Catering From The Heart
After many re-incarnations of careers and proud successes along the way, there came one of those life-changing birthdays. The kind where everyone tells you how great you look while inquiring when you’re planning to retire.
While retirement never entered my mind, a change in direction and the proverbial reinvention theme were definitely in consideration as this birthday aligned with far more serious life changes.
Where would I be without the help and support of my right-hand helper, Gene? Cheers, and enjoy a chocolate chip, walnut mini-cookie with that beer!
While there are many reasons for redirecting one’s career and life choices, the most prevalent and important for me was the loss of my son in 2008. If there was ever a time to find a “new-normal” and search out stimulating challenges to help bring joy back into my life, this was that time.
But what else could I do with my corporate executive, teacher and professional speaker background? Nothing I thought of seemed to light the fire needed to lead me in the right direction. Then it came to me. Why not do what everyone tells you you’re great at doing and the thing you enjoy the most? For me, that is cooking!
I’ve been an at-home chef for decades. Cooking was the one thing that got me through the darkest of times. There was the cooking for friends’ gatherings, having dinner party after dinner party, catering a friend of a friend’s cocktail hour, catering events for my charities, etc. There were many such happenings over the years and especially during 2008-2009.
Every event or at-home party were met with rave reviews. Again and again I was told, “You do this so well.” “Your food is amazing.” “I wish I could put together a party as beautifully as you do.” “You should do this for a living,” etc. When the world continually sends you the same message, one ought to be there to receive it, and this was the perfect time in my life to answer the call!
Juste Hors D’Oeuvres was born of my love for cooking and the desire to share the joy it brings to me with others.
Mission and Philosophy
- Always under promise and over deliver.
- Treat our clients and their guests and families as though they were our own.
- Keep our commitments 100% of the time and delight our clients.
- Deliver only the highest quality products and services.
- Say, “Yes” and avoid, “No.”
A Passion For Excellence
“The most important 'ingredient' in running a successful catering company is loving what you do and an undying passion for delighting your clients.” Marylyn B. Schwartz.
We take joy in being our best each and every day. We look forward to having our clients feel the same joy in eating our foods as we do preparing them. We continually monitor our systems and preparations to ensure that each of our events is unique and customized to the client at hand. We feel so fortunate to have realized a passion and joy for helping others create timeless, cherished memories!
National Registry of Food Safety Professionals®
Marylyn B. Schwartz
Certified Since 2010