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As April glides into May, Vancouver undergoes its annual transition from damp gloominess to sunny gloriousness. And, like clockwork, eager sun-seeking Vancouverites emerge from their interior existence and populate the parks, patios and seawalls en mass! It’s also the time when Brides and Grooms start preparing for their big day--yeah, this is the beginning of...

The old real estate maxim “location location location” rings true when it comes to finding the perfect venue for your event. Indeed, you can plan the best event, but if the venue is subpar, it can cast a pall over the whole affair, leaving you and your guests, at best, unsatisfied or worse--unimpressed. The right...

Upon departing for Thailand and Laos, Savoury City’s Donna Wadsworth and Blaine Arnot made a pact that whilst traveling throughout the country, they would stick to only authentic Thai eateries–sticking mostly to street food, and even venturing from the street to the alley where some of the most challenging fare can be found! Food being...

As Valentine’s Day is nearing, some people are looking forward to celebrating the day with their special someone, while others, (namely those of us whose Facebook status remains “single”), often attempt to downplay the day. When asked the question (usually by that annoying perennially perky coworker, “what are your plans for Valentine’s Day?” I’ve been...

It’s hard to believe that another year is about to come to an end! It’s somewhat of an understatement to say that 2018 was a busy year for us, but we wouldn’t want it any other way! We thrive off of the hustle and bustle, something that is a reality when you strive to be...

Quality Never Goes Out of Style These days it seems that words such as “organic,” “locally-sourced,” and “handmade” areused ubiquitously by any number of businesses, ranging from Michelin star establishments to fast food restaurants. The result is that these terms are reduced to meaningless buzzwords--their efficacy and power greatly decreased.However, for Savoury City, these words...

If you’re anything like us, your weekly schedule is packed! Living in the city means daily hustle and bustle and a somewhat topsy-turvy existence. Often exhilarating, sometimes exhausting, never dull! While it all may seem somewhat hectic, we still love to celebrate our friends and family and the important and momentous moments in our lives....

A great aspect of having a winter wedding is that it’s not peak season! This means significant savings when it comes to booking your venue, as well as your videographer, photographer, and DJ! You can use all your saved money to add extra touches to your big day (or use it for the honeymoon)! ...

Ok, at first blush, the words ‘corporate’ and ‘Christmas’ don’t necessarily freely associate. No, Charles Dickens did not write “A Corporate Christ-mas Carol,” although some employees may relate a little too intimately with the Scrooge character. And no, the line “visions of Christmas bonus-es danced in their heads” appears nowhere in the famous yuletide poem...

Ok, at first blush, the words ‘corporate’ and ‘Christmas’ don’t necessarily freely associate. No, Charles Dickens did not write “A Corporate Christ-mas Carol,” although some employees may relate a little too intimately with the Scrooge character. And no, the line “visions of Christmas bonus-es danced in their heads” appears nowhere in the famous yuletide poem...

One of the best things about custom catering weddings is we get to experience a diversity of venues, themes, ideas, and trends! Every wedding we cater is unique and wonderful in its own way and reflects the personalities, interests, and characters the wedding couple. Indeed, no matter how many weddings we cater, it never gets...

At Savoury City, we’ve never veered from our original concept: “it’s the food, stupid.” What we mean by this is that the quality of the food is paramount. Locally-sourced, organic, farm-to-table, fresh and seasonal are not simply buzzwords to us, but an everyday reality and meaningful food philosophy. While we love being creative, updating our...

While weddings are, by nature, traditional affairs and much of the guest etiquette has not changed very much over the years, the advent of smartphone technology and social media; however, have complicated wedding dos and don’ts to some degree. So, while you may know the common social wedding rules, there are some grey areas that...

There used to be a section in GQ Magazine called “GQ Regrets,” where they would reprint one of their old articles from a previous decade and apologize for promoting what now was clearly a horrible fashion trend. I think the best one was their 1970’s feature on “men’s fur bathing suits.” The regrets section was...

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...

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...

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! ...

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?...

In her novel, The Elegance of a Hedgehog, French Novelist and philosopher, Muriel Barbery muses, “When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things.” We like that sentiment, as it reflects our catering philosophy. Indeed, we take great pains to ensure that every event...

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...

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...

Celebrate the Sacred and the Silly When people think of catering, they often only think of weddings and corporate events. However, the truth is that Savoury City can do so much more! Yes, we love helping create the perfect wedding day or corporate event, but our very talented kitchen staff and event planners love to use their...

Our visit to Florence’s Trattoria Sostanza started somewhat inauspiciously with a search for the restaurant itself, as street numbers here are not in the order we are accustomed to. Sostanza is 25/R? Okay. We finally arrive at exactly 8:50pm, but the restaurant is closed, sealed up, the ‘garage’ door pulled down. Could this really be it?...

Donna Wadsworth, head honcho at Savoury City, has some ideas on the subject. Having spent over 20 years in the custom catering industry, she certainly knows a thing or two about creating magical and lasting memories: “When I think of my most memorable meals, they are not the most expensive ones. The food has to take...

A Culinary Autobiography Chef Mathew Koyangi is a storyteller. Herbs and spices form his grammatical structure and his cooking completes the complex sentences of his personal narrative. To taste Chef Mathew’s creations is to know his history--like reading tea leaves, much can be revealed by the careful study of his dishes. Even sampling his devilled quail’s...

Their Gatsby-inspired tasting evening, held in their splendidly decorated “Back-Alley Tasting Room” was the quintessential example of their acumen for atavism, and their ability to create the perfect “spot of time” for their guests. As we entered via the back alley door (reminiscent of the old prohibition-era speakeasies), we were warmly greeted by Donna, our...