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St. John Catering & Mathayom Private Chefs is a full-service catering company based out of Cruz Bay, St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands that serves couples on St. Thomas and St. John. They have over 20 years of experience in the industry and have won multiple local awards throughout the years including winning Best of the VI for Catering, Private Chefs, and Party Rentals for 10 years in a row (2010-2019)! They offer both custom and online menus, as well as both casual and fine dining options. They also operate a private event venue in Cruz Bay called Lucky Chops. St. John Catering & Mathayom Private Chefs looks forward to making your special day everything you dreamed it to be.

Services Offered

This experienced catering company prides themselves on their generous hospitality, highly personalized service, and custom menus that include high-quality, local ingredients. Chef Mathayom (Mat) Vacharat, the owner behind this passionate business, specializes in Asian fusion cuisine, but is also skilled in Carribean flair, progressive American, and Italian comfort foods. Mat and his team offer tastings, so you can sample their delicious fare before your celebration. Their services include:

  • Full Catering Packages
  • Bar packages
  • Rental of Private Event Venue in Cruz Bay
  • Equipment Rentals: Chairs, Tables, Linens, China, Flatware, Glassware
  • Event Setup & Cleanup
  • 3rd Party Vendor Coordination for Musicians and Live Entertainment


Couples may select a buffet, cocktail reception, family style, french service, plated, or stations for their wedding reception. Mat also offers scrumptious hors d'oeuvres and mouthwatering desserts to complete your meal. He’s happy to accommodate any dietary requests you may have, including creating a vegetarian or raw food menu. Sample fare includes:

  • Cilantro chicken skewer with mango chutney
  • Coconut shrimp with papaya chutney
  • House lamb sausage with cassava chip and mint pesto
  • Grilled fresh catch with miso-garlic sauce

Private Event Venue

In 2018, this unique catering company rennovated a private event space in Cruz Bay called Lucky Chops, now avaialbe to rent for private parties. The venue is only a two-minute walk from the ferry dock and features both indoor and outdoor seating spaces, an air-conditioned 800-square-foot bar, and a private courtyard capable of hosting parties of up to 120 guests.

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Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering?

Set Up
Clean Up
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception

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Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Open Bar
House Beer
House Wine
Champagne Toast
House Liquor

What event services do you provide?

Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

Breakfast / Brunch
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Custom Menu
Hors d'oeuvres

What types of cuisine do you cater?

Latin American
Middle Eastern

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Nut Free

What bar services do you provide?

Open Bar
Champagne Toast
Signature Drink

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Heidi Sent on 06/27/2016
5 out of 5 rating
Exceptional in every way ! St. John Catering sets the very highest standard with their service, quality of food & staffing. We were beyond satisfied with Mat & his staff for the rehearsal dinner and cannot recommend this company highly enough -- they are simply phenomenal.
Melissa Sent on 01/08/2018
5 out of 5 rating
Mat and his team did an EXCELLENT job for our New Year's Eve (12/31/17) wedding on St. Thomas! The food tasted AMAZING, the staff was super helpful, and the set-up of the tables, chairs, linens, etc. was all perfect. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to have a wedding in the Virgin Islands!
Alex Sent on 05/31/2017
5 out of 5 rating
My husband and I recently got married in St. John (5/20/17) and St. John Catering knocked it out of the park for our welcome dinner and wedding reception. In my family, we believe that food brings people and families together. It was really important for us to have the food at our reception and welcome dinner blow everyone away and that's exactly what St. John Catering did. From the minute we met Mat we knew that we were in good hands. The experience, knowledge, and professionalism both Mat and his team exudes is hands down the best. We had our welcome dinner at Mat's venue. They had a great outdoor set up and our guests could not stop talking about how great the bbq was. For our wedding reception, we had a grilling station with flank steak and Mahi Mahi as well as a jambalaya station. Guests said the Mahi was some of the best fish they had ever had and were eating 2nd and 3rd helpings of jambalaya. Needless to say, if you are looking for a caterer/staff that will go above and beyond for your special day, St. John Catering is the best there is.
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4 Endorsements
Savanah Willow Co. Savanah Willow Co. Wedding Photographers

Mathayom is my absolute favorite event catering team on St John! They are consistent in curating the best flavors, and known for the best quality and delicious creativity in each of their dishes. I highly recommend them for your next event whether it be a casual beach side barbecue or elaborate formal fine dining experience! They are the best!!

Gallows Point Resort Gallows Point Resort Hotel Weddings

We are always impressed with St. John Catering's food & service. Staff is very professional, food is delicious, and we have heard nothing but compliments from wedding groups, businesses, and guests who have hired their services. We definitely recommend St. John Catering!!!

La La Land Productions/ the ISH-6 piece groove band La La Land Productions/ the ISH-6 piece groove band Wedding Bands

Mathayom... The premier event caterer on St John, Talented, professional, organized, experienced, tasty

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