Jay and his staff performed at a high level professionally throughout the duration of our project. Aside from the obvious delicious food, they executed in a seamless manner and exude class. I will absolutely work with Jay in the future.”
— Jace Lipstein | BET: How To Rock Kicks Fashion Show | August 2015 | NYC
We took a chance on Jay Astafa’s catering for our wedding, and wow, I’m glad we did! While our wedding was in Jay’s general neck of the woods, we’re based across the country. One typically sets up a tasting with prospective caterers, but we’d read so many good things about the events Jay had catered that we decided to work with him without ever tasting a bite of his cooking.
Jay’s process was was thorough but efficient. We went through several rounds of menu-planning, balancing our preferences and the dietary restrictions of our guests. Jay accommodated our celiac and nut-free guests without issue, and the resulting menu didn’t feel compromised or limited in any way.
Our evening wedding celebration started with a cocktail hour, for which Jay and his team prepared a fantastic array of hors d’oeuvres with international flavors: spanakopita, watermelon sashimi, mac ’n cheese balls, tomato tartare cones, and more. They also set up a cheese station with tasty approximations of bleu, brie, and other styles. After a delicious soup course and a small plate of gnocchi, our guests enjoyed two dinner options: eggplant parmesan or a carrot steak over parsnip puree. Everyone had at least a couple of favorites from the evening.
Beyond the quality of the food, Jay’s staff were extremely professional and courteous. They gracefully dealt with an electrical issue at our venue, checked up on guests, and kept the bar flowing all night. Teardown at the end of the evening was fast and thorough.
All in all, we had the ideal wedding catering experience thanks to Jay. We can’t wait to enjoy his food and service again, and recommend his team without hesitation.
— Nicole + Alex Wedding | September 2015 | Woodstock, NY
I’ve been a longtime fan of Jay Astafa’s culinary capabilities, enjoying both his comfort foods and his haute cuisine at many a nonprofit party, pop-up dinner or other gathering. I’ve traveled to both of his L.I. restaurants and was unsurprisingly pleased every visit. When he’s catering an event in NYC, I make a point of being there and curse conflicting plans if I have them. This is why, when I decided to organize a fundraiser for Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, he was my automatic go-to for passed appetizers. I know his dishes to be crowd-pleasers, from his Mac N Cheese Balls with Truffle Aioli and Shiitake Bacon to his Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower with Mini Waffles and Maple Syrup. Why wouldn’t I hire my favorite plant-based chef for my own endeavor? This decision proved wise, as he and his team impressed the palates of every supporter there. They were professional and personable and, as you might expect, the bites were on point. Jay got it right down to every last detail, not the least of which being his branded mini pizza boxes, which featured the logo for my latest venture, Only Connect: Aligning for Animals. Thank you, Jay, and thanks to your staff for helping to make my event a seamless success. You’re at the top of my list for next time!
— Nell Alk | Laughing for Animals: A Comedy Showcase to Benefit Woodstock Farm Sanctuary | September 2015 | NYC
I just wanted to thank you and your team for doing such an amazing job for the Positive Tails launch. It was a huge success in big part because of you.
So again thank you! thank you!
— Positive Tails Launch Party | February 2015 | NYC
Our wedding reception in May 2015 was an incredibly wonderful celebration, thanks in large part to the creative and culinary talent of Jay Astafa, who catered our event. Everyone we spoke to the night of our wedding, and since, has told us that they were blown away by the food—-the tastes above all but also the variety, the presentation, the textures, and the art. The caprese pops, bacon scallops, tofu crab cakes, fried cauliflower, arancini, spanikopita, pastas, and varieties of pizza were definitely big hits. The biggest favorite may have been the ravioli, which everyone loved. Jay and his team made our guests feel special—-like they were being treated to the best of the best that delicious cuisine, let alone vegan cuisine, has to offer. Our friends and family could not have been more delighted. This, of course, made us as happy as could be, which made the wedding reception exactly what we hoped for. Working with Jay leading up the event was a treat. If we could have, we would have ordered one of everything he has on his menu. Jay also introduced us to Angela whose stylistic eye, professional charm, and attentiveness added so much to the success of our event. Jay, we can’t thank you enough!!
— - Jennie + Will Wedding | May 2015 | Bedford, NY
Jay and his team were phenomenal. Their attention to details regarding not only the food but the entire event was outstanding and their quality went above and beyond our expectations. Astafa catering arrived at the event and took the lead from the start. The food was exquisite — so so good! Plus, Jay and his team could not have been friendlier. The only downside is we are now totally addicted to cashew mozzarella! Whether you are vegan or not- Jay is the way to go!
— Jamie + Matt Wedding | April 2015 | NYC
Your whole team was absolutely spectacular. The brunch was delicious, delightful and you went above and beyond. Can’t thank you guys enough, and a special shout out to Angela ‘fashionista’ Lowe for the ceremony help!
— Ainsley + Brian Wedding | April 2015 | NYC
Today was glorious, due in large part to Jay and his staff. From his prompt response to my initial inquiry to his ongoing respect for and attention to our anticipated celebration throughout the various stages of planning, every interaction with Jay guaranteed this would be a special day, which is greatly appreciated. Jay’s exquisite menu enabled me to make my daughter so very happy, allowing her to eat EVERYTHING at her baby shower; granting me an opportunity to serve an inventive and visually beautiful meal to my non-plant-based guests; and permitting my guests to experience delicious and satisfying food while they whispered, Wow. The magic is knowing that it’s not only the food, but also the experience. Jay’s support staff — Red, Allie, Evelyn, Rose and Sue — do him proud. My family and friends were so comfortable and so engaged with those terrific women! Without them, the event wouldn’t have been the same. Thank you, Jay. You have helped create a most memorable milestone for my beloved daughter, my family and my friends as we celebrate the forthcoming birth of my grandchild. If you’re ever in need of a referral, send them my way — I am happy to sing your praises!
— Kathleen | Baby Shower | September 2014 | New Jersey
I hired Jay Astafa to cater an event that commemorated one of my biggest achievements. I chose Jay because of his demonstrated quality and presentation of food, as well as his professionalism. After having dined at over 500 eateries in the span of two years, Jay’s talent stands in line with some my favorite restaurants in the entire country. In fact, upon first trying one of Jay’s dishes, I immediately knew I would ask him to cater one of the most important events I will ever be a part of. It was a huge success! Guests raved about Jay’s ‘bites’ for weeks afterwards. His eye for creative detail and being easy to work with made the entire experience fun and completely stress-free.
— Will Travel For Vegan Food, Kristin Lajeunesse | August 2013 | NYC
It was really important to us that we host a vegan wedding. We were looking for a vegan caterer and had been taste testing and shopping around NYC and Long Island, until we met Jay. Jay was the obvious choice. He took his time with us, arranged the menu to exactly what we wanted, and was always helpful. He would usually respond within minutes! In fact, Jay went out of his way to help coordinate everything. He had fantastic suggestions and an artistic eye that helped pull everything together. His staff was wonderful as well. We had an amazing cocktail hour. The presentation was beautiful. Everyone, vegan and non-vegan alike, was talking about it. The entrees were also a hit, and included great options for the younger children. Jay is dedicated, reliable, and professional. He cares about the details! He clearly loves his career and puts all he has into making your vegan dining event an elegant, unique, and incredibly delicious experience. Thank you, Jay!
— Jessica + Guy Wedding | September 2014 | Long Island
Jay Astafa is remarkable. There are no words to describe the level of care, beauty, and flavor that come out in his cuisine. Jay and his team catered our wedding of 130 guests in Miami in April, and there wasn’t one person who didn’t come up to me to tell me how amazed they were with the delicious food! Everyone said it was the BEST wedding menu they had ever had (vegan or not), and they could easily become vegan if this is what the food tastes like. I must say, Jay has a certain level of expertise that many people do not possess. His confidence in and execution of everything — from the food to the correspondence leading up to the event — are nothing short of impressive. He is an inspiring chef, and human being. With Jay, there are no disappointments, and there is no drama. It’s simply an experience like no other, from start to finish.
— EatPastry: Jessie + Alfredo Wedding | April 2014 | Miami
Thank you for making our Baby Shower so special. People are still talking about your food. The non-vegans didn’t even realize they were eating vegan food. As for the vegans, they were in heaven with the taste, quality, presentation and variety. Each item that left our kitchen was immaculate. You have a passion for cooking and it shows. Thank you again for making our big day so amazing. Kudos to your staff, too. They were so polite, cordial and just like part of the family.
— Margaret | Baby Shower | July 2014 | Long Island
Just wanted to thank you and your staff for a wonderful evening. Everything was fantastic, especially the food. Everyone was raving. Can’t wait for another opportunity to hire your catering company again.
— Mooshoes, Sara | July 2014 | NYC
I just wanted to say thank you for such an amazing time on Saturday! Everyone loved the food. We got tons of compliments from friends and family. We definitely made the right choice! You and your staff were wonderful to work with, so kind and professional. Your special touches really showed, and we all loved the personalized pizza boxes and cocktail napkins.”
— Tiffany + Josh Wedding | September 2014 | NYC
I could not have been more pleased with the job Jay Astafa and his staff did in catering our party. His attention to detail in the planning stages ensured that everything was perfect. From the elegant presentation and service to the transcendently delicious food, Jay delivered a spectacular experience.
— Michael | Meena's Not Mitzvah | December 2014 | NYC