What our clients have to say about our service



Something special for our ‘after wedding day’ celebrations

– Lindsey Woodward and family

Jo, it is hard to know where to begin to convey to you the impact you made by catering for our special day in Alexandra on 16 February. As many people had travelled from Ireland, Australia and all over New Zealand I wanted something special for our ‘after wedding day’ celebrations, and it certainly was that.

Your food was absolutely delicious; everything was so fresh and flavourful, it was colourful and the presentation gorgeous. The fact that every dish was special on its own meant that when all were brought together it was WOW! Every course you brought out, from the platters through to the main dishes and then the exquisite sweets brought all the guests flocking to the table. I received so many compliments at the time and in the days after it was amazing.

I would also like to comment on your business acumen. From the moment I made my first contact via email, through to your phone call and our meeting to confirm details I had total confidence that all would go well. You showed such attention to detail, keeping in touch as alterations were made and providing me with the latest detailed menu immediately. You also catered for our gluten free guests without a second thought, which was so refreshing; they were able to enjoy the same food as everyone else.

It was a pleasure having you and Karla in the house, you were so efficient and unobtrusive and just fitted naturally into our group. You were an integral part of making the occasion just what I wanted it to be. Being able to enjoy the company of family and friends for the whole day while you looked after things was the best part of all.

Lindsey Woodward and family

Service: Divine Catering – Central Otago


Cooking Divine Goodness in the stunning Lake Hayes Homestead

Dear Jo,
We want to take a moment to personally thank you for the wonderful catered meal you provided our family and friends.  Between our finicky eaters and dietary restrictions, we were not an easy party, but you provided us with the most splendid culinary experience of our week-long stay in the Queenstown area.  Once dish was better than the next, and the selections really highlighted the best of food and wine New Zealand has to offer.  The fact that you were single-handedly able to provide us with such a marvelous evening is incredible. We cannot thank you enough and look forward to using you again should we return to Queenstown.
With warmest regards,
Howard & Lisa Salzberg

Service: Private chef service – Queenstown


Private chef for a week

“We had spent 5 nights in a house that Jo served breakfast every morning and some group dinners. Maybe one thing about her that impressed us all was her working attitude. At all the time she would try to provide a better services at guest’s request. Being alone, she had prepared 10 person dinner in good quality with local fresh produce. When she is around, she is everywhere yet nowhere, quietly completing her task:) We thoroughly enjoyed her presence and warm personality. “

Service: Private Chef service – Queenstown


 60th birthday Celebrations, Queenstown


Deciding on going to Queenstown for my 60th birthday was easy, but to find a restaurant
who catered for my strict dietary requirements was impossible until Jo from Divine Dish was
recommended by our Airbnb host.
From start to finish Jo has been extremely helpful & professional, along with communication
for several weeks via email to create the most amazing menu for 13 guests who all had very
different food preferences as well as dietary requirements & intolerances. I am sure this was
no easy task.
It was wonderful to finally meet Jo on the day & it was such a treat to have her there to cater
for us all & make the day extra special. Everyone loved the food and it was a huge hit
especially the raw chocolate chilli tart. I personally loved the Puy & buluga lentil salad with
fresh figs.
I can highly recommend A Divine Dish for home cooked, healthy, delicious food for any
occasion. You will not be disappointed.

Thank you Jo & hopefully we can book you in on our next trip to Queenstown.
Have a wonderful day & I will recommend you to anyone I know who will be travelling to
Invercargill or Queenstown.

Best regards

Service: Air B&B Private chef service – Queenstown


Air B & B Private chef service


– The Balakumar Family

Our family had the divine pleasure of Jo’s warm personality and delicious homemade cooking during our holiday stay in Queenstown, NZ. In no exaggeration she was a critical factor that made our trip and experience highly memorable. From August 30 th – September 4 th she came in daily to
prepare dinner for the same night and lunch for the following day. She always had a smile, had impeccable
timing, was extremely professional, had a knack for being present without intruding on personal space and made our airbnb rental feel like our home away from home. Jo is very flexible and caters to any and all needs seemlessly.

For us she pre-planned a menu for the duration of our stay and submitted it to us in advance for our approval. Jo did all the shopping, was very mindful not to waste, prepared and served the meals and always cleaned up before she left. She thoughtfully, and without being asked, came up with
ideas to stimulate an interest in food making for my two young girls. And because one of our daughters has multiple food allergies she came up with amazingly delicious and creative meals that were safe and enjoyed by all.

Now, months later, we still think of and remember Jo so fondly. We wish we could have brought her back home with us!!!  I can wholeheartedly say without any doubt that she will amaze even the most discerning client and be the best decision you ever made. The world needs more Jo
-the Balakumar Family

Service: Private chef service – Queenstown


In home Divine celebration

Dear Jo,
Thank you so much for making our evening so special. The food was outstanding, everyone was very impressed with the fantastic variety and amount and the service was very professional. Jo, you were a pleasure to deal with and I would be very happy to recommend “a Divine Dish” to anyone thinking of employing a catering company for their special event.
Barbara Mckenzie

Service: Divine Catering


a Divine Dish delivered – Elderly care


We decided to try Divine Dish for our elderly Dad who lives on his own, earlier this year and we’re very pleased we did. The meals are just great, tasty, nutritious, awesome variety to suit all tastes, yummy. All pre packaged and labelled, delivered to his door. All Dad has to do is pop them in the oven and I don’t have to worry that he isn’t eating properly. So easy!
Thank you Jo for providing this wonderful service for us.

Service: A Divine Dish Delivered, Southland


Queenstown – a Dinner Party Delivered each day for a week

– Robyn Bowers

Hope you are keeping busy organizing amazing food for more VERY happy customers.
Just wanted to touch base with you and send you a HUGE!!!! THANK YOU for the most amazing food you
provided for our large group of 18 and up to 22  keen golfers and keen eaters from OZ and NZ and for the wonderful
service you gave to us. Not any easy feat over the course of the week.

We had some very seasoned travellers (and restaurant frequenters) amongst us and everyone commented how delicious your meals were and how our diets went out the window when the desserts were served ….even the ones who said they didn’t want dessert ..suddenly were very keen.

Your service is second to none and I would like to thank you so much for making the organizing of this very large group a breeze when it came to their meals, even when we found out we had a traveller with a severe peanut allergy when he arrived….eeeeeeeek… you are a true Gem.
We will definitely be in touch with you when we travel to Queenstown in the future.

We hope your business is going well and we are spreading the word up north about you…we wish you lived closer .

Kindest regards
Robyn & Jeff Bowers

Service: a Divine Dish delivered – Queenstown 


a Divine 20th wedding anniversary

– Jocelyn O’Donnell

My husband and I were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and planning a big get together in Queenstown with our full bridal party for the weekend. We decided to use a Divine Dish for our first evening meal and the food was fantastic! Jo had sent through a menu the previous week, I made the choices and the next thing it turns up by courier to our front door, brilliant!

The food was beautifully packaged, fresh and quick and easy to put together with easy to follow full instructions as what was to go with what. Our guests were raving. A couple of weeks later we had a luncheon to provide for and again the call was made through to Jo who is an absolute pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend a Divine Dish to anyone.

They should be first on your list if you are in need of a wonderful catering service.

Service: a Divine Dinner party delivered, Queenstown 


A Divine Wedding

– Lydia & Lee


To Jo and Team,

A massive thank you for creating the most amazing food for our wedding. It was absolutely delicious and was definitely a highlight for us. All of our guests loved it and are still raving about how yummy our wedding food was!

Thank you for sharing my vision of a laid back, fun wedding and creating nibbles to match. You went above and beyond for us on the night and we are truly grateful for that

Love Lee and Lydia

Service: a Divine celebration – Southland wedding


A Divine Dish is a revelation

– Simon M

As a single male (who can cook to survive but mostly chooses not to), Divine Dish is a revelation! Not only is the food sensational but fits perfectly into my lifestyle (and impresses all the right people;)…

I have tried a variety of dishes now and not one has failed me. I will be back again and again and again. Thanks The Divine Dish team!

Service: a Divine Dish Delivered – Southland


Our Guests were hugely impressed with what they tasted

– Christine & David

Jo Keppel – A Divine Dish, catered for our wedding celebration a couple of weeks ago. The food Jo served tasted amazing, the presentation of food was very pleasing on the eye and very inviting to the palate. Our guests were hugely impressed with what they tasted.

Jo prepared the food in our kitchen as our celebration was held at our private residence. Jo worked quickly and efficiently throughout the time she and the lovely, Jack (wait staff) were at the house. Jo and Jack were professional in a very friendly way whilst fulfilling their different roles.

My husband and I appreciated the time Jo spent with us before our celebration discussing menu choices, pricing and other associated planning details. We liked Jo’s warm personality and her enthusiastic approach to catering for our big day. We would totally recommend Jo Keppel – A Divine Dish, as a cuisine provider of choice and we wish you well for the future Jo.

Service: Divine Weddings


Impeccable attention to detail

– Andy & Liz Doherty

Divine Dish catered for our joint 40th birthday party on a wet summer’s evening. Due to the change in weather, there had to be some last minute adjustments in the way Jo could prepare her meal. She adapted to this with aplomb, and was unflappable in the wake of ever increasing ‘attentiveness’ from the party guests as the night wore on. Jo’s attention to detail, from the planning of our event and the menu choices available (as well as catering to our individual preferences), to the food itself on the night, was impeccable.

The food was delicious, and it was obvious that Jo had prepared it with love. The catering was so good, in fact, that for months now, friends that we invited to the party are still raving about it! Jo and the Divine Dish staff were friendly, efficient and professional. They carried out their service to a very high standard.

We have no qualms in whole-heartedly recommending Divine Dish to other clients, and will look forward to using them again ourselves.

Service: Divine Catering & Events


A great way to send some love to your loved ones

– Renee

I just wanted to say a ‘big thank you’ for the wonderful service I received from A Divine dish this past week.
I couldn’t be with my Mum on her birthday, but I wanted to give her a different and special birthday present. So I ordered her and Dad a divine 2-course meal from A Divine Dish. Mum was so excited to receive their dinner on Friday. She said it was absolutely delicious – it was like going out to a restaurant, but they didn’t have to dress up! I think this is a great way to send some love to your loved ones.
Thanks heaps Jo – you are one talented lady!

Service: a Divine Dish delivered – Southland


Not your typical takeaway

– Tracey W

After a busy week at work it was amazing to have dinner delivered to me on Friday. I ordered the beef bourginon and mash for the family; it was delicious and even my fussy kids loved it. I also ordered the salmon which is to die for – Perfect for snacking at over the weekend with a glass of wine.

We will definately be regular customers so I know that I get one night off from cooking and still get to eat divine food that is not the typical takeaway!

Service: a Divine Dish delivered – Southland


Willing to go beyond the call of duty

– Sheree Carey: Cue TV General Manager

I have no hesitation in recommending “A Divine Dish” as a catering company. Jo has supplied meals for our crew on many occasions and we’ve always found the food and service to be outstanding.

She was willing to go beyond the call of duty delivering meals to odd places at odd times to suit our tight schedules, always punctual with a delivery of delicious value-for-money food. She went out of her way to provide for all CUE Television staff requirements, from large portions for the big hungry men to vegan options.

The staff always commented on her healthy, delicious meals and we will continue to use “A Divine Dish” on our upcoming events.

Service: Divine Catering


Wonderful home cooking

– Emma

Hi Jo, I wanted to thank you for the wonderful home cooking service you provided my family at a very busy time for us. It was such a treat to have divine home cooked food for the week made by you in my fridge so we could all enjoy fantastic meals every night it was like dining out in a restaurant. We all loved the soup, meatballs and the chocolate torte was a huge hit.

Thank you again for sharing your wonderful cooking skills with our family we were just sorry that we couldn’t take you with us to Australia. Thank you again!

Service: Kitchen Angel service