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"Paul was a joy to work with, and we are fussy people. He listens, takes in what you have to say and comes back with the most brilliant, thoughtful, and creative ideas for food, themes, and presentation."

"Paul, I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you from the very depth of my heart. I can’t tell you how incredible you made each and every one of my friends and family feel. The food was so unique and splendid with details that only a master chef could achieve! You are a true talent and so kind and easy to work with. "

"I recently used NMPQ for a baby shower and was beyond thrilled with the outcome. Not only was the food incredibly tasty, the presentation was unlike anything I have every seen. The theme of the baby shower was literacy and Paul took the time to create miniature "Dick and Jane" books to be used to present the food for the buffet. The care and attention to detail that Paul gave, to integrate the food into theme of the event was incredible, along with the high quality of food is what sets NMPQ apart from other caterers."

Butternut Squash Soup with Cranberries

"This wedding could have easily have done me in, but you were so confident and calm that I just settled in and finally enjoyed the process. I simply couldn’t be happier that I found you."

Elegant styling and delicious food


Ne Me Quitte Pas Catering

our culinary style & aesthetic

The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a successful tightrope walker: an abiding passion for the task, courage to go out on a limb and an impeccable sense of balance. - Dr. Bryan Miller

At Ne Me Quitte Pas Catering, we offer a spectacular array of innovative presentations, international cuisine and creative solutions for any catering budget. We’re fanatics when it comes to the highest possible quality and seasonality of the ingredients we use and we’re committed to providing a one-of-a-kind culinary experience and designing a menu that focuses specifically on your individual tastes and preferences.

Ne Me Quitte Pas Catering was established in 2005 and although we have never advertised, we continue to grow through word-of-mouth and client referral alone. We are incredibly proud that 100% of our clients have offered to provide references and referrals and we’re happy to supply prospective clients with a list of these references.

We are completely insured, licensed and certified so simply sit back, relax and put all your trust in our pride and commitment, and in return you’ll be rewarded with a memorable event that you and your guests will never forget.

the chef & inspiration

In the childhood memories of every good cook, there's a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom. - Barbara Costikyan

Chef Paul Spillane’s first culinary inspiration came from a deep love of cooking born out of generations of family tradition. The chef’s mother Suzanne, and mémère Eva Richer Montagne, regarded food and family above all things. This deep respect for food and connections has had a lasting effect on Paul. Suzanne (among the youngest of eighteen children) was raised on a large dairy farm in northern Vermont. This extraordinary (and very large) family was completely self-sufficient, raising their own livestock, farming their own grains and produce, producing their own dairy products, and preparing three meals each day from these ingredients. Throughout his life (and to this day) Paul has enjoyed his father’s sprawling gardens filled with spring, summer and fall vegetables, fruits, herbs and greens. Many of his recipes, including home-baked breads, pies, cakes and pastries were passed on from his mother, who will always be found in the family kitchen. It is from this rich culinary tradition, pride in seasonal and local ingredients and dependence on fully homemade dishes that Paul Spillane takes his inspiration.

artisanal food made from the best ingredients

The fact is that it takes more than ingredients and technique to cook a good meal. A good cook puts something of himself into the preparation - he cooks with enjoyment, anticipation, spontaneity, and he is willing to experiment. - Pearl Bailey

It’s our firm belief that we can work with any budget to provide high quality foods that meet our high standards and the expectations of our clients. We insist on high quality, seasonal ingredients and homemade dishes. If any product can be fully homemade in our kitchens, then we take that extra step to do so. We hate the idea of outsourcing any of our products to other vendors, so we take the time to make it from scratch wherever possible, to ensure that you and your guests enjoy the freshest food of the highest quality.

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attention to detail and love of food

We bake all our own breads and pastries, churn our own butters from our own homemade crème fraîche and prepare our own ice creams, gelatos and sorbets. We produce our own ricotta, mozzarella, yogurt, buttermilk and sour cream. We create and hand-roll our own pastas and sauces. We hand-select all our own meats and grind these items in our kitchens to ensure the finest quality ground meats possible.

Whenever possible we work directly with farms and growers whose products we use, so we can see, first hand, how they raise their livestock, grow their produce, mill their grains, brew their beers, produce their wines and so on. Nothing is more important to us than knowing, for certain, how a thing has made its way into our kitchens. If we don’t like the way a thing is done, then we do it ourselves. To some, this may seem unnecessary, but we believe it’s what separates us from the pack. A love of fresh, local and artisanal ingredients, attention to detail and a love of food and tradition means everything to us and it’s our proud commitment to you.

our unique style and mission

Happy and successful cooking doesn't rely only on know-how; it comes from the heart, makes great demands on the palate and needs enthusiasm and a deep love of food to bring it to life. - Georges Blanc

At Ne Me Quitte Pas Catering our mission is to treat you and your guests with the same care and consideration that we would our own family and friends. We do this by offering a true custom catering experience where each menu is designed specifically for each individual client and their guests. We design each new menu from scratch taking into consideration a client’s personal tastes, seasonality of ingredients, the style and type of event and so on. It’s a personalized approach that we think has been overlooked these days.

unique menus just for you & your guests

As a full custom caterer we design one-of-a-kind menus to suite each individual client, so we don't have specific menus to limit your choices. Our menus are never fully duplicated and many of the dishes are original, one-of-kind items, designed specifically to the tastes of the client and those of their guests. In fact, the only time you’ll see a dish repeat itself from one party to the next is when a client specifically requests a menu item they sampled at a previous party we catered. The process of developing a menu for each new client can require some back-and-forth discussion, but it’s a simple and stress-free process that we feel is worth it to help tell our client’s story. We gather as much information as we can to get that story straight.

When designing a menu we ask for any information that can help us do this. ‘What’s the first meal you remember sharing together’, ‘what’s your favorite restaurant’, ‘favorite weekend destination’; whatever will help us develop a menu that’s a perfect offering to you and your guests. We’ll also be looking for the time of day of your reception, number of guests, ages of guests, theme (if any), style preferred (cocktail party, buffet, stations, formal sit-down meal, family style service etc.), approximate budget, as well as an idea of what you and your guests love in a good meal. We offer in-home tastings and whenever possible we prepare items from your own menu options, so you can see our presentation style and sample the flavors. Often times it’s during this process that we fine tune the final menu.

a caterer by any other name

We’re often asked where the name Ne Me Quitte Pas Catering came from and what it means. Please click here to find out.

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