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pick-up catering

“Thank you so much for taking care of all of the details and preparing a wonderfully delectable and most memorable meal for my husband's thirtieth birthday dinner. I found your drop-off service incredibly helpful, especially given the busy and stressful time."

Jacqueline Chioreanu


“We loved the salad with your toasted almond dressing, and particularly enjoyed the beef tenderloin platters. We also really enjoyed the sausage stuffed mushrooms, quesadilla’s and the tiny raspberry and brie bites. Overall, we were found that everything was well presented and we would recommend your services to our friends”

Mike Boutette, Remax Twin City



"We can't thank you enough for your help in organizing the rehearsal dinner for our son's wedding. All the guests were extremely impressed with the marvelous dishes that were unbelievably tasty and served with flair! The dinner was a complete success and your menu suggestions were perfect! Please thank Scott and staff for their contributions to "the sensational dining experience"' we shared with friends and family. You have our unwavering support!"

Anne and Scott Greatrex

"Dana's food is Divine! The quality of her ingredients is evident in Dana's delectable culinary creations."

Colleen Whitney

"The party was great...and the food was a huge success. We especially enjoyed the marinated beef and the salmon (my personal favourite). I received many compliments on how tasty everything was - not only was it delicious...it was visually very pretty as well.

On a personal note, it was really nice not to have to worry about the food but knowing that it was going to spectacular - as I tried everything before serving it."

My greatest thanks, the food was awesome.

Kerry Fritz


"Just a brief note to let you know how pleased I was with the food you prepared for my husband’s surprise party. Everyone raved about all of it! There was plenty to go around, and we continued to enjoy it throughout the weekend. I hope your business does really well, as I think your service is excellent."

Julia Olsen


"The Shower went well and food was a tremendous hit-- everyone thought we had got it from a Toronto caterer—they were disappointed to hear it came from Waterloo, as most of them were from the GTA. They could see why I imported. And by the way-- the smoked salmon was a huge hit -- people remarked how wonderful it tasted…

Thanks again for once again supplying a delicious repast."

Joan Cait


"Thank you for putting together such lovely trays for the shower this past weekend. The food really impressed the guests and I think the camembert in phyllo was as close to heaven on a plate as you can get. It is so nice to have someone I know I can depend on for catering advice and beautiful food.

I look forward to seeing you soon and trying more of your goodies."

Corinne Bordman


"On behalf of Patrick Schlitt, manager of Westmount Funeral Home, and myself, I wish to express our sincere gratitude for the wonderful "gourmet" luncheon you catered for our client's reception last Saturday afternoon. The selection of canapes, including sandwiches, open face and quarters, as well as tortilla pinwheels was a nice variety and received many favourable comments from our guests, as did the specialty cheese tray. The dessert platters were beautifully presented and also received many compliments. But, most important of all, was the fact that our client was extremely pleased with the selections we were able to offer his guests through you, Dana Shortt Gourmet. Thank you also for arranging the rental of the wine glasses and the most unique dishes - all much appreciated.

I do appreciate the assistance you provided me with the arrangements, and certainly look forward to doing business with you again in the future."

Teresa Dubrick, Westmount Funeral Home


wedding catering

"I want to thank you again for the wonderful job you and your staff did catering our wedding. All of you are so friendly and professional it put me at ease and took a lot of the stress out of a stressful situation. The food and service were great. Just about everyone I talked to at the reception complimented on how good the food was. Cam and I will recommend you to anyone we know who is looking for an outstanding caterer."

Sheila Kloepfer


"Thank you so much for all that you have contributed to a happy, relaxing, delicious, seamless wedding celebration! Your professionalism, warm and personal touch, attention to detail, creativity and fabulous food, are amazing. We wish you all the success you dream of… and a lovely wedding of your own. With warm regards and heartfelt thanks."

Maaike Asselbergs and Roy Cameron

"We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to you and your staff for making our day perfect.

We have had so many compliments on the selection of delicious food, the presentation, the professionalism of your staff and all of the attention to detail.

Having your company cater our wedding with all of your excellent suggestions truly made the entire experience a pleasure.

We look forward to the next time we have occasion to use your company for another family celebration.

Many, many thanks again to you, Scott and the young ladies that served everyone."

Anita and Peter Krause


"I wanted to follow up with you to thank you again for all you and your amazing staff did to make our wedding absolutely perfect.

I must say that from all of your professionalism in the pre-work I had every confidence in you and your team. I was absolutely relaxed when your staff came to set up, a little too much so as it turned out. I felt that I had covered all my bases but just before our ceremony I realized that I had forgotten the signing table. Without even having to ask, your staff worked to make it look beautiful. I just could not believe their attention to detail, especially as that was my responsibility.

The food was amazing with plenty for everyone. Each of the guests that I have met since the day has commented on how delicious everything tasted. Your staff were so courteous and professional adding to the magical feeling. My home was left perfectly clean and tidy with leftovers for the next day which we enjoyed all over again.

I really appreciate your recommendation for an entertainer. It may have seemed a little unusual to have a magician perform but I have wonderful memories of laughter and joy.

Our goals for the day were to enjoy the precious time with family and friends many who had travelled from overseas and I honestly feel that no other company could possibly have delivered the way that you did. I cannot thank you enough for making our day the most special of our lives."

Valerie Healy


I just wanted to take the time to say what a wonderful job you and your staff did to make our wedding day really special and to run so smoothly.

The food was fantastic. Everybody is still raving about it, I only wish I had a chance that night to eat more of it.

The staff were so friendly and professional and did they ever do a great job keeping the house clean. At the end of the night it was like no one had been cooking in the kitchen.

In the future, for any other parties or functions requiring catering, we will definitely be calling you.

Thank you so much again for making our wedding day fun and special!

Sara and Rob Elinesky

full-service catering

"Dana, Don and I both want to thank you so much for making our dinner with David Suzuki such a great success. Your pride in your business shines through in your confidence and professionalism, making it an absolute pleasure to work with you. Scott and Stephanie, thank you both for the great job you did. You were both so professional and so incredibly quiet! We look forward to having you all in our home again in the future."

Gloria Howe and Don McMurtry


“Thank you so much for being you! As you have heard, the engagement party for our son went off without a snag. It was everything I had hoped for and more. In large part it was due to the delicious, creative food and professional staff you provided.

I have seen your business grow from a one woman, no kitchen operation into the thriving store and catering operation it is today. What is so wonderful, and a true tribute to you, is that this larger business is imbued with your pleasant personality, attention to detail, and ability to replicate your recipes.

I have no hesitation to recommend your services to even the pickiest of my friends.

Thanks again for helping us celebrate this wonderful occasion.”

Marcia Glick


"Dana, your staff and delicious food made our Christmas party memorable. The service, presentation, quality and interesting food added the elegance to the evening we had hoped for.

When Katie and Lindsay arrived, they knew exactly what to do and worked independently to set up. I was so worried about how our 9-month old dog would behave during the evening, but Katie spent time with him initially and put us all at ease. It was nice that both she and Scott were dog lovers, so I didn't feel my dog was a burden whatsoever.

Katie put together a fabulous Kris Kringle Martini and did a great job of promoting it - the dragon fruit garnish was gorgeous and enjoyed by everyone.

The girls were just excellent with our guests. They were so classy and professional when taking people's coats and offering them food and drinks.

Scott was extremely approachable and a great addition to my kitchen!!

The presentation of the food could not have been nicer - photos don't capture how nice it is. The shiny, rectangular plates with greens and a fresh flower looked spectacular and made the food even more appealing - even when we were full with the hors d'oeuvres, we just kept eating because the taste and presentation were superb.

The meal was delicious and looked lovely on the square white plates - what a difference a plate makes! People went for seconds on everything and I was relieved not to have to worry about there not being enough food. The cheesecake was delicious and looked great - tasted even better the next day! All of our guests were very full and satisfied, and that was very important to me.

The clean up "just happened." It was really nice. We were able to relax and focus on our guests for the entire evening. Overall, it was such a great experience and I would highly recommend you to anyone wanting to make their event special.

Dana, thank you for working so hard with me to get the menu and feel for the party just right. You are a true professional and your staff is of the highest calibre."

Marianne and Randy McGlynn


"What a lovely party on Saturday! Your hors d'oeuvres were wonderful and the staff was courteous, professional, efficient and pleasant. When they left, the kitchen was spotless. Thank you for making a special effort to attend the event and pass some hors d'oeuvres.

Please thank Mark, Kate, Stephanie and Lindsay for doing such a wonderful job. You can be very proud of them."

Mary Lou and Milne Oakes


"I want to extend my gratitude to yourself, Scott and the staff. Karen had an amazing time, she loved the food and is still talking about it. My guests were absolutely pampered, which is a big compliment because they are all professionals who are used to big events! Your staff was very friendly, courteous and personable. They also did a great job cleaning up. The food was absolutely incredible... our friends said that we set the bar very high for future parties! I've been telling everyone what a great experience the event was to have and plan. I hope, and in fact, suspect you will be getting lots of business from those who attended the party. Thanks again Dana and I'm sure we'll be doing business again."

Dr. Rennie Singh


"Many thanks to both you and Scott for living up to your word and creating an incredible menu for Peter and Wendy. There were lots of compliments on the quality of your food, which seems to be your niche."

Joanne Atkins, Canaccord Capital Corporation


“Thank you Dana, for orchestrating a truly superb party on Friday evening. You and your very professional staff were polished and charming. I was delighted with your innovative cuisine, and the entire atmosphere of the event. I will look forward to future opportunities to utilize your services and will be prompt to suggest the same to others. With best wishes for much future success”

Robert C. Caldwell, First Associates Investments Inc.


“It was a simply wonderful experience for all our guests, and I don’t hesitate to offer you support and encouragement for all of your endeavours. You are a true professional – many thanks.”

John and Dian Bell


"It was so nice of you to plan our Chiropractic Party. I appreciated your advice and your patience until we made our final choices. The food was presented very artistically and it was so good - everybody enjoyed it and the comments were very positive. They found you and your assistants very friendly and helpful. Thanks so much for a great evening. I look forward to the next time."

Carole Kleinknecht


"Everyone had a great time. Thank you very much for making a special night extra special!"

Campbell McLeish


"Dana and her staff did an incredible job catering our party. I was extremely impressed with the level of service and her attention to detail. The hors d'oeuvres were delicious and innovative. It's been three weeks since our party, and we're still receiving accolades from our guests!"

David Howard


"Thanks again for Saturday evening. Everyone thought it was just great. We were very pleased and we'll do something again. The food was sensational and so were you!"

Terry and Ronda Reidel


"Everything was just perfect! I wouldn't have changed a thing."

Susan Woodruff


"Firstly I would really like to thank you and your entire team for putting on a truly fabulous evening for my in-laws 40th anniversary. There was a lot to do, and your team took care of everything and always with a smile on their face! Scott was busy in the kitchen (but always very cool) preparing a buffet for 90 people, yet he found the time on a few occassions to ask me if I would like him to get me a glass of wine, unheard of with anyone else catering (I helped myself though). Katie, Kate and Jill were fabulous as well as all of the others working there, I apologize for not being able to get their names. It was wonderful seeing you there as well.

The guests were talking about how wonderful the staff was and how they all made them feel like they were the hosts. The food and presentation was truly amazing, the salmon was to die for!

I also want to thank-you for the wonderful lemon scones that you gave me, that was unnecessary yet very much appreciated. I look forward to the next function where we can ask you, Scott and your team to help us put together another fabulous evening."


Suzy Kudsia


"Thanks so much for helping to make our parents 60th wedding anniversary celebration so special and memorable. Your attention to detail, superb food and quality staff helped to make the party a real success. All the best for the holiday season."

Warmest wishes,

Garry and Nancy

"I just wanted to take a moment and let you know that your catering for our company holiday social was top notch. The food was so scrumptious – and plentiful too – that it left everyone looking for more. Then, when we thought it couldn’t get any better, out came the desserts and the cheese wheels – oh my gosh!!! I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

I also wanted to let you know that your staff were the height of professionalism and were extremely friendly and helpful in explaining a little bit about each of the items. A special nod needs to be made to Caroll and Christine who were especially pleasant and engaging with everyone. You really do have Dana Dust in everything you do ;-)

All the very best to you Dana. I know that 2008 will be a very exciting one for you as you embark on your next adventure of becoming a Mom. May your year bring you much joy, peace, love, laughter and prosperity. Happy Holidays!"

Valerie J. Beyer


"The party was sensational! It was truly a huge success. Your staff were terrific. The food was delicious and there was lots or I should say it was perfect. Rob was stunned. It was a great surprise and everyone laughed. He couldn't believe it. I was delighted.

We all had fun and the music, Dan and Lorna on their cellos were amazing. Everyone commented on what a great party and how much fun everyone had. So there you have it, thanks so much for all your help and I would not hesitate to use your services again and heartily recommend you to anyone. Again, thanks for everything."

Susan Kinzie Keller

"I would like to let you know how pleased we all were with the food and service provided at our Grand Opening.

Your staff were helpful, extremely competent, courteous and professional in every respect. Your attention to detail ensured that the event went off without a hitch. I also really appreciated your flexibility in a few last minute changes.

Your signature hors d’oeuvres were sensational. The presentation of food was incredible and certainly added an extra touch of class to our gathering.

Our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the hors d’oeuvres. You truly helped in making our celebration a “gala affair”

We will certainly recommend Dana Shortt Gourmet."

Holly Caetano, Century Group Financial Solutions Inc.


"THANK YOU! The food was awesome and the quantities were perfect. We actually had a few extra people stop by and it felt good that we had lots of food. The presentation of the platters was beautiful and the taste awesome. Everyone commented on how great the food was. From the quesadillas to the shrimp, cheeses, meats, vegetables and salad, everything was fantastic. Oh, and how could I forget the cupcakes - delicious! Already one of our guests is planning a Christmas function, planning to use Dana Shortt Gourmet. Thank you so much for helping to make our celebration day perfect!"

Carol McLean


"Once again DSG made the event memorable! Dana, it was a great great great baby shower!

The setup and rentals were clean and fresh. Your staff was excellent. They were helpful and available. The food was delicious. It is a testament to good buffet timing when roasted potatoes seem so fresh and flavourful. The corn was fantastic - colourful - definitely something I am going to ask for again. The bread pudding was also one of my favourites.

Do you remember when you and I were brainstorming about the food and I wanted the menu to keep everyone happy - all age groups, all backgrounds? Well, I got the last seat at the table with Mala's parents, her inlaws and the wife of one of our colleagues (she is in her 70's). It was fun to watch them chow down!!!!! They loved it.

I feel so proud that I suggested you cater the event. Thank you again Dana to you and your staff."

Nadia Califaretti


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