With a sand-in-the-toes ceremony overlooking Cape Cod Bay and the Provincetown skyline, a nautical navy-and-white color scheme, hydrangea-bedecked tables, and a beloved golden retriever serving as best man, Jessea and Pete hit all the right notes for their casual Cape Cod beach wedding. The couple’s family and friends gathered at Kalmar Village, a waterfront Cape […]
Michelle & Evan at Highfield Hall & Gardens
Quirky cool? Beguiling boho? Laidback lux? Everything about Michelle and Evan’s wedding was so uniquely them, so unusual and unexpected, that the usual adjectives assigned to weddings don’t really describe their late-summer nuptials and reception at Highfield Hall & Gardens, a wedding venue on Cape Cod wedding steeped in history. Let’s just call it outright […]
Carolina & Brian at Nauticus Marina
With a bride who hailed from Columbia, and groom of Irish-American descent, this Cape Cod wedding was all about blending family traditions…beautifully. And everything about Carolina and Brian big day was simply spectacular, including the sunny September weather. After exchanging vows at Our Lady of Assumption, a church in the village of Osterville, the very-new […]
Carol & Yang at Highfield Hall & Gardens
With just their family and closest friends coming to their destination wedding on Cape Cod, Carol and Yang wanted a venue with intimate spaces that was still grand enough to celebrate such an important day. They found just that at Highfield Hall & Gardens, a Cape Cod wedding venue with a distinctive vintage vibe. Because […]
Melissa & Brian at Winslow Estate
When both the bride and groom are moved to tears on their wedding day, you just know it’s a match made in heaven. Add a gorgeous waterfront wedding venue on Cape Cod, a sunny summer day, and stunning details to the mix, and you have the makings of Cape Cod wedding perfection! Before we dig […]
Pinky & Cam at Turntide Estate
A summer day. An obviously-in-love couple. A stunning waterfront Cape Cod wedding venue. If you think it all sounds absolutely swoon worthy, you are so right! When Pinky and Cam decided to tie the knot on the Cape, they wanted a venue with a distinctly Cape Cod vibe that would allow them to gather together […]
Jo & Adam at a Family Home
When two people who are absolutely beautiful – both inside and out – and have a stunning sense of style, tie the knot at a gorgeous waterfront home, one would expect great things. In the case of Jo and Adam’s Cape Cod wedding, one’s expectations would be met…big time. To say that Jo, owner of […]
Alli & Eric at Turntide Estate
From her sleek sheath gown to his dapper brogues, to the stately waterfront Cape Cod wedding venue, and sailcloth tent at the water’s edge, everything about Alli and Eric’s special day was the very embodiment of laidback beach chic. Our thanks to Kristen and Joe of Organic Wedding Photography for sharing their stunning images with […]
Michelle & Will in Brewster
With a cherished family summer house in Brewster, complete with a sprawling green overlooking the “flats” of Cape Cod Bay, there was never any doubt where Michelle and Will would celebrate their special day; at home. Michelle was absolutely stunning in a gown with a sweetheart neckline as she came down the winding stairway which […]
Zach and Scott in Provincetown
Zach and Scott were married on August 4, 2018 in Provincetown, MA surrounded by their extended families and closest friends. With many of their nearly 200 guests traveling to the Cape expressly for the wedding, the couple thoughtfully hosted a welcome dinner the evening before the “main event.” All told, it was an unforgettable gathering […]
Sam & Dan at Mill Pond Estate
From an unexpected black invitation suite to a petite “cutting” cake with a bespoke gilt topper, the individual bridesmaids’ dresses in shades of dusty pink, and dockside photo op with oversized balloons festooned with greenery, everything about Sam and Dan’s wedding was the epitome of seaside chic. The couple chose Chatham’s Mill Pond Estate, a […]
Coastal Charm: How to Make Your Cape Cod Wedding Say ‘Beach’
No matter which Cape Cod wedding venue you’ve chosen, you’ll be saying “I do” surrounded by coastal beauty. Even if your celebration isn’t taking place right on the water, no Cape Cod wedding is complete without some timeless nautical touches. With our decades of experience as Cape Cod wedding caterers, we’ve seen everything from boldly […]
Chuck and Jeff at Chequessett Yacht & Country Club
Chuck and Jeff were married on June 9, 2018 at Chequessett Yacht & Country Club in Wellfleet, a Cape Cod wedding venue whose elegant moniker belies its rustic, beachy appeal. This fun-filled wedding evoked the seaside charm and loving spirit of the Outer Cape, where the grooms holiday each summer. Cape Cod Celebrations provided the […]
Ann and Matt in Chatham
Ann and Matt wed on September 10th, 2016 at the bride’s family’s waterfront summer home in Chatham — where Ann’s sister, Molly, whose wedding we also catered, said “I do” in 2014. We had such a great time getting to know the family when we catered Molly’s wedding, so we were thrilled when we were […]
The 8th Annual Cocktails & Connections
On February 7th, more than 100 wedding pros made their way from across Cape Cod to Chatham Bars Inn, where the 8th Annual Cocktails & Connections was held in the grand old inn’s premier restaurant, STARS. As the event has grown from a small, informal networking event into the Cape’s premier gathering for the industry, […]
Kathleen & Matt at Nauticus Marina
Kathleen and Matt were married in a heartfelt, full mass ceremony at Our Lady of Victory Church on Cape Cod. An evening celebration of their union with 200 of their closest family and friends followed at the beautiful Nauticus Marina in Osterville. We’re so grateful to Helen and Frank Coombs of You Ought to be […]
Cape Cod Weddings: Sweets by the Seaside
At the Casual Gourmet, we recognize that your wedding cake is so much more than a mere dessert, and our 30 plus years of experience as a wedding cake bakery and designer on Cape Cod means that we don’t just make your wildest wedding cake dreams a reality: we exceed them. A classic Cape Cod […]
Liz & Dan at Chequessett Yacht and Country Club
If ever a wedding could perfectly encapsulate Cape Cod – which, in our minds, means being both classically sophisticated, and relaxed and beachy all at once – this one might be it. Destination wedding photographer Rebecca Arthurs captured the whole day with stunning attention to every beautiful detail, and we are so grateful to her […]
Emily & Kevin at Heritage Museums & Gardens
If you think a summer wedding reception on Cape Cod should be all about pretty pastels and lush flowers, you’re going to love Emily and Kevin’s August wedding as much as do! After getting ready at her parents’ home with the help of Kimberly Richard Bridal Studio and Spa, the beautiful, blushing bride, and her […]
Eva & Brian
The warm waters surrounding Cape Cod make autumn a deliciously long, drawn-out season here. Balmy days filled with soft sunlight lead into evenings with just a hint of a chill making fall the perfect time for a Cape Cod wedding. As Eva and Brian exchanged vows early in October at Lighthouse Beach in Chatham, the […]
Kerry & Billy at Bourne Farm
If you think a wedding reception at a Cape Cod wedding venue with a rustic barn built in 1775, set among 49 acres of rolling green lawns and woodlands, should be a relaxed event filled with love and a healthy dose of fun and games, you’ll agree that Kerry and Billy’s August wedding absolutely nailed […]
Kelly & Brad at Turntide Estate
From the bride’s flowing blonde tresses and shimmering flat sandals perfect for dancing the night away, to the farmhouse tables with simple place settings and stunning centerpieces arranged under a white tent overlooking the ocean at Turntide Estate in Chatham, everything about Kelly and Brad’s September 2015 wedding was the embodiment of relaxed Cape Cod […]
Carly & Scott at Heritage Museums & Gardens
When a couple has a DJ booth custom made for their wedding reception, the logical assumption is that the bride and groom want to boogie all night long on their big day. In the case of Carly and Scott, that assumption would be spot on! But, wait. It gets better! Photo booths are always a […]
Molly & Mike: A Classic Cape Cod Beach Wedding
It’s no secret how much we love Cape Cod beach weddings at The Casual Gourmet and we just had to share Mike and Molly’s! It was such pleasure partnering with many of our favorite vendors this summer for their fun-filled wedding and reception at the summer home of the bride’s family overlooking the water in […]
Angela & Drew at Heritage Museums & Gardens
Both Angela and Drew are “huge nature lovers” according to the recent bride; he works in conservation and she’s a veterinarian. They knew wanted to be married outside because “…being outdoors IS our church,” says Angela. “Heritage was where Drew took me on our second date so it was a no-brainer for us to make […]
Jenna and Joe at Heritage Museums & Gardens
The leaves on the trees were burnished to perfect shades of gold and amber when Jenna and Joe exchanged their vows in front of 100 guests at Sandwich’s beautiful Heritage Museums & Gardens on October 7th, 2017. The talented artists from Vero Amore Weddings were on hand throughout Jenna and Joe’s special day, beautifully capturing […]
What’s Your Venue Style?
Are you newly engaged? Congratulations! Let the fun – and the planning – begin! If you’ve always dreamed of getting married on Cape Cod, the first thing you’ll need to do is secure a venue. Popular dates at Cape Cod wedding venues tend to book well in advance. We’ve pulled together a list of The […]
Lori & Jim’s wedding on WellWed
Check out Lori & Jim’s stunning Cape Cod wedding at a private home in Chatham on WellWed! Lori & Jim’s wedding on WellWed
Questions to Ask Your Caterer (Part 2)
Linens and place settings are right at The Casual Gourmet.[/caption] We posted some questions to consider asking your caterer on October 1st. As promised, here’s the sequel: What types of linens and place settings are available? Where can I see samples? When it comes to realizing your vision for your reception, the linens and place settings […]
Questions to Ask Your Caterer (Part 1)
Nearly every wedding magazine or blog will caution you to be certain that your caterer is licensed and insured (both are absolute musts!), but the caterer will be a big part of your day and you may want to dig a little deeper. Consider asking: How long have you been in business and do you […]
Oh, For the Love of Linens!
With the seemingly limitless linen options available these days – from feather-light organza overlays to sumptuous damasks, and from fun textures to funky prints (zebra stripes anyone?) – it’s never been easier to use the humble tablecloth to really make a statement at your reception. Whatever your palette and whatever your theme, there’s a linen […]
Let’s talk cake!
Here at The Casual Gourmet, We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE CAKE!!! All Cake Colors, Styles and Sizes! This year are we seeing so many different types coming through the door from the Great Gatsby Throwbacks to Midas Metallic Touches and everything in between. Some of our favorites are the classic elegant styles with pearls and bling […]
The Casual Gourmet…Your New “GFF” (Gluten Free Friend)
Gluten-free requests have increased from about one per month in years past, to one per week last year, to almost daily. One of our priorities this winter was to do more research, educate our staff and source some of the exciting new products and ingredients that have become available. Although we were offering quite a […]
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
As the New Year begins, we have a lot to be thankful for here at The Casual Gourmet. Over the course of the past year, couples from all over the country invited us to play a part in one of the most memorable moments of their lives, their wedding day on Cape Cod. We appreciate the […]
Dear Sofia, Olive, & The Rest of the Crew, We wanted to thank you again for the amazing job you did at our wedding in Harwich Port in June. We were thrilled with the food, the service, and all the help you provided along the way. Our guests were raving about the food and continuously […]
Highlights from a Highfield Hall Wedding
Boy, does Highfield Hall deliver. I know I’ve said it before, but when I’m right, I’m right. Highfield Hall is one of the most unique, intimate, and amazing places to get married on Cape Cod. Luckily for us, we have an exclusive invitation to all Highfield weddings. This past summer, during a beautiful Saturday in […]
Hi Olive, I just wanted to send a thank you to you an absolutely wonderful wedding ceremony/reception at Heritage Museums & Gardens on June 1. We lucked out with the weather that day, and the venue was absolutely beautiful but in particular I just wanted to note how wonderful and helpful your staff at Casual […]
Dear Olive (and team), Thank you so much for exceeding all expectations and making Jessica’s wedding the most perfect day ever. Olive, the food was spectacular, the service impeccable, but more important was your attention to us- making sure everything flowed beautifully. You are more than a “caterer.” You are the best planner! We […]
Wedding Trend: Simple Elegance
We are always on the lookout for the latest wedding trends here at The Casual Gourmet. Glitter was all the rage a few years ago, adding an element of flash and fabulous to any event. Fast forward to today and we are seeing a different vision from many of our couples. Many couples are seeking an understated, simple elegance for their special day. […]
Cocktails and Connections 2013
As many of you know, last night was the annual Cocktails and Connections party hosted by the Casual Gourmet and The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce . It was a great success with over 175 wedding industry professionals at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod ! Once again, Rentals Unlimited out did themselves with their […]
Christmas Party Thank You
I wanted to thank you for the wonderful food Casual Gourmet made for my husband’s office staff party. Everything was delicious and everyone raved about it. The stuffed chicken breast was a hit, as were the coconut chicken with honey lime sauce and lobster corn quesadillas. The lobster mac and cheese also received rave reviews. […]
Good Morning I just wanted to thank your company so much for the beautiful spreadthat was put together for our event on November 20th. We know thatCasual Gourmet was so busy during the Holiday week and your hard workwith short notice for our Bank did not go unnoticed! Please pass on ourpraise! The event turned […]
Thanksgiving Thank You Card!!
To Casual Gourmet! Your food was delicious! Loved the turkey and the pies, potato and all! Thank you The Ciccarelli Family
Nicole & Winslow
Dear Mary, We can not thank you enough for the amazing job you and your staff did that made our wedding the most amazing time of our life. The same can be said for the rehearsal dinner as well. As a bridge, I felt completely comfortable and had no worries and in the end […]
Liz & Darren
Mary and Sophie, We are so thankful for the amazing job Casual Gourmet did for our wedding Aug. 18. The food is something our guest (and we) are still talking about, and the service and support was absolutely top-notch. Our expectations were met- and then exceeded! Thank you so much for making our special day […]
Becky & Cameron
Mary, We just wanted to say thank you so much for coordinating our wedding. It was so great to have someone there who knew the ropes and could ensure everything ran smoothly. The food was phenomenal (especially the hummus and the cupcakes!), the drinks were amazing, and the setup of the room was beautiful! It was truly […]
Francis & Cassius 9.15.12
Olive: I just got off the phone with Mary personally, but I wanted to send you a note to tell you what an AMAZING job your company did for our wedding. Mary took such excellent care of both Cassius and I. All we’ve heard from all of our guests is BEST WEDDING EVER!. From the […]
Shannon and Ben 6.23.12
Shannon and Ben said their vows this past June on Bourne Farm. The day was absolutely gorgeous with a light breeze. After the ceremony, the happy couple they took a row boat ride on the lake adjacent to the property. Totally picturesque and adorable!! Ajit Singh Photography, LLC captured all the fabulous moments from this wedding. The […]
5th Birthday Cake!
Casual Gourmet Bakery Staff, Thank you for an amazing 5th birthday cake for our daughter’s special celebration. Not only grougeous, but deilcious too! it was our first experience ordering with you, & over the phone, it won’t be our last! Excellent job! Thank you so much. Chris, Christine & Moira
Hook Fisherman’s Ball 8.11.12
For the past 6 years the Casual Gourmet has been proud to sponsor and cater the Hooker’s Ball. The Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association, Inc. (CCCHFA), is a nationally recognized, non-profit organization that helps protect the oceans as well as the historic fishing community. Every year all the Hook Fisherman love to get together to celebrate and […]
Tory & Bobby
Hi, Hope y’all have had a great Labor Day! We just wanted to send a quick thank you for making our wedding day (and rehearsal!) so special! Y’all managed our chaos so well and were so prepared for everything! We appreciate y’all keeping track of so many of our random details! The whole day went […]
Abby & Steve
Dear Olive, I just wanted to thank you for your incredible class, talent, professionalism, and wonderful dinner for all of us and our quests at Abby and Steve’s reception last weekend. Everyone was exceptionally pleased with the food, your staff, and the timing. Your recommendations to ask Cheryl for the DJ and Steve Haines as […]
Rachel and Brian’s Wedding
This past September, on a family residence in Yarmouth Port, Rachel and Brian said their “I Do’s.” Under a perfectly draped tent the couple hosted their wedding reception. Typically, a swimming pool might be considered an obstacle, however, this beautiful feature added so much to the ambiance. Undercover Tent based in South Dennis, MA set up the […]
Sarah – Thank you so much for your assistance in making my dad’s memorial service at Highfield Hall the wonderful event that it was. Despite the circumstances, it was wonderful to see so many family friends in such a lovely setting. The preparation of the two rooms was very well done, the food wonderful, and […]
Annie & Pierre
Dear Sarah, We could not have been more pleased with the way you organized and ran Annie and Pierre’s wedding…yes, we could have actually had something to eat. Friends told me that would happen but I didn’t believe them. Gene and I will have to have our own party just to taste the food that […]
Annie & Pierre 7.14.12
On July 14th, Pierre and Annie said their “I do’s” at a private residence in Barnstable Village. The adorable couple met in France, where the groom is originally from. It was quite fitting to have their wedding on Bastille Day- France’s Independence Day! They were married in a church and after the ceremony everyone paraded […]
Hi Olive, Just a quick note to let you know what a wonderful job your company and staff did at my house last Sunday. The brunch was wonderful. Your staff is top notch. Have a good summer. Peter
Samantha & Toni
Dear Mary, Words are not enough to express our true thankfulness for the amazing day you and The Casual Gourmet provided. Your calming presence was felt throughout and everyone is still talking about how impressed they were with the professionalism and organization of your staff as well as the DELICIOUS FOOD! Thank you for always […]
Chris & Sarah
Hi Sarah, Just a quick note to thank you for the fine work you and your team did for the wedding reception. Everything went so smoothly and it was due to your attention to detail and the fine selection and presentation of food. I appreciated your pre-reception visit, too, which put my mind at ease […]
Andrew & Carol
Sarah, Andrew and I want to thank you for all your help. Everything was perfect! Everyone raved about the food and we couldn’t have done it without you!! Andrew & Carol
Cape Cod Healthcare Lightkeepers Society 10th Anniversary
Hi Sarah and Olive, I just want to say how grateful I am to both of you for always doing such a remarkable job. There were so many compliments that evening regarding the food, the service, the tent and décor – everyone said it was spectacular from beginning to end – and I can’t thank […]
Sandra & Neil
Dear Olive, This is somewhat belated, but very sincere, note of thanks for making our June 23 wedding at the Winslow Estate such a fantastic occasion. Everything flowed so beautifully, thanks to your superb advice and terrific organization and management that day. In addition, the food and cake were delicious (we actually did east some […]
4th of July Ideas
Tomorrow is the 4th of July!! Most of you will probably want food that is delicious yet easy to make. So we thought we would share some great ideas for food on the holiday. Our pinterest “4th of July” page has a ton of tasty ideas! Here are some of our favorites! Follow The Casual Gourmet on […]
Shannon & Ben
Sarah!!! This of course does not replace a formal thank you, but as we are unpacking and repacking in NYC before departing on our honeymoon tomorrow, I wanted to say a BIG THANKS to you and your entire staff. I don’t know how you do it!!! Everything was absolutely perfect and I felt so at […]
Highlights from Highfield Wedding!
Last year, Carolyn and Andrew were wed at the Historic Highfield Hall in Falmouth, MA. Here at the Casual Gourmet, we have an exclusive contract with Highfield as their caterer and booking agent. We take pride in the beautiful weddings we produce at this magnificent venue. Take look at these pictures and browse over Bello Photograhpy’s […]
Father’s Day Cookout Ideas
Father’s Day Cookout Ideas! With the forecast looking promising for this Father’s Day Weekend celebrations, we thought we would share some ideas for great outdoor cookout meals and beverages! Whatever your plans are for this weekend, we have the food to make it perfect! If you are thinking of staying home and grilling out, […]
Non-Stop to Tokyo!
Last month the Massachusetts Department of Tourism hosted a lovely cocktail reception to welcome the arrival of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Logan Airport. This new Dreamliner will enable Non-Stop direct service from Boston to Tokyo and vice versa and to celebrate the occasion Japanese dignitaries as well as officials from Japanese Airlines were invited […]
Big Excitement at Casual Gourmet!
It has been our pleasure for many years to cater lovely events at Historic Highfield Hall in Falmouth. From the many fairytale weddings to Falmouth Hospital’s grand galas we have truly loved working with Barbara Milligan and her terrific staff. It is with great excitement that we are able to announce a deepening of our […]
Cake of The Week!
Check out this Hungry Caterpillar cake Marcy decorated for a special birthday! The body of the caterpillar are individual cupcakes.
After spending a week in Las Vegas at the Catersourse 2012 Conference & Tradeshow, Olive and I are back on Cape Cod full of ideas for new menu items, event design and ways to “wow” our clients.
We Came, We Saw, We Learned!
The best part about coming to Catersource every year is not only getting together with friends from all around the country but to actually take in some of the new trends and exciting happenings going on in our ever changing industry. One of the ways we always stay current is by attending special speaker series […]
Olive and I are very excited to be heading to the Catersource Conference & Tradeshow in Las Vegas again this year! This year’s conference is being held at Caesar’s Palace right on the strip. We cannot wait to learn from some of our industry’s leading professionals, see old friends and make many, many new ones! […]
Cake of the Week..
The weather outside is pretty gloomy today but look at what’s cheering us up in the Kitchen! Marcy has decorated this fabulous cake for a very special two year old.
2nd Annual Cocktails and Connections
This past week we had the pleasure of hosting the 2nd Annual Cocktails and Connection event alongside our friends and Co-Sponsors at the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce which took place at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Upon registering their names and picking up their name tags, guests were able to drop their business card into […]
Cocktails & Connections Tomorrow!
We started setting up this morning for the Cocktails and Connections at the Cape Cod Museum of Art! For those who haven’t heard of the event, it is an annual gathering we sponsor to give members of the Cape Cod wedding industry a chance to network and connect. Big thanks to the CCMA for hosting […]
Food – Desserts
Welcome to the seventh post in The Casual Gourmet’s series of tips for newly engaged brides. You can view all the tips (once published) here or learn more about the author, Olive Chase (THE Cape Cod wedding expert) here. Check back often for more tips! Tradition, of course, calls for a wedding cake. However, during the past few […]
Food – Dinner
Welcome to the sixth post in The Casual Gourmet’s series of tips for newly engaged brides. You can view all the tips (once published) here or learn more about the author, Olive Chase (THE Cape Cod wedding expert) here. Check back often for more tips! The dinner portion of your wedding is the heart of your event. Choosing […]
Katie & Chris
Dear Olive, We would like to thank you and the entire staff at the Casual Gourmet for the outstanding food and service you provided for our September 24, 2010 wedding at The Beach Club. From the very first meeting we had with you and Sarah, to final moments of our reception, everything was perfect! We […]
Jamie & Darius
Lovely note from Jamie & Darius, we did a blog post about their wedding and making your wedding truly yours. Dear Olive, We can’t believe it’s already been a whole month since our big day, but from the moment it was over, we haven’t stopped thinking about how perfect our wedding was and how much of that […]
Olive- You’re truly the best. What a fabulous event (Tea Party) last week. The food tasted just as good as it looked, and it looked beautiful – every detail. I enjoyed working with you so much – never with anyone else but you. I truly thank you for your contribution – it made it even better. You […]
Dear Olive, Thank you so much for all you have done to make our “Popsvite” so fabulous. The food was terrific as was your wait staff. They were so lovely and looked great! We look forward to many more happy occasions with you and The Casual Gourmet. We go back a long, long way and I am […]
Derek & Asher
Dear Mary and the Casual Gourmet Staff, Thank you for the perfect wedding! You lived up to and went beyond all of our expectations, and put together a day we truly will never forget! Mary your support and ability to have the answer to every one of our questions is a testment to the impeccable […]
Carey & John Raimo
Dear Mary, Thank you so much for your hard work at our wedding on June 25th. We are so happy that we chose the Casual Gourmet to cater our wedding. We contiune to hear rave reviews about the delicious food & excellent service. We also appreciate your thoughtfulness & patience not only the day of […]
Wynne & Cory
Dear Karen, Cheryl & Olive, Thank you so much for your amazing work catering my wedding. You and your team did a fabulous job and were the talk of the town. Everyone loved the meal; especially the appetizers! Your attention to detail and timing made planning so much easier. Karen was an incredible day of […]
Dear Olive, Again, I would like to say thank you for all you did to make Merry & Ben’s wedding the very special event that it was. I want you to know that my husband and I were very pleased with how the day turned out, thanks in large part to your highly efficent and […]
John & Michele Maurer
Dear Olive and Mary, Your ideas, your talent and your fantastic team proved to be a wonderful success! We could not have been happier with the set-up, the service and the best tasting food we could ever have imagined! You met all of our expectations, above and beyond! Bravo! And thank you, sincerely, John & […]
Dear Olive, Thank you again for both your patience and for the wonderful events. Ted and I felt you did a fabulous job and I would be happy to serve as a reference for you if that would ever be helpful. Hope to see you next summer! Best,Kiki
Dear Olive, I don’t think I adequately thanked you for the spectacular job you and your fine staff did at my daughter Kate’s wedding last August 21st in Marstons Mills. I keep thinking back on the day and how beautiful and, dare I say “flawless” everything was. People are still talking about it. The food […]
Food – The Cocktail Hour
Forty percent of a typical wedding budget is allocated to food. The food you you serve deserves plenty of attention and careful planning as such, we will devout a few posts to each aspect of wedding food (after all, we are caterers!).
Some of the Cape Cod wedding-related blogs we follow!
The internet is really big place! We thought we’d shrink it a little bit by putting together a list of our favorite blogs related to Cape Cod weddings (other than ours, of course). Take a look at who we follow: Bello Photography Buzz – bellophoto.net | Facebook One of our favorite wedding photogs, Christine and Andy […]
Casual Gourmet: A+: Sarah from CG was there to help whenever I needed her. My husband and I are vegetarian and wanted our wedding to be as well. We had a number of amazing choices and decided upon a three station spread. Our guests raved about the quality of food. Not only was it exceptional […]
Welcome to the fourth post in The Casual Gourmet’s series of tips for newly engaged brides. You can view all the tips (once published) here or learn more about the author, Olive Chase (THE Cape Cod wedding expert) here. Check back often for more tips! The vendors you choose are a key aspect of the wedding planning process. […]
Congratulations to our Cutest Couple!
Congratulations to Ally and David for being voted the cutest couple in our first Cutest Couple Contest! Ally and David will get a free wedding cake from The Casual Gourmet! For being so active and helping us get such a great turnout for our first contest, the other six contestants will receive a $100 of […]
Location, Location, Location
Now that you have your guest list in your hands an idea of a working, the next is deciding where you are going say, ‘I do’ — a destination wedding to beautiful Cape Cod or a reception close to home, a big church ceremony or a small gathering down by the beach?
Welcome to the second post in The Casual Gourmet’s series of tips for newly engaged brides. You can view all the tips (once published) here or learn more about the author, Olive Chase (THE Cape Cod wedding expert) here. Check back often for more tips! A wedding is a serious financial investment you should discuss as a couple […]
The Guest List
Welcome to the first in The Casual Gourmet’s series of tips for newly engaged brides. You can view all the tips (once published) here or learn more about the author, Olive Chase (THE Cape Cod wedding expert) here. Check back often for more tips! Now that the holidays brought you a shiny new ring, your […]
A Fairy Tale Wedding
We are so excited for those brides and grooms getting engaged this holiday season. To help keep warm as the snow approaches and inspire a few “I do”s, check out this video of Ashleigh and Henry’s wedding at the Mack House we catered back in September. A special thanks to Damon Dietz from Absolute Media […]
Confectionary Heaven at Gardens Aglow!
Ho!Ho!Ho! It’s Christmas time here at the Casual Gourmet which means our fabulous bakers have been working hard on a beautiful Gingerbread house for the Gardens Aglow exhibitat Heritage Museum and Gardens. Take a look at this year’s creation Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5-9pm from now until Sunday, December 19 visitors are invited […]
Cutest Couple Contest!
The Casual Gourmet will be giving away a Free Wedding Cake to a lucky bride having their wedding on Cape Cod! This is your opportunity to possibly have Cape Cod’s Foremost Wedding Caterer provide your wedding cake for FREE!! Read Below on how to enter. Good Luck and may the BEST Bride Win!! Contest Info This […]
Chandler & Amir get married!
Early last September we had the pleasure to be a part of Chandler & Amir’s rehearsal dinner and wedding. The weekend celebrated not only the love between these two wonderful men but also a huge sense of family. We were so honored that they chose us to be such an important part of it and […]
Happy Halloween to all of our Mummies, Dads, Ghouls and Girls!
This past weekend we had over 500 trick-or-treaters pass through Magnolia Café at Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich. We handed the Café over to our 12 foot Frankenstein which we so lovingly call “Frankie”. The café was outfitted with scary music, creepy spiders dangling from the tent and all kinds of yummy treats. Heritage […]
Casual Gourmet celebrates 25th Anniversary with CCH donation
This article was originally published in the Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine, view original article here. Local businesswoman Olive Chase, founder and owner of The Casual Gourmet in Centerville, the Cape Cod Mall and the Cape Cod Hospital lobby, recently donated $3,000 to Cape Cod Hospital to benefit the Emergency Center. The money was raised during a month-long fund-raiser in […]
Casual Gourmet Celebrates 25 Years with Cape Cod Hospital Emergency Department Fundraiser
(Hyannis, July 25, 2011) Olive and Dave Chase of Marstons Mills know firsthand the importance of the Cape Cod Hospital Emergency Department. Not only was Olive’s father, Joseph M. DiRienzo, treated there frequently during the twenty years he lived on the Cape; their son Dave Jr. received excellent care when he was a young boy […]
Cake of the Week…
I just had to share!! Marcy did an amazing job and had all of us around the shop wanting a Cookie Monster Cake too!!
10 Questions with The Casual Gourmet’s Olive Chase
This article was originally published on the Barnstable-Hyannis Patch, view the original article here. The cakes are legendary, the catering exquisite. It’s a good thing for the Cape that Chase loves a challenge. By Marisa Powers 10 Questions, Shoot! Q: What did you dream of being as a kid? I am pretty sure that I planned on being a famous […]
A Night at the Museum!
Back in February when winter was so gloomy, the girls and I sat around the office thinking wouldn’t it be a great idea if we could have a party for ourselves. The next question that we asked ourselves was; hmmm who should we invite and where should we have this fabulous party we were thinking […]
Viva Las Vegas
Olive and I are just returning from a week in Las Vegas after attending the Catersource 2011 Conference & Tradeshow.
Sneak peak at our Cocktails & Connections event
Here is just a quick sneak peak at the cocktail party the Casual Gourmet hosted last night at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis. It was a great way to bring together 160 + members of Cape Cod’s wedding industry under one roof to chat, drink, eat & connect. We just wanted to […]
Hearts and chocolates and diamonds! Oh my!
With Valentine’s day just around the corner the Casual Gourmet is a buzz. This season’s brides are coming in to taste cakes, make design choices and finalize wedding details. Lots of customers are coming in to pick up treats for their Sweetie! Take a look at some delectable treats the pastry department has created. Brownie Pops […]
We won WeddingWire’s Bride’s Choice Award for 2011!
Centerville, Massachusetts – January 25, 2011 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce The Casual Gourmet has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Catering! Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire […]
Cape Cod is one of the Top Locations for Destination Weddings!
As we gear up to ring in the New Year, we start to notice some very interesting trends for 2011. More and more brides seem to be calling us excited about their engagement and the one thing most of these brides have in common is that they are all mostly from out of state. Cape […]
Gingerbread house with a Cape Cod Twist!
Check out this amazing Gingerbread House our amazing bakers have come up with, Cape Cod Inspired of course! Its a Gingerbread Lighthouse! Here at the Casual Gourmet we are gearing up for Christmas. While Christmas orders are keeping the phones busy in the office, the bakers have been keeping busy by preparing our beautiful gingerbread […]
Cotton Candy!! It’s Not Just Limited to Carnivals and Fairs Anymore!
This cloud of happiness is making its way into all aspects of the catering menu at weddings, galas and charity events. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the versatility of Cotton Candy. Here at the Casual Gourmet we get many requests from Brides wanting to create a memorable moment for their guests, so they […]
Thanksgiving is in the Air!
Pies are Baking, Turkeys are Roasting and the Thanksgiving Orders are piling up. Have you placed your order yet? Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday and here at The Casual Gourmet it’s part of our tradition to provide you and your loved ones with a hassle free and delicious Thanksgiving Dinner, leaving you with […]
GLITTER Makes Everything Fabulous!
Here at the Casual Gourmet we are always on the hunt for new and exciting things to offer our Cape Cod Brides. While on the search we came across these amazing glitter bon bons from Bedazzlemybonbons.com and we just had to get them. They are actual edible chocolates covered in Glitter. We showcased them at […]
Beautiful Seaside Wedding on Lower Cape
Last weekend we had the opportunity to be a part of Ashleigh & John’s fabulous wedding held at a rented home on the Lower Cape. The weather was perfect, the location was stunning and all the details were just so cute that we wanted to share a few of our favorite moments with you. Guests […]
Named to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Board
Last week I had the great honor to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. The board is compromised of the owners and CEOs of some of the best businesses on the Cape and the Chamber has nearly 1400 members. For over 88 years the Cape Cod Chamber […]
Vendor Profile: Bello Photography
The Casual Gourmet works with hundreds of vendors on the Cape and we are always finding and working with new vendors. However, we have some of our favorites that throughout our 20 years in catering have help put together some of the most spectacular and creative events. We thought would profile some of them […]
Fabulous Fundraiser for the Duffy Health Center
Last Friday, The Casual Gourmet catered a fabulous fundraiser for a wonderful nonprofit – The Duffy Health Center: The mission of the Duffy Health Center is to provide caring, comprehensive health care and support services to those who are homeless and at risk of homelessness on Cape Cod, and to be a catalyst for individual […]
Senator Murray’s Campaign Kick-off
Last night, I had the distinct pleasure of introducing Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray at her re-election campaign kick-off fundraiser. Terry and I have been friends for a long time and have done great work together helping improve the education system in Massachusetts.
Weddings Big & Small
So often we focus on the big weddings. We love big weddings — ones that are full to the brim with intricate details, complex itineraries, big menus and bigger guest lists. These weddings challenge our creativity, our event planning skills and our culinary capacity, and they give us the chance to set our standards even […]
A ‘Cape Cod Wedding with Sweet Charm’ featured on Style Me Pretty
We are so excited! Style Me Pretty, the ‘ultimate wedding blog’, is featuring a Casual Gourmet wedding today! Ali & David’s wedding reception, held at the bride’s family home in Chatham, was one of the most lovely, heartwarming, memorable weddings we’ve ever had the pleasure to be part of, and we are thrilled Style Me […]
A Vegetarian Wedding at the Overbrook House
This past August we had the pleasure of catering the rehearsal dinner and wedding of Nicoline and Ryan at the Overbrook House in Buzzards Bay. Boston-based photographer Lisa Rigby has generously shared her photos from the wedding day with us, and we thought we’d share with you! It was one of the most memorable events […]
Have you made your Easter order yet?
Can you believe it? Easter is almost here – the bunny comes next Sunday, April 4th. Our phones have been ringing like crazy with people ordering everything for their Easter dinner, from a mouthwatering Spiral Cut Ham with all the trimmings to our famous Lemon Angel Pie for dessert. Have you placed your order yet? […]
And what happens in Vegas comes back to Cape Cod, in the form of tips, trends, cutting-edge education, innovative resources, and the best of what’s available in catering.
In Like a Lion…
These first few days of March have certainly been ‘lions’, with wind, rain, snow & slush. It seems like winter isn’t ready to let go. But despite the weather outside, spring is in the air inside the Casual Gourmet.
Our very own page in ‘the Little Black Book’
We are proud to announce that we have been added to the uber exclusive ‘Little Black Book’ on StyleMePretty.com.
Hyannis Chamber Business Of The Year!
The Casual Gourmet was honored to be selected Business of the Year by the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce for 2009.
Dreams Can Come True…..
Many little girls dream of their wedding day and there is nothing more satisfying to us then bringing that dream to life. This past weekend we had the honor of doing so for Stefania Palladino.
Casual Gourmet Express offers local option
This article was originally published by the Barnstable Patriot, view orginial article here. Written by Patriot Staff Ribbon cut at mall location “It’s Leo’s fault I’m here,” Casual Gourmet owner Olive Chase declared at the grand opening of the company’s Express location in the Cape Cod Mall food court. “Leo” is Leo Fein, the mall’s […]
Casual Gourmet Express at the Cape Cod Mall had it’s Grand Opening this morning!!! Although we have been serving up a variety of fresh salads, pastries and panini sandwiches over the past few weeks, we made it official at 11:00am this morning with a ribbon cutting.
Every weekend we help people celebrate the beginning of new families. Well this past weekend, we took some time to celebrate our family! Each summer we get the whole gang together to remember what’s important. And let me tell you, there is no question that we are a BIG Italian family! That’s me right down […]
Friday Fun: Giant Cupcake
It’s been a busy week here at the Casual Gourmet, with six parties, three weddings and about a dozen wedding cakes going out this weekend, but we just had to share this one! A young girl came in last week looking for a birthday cake. Not just any birthday cake though, she wanted a gaint […]
The Latest Trend: Wedding Cupcakes
One of the latest trends in the Wedding business has been to ditch the traditional wedding cake and go with cupcakes instead! Why Cupcakes? Cupcakes might seem like an odd choice for a wedding but they offer a number of advantages to a typical three tiered wedding cake. First, they are easy to serve. No […]
From a wedding to your wedding
After 23 years in the wedding business, I have seen every sort of wedding there is to see. From small simple weddings with close friends to huge extravaganzas with all the stops pulled out. I have learned that it’s not the location or the china or table cloths or the DJ that makes a great […]
A Vegetarian Wedding: Moving Past Pasta Primavera
More and more couples are choosing to ‘go veg’ with their wedding. So the question is how do you meet the meatless requirement from hors d’oeuvres to dessert while still offering a delicious spread for both vegetarians and omnivores? Vegetarian Hor d’oeurves Butternut Squash Risotto Stacks with White Truffle Aioli Warmed Goat Cheese Toasts with […]
Cape Cod Life Food & Wine Festival
Last week Casual Gourmet was honored to be a part of Cape Cod Life’s Food and Wine Festival. At all the events, it was great to see so many people out supporting the Arts. The Festival kicked off on Sunday, May 31st with a Grand Opening Tasting at Rectrix Aerodome in Hyannis. Casual Gourmet was […]
Let Wedding Season Begin
June not only signifies the start of summer on Cape Cod, but much more importantly signifies the start of wedding and wedding cake season here at the Casual Gourmet! This year we are seeing a few new trends with wedding cake design. One in particular is what the cake decorators and I like to refer […]
Spring is in the air
Spring at the Casual Gourmet means tasting, tasting and more tasting! Each weekend Chef Robert has been extremely busy preparing a spectacular spread of hors d’oeuvres, salad and dinner entrees for our 2009 brides to taste.
Signature Caterer for Best Wedding
The Casual Gourmet is thrilled to announce it is a nominee for a 2008 CATIE award in the Signature Caterer for Best Wedding category! CATIEs are awarded by the International Caterer’s Association, the preeminent organization of catering professionals, with more than 1,000 members worldwide. It’s an honor to just be nominated for this prestigious award.
ROYGBIV, Colorful Food for Colorful Art
On Saturday, January 3rd, the Casual Gourmet was very excited to be a part of another successful Arts Foundation of Cape Cod art opening at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. Guests, who included both local artists, friends and members of the Arts Foundation, dined on a wonderful ROYGBIV themed menu. (For those who are […]
Recent Happenings – August
August is a wild and crazy month here on Cape Cod! Along with beautiful seaside weddings, August is the month when all the big fun fundraisers and parties take place. August 2nd – Falmouth Hospital’s Summertime Gala. For the sixth consecutive year the Casual Gourmet was privileged to cater this fabulous event. The 2008 gala’s […]
Recent Happenings – The Weekend of July 11th!
Welcome to the insider’s view of the Casual Gourmet! These are exciting times at the Cape’s foremost caterer. As the summer of ’08 rolls on, Casual Gourmet continues to perform on the cutting edge of catering at Cape Cod’s finest summer events. Throughout the weekend of July 11th, the Casual Gourmet was kept busy with […]
Meet Chef Olive Chase of the Casual Gourmet Read more: Meet Chef Olive Chase of the Casual Gourmet
This article was originally posted on WickedLocal.com, view the original article here. By Stephanie Foster The new home of Casual Gourmet at the old H&K building in Centerville looks deceptively simple. There’s a little cafe on one side where locals sit at small glass-topped tables to enjoy breakfast or lunch. On the other side, there is a consulting area […]