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.