Zest Caterers is a Brooklyn-based full-service company dedicated to making our client’s vision come to life. From large-scale receptions, parties and events to intimate cooking classes, dinners and celebrations, we bring delicious, bold flavors and beautiful, clean presentations to the table.
Jennifer Day, Zest’s owner and executive chef, has a lifelong passion for food that has sent her around the globe and back. After attending culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Australia, she returned to her native New York and landed the job of a lifetime as the chef de cuisine at Gourmet magazine under the wing of celebrity chef Sara Moulton.
For eight years, she was the keeper of Gourmet’s entertaining kitchen and dining room. From planning menus for famous clients and foodies and executing large-scale gala parties, to hosting cookbook launches and developing recipes and menus that brought the magazine to life, Jennifer lived and breathed the world of Gourmet.
In 2004, Jennifer started Zest Caterers—the exclusive caterer for the magazine’s events. Zest expanded to include executions of high-end corporate functions and casual and upscale personal celebrations such as weddings, baby showers and birthdays. She also develops recipes for epicurious.com and Self magazine and has worked behind-the-scenes for the Food Network on shows such as 5 Ingredient Fix with food personality Claire Robertson. Jennifer has also developed cooking classes for kids and families to help clients both big and small understand that cooking and eating together can be both enjoyable and delicious.