Culinary Capers Catering

October 5, 2008 


1545 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1J8
Telephone: 604-875-0123


GE Monogram Dinner by Design Photo JE PhotographySablefish served with a minted peppadew pepper salsa | Photo Credit Foodie PhotographyCulinary Capers Pina Colada Almond Macaron Photo imps.caStrawberry Rhubarb Fool  | Foodie PhotographyCulinary Capers Lemongrass crusted Wild Salmon Photo imps.caAsian Pear and Preserved Lemon Spoon  with broiled feta and  watermelon and crystalized basilCulinary Capers Catering Sesame Cone with Shrimp and Thai Basil  Photo imps.caApple Cups with Parmesan, Microgreens and Pecans finished with d'Anjou Pear EssenceCulinary Capers Catering Photo imps.caAlbacore Tuna and Fennel Panna Cotta with Oyama prosciutto, heirloom bean salad, roasted Campari tomatoes, Okanagan Vinegar Brewery Sherry Vinaigrette | Photo credit John WatsonCulinary Capers Catering Caramel BudinoCedar Baked Salmon - honey and juniper berry glazed wild sockeye salmon baked on cedar paper, tarragon mayonnaise, radish sprout garnishCulinary Cakes Photo Margaret ChisholmChocolate Turtle  | Foodie PhotographyCrepe Purses with Ginger Orange Duck, Hoisin, Chinese five- spice and Snow Peas  | Foodie PhotographyChocolate Cheesecake Pops with Cocao NibsWhite Truffle pancake with NY steakSpot prawn with lemon and herbs | Credit: John WatsonMorrocan rack of lamb with preserved lemon | Credit: Foodie PhotographyMiso maple glazed Spring salmon, heirloom bean salad | Credit: Foodie Photographygrilled canadian scallop with yuzu glaze | Credit: John Watson

The Team

Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm in the Kitchen |  Credit:  John Watson

Debra Lykkemark, CEO
Margaret Chisholm, Executive Chef

About the Business


Culinary Capers Catering is a full service off premise catering company that has been serving the greater Vancouver area since 1986. We cater to a complete range of clients serving every type of function including working lunches, elegant cocktail receptions, distinctive corporate events, formal weddings and company barbecues.

To complement our catering services, Culinary Capers has developed three divisions of the company which offer a full range of optional services for clients. Best of the West BBQ Catering provides an affordable alternative to customers hosting large parties and picnics on a limited budget. PartyArt Design is an independent operating division that offers décor, floral and overall event design. Culinary Cakes produces wedding and specialty cakes and signature confections for events.

Company CEO Debra Lykkemark heads a catering team that is dedicated to producing cutting edge cuisine, innovative presentation, contemporary design and professional service. Culinary Capers creative team has been honoured with many national and international awards by the special events and catering industry. In 2014, the company was the recipient of the International Caterers Association CATIE Award for Best Barbecue or Picnic Menu. Other recent accolades include Chef of the Year Catie Award for our Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm from the International Caterers Association. This celebrated award honours Chef Margaret’s 17 years of leadership with our company, the community, and the culinary industry.

Culinary Capers has catered three Olympic Games. During the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Culinary Capers executed Olympic events for high profile clients, including NIKE, Coca Cola, NBC, Royal Bank of Canada, Shaw Communications, VANOC and Sochi 2014 House. The company was chosen as the exclusive caterer for the BC Canada Pavilion in Beijing in 2008 and for BC Canada Place during the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy in 2006.

Excited about the opportunity for growth in the Beijing market, the company opened a sister company, Culinary Capers Beijing Catering and Special Events, in 2008. Our Beijing operation was the recipient of two international awards for a spectacular four-course luncheon for 120 guest on the Great Wall of China and most recently was recognized as the Best Event Caterer in Beijing by China BT MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) Magazine.

Recent Accolades

2014 International Caterers Association CATIE Awards
Best Barbecue or Picnic Menu

2011 International Caterers Association CATIE Awards
Chef of the Year – Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm

2011 Special Events Magazine Gala Awards
Best Off-Premises Catered Event