About Us

From the Grapevine...

Purple Grape launched in 2009, bringing together the ‘events’ talents of Emily Gillan with the ‘culinary’ talents of Freddie Benjamin.  Combined with the experience and expertise of Andrew Grimwood, Executive Head Chef, they began their event catering and design service –  specialising in canapé receptions and formal event dinners.

7 years later and whilst continuing to deliver fresh, innovative and stylish food for corporate events and private parties, the offering now extends to contract catering solutions and, with the help of our little PG van – a delivery service!

The team is now 11 strong and continuing to grow.   What do we think are the reasons for our success?  We are a friendly, informal –  yet professional bunch who love what we do and care about our clients and the success of their events… simple!

Stephanie Raybould

Event Manager

Go to Steph for:

Bringing her creative flair to press days and intimate parties and being the technical whizz in the office!  And beware…once she giggles – she’s off for the rest of the day!

Gabriella Dadras

Event Manager

Go to Gabriella for:

An excellent people person with a passion for challenging events.

Known to keep calm & cool during the most pressurized events.

Julie Wilby

Operations Support Manager

Go to Julie for:

Everything other than events!  Fondly known as the ‘Delivery Queen’ and loves a good sing along to the radio!


Ellie Winter

Events Assistant

Go to Ellie for:

Taking care of your Food Delivery needs. Previous planning and operational experience in Events and currently studying a Masters in Government Policy simply for the fun of it!!


Freddie Benjamin

Director (chef)

Go to Freddie for:

The King of the Canapes! Responsible for menu design and heading up the PG Kitchen brigade.

Andrew Grimwood

Head Chef

Go to Andy for:

The resident fine dining connoisseur – producing menus to make any mouth water! Andy also heads up our Contract Catering production team.

What our Clients say...

We have been working with Purple Grape for a few years now, especially with Emily and Paula. They always come up with great suggestions for new menus, the presentation of the food is always very good and the food taste delicious. The team have a great attention to detail and they are flexible - we love working with them!
Kathleen, Producer
Shelton Fleming Associates Ltd
The event went really well and the canapés were fantastic.

Everyone really enjoyed them and not a single one was wasted!

Thanks so much for all your help.
Niamh, Red Consultancy
Delivery Client
The food was amazing, and delivered spot on time to both locations. A lot of praises from guests, so thanks very much.

We will definitely be recommending you to friends in future.

Thanks again.
Private Wedding Delivery Client
Thank you and the team so much for last night. As you were well aware, this was a very big and busy event for us in the end. I thought we would have a steady stream of people over a period of hours. Not all at once and staying the whole night!! I therefore think you and the team coped exceptionally well, under a pressured environment. It was great that the food flowed as much as the drink. Always a great sign of a good event, and keeps the guests happy! I thought you judged the staffing number just right.
I was in the boardroom for a meeting at 8am this morning and all was as it should be, so thank you for being so careful. I am sure we will speak again in the future.

Vanessa, Marketing Manager
St George
I wanted to follow up ... to thank you for your support on the catering at our recent events – they looked simply stunning! We were so happy with the presentation and they tasted delicious – perfect for our events.

Thank you and look forward to working together again in the future.

Hayley, Product Manager
Tom Ford
I wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you for your professional and expert services at our event.

Right from the beginning when I first requested your services, all the way to event delivery, it was a great experience working with you.

Although I wasn’t there, the feedback from our Associate Director was very positive. She said that the food was wonderful and the staff were outstanding, and that if we ever have an event in the UK again that we will definitely be requesting your help!

Thank you for your expertise, attention to detail and taking away the stress of planning an event from Canada.
Tom Paterson
Queen's University