GOODS: “Culinary Capers” First BC Caterer To Obtain New Off Premises Liquor License

Culinary Capers is located at 1545 West 3rd Ave in Vancouver, BC | 604-875-0123 |

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Vancouver, BC | Debra Lykkemark, CEO of Culinary Capers Catering and Special Events is the first caterer in British Columbia to obtain the new liquor license for off-premise caterers. “This new class of license is a big step forward for our province. Now off-premise caterers with a license can purchase, transport and serve the liquor at events, meetings and weddings. Prior to this new license, clients that required a liquor license had to apply for a SOL (Special Occasion License), purchase and transport the liquor to and from their function.” said Debra Lykkemark. “I would like to thank my fellow caterers, event and hospitality industry associates and Tourism Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria for working together to get this issue brought to the attention of the BC government.”


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


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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 group of top professionals dedicated to producing cutting edge cuisine, innovative presentation, contemporary design and courteous service. Culinary Capers creative team has been honoured with many national and international awards by the special events and catering industry. In 2009, the company was the recipient of the prestigious International Achievement in Catering Excellence (ACE) Award. Accolades in 2011 include The Special Event Gala Award for Best Off-Premise Catered Event and the Chef of the Year Catie Award for our Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm from the International Caterers Association. This celebrated award honours Chef Margaret’s 16 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. In 2010, 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. In 2012, Culinary Capers Beijing opened SWITCH! Café which features the same fresh modern cuisine, only in a restaurant setting, that has allowed Culinary Capers to garner an international reputation.

Recent Accolades

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


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