FINE COOKING FOR ALL OCCASIONS
Emily Rait is a caterer in Henley-on-Thames, presenting delicious home cooked, locally sourced, fresh food, beautifully. We cater for all sizes of events: weddings, club events, parties, celebrations and family gatherings.
Recently, to cater for socially distanced events, we have added a variety of food boards/ platters, boxed meals and picnics. We also have some dishes available as freezer food.
We take great pride in food, presentation, service and the business is built on returning customers and recommendations.
Contact us to learn more.
Emily has been dedicated to cooking for over 25 years; her experience includes Sotheby's boardroom kitchen, being a residential cook for families, cooking for private chalets/ companies in ski resorts and working in Peter de Savary's Glenborrodale Castle (in Scotland). Her passion for food simmered from an early age: she qualified as Cordon Bleu at College. This wealth of experience & creativity transforms each event into a dream.
What We Offer
Our aim is to make your big day and the run-up to it, delightfully easy...
As well as the food, we are able to organise and manage as many or as few of the components that will make your wedding day beautiful and unique. We work closely with excellent local florists, marquee, cutlery, crockery, glasses and linen suppliers, even mixologists!
We will suggest delicious menus from informal nibbles and salads to a more formal sit down four course dinner, starting with a champagne reception and canapés, finishing with a cheese and ham table at midnight.
Our bright, smiling and polite staff are always attentive, charming, efficient and totally trustworthy, they discretely carry out their duties to serve you and your guests in a professional, courteous and friendly manner to make sure things run smoothly on the day.
Each and every wedding is so special and individual. We work closely with you to bring your dream wedding to life. Nothing is too much trouble.
Catering at your home
Emily Rait brings our expertise to your home, office, or event space, giving you the freedom to enjoy top-quality meals without effort.
You’re Invited to Dinner
Entertaining in your own home without the stress. We help you plan and choose the menu and appropriate staffing.
CANAPÉS AND BOWL FOOD
Cocktail and drinks parties
Canapés are bite-size nibbles presented and handed round on slates, bowl food is a more substantial portion served in bowls that can be eaten while standing and chatting.
GRAZING BOARDS & BOXED PICNICS
Individually packaged picnics/ meals in disposable packaging.
Whether you are out and about or entertaining at home: a selection of cheeses and cheese biscuits; antipasti and cured meat, frittata, fresh honeycomb, grapes, figs and olives.
AFTERNOON TEA BOXES
A selection of finger sandwiches: Coronation chicken; smoked trout and cracked pepper; egg mayonnaise and cress; goats cheese, roasted red pepper and rocket.
Watercress and rainbow chard tart.
Fresh scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam.
Salted caramel chocolate brownie bites.
Elevenses and lunches
We provide regular catering services in situ at locations or al fresco.
FUNERALS AND WAKES
One less thing to worry about.
We have a selection of sandwiches, finger buffets, savory and sweet canapes. We will happily sort crockery and glassware etc as required.
REACTIONS AND REVIEWS
Feedback from customers
"YOU ARE A STAR! I can never thank you enough for all you did to make Sunday so perfect. The lunch was absolutely delicious and emails, phone calls and cards are flooding in saying how brilliant the food was. All your team were excellent and so charming. The hire company were so efficient and punctual. You were so good at keeping me calm and making the decision making along the way fun."
(Miss C. Stokes, Henley-On-Thames)
"On behalf of Henley Cricket Club, I am writing to thank you and your team for your magnificent efforts on Saturday night. The food was absolutely delicious and I, amongst others, wonder at how you can produce cuisine of such quality for so many people. Catering is so key at these events and it is interesting that amongst all the other razzmatazz, it is the food that people remember and comment on and I had nothing but good feedback from everyone I spoke to. Timing is also critical and once again Derek was a pleasure to work with and tables were cleared quickly so that I could move on with other duties. I should have no hesitation in recommending you very highly to any prospective customer."
(President - Henley Cricket Club)
"Thank you and your team for doing such a fabulous job, not just on the day of the wedding but also in the run-up. You really helped make our day all we wanted it to be and we have had a lot of compliments on the food... although I think the empty plates spoke for themselves!"
"Thank you so much to you and your team for providing a wonderful meal last night. Everyone raved about the food and in particular that you managed to serve so many covers and it was all piping hot! I have had some lovely emails today and everyone was very complimentary about the food. It really was delicious and you did a fantastic job. I actually never worried about the food side of the Ball as I knew it was all in very capable hands! Mike also did a fantastic job with the marquee and like you went ‘above and beyond’. It really does make such a difference when organising something on that scale to feel completely confident in the people around you. So thank you very much indeed Emily." Everyone seemed to have a great time.
(Henley Golf Club Ball Committee)
I needed to order lunch / picnic boxes for a gathering at Stonor Park to surprise my Wife and celebrate her special birthday. After an online search I found Emily’s website and spoke with Emily who liaised at every point and did everything to help me by relieving all the stress that goes with preparing catering requirements. Our son collected the boxes from Emily in the morning, and handed them out to guests. They stunned everyone, they were beautifully boxed displaying the extreme care, detail and hard graft Emily had put in to please us all. The sandwiches, tarts and scones were truly superb and the praise from every guest was stupendous. As for the two Towers of Chocolate brownies, strawberries and mint and Sticky orange and almond cakes - well all I can say is "Yum Yum"!!! A guest wrote "What a really super day and the picnic was outstanding … absolutely fabulous” - that said it all and emphasised what a marvellous caterer Emily is. MORE THAN WELL RECOMMENDED.
"Dear Emily and your wonderful catering staff, where do we begin to thank you for all your help with our wedding. From our first meeting to the actual day, you were brilliant. Thank you for all your help with the run up to the wedding, all the conversations to sort out the details and your expertise on things we hadn’t considered! Thank you also for your patience with our special dietary requirements and contacting our more ‘particular’ guests! The actual day, the food looked incredible and tasted delicious. We only wish we could have eaten more! Our wedding was better than we had ever imagined, we had a wonderful day. We couldn’t have done it without you."
(Mr. & Mrs. M. Slatter, Hambleden)
Each event is individual and everybody has different tastes.
We get booked for some events nearly a year in advance (honestly). To avoid disappointment, I recommend that you get in touch sooner rather than later - especially if you are planning either a big event or for a popular time of year.
Our first priority will be to check your dates, then discuss and explore your thoughts, plans and requirements before providing a written and costed proposal.
Drop me an email or give me a call. I look forward to helping.
For everyone's benefit, it is best to minimise ambiguity.
Our terms of business constantly evolve as our environment changes. Their role is to be open and transparent in terms of how we do business. A logical guide to what you can expect from us and what we expect in return. They cover most eventualities, and for those they don't, we will discuss and aim to find a reasonable and logical solution. As a small business, we require prompt upfront payment which can cause some discomfort within larger organisations.