Testimonials

After we got home, Burt and I changed our clothes, opened a bottle of wine and began to taste all the food we brought home. It was amazingly good. We tried all the cheeses, on the brown flavorful crackers.   We ate the Pesto salad which was so delicious.   We ate the arugala and goat cheese salad, which was also amazing.  We ate the blondies which were the best I ever tasted. We really appreciate your professionalism, and the tremendous effort which went into making this evening a wonderful simcha. Many of our friends and family told us that the soups, sushi, sandwiches/panninis were great. Burt and I were very happy with the quality and quantity not to mention the display of the food.
Thanks again for all your help. Next is the aufruff. Expect a call!
 
Sincerely,
Gail Cohen
Great Neck, NY

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Ari, the kiddush was so amazing-overflowing, variety, delicious and creative. It was so terrific. We gave you a big plug-which generated applause-many people asked again who the caterer was! ... Once again, many many thanks !

Adena                                                                                                                                          Kol HaNeshama, NYC


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Dear Ari,
Words can never express to you my gratitude for how you made our family simcha a success—from your superior catering service to your help with the creative program. From the very first consultation at my house, I was amazed at how you paid such close attention to detail and listened so intently to what was in ...my daughter's heart. After you heard that she loved music and singing, you surprised us with the wonderful band and even took part as a drummer. The way you got all the guests to interact made the Bat Mitzvah special. And then there was the variety of the food stations—Israeli, Latin, Oriental—so many delicious choices! Many of my guests called me afterward to let me know how much they enjoyed the evening and the food.
Your creativity and delicious food released me from the stress that usually goes with this type of event. Your easygoing manner and confidence made this Bat Mitzvah the best my daughter could have had.


Your client and friend,
Orit Glas

Riverdale, NY

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The reviews are in, and this year’s Chabad Annual Dinner at Guastavino’s was the most stunning Chabad Dinner on record...Best wishes for a great summer.

Rabbi Shlomo Kugel                                                                                        Chabad of the West Side                                                                                        Chabad Early Learning Center

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Gemstone Catering is the exclusive caterer of Congregation Orach Chaim’s Hashkama Minyan.

A beautiful davening, a brilliant shiur, Ari’s cholent, a good single malt scotch all before 9:00 am.

It doesn’t get any better.

Jon Herbitter, PhD

NY, NY

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 We are so glad to be able to spread the word about your delicious wedding food. So many of our guests felt compelled to tell us how "out of this world" it was. The few bites that my husband I had time to grab during the festivities were superb. I really appreciate your willingness to work with us on our preference for local food, which for an outdoor wedding for 150 might have scared another less intrepid caterer away. I want to thank you again for the best brisket we've ever had, We wish you and your family all the best.

Be Well,
Dana and Philippe


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Just wanted to thank you for putting together a beautiful Kosher event for our son's Bar Mitzvah. All of your appetizers and entrees were delicious. The young people loved the pretzels and the special drinks that you made for them.  Everyone enjoyed your pulled brisket and of course the mini dogs and eggrolls are always a favorite. Although I don't have fried chicken often yours was excellent.
 
We especially appreciated your ability to come up with a separate menu and dessert for the children. The kids loved the sliders. The venue looked great; especially the new drapes in the banquet hall. We really liked that we had three rooms to utilize for our event. The rotunda and lobby worked out great during the cocktail hour and we used those areas throughout the event for our photo booth and as a lounge. The Synagogue location was also very user friendly for our guests who came from throughout the region.
 
It was a wonderful weekend for us and our family and friends. We will refer our friends to you with great enthusiasm. Hope that we are able to make another simcha with you.
 
Best Regards,
 
Scott and Rhonda Afran

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I realized since the hectic evening of our Cuba event that I neglected to contact you to thank you for your delicious and prompt services!  The kosher food was so appreciated by our guests, observant and otherwise.  Over 150 young Jewish professionals attended, and your food added the perfect touch to our event!  I look forward to working with you again in the future (you certainly seem up to the multi-cultural challenge!!)

 
Many thanks!
Tahlia
Awareness Building Program Associate

Next Generation and Service Initiatives

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

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