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Amazing!”     Reviewed August 22, 2014

Gourmet in a Pinch was a wonderful service to work with. We were planning our wedding from 10 hours away in NY. This along will make any wedding more stressful. Not to mention that were were going to have a catered rehearsal dinner, full-service dinner, and a brunch the next day. Though the stakes seemed high, once we met with Paul and Charisa, there was not one food related aspect of these three days that I was concerned with. They set my mind at ease and made everyone feel comfortable. I cannot thank Gourmet in a Pinch enough for making this experience so wonderfully memorable.


They catered a brunch for us and it was delicious! We didn't have a chance to try any of it beforehand, but it far exceeded our expectations. And it was such good value! I highly recommend.

Thank you for making our day so special. I appreciate all the extra time you took.


Thank you so much for making the weekend such a success for our friends/family esp Matt and Paige.

I would literally walk on water for those friends of mine and my family is always there for us, I wanted this to be special for them as they helped us celebrate the wedding of our daughter.

You were more than accomodating and the food was top notch. Your staff greeted everyone with a smile and the baked goods.... mmmmm. that is my weakness ( lobster not so much).

But again thank you from the bottom of my heart... not only for a wonderful weekend but for going over and above to accomodate our needs....


Paul and everyone at Gourmet in a Pinch,

Thanks you for all your help in making our big day (or weekend) go perfectly. We really had a great weekend and didn't have to worry about a thing because you and your staff did such a great job bringing everything together from the food to the rentals set up and help with cleanup All of the desserts were very lovely as well. Thanks again for being such a big part of making our wedding so special.

Regards Toby & Michelle Dornton, Melrose Mass


Paul and Charisa really helped make our wedding day perfect. Paul went above and beyond to do everything he could for us. At one point he even offered to drive in to town to pick up a wedding guest that had a flat tire.

The food was amazing. Many guests have told me how much they enjoyed everything, and that the dinner was not typical "wedding food." Gourmet in a Pinch catered our lobster bake rehearsal dinner, wedding and brunch the next day. Each meal was delicious, and they even packed up the leftovers so we could enjoy them the next day.

All of the meals were served right on schedule, but they were willing to adjust on the day of the wedding if we were running behind. It was truly exceptional service, and I couldn't be happier.


Anne & Reza said... 
We, and our guests, couldn't get enough of Charisa's cooking. My husband and I weren't able to do tastings as we were planning our wedding from across the country, but it didn't matter at all- we knew we were in good hands. Charisa catered our Rehearsal Dinner (BBQ style), Reception (White Pine Package), post-wedding Brunch (assorted brunch items from the catering menu, the blueberry coffee cake was amazing!), as well as our wedding cake. All were delicious, and the carrot cake wedding cake (a family tradition) was absolutely perfect! She was so friendly and personable throughout the weekend, and very flexible with last minute changes and requests leading up to the wedding. Thank you so much, Charisa!


1888 Wedding Barn Reviews   - Date: June 21, 2015

Hi Paul- thank you for everything. We can't convey through this email, or really words how perfect EVERYTHING was. Your venue was a dream for us. It had everything we needed and you were always there, going above and beyond for anything we might need. The Thaddeus Twitchell house made it so wonderful for all of us to be together for the weekend and the space that I go to get ready in the special wedding was so lovely. The way that you take care of every detail from setting up the dining room, to laying out the favors, and decorations was just so wonderful and appreciated. The barn is stunning. Simply stunning. Everyone commented on how beautiful the space is. Thank you for allowing us to park my Dad's old '52 Chevy on the front yard too...many guests thought that it went with the place because it fit in so well!!! Your staff was wonderful, most accommodating. The set up and placement of the ceremony was so helpful and just what we wanted. The food was wonderful and you kept things moving along just as we had discussed. The cake pops have been described to us as "life changing" by our guests....every detail was wonderful. Truly. It seemed like you were always around when we needed to ask a quick question or double check a detail, not only there, but offering a reassuring smile and kind reminder that "it's our weekend and you're there for anything"...you helped make our wedding perfect. We will cherish it always. Thank you, thank you.


1888 Wedding Barn Review

August 2015

Hi Paul:   So sorry it has taken me so long to write to you.  We took a pretty long honeymoon then got thrown right back into work.

I wanted to thank you for such an incredible experience.  It was everything that Mike and I had hoped.  Our families and friends are still talking about the food particularly the rehearsal dinner.  It was so yummy.  Your attention to Mike and I during the rehearsal dinner and during the wedding was so appreciated.  We definitely felt like the king and queen.  :)  You and your staff made sure both events went went smooth and we didn't worry about a thing.

I have to admit that I was very nervous about the set-up on Friday but that went so well.  You were so helpful and understood my vision.  The barn is so beautiful on its own but you helped us make the place our own for the weekend.  It just looked amazing!  I was a bit worried about getting everything back after the wedding and again that went so smooth!  Everything was packed up and easy for us to pack in our cars. Also thank you for taking pictures!  You actually captured a couple of decorations that our photographer didn't.

I don't think we can thank you enough for all you did for us. We had such a fantastic wedding and weekend!  So much fun!! Thought you might like the attached picture.  It you need anymore, let me know.

Angie and Mike Palonis


1888 Wedding Barn 8/29/15

Amy Kilburn Bride says:

“I love this pic too! Thank you for everything Paul! It was incredible!!”


Jessica said... 
My husband and I could not have been more thrilled with our experience working with Paul at Gourmet in a Pinch, his wife Chef Charisa, and their entire support team. We got married this past weekend at a rental house near Sunday River called Ski Esta. It is a beautiful wedding venue, but obviously does not come with any staff or built-in event support, and we were planning the wedding from very far away in Denver, Colorado, so a good catering team was critical for our event to go well. Aside from the wedding itself, Gourmet in a Pinch also catered our rehearsal dinner, lunch before the wedding, our wedding cake, and a post-wedding brunch the next morning. Paul was with us the entire weekend, showing up early in the morning to drop off supplies and move furniture and leaving only when everything was cleaned up and back in order late into the night. Gourmet in a Pinch's key differentiator is that they truly are a one-stop-shop and can provide everything from catering services, to alcohol procurement, bartending staff, to rentals, decorations and now even the venue itself (check out their new wedding barn if you are getting married in the area). He also knew our venue from doing numerous weddings there before and has the same detailed knowledge of many other venues in the area. I had numerous guests approach me at the wedding to tell me, not only how amazing the food was, but how impressed they were with our catering staff and Paul himself, who was working the event just as hard as any of his employees. We were in a 3-story house, and I swear Paul seemed to be everywhere at once. He also personally made sure my husband and I got something to eat all throughout the event, which was much appreciated. My husband and I both have very high expectations of service, and I have never had reason to gush about a vendor like this, but working with Gourmet in a Pinch truly helped put our wedding day over the top. Don’t hesitate to work with them for your next event.


Paul and Chef Charisa,

Thank you so much for your unbelievably amazing team. You both made our wedding day perfect! Your staff was so professional and friendly. The Barn looked so pretty and the food was spectacular. Love Cait and Sam

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