A Real Family

Since 2011, 81 events has been designing and producing innovative food and events for a wide range of prestigious corporate and private clients. We pride ourselves in the quality of our food and service, always setting ourselves the highest standards and delivering events that eclipse the client’s expectations.

If you think that you would like to be part of team 81, please contact us by email or phone. We are always looking for new family members!

The Directors and their PASSION for Food: When Sam met Wayne….

Sam met and worked with chef Wayne whilst at Eventuate a well-known events and catering company at the time. When the Company was purchased by Rhubarb, Sam and Wayne realised their moment had arrived and that it was the right time to become business partners and start their new company together, 81 Events Ltd.

Wayne, as Head Chef, and Sam have since forged a formidable team in establishing their Company as  one of the leading local Catering and Event companies  in Henley-on-Thames and surrounding areas and can now boast a strong brand that is growing from strength to strength by personal recommendation and word of mouth.

81 Events Ltd & TEAM 81 is growing thanks to our clientele’s trust and the great support from our families and friends.

Sam &Wayne are delighted to see that new businesses channels are opening right now to 81 Events LTD.  As ever, a big thank you.

  • Sam Sidders
    Sam SiddersManaging Director

    Sam is a Director and co- founder of 81 Events Ltd since 2011, having worked initially in the luxury hotel industry in London and latterly in the Events and Hospitality industry near Henley-on-Thames.

    He has learnt a wide range of business skills, including recruiting and training of management and staff at all levels, developing strategy and marketing initiatives and implementing customer service programmes. Sam brings a wealth of experience to head up his fast growing, ambitious and successful events company where PASSION is the byword at all times.

  • Wayne Purnell
    Wayne PurnellHead Chef & Director

    Wayne is an outstanding chef… having completed his full training at College, he has been cooking professionally for over 10 years and he now leads the catering department of 81 Events Ltd as Head Chef. He manages his kitchens with impeccable precision, taking extreme care that he delivers exceptional cuisine at all times.

    His attention to hygiene, allergy and intolerance awareness and dietary requirements are obsessive. His resourcefulness and passion for cooking and delivering exactly what the customer wants consistently is outstanding. He is a genius, not afraid of pushing the boundaries to create and deliver the ultimate dining experience.

81 Family

Successful events require a successful team. 81 events is a family, who has worked together delivering exceptional events and food for many years.
We are lucky to have three generations in the kitchen with all types of expertise.

Our team is growing and we always welcome new members in the different departments. Please contact us if you think you want to grow with us.