meandcherylimg_4303Jen Stokes has a passion for the “art of food”. As a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America 24 years ago, and subsequently gaining a wide range of culinary experience, she opened the dream café, J&J’s Gourmet Café and Catering. With years of experience apprenticing and working with highly accomplished chefs, both in the “front and back of the house”, the cafe grew into one of the most respected establishments in Northern Dutchess County.

A great passion for food and the culinary arts was the drive to open the cafe’ and catering business in 2004. The dream has become a reality, and the business has been thriving ever since.

What I would like our catering clients to feel is the comfort of knowing that their event is in good hands, and to hear compliments from their guests, for the artistry of the cuisine, the presentation and the distinctively fresh taste.

At J&J’s Gourmet Café and Catering, we combine careful planning and on-time precision with great tasting food, prepared with the freshest ingredients! Easy accessibility to the bounty of the Hudson Valley makes this possible. Not only will your guests be tantalized by the exceptional presentation

they will be talking about how delicious the food was for years to come.

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Thank you, thank you – Everything was amazing! We have never had better food, or a more wonderful day. You can’t know how much everything you did meant to us and our families.

Christine & Matt

Thank you for your delicious food, professional service and delightful presence at our wedding. It was a pleasure to work with you every step of the way, and you were helpful in more ways than one. I couldn’t have asked for a better caterer on our special day.

Ida & Dave

On behalf of Astor services for children and families, I want to thank you for the exceptional food and service J & J’s Gourmet provided for our “Swing into Spring” cocktail reception on April 16, 2010 at the Residence in Rhinebeck. The food, your staff and the service were excellent!

Sonica Barnes Moorhead

Executive Vice President

We all wish to thank you for the wonderful food you prepared for our dad’s 70th birthday “picnic”. Everyone loved it and there was plenty to go around. Not only was the food delicious, but beautifully prepared as well!

Nancy Doyle

Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding such a beautiful event. Everything went so smoothly – we didn’t have to worry about a thing. You took care of every last detail! It was truly a wonderful and magical day. Thanks again for everything!

Rich & Stacy Shanahan