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Culinary Capers Wins Fresh Awards For Chanel Cake And Best Tablescape Design


The GOODS from Culinary Capers Catering

Vancouver, BC | CATIE Awards (Catered Arts Through Innovative Excellence) are presented by the International Caterers Association at the annual Catersource Conference, an international event held this year in New Orleans and attended by over 4,000 industry professionals. The awards recognize the achievements of caterers from around the world. Culinary Capers Catering and Special Events’ winning entries were for Best Celebration Cake and Best Tablescape Design.

The winning Chanel Cake was custom-designed by our pastry chef in collaboration with our company owner Debra Lykkemark, as a 40th birthday gift. The design really was inspired by the woman it was created for, a woman who is elegant, stylish, and classic. The top tier of the cake was wrapped in the Chanel signature, the quilted diamond or herringbone pattern found on the brands luxury leather handbags. Legend is that the pattern was originally inspired by the stained glass windows of the Aubazine Abbey and the cushions in Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment.

A bottle of Chanel No. 5, the world’s best-selling fragrance, is perched on top of the cake. Open lipstick with the lid emblazoned with the Chanel logo, and a quilted purse and adorn the second tier. Cascading down the side of the cake is a luminous pearl necklace. A gift bag and signature black bow on the third tier complete the integrated design elements.

Best Tablescape Design


This neutral hued tablescape was created at Waterview Special Event Space for an intimate dinner for twenty guests. An Edison light rustic wood chandelier was designed by our décor team and custom built for the event. The focal point of the table was a table runner made of lush greenery and beautiful blooms that cascaded off the ends of the table. Simple elegance combined with natural earthy elements for the award winning design.


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  • Manchego Crisp with Beef Tenderloin
  • Event at Hycroft
  • The Team Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm and Debra Lykkemark CEO
  • Granville Island Sake cured Sockeye Salmon
  • Culinary Capers Catering Photo imps.ca
  • Summer Barbecue
  • Caramel Budino
  • B 52 Chocolate Marcaron
  • Roasted Sablefish with Grilled Artichokes
  • Apple Cups with Salad
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  • Nordstrom Vancouver Opening Reception
  • High Tea
  • Fall Bistro Salad with housemade fromage blanc
  • Event at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  • Culinary Capers Event Dinner by Design
  • Culinary Capers Dinner by Design 2

The Team


Debra Lykkemark, CEO
Stewart Boyles, 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. The company was presented with the Caterer of the Year award at the 2016 Canadian Event Industry Awards. This award represents the pinnacle of professional achievement and is the highest Canadian honour for professional caterers. Another prestigious achievement was the 2016 International Caterers Association CATIE Award for Signature Caterer for a Multiple Day Event for our Nordstrom Vancouver Opening events.

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.

Recent Accolades


2016 Canadian Event Industry Awards
Caterer of the Year

2016 International Caterers Association CATIE Awards
Signature Caterer for Multiple Day Events

2014 International Caterers Association CATIE Awards
Best Barbecue or Picnic Menu

2011 International Caterers Association CATIE Awards

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


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