Culinary Capers’ Beijing Operation Moves into Great New Space
Culinary Capers Beijing, an offshoot of Culinary Capers Catering in Vancouver, has moved into an exciting new location in the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), the largest gallery in the 798 Art District.
The 798 Art District is the largest art district in Beijing and is comprised of a collection of modern Chinese art galleries, event spaces and cultural shops in refurbished Bauhaus-inspired factory buildings.
In addition to being the exclusive caterer for the UCCA galleries, Culinary Capers Beijing has also opened SWITCH!, which offers the same fresh modern cuisine that has allowed Culinary Capers to garner an international reputation, only in a restaurant setting.
The open restaurant kitchen is overseen by President and Executive Chef Billy Kawaja and features signature dishes such as our SWITCH! salad, duck confit dip; crispy mac ‘n cheese croquettes; and warm cinnamon donuts with mascarpone and fruit compote, all served with a playful twist.
In addition, SWITCH! serves Chef Billy K’s signature brunch menus on the weekend and can also be rented as an event space. Event clients have included American Airlines, Microsoft, and private receptions.
The catering operation of Culinary Capers Beijing has created events for Adidas, Merrill Lynch, Walmart, clients of Jack Morton Worldwide and the embassies of Australia, the United States, Canada, the Dutch Republic, Mexico, and a host of private clients.
Debra Lykkemark, the CEO of Culinary Capers, had the following observations, “We are very excited about the opportunity for growth in the Beijing market and we see the location of our catering and restaurant at UCCA as a key factor in driving both the growth of our business in China and the strength of our international brand.”
2010 BC Event Award Winner
Leaders in the BC event industry gathered in October to celebrate the best events of 2010.
Culinary Capers’ was the winner of Best Event Catering for our work during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics for the Shaw Hospitality Suite.
Vintner’s Brunch Winner
Culinary Capers’ chef de cuisine Jonathan Chovancek took top honours at this year’s Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival’s Vintner’s Brunch wine and food pairing competition.
Culinary Capers Receives Event and Catering Awards
Culinary Capers Catering was presented with two Star Awards at the 2010 Canadian Event Industry Awards on March 26th in Toronto.
A Latin menu using fresh regional and sustainable ingredients earned the award for Best Food Presentation. And a Tuscan al fresco celebration featuring a seated and interactive food station dining experience won for Best Catered Event. The Star Awards are presented annually and are the top honour for Canadian event professionals.
Other noted achievements in March included Culinary Capers Beijing taking home a 2009 CATIE Award (Catered Arts Through Innovative Excellence). An exclusive plated luncheon on the Great Wall of China was the winner for Signature Caterer for Best Event.
The CATIE Awards were presented on March 8th by the International Caterers Association at the 2010 Catersource Conference and Trade Show in Las Vegas which was attended by over 4,000 industry professionals. The Awards recognize the achievements of caterers from around the world.
Culinary Capers pulled off gold medal performances of our own for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games
It took 500 chefs, waiters, bartenders, and kitchen and operations staff working out of four kitchens to successfully pull-off the most exciting time in the company’s storied 24 year history.
Some fun stats:
59,279 people served
Our kitchen staff turned out:
196,867 hors d’oeuvre
21,944 petite desserts
15,025 breakfast items
14,221 entrées and mini meals
563 hors d’oeuvre platters
432 Team Canada hockey jersey sugar cookies
Top International Special Event Award for Culinary Capers Catering
Culinary Capers Beijing was a winner at The Special Event 2010 Gala Awards at the annual Special Event Conference and Trade Show in New Orleans. Company CEO Debra Lykkemark and Beijing President and Executive Chef Billy Kawaja accepted the Gala Award for Best Off-Premise Catered Event at the Gala Awards Ceremony on January 15th.
Special event professionals from throughout the world gathered in New Orleans for the international Gala Awards ceremony, honoring the finest work in special events.
Culinary Capers Catering, Vancouver was also nominated in the same category for an exclusive six-course plated lunch event focused on seasonal ingredients in Whistler, BC for 330 guests.
Culinary Capers Beijing’s winning entry for Best Off-Premise Catered Event was for a plated luncheon on the Great Wall of China. The spectacular setting featured a 120 foot long table set on a privately reserved area of the Great Wall. The four-course menu showcased a contemporary Chinese fusion menu. The event was part of an exclusive land excursion tour that CMEatSEA, renowned for delivering world class experiences, hosted for a group of 120 international doctors.
“We are honoured to receive such a prestigious award in our first year of business in Beijing,” said Debra Lykkemark. “This is an award shared by all of the Culinary Capers Catering family, an acknowledgement of the talent and commitment of our hard-working team in Beijing with the support from our talented group in the Vancouver office.”