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To create the best day ever for you whether it’s for your wedding, birthday or other special event. To ensure that we deliver a unique service at any event and at any location. Having previously worked at some taxing venues, we are well qualified to offer you a first class catering experience with an eye for detail and original dishes.
Joss’s team produced the most fabulous meal for our son’s wedding at our home in France.
All the guests said it was like eating in a top restaurant and the beef wellington (v. English) was melt in your mouth!
Desserts were also incredible. The staff were attentive, efficient and super smiley!
This is catering at the highest level!
Thank you Joss
We had an incredible time and can't stop looking at our photos and videos, it was perfect!!! All our family and friends had the most magic time and you made everyone feel so welcome. In terms of reviews where I'd best to post? Google? Anywhere else?
I'm going to share some photos on IG soon and given how much IG helped me with wedding planning I wanted to tag the chateau in the post to help others but I can only tag people who follow me, so if you'd like me too my IG handle is @laura_aimee_shuck
There is also a thank you card in the post for you, which has a web link with our photos and videos on, please feel free to view, download and use. If you do use them could i ask you to include the suppliers, so everyone gets a shout out!!
Cake - @stephthecakelady
MUHA - @laura_cawte
Flowers - @francefleurs
Band - @thesmallbandcompany
Dress - @thefarnhamboutiquebridal @madilanebridal
Shoes - @flordeasoka_paris
Suit - @suitsupply
Venue - @chateaudelerse
Catering - @traiteurevents
Photographer - @bodartstudio
Videographer - @edityourwedding
Thank you so much Joss, you made our wedding a perfect memory!
Laura & Neale
We cannot say enough good things about our wedding venue Chateau De Lerse. From the moment we first arrived to view the wedding venue, we knew it was the one, the setting is beautiful the building and recent renovations are stunning, creating a perfect stage for our special day. But most importantly the place is filled with such a great feeling! We can't really describe it but from the moment you arrive you just feel at home and part of the chateau de Lerse family!
The food joss and his team prepared was outstanding. Each dish was so delicious, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. All of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the food, stating it was some of the best they have ever had! The bbq the next day was again delicious!... We're not even sure we would call it a bbq because it was so much more!
Joss, Chris and the rest of the team were exceptional. They were not only professional and efficient, but they also cared deeply about making our weekend perfect. We're pretty sure they didn't sleep for the whole 4 days!
We will always carry a huge piece of chateau de Lerse in our hearts and we can't wait to come and visit when we're next in the area!
Thank you so much!
Ellie & Josh
We wanted to send an email to thank you for everything you and your team did on our wedding day at Cannonerie.
The food was absolutely incredible and the service was amazing.
You guys honestly made our day and every single one of our guests had only good things to say about your food!
So thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we will be forever grateful!
Take care Joss!
Lois & Lewis
Dear Chateau de Lerse,
My husband and I am writing following one of the most magical weekends of our lives.
On the weekend of the 29th April my husband and I celebrated our wedding weekend at the most tranquil and magical venue, Chateau de Lerse.
Our wedding journey started with Lerse about 1.5 years ago when we stumbled across the venue on social media.
The moment we clapped eyes on the venue we were straight onto email in communicating with the principals of Lerse, Joss and Estelle, in order to arrange our visit to see the venue in person. We received a very prompt response from both Joss and Estelle, and before we knew it, we were driving down the most idyllic forest drive to be met by the most wonderful chateau, which was then followed by such a warm and friendly welcome from Joss.
Joss kindly showed us around Lerse, providing ample detail and background about the venue and its offering, we were then shown to our room in order to settle in.
A further meeting took place with both Joss and Estelle to answer any outstanding questions that we had, and It’s fair to say that we knew immediately at that point, Lerse was the venue to celebrate our wedding weekend.
We visited Lerse on a couple of occasions following our booking and ahead of our wedding weekend, and on each occasion we were made to feel like royalty.
Joss, who is the most wonderful person was on-hand at all times and extremely hospitable. Joss is not only an expert in his field of hospitality, but he is also one of the most talented chefs we have come across…
Joss lives on site, however, spend most of his downtime in the kitchen at Lerse, creating magic. The food in which Joss created for us ahead of our wedding weekend was breath-taking, innovative, fresh, and to be frank, just utterly delicious.
As clients who are from Scotland, fresh and traditional produce is something we are used to, and it was so important to us that that our wedding guests were able to experience traditional French style cooking.
Joss is a real master in the kitchen, he listens to what his clients want, and makes suggestions in order to ensure that the menu for the wedding meal is unique, and something to remember.
Either side of the wedding day, Joss prepared delicious meals, from a fun pizza party, where there was an abundance of freshly baked pizzas on the Friday night.
To Sunday where we let our hair down by the pool and enjoyed a relaxed afternoon with our guests, debriefing on the wedding day, accompanied by another fabulous meal where Joss and his team prepared and served a wonderful BBQ with a table full of scrumptious sides.
The prefect way to feed a post wedding hangover!
There is no doubt that Joss and his team, Christine and Karine are a complete asset to Chateau de Lerse. It’s safe to say, they are some of the best people we have come across in the industry.
They really are what makes Lerse so special.
We also had the pleasure to work with Cris, who is the barman at Lerse. Just WOW. What an incredible guy Cris is, he’s professional, fun, and extremely talented.
Cris’s cocktails we diverse, flavoursome, and beautifully presented.
Cris was always on hand, and never did we find a scenario where our guests were without a drink, result! Cris you are a real asset to Lerse, all of our guest loved your company throughout the weekend, thank you again for making our wedding weekend so special and magical.
Separately, we received the good fortune to meet with the owner of Lerse, Mike.
It was great to meet with the owner, who was able to talk us through the history of Lerse and the works he has carried out at the property since purchasing.
Mikes eye for detail and attention to detail is second to none, we could not fault the venue and its grounds, and in our opinion, Lerse is completely perfect.
There are other members of the Lerse team that we must mention, from property maintenance staff to ground keeping staff to the minibus driver… all of which allow and make Lerse such a special place.
So, thank you.
There is no doubt that the dreaded wedding blues have set in… however, the memories that we have created at Lerse are here to stay… we cannot thank the team at Lerse enough, and in particular Joss and his wife, Karine.
You really are a wonderful pair!
Joss made a comment along the lines of, “at Lerse, everyone is happy”… and we can now confirm that he really wasn’t wrong.
Lerse really is the most magical place.
Lots of love,
Charlotte & James (from Scotland)
We wanted to thank you once again for the incredible job you did at our wedding.
We have wonderful memories of it. And you were only complimented by all the guests.
Your team is really great, smiling and always listening.
You have been very caring for Yoann and me.
See you soon,
Camille and Yoann
If you’re thinking about booking Joss and team to feed your guests, do it! for those that have had the pleasure of trying Joss’ cooking, basically there’s not a single thing that comes out of his kitchen that you won’t love.
If you haven’t had the chance to try his food, don’t worry, just TRUST HIM – he knows what he’s doing – it will be the best food you could dream of for your wedding day.
We personally love asian cooking influences in our food and Joss catered for that, whilst also seamlessly catering for our vegan, gluten free and seafood allergen guests.
The food we ate was delicious and plentiful, we even had his team serve up some day-after-the-wedding stone baked pizzas and fresh salads etc. which was perfect for the heat wave over our wedding weekend.
Speaking of which, even in the 43 degree heat, Joss and team were INCREDIBLE people to just be around, remaining positive and happy despite the hot working conditions.
Nothing was too much trouble and having Traiteur Events at our wedding was one of the best decisions we made.
Thank you Traiteur Events!
Elleah & Ollie
Simply put, Joss and his team are the best catering and events team available and I highly doubt there are many people of his calibre in the world let alone France.
He seems to be able to make even the largest scale event feel like an intimate family function and genuinely cares about you and all your guests and left us not just content that we had been served some of the best food in our lives, but we had left as friends.
Whilst his food was without question of the highest standards and we were able to leave him with the autonomy to cook what he felt was appropriate because everything we had tasted was of such quality, his skills and efforts were not just restricted to the kitchen.
Joss gently guided our entire weekend through each element seamlessly by getting to know all our contractors and the energy he gave off encouraged the very best out of them too.
Whilst Chateau de Lerse is without question beautiful and the perfect place to host any event, it would be nothing without the input of Joss, his wife and his team.
The chateau is a fantastic venue, but Joss makes it Lerse.
If you are planning any event, be that at Lerse or elsewhere, you can be sure with Joss at the helm you are in the safest hands in France.
From the moment we drove down the long leafy driveway towards Chateau de Lerse in February 2020
we knew it was the venue we'd been searching for and when we finally got married in June 2022 our wedding exceeded all our expectations.
The venue is a fairytale castle tastefully renovated to compliment the castle's history but with modern comforts and chic decor.
Since our first visit the car park has been transformed into a stunning swimming pool, a further 4 bedrooms added to the main chateau and the old barn renovated into an events space and bar area.
What made Chateau de Lerse stand out compared to other venues wasn't just its beauty but the fact we were lucky enough to hire the entire property for 5 days and encouraged to treat it like our home.
Joss, Chris and the rest of the team went above and beyond to make us feel like our event was the event of the year, everything had been thoroughly thought through, with the utmost importance given to how we wanted the 5 days to run.
Someone was always on hand to serve drinks, answer questions or cooking in the kitchen where delicious smells emanated across the 5 days and had you salivating...
Which brings me to the food. Joss' menu was so unique, marrying tastes you would not necessarily expect deep in the heart of South West France.
Our wedding guests continuously commented on how exciting and moorish the food was.
So often at weddings there is a canape or a course that lets the menu down but everything from the hot workshops, the main course, the dessert platter and the stunning night cheese buffet that had been decorated like a forest was exquisite and not a plate was left unclean.
Even the pool party bbq the day after the wedding we had expected simple burgers but Joss had organised an array of intriguing salads and sides that made everyone keep going back for more.
We're already planning to go back for our 10 year anniversary!
Lizzie & Chris
We just wanted to say a very big thank you for all your work on our wedding.
The food was absolutely stunning: we lost count of the number of people who commented on it...
indeed the praise is still coming in!
Not only was it all delicious, but you and your team were so calm, so organised and put all of us at ease - thank you so much.
You made it such a special day for us.
Many thanks once again,
Natalie & Duncan
The Château de Lerse is not a place, it is a universe. Surrounded by a natural setting, well away from everyday life, the estate is very welcoming and warm.
The Château de Lerse is a universe made up of a plurality of spaces and atmospheres. None of these spaces can be guessed, they are all to be discovered. The inner courtyard, the hidden bars, the swimming pool, the lounges, the clearing...
Throughout the stay, the scenes and atmospheres follow one another and are never alike. A weekend is not enough, we want to stay.
The Château de Lerse is a universe because it has a soul. Joss and Karine are the embodiment of this. The welcome they give you with their team is matched only by their kindness.
They will be able to accompany you in the preparation of your event with a lot of empathy and know-how.
Joss, Karine and their team were of great help to us.
We entrusted them with our wedding and we do not regret it.
We had the wedding we had imagined.
Héléna et Alexandre
We chose the Chateau de Lerse as a venue for our wedding this summer. We couldn't have been luckier to celebrate our special day at Chateau de Lerse.
The place is perfect: breathtaking views, very chic but also casual, making everyone comfortable!
To us, Lerse perfectly embodied the region (Charente), the french culture at its best and our love of the contryside. It is hard to explain but the place really has a soul.
We felt welcomed at all times, almost as if the place was ours...
Recent works (including a pool area, barn & glamping) were very tastefully carried out by the team at Lerse.
We are the luckiest couple to have hosted our wedding at Lerse and it will stay in our hearts for ever!
Thank you Joss & the team!
Florence & Guillaume
We tried multiple dishes before deciding on the final menu and canapes for our wedding.
The price was reasonable but his professionalism, communication and commitment was exceptional.
All our guests commented on the fabulous canapes and friendliness of his team.
Our Wedding meal was fantastic, presented beautifully and served lovely and hot.
The Duck was superb and the trio of desserts was exceptional.
His team tidied everything up and were lovely to have around on the day, making sure everything ran smoothly.
We would highly recommend Joss and his team to anyone.
Luke & Lily
Joss and his team were absolutely amazing, communication was clear and easy during the preparation of our wedding.
The tasting we did confirmed that the food would also be at a very high standard which was super important for us.
On the day of the wedding the team was on top form very attentive and flexible to change of weather or change of plans.
Nothing is a problem for Joss, he has such a positive attitude and a great personality.
On top of that, the food was beautiful, tasty and cooked to perfection.
I couldn't recommend him and his team more
Emmanuel & Jayne
Thanks to Joss, Karine and all their team, our wedding was more than successful!
Exactly like in our dreams!
Not only was everything delicious, their entire team was wonderful.
Joss was perfectly able to listen to us, advise us and guide us, always respecting our desires and our decisions.
The result was perfect!
We got nothing but compliments from our guests, it's heartwarming.
The wine of honor was chic and exquisite, the meal absolutely delicious and the brunch exceptionally elegant and truly excellent!
Choosing the right caterer was the most important part of the wedding for us. And we really made the right choice.
And then Joss was also kind of our wedding planer, giving us his expert advice, advising us on other providers and giving us directions for the arrangement of the reception and dinner.
In short, in a nutshell, don't hesitate!
You can trust Joss, Karine and their wonderful team with your eyes closed!
Thank you again for all !
See you soon :)
Kevin & Juliette
Perfect, faultless, magnificent surroundings, friendly and welcoming staff, excellent, refined cuisine, subtle flavors, a lot of work and research, in short we lack the superlatives to describe the wonderful experience we had for our wedding.
You will probably think that only someone in the "cusp" can write such a rave review, think again, we did not know our hosts or the chef in Joss before deciding to organize our wedding at Lerse Castle.
We even had a priori before deciding after the first contact by phone, when our interlocutor told us that the castle had its own caterer.
In our head “se was; Hmm !!, we are going to send us a mixed salad, a barbecue steak, a mounted piece and basta, all for an exorbitant price, under cover of the beauty of the setting! "
Curiosity winning the day, we went to meet them.
Then we got to know Joss; the simplicity, the kindness of Joss and his wife Karine.
Listening to Joss talk about cooking, his passion, with verve and professionalism seduced us. We felt a real desire to please their parts.
Make no mistake, you are not in front of a "caterer" (in the pejorative sense of the term) but in front of a real Chef playing in the big league!
A big thank you Karine and Joss, without forgetting the people who work with you, for the pleasure you have given us on this day; day which will remain a fantastic memory for our family and our friends who shared this moment in such a magnificent setting!
Patricia & Laurent
These few words will not be enough to describe the quality and the exceptional work of Joss and Karine.
But I will still try to tell you about their work.
Quality products, cooked beautifully!
I had given carte blanche for this day so important to us, everything was absolutely perfect, so much the workshops prepared with a lot of choice and care.
The dish perfectly cooks the meat and this very special and daring way of cooking vegetables which is your signature, of which I am a fan.
The choice and the cheese buffet was just perfect. All this accompanied by an irreproachable service with exceptional servers, a great kindness towards all the guests.
We, as well as all our guests, were delighted with this quality of service.
You do your job with passion and it can be seen and felt at all levels.
A big thank you to you and your team, you made this day that little bit more wonderful.
We hosted a wedding at Château De Lerse last weekend, what a magnificent event!
This turned out to be the best decision ever. Every smallest detail was paid attention to, everyone of our guests was positively surprised.
By the great wedding location, the good food, the wonderful service and the kindness of Joss and his staff.
My wife and I would rate it five stars over and over again.
I would just like to say: a very big thank you from the two of us!
Keep up the excellent work, and ... we will definitely meet again.
Arne & Mieke
We got married in 2020, a complicated period because of the Covid, the changing regulations, the new restrictions, the difficulties in getting together...
The "Château de Lerse", represented by Joss and Karine, was able to support us and support us throughout long preparation and choices to be made, even if it was not easy.
Preparation is intense when you want to put some effort into it. Joss and Karine are professional and caring!
Thank you to them for having accompanied us to live this day as well as possible. This place is the most beautiful that we have seen in the region, a spacious outdoor shelter in case of rain, a room for a warm dinner, a magnificent garden, a lake...
The weather being uncertain, the cocktail happened under the shelter, it was good but we would have liked to enjoy the valley!
The caterer is managed by the place and the kitchen of Joss who knows the logistics perfectly and the material was very well organized. Nothing to say !
The cocktail and dinner were unrivaled, a treat, original, generous but rather light and healthy and we are gourmets!
Very nice experience at Château de Lerse, we will return there to savor the atmosphere of this wonderful weekend.
Tiphaine and Pierre-Louis
We decided to call on Joss and his team for cocktail workshops and our wedding dinner, and Joss was available quickly to discuss our expectations and wishes as a first step.
Great cocktail workshops and a menu, very original proposals, very creative taste associations, and great presentations. On the day the whole team was very professional for the installation of the bar, service and table dressing. Thanks to the whole team we were able to receive our guests serenely. I can only recommend Joss!
Thanks again Joss.
David and Agathe
Joss is not worthy of a great Chef, he is a great Chef.
A great chef of taste first of all. A creative and upscale cuisine, quality products, mixes of bold flavors (gambas with caramel spices, fine pies of scallops & hazelnut coriander vinaigrette, pan-fried foie gras, filet mignon of veal saltimbocca & juice with pinot, fillet of bar à l'unilatéral & vinaigrette citrus and ginger, tajine of vegetables ...), remarkable food-wine pairings around a format "dinner workshops" perfectly rhythmic. Joss dust off the traditional codes of wedding catering with talent! He even declined a concept videos "Do it yourself" for those who want to cook themselves, and simply their big events (www.cuisine-et-audace.com). Joss is also an exceptional conductor, who has sublimated our marriage thanks to his always very accurate advice and an impeccable organization, surrounded by his wife Karine, smiling and always very attentive, his charming butler Dirk for whom the unexpected always has a solution, and all his team of professionals in cooking and service. A team of enthusiasts, experiences, reassuring, irreproachable. Catering Events is the first and only caterer we had "tested" for our wedding. Received in this magnificent castle of Lerse in Charente, that Joss and his wife manage all the year, and which we fell immediately under the spell, we were immediately put in confidence. Our guests, all generations, repeat that they have never seen better caterer at a wedding. Joss and his team were, most certainly, the architects of the success of our marriage. We recommend them with their eyes closed. Thanks again, to the madness.
Clara & Cyril (The Lobsters)
Very professional and attentive to our requests, Joss and his team sublimated our marriage. A selection of beautiful products as original as delicious that surprised all our guests.
The different entrees offered through the workshops were succulent, as was the rest of the menu. A meat dish as surprising as it was delicious and a selection of varied cheeses that delighted many.
Fresh products and worked with talent, we rarely eat as well and this opinion was unanimous among our guests!
A team of attentive and smiling shock.
We all feasted, again thank you for this meal and your professionalism.
Gabrielle V. , July 2019
Thank you, Alethea & Michiel, June 2019
A great chef, a cuisine full of audacity and unusual flavors. A professional surrounded by a great team without forgetting Carine always smiling and clipped.
Thank you for making our daughter's wedding a magical and unforgettable moment.
KK, June 2019
Sue Cleaver and Brian
Please feel free to use this email with any future customers to demonstrate the great service they can expect if they book with you. If there are any potential English customers then we would be happy to share our experience with them.
Joss and his team were absolutely incredible over our wedding weekend. My fiancé is Serbian so we wanted to incorporate some traditional Serbian cuisine and decided to host a hog roast the evening before our wedding. The roast and side dishes Joss prepared were absolutely perfect, it was the perfect kick off to our wedding weekend. Joss and his team returned the following morning on our wedding day and everything was once again exactly as we hoped. Joss’ staff was so attentive to our guests and every serving of food from the canapes during our cocktail hour to the appetizers, entrees and dessert at dinner were all so delicious. We had so many guests come up to us and let us know how wonderful their meal was. Thank you so much Joss for making our wedding weekend everything we dreamed it would be! We are so thankful!
A huge thank you for last night. My family and I throughly enjoyed the evening, and the food was absolutely delicious. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. It really made my fathers 70th birthday incredibly special.
Many many thanks
We had Joss (owner and chef of Traiteur Events) cater for our wedding at Saint Privat des Pres and the food was excellent. His canapés are amazing and all of his food is really excellent.
We even had him do the catering for a BBQ at the wedding venue for our guests the next day and it was the best BBQ food we have had – real gourmet French BBQ – not your usual burgers etc.
All Authentically French and wonderful stuff. Would highly recommend Joss for wedding catering and he is a real pleasure to work with – a great guy and always eager to please.
Purvis and Olivia
We used this restaurant to cater for our wedding in Chateau De Lacoste this summer and the food and hospitality were incredible. We had a really fun and very delicious tasting session in the restaurant in March where we got to choose the food we were going to eat on the day itself.
All our guests absolutely loved the canapés and food (the Foie gras crème Brule was a big talking point). The head waiter was so wonderful and really made sure my husband and I had what we needed to ensure we had an amazing day!
If you are thinking of getting married in the Dordogne area and looking for an amazing wedding caterer – look no further than this!
Traiteu Events catered for our wedding in June 2015. We had a incredible experience in his restaurant for our wedding tasting. A really special location that complimented his exquisite food. No request was too much and he was happy to tailor make any requests we had.
On the wedding day he was a pleasure to have including his wonderful team. We had the most amazing canapés which included incredible scallops and prawns on a hot plancher. Joss created the most beautiful, unique and most importantly delicious sharing plates of starters and desserts.
The main course of individual steaks and huge baked rounds of dauphinoise potatoes and late night crepes were cooked to perfection. Food and wine at our wedding was very important and Joss provided the most amazing food we could wish for. Our wedding guests to this day still compliment us on the food.
A huge thank you to Joss and his team. Joss catered for a friends wedding the year before and is catering for a friend in August. We can’t wait!
We have just celebrated our daughter’s wedding and had the extremely good fortune to have Joss and his exceptional team from Traiteur Events catering for us, not only for the wedding day but also a garden party the following day. The quality of the food and service on both days was simply out of this world. Nothing was too difficult for Joss including catering for special dietary requirements! From start to finish it was a pleasure dealing with Joss and his team.
For anyone contemplating a wedding or other special occasion, I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending the team!
Joss and his team did the catering four our wedding weekend in September, both on the day itself and on the Sunday for a more relaxed BBQ.
I must start by saying that the experience all started phenomenally when we went to do the initial tasting back in April. On a cold rainy day we were invited to the restaurant to select our wedding breakfast and arriving to a roaring log fire, a friendly Joss, and a beautiful restaurant, we knew straight away that we had chosen wisely and would be well looked after. EVERYTHING we tasted on this day was beautiful and we had such a hard time making the final cut, we wanted it all.
But choose we did and in September when the wedding arrived our canapés and meal surpassed all of our expectations and our guests too. Everyone has since raved about our wedding food, especially the scallops and we feel so so happy that it met all of our expectations and lived up to our memories from earlier in the year. The dessert platter was incredible, I’m only sad that I only managed one from this on the actual evening.
On Sunday we also had the most wonderful BBQ provided – again I can fault nothing! It was all wonderful.
Joss is just lovely and really went out of his way to ensure everything was perfect – a lovely person to have around on such a special day! Food is so important at a wedding and I can promise you that if you go with this wonderful person and place you would not be disappointed.
If you are not planning a wedding and merely want a fantastic meal in wonderful surroundings then visit this restaurant now!