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DDCC Ties for 1st Popular Vote
in Chester County Community Foundation's Sweet Charity Event
March 19, 2013 at Waterloo Gardens

So honored to have tied for first place for the Popular Vote last night at Sweet Charity event. Thank you to everyone we met who loved our mini Banana Chocolate Chip Cakes served with Banana Whipped Cream and Roasted Bananas. Congratulations to Cakes and Candies by Maryellen who we shared the win.



In the Kitchen with Merrill Johnston of Delightful Desserts & Culinary Creations
September 2012
By Jim Breslin
WestChesterDish.com

As I roamed the Main Line Today Best of Party in July, I met Merrill Johnston, the owner of Delightful Desserts & Culinary Creations.

Merrill and her team had won the Main Line Today Editor's Choice Award for Best Caterer. I was surprised to learn her kitchen was based on Barnard Street in West Chester, so I wanted to check it out and learn more about her catering operation. This is a kitchen most folks won't see, though there's a good chance that if you are a foodie who dines out, you've eaten their creations at one time or another.
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Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs
July 2012
Main Line Today

Editors Choice Best Caterer- Delightful Desserts and Culinary Creations "For the past 20 years, Merrill Simon-Johnston has been the caterer of choice for some of the most intimate (and lavish) affairs in Chester County. Her success lies inknowing that being a geat caterer is more than just serving memorable food ( which she does). it's also about getting all the little details just right for the client."



Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs
July 2010
Main Line Today

Caterer Delightful Desserts and Culinary Creations
Merrill Simon-Johnston has long been a tour de force in entertaining in the western suburbs. This past January, she and her staff received another 'best of" award from OneWed.com, given to its most highly rated wedding vendors as voted on by customer. With her microscopic view of the details - including your budget - and expertise and innovation in the kitchen, Simon- Johnston can deliver a memorable event all around. The preferred caterer at West Chester's Faunbrook Bed and Breakfast, Culinary Creations works with a number of unique venues across the region.



DO-IT-YOURSELF RECEPTIONS
By Beth D'Addono
for the Daily News
Thursday, June 18, 2009

As a rule, DIY is a concept that most brides don't want to apply to their wedding. But then again, rules are menat to be broken. For some couples planning to tie the know, the notion of a personal, intimate wedding, an affiar they control - and often pay for themselves - is a perfect fit. And what better place to have the wedding than at home, or at the home of a dear friend?

"We pretty much did everything on ow own - except for the food," said Heather Frishmuth. For that, the pair consulted caterer Merrill Simon-Johnston, owner of West Chester's Delightful Desserts & Culinary Creations, who just happened to live in the neighborhood.

"I had a vision and Merrill helped set everything in mothion," she said. From miniature cupcakes to signature sangrias and heart-shaped brownies, the evening was a sweet success. As for the budget, the couple wound up in the black, spending less than $20 per person for everything.

Although she always advises couples to have a contingency plan in case of rain, outdoor DIY wedding parties are more popular than ever, said Simon-Johnston.

"The key to doing an outdoor wedding yourself is to select as many kinds of food that can be prepared in advance as possible," said Simon-Johnston, who has catered hundreds of weddings in the 25 years she's been in the business.

While her normal costs start around $85 per person for food, not including labor and rentals, in light of the current economy, Simon-Johnston has decided to offer a "stimulus package" for $55 a person, including everything but alcohol. "We're being flexible these days," she said. "Sometimes I'll just make the main course and couples do the rest. I'll work with people. More people are scrimping some. And even people with bigger budgets are looking for value."

The key is to offer the unexpected, whether it's a backyard oasis with a sexy Moroccan theme, or a brunch menu served in the evening, said Simon-Johnston. "It's your day. Do it your way."



OneWed Announces "Best of 2009" Awards Recipients and Honors Delightful Desserts and Culinary Creations

Top Wedding Planning Website Awards Leading Wedding Professionals with Annual Distinction

Chicago, IL (January 13, 2010) -- OneWed.com, the ultimate online resource for wedding planning and home of WeddingPreParty.com, today announced the recipients of their "Best of 2009" awards.   The program celebrates the best wedding planning and service professionals in the wedding business, and OneWed is please to honor Delightful Desserts and Culinary Creations with this distinction.

The wedding professionals selected for this prestigious acknowledgement are an elite group of vendors who have received the most positive reviews based upon OneWed's 5-Star rating system. Each year, the coveted award is only given to the most highly-rated OneWed wedding vendors as voted by couples themselves.  "We are thrilled to award Delightful Desserts and Culinary Creations with this prestigious annual honor," says Jennifer Napier, VP of Marketing.  "At OneWed, we believe in sharing the love, and we're so excited to celebrate the wedding specialists who work every day to make couple's wedding days as memorable as possible."



Main Line Today
October 2009
News & Gossip
One of the hottest fetes in recent months happened at the West Chester area home of Hooters guitarist John Lilley and his partner, Bob Lohrmann. On August 23, more than 100 friends and family members assembled to help the pair celebrate their 30th anniversary together.

Merrill Simon-Johnston of West Chester's Delightful Desserts and Culinary Creations served up an impressive summertime spread that featured a bruschetta bar, items hot off the grill, and a salad buffet. Desserts included Creamsicles and a lemon- raspberry cake.


Do-it-yourself receptions: Say 'I do' to a frugal & personal wedding bash
By Beth D'Addono
Philadelphia Daily News
For the Daily News


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