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There are those who cook from the expertise gained at prestigious culinary academies…and then there is that elect group for whom the art of food preparation is a complex act of love and fulfillment. It is to this group that my friend Barbara Rochatka Riley belongs. Barbara's food creations come from her heart and soul.

Gene Burns
National Syndicated Radio Talkhost

WRKO, Boston, WOR, New York



Dear Barbara and Linda,

"The best Hors D'oeuvres we've ever had."
"The most delicious wedding cake we've ever tasted!"
Those are just a few of the superlatives Jon and I heard about your fantastic catering job at out wedding. Our guests were so impressed by your work, some have even called to get your number! And in addition to the great food, you were so organized, professional and pleasant to work with - you really helped make our wedding a special and memorable day. I only hope you all are still cooking in ten years so we can work together on our 10th Anniversary Party!

Please extend our thanks to your staff - and again, Thank you both for making our wedding so wonderful.

Jon Dohun and Elizabeth Kaledin



Dear Barbara,

We want to thank you for the great job you did with the food at our wedding at the Codman House on July 31st. All the guests commented on how great everything tasted. Linda did a great job organizing things and setting up. Please pass along our thanks to her as well.
Everyone loved the cake also.

Brian and Maggie Heninger



Dear Barbara,

I wanted to let you know that everyone had a fabulous time at the Annual Fund Dinner you catered. There were so many comments about the food being so delicious and hot! All the guests truly felt as if they were waited on and the food was arriving with no effort.

What they didn't know is that you were cooking this meal between three floors, dealing with antiquated ovens and making the best in a kitchen that is just not set up for such big occasions. I was shocked that anyone was able to pull off such an elegant affair in such conditions. You really did a wonderful job and I would happily recommend you to anyone who needs a reference. Thanks again for all your patience and skill.

Sincerely yours,
Kristin Anderson



Dear Linda and Barbara,

Thank you so much for all you did to make our wedding such a success! All of the guests remarked that the food was just the best…and they were happy with the way drinks and hors d'oeuvres were served as soon as they arrived at the Habitat. And thank you, too, for the reassuring and confident manner in which you dealt with the others and me. It made the day the happy and joyful event that it was. I couldn't have asked for better! Please know I would be happy to give you the highest recommendation to anyone who would ask.
Again, my heartfelt thanks and I hope to work with you again.

Pat Whalen
…God Bless you both


Dear Barbara,

Just a note of thanks for the fabulous dinner you did for our parent's 25th anniversary.
This party was quite an undertaking for my sister and I. Linda's suggestions and helpfulness kept this novice party planner's jitters to a minimum.
The food was fantastic! The guests raved about the pumpkin/hazelnut squash gratin…as well as everything else.
Thanks again, especially to Linda.

Eileen Flynn


  photo: Barbara Riley cooking on WBZ-TV4  


photo: wonderful foods by Barbara Riley