The Casual Gourmet is thrilled to announce owner Olive Chase was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Caterers Association! She took her seat on the board during the Catersource catering industry conference & tradeshow, held this past week in Las Vegas.

Olive, who was a speaker at the convention, also received the prestigious Star Service award for her volunteer involvement on the ICA membership committee prior to her appointment to the board. Casual Gourmet’s Executive Chef Robert Smith, along with catering sales associates Sarah Biggs and Cheryl Stewart, were also in Vegas to root for Olive has she accepted her appointment. Olive and the Casual Gourmet have been affiliated with both Catersource and the ICA for more than 15 years.

“Membership in the International Caterers Association shows a company’s commitment to the highest levels of food, service and professional ethics,” Olive said. “It is an incredible honor to sit on a board with so many of the greatest caterers in the world.” The ICA is the preeminent organization of catering professionals, with more than 1,000 members worldwide. The ICA, founded in 1981, supports and promotes all aspects of the catering business through publications, educational seminars, workshops and demonstrations. Catering is the fastest growing segment of the food industry, with an estimated 10,000 caterers in North America.

During her tenure on the board of directors, Olive plans to work toward improving the association’s visibility and further increasing its membership. Olive also sits on the Caterers Committee of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association.

Olive opened Casual Gourmet in 1986. She is known throughout the catering industry as being an expert in producing legendary weddings. The Casual Gourmet has won the ICA’s prestigious CATIE award for 2007 Signature Caterer for Best Wedding, Cityvoter’s 2008 Cape Cod A-List Best Caterer, and the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Reader’s Choice Best Cape Cod Caterer.