BE Catering is a multi-award-winning catering company in Peterborough, Ontario that has been in business since 1998. Bonnie, the chef proprietor, is a graduate with Distinction from the esteemed Stratford Chefs School. BE Catering uses locally produced meats and locally grown veggies for the majority of our food production.
We cater weddings, parties, business meetings and offer an outstanding take home casserole service. We are the caterers for the Peterborough Garden Show in April, serving fresh handmade food to thousands of visitors. We are also proud to be one of Trent University’s locally focused food and beverage purveyors, at Catharine Parr Traill College’s pub, The Trend.
BE Catering cares about our environment. We strive to use eco-friendly containers, napkins and plates for every catering. We do not offer bottled water for events, rather, we set up lovely canisters with lemon and mint water for guests. We use local products wherever we can. We drive a hybrid vehicle.
We are engaged with our local community by hosting fundraising chili fests yearly for Kawartha Food Share, and volunteering expertise for various other fundraisers.
How far does BE Catering travel?
We travel within a two and a half hour radius of Peterborough. This means that we go anywhere from Minden, Bancroft, Picton and Prince Edward County, to Markham and East to Havelock. Travel fees are applied to distance travelled.
How much are weddings?
Weddings can vary in price, depending on your needs. Do you need bartending? What style of service do you want (buffet, family style or served)? Do you need us to provide dessert? Late night snack food? How many guests, and logistical considerations are also factors in determining price. Emailing with the most detail you can give, plus a meeting to go over needs, will give you the closest quote for your catering.
How are wedding menus structured?
If you have more guests…
For 50+ guests:
Choice of 4-5 types of hors d’oeuvres
Non-alcohol raspberry lemonade or lemon ginger iced tea in a canister with lovely mint and lemon
A selection of 2 meats or a meat and a fish, 3-4 salads or vegetables or starch
House made nine grain honey rolls, or rustic white bread, or Tuscan olive bread with butter
We can also have a lovely mussel station at the buffet, which we cook right in front of the guests, with white wine, saffron, tomatoes and fennel. In addition, we can serve a homemade seasonal soup to start, then guests can come to the buffet.
If you are having more guests, or you would like another option, we can add antipasto plates for the tables, which includes olives, local melon (seasonal), prosciutto, provolone or local goat cheese, marinated veggies and our Tuscan olive bread slices.
How much food should I order?
This depends on your crowd, and time of event: if it’s over the dinner hours, we suggest bulking up the food a bit. If your crowd is a bunch of rugby players, we would suggest more substantial food.
Hors D’oeuvre Party
As a rule of thumb, we suggest 3 pieces of hors d’oeuvre per person before dinner, 5 pieces for a light cocktail party and 8 pieces for a heavier offering. We also suggest a beautiful artisanal cheese board and dips to supplement the appetizers. For dinner, we can suggest different options, based on information you give us at time of booking.
What style of food does BE Catering make?
We are proud to make everything ourselves, including rustic breads and hors d’oeuvre. Our food is seasonal and we use locally grown vegetables and meats. Our food is carefully prepared and properly cooked with nice simple sauces and garnishes. We love using wooden boards, huge platters, edible flowers and tonnes of fresh herbs for a rustic, earthy vibe.
How much experience do you have?
We have been in the catering industry for close to 20 years now. We have organized and beautifully catered very large multi-day conferences, large island weddings and numerous fundraisers and parties. We take great pride in working very closely with our clients to give them exactly what they want. This means showing up on time, with excellent young and smart staff, and preparing and serving food that is outstanding.