JPM Catering means classic taste.
It’s a standard rooted in a seasonal, artisanal approach that incorporates only the best ingredients, nature-based designs and first-class service.
JPM Catering delivers best-in-class services
Our inspired recipes, style and approach to special events and gatherings have endured the test of time because of their high quality and recognized value, as evidenced by our many repeat customers.
You can try our food anytime at The Tasting Room,
our 8 E. Lancaster Ave. headquarters in Historic Downtown Ardmore, where tasting is believing. Try a small plate, an entree, or combine several dishes for a family meal. Planning a big event? Schedule a private tasting.
Jennifer McCafferty | Founder/Chief Catering Officer
A natural-born chef with Main Line roots and an artist’s touch, Jennifer McCafferty is changing how Greater Philadelphia thinks about food and events. In the kitchen, McCafferty’s French-Mediterranean roots are accented with mellow Eastern undertones. Her designs are classic, sophisticated and smart. They engage guests as well as assure clients that their event will flow in a smooth, timely fashion.
McCafferty counts Julia Child, Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa) and Martha Stewart among her strongest influences. Combining Child’s classic techniques and confidence, Garten’s simple, bold flavors and natural ingredients and Stewart’s versatility and attention to detail, McCafferty creates seasonal menus with fresh, zesty flavors and remarkable presentation.
Without question, McCafferty’s strongest influence is the earth. Before JPM catered its first event, McCafferty outlined environmentally responsible practices–like using biodegradable service ware and packaging and local produce and composting–that have become pillars of JPM’s reputation, making the company one of the category leaders in Philadelphia catering.
A member of the Philadelphia Women’s Culinary Guild, McCafferty has worked in the kitchen and front of house at some of the most well-known French and Nouveau American restaurants in Philadelphia. She has been cooking for as long as she can remember.
When it comes to events, McCafferty has planned them all. She has brought her thoughtful, thorough and personalized touch to bar mitzvahs, weddings, and dinner parties alike. In the fall of 2008, she oversaw the opening of the Chemical Heritage Foundation conference center, for which she served as meeting and events manager.
McCafferty specializes in event details and presenting clients with options that suit their needs. She also makes many of her own décor pieces, often using recycled items and creating flower arrangements from her own garden.
McCafferty earned her B.A. in Visual Arts with concentrations in Art History and Photography from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. She studied French language and culture at Alliance Francaise in Paris and later received her certification in Professional Meeting Planning from Temple University’s Institute of Continuing Studies.
McCafferty also brings a strong sense of community to JPM. In recent years, she has worked to raise funds for Greener Partners, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable organic farming in Greater Philadelphia, and has previously volunteered as the event coordinator for Girls Rock Philly, a non-profit that promotes rock ‘n roll musicianship among young women in Greater Philadelphia. Other past service includes project leader for Greater Philadelphia Cares: Recipes for Success, a healthy cooking education program for teenage mothers, and teaching a photography workshop for disadvantaged children at the Norristown Library.
Joe Petrucci | Director of Operations
A longtime writer/editor, Petrucci brings his knack for ideas, words and presentation to JPM, crafting our website, blog, and marketing strategy and helps make connections with new clients across Greater Philadelphia. He also spearheaded the company’s recent expansion.
Petrucci was an award-winning newspaperman for 10 years in Northeast Pennsylvania before stints in the nonprofit and public relations sectors. Most recently, he has worked as a freelance writer and editor for statewide online publication Keystone Edge and was founding editor of Flying Kite, where he co-founded its On the Ground program.
When not blogging, working Quickbooks or making deliveries, Petrucci is usually playing the accordion. He is the founder of the Ardmore Accordion Academy, a movement to advance accordion artistry that provides lessons and accordion-for-hire services.
Petrucci’s most memorable meal came on his lone trip to Las Vegas, a 48-hour whirlwind reporting on the World Series of Poker in 2005. A porterhouse steak with potatoes, green beans and a bottle of Merlot and a clear view of the casino floor was like an oasis in the desert. Now a vegetarian, Petrucci enjoys experimenting with new meatless dishes and also fancies himself as an amateur pizza-maker.
Petrucci, a graduate of East Stroudsburg University, lives in Ardmore with his wife Jennifer McCafferty and their son Joseph III.
Beth Dinice | Banquet Chef
When JPM works its biggest events, Dinice is the driving force behind our on-site food service. A native of Northern New Jersey not far from New York City, Dinice thrives in pressure-cooker settings. She has even cooked for Mick Jagger while working at POP NYC in 1999. Dinice has also worked a banquet chef at the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia and as a sous chef at Palm Philadelphia and most recently serves as director of the Culinary Program at Burlington County (N.J.) Community College (BCCC).
At BCCC, she helps manage a 19,000 square foot facility that includes professional workspaces, high-tech demonstration kitchens, a dining room for special events, resource spaces, a student-run cafe and a retail store.
Dinice is strongest with Classical French and American cuisine and is also highly competent in the confectionary arts. Her most memorable meal, though, is much simpler — London Broil, broccoli and baked potato. It was especially memorable because it was the first cooked by her talented partner of 19 years, Pat.
Not surprisingly, Dinice counts Eric Ripert, Jeff Lin and Phillippe Reininger among her favorite chefs. When not experimenting in the kitchen, Dinice is quite the musician. She plays guitar and drums. When she’s not kicking up a ruckus, she enjoys reading at the beach.
Dinice earned her undergraduate degree from Fordham University and completed an apprenticeship program with the American Culinary Federation. She lives in South Philadelphia with her partner Pat and three dogs, three cats and lizard.
We are inspired and motivated by all that lives around us: We like natural and hand-crafted things. We don’t like waste. We strive to intersect style, function and budget while respecting the earth and its creatures.
We all know the best-tasting food is prepared with ingredients that are near. It’s more flavorful and more nutritious.
JPM’s menus and decor are guided by the seasons, ensuring that the dishes we serve and the look of your event will be fresh.
We serve organic produce, dairy and meats in many dishes and make it available to those who want it for everything on our menu.
We use cutting edge and industry leading serviceware that is biodegradable for all our corporate drop-offs, for all to-go orders at The Tasting Room, and for many upscale events.
JPM offers cups, plates, utensils and to-go containers made from corn or sugar cane. For a more polished look, we offer plates, bowls and utensils made from compressed leaves courtesy of New York-based Verterra (pictured).
We stop at nothing to make sure your wedding is everything you want it to be.
That’s why we don’t sell pre-existing wedding catering packages. Every one is different — a style, location, menu and budget that are each your own.
Our approach combines a love for well-prepared food, an artistic sensibility, and a healthy concern for impact on both your budget and the environment.
Feed your business better.
Whether it’s a big client meeting that requires detailed presentation, an office celebration for hundreds, or simply a thank-you treat for your top employees, JPM has corporate catering solutions that meet the most demanding taste:
Daily or Weekly Dropoffs: Budget-friendly and versatile whether you need fine porcelain service ware or biodegradable containers.
Make it Official: Let us incorporate your company, colors, and themes into printed materials, supporting accessories and impactful giveaways.
Take a Stand: Set a good example by allowing us to help you strive for zero-waste events, big or small.
JPM routinely works with offices as large as 500 employees or as small as 25. Our corporate clients include the good people at:
Food with impact
JPM Catering is proud to work with a wide range of impactful non-profit organizations to help spread awareness of their respective missions and celebrate their many successes.
JPM does not provide free food for non-profit events. Rather, JPM works closely with those that work so hard for these organizations to create events that resonate with funders and constituents alike, offering affordable consulting, event-planning, decor and food.
Dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers – on the stage, in the classroom and in the community.
|Bryn Mawr Film Institute|
Strengthening our community by providing the opportunity for diverse segments to meet, learn, share ideas, and develop talents and understanding through the catalyst of film.
Opening doors for young adults who are willing to make the changes that are needed to break down barriers and achieve independence and successful personal achievements.
Dedicated to building community through sustainable farming and farm-based education, and our highest aim is to inspire individuals and families in greater Philadelphia to connect with farmers, the environment and each other.
|Historical Society of Pennsylvania|
Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, one of the oldest historical societies in the country inspires people to create a better future through historical understanding and is home to some 600,000 printed items and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items.
Founded nearly a century and a half ago, Inglis enables people with disabilities — and those who care for them — to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest.
|John Jay Institute|
As the only organization of its kind, the John Jay Institute provides exceptional emerging leaders with the intellectual, spiritual, and professional training for transformational cultural leadership.
|Main Line Art Center|
Inspiring and engaging artistic creativity for all ages and abilities and celebrating and strengthening the essential role of visual art in community life.
|Travelers Aid Family Services of Philadelphia|
Helping homeless families become healthy, productive, and self-reliant by working closely with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Supportive Housing to provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, intensive case management, and academic enrichment services for the children and young people that we serve.
|Victim / Witness Services of South Philadelphia|
Offering direct assistance and support to crime victims, witnesses and their families in the three Police Districts of South Philadelphia (1st, 3rd, and 17th Districts).
|The Woman's Club of Bala Cynwyd|
A community center for the arts and civic engagement, this historic organization was founded in 1912 by suffragettes and has played an important role in and around Bala Cynwyd throughout a century of service, entertaining and leadership.
|Youthbuild Charter School|
Offering a unique, one-year program provides high school dropouts with a chance to earn their diplomas while learning vital job skills and providing valuable community services.