Some kind words from our lovely clients


Lucy and the team at Aspiring Catering were apart of my partner and mine’s wedding day in October of 2019. All I can say is that Lucy and her team did an outstanding job. Coming from a family which food places such a huge role in family, community and togetherness she really understood the importance of food on the day. Everything was cooked to perfection and her and the team were amazing with all of our guests. We were really put at ease with how her team ( the amazing Sarah) ran the day and made sure than everything ran smoothly! Honestly such a great team! Love you guys! Could not recommend these guys enough! Best day ever!

Michael & Callum – 26th October 2019 – Glendhu Station 





Aspiring Catering catered our daughter’s wedding at NZ High Country, 29 February 2020, just 4 short weeks ago. The canapes were absolutely delicious, the meal itself was amazing and all our guests have raved about the quality of the food and the attention to detail. Lucy and her team were very professional, their service immaculate and they were attentive, friendly and well organised. Everything went like clockwork. Thank you so much for making the day so memorable.

Tamsin & Mitch – NZ High Country – 29th February 2020


We cannot recommend Aspiring Catering enough! We used Aspiring Catering for our wedding in November and we (and our guests) were impressed with their professionalism and dedication. Right from our first contact with Aspiring Catering they were excellent to deal with. The communication from the whole team but particularly Lucy, Sarah and Megan was exceptional and they clearly set out the process which they followed which was very helpful when planning a wedding so we always knew what was happening. We could approach them at any time we had questions and they were more than happy to help!
On our wedding day they really ran the whole event. Everything was set up as we had discussed and the whole day went to plan which was overseen by Aspiring Catering. They made the whole day seamless. The food was exceptional and exceeded our expectations and we have had lots of positive feedback from our guests.
We highly recommend Aspiring Catering to anyone planning an event in the Central Otago region.
Megan & Cam – 30th November 2019 – Rippon Hall

sally & chris thorn
To Lucy and Jen,

Both Chris and I cannot thank you enough, from the very start of organising you exceeded our expectations. You enabled us to have the most amazing day, stress free and perfect. The moment I walked in and saw the set up I was so extremely happy, I knew it was going to be a perfect, amazing day and it was. All of our guests spoke so highly of you, the food was devine, the service spectacular, every one of your staff members were amazing, every single guest had a great time. I can’t thank you enough for making our dream day come true, your team was outstanding.

Thank you.

So much love!

Sally & Chris Thorn | 13th February 2016 | Lavender Farm

Hi Jen and Lucy,

We were blown away with the food and service that Aspiring Catering provided at our recent wedding as were our guests who are still saying that it was the best food they have ever had at a wedding. Lucy and her team made the whole process as seamless as possible and they exceeded our expectations in every way. Thank you Lucy for helping give us the best day of our life. It certainly was.

Christina & Callum Grant | 5th February 2016 | Bendigo Station

Dave & Tahnee

Dave and I wanted to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU for the amazing work you did on Friday and all the lead up to the wedding. Our wedding day was above and beyond any expectations. Everyone had such an awesome time, they all keep raving about the food. It all tasted so amazing and the presentation was perfect. It all went so smoothly so Dave and I were able to really enjoy ourselves.
Yourselves and all your staff made our wedding such a magical day. We could not of asked for anything more.
And the brunch just topped it off.
Thanks again for absolutely everything you did. We really appreciate it.

Dave & Tahnee | 22nd January 2016 | Peregrine Winery

Shalon & Carl
We have our wedding planned at The Rippon Hall in Wanaka on the 31st December 2015. We are based in the UK, so had been introduced to Lucy at Aspiring via our Christchurch based wedding planner, Emma Newman. We engaged in introductory emails and had an initial Skype call with Lucy to talk over our thoughts and answer our questions. Lucy was fantastic and really helped with giving us some directions and some great ideas. We planned our menu from the wide selection available and from the guidance from our call with Lucy over the next few weeks (and helpful photos she sent!), and had a plan for the tastings including canapés, 2 starters, 2 mains, vegetarian options for both, a desert selection plus mocktails.

We were welcomed at Rippon with a roaring open fire, amazing views and a fully laid table just for us. We had a total of 5 people for our tasting and our wedding planner also on hand to provide guidance.

We are proper foodies, and had just been to Noma in Copenhagen two weeks before, so our expectations were high! What we were served from Aspiring was simply some of the best food we have enjoyed for a very long time. Each course (we won’t say what the courses were so that our guests will be surprised) was cooked and presented with amazing attention to detail. The flavour combinations and presentation of each dish was, quite simply, outstanding. Lucy, Jen and her team made us feel like superstars and we had an amazing day.

The menu, cooking and presentation will be one of the highlights of our wedding and we are excited for our friends and family to be able to enjoy this amazing experience. We highly recommend having a tasting with Aspiring – we now can’t wait for the big day.

Shalon & Carl | 31st December 2015 | Rippon Hall

Dear Lucy & Jen,

Chris & I can’t thank you & your amazing team enough for everything you did to make our wedding day the best day ever!! From the initial contact with you Lucy, we knew that we were dealing with someone who would ensure that our wedding day would run smoothly and ensure that our guests were well looked after. We had quite a lot of contact with you both in the lead up to the big day & with us being in Australia, some would think it would be quite hard to plan a wedding from afar, but you were always readily available via phone & email & would always be so helpful & honest in your suggestions, you put our minds at ease & we knew that our wedding day was going to be in the best hands possible and your attention to detail shone through on our wedding day. You definitely go above & beyond to keep the bride & groom happy, as well as the wedding guests. Everything was just perfect!

Chris & I were not stressed out or worried about anything on the wedding day as we knew that Aspiring Catering had it all under control. It was so nice to know that we could put our trust in you & your team on one of the most important days of our life. Lucy & Jen, thank you for being so approachable, so lovely, so helpful & no request we asked of you & your team was too much trouble. You were both happy to liaise with the rest of our wedding suppliers that we had chosen & you helped to pull the entire day together without a hitch. The food was just divine, thank you so much, ourselves & our guests loved it all. Some guests have told us that they had the best Pork Belly of their entire life on our wedding day & the best beef ever, oh and the salmon was just divine, it was all amazing!! The service, impeccable! We are both so glad that we chose you & your team for our wedding day. We will forever cherish the memories we have from our special day & without having you & your professional team there on the day we know that our wedding day wouldn’t have run as smoothly or be as amazing as it was, so from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for all that you have done for us & our guests, we will be forever grateful to you & your team! We wish we could relive that magical day all over again. We hope to catch up with you again next time we are in beautiful Wanaka!

With heartfelt thanks,
Chris & Heidi Hodge | 15th October 2015 | The Rippon Hall

Hi Lucy,
I’ve been meaning to write to you to let you know just how appreciative I am of you and your team’s services for our wedding day. I knew from the first time speaking with you that you were very detailed and if we went with Aspiring, we wouldn’t have to worry about a thing- and this proved very true. The Aspiring team went above and beyond by not only setting up the venue beautifully just as planned, but also making sure our Ceremony music was on time and even making a special trip for more champagne for our boozy guests. Ben and I, our friends and family all raved about the beautiful food that your team served. Everything was just divine.
What an outstanding team you have. Thank you very sincerely for making our day absolutely perfect.

Aubrey & Ben ( and of course Winston and Maxwell) | 4th April 2015 | Mount Soho Winery and Venue Queenstown

Maria & Stuart
Thank you Lucy, Jen and the team at Aspiring Catering for providing the best service we could of asked for on our wedding day on Saturday the 28th of Feb! You guys were actually amazing and the food was to die for- our guests could not stop raving about it! A special thank you to Lucy for all your help this year, you have been incredible and Stuart and I really enjoyed working with you! If anyone is looking for caterers in Wanaka or Queenstown they should totally go with Aspiring Catering!!

Maria & Stuart | 28th February 2015 | Rippon Hall 
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Hi Lucy,
We are so unbelievably thankful for the level of service and amount of work put into our wedding day by Aspiring Catering, to begin with Lucy was so laid back and incredibly lovely, she went above and beyond for us from special requests such as our champagne tower, to making me a special meal to accommodate as I was in the early stages of pregnancy, along with so many more special details. She didn’t miss a thing. All of our guests are still raving about the food, especially the Salmon, that was a hit!! We have also had so many comments about the level of service from the waiters throughout the day and night, the whole set up it’s self was just perfect and the help and advice we received through the whole process was outstanding. I can actually say it was the best day of our lives and I put a lot of it down to the caterers for doing such an amazing job and making the whole day flow so perfectly. Choosing Aspiring catering was the one major choice I am just so happy we decided to do. They took all the stress off the day, Thank you so much Lucy and your team!

Tara & Arion | 12th February 2015 | The Rippon Hall

Hi Lucy and Jen,
Finally have some wedding piccys!!! Just wanted to email you and say thanks again so much for the most wonderful food and service at our wedding on the 8th of Feb.
EVERYONE raved about the quality and taste of the food and how outstanding it truly was. Hope the rest of the wedding season treated you well

Jess & Ben | 8th February 2015 | Rippon Hall

Dear Lucy, Jen and the team at Aspiring Catering
We are so very grateful to you all for making our day so special. The service was faultless, the attention to detail second to none and the food was outstanding. We received so many compliments on your services – not only how fresh and delicious the food was but also how beautifully it was presented and how well the day flowed. You have a real eye for detail and you went out of your way to incorporate our ideas. It was an absolute pleasure working with you and we can’t thank you enough. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to our friends and family. We wish you all the best going forward.Gen & Nick | 31st January 2015 | The Rippon Hall
“We just wanted to write and say thank you so much to Lucy and the team from Aspiring Catering. We couldn’t be more pleased with how our day went – the food and service were incredible. We had so many positive compliments from our guests. Serving lovely food and wine was really important to us and what we received totally exceeded our expectations. Outside of the food and service, we had a challenging day with the weather and the team worked tirelessly to make sure everything was and looked perfect. All the extra attention to our special details was really appreciated. Overall working with Aspiring was great – absolutely no complaints. All the help we received in planning and the lead up days was hugely valuable and really helped make the process totally stress free. We couldn’t recommend Aspiring Catering anymore highly and are so pleased they were part of the team working on our big day. Hannah and Scott Whyte, January 2015”

Hannah & Scott Whyte | 30th January 2015 | Peregrine Winery 

Lucy and the aspiring team were irreplaceable in helping us bring our wedding together to make it the absolutely phenomenal day that it was. With a very sick groom in the lead up and the possibility that we couldn’t go ahead, Lucy was so amazing and understanding of the difficulties. Everything on the day went to plan and the food and service were outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble. The food was spectacular and our guests are still raving about it 3 months later. My brothers are still talking about how many lamb cutlets they devoured… into the double figures. Wish we could do it all again.
Couldn’t recommend Lucy and the team more.

Libby & James | 17th January 2015 | The Rippon Hall

Aspiring Catering! What can I say!?!? We would have been lost without Lucy and her team, that’s what I can say! After a few emails and phone calls almost 15 months before our wedding, we arranged to meet Lucy in Wanaka at a local cafe (we live out of town) I really didn’t know what to expect as I have never arranged a wedding before, but am trained in hospitality so thought I had a clue. Then we met Lucy and were blown away, I mean I thought I was organised!! But Lucy asked all the questions I hadn’t even thought of! After that first meeting I was like ‘Wow, we are in good hands’
Fast forward 6 months and the days leading up to the wedding, a few phone calls back and forth and Lucy was well and truly all over EVERYTHING! Whats more she was totally hands on and had everything under control. She was working round the clock like our wedding was the only wedding that ever existed (even though I’m sure she has a million other things on the go)
Lucy and the team were simply magical and in my husband’s speech at our wedding he couldn’t speak higher of the wonderful service they provided us. The service and care continued the days after the wedding and everything was wrapped up with no fuss.
Thank you so much for your professional yet totally fun services.

Alice & Eamon Moynhian | 5th December 2014 | Rippon Hall

We cannot thank Aspiring Catering enough for their help with our wedding. Lucy and her team went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect. The food was amazing. The staff were professional. Lucy has the experience that enables her to predict your every need. If either of us get married again, we will be sure to use Aspiring Catering!”

Hope all is going well in Wanaka and you have a great winter season.

With thanks and kind regards

Mitch & Laura Kornman | 23rd November 2013 | Rippon Hall

From the minute I got engaged I had one box ticked and that was caterer.  Having seen Lucy work I was prepared to change my wedding venue, date and time if that meant I could have Lucy and the team from Aspiring Catering as quite simply it was the most important decision of our planning stage.

From the minute I called Lucy and met with her, she had our wishes and style down packed and it was only a few short emails that had the menu confirmed to suit our budget and requirements absolutely perfectly.

From that point my job was pretty much done, Lucy then took everything else into her own hands and acted as our very own wedding planner.  Lucy liaised with our venue about the run sheet and protocol on the day, organised everything we needed to hire, set up everything from the ceremony, to reception to the dance floor and was in touch with all of our suppliers to ensure a seamless delivery by all in just ten short weeks.

The service staff were absolutely outstanding with not a quarter empty glass in sight, when we moved quite far away from the venue for group photos the staff were up there with their trays delivery canapés, drinks and collecting glasses.  They all looked professional in their uniforms and were polite and unnoticeable but always there before you needed them.

The food quality was an absolute delight from the wide selection of canapés to suite every palette and dietary requirement to a stunning choice of mains that had every guest raving for weeks.

Lucy and her team made every single part of our special day enjoyable and truly a breeze.  Her efforts and job description go so far beyond her beautiful and professional catering and we couldn’t thank her enough for exceeding our expectations from start to finish.

There is not a price value you can put on your wedding day when looking back and saying that you literally had the best day of your life.  Lucy and Aspiring Catering were such a big part of that for us.

Sarena & Simon Glass | 8th November 2013 | The Hills

Dearest Lucy

I cannot express how wonderful you are. Without sounding too cheesy and soppy, you made our day the most spectacular it could have been. I can’t tell you how many people were so immensely impressed with the catering and your staff. It was impeccable. It made my heart so happy when we arrived from the church and saw all your girls and guys lined up with trays of champers, looking so professional and neat. From this to the outstanding canapés, no-ones glass ever being empty, the cold towels to mop our brows and hands on the hot Tarras afternoon. To Max and you all serving the most delicious haggis, huge venison cooked so perfectly (many people commented on ‘how do they cook so many pieces of venison so perfectly??) AND the wee deserts. Im only sad I didn’t get to eat all four as I was too busy blubbing during the speeches. It was AMAZING of Max to come and suggest the time change of doing the speeches during pud, which only shows how high calibre of service you provide. I was gobsmacked at how quick the tables where all cleared, honestly… I think your staff are super human. We got dancing so quick and I’ve never seen a que of people for the water at a wedding!!! Too good. Just so you know. It was the most incredible day of our lives. And you helped make it so.

Lots of Love

Mr & Mrs Rutherford Tim and Camilla | 21st march 2013 | Tarras home

Hi Lucy,

We are back to San Fran and reflecting on our perfect day which was largely due to you and your fantastic team.

As great as the Wanaka view was, the first thing all the guests commented on was how great the food and service was. The way you and your team went above and beyond to make sure everyone was comfortable and catered for was really special. And the food was just incredible and everyone loved it! Thank you for staying up all those nights and making yourself available to discuss even the most mundane details. You made it so very easy for us and it was the most magical day we could have ever imagined.

The candy table too was perfect and people are still commenting on how yummy the cupcakes and macrons were. I took my mum out to a really nice chocolate shop in auckland last week and she tried a macaron there too, all she could say was “its nice, but the ones at your wedding were the best” 🙂

Thanks once again and I would recommend aspiring catering in a heartbeat!

Best Regards,

Chanuka & Kasia | 8th march 2013 | Rippon hall