1545 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1J8
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.
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
826 Renfrew Street | Vancouver, BC, V5K 4B6
Savoury Chef | Full Service Event Management
OceanWise Friendly Menus | Local Humanely-Raised Meats
DTZ Certified Premium Coffee | 100% Origin Teas
About Savoury Chef
Founded by Chef Taryn Wa, Savoury Chef has rapidly become one of Vancouver’s premier full-service event caterers. Savoury Chef focuses on the use of local and in-season ingredients to produce tailored dishes and elegant menus for high-end events. Chef Taryn’s passion for excellence is reflected in her dedication to sharing the delights of fresh, delicious foods with all of her clients and works closely with each of them to determine optimal menu choices. Whether designing dishes for celebrities, political icons, government officials, corporate clients or wedding celebrations, Chef Taryn always puts quality and flavour first. Uniquely specializing in the creation of menus that incorporate both Western and Asian spices, cooking techniques and ingredients, Savoury Chef competes in a catering league of its own. Chef Taryn and all the staff at Savoury Chef are committed to increasing the respect and confidence of caterers across the city by delivering outstanding quality, service and delicious meals
“Cooking should be a carefully balanced reflection of all the good things of the
earth.” – Jean & Pierre Troisgros
In an industry plagued with a reputation for bland one-size-fits-all buffets and redundant low quality ingredients, Savoury Chef is redefining local catering. With our non-traditional approach to customised menu planning, we focus on the individual needs of each of our clients and provide them with satisfying dishes that are fresh, unique and rich in flavour. Like you, we know that local tastes better and that quality and presentation should not be sacrificed for cost. We are turning over a new catering leaf and presenting a literally fresh approach to food service, based on employing the tried and true equation of excellent local ingredients and personalized customer service to create memorable events.
Taryn Wa – Founder/Chef | Loves Pigs. Loves Beer. Loves Food.
Kyle Nordman – Director | Founder/Business & Refreshments.
Heather Wright | Director of Sales & Special Events
Savoury Chef believes that success comes from supporting local ingredients, maintaining great staff and having a healthy and positive attitude.
About Butter on the Endive
Butter on the Endive is a full-service catering company dedicated to providing inspired food experiences. Working closely with our clients, we create custom-tailored menus using the best products our region has to offer. We work hard to develop strong relationships with local food purveyors and farmers, who help us achieve our vision of West Coast cuisine.
Chef Owen Lightly’s menus are market-driven love affairs with the best products of the season. Embracing the Italian approach to food, his aim is to highlight the inherent beauty of each ingredient, while supporting with complementary flavours and innovative flourishes.
At the table, our service staff share the same passion for providing memorable dining experiences. Working with fine-dining service standards, our focus is on creating a relaxed atmosphere for our clients, so they can enjoy the food, wine and company.
Owen Lightly has over ten years experience in the local food scene, having worked at some of the city’s best restaurants, including West, Araxi and Aurora Bistro.
Please Contact us to help plan your next event.