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Jessica S.

7 December 2018

Our company could not be more thrilled with Lighten Up Caterers! Grace and her team did a superb job coordinating two separate events in the same week, complete with two separate menus. Added to this, was the task of coordinating tricky logistics, as both events took place on a boat that required unconventional meeting points and maneuvering of heavy yet delicate items on relatively unstable surfaces. Nevertheless, Grace handled everything with, well, grace! She was early, patient, and emanated a positive, can-do attitude that was greatly appreciated by our team.In the planning of these events, Grace was extremely well-versed in her menu options and capabilities.  She was helpful with our specific requests, proactive regarding allergies and dietary restrictions, as well as receptive to last minute changes.  On the day of, her presentation was beautiful, and the food was delicious - a sentiment that was reiterated by the numerous compliments we received from our own group as well as our guests! Grace's experience and expertise in this industry is abundantly obvious. We felt that we could trust her completely with our event, as opposed to having to direct or supervise her - something we were extremely grateful for, as it gave us leeway to focus on other tasks. Lighten Up Caterers provides the care and attention of a mom-and-pop establishment, complimented by the efficiency and quality expected of high-end caterers. Highly recommended! More...


Michael Catelli

30 August 2018

Grace catered our wedding at the Newark Museum in August. She helped us design our menu and took all our needs into consideration. Unlike everyone else we had met with previously, she began by talking with us about our family food traditions and our hopes for the event's overall mood to design a buffet menu that fit our budget. All of our guests complemented the freshness and the flavors of the food. Additionally our parents (of course, the hardest to please) were delighted by the quality of her staff for the event. If we ever are asked to recommend a caterer in the future, Grace will absolutely be our first recommendation. More...


Elizabeth M.

18 June 2018

Grace is doing the catering for our wedding (upcoming in August at the Newark Museum) and she has been wonderful to work with. When we first sat down with her, she made us feel comfortable and helped us define what we were looking for. The other caterers we spoke to often gave us menus and asked us the "pick 3" from various categories. Grace helped us build up a menu based on our personal tastes and accounting for our families and traditional needs. It has been such a relief to work with someone who took the time up front to listen to us and get to know us. I feel that I can trust Grace to use her professional experience and best judgement, and I'm confident that we'll have a great menu on the day of the wedding that will be fresh and will leave everyone happy and full. :) More...


Beth K.

17 June 2018

Grace and her team were unbelievable. The food was amazing, my guests were raving about all the choices. Beyond professional, great attitude. Grace made my husbands party a total success. I found grace through her yelp reviews. Trust me, her food, the presentation and her willingness to work with my suggestions was unparalleled. 5 stars!!!!!!!! More...


Stephen B.

8 October 2017

I can't say enough about Lighten up. Fantastic experience all around. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. Grace (the owner/chef) has a way with food and made everything look beautiful. I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to make their event extra special. More...


Francesca Zambello

28 May 2015

I've been using Grace and Lighten Up Catering for years. They are dependable, and their food is wonderful. I highly recommend them for any kind of event!



28 May 2015

Grace is an excellent and innovative cook and everything she prepares is simply delicious. Her presentation is also wonderful: nothing is ever heavy-handed. She uses plants and flowers to enhance the visuals of her presentations. The result is always festive and inviting.Grace has catered several events that I attended and if I didn't know she was the caterer, I would easily recognize her cooking and presentation. They are both winners. More...


Joyce Calvitti

28 May 2014

Much to the delight of my guests and myself, I had Grace of Lighten Up Caterering prepare the food for my annual outdoor event two years in a row. What a wonderful day her food and presence created. Her marinated portabella mushrooms and rice salad, which was made with some unique and delicious ingredients, were such a hit the first time there was a special request by several guest for an encore! Her food suggestions before hand worked perfectly into the mood and style I wanted to convey. She had no problem accommodating different palates and was sensitive to meeting the needs of those attending. Her casual yet elegant presentation was the cherry on top. I'll soon be deciding on a date for this year and Grace will be the first call I make! More...


BC 1

28 May 2014

Grace catered our outdoor summer wedding. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Grace made the planning process easy and fun. I would love to use Lighten Up Caterers again! More...