Not Now James was bought by Vicki MacMillan 24 years ago in 1991

BNI 16 June 2015
I live on a large lifestyle property 35 km from town
with one or 800 cows 300 sheep 5 dogs who are not allowed to sleep in front of the fire or on our bed like one very spoilt cat
24 years ago after my two children had gone off to school
I decide that isolation was not for me
after working in a bank pre children I missed the company of others so I started on my path in the hosp trade, little did I realise that this was going  to become my passion in life
4years at Puddleducks  on the square a few other cafes in between Next stop was out at Tui Dairy company running  staff cafe and internal catering
When Tui closed I went to Wharareta to learn about functions  and cafe for couple of years After 10 years I
Then decide I needed to do it for myself rather than others
I was going to  reinvent the wheel and own my own cafe
so in March 1999 I purchased NNJ Cafe opp Hospital
My story begins from there I was lucky in the beginning
I didn`t appear to have to go looking for work it came to me
As my empire got bigger with the running of the Cafe at Ezibuy to renting premises in McGregor St for the overflow of the cafe prep work to doing more and more corporate work
we grew to a staff of 15 fulltimers but after 4 yrs I got out of Ezibuy and with the down turn in the economy I lost a lot of my government work ,departments closed or spending was cut  our catering work got smaller. I now have 4 Full timers at the Catering and 3 at the Cafe but  can find up to extra 20 when we need as we did for the Ohekea function
Presentation is very important to us as you eat with your eyes first Then comes taste and texture
Our main points of difference and what we pride ourselves in
We make everything from scratch no premixes or deep fryers in our kitchen, produced fresh each and every day
No number is too large or to small
Value for money
Dietary requirements can be catered for just let us know what to avoid and we will come up with a substitute for you that will be just as delicious
Our staff is professional and passionate about what they do
Peace of mind that your event is in expert hands
We will take the worry of your shoulders and walk you thru your event to make sure it is  tailor to you ,with want you require  and will flow how you expect whether it's a high tea for a  90th Birthday ,Continuous supper for 700 or a Morning tea for 10 or a dinner party in your own home we will treat you as you are the only one having an event
We believe that great food should be anticipated & enjoyed to the last mouth full
Here are a few photos to show of our work............


I have a great team behind me
Nothing is too much of a challenge
The Clients we are looking for are any one that eats and doesn`t want to prepare it for themselves
We have a product that taste good Presented with style
If you are having a affair let us cater for you

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Not Now Catering

Ph: 06 353 1450
1a McGregor Street, Palmerston North