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!
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 realize it’s only January, but we’re already immersed in summer planning and really loving what’s coming up this year. There are some new trends to be on the lookout for (balloon walls!) and a few not so new ones we hope stick around (all the candles!), and as we begin a new season, we can’t help but think back to some of the standout events from the previous one. We worked a little over 200 events last summer, which adds up to A LOT of wonderfully unique moments. Creative event themes were a big deal last year, and one that stands out as an overall favorite was an epic birthday bash, Viking style.
As huge fans of the TV show The Vikings, our clients wanted to transform their yard into a scene from the hit show, complete with animal pelts, skulls, and lots and lots of fire. They thoroughly enjoy hosting a good party, so needless to say, the bar was set high and we were more than up for the challenge. We delivered the dinner party of their dreams and had a blast doing it.
Venue: Private residence in Northeast Harbor | Florals: Provided by host | Photography: Bar Harbor Catering Co | Decor: Bar Harbor Catering Co | Event rentals: Wallace Events