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WE'RE CELEBRATING 10 YEARS WITH NEW VENTURES
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Bar Harbor Catering Company (BHCC) is celebrating 10 years this summer and we're marking the occasion by launching an on-site eatery and tasting room, new website, extended services in the community, and new exterior signage to commemorate our location on Bar Harbor Road. Woohoo!

Whim Kitchen, an occasional eatery and test kitchen, is a new extension of BHCC that allows our chefs and staff to share creative food experiences with the general public in a temporary, pop-up style format. One can expect Whim experiences to be restaurant-style dinners, retail food opportunities, and even tours and demonstrations.

“Whim Kitchen can be thought of as a spontaneous, slightly unpredictable and entertaining alter ego of BHCC,” Owner and Chief Culinary Officer Mandy Fountaine said. “Where our events are carefully curated over months and years, Whim offers our staff the opportunity to share impromptu food experiences with the general public based on what they are excited about at any given moment.”

The first Whim Kitchen event on Friday, April 19th at 6:30 pm, will feature a four-course “Maine by Land” menu, inspired by Maine’s bountiful local early spring offerings with beer pairings in collaboration with Fogtown Brewing. A “Maine by Sea” menu is in the works for Whim’s second installment, which will be announced in the next couple of weeks. To buy tickets to the spring Whim Kitchen dinner, visit www.bhcaterco.com/whim.html. Tickets are $65 and seats are limited.

In conjunction with the 2019 event season officially kicking off in late May, we're also launching a new website that better accommodates the needs of clients and offers more accessibility, mobile responsiveness, and ease of use. There will also be an events calendar that highlights where we'll be throughout the summer - farmers markets, fairs, and community events across the state.

Last spring, we unveiled a new brand that better matches our business strategy, which included new logos, packaging, and web graphics. An exterior sign will be erected in front of our location at 367 State Highway 3 before the end of May. Get ready to be wowed - this sign is gorgeous!

“Celebrating 10 years is a pretty profound moment for us,” Mandy said. “We’ve worked so hard to get to where we are today and we’re also constantly thinking of the future because, without question, our greatest accomplishments still lie ahead of us. It’s amazing to me that we now work more events in August than we did in our entire first year in business. I have to give huge thanks to the incredible team at BHCC and a community that’s been so supportive from the start. I’m so proud to be part of it all, and I'm so pumped to see what’s in store for us on the other side of this great decade!”

Given our goal of providing exceptional food and service, we're lucky to have received rave reviews and praise in our ten years, with an extensive client portfolio that not only includes many local faces, but several major corporations, and social event clients from across the country. Additionally, we've been recognized with several accolades, including most recently top finalists for the prestigious 2019 Catersource ACE award, Achievement in Catering Excellence, in both Catering - East Region and Events - East Region.

Follow BHCC on social media because we'll be doing giveaways and contests throughout the remainder of the year to celebrate our anniversary - you aren't going to want to miss what we have up our sleeve. On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bhcaterco, on Instagram: www.instagram.com/bhcaterco.

More soon about our big year!

BHCC A FINALIST FOR CATERSOURCE 2019 ACE AWARDS
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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.

EXPANSION PLANS & NEW HIRE
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We're so excited to announce that we're adding to the local downeast catering scene with our devotion to both food and event planning. BHCC owner and executive chef Mandy Fountaine believed there to be a unique opportunity in the industry when she noticed caterers in Maine were offering great food, but not many planning packages to complement their service. Mandy responded with a more comprehensive experience, offering custom menus and varied planning services, creating a truly personalized event for clients. And to further this mission, we're happy to announce the hiring of our new Creative Director and Event Planner, Heather Anderson!

“It’s my personal belief, and the belief of the entire BHCC team, that event guests deserve an all-inclusive experience, with attention to every detail,” said Fountaine. “When a client can get their food, planning, and logistics in one go, it minimizes the ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’ feeling. Having food and planning under one roof creates a seamless process for our clients and we’re excited to bring the same attention and quality to the planning as we do to food and service."

Heather Anderson, an experienced event planner and marketing professional, joined the Bar Harbor Catering Company team on April 9 as the Creative Director and Event Planner. Previously the Director of Advancement at the Abbe Museum, Anderson brings 18 years of proven knowledge of creative strategy, vision, communication, and management with an emphasis on event planning, marketing, and digital media.

“I’m so incredibly honored and proud to join the BHCC team,” Anderson said. “With so many unique venues it will be exciting to create custom events for those seeking that ‘wow’ factor. BHCC has seen an increase in the number of weddings and other types of events over the past couple of years, and I’m excited to work with clients, vendors, and other partners to plan remarkable, personalized events. I revel in both the analytical and artistic aspects of event production and I love helping to create experiences and environments that embody the easy elegance of my home state of Maine.”

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To commemorate the new expansion, we worked with Porcupine Design to unveil a new brand that better matches our new business strategy, which includes new logos, exterior signage, packaging, and web graphics. Additional projects will get underway over the course of the next 12 to 18 months.

Given our goal of providing exceptional food and service, we have received rave reviews and praise in our nine years, with an extensive client portfolio that not only includes many local faces, but several major corporations, and social event clients from across the country. Additionally, we have been recognized with several accolades, including most recently the 2017 Rising Star Award from the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

"Over the past three years years, BHCC has grown exponentially, and it’s only natural for us to further develop our service offerings as well,” said General Manager Jennifer Wright. “With our new expansion, re-brand, and bringing Heather on board, there’s no telling where this exciting and fun business is headed."