Dear Barry and Staff,
Gretchen and Ian’s wedding was everything they had hoped, thanks in large part to your capable planning, preparation and execution!
Thanks for being completely personable and unflappable, despite the extra effort involved in ramps, fiddleheads, lemon bars and a ~30 minute delay.
The food was outstanding. I heard many compliments from sated family, friends and other workers at the wedding.
I know that you are keen on bringing this work chapter of your life to a close, but you are extremely talented and a pleasure to have around. We will recommend you highly until you tell us not to anymore…
With deep gratitude for a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime event.
Lisa & Kevin – Gretchen & Ian’s Wedding, Peacham, VT
You’ve done it again. Everything was so delicious and beautifully prepared! So many compliments with very little left over – ribs and salmon gone!! Thank you for everything. Very impressive.
Kay and John - family celebration in Thetford , VT
Barry and his team were simply a pleasure to work with at our wedding. Barry is not only a brilliant chef, but he is generous, accommodating, and possesses a jovial good-humor as well. It is so clear that he loves what he does, and wants to make your experience as positive and stress-free has possible. He worked closely with us before our wedding to create a vision for our meal that reflected the atmosphere that we were trying to create, and we trusted him completely to carry out that plan. He and his team did not disappoint! The food was delicious, unique, and fresh, and it was amazing to see Barry himself out and about interacting with our guests, explaining just how he made each dish. What we didn't know to care about ahead of time, but understood the importance of in retrospect, is just how dedicated Barry and his team were to sticking to our schedule; the appetizers were ready as soon as our ceremony was over, and all 170 guests were through the buffet in just about 30 minutes! There was no down-time or awkward lags between courses. Plus, everyone raved about the food. We do not have a single complaint about working with Barry-it was hands down one of the best decisions we made for the weekend!
Anna & Sam, their wedding at Ohana Camp, Fairlee, VT
It was the perfect party…
Ellen – 70th birthday dinner in Plainfield, NH
We just wanted to give our thanks and express our gratitude, once again, for being such an important part of our wedding reception. The food was simply FANTASTIC and you and your staff were AMAZING. We continue to receive many compliments on how delicious everything was (my uncle said not only was this the best food he’s had at a wedding, but the best food he’s had ever!) and how much our guests enjoyed interacting with you! Having Barefoot Gourmet was easily the best decision we made and we hope to have another opportunity to work with you again in the future. You took the worry out of everything and made it such a breeze for us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Laura & Keith – Their wedding at the Dartmouth Skiway
We absolutely loved your food and wonderful, flexible, good natured service. People haven't stopped talking about it all day.
Melanie - 50th birthday celebration in Norwich, VT
Thank you so very much for providing and preparing all the amazing food for our wedding. We continuously got compliment after compliment. You and your staff went beyond our expectations. We loved those cookies and think about them often.
Brent & Cherie - their wedding at Meadow Wind B&B, Hebron, NH
“We wanted to make sure you knew how much we and all our guests appreciated (loved) both your food and your team. Our guests were blown away by how delicious the food was and how willing you and your team were to explain the secrets behind how it was made. Your food helped add to everyone's experience and enjoyment, an especially impressive task given the wide variety of palates we had in the group.”
Lizzy & Amit - their wedding at Ohana Camp, Fairlee, VT
“As we approach our 1-year anniversary date, we realized we neglected to write a note thanking one of our favorite and most important people in our wedding planning! Thank you very much for providing such fantastic food for our wedding last Fall. We received compliments for months after the event concluded about the quality of the food as well as the friendliness of you and your team. As an aside, we believe that at least two of our friends are now addicted to peri-peri. We loved getting to know you, and appreciate you inviting us into your home for the tastings. We will absolutely and without hesitation recommend you to any friends or family thinking about events in the area, in the future. Thank you for making our day memorable and delicious.”
Stephany & Drew – their wedding at the Sumner Mansion, Hartland, VT
“What an incredible experience it was to have your help planning our big meal and executing on our wedding dinner. Everyone absolutely loved the food of course.
We could not have had a more perfect chef. Thank you so much for everything – the tasting, the hors d’oeuvres you sent us while we were with our photographer, etc. It would take a book to express all our thanks Barry.
We hope to see you and hire you again soon!! Stay warm this winter.”
Phil and Andrea – their wedding at the Langwood Farm, Cornish, NH
“You are a fabulous chef as well as an artist! The food was so beautifully prepared, so unique and delicious. Thank you for helping to make Phil and Andrea’s wedding day extra special. We enjoyed meeting you and your very friendly staff.”
Nancy and Michael Meagher - Phil and Andrea’s wedding Langwood Barn, Cornish, NH
“Where do we even begin to thank you? Everyone we have seen since the wedding has raved about the food, and we are just so, so happy to have the personal connection when throwing our biggest dinner party. We kept looking around during dinner in complete awe of what was happening. We have planted out new tree in the front yard. So, when we look out the kitchen Window toward Mt. Mansfield, we also see the beautiful hydrangeas that sat above everyone we love, eating dinner at our wedding. It is just perfect.”
Rachel & Tyler, Burlington, VT
“Thank you for all you did to make this a very special weekend. Everyone commented on how engaging you and your staff were. And, of course, the food and refreshments were out of this world! I hope our paths cross again in the future. Thank you again."
Maureen & John Clark - Cathleen & Ajay Wedding at Meadow Wind B&B, Hebron, NH
“Thanks for the amazing job you did at our wedding. I got so many compliments on the food - I tried to direct as many of them as possible directly to you. There really was something for everyone. Thanks again, and we will stop by next time we are up in the area.”
David and Charlotte – their wedding at Ohana Camp, Fairlee, VT
“Awesome it was! And many thanks from everybody. So well done!”
Rowley, Dartmouth Outing Club
“We were so pleased with the catering you did for Joshua and Elizabeth’s wedding last Saturday! There were many compliments about how delicious the food was…our family especially appreciated the culinary connections to places we call home. I also got positive feedback on the reasonable size and expert serving of the portions of food. Everyone loved all the variety of tastes and textures. The salt potatoes were melt in your mouth delicious! The Greens were wonderfully peppery and I agree that the bread crumbs were a tasty necessity ;) The meat was so good that it was STILL moist and delicious warmed up the next day. Everyone loved the macaroni and cheese…the new twist on the ultimate comfort food was phenomenal. It WAS so good to have the salad served alongside the main dishes on one plate. And your staff nicely explained the expectation for children to use the smaller plates. Every detail was attended to and I am extremely grateful for how well the entire meal was prepared and presented. All the best to you and your staff for an absolutely wonderful meal enjoyed by all of our guests. As our grandfather used to say with gusto whenever he had an amazingly good meal, “Top Shelf!”
Laura – Joshua & Elizabeth Wedding, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT
“Again, thank you for such wonderful food. EVERYBODY raved about the food - endlessly! My only regret is I did not get any of the chicken appetizer or guacamole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everything was exceptional. Good luck with the rest of your wedding season.”
Kim Lamb – Aly & Tyler Wedding, Toad Hill Farm, Franconia, NH
“Thank you so much for everything last weekend! The food was absolutely perfect (delicious and beautiful!) and we received so many compliments.We really appreciate you and your staff tracking us down during cocktail hour to make sure we got some food in us. Thanks again, and best of luck with wedding season. Any wedding is lucky to have you!!”
Aly & Tyler – their wedding at Toad Hill Farm, Franconia, NH
“I wanted to thank you again for the amazing feast you cooked for us at the Notch House.
Each dish was better than the next, and we got so many compliments when they were meant for your ears. Thank you also for accommodating our last-minute change and for working with the small tent setup. We were very lucky to find you. You made the planning process effortless as well. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and perhaps our paths will cross again in the Upper Valley.”
Amie & Sam, Lake Willoughby, Vermont
“As predicted, we had nothing but compliments about the incredible food and service you provided. It was amazing :) Thank you so very much.”
Pam & Dave, Newbury, VT
“Your food was SO delicious! And now I know why! Butit is truly worth the effort. Everything was scrumptious. People were raving about it. Unfortunately, the remaining chocolate chip cookies are quickly disappearing! You left everything in such good order. Hope you have a moment to enjoy our summer weather and bask in your creative success! Many thanks”
Salee & Charlie, Lower Waterford, VT
“I couldn't have been happier with the food and service youprovided. Everyone complimented me on the food. The appetizers were beautifully displayed and delicious and they were plentiful. I have been to a lot of weddings where you see one appetizer, but then never again. You and your staff seemed to make sure everyone at the party had a chance to try everything. The dinner was wonderful as well. It was a great combination of tastes and textures. And again your service staff was very professional. Thank you for helping this be such a memorable and magical night.”
Wendy Goldzband, Tarzana, CA. Stephany & Drew’s Wedding, Woodstock, VT
"As a long-time Washington, DC resident who has also done some travelling, I have been lucky to enjoy dining in a fair number of restaurants applauded by food critics of some renown. So imagine my “shock and awe” at being treated to your amazingly creative cuisine, even by Washington standards, in a Vermont barn – such a fantastic array of different flavors and unusual, but complimentary combinations of ingredients to which we were treated. Of course, your jovial and entertaining descriptions of each delicious course definitely contributed to what was a truly unique and most enjoyable culinary experience."
Arthur L Fox, II , Washington, DC
"I know it’s been almost a year since our wedding day, but I felt the need to write you as we come close to our anniversary to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to you again!!! What an amazing job you (and your staff) did to make our wedding fun, delicious, and playful! People are still talking about ALL your amazing dishes and also how wonderful YOU were! Thank you thank you thank you for creating the perfect food/service to go along with the glorious fall wedding day we had! You are so appreciated and I hope you know that!!!"
Cheryl & Scott Bell, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
"We wanted to again thank you for the wonderful dinner you made us last night and for so warmly welcoming us into your home. The table was so beautifully set and each course was a treat to the taste buds. We felt like we were dining in an exclusive restaurant, only better, since we had the pleasure of seeing the chef when each course was served and learning about its preparation. We are already looking forward to enjoying your creations again at the Gala. Please also give Annaka our thanks for her help. What a wonderful assistant she is, and I know how much Arline values her help at Passover."
Eileen Shaevel, Norwich, VT
"There were many aspects of Saturday that made the day a magical and mystical experience that all will remember for years to come. You, your staff and your excellent food and presentation were all part of that magic. Thank you for providing such an appropriate and beautiful and unique and tasty meal. It was perfect. You are excellent at what you do…perfect amount of food as well. I am so happy to always have just enough. I saw little if anything thrown away and that made me happy. You are now part of the family and I hope that we can meet again over some good food. Please feel free to use my comments in anyway that would be helpful. We will tell everyone about you!
Thank you for being such an important part of such an important day."
Maggie Monroe-Cassel, Windsor, Vermont
"Just wanted to let you know that you will be in my prayers tonight. I was very nervous taking over the Ethics Interest Group and in an effort to attract more students we had invited this psychiatrist who drove about an hour and half (each way) to come and talk to us today. Can you imagine how embarrassing it would have been to invite someone, have them travel for three hours and also promote the event with food, but then realize that you can’t afford to feed 50 people on $100?!?! Well, the universe/God/Buddha/[insert what you like] sent me you and your wonderfully generous spirit. I cannot express how heartwarming it feels to know that even miles away from home there are other rainbow nation people here to catch you in your time of need. Jokes a side, you were my blessing this week."
Chengetai R. Mahomva, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
"Selena and I are amateur foodies, so when we listed the critical ingredients for our wedding the first was location and second was food. Most of the quotes for our three day, two full meals for 120+, wedding camp extravaganza were the usual fare. Nothing about stuffed mushrooms or shells or anything that has been sitting in a steam tray soaked in marinara sauce was going to be appealing to us, and mostly that was what we saw from the local caterers at every price point. There was one exception, and of course it was Barry Clarke’s Barefoot Gourmet – who incidentally came highly recommended by many other locals. Barry’s sample menus were interesting and full of vitality, and the man himself has an absolutely infectious enthusiasm for good and interesting food.
We were invited out to his home in East Thetford for a tasting, and by the end of the first dish we knew we had hit pay dirt. Barry’s food was outstanding, authentic, and felt no need to check any boxes off the traditional banquet menu. Tacos as good as any we’d ever had in the southwest, samosas that we ate like popcorn with a delicious cilantro yoghurt sauce, it’s been months since that tasting and I can still recall everything we ate. Not only were we thrilled with the food at the tasting, but Barry was able to come up with two different menus – one “Mexican” and one “Indian” – at an astonishingly reasonable price. The man knows well where to make compromises and where to spend a little to get a better dish. FedEx-ing tortillas from Texas? Definitely worth it.
At our wedding Barry left nothing to chance, and left us with nothing to worry about. He even cooked a fantastic soup as it ended up being much worse weather than we had anticipated, and our guests were all glad for a little extra warmth. Both meals were as good as the tasting: the kind of food you find at that little restaurant down the street that you love, but assembled en masse for a group of extremely hungry guests. Everything was served buffet style on a line with excellent staff to describe each dish and various toppings and sides, which made it even more fun. In the end Barry was a big part of making our wedding everything we had hoped it could be, and we couldn’t be more happy to recommend him for any event, any where, any time."
Bennett and Selena, At Ohana Camp
"We’re still getting calls and emails raving about the food you served on Saturday. I keep telling everyone that I did all the cooking. I think a couple of old aunts that didn’t see the grills actually believe me. Everyone else is very clear that it was all your doing. Your crew was also wildly appreciated. You’ve got a great operation there. These days, that’s a really nice thing to see. I’m glad to hear you’re busy because you really should be."
Karen Kaliski, Thetford
"Thank you so very much for everything. Not surprisingly, everyone is still talking about how wonderful the food was and how fabulous you are – thank you. I think the event’s success is all due to you and your extraordinary team."
Meghan Liegel, Office of the Dean of the College, Dartmouth College
"What a splendid dinner! What a splendid celebration! There’s never been a better."
David Roby, Lyme
"I know we thanked you the night of our party, but I must also send an official thanks. Everything was absolute perfection. Your food was amazing! I knew it would be good, but it was even better than I expected. You and your staff were so great about making sure everything was just right.
You all helped to make our special occasion that much more special. Thank you so much for the important role you played in that."
Marty Candon, Norwich
"How wonderful everything looked, tasted and was presented! I heard nothing but raves …
Everything was truly delicious. Thank you and your team for such a successful evening."
Mary Cornwell, Lyme, NH
"Barry thank you again for making our party such a huge success. I received so many emails from guests who loved the food, your presentation, and all the wonderful flavors."
Clare O’Connell, Thetford Center, VT
"Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We have had rave reviews on the Spring Gala!"
PJ Stanwood, Norwich, VT
"It was such a tremendous pleasure to work with you in shaping our vision and then see it all come to life on our wedding day. You created an absolutely delicious and inspired menu that added such a special element to our day. I’ve noticed that Zak in particular always mentions the food first when describing our wedding, which says a lot! Next to the ceremony itself, sitting and eating a delicious South African meal with our closest friends, and watching them devour their second helpings, is one of my favorite memories of the day. I know it was an extra effort for your team to serve family style, and we really appreciate you making that possible!
Knowing that we have a shared love of and connection to South Africa made working with you even more enjoyable, and I can’t thank you enough for being such a warm and generous part of our wedding ‘team’!
Thank you again, and best wishes from London!"
Elise & Zak, Dartmouth/Cape Town/London
"We feel so fortunate to have had Barry Clarke cater our wedding this summer. From the first moment we corresponded with him, Barry proved himself to be exceptionally organized, attentive, enthusiastic, and kind. We were excited about the prospect of working with him even before we tasted his food. And then we tasted his food… It was nothing short of extraordinary. He was able to effortlessly bring together food traditions from different parts of the world, create comfort in the most sophisticated of dishes, and instantly appeal to every imaginable palate. We were sold. Throughout the planning process, every time we met with Barry we felt immediately at ease; we knew that no matter what else happened, our guests would be well fed. When the big day came, his team was exceptional. They were both composed and flawless in their execution. We felt so well taken care of, as if we were a part of Barry’s own family. Everyone from the pickiest of eaters to the most devoted of gourmets at our wedding could not stop raving about the food that Barry’s team served. It was so special, so beyond what we ever could have imagined “wedding food” could be; in a word, it was perfect. Thank you, Barry. We have already begun drafting a long list of life events and excuses for celebrations just so that we can have reason to enjoy your food again."
Jane & Hussein, mostly Ann Arbor, MI (and sometimes Sunapee, NH too!)
"If you want a really outstanding gourmet, out of the box catering experience, you can’t do better than Barefoot Gourmet Barry Clarke. His menu of delicacies on offer will have you drooling – – and trust me, they eat even better than they sound. I hate having to settle for boring, run-of-the-mill hors d’oeuvres and neither should you and now you don’t have to. Additionally, Barry and his staff are incredibly professional yet friendly, enthusiastic and well informed. Your whole experience will be a pleasure and your guests will be asking for more and taking names. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to hear more or have questions."
Bonnie Reid Martin, Orford
"The food and the whole evening was an ethereal dream world. Thank you for helping cast the magic spell."
Perry and Sarah, Silver Bay, NY
"It’s been about a month and folks are still talking about Kate and Casey’s wedding. Someone just yesterday told me how much they loved your food so I thought I would write and tell you again how wonderful it was. We really appreciated your “go with the flow attitude”, given the weather and subsequent delays. It all seemed to work out just fine and the bride and groom were totally thrilled. Many thanks, again!"
Alice Mower, Corinth, VT
"I can not thank you enough for catering my daughter’s wedding . The food was SUPERB! Absolutely delicious, fresh and diverse. FAR from traditional wedding fare. Beautiful presentation of everything but particularly the appetizers on the handmade plank – cutting board. You certainly met the challenge of providing enough for a large group of HEAVY hitters. Your staff was delightful, friendly and efficient. Thank you so much."
Gerrie Lambo, Hebron, NH
"Thank you so much for helping make our wedding celebration so special. We received dozens and dozens of compliments on your food and your team from our guests. And we felt so well taken care of and at ease that day, largely because of the kindness, care, and hard work that your family, you, and the other members of your team brought to the day. Thank you."
Jane & Hussein, Newbury, NH
"Thanks again for orchestrating a fabulous evening. The food was superb and your management of the event exquisite."
Tom, Hanover, NH
"I’m still hearing how wonderful the food was. It certainly was the talk of the party. You were a big hit."
Norma, Plainfield, NH
"Thank you, Barry! What a wonderfully joyful day it was for us! I’m glad we had a chance to meet and visit with you at the tasting, because the wedding day itself was a whirlwind. Our guests had high praise for your delicious meal and the late night sandwiches were a stroke of genius — consumed with gusto around the campfire into the wee hours of the morning.
Thank you, thank you! And all the best. If our paths should cross again, I’m sure it will be delicious."
Lisa and Andy, Ohana Camp
"Dear Barry and Staff.
Many thanks for making our 50th anniversary celebration dinners a time of great joy and feasting! Your obvious love of food and joining our occasion really made it very special. I appreciated greatly the joy and friendliness of your staff as well as the very personal touch everyone showed in being there from the time of your pre-visit to the pick-up the day after.
You can count on our recommendation of your service, your delightful presence and the delicious food and style!"
Father Jon, The Aquinas House, Dartmouth College
"Thanks again for a great evening. People truly enjoyed and valued the ‘clean, natural food’, as one person commented!"
Yvonne, Enfield, NH
"Thank you Barry…we felt it went off about as perfectly as we had imagined, if not more. The food got rave reviews…everyone’s talking about that tenderloin! Just got back to civilization for a brief breath last night before we head off on the honeymoon. We are so thankful we found you (Rob is actually the one who found your info, and he hasn’t stopped reminding everyone of that fact :) ) and we both agree that you went far beyond our greatest expectations. Will definitely stay in touch. Please feel free to use any and all praise on your site, or let me know if there is another way to leave a formal review on there somehow. You’re the best!!!"
Betsy and Rob, St. Johnsbury, VT
"1st of all I must say thank you very much! I have heard the same comment from all our guests “the food was awesome!!!”. We had a wonderful day and it was an honor to have such a talented chef as yourself serve us."
Kathy and Mary, St. Johnsbury, VT
"Thanks again for everything! People were absolutely delighted with the feast!"
Margaret, Lake Willoughby, VT
"That was one of the most delicious and most graciously served dinners we have ever experienced – and it was in our own home! Thank you, thank you!"
Betsy, Hanover, NH
"We just wanted to say thank you for the amazing food last night…people were still raving about it this morning! It has been such a pleasure to work with you, thank you for being part of what was a very, very special day. All our best."
Zach and Sarah, Fairlee, VT
"Thank you for everything. It was amazing!"
Dane and Ari, Thetford, VT
"It was a pleasure to work with you – very easy and very professional – not to mention yummy food."
Deb, Ohana Camp, Fairlee, VT
"I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how fabulous the food was at the Wilder Center on Tuesday. The beef tenderloin was the best I have ever tasted."
Karen, Wilder, VT
"Thank you so much. It was an absolute pleasure working with you and your crew! Everything went seamlessly from my end, and everyone was WOWED by the food- so truly, I couldn’t have asked for more."
Tracey, Wilder Center, Wilder, VT
"Dear Barry – Thanks for the spectacular food and help!"
Elliot, Wilder, VT
"Hi Barry, It was delicious…just as you promised!"
"Barry, what a wonderful, fantastic evening! It was amazing, down to the last bite. Thank you so much for everything."
Laurel, Thetford, VT