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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...

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...

Foe close to 90 years St. Francis in-the-Wood has been hosting weddings in infinite variety. Everything from traditional church weddings to outdoor weddings on the either the church grounds or by the water are possible. The church is at home in it's natural surroundings with lovingly tended gardens ...

We do get last minute calls from time to time, but more often than not the individual on the other end is in a panicked state because something unforeseen has happened - things like a caterer cancelling because they’ve overbooked themselves or a venue suddenly closing it’s doors. Our caller was calm, cool and collected,...

We were installing the last few pieces into our new tasting room, when our furniture designer Jason commented that the room looked “Back Alley Tuscan” and It described perfectly what we were going for - rustic with a time-worn burnish and a few mementos pointing to our love of travel. We’d been planning for months,...

From the very moment the first consultation started with Shayna and her event planner Stephanie, we knew this was going to be a stunner of a wedding! Shayna and Chris had an unambiguous vision for their wedding day: they wanted to be sure that their wedding reception was the “social event of the year” for...

How is it possible to throw a surprise wedding for 450 people and actually keep it a surprise? C and R managed the feat when they invited 450 friends and family join them in what they thought was an engagement party, and proceeded to get up in the middle of a crowded tent with an...

Another of my simple "go to" ingredients to transform a dish from mundane to wow are with flavored finishing salts. They tick a number of different boxes for me and my harried existence when dinner is thrown together in a matter of minutes. I could be braising chicken thighs with a few veggies and adding...

Chili Sauce: Making chili sauce at home is a great way to transform a dish from "ho hum to wow". A sauce like this is perfect for scrambled eggs or a piece of grilled steak - it's dead easy to make - and adds distinctive flavour instantly. You can pay through the nose for prepared specialty...

We love the beginning stages of planning a wedding - it's all about possibilities - where any idea is given its place in the sun and considered if only for a moment - inspirations like  "cocktail luges" might be entertained. Unfortunately, this stage of the planning process doesn't last nearly long enough. As soon as...

I can't tell you the number of calls we've received regarding these flourless chocolate cookies. It usually comes after someone has tried one as part of a catered gluten free lunch we've done.   It's always the same refrain - will we sell them some! We can of course, but in it the spirit of teaching...

  We get requests for recipes all the time, but none more often than for our Tuscan Tomato Soup. It has big tomato flavour with just the right amount of bite. The fire roasted tomatoes are key here as their concentration and smokiness are divine - you can find them in most specialty food sections in...

Years ago - in what now seems like another life - I had a dessert business with my brother Bryan. It was back in T.O. in the 'go go' 80's when everyone and everything it seemed, was dusted in a fine white powder - my powder of choice was only the sugar kind of course. The...

We launched our 2014 wedding season last night with a spectacular ceremony and celebration at Heritage Hall. Our power couple - E & R,  are both lawyers and could not have been more fun - think Tracey And Hepburn in "Adams Rib", but thankfully they're not opposing lawyers, but play on the same team. Thespians...