About Savoury City Catering

Founded in 2003 by Donna Wadsworth – food philosopher and farm-to-table advocate – Savoury City is the culmination of a life-long obsession with food.

At Savoury City, we believe that creating custom catered events makes for truly unforgettable experiences. We like to convey a feeling of relaxed elegance, that never feels forced or frantic. You’ll find our staff to be knowledgeable, attentive and gracious, but never in the way.

We’re local, fresh, and believe in the art of craft. We firmly believe that great food is one part intuition combined with a healthy dollop of experience and a dash of spontaneity. We’re abundant, refined, eventful, passionate...and memorable.

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Staff

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Donna Wadsworth

CEO

Donna’s experience in the food service industry is vast. After successfully running her first wholesale dessert business with her brother Bryan in the late 80’s, she went on to chef at a number or restaurants in and around Toronto including: Southern Accent, Iguana, and the Caledon Inn to name a few. Her two passions – cooking and travel – came together when given the chance to work as a consulting chef at the Windemere Hotel in Darjeeling for several months on two occasions.

An opportunity to become the Executive Chef at “Major the Gourmet” brought Donna to Vancouver in 1999 where she and Nikki Major kicked out some of the best catering in the city for 2 years, followed by a stint at “Out to Lunch Catering” to develop her event planning skills.

Things came full circle in March 2003 when Donna once again became her own boss by starting “Savoury City Foods Ltd.” As a master organizer, It was her chance to put everything she learned about food and service over the years into practice to create perfectly orchestrated events.

Donna lives by the motto “fail to prepare then prepare to fail” and you can see it in her meticulous attention to detail when planning events. While not clairvoyant, she is definitely a “seer” with the unique ability to visualize an event from beginning to end.

Donna enjoys a great reputation in the industry as a facilitator and role model and has benefited greatly both personally and professionally from her involvement in the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and the Women’s President Organization of Vancouver.

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Mathew Koyanagi

Executive Chef

Unanimous winner of the 2016 Vancouver International Wine Festival’s prestigious Vintner’s Brunch, Chef Mathew Koyanagi is well known for his adventurous palate, bold flavours and attention to detail.

After graduating from the renowned Dubrulle International Culinary School, Mathew further honed his fine dining skills in his home city of Vancouver. However, it was during a stint at one of Canada’s exclusive fishing resorts where his creativity and the challenge of cooking in unique settings lead him to catering and he realized his true calling – boutique, custom catering.

Having cooked in such exotic locations as the Great Wall of China and the Emperor’s Summer Palace, Mathew’s clientele has included former U.S. Presidents, royalty, dignitaries and a variety of international celebrities. Mathew fully embraces the sustainable agriculture movement and is committed to creating distinctive culinary experiences by showcasing the best and freshest ingredients our region has to offer.

With a philosophy of “I can cook anything, anywhere”, he sees no limits to catering and is dedicated to providing clients with a one of a kind dining experience whether in the comfort of their own homes or on top of a mountain.

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Christine

Senior Corporate & Events

Christine is the senior staff member of the office team at Savoury City. Christine has been in the catering industry for over 7 years. She loves to surround herself with people who love food, drink and exceptional customer service. Her knowledge of the catering industry and the lower mainland are vast. Christine has a can-do attitude that is a delight with both her coworkers and her clients.

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Eli

Event planner

Hailing from Barcelona, Spain, Eli has travelled around the world working in the event industry. With great experience in customer service, Eli is a talented event planner who has an eye for beauty and a smoothly run event. After owning her own Wedding Planning company, and planning weddings in both Spain and the UK, Eli made the leap to move to Vancouver, and has since learned the catering business with ease. She has a background as an Architectural Technologist and Site Construction Manager, and she has brought all the skills she learned in those positions on board. She is known as the in-office “designer” with a skill for visualizing a beautiful event and bringing it to reality and she won’t hesitate to make a floorplan in Autocad for weddings if needed! She loves connecting with people and her goal is to exceed our client’s expectations. In her free time, you will find her enjoying one of her passions which are dancing either Salsa or Bachata!

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Sarah

Event planner

Born with a love of food, Sarah fondly remembers a trip she took with her parents in Grade 4 to Paris, France. By far, the biggest stand out of the trip was the food. In particular, a little restaurant where she had an insane fish dish has never left her memory. This love of food drew her to catering, where she has jumped into event planning headfirst. Coming to catering with a background in property management where she learned a keen sense of detail and organization, she has transferred these skills into her event planning and excels at being a very detail-oriented event planner. Sarah also has a background in dance where she has learned a love and appreciation for beautiful aesthetics, as well as a well-performed routine (otherwise known as a catered event!) Sarah loves working with people and is sure to welcome all clients with open arms.

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Emma

Corporate & Events

Emma is the newest addition to Savoury City’s office staff. She has valuable work experience in both corporate and social events of all sizes. Beginning as a bartender & server, her professionalism quickly earned her a role as event supervisor of her service staff. She has learned the hospitality industry from inside out and this ‘ground up’ approach provides Emma a thorough understanding of the industry.

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Our mandate is local

We’ve developed solid relationships with quite a few local food producers as a part of our core mandate including:

 

 

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Les Amis du Fromage

Supplies us with cheese for our West Coast and Imported Cheese platters

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Oyama Sausage Co.

The Granville Island institution provides us with our charcuterie

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Gelderman Farms

Gelderman Farms is a family owned farm in the beautiful Fraser Valley at Abbotsford, B.C. Both Jerry and Audrey Gelderman grew up in Abbotsford and enjoy working with animals and being outdoors. We used to cure our own ham and bacon, but we couldn’t make it better than Jerry.

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Farmhouse Cheese

HANDCRAFTED NATURAL CHEESES made with love from Agassiz, British Columbia. George and Debra are our suppliers for aged cheddar and butter when we can get it!

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Savary Island

With only the best fresh and organic ingredients, we hand-craft our pies and pastries for decades with tradition, dedication, and love.

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Earnest Ice Cream

Earnest Ice Cream was born from friendship and a shared love of ice cream. Since we launched in 2012, our goal has been to create ice cream that expresses our passion for flavour and a business that embodies our values.

Rabbit River Farms

Rabbit River

Rabbit River Farms is committed to the values of socially responsible, sustainable and humane farming practices. Our family farms produce certified organic, free range and free run eggs. All our chicken flocks live in a cage free environment and receive top quality feed, clean water, fresh air and tender care. As the pioneer and leader in Canadian organic and cage free chicken egg production we were the very first SPCA (Humane) certified farm in Canada. We authored the original Canadian certified organic egg production standards (COABC) and today maintain our certified organic status through a third party certifier – Pro-Cert Organic Systems, Canada’s foremost national certifier of organic food products.

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Ariana Dairy

Our commitment to tradition is only surpassed by our priority to source local, and natural ingredients for all of our products. Made right here in the Lower Mainland, Ariana Dairy is proud to be a Canadian company introducing distinct, ethnic staples, so that every meal can be a feast.

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Cioffi’s Meat Market and Deli

Cioffi’s Meat Market and Deli has been recognized as the best and most authentic Italian and European food supplier in Burnaby and Metro Vancouver for over 20 years. Besides the thousands of families who shop at Cioffi’s every week, we also supply some of Vancouver’s top chefs and restaurants with the freshest meats, cheeses, spices and other ingredients that help make their creations the culinary works of art that they are.

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Sky Harvest

Sky Harvest grows high-quality organic microgreens and specialty greens for restaurants and retail in Vancouver. Our Richmond based farm is Canada’s first Certified Organic urban farm, and our greens are delivered by bike to local customers. We strive to be the most sustainable, efficient and innovative grower of edibles in urban North America. We grow approximately fifteen varieties of fresh microgreens with a wide range of flavours, colours, textures and a high nutritional value.