Sunflowers & balloons for a surprise party

Sunflowers & balloons for a surprise party

Good morning!

We enjoyed the week end thank you, but especially Saturday evening.
Congratulations ! Your team is so professional !

Everything was just perfect! The decoration, the food, the guitarist, the staff ... you did an excellent job !
I was really happy to choose you for my dinner and I can tell you that next time I’ll come to see you immediately for the next party !

Thank you for all. I really appreciate all what you did !

Have a beautiful day !

— A happy client who surprised her husband and daughter with a yacht trip which we catered and a birthday dinner in the evening! October 2018
private chef plating

private chef plating

Hi Kate,

Just landed back home safely today thanks.

Your chef service was brilliant, the chef and waiting staff were excellent and I will be sure to recommend your services to friends and family.

We return to Portugal every year so will certainly keep in touch.

Enjoy the weekend, raining here!!!
— Di - Private chef client August 2018
Firstly I just want to say I cannot thank you, Alex and Bruno enough for such a wonderful evening. It was incredible from start to finish, and everything from the food, drink to presentation and execution was impeccable! You truly made it such a special event that could not have being matched with anyone or anywhere else, our usual restaurant haunts will no longer match up to the evening you gave us! I will be recommending you to all my friends who holiday out here because they need to experience it for themselves.

My parents absolutely loved it and couldn’t have asked for anything better, so thank you so so much for everything you’ve done!

Hope you’re having a wonderful day



Strawberry gin smash

Mediterranean bruschetta with tomato, olive and oregano
Coconut prawns
Prawns in kaitaifi pastry with sweet chilli sauce
Crispy fried chicken with piri-piri mayo & tomato brunoise
Bruschetta with caramelised pear and blue cheese

Trio of tuna: carpaccio, tartar & seared

Filet of beef with gratinated potatoes, green seasonal vegetables and a wild mushroom & madeira wine sauce

Eton Mess classic with strawberry’s

Quinta dos Castelares - Douro Valley Organic Wine
— Alice - A surprise 25th wedding anniversary dinner for her parents June 2018
Hi Kathryn

I just wanted to say that we had a fabulous evening. Bruno and Margarida were both lovely and the food was delicious.

We will definitely be returning customers!
— Sarah - Happy wife from a surprise 40th birthday party June 2018
Hi Kate,

Dinner was absolutely fantastic and the team was excellent! We had a wonderful evening. I wouldn’t hesitate to use you and the team again in the future (hopefully when the weather is a little sunnier)!

Many thanks again,
— Natasha - March 2018. Birthday party celebration Quinta do Lago
Carmel ready to meet her groom!

Carmel ready to meet her groom!

Kate - not sure where to start ... Just want to ‘try’ and thank you for last Saturday - our wedding day! I felt like I was walking into a dream - The Sculpture Garden and Terrace looked enchanting and oh so romantic. I wish I could rewind time to allow more time to take in every small detail. The food was exquisite and cocktails and ‘bubbles’ to die for. Your team were tremendous and your husband a complete gentleman. You kept me calm and acted as though it’s completely ‘normal’ to be over 40 minutes late - you didn’t raise an eyebrow ☺️ and still made sure I arrived to a glass of bubbles. You even sat on ‘that’ wall with me well into the night - putting the world to rights and generally just chatting ☺️ - when we ALL knew you should have been long gone and tucked up in bed after a ridiculously early start to the day. It was just fabulous and I will never forget it and you 💓🙏🏼 When do we start planning the 10 year celebrations?? ☺️😍Lots of love, I can’t wait to see Dan’s video (another perfect gent) 💙xxx
— August 2017. Wedding 106 guests - Carm & Rich xxx
Cindy & Martin

Cindy & Martin

Dear Kate. I just wanted to thank you and your team for the outstanding service and first class food, once again delivered by Fine Dining.

In the many years we have used FD, there has never been anything other than 100% in everything your team does and quite honestly, I will be lucky if the children eat anything prepared by me at all when we get home!!

I hope we get to see you again before the Summer is over and as always, please pass on our gratitude and best wishes to the guys (especially for the family sauce we had the privilege to share with the chef).

Very best regards
— Repeat client - July 2017
Morning Kate,

A quick “Thank You” for organising our Open House yesterday. It was simply excellent and far better then expected. You offered more then promised. Please be kind enough to thank you staff who did extremely well and gave a second to none service.

We certainly will recommend your services to our clients for any event they wish to organise and we will continue working very closely together in the future.

Once again a very big Thank you!!!

Looking forward to your reply

— Marc van Gelder - MD Golden Visa Properties
Dear Kate,
Many thanks to you & all your incredible staff for my wonderful birthday party on Friday. We have heard nothing but compliments from our guests about your staff & of course the lovely food. Everyone was so friendly & efficient, the atmosphere you created in the villa, the gorgeous dining table, the pool & patio lighting - all really amazing. We would like to say - 100% success, many many thanks
— Steve & Jane - Birthday party for 23 people. April 2017
Dear Kate,

I am sorry this note is a little delayed - I think I have only just recovered from the best weekend and we were in Seville for a couple of days. I wanted to write and thank you and your team for what was just an incredible day on Sunday at our villa.

Absolutely everything was spot on and exactly as I had envisaged the Sunday post wedding to be - it was exactly what I had always wanted. Your team are so professional the whole day ran so smoothly and it was an extremely slick operation. We have received so many compliments about everything but one of the main things that has been said is just how efficient and friendly the staff were.

The food was delicious - I am kicking myself that I was so tied up chatting I barely had anything (gutted!), same as Paulo, however I know what it tasted like so could of course agree with everyone’s sparkling comments. It was perfect in terms of the variation and the fact that it was small portions meaning everyone could chat and eat. Again people have not stopped raving about it all especially the lobster ravioli which was the star of the show I think!

And drinks as well - delicious cocktails and followed by amazing rose. I think those bloody mary’s are some of the best I have had!

Your staff are a real credit to you - there was never an empty glass and I believe at one point there was even waiter service of margaritas to those in the pool! Amazing.

We really couldn’t have asked for me so please pass on our huge thanks to everyone involved. I know how busy you guys have been all summer and continue to be plus working in that heat is no easy task but everything was excellent. Alex and Chef aced it!

Fingers crossed we can do something like this all again some time (maybe next sister!).

Very many thanks and good luck with the rest of your crazy September.

With love,
— Emily and Paulo - post wedding pool party for 100 people September 2016
Hi Kate,

This is my first day back in the office since the holiday so I have not had a chance to email earlier but I just wanted to drop you a note to thank your team for an amazing evening on the 26th August. The team were fantastic, the food was delicious and the evening went incredibly smoothly. All my guests complimented the catering and also commented on how kind and friendly the staff were.

Please pass on my thanks and appreciation for everyone’s hard work in making it a very special and memorable evening.

Kind regards
— Nicola - 50th birthday party Luz 2016

a very special cake for a very special birthday girl!

I am back home now but just wanted to say thank you to you and your lovely team for making my birthday so special.
Everyone enjoyed the food and beautiful cake so it was a great success.
Warmest wishes
— Patricia - Special birthday!
Hi Caroline,

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say a huge thank you for arranging the birthday dinner last Thursday. The whole evening was fabulous - the food was delicious and the chefs were delightful. The guitarists were wonderful and created a perfect atmosphere. And the icing on the cake was Alex! It was great to see him again after several years and co-ordinating the evening superbly.

Please pass on my thanks to all concerned.
Kindest regards,
— Shyamali - Surprise birthday party August 2016
Dear Kate, We had a wonderful week in the villa and everything went very smoothly. Most of the time it was just the 4 of us but we did have a couple of evenings with friends round and all a great success. So nice that it can be guaranteed to sit outside! Jeannette and Bernd looked after us extremely well, were very charming and filled the fridge with all the extras that I wanted. The meals were delicious and Jeannette could not have been more helpful.
— Private Chef client July 2016
Seared tuna canape with ginger tapioca

Seared tuna canape with ginger tapioca

Dear Kate, I’ve been meaning to e mail you forever!!! The catering at Villa Murati on Friday 24th of June, was out of this world. You’re staff are so delightful, they were friendly, helpful and so talented in what they do. Sorry it’s taken me sooooo long to get this to you but better late then never.

The night was truly amazing and one which our guests and us won’t forget. Thank you so much again and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Many thanks
Mr & Mrs Moore Wedding after Party

Mr & Mrs Moore Wedding after Party

Hi Kate
Well, Jenni and Matt have now been married for one month and I am delighted to report are still in a state of bliss.
Now I feel is a good time to send you my sincere thanks for the enormous success you made of the event.
When looking at the vast number of photographs that have become available, it is so gratifying to see so many smiley faces! We were blessed with beautiful weather and the entire day was a resounding success.
You truly became Jenni and Matt’s Fairy Godmother - as you made all their dreams come true.
On a personal level I have to say that there was not one moment of worry for me throughout the entire proceedings. I was totally relaxed and confident that you had everything under control at all times - and I was not disappointed.
”Thank you” doesn’t seem enough but I do thank you.
I very much hope we will bump into each other again before too long.
Kindest regards
— Mother of the bride May 2016 wedding
Dear Kate,
Just to say your guys did a fantastic job on Tuesday night..the party went so well, and thee LOVED IT ...Paul and the team did a great job..much fun was had by all..
See you soon
— Sian - VIP Golf party with our gourmet burger bar!

Vineyard Wedding for 100 guests

We decided that we wanted to be married in Portugal but were a little daunted by the prospect of planning a wedding 2000 miles away. We found Kate’s details online and haven’t looked back since! We had a clear vision of what we wanted but Kate’s ideas complimented ours perfectly and she helped us find the ideal location, she had a great network of people who were able to execute this vision. Kate’s clear communication and transparent pricing made our budgeting nice and easy, this gave us peace of mind and allowed us to focus on the small details that made our wedding so special. The food was of the highest standard considering the amount of guests attending and we have had so many compliments about the quality and unique nature of our wedding. We owe it all to Kate and her fabulous team who exceeded our already high expectations. If you want a tailor made wedding go to Kate!!
— Nicola & Bruno May 23rd 2015
Dear Kate,
I just wanted to drop you a few lines to thank you and your team for a wonderful tasting session. The food and presentation was spectacular and the wine choices you have made are outstanding, as my friend Annie the caterer would say - A triumph darling !!!!

Thanks again for everything you and your guys are doing for us I just know from all your hard work and enthusiasm that we will have a splendid day.”
— Private clients with a forthcoming housewarming party for 120 people in September 2015
Dear Kate & The Fine Dining Team,

It’s essential when excellent service is received it must be acknowledged with gratitude. We had repeat guests staying in one of our ‘Posh Pads’ over Easter who used your service for the second time in a row. They simply loved the holistic experience but also the fact that your team remembered them by name made them feel that extra special. As always the food was exquisite and the wine you chose for them the icing on the cake according to these valued guests. They intend to hold their younger daughter’s wedding on The Algarve in 2017 and Fine Dining will be their first port of call because they know they won’t find a better service anywhere else! Thank you once again.
— Simon Rowland Managing Director Villa Retreats UK. April 2015

tuna / wakame / soy

7 days. 30 guests. Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day and 1 wedding!

Dear Kate,

We are all home now and back to the daily grind after the celebrations and break. I want to thank you and your team for the fantastic service over the week. When we organised the event we knew the catering would be key to its success. Every day our guests were again amazed by new dishes and presentation. Your professionalism on site was fantastic and this definitely shone through the team. The chefs were great with the picky eaters that came out of the woodwork last minute and no request was a trouble. The crew really took the time to get to know us and tailored the service on site exactly to our requirements, seemingly effortlessly, always smiling, never with any hint of a complaint.
— Richard & Roselyn September 2014
It was lovely to speak to you earlier. Thank you again to you and your team for looking after us. The food as usual was absolutely delicious and up there with the Michelin starred restaurants we eat in. Please pass on our thanks again to the Chef and Alex, it was lovely to see him again.
— A lovely regular client
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Recognition as the Algarve’s leading catering company with a credit in The Daily Telegraph newspaper in the UK.
— The Daily Telegraph
dinner is served!

dinner is served!

Good Morning Kate,

What a superb meal we had last night…very enjoyable. Please thank Josue for us and of course, and thanks also Margarita and Alex, also Alina for the excellent set up and service.
— A regular client who has a monthly dinner with us in QUinta do Lago October 2018
25th Wedding Anniversary Party

25th Wedding Anniversary Party

Dear Kate,

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for making our wedding anniversary so special. With over 100 guests flying in from the UK, it had to be a good party and that is certainly what you delivered!

Everything, as ever, was slick, professional and organised. However, you and your team managed to make every step personalised and not as if we are part of a production line. All of the team were amazing. From the smallest detail to the bigger picture, everything was covered. The very first meeting, discussing ideas and putting them into practise right the way through to setting up, the party itself and even the clean up – we could not have asked for more. No wonder Fine Dining has such a fabulous reputation. We would not hesitate to recommend you. The food was superb. All our guests have not stopped talking about it. The bar staff were professional and friendly too. No one went thirsty, that’s for sure!

So we have had a housewarming and an anniversary – what will be next? I don’t know but whatever it is, we will be in touch!!! I can only reiterate that we would be delighted to act as a refence for you if ever required.

Please, please send our thanks to the whole team.

Kate, you are a super star.


Sherri and Ian xxxx
— Very happy cients - September 2018
Dear Kate,

If ever you have a bad day and wonder about the job you do and whether it’s all worth it....well, the superlative meal you served at our villa at the weekend alone should be enough to keep you going. What a wonderful night. Not only was the food excellent but the staff were so professional and basically, just very nice people. My sister-in-law and the rest of the family were overwhelmed by the high standard of your service.
Thank you once again for your excellent service and organisation. I look forward to dealing with you soon and I wish you a great summer season.

All the very best,
— Jackie - Surprise 50th birthday party June 2018
MIxed Earth & Farm Grazing PLatter

MIxed Earth & Farm Grazing PLatter

How was the platter we asked?

Par Excellence - I’m going to look like a platter my self by the end of the week !

Seriously though it was really good & the amount of skill & effort that chef put in on the presentation put our own humble efforts at home cooking into perspective! Guests were equally as impressed.
— Grazing platter client May 2018
Good afternoon Kate,
Just wanted to let you know that we popped into our villa this morning to see our guests.
The guests were very complimentary about the quality of the food they received from you and your staff. They had 3 catering companies during their stay and commented that they wished they had used Fine Dining for all 3 as the other two companies were no comparison. In particular they mentioned the delicious salads !!
We will of course continue to recommend your company to all of our future guests.
Please pass on our thanks for a job well done to the rest of your staff.
Best wishes,
— Steve - villa rental owner April 2018
Kathryn - Just had to email to say a huge thank you to you and your team - we had a brilliant night and we are all agreed that out of the many you have done here, this was the best yet!! We felt like we were in a Mexican taverna, the decor was brilliant and the food was amazing!!!! We will have very good memories of the night - oh and the tequila was awesome!

Big thanks from all of us.
— Beverlie & Tom - Summer 2017, repeat client with George Clooney's tequila we flew in from the UK especially!
Our gorgeous bride & groom. Such joy.
Kate and Caroline

The dust has settled from the wedding and we’re back (very reluctantly) to work. We just wanted to write to you to say the most massive thank you. We still can’t quite believe that the wedding has happened and its all over. Every single second of the day was perfect. The decor of the ceremony area and reception was stunning, the food was amazing, the day ran like clockwork. We had endless comments from our families on the staff and how brilliant they were, and my mum and Padraig’s mum have both talked our ears off about how brilliant you are as well Kate. We’d especially like to say thank you to chef for our cheese-cake (we’ve actually brought some of it home and are working our way through it to keep reminding ourselves of the magic!)

We never imagined we could have such a completely perfect wedding, and that’s what you gave us. We’ll never be able to tell you how happy we are that we found you or how grateful we are for making our wedding day genuinely the best day of our lives. We have so much love for all of you at FDIS and I really hope we’ll see each other again for more family events in the coming years.

All our love,
— Caoimhe and Padraig - Wedding May 2017
Dear Kathryn,

We want to thank you and your team for doing such a fantastic job on Sunday. The food and drink were terrific, but perhaps even more important was the fact that so many of our guests commented on not only how professional and attentive your staff were but they were also very nice people to have around.
All in all we were extremely pleased with how things went and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to our friends.
With all best wishes and many thanks again Iain and Kim.
— Parents of the bride thank you for the pool party
We all just wanted to say another massive THANK YOU to you and Bernie for everything you did for us last week. You both were amazing and went above and beyond and so much more to make sure everything was perfect for us. Your help in finding somewhere else for us to stay, moving everything you need too and making it so easy was more than we could have asked for.

Your service and attention to detail was perfect and Bernie cooking extra dishes for everyone and making George try different things was fabulous.

You are both amazing and make the perfect team and we hope to see you again soon.

We hope you get time to spend with your family and relax soon.

Take Care
— Elaine - Private chef client with family September 2016
Good morning Kate and all at “FDIS”
I just wanted to say how lovely the BBQ was last week. We were all so impressed with set-up, the table, menu selection, delicious food, excellent service and the clearing away! Such a great way to entertain and given my current schedule, so easy for me!!
We will definitely be using you again in 2017 (we will hopefully be back for 6 months from July 2017).
Many thanks again for all the various evenings you have organised for us.
Many Thanks & Regards
— Fiona Foreman - Private client -August 2016
Evening Kate

We really cannot THANK you and the team enough, we all had a great afternoon evening... Everybody has said how much they enjoyed the food, organisation and music very much..

We loved our day and looking forward to the next one Kate, appreciated all of your help..all brilliant.

Biggest thanks and hugs
Keep smiling
— Gaynor & Steve - Anniversary pary August 2017

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Dear Kathryn and all at Fine Dining in Style,

Thank you all so much for a fabulous 2 days of fantastic food, wine, and flowers!

The birthday weekend was faultless. Everyone had a wonderful time and our guests were extremely complimentary on the food, your staff and the set up in the garden and the way in which they conducted themselves. We have used catering companies in the past for various family occasions but I can honestly say that Fine Dining in Style has surpassed them all.

Thank you very, very much for all you did. It was a pleasure meeting with you all and we hope that it will not be too long before we can meet again !

With love, best wishes and many thanks,
— Christine and Rodney - Celebrating a special birthday July 2016
Hello Petra

We had a great time, what a great resort!

Will definitely be going back, the caterers were amazing, I think that helped make the holiday.

It has everything for adults & families.

Thanks for booking and all your help
— Booking for an England footballer & family via American Express Travel staying at Vale do Lobo Resort
Dear Kate,
Just few words to send you my best compliments for the excellent and professional organization concerning our event on the 9th of July.
Everybody was very happy, that was a real success. Your staff was very efficient, competent and kind.
See you next time.
Kind regards
Dear Kathryn

I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your staff for the wonderful dinner you organised for us on Monday. The food was absolutely delicious - thank you Chef- and received many compliments and the waiting staff also did a great job- wonderful to have a clean and tidy kitchen at the end of the evening.. Please thank your florist for the lovely arrangements too. Home on Friday to disgusting cold wet weather!
— Private villa client June 2016. Birthday dinner for 12

Mr & Mrs Moore Wedding May 2017

Our lovely thank you care from Jenni & Matt

Thank very much for our collaboration. The event was just perfect! Fine dining team was very professional in every aspect, and that made the baptism of my daughter a wonderful event. We have several villas in Tavira area that we rent, and for sure we will recommend your services to all our guests!
— Portuguese client May 2016
Dear Kate,

Diogo has asked me to express his thanks to your staff for the event of last Saturday, the food was excellent as well as the service.

Many thanks
— Lilita Batista - VALE DO LOBO

Luxury private villa ceremony & dinner

Amaaaaaazing - food - presentation - staff - professional - quality / true style !!! Thank you to all the team for making our day so so special - people are still talking about it - x
— Steve & Chris Civil Partnership September 2015

Vintage chic wedding with fairy lights. formal dinner for 70

Kate, now the dust has settled I can finally get round to sending you a ‘Thank You’ e-mail.

Thank You!

I suspect that you already know what a fantastic impression your team’s design of the Museum grounds for Alex and Chris’s wedding made on the guests. I didn’t meet anyone who wasn’t “gob smacked” by the transformation into the fabulous, romantic setting.

Equally, the food, from the brilliant canapes, the innovative use of food stations to create interaction and the wonderful main courses, everything was exceptional.

However, all that is the tip of the iceberg that people see. What the guests didn’t see but certainly benefited from, almost as much as us, was the brilliant and thorough organisation of every single aspect of the event. People would often ask us in the lead-up to the wedding, “are you feeling stressed” and we would say “no”, because we weren’t, you were managing it all!!

I feel my short note is entirely inadequate in getting over to you just how much we, and all the guests, appreciated your efforts.

You and you team will always have our gratitude, and friendship.
— Shirley Lowe. Mother of the Bride September 2015.
mango variation

mango variation

Dear Kate,
You and your fantastic crew presented us an unforgettable night. Everybody was deeply impressed of your excellent service and amazing food. Even the weather was on our side.
Thank you all very, very much👍👏😙
Hope to see you again soon.

Muitos beijinhos
— Gundi and Peter - A special birthday party for 30 people in a private villa. September 2015
Good Afternoon,
The evening was a huge success and newly wed’s was extremely surprised and overwhelmed.
The staff were excellent on the evening, very polite, welcoming and accommodating especially with the children when we asked if they could make alcohol free cocktails.
The food was absolutely stunning right the way from the canapés to desert we could not fault the food one bit.
I would personally like to thank you for all your help with organising the event and executing it on the evening was a perfect wedding gift and I know the group would also like to pass on their gratitude.
It will not be the last time we visit the Algarve and even the villa we stayed it as we loved the place so when we do visit we will most certainly be in contact to arrange another evening.
Thank you once again and I wish you and your business all the best.
— Lee - New client summer 2015
Our evening was fantastic. The food quite superb and the service amazing. When I get home I will add some comments on social media so that everyone gets to know!
Thank you once again and we will be in contact next time we are over.
— Mrs Turner. Summer 2015
Thank you for finding time to cater for us tomorrow night. I can guarantee our drink selections will the same as other nights! We really struggle to find a restaurant where the food and service is as good as you and your staff.

We look forward to discussing menu options with the chef later today!

Thank you so much for looking after us.

Take care
— A regualr client who just cant find food better than ours!
Hi Kate,
Back behind desk !!!
Didn’t get to say good-bye and thank you for a marvellous evening. It was really fantastic & everything was perfect. The guys had a lot of fun and in the end that’s what I wished for. Your staff are extremely professional and more important really nice people. I hope we didn’t over stress them and that they somewhat enjoyed the evening. Huge thanks to all.
— Joint birthday party for 75 guests in Vale do Lobo. July 2015
Wow Wow Wow !!!!

Kate it was absolutely fantastic, completely flawless. You and your team were amazing so professional and I have recommended you to all the parents.
Eloise had a wonderful time and some kids even said it was the best party they had ever been too.

3 cheers hip hip hooray for Fine Dining.
— Heidi Anthony 13th Birthday Party June 20th 2015
Good morning Kate!
We hardly can find the right words in english to express how amazing the catering was yesterday in our house. Your team are very friendly, professional, and excellent in serving the dinner.
The food was great and we are looking forward and excited to September. We are sure it will be an unforgetable birthday party.
Thank you so much!!!
— New clients who 'road tested' us for a big birthday party in September 2015!
A big thank you to you and your lovely and professional team for the great meal and service yesterday.

The feedback we received from the journalists was great. Well done!

Thank you - Media Day England Team
— Alda Filipe, Real Estate and Marketing Director, Vale do Lobo June 2014
Kate, not sure how to thank you and your team for making last night so magical. The food and service was exceptional and all day long we have been receiving numerous compliments on the evening. Thanks again.
— Colin & Wendy July 2014
Fresh market fish

Fresh market fish

Dear Fine Dining

We had a really nice time. Food was excellent and the service was impeccable. We appreciate that the chef adjusted to our pace as my kids were still awake and needed attention between the dishes. We liked the bread with the hint of cinnamon and it was the first time we tasted the corvina fish. The meat was fantastic and we all loved the chocolate chickpea mousse.

Big thank you to all of you. We will definitely recommend your services to all our friends and hopefully we will have the pleasure of hiring you in the future.

Best regards,
— Family group in search of good food with young children! September 2018
We had the most delicious meal on Saturday night. Josue, Bruno and Alex did a wonderful job and the girls thought they had died and gone to heaven - particularly when eating the dessert!!
Please thank them very much.

** Canapes
Crispy fried chicken with piri-piri mayo & tomato brunoise
Algarvian Ceviche
Coconut prawns
Beef tartar with a fried quail’s egg
Mediterranean bruschetta with tomato, olive, garlic and oregano
** 3 course plated dinner
Trio of tuna, carpaccio, seared & tartar
Herb risotto with grilled sea bass fillet, tiger prawn & lemon foam
Lemon & Lemon - Biscuit crumb, lemon curd, lemon mousse, meringue and lemon peel confit
— Mother of the future bride! Hen weekend dinner. May 2018
Katie & SAm

Katie & SAm

WHat happens when the dj and the photographer grab a polaroid!

WHat happens when the dj and the photographer grab a polaroid!

Hi Kate,

We’ve just about settled back into reality and I wanted to drop you a line as we can’t thank you enough for everything you and your team did for us.

It’s a miracle that you kept us all sane (well - most the time) throughout! We couldn’t have made it through the last year without you taking the stress away from all the planning.

To be truthful Sam and I didn’t really have much of an idea what we wanted, so when we came to you with a few vague ideas that I’d seen on Pinterest, you created a day which suited us down to a tee. The friends and family we’ve seen since are still talking about the day and we can’t help but smile everytime we look back on it. I’m sure this feeling will last our lifetimes!

We’ve had so much feedback about how friendly, professional and helpful all your staff were. I came across some of the polaroid pictures which I thought they might like to see, so have attached these!

It’s been an absolute pleasure dealing with you, Suzannah, Dan & Natasha, Anne & Robert, Lisa, Tim, Charlie, Jeanie, Sharon and anyone else I may have forgotten.

Thank you again and I hope you find some time to relax from your hectic schedule over the summer!
— Katie & Sam - July 2nd Wedding
Hi Kate
We just wanted to send our thanks for a lovely evening on Tuesday. We appreciate all the effort you and your staff put in and we wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

We hope that you have a great summer and that all your events run like clockwork!
With thanks once again.
Kind regards
— Mike and Siobhan - Private dinner party June 2017
Hi Kate
How are you?
Just wanted to thank you and your team for Carly and Beckys wedding.
The food and service was top notch and everyone commented on how much they enjoyed everything and especially the professional, friendly service.
— Louisa Al Safar. Hitched Portugal Wedding Planner
Good morning,

We just wanted to pass on our thanks and complements following Wednesday. Not only the food but the service was just incredible. Our guests have not stopped talking about it. Thank you so much for making our special day that bit more amazing!

Best wishes
— Rebecca & Carly - Wedding May 2017
Hi Kate

A belated note to thank you & the team for all your efforts last Thursday - the evening was a great success & hit exactly the right note that we were hoping to a achieve.
Your service was praised by everyone present & a friend from the UK , who is in the events business, was most complimentary.Rest assured , the next time we are having a do yours will be the first number we ring !
Many thanks
— Rob & Sue September 2016
Visited our friends yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the catering from Fine Dining, ALL the staff smiled and enjoyed the hours spent in a beautiful setting, service was second to none and food Michelin star standard, I’ve been lucky over the years to enjoy many 3 Michelin star menus. Finally your Parmesan creme brûlée was a show stopper. Well done and if we ever need outside caterers we will only look to Fine Dining.
— Guest at a Hawaiian themed party September 2016
Dear Kate,
Just a note to thank you and your team for a fantastic dinner in Vale do Lobo last week. I’m especially grateful that you took a wacky idea and ran with it. What resulted was a memorable evening, a very happy husband and mega brownie points for me.
The setting was delightful, the food superb and the service faultless.
Your attention to detail was impressive, and I have to admit, heart-stopping. That fact that your team got someone to lock them into the villa, even tying the chain exactly as we had left it that afternoon, gave me twenty seconds of terror that I’d got the date wrong and there was no one there.
How on earth your chef managed to produce such wonderful food in a dimly lit building site I will never know.
Thank you for your enthusiasm throughout.
I hope we meet again.
All the very best,
— Surprise 50th in a villa only partly built with no electricity!
Lavender lit wedding in the Eastern Algarve July 2016

Lavender lit wedding in the Eastern Algarve July 2016

When deciding who would cater our wedding, our choice fell easily on Fine Dining. After our first meeting we quickly understood that Kate and her team knew what they were doing and they were good at it! In addition they were well connected, extremely professional and organized. That is not why you should choose them though....

If you are one of those brides that you get away with just some nerves on your wedding day then you are lucky. However, if you are a clumsy bride that manages to hurt your toe on the morning of your big day and limp down the aisle in addition to getting a heat stroke during your ceremony then look no further. During my wedding day I had to leave my table several times feeling faint, Kate was right beside me covering me in wet towels while Paul was fanning me and Caroline was getting ice cubes and being adorable. The staff made sure I always had a cold glass of water and several of them, whom I am ashamed I didn’t get to learn their names during my wedding day, came over several times to ask how I was feeling. While they were dealing with me, they also made sure our guests were having an amazing time. When the night was over I went back to our hotel room feeling like Kate and her team saved whatever energy was left in me in order for me to still experience my dream wedding. The next morning, my husband received a text from Kate instructing him what to feed me for the rest of the day so I would feel better.

Bottom line is, this is not a business deal for them. They genuinely care about the couples that walk in their office. They will move mountains for you so that you could have your dream wedding and then some more.

We are forever grateful to you and you will always have a special place in our hearts! THANK YOU!

P.S Our guests said you set the wedding day bar very high!

— Fiona & Stefan with 140 interntional guests July 2016
Thanks for the catering this holiday. It went down very well and have to say the children raved about the fish goujons and wolfed them down very quickly!

It’s made a real difference to us all without having to worry about food logistics for most of the evenings.

I’ll keep your details for next time we’re in the algarve and thanks again.
— Victoria July 2016 Delivery only client
A beautiful west coast wedding. Catering & flowers by fine dining

A beautiful west coast wedding. Catering & flowers by fine dining

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your amazingly hard work in making our wedding the most perfect day!!

We were so happy how everything went, it was truly spectacular. Guests at the pre-drinks said they felt like they were celebrities!! The set up up at the church and down at Casa Fajara was just beautiful! Everyone really enjoyed the meal, the drinks were delicious and the party was so much fun! All the staff were so attentive and did everything to make sure all the guests were happy.

I was so happy with my flowers they were perfect!

Thank you for everything.
— A happy bride. June 2016. West Coast Portugal
Back in London now, and can I just say a personal thank you so much, for making Owen SO proud.

It really was an extraordinary party and fun filled few days, but particularly the party itself, which went better than I or Owen could ever have anticipated.

The way the dinner came together on the Friday evening was ideal, and everyone told me we were so glad we did it. On the Saturday, I thought your selection of food was just perfect, the prawns and the beef were a knockout, and the way your staff swooped in and handled everything with such care and professionalism was incredible. Please tell them we were knocked out.

I’m sure Owen will never forget the event - and I know I never will.

Thank you again, and I hope to see you both again very soon.
— Neil. Special birthday party May 2017

Candy pink & white wedding

I can honestly say that Kate is amazing!! She sure does know her stuff!! She has amazing contacts and even if you think you can find cheaper I would advise that you use contacts she has worked with before as they work together seamlessly!! I got catering through her too and can honestly say that despite her not being the cheapest in Portugal her and her catering team absolutely made our wedding! The food was on another level!! Absolutely unbelievable! Our guests were amazed by the food, kate herself and her staff (synchronised service certainly got noticed by everyone). I used her and her contacts for every element of my wedding and they work seamlessly together! I can’t praise her enough!! She is efficient and on the ball with everything! Her focus on her work really shows on the day, she has everything under control! My sister in law got married the previous year in Ibiza and her wedding planner was absolutely shocking so I know for sure there are people out there that are nowhere near as professional as Kate!

Many thanks to Kate and her amazing team!
— Rachael & Dan - Summer 2015 Vineyard wedding
Dear Kate & Fine Dining team
Thank you so very much for such a wonderful party.
The food was superb. Truly fantastic. The staff were amazing and worked so hard to ensure everything ran smoothly.

By the time we went to bed last night you wouldn’t know we’d even had a party! The clearing up operation was brilliant and my kitchen gleamed !
So an enormous thank you and 5 stars accolade!
— Tishy Williams - October 2015 for the Portugal Masters 80 guests
Your team was AMAZING. We have such high standards among our picky group, and your team exceeded them all! I cannot say thank you enough for the effort and the amazingly quick turn around.

I thank you, and thank you, and thank you.

If you need formal web reviews, let me know. I’d be happy to provide anything you need.

With warmest regards
— Jennifer Jones - 50th birthday party September 2015

turbot / soft wheat / asparagus / cauliflower

We had a lovely weekend!
The food was fabulous. We felt vaguely guilty that we didnt eat enough on Saturday- i hope it didnt go to waste. I have a fear of under catering though so that was not an issue. Everybody had different favourites but we all agreed on one thing- the staff were exemplary. They never let us want for anything but were so subtle and professional that they were completely unobtrusive.

The cocktails were fab but I wish I hadnt developed a taste for the Caipis though.

I took a couple of your cards for friends who have houses there and I will be recommending you.

The rose went down very well!!
— Polly & Neil. Special birthday weekend June 20th & 21st 2015
I know we spoke on Friday but I wanted to e-mail you a special thank you for being so helpful in organising our surprise Cocktail Party.
The food was delicious and the cocktails were very fantastic. The Fine Dining team deserve a special thank you for being so very helpful, attentive and easy company. You were all excellent and we would not hesitate to use and recommend your services again.
With love and best wishes
— Rebecca May 2015
Dear Kate, your team were ecellent. The chef did a terrific job on all the various food items: great canapés, lovely soups with little side surprises and excellent prepared veal. If there is any constructive feedback then I would say the portions could be smaller/less for us…..but that is totally personally.

Also your service team are great as always, our waitress was friendly and smiley. She is very attentive i.e. she was offering to help to move some outdoor terrace furniture and beautifully laid the table including some lovely Candles and Easter eggs. She paid attention to our drinks and I have no suggestions what else she could do.

Once we review our summer plans we shall revert back to you with another dinner.

Wishing you every success and many thanks again
— A long-term client April 2014
Dear Kate

We have received a number of emails and telephone calls from a number of our clients who have asked me to pass on their thanks for the Blevins Franks cookery masterclass last Wednesday.

I’d like to add my thanks to theirs and would ask you pass them on to your entire team.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

Alex and Joao did an excellent job of making sure that we were fed and watered and at the right station at the right time; not an easy job when trying to cope with the demands of experienced and passionate chefs as well as clients that are used to running their own businesses and lives.

At each station the enthusiasm for fine fresh ingredients served to produce a concoction of taste, texture and mouthwatering appeal in presentation. You are truly blessed to have the services of everyone in what is truly a star studded team. The boys did a fantastic and enthusiastic job of guiding us all through their process for creating culinary masterpieces.

Please pass on our thanks to Leiken for providing the spacious venue. We appreciated this hospitality.

Kate, every one of the team that plays for Fine Dining in Style is a credit to the name, the tradition and the quality that FDIS has come to stand for in the Algarve. There can be no finer ingredients in cuisine than love and passion and you have assembled a team around you that ooze passion and are clearly in love with their fantastic creations.

At Blevins Franks we strive for a very high level of customer satisfaction and we take pride in our brand and so it is a pleasure to entrust our clients to a hospitality company that shares the same values and clearly love what they do.

Thank you very much from everyone at Blevins Franks to the entire team at Fine Dining in Style.
— Gavin W Scott, Senior Partner - Blevins Franks Portugal