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Bar Harbor Catering Company has been chosen as one of the top finalists for the prestigious Catersource ACE award, Achievement in Catering Excellence, in both Catering - East Region and Events - East Region. The annual award honors those who have worked tirelessly to keep their clients thrilled and their companies on the cutting edge. Each year, caterers and event planners from around the globe submit their best work from the past year in hopes of being recognized as the best in the industry.

“We are extremely honored and humbled to be recognized by Catersource and their ACE achievement award,” said Mandy Fountaine, BHCC Owner & Executive Chef. “This is like the Oscars for caterers and planners! We're so fortunate to do what we do in the beautiful state of Maine, in partnership with a long list of incredible clients and vendors. To be able to represent Maine hospitality and its amazing food scene on a national level is an honor and a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team.”

Catersource is the leader in catering and event industry news and education, offering resources to industry professionals to enhance their catered events. Catersource’s annual conference will take place February 24-27, 2019, in New Orleans. Caterers, chefs, event planners, and suppliers attend each year to gain industry knowledge and discover fresh ideas and new products.

Mandy, along with BHCC’s Creative Director & Event Planner Heather Anderson and Event Kitchen Manager Kristen Bradbury, will attend the Spark! Awards Gala on Monday, February 25th, where ACE award winners will be announced live. This is Mandy’s 5th year attending the Catersource conference and the second time BHCC has been a finalist for an award.

BHCC is currently celebrating ten years as a full-service catering and event planning company that focuses on the client. For more information about Catersource and the ACE awards, click here.


We're a little overdue for our "official" end of season announcement, but this year was a doozy by all accounts and we took a few moments to catch our breath! While our offices are open all winter for planning and projects, our event season has officially come to a close!

First of all, we owe an enormous thank you to all of our amazing clients, staff, and vendor partners who helped make 2017 the most memorable year ever at BHCC!

The new space before all the renovations.

The new space before all the renovations.

We started the year with a new home, thanks in no small part to our patient and super talented friends at J. Johnson Builder. We bought a "fixer upper" for sure, but in no time, (that seemed like eons), the former one room convenience store was turned from drab to fab!

With offices, a tasting room, and an enormous, fully renovated kitchen, our new space allowed us to ramp up our production, host tasting, and other events in our own space, and even host BHCC employee yoga classes, which were much needed for stress relief in the midst of an insanely busy season.

With a lot more elbow room to work and with a running start, we dove head first into the most amazing weddings, non-profit galas, fundraisers, family meals, and just about every other event you could imagine.

The new space after!

The new space after!

But perhaps our proudest moment, of which there are many, was receiving the Rising Star Award Business of the Year from our friends, peers, and community at the the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce's annual awards dinner. In truth, we weren't able to receive our award in person, as our entire team was capping off our season by successfully producing the largest event in our company’s history - a 700 person gala fit for royalty!

In looking back on 2017, this past year was a huge milestone for BHCC. We oftentimes found ourselves reflecting on the early years of the company; laughing at our hi-jinks as much as at our naive mistakes, and recalling fondly the details of all the wonderful events that we produced. More than anything though, our reflections leave us humbled by the work and dedication of our staff. With many "lifers" and new faces returning year after year, we can't help but feel like one big kooky family, who genuinely love seeing and working together doing what we do, and can't wait to get started on 2018's adventures with all of them!