Lighten up your next catered event with fresh, local ingredients

If you think the menu at a corporate catered event has to be full of heavy, unhealthy food, then you haven't met Chef Shay Kelly of The Caterer.

"What I enjoy about corporate event catering," Kelly explains, "is that there's less of an interest in stodgy food nowadays. Clients have had a meal in New York or eaten in a London restaurant. They know their way about the globe and they understand healthy, organic ingredients."

Kelly and his team at The Caterer can accommodate any meal and any dietary preference. Choose from the simplicity of a Chopped Egg Salad sandwich, excite the taste buds with the Vietnamese Port Bhai Mi, or pick the vegan Quinoa Falafel Wrap from the lunch menu. Salads, wraps, canapés, cheese and veggie platters as well as a variety of desserts are all on offer.

The key, according to Kelly, is the local ingredients.

"We only buy fresh ingredients," he says. "I know every ingredient in everything we make. We make just about everything on site – our own salad dressings spices, sauces, everything."

Classically trained in Ireland and France, Kelly has worked in prestigious restaurants and catering businesses all over the globe. The Caterer's menu selections have a distinct Asian influence, thanks to his time spent travelling in Indonesia and Asia.

"I love Asian ingredients and the different taste experiences you can put together from them," Kelly says.

In his first year in business The Caterer attracted more than 50 corporate clients.

"They give me more business," he says, "and recommend me to other clients. People are comfortable with me because they know that I can plan a menu for them that will be healthy, fresh and delicious."

In addition to corporate menu planning, The Caterer also supplies weddings, wedding showers, and buffet-style family events.

"We can cater to most dietary preferences," Chef Kelly says. "I've travelled the world cooking for dietary needs of all kinds, so nothing is off the table. "We can help you take your event to the next level with delicious gourmet food and exciting new flavours."

For more information on The Caterer and Chef Shay Kelly's exciting menus, call 778.723.0121, visit the website, email, or drop by the T-Bird Café at #106-3191 Thunderbird Crescent, Burnaby. The Caterer can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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