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“A huge thank you to Bridget and the team who provided us with amazing food for our staff function. The noodle boxes were delicious, a great way for people to try a couple of options, we received fantastic feedback from all staff who attended. Bridget and her team were very professional, friendly and created a fun atmosphere for our special night. I highly recommend El Mono Loco for your next event!”

Cheers
Becky
— Becky Gardiner , Waipuna - Hospice
 
“We can not thank Bridget, Stelios and the team at El Mono Loco enough for catering for our wedding! Having tried their food multiple times throughout events around the Bay of Plenty, we just knew we had to book them. Bridgets professionalism, dedication, reassurance, and all round awesomeness made for a experience that will be one to remember. She worked with what was best for us on our special day and totally got it. And OH MY, the food! Insane! We could not be happier. The mussels, the perfectly cooked beef, the juicy chicken, the variety of salads, breads and dips, and the unique flavours all left our guests saying it was one of the best meals they had ever eaten! She went beyond our expectations and what was required, and we can not recommend El Mono Loco highly enough! For us, booking El Mono Loco we not only got a service, we got an incredible experience.” - Marco and Soph X
— Sophie and Marcus
Hi Bridget

Just a quick note to say a huge thanks for being part of our wedding day and making it so very special. It was fantastic working with you - I really appreciated how you listened to what i was trying to achieve, understood how important the food was to us, caught the vision and made it work within our budget. I (and my parents!) were very reassured by your attention to detail, professionalism and preparedness, and it was great going into the day feeling fully confident that the food was going to be epic, delicious and plentiful - and it certainly was! The flavours were incredible, wonderfully fresh and everyone was so complimentary about it - I have had so many people tell me since that it was the best food they’d ever eaten at a wedding!
— Anna Crosbie
El Mono Loco catered my 30 person vegetarian 40th birthday party out of their food truck (they travelled to Rotorua for the party). The food (a grazing table, dinner in noodle boxes served from the truck, and dessert) was delicious, interesting and perfectly timed. The service was superb, relaxed and professional - I was always approached with a smile at just the right times.

I’d never organized catering before and I needed to do everything from Wellington, but Bridget was amazing - she walked me through the process with clarity and patience. I always felt welcome to ask whatever questions I had. After such excellent communication, there were no surprises on the day - everything was just how Bridget had explained it to me.

The food itself included a nice range of great, tasty yet subtle vegetarian stuff - perfect party fare. My guests (both the vegetarians and the meat eaters) all told me how much they enjoyed the food in the days following the party.

El Mono Loco was seriously cool. They really made my party and I unreservedly recommend them!
— Theo Gordon
 
“I couldn’t recommend El Mono Loco highly enough - not only is their food super tasty but Bridget & Stelios are a joy to have around; they are flexible, professional and friendly and most importantly they have a great work ethic that stems from their passion for great food. I have used them on a few occasions and they have made catering for large crowds both a painless & enjoyable process. Something I didn’t think was possible.”
— Dana Gaddum
We were recommended El Mono Loco by a friend and I am so glad we decided to book them for our wedding!
Planning our wedding from Australia was tricky enough without being able to meet with vendors and having to communicate via email.
Right from the start Bridget was incredibly helpful. She custom made the menu based on what we wanted for our day. Helped with platter hire and more. Everything was amazing! The food was absolutely delicious, I couldn’t say it enough.
We are so grateful to have had Bridget cater for our wedding and would highly recommend her! Seriously I wouldn’t even bother with other caterers in the Bay of Plenty! Our guest couldn’t stop talking about the beautiful food days after.
Thank you so much to you and your team Bridget.
Jade & James xx
— Jade and James
 
I cannot recommend El Mono Loco enough! Bridget and her team catered for my wedding and the food, service, presentation was all amazing. We had so many comments on how delicious the food was and the way it was served in noodle boxes was a huge hit! Bridget went above and beyond to make everything perfect and perfect it was. Thank you to the El Mono Loco team.
— Stacey Boles
We absolutely loved the food that Bridget prepared for our wedding. Everything that came out of the El Mono Loco truck not only looked great but tasted amazing too! It was everything we wanted, fresh, delicious, and beautifully cooked. We have had so many compliments from our guests about how delicious the food was. The option of using the food truck was so perfect for our home garden wedding, and Bridget was so easy to work with. She made us feel at ease and in safe hands from the beginning, her communication was outstanding, and she was more than happy to work with us to make the day just what we wanted. Bridget’s wait and bar staff were friendly, polite and looked smart, they did an excellent job in helping everything run smoothly. We couldn’t recommend El Mono Loco enough! Many thanks again Bridget.

— Arna and Josh
“El Mono Loco’s quality is five star. From the food to the service, El Mono Loco knows how to serve up a fantastic meal that will appease the taste buds. The meals from the food truck were incredible- definitely a highlight!

Thank you, El Mono Loco! We look forward to having your food truck with us again!”
— Life Church
We were married at Old Forest School and were a little nervous about the catering options at such a remote location. For us, food was one of the most important factors of our wedding and not something we were willing to compromise on!

After undertaking a lot of online research we selected El Mono Loco because of their modern, fresh and delicious sounding menu options and excellent reviews. We also loved the international influences in the menu including Latin American and Middle Eastern flavours.

Expectations were high but Bridget and her team did not disappoint. The food was just amazing - colourful, plentiful, healthy and delicious. We received a lot of compliments - most notably from our restaurateur family members who said it was the best wedding food they’d had. I’m a huge seafood fan so my favourite item was the salmon ceviche cups we had as a canapé (so refreshing on such a hot day) but the Harissa rubbed lamb main was the crowd favourite!

We planned our wedding from Australia and found it easy to work with Brigid - even from afar. She was very responsive and willing to tweak menu items based on our requests. Dietary requirements were also well catered for.

We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend El Mono Loco!”

Thanks again. You really helped make our day by providing such beautiful food.
— Stephanie Williams
 
To everyone that is thinking about using El Mono Loco, especially for their special day DO IT. Bridget is more than a delight to deal with, it was truly a pleasure to work with these guys, and this is before we get to the food. We chose the family style option and had a Thai marinated lamb which was cooked to perfection, the melt in the mouth type, totally delicious everyone talked about it and a Moroccan chicken which was also cooked to perfection, juicy and delectable, these meats were accompanied by 3 fresh and flavoursome salads of our choice. I don’t want to forget mentioning the canapés that were also amazing, Bridget also packed us a little picnic box to take with us on our photo shoot so we didn’t miss out on them.

Honestly the nicest people to work with and the best end product, they made our day.
— -Stephanie Smith , The Grange
 


Mike and I want to say a big thank you for catering our wedding on the 24th February. When we started planning our marquee, beach front wedding in the Coromandel, we knew we had to get our catering spot on and despite never meeting face to face prior to the wedding (we were living overseas at the time) we knew right from the start that you’d be the perfect caterer for our big day. Your communication via email was prompt, clear and full of information. You were extremely patient answering our many questions and queries leading up to the big day. We opted for the family style menu for 105 guests and we had so many canapé, protein & salad options to choose from – it was hard narrowing it down just to a few! The food was of excellent quality, absolutely delicious and there was plenty for everyone – all of our guests have been raving about the food. The vegan, vegetarians & GF guests were also well looked after with the menu tailored to meet their individual requirements. The waiters were also outstanding – very well presented, friendly and helpful. We particularly loved that when we were doing photos during the canapé hour, they kept bringing canapés over to the bridal party so we didn’t go without. We cannot thank you enough for your incredible help and for catering our wedding to the highest of standards. We would not hesitate recommending you to any other couples looking for a caterer for their big day. Thank you Bridget & the team at El Mono Loco!

Kind regards,


— Mike & Renee
We used Bridget and her team for our wedding in March this year. We decided straight away to use El Mono Loco without comparing other companies as we were so impressed with her menus and previous reviews. My husband and myself have managed and owned restaurants before so we felt we knew we had found the right caterer for our requirements.
The menu planning was very easy- we opted for canapés followed by the family style dining followed by a dessert selection. Bridget offers a wide variety of choices allowing us to adapt the menu to exactly what we wanted.
We were married in Lake Tarawera on a section with steep access- although her truck is fairly big there were no issues getting it to the destination.
On the day everything went perfectly- the canapés were delicious and substantial and all the guests raved about the main course and dessert.
The service staff are also worth a mention as they were very attentive throughout the night.
I would highly recommend El Mono Loco for an event- the food is of a high standard and very very tasty and there’s plenty of it!
Thanks to Bridget and her team for helping make our day perfect.
— Alyson Donoghue
We used El Mono Loco for our wedding in March, Bridget was amazing from planning through to execution.
As I was planning the wedding from overseas, I expected communication to be difficult, but she was completely understanding, prompt and clear over email, and ensured we met once we’d arrived back in nz.
Despite not usually doing tastings, she arranged for this exception, and worked with us on a menu that was perfect for us, and still had their style and brilliant flavors. Bridget made sure we had everything we needed and the day was customized to us
On the night Bridget was organized, worked with the flow, and had great staff that made you feel like you’d known them all along.
Besides all of that the food is phenomenal, can’t praise it enough and couldn’t eat enough of it on the day! Thank you so much to Bridget and her amazing team for such effort you put in :)“
— louise turner