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There’s something uniquely magical about afternoon tea. Maybe it’s because its origins are rooted in British antiquity, which is at once singularly quirky, and fabulous. Lewis Carroll’s enduring Mad Hatter floats to mind--a very civilized ceremony occurring in the midst of chaos, absurdity, whimsey, and madness. But that’s, perhaps, the joy of afternoon tea. It...

Our breakfast catering menu options are made fresh in-house, and are always healthy, hearty and flavourful! We’ve got a wide variety of breakfast options that will satisfy your staff’s varied dietary realities. We’ve got elegantly simple continental breakfast menus of freshly baked muffins and scones and fresh seasonal fruit and coffee to fabulous and hearty...

The actual origins of barbecue are shrouded in mystery, and a multiplicity of theories and myths abound as to which country or region was the true forebearer to what we now consider modern barbecue. My personal take on this is simple: Not long after the invention of fire came the happy discovery of barbecue. I’m...

One of the most indelible memories I have is dining al fresco at a farm in Gordes, France. It was one of those perfect summer evenings, the golden light casting a magical hue over the rural landscape. The rustic, antiquated, wooden long table was set with simple elegance: wildflowers, cloth serviettes, and jugs of Rose....

Swedish artist, Christian Marclay, once said, “art is all in the details.” We couldn't agree more! We believe that attention to detail separates the good from the great--it separates shoes from Manolo Blahniks, designers from Karl Lagerfeld, cars from Bentleys, singers from Aretha Franklin and dancers from Fred Astaire. It’s the near-obsessive adherence to the...

While Savoury City has become renowned for its custom catered weddings over the years, many people don’t realize that they’ve been quietly transforming the corporate custom catering world one business at a time. While catering weddings is largely different than corporate affairs, many of the core principles that Savoury City adheres to when catering special...

For us, it’s always been about quality, flavour, and creativity! Right now we’ve created a gorgeous Deconstructed Nicoise Tuna Salad--beautifully seared fresh tuna, grilled asparagus, greens, free-range hard boiled eggs, roasted beets, steamed green beans, olives and a really flavourful vinaigrette. I love this concept for corporate meetings because it’s healthy and easy to eat and...

Stop and Smell the Macaroons How often are we reminded to stop and smell the roses--to take a moment to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us, and the little daily miracles that make life so worthwhile. Sometimes we get so busy catering events, that we very rarely get to take a moment and appreciate all the amazing...

In response to what he thought about vegetarianism, the iconic playwright, George Bernard Shaw, once claimed, “the thought of two thousand people crunching celery at the same time horrified me.” The image is, indeed, disconcerting! However, the reality is that perceptions and misconceptions about what it means to be a vegetarian have changed radically over...

We at Savoury City love a good party. The more creative the better! We were thinking recently about our love of a good theme party and how it's a great way to break free from the expected, the norm and (God-forbid), the mundane! There is, perhaps, no better reason or opportunity (not that you really...

We know that the title of this blog may be misleading. While some of us may be dreading the big 5-0, most of us embrace the milestone. I mean, let's face it, these days 50 is the new 30! You're far from cruise wear and taking up lawn bowling! So why are we "groaning?" Let...

We've been watching the Winter Olympics with our friends over the last few days, and it got us to thinking about the evolution of hosting sporting event home parties. From the Super Bowl to the Stanley Cup, we've come a long way from the faux-wood paneling in the basement "rumpus room," trading up for sleek,...

Millenials Changing the Food Game When I was a teen, I used to buy three chocolate bars for a dollar at the local 7-eleven on my way home every day (and I wondered why the acne?!). Now teens are making smarter choices and cutting out processed, high-fructose snacks. Those millennials are changing the food game...

Celebrate with style! By 70 you've lived a life! You've had a career, raised your kids, survived at least 1 marriage and gained a lot of wisdom and experience along the way! You've earned the right to celebrate your big day in style! And, let's face it, at 40, you've barely just begun! ...

A few years ago, many of my Asian friends started inviting me to Red Egg and Ginger Parties, alternatively called 100 Day Celebrations. To be honest, I had no idea what that meant or what they were all about. When I asked my friend, Connie, who invited me to hers, she explained that, tra-ditionally, the...

Your first day of school. Your first kiss. Your first car. There are only a finite number of firsts in one's life--which is precisely what makes them so monumental. Therefore, it would be an under-statement to claim that a baby's first birthday is a special occasion for all parents. It goes without saying that honouring...

So you've just binge-watched the latest season of "The Crown" and now you absolutely need your next event to be a plated affair! A Buffet-style dinner just won't cut it anymore! I mean, would Princess Margaret have to stand up and wait in line to get her food! God Forbid! ...

These days just having the family over for dinner can be a logistical quandary. It seems that everyone has very different dietary specifications, which very seldom seem to overlap! My sister is a vegetarian, but still eats chicken; my mother is on the “no carb” diet, and is currently swearing off bread and pasta; my...

As many of you already know, Savoury City Head Honcho, Donna Wadsworth, has been in the catering biz for a very long time! Her Executive Chef, Mathew Koyanagi, has also prepared, cooked and baked meals in some very diverse places! In truth, between the two of them, they can cater virtually any venue! From back...

As veterans in the business, we’ve catered more weddings than we can remember! Well, that’s not entirely true. We do remember each and every wedding we cater. We remember because, throughout the process, we get to know the bride and groom and their families, and for that spot of time, we feel like a part...

Whether plated, buffet or family-style, Savoury City is famous for its creative, mouth-watering, and gorgeous cuisine. And while we know that the word Savoury figures prominently in your name, we don’t want to overlook our sweet side! What meal would be complete without it?...

Recently I was re-watching the classic film An American in Paris. I love that iconic opening scene when the great Gene Kelly wakes up in his tiny Parissien walk-up. His homunculus one-room flat creatively serves as bedroom, kitchen, dining room and washroom! While this is a comic exaggeration of life in Paris for the 1940’s...

As veterans in the catering industry, we’ve seen it all–and we mean everything. Because of our extensive experience, we’ve learned how to prepare for almost any contingency, twist and turn, and glitch (and they always occur)! However, as careful as we are with making sure we’ve got you covered on our end, we can’t always...

At Savoury City, You Get to be the Chef! So whether your staff is Paleo, Lacto, Vegetarian, Vegan, or some combination of these, the Buddha Bowl option has you covered! With the Buddha Bowl, your staff gets to be the chefs and Vancouver Caterer Savoury City provides the best, most delectable ingredients for them to...

Our Grazing Stations are perfect for those events where a plated sit down affair seems too formal. Grazing Stations definitely engender a more social experience and encourage mingling, something that a more structured set up may not allow for as organically....

Vineyards and weddings seem to complement each other like Ernie and Bert, Sonny and Cher, Kim and Kanye, Rum and Coke, and, of course, wine and cheese. There are the obvious reasons, of course: the fairy tale scenery, the natural wild-beauty surrounding manicured rows of grapevines and the overall romantically vernal mise-en-scene. However, there is...

As catering veterans, we’ve done our fair share of barn weddings. They’re lovely, gorgeous and magical, and we eagerly embrace the challenge that each new location presents. We take pride in the fact that we can set up a kitchen anywhere! We know how to ensure that your canapés and dishes are perfectly cooked and...

It’s an unfortunate fact that many of us grew up with less than stellar lunchtime experiences. Some of us were not blessed with moms or dads who would pack the perfect meal, forcing us to warily open our Pandora’s-lunch-boxes, never knowing what unfortunate culinary crime we’d witness: soggy tuna sandwiches on Wonder Bread, expired granola...

Organization, precision, teamwork and vision. These are a few of the nouns that are required to transform a venue like downtown’s,The Permanent, into a 1970’s disco wedding wonderland. Moving Parts There are a myriad moving parts that must be perfectly coordinated, which is why it’s best to leave it up to the professionals--especially when you’re...

Just like fingerprints or snowflakes, no two weddings are exactly the same. That’s because no two couples are the same. However, wedding guests often approach us saying that they love our food and would like something similar for their own upcoming wedding. We love those moments because, to us, referrals are the highest form of...

Life is good to those who live it, and those who live well, eat well. Indeed, food is such an integral part of our lives–it’s at the centre of our most important moments. From first dates to weddings and anniversaries, good food is the common denominator. It’s no wonder, then, that artists and authors...

Executive Chef, Mathew Koyanagi, is one of the major driving forces behind Savoury City’s unique and inventive internationally-inspired culinary creations. Born in Vietnam and adopted by a Scottish mother and Japanese father, he’s a walking culinary United Nations. Mathew explains that being raised in a culturally diverse family exposed him to eclectic cuisine styles, and...

As veterans in the catering industry, we have come to know some very profound truths—one of them being that catering is so much more than a business. It’s about helping people realize their dreams. Whether it be a wedding or a fundraising dinner, it’s about listening, visioning and building trust with our clients—many whom we...