down and eat dinner (we did a station style service), she literally took me by the hand and graciously made sure I got food on my plate and found my way to the table where the rest of the family was seated.
The wedding cake was included in the cost of the catering, but was done by Homestyle Desserts Bakery in Peekskill. I don't like wedding cake normally but I could have consumed an entire tier of this cake and died happily on the spot. Again, I had many compliments from people saying it was not only the best wedding cake they'd ever had, but possibly the best cake, period. Vinny went with me to the bakery and introduced me to Rosy, who then turned our ideas into an actual beautiful and delicious wedding cake.
Perhaps what I appreciated most about working with Vinny was his warmth and enthusiasm—as though he were planning his own daughter’s wedding. When I was overwhelmed and not even sure what questions to ask the caterers we were considering, Vinny was gushing with great ideas and suggestions, but never, EVER pressuring me. I always felt comfortable and taken care of---like working with a trusted uncle or good friend. If you are looking for a wonderful caterer, look no further. Your search should end at Jean-Jacque’s.
Jean Jacques makes a great team. They went above and beyond to serve our guests on our wedding day which was May 17, 2014. Throughout the whole process from planning to getting contact vendors it was essentially a stress free experience. Thanks to Mary and Donna we were able to contact vendors who had experience with the space and the day went by smooth. Our guest also had arrived a bit early and Mary and Donna here hosting and saying"Not a problem!!"" The food came out without delay and with plenty of drinks that never ran out!! Thank you very much for a remarkable day we will never forget!!
Jess and Luis Gonell ..married May 17,2014
What a gorgeous place to hold an event. We had my bridal shower here and it was the perfect backdrop for a beautiful day. The banquet room was perfectly sized and the food was so fresh and delicate, perfect for a summertime event. The service was superb and we couldn't have asked for anything better! We even had our own server as well as coordinator on the day to make sure everything was flawless. Janet, was extremely helpful and so warm. The pastries and cake were amazing. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect day or venue to host my bridal shower. Thank you Jean-Jacques!
I could not be happier with the way our Wedding went this past June. Mary and Donna were AMAZING! They were always available whenever I had a question, and they got everything perfectly right on our big day. My parents and I were blown away when we pulled up to the Marros Estate. Every detail was exactly as I had asked, and was all ready by the time we arrived by 2pm (Ceremony at 5, Reception at 7). Our wedding was the perfect size for us (with only 65 people making it) made up of our imediate family, and our closest friends. Donna was our Maitre d' and was so smooth during the night. All of our vendors loved her and they too exchanged contact information. She was so calm through everything, and more importantly made my mom and I calm! I have no doubt they could handel a larger event, which is quite common for them.
Not only did they get every tiny detail right, the food was great! They had a women in charge for just my husband and I, making sure that we ate every course throughout the night (which we were very pleased with!) We had the Salmon, Filet Mignon, and Chicken, it was so delicious that we even had seconds.
I can't express how happy we are with how our day went. I was mentally ready for something to go wrong, and it was flawless. I am so blessed that Mary and Donna were there to comfort me and be there for all of my thousands of questions! They truely are great to work with, and are wedding experts. They can be sure I will be using them for my next big event!
Jean-Jacques is one of the few approved caterers for The James House Mansion venue where we held our wedding ceremony and reception in May 2014. Jean-Jacques was completely responsive and attentive to our needs from the moment we inquired about their services, throughout the planning process and up to the day of the wedding. Jean-Jacques assured us that they’ve catered many weddings at the James House and on the day of the wedding it showed. The entire staff did everything to make sure that the ceremony and reception ran smoothly. Our guests loved the venue and loved the food, particularly the passed hors d'oeuvres and the pastries. Jens was a pleasure to work with and always made himself available for questions. We highly recommend Jean-Jacques for your catered event.
We had our winter wedding at The Scarsdale Woman's Club catered by Jean-Jacques. The Scarsdale Woman’s Club is a beautiful unique venue for an intimate wedding. I was a little concerned over the size of the ballroom. It seemed kind of small, but we had 90 people at our wedding and it was the perfect size. Jean-Jacques did an amazing job from beginning to end. During the whole process the wedding coordinator Mary was exceptional. She always responded right away to all my questions and was very helpful during the planning process. Everything went smoothly the day of the wedding. All our guests loved the food. I think the favorites of the night were the crab cakes, the scallops wrapped in bacon, the salmon mousse and the filet with the horseradish sauce. The food during the cocktail hour was very plentiful. Since, the wedding party had a few more pictures to take the staff brought a plate of the hors d’oeuvres to the bridal suite so we wouldn’t miss out. The only real compliant that my guests had was some thought the entrée portions were a little small; however, everyone said that there was tons of food during the cocktail hour. I would definitely recommend Jean-Jacques for your wedding.
From the moment we first met with Mary (the event planner), we knew Jean Jacques was the caterer for us. We wanted to do something that was a little bit different from the "villa barones" of the world, but something still classic and elegant to appease our large Italian family. The first thing that impressed us in the initial consultations was the fact that though they are a "caterer" all of food is prepared on site fresh to order and there is no chance of food being soggy or lukewarm as a result. The choice of venue was a little bit challenging but only because Jean Jacques has such a broad spectrum of beautiful historic locations that they have built rapport with. We selected the Cotillion Ballroom at the Bronxville women's club due to its proximity to the church. We were extremely happy with the service throughout the planning, and the night of we were continually impressed by the attention to detail and all of our guests agreed that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. The drinks flowed, the food was delicious, and people are still talking about our cake. The maître d Donna was great as we're the bartenders, key waiters, Doris was awesome... I have only one complaint: that is that it is over!!!
If you are a bride on a budget (and you don't want anyone else to know you are) this is the caterer for you. We are so happy with how everything turned out.
My husband and I had our religious ceremony in June and wanted to throw a classy party in October. Jean-Jacques helped us to organize the perfect setting and menu to compliment our vision. Mary was incredible. Her client relationship skills came naturally and made us both feel like she was our personal friend. Not only did she ensure that I felt this was the most important event of the year, she was just as attentive to my husband which is something that I did not see from other wedding organizers. Usually the focus is on the bride, and both my husband and I appreciated her approach.
From the first meeting to the final event, Mary kept us on track the entire time. She was available to answer any questions we had and worked to ensure that any special touches we wanted were accommodated.
The food...we cant say enough. From the initial tasting to eating leftovers the next day, the food was amazing. Our guests continued to rave about the appetizers, entrees and cupcakes. We were busy socializing and didn't get to enjoy the appetizers or cupcakes, but were kindly 'forced' to sit down for just a minute and eat our entree. So glad we did. The staff packed up any additional appetizers and a couple of extra entrees (last minute cancellations) and we were able to enjoy a nice lunch the next day.
Thank you so much Mary and the Jean-Jacques team.
We certainly talk you up every chance we get and if we ever need to through a party - maybe a wedding anniversary - you will be our first call.
The private party room was set up in a lovely manner. All was beautifully presented and well-organized. The wait staff were experienced and helped us create the various parts of the wedding.
Everything was beautifully presented and tasted great. We had our wedding reception in the Party Room. It was set up in a lovely arrangement of tables, and well-organized. My guests raved about the passed h'ordoeuvres. The wait staff were attentive and knowledgeable. Dealing with Jens was easy and he delivered everything he promised and more.
Working with Mary and her team at Jean-Jacques was a fantastic part of our whole wedding experience. We had our wedding at The Marros Estate in Rye in September of 2013 and it was amazing! There were so many things we loved about the venue from the sunken garden, to the beautiful stone courtyard, to the grand ballroom. Even without decoration we immediately fell in love with the place on our first visit, and after meeting Mary we knew she was someone that would be great to work with. She really takes care of the couples and extends similar warmth to our families which meant a lot to us.
When we arrived the day of the wedding and saw everything set up we were even more blown away. The place looked beautiful, the food was delicious and plentiful, and the wait staff was spectacular. Jeanne was a great help all evening not only to my husband and myself but to our parents as well, and it did not go unnoticed. We got so many compliments on the food and what a unique setting this was, our guests are still raving!
The Marros offers couples a place to really bring some personal touches to the venue which was one of the things we loved about the space and set it apart from other venues we looked at. Mary was very open and accommodating to the ideas we had that would bring us into the day. Our guests have been telling us how they saw the two of us in so many of the details of the wedding; truly one of the greatest things to hear about the day. It was all exactly what we pictured.
THe day was everything we could have hoped for. We'll always looks back on not only the day, but the whole process with Jean-Jacques with fondness and remember what an outstanding job everyone did to make everything perfect for us. We really couldn't be happier and hopefully our paths will cross again in the future.
Mary and her staff are truly top notch. We visited a few venues for our wedding and had a few more planned but they were quickly canceled when we saw Marros. It is a picture perfect setting with a huge reception room and a charming Spanish courtyard. Be sure to see the room decorated! But the true reason we fell in love was Mary (the wedding planner). She was genuine, flexible, accessible, professional and very competent. Our wedding day was absolutely perfect due largely to the extremely professional job done by everyone at Marros. The food was delectable, the drinks plenty and the ambience just perfect.
I really enjoyed my wedding day, i didn't have to worry about anything. The service that Jean-Jacques provided was outstanding.Very professional and sweet. the food was great and so was the atmosphere. Everybody is still talking about our wedding,from the food to the service to the venue.If i will have to get marry all over again i will definitely pick Jean-Jacques Culinary creations. THE BEST!! xo
Mary & Jeannette and everyone at Jean - Jacques completely exceeded all of our expectations. Mary made sure the entire planning process went smooth from the first meeting all the way till the last guest left. The venue at Marros Estate was even more impressive in person than in pictures. All of the food was prepared perfectly and we received many compliments from our guest on the quality and selection. The staff was extremely attentive and even was very patient with us as we were trying to time an outdoor ceremony between thunderstorms. We had a wonderful wedding and would highly recommend Jean - Jacques to any couple whose looking for the perfect venue/food/staff.
If you want reliable service and an exquisite cuisine, Jean Jacques' is the caterer for you. They made my wedding experience the best possible and paid attention to all of the details. The staff was welcoming and were willing to work with me and my design. They made my wedding day extra special due to their care and attention.
When me and my fiance decided to get married, i couldn't think of anyone else but Jean-Jacques' to cater our wedding ! I have tasted their wonderful pastries and their food while attending different events at Bronxville Women's Club, and i loved it. We chose the charming Scarsdale Women's Club (also known as the Rowsley Cottage) as our wedding venue and we started working with Mary Scelsi. She was so professional and, most importantly, she understood exactly what we wanted and embraced our ideas adding a few of her own touches, that fit just perfectly ! We were really excited about the wedding cake and when we came to Jean-Jeacques' for a cake tasting, we fell in love with the two cakes that were offered to us and, unable to decide which one we wanted to have, we chose to combine the two flavors together. Many thanks to Jeannette Gabrillargues Chacho and the pastry chefs involved for designing the cake of our dreams ! When the big day came on August 10, 2013, everything went beautifully and it was everything we ever wanted ! We were calm, thanks to Mary Scelsi and our Maitre D' Donna Sullivan, who were so attentive and supportive, and everybody absolutely loved the food and the service ! We encourage anyone who is thinking of having a wedding or any kind of event to consider Jean-Jacques'. It's very hard to find something of this quality and finesse, and after tasting the food and the pastries and meeting the members of their team, you will surely be convinced ! Thank you Mary, Jens, Jeannette and everybody at Jean-Jacques' for making our dream come true ! We will be back for more.
Elizaveta Kopelman and Slava Gelfand
My husband and I are so glad we had Jean-Jacques cater our wedding at the Scarsdale Woman's Club; it was a great experience working with them, and they helped make our day really special. Everything about the service they offer is great: when we were deciding on a caterer, they gave us a complimentary tasting for 6 people (bride, groom, and parents of both the bride and groom) that was really delicious and plentiful. It sold us on their food and on their service. We worked mostly with Mary throughout the planning process. Before and after we signed the contract, Mary was attentive and responded to our questions quickly and fully. Everything was very organized and calm, which is such a help when you're planning an event that has as many moving parts as a wedding! As it got closer to the wedding, we met with Mary a few times to go over all of the details of the wedding so that we were all on the same page. We also met our maitre d', Donna, in advance so we knew who would be running the show on the wedding day. Mary was helpful with menu planning and was flexible with making accommodations for various dietary restrictions, like vegetarian and gluten-free. My husband's family is Indian, so Jean-Jacques arranged to get vegetarian meals from a nearby Indian restaurant for those guests that wanted them. We were able to leave our guest book, place cards, favors, and restroom toiletries at the Scarsdale Woman's Club prior to the wedding day, and Donna set everything up on the day so that we didn't have to worry about it (those details matter!). Everything on the wedding day ran very smoothly, thanks to the wonderful staff who were there, including Donna and the server captain Doris. Everyone was warm, helpful, and on top of things. The staff was familiar with the layout and workings of the Scarsdale Woman's Club, so things went really seamlessly. The food was delicious and portions were generous. The hors d'oeuvres served during the cocktail hour were particularly tasty and plentiful. The bar worked out well and was supplied with everything we had requested. The plated dinner was great and beautifully presented. The cake, not made by Jean-Jacques but included with the catering package, was great; many guests said they loved it. We brought extra individually-wrapped chocolates to serve with dessert, and the serving team arranged them nicely on platters and served them to each table. Jean-Jacques is more than just a catering team; they really help with many aspects of the wedding planning. We are really grateful to them for making our wedding day so special!
Mary and her team created a magical wedding experience for us! Her dedication is tremendous. Our first meeting with her was informative and special. She truly has a gift for making you feel like you are the most important bride in the world. We were amazed by her continued thoughtful guidance throughout the process. We have received rave reviews about the delicious food and elegant setting.
If you are looking for prompt attention and candid advice, then I highly recommend having Mary as your guide along your wedding journey. It was always comforting to know that an expert was just a phone call away.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for making our dreams come true!
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Jean-Jacques’ Culinary Creations is a full-service caterer with exclusive venues for weddings in Westchester. Whether at one of our historic mansions and estates or a location of your choice, we are committed to providing the highest quality of service and culinary expertise at an affordable price.
- Price Range: $$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liquor License, Onsite Parking, Outdoor Reception Area, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 400
- Style: Mansion/Historic Site, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013