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" So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.

- Franz Kafka

"I like a cook who smiles out loud when they taste their own work.

- Robert Capona

Awards & Testimonials


Customer Service Award 2012

    from the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce
"When it comes to custom catering, it’s hard to beat the sophistication, creativity and attention to client needs that Dawn McRae brings to the table. A certified Red Seal chef, Dawn goes above and beyond at every occasion, making her clients look fabulous by association. Though guests rave about her food and service, Dawns starts working long
before the cooking starts, creating custom menu ideas and pre-touring the venue. At the event itself, she’s a flurry of activity. From liaising with clients, to personally serving guests, to handling special requests with poise, Dawn does it all. And she does it with a smile."

Growth Recognition Award

    Small Business BC/Telus Sponsored 2009

Promotion of the Comox Valley Award Nomination

    CV Small Business Association 2008

Spotlight Speaker Of the Year

    CV Small Business Association 2008

Business of the Year

    CV Small Business Association 2007

Best All around Exhibit

    Women in Business Showcase 2007

Spotlight Speaker Of the Year

    CV Small Business Association 2006

Paul Harris Fellow Award

    Rotary Club of Comox 2016

Feature Chef, Comox Valley Seafood Festival

Seafood Festival Gala 2018



Happy Customers;


What Clients Are Saying...

"Yolanda what a team!  Colin is still talking about the food and you girls. Without exception!. I certainly got lucky booking you. Best wishes and continued success." -  Dianne Park

“Just a quick word of thanks for your incredible catering services last night! You always go above and beyond…” — Avry, NIC College

“I wanted to Thank You so much for the incredible lunch!!! Those seafood wraps were to DIE for!” — Helen Furgale, Community Futures

"I just wanted to say a quick 'wow' about your food the other day! You are fantastic. Loved EVERY bite." — Kira Neumann


"We all enjoyed the evening. Thanks again for all your efforts and the wonderful feast, it certainly exceeded my expectations.”
— AT2, MMT and KHW, Toronto

"Thanks again for the memorable evening! Our guests loved it."
— Chris and Errol Flynn


"Thank you very much for providing a wonderful dining experience. It was even more than I had hoped for." — Pat

“You have raised the bar for weddings.” — Wedding Guest

"We often think of our wonderful dinner experience on Hornby and what a blissful highlight it was for us. You are an amazing cook and made it so incredibly relaxing.” — Margaret and Chris

“Thanks for providing a most tasteful and interesting evening for our palates.” — Amanda


“It is so nice to have your expectations exceeded, thank you!” —Bob

“Thanks for the outstanding evening – it was great!” — Chris and Val


“ What a treat! It was a pleasure having you in my home.” — DH


" ... thank you for the FABULOUS presentation you did...we loved it!."
— Newcomers Group


“Thank you for the stress free evening.” —BM


“Everyone enjoyed the variety of the items on the menu. Delicious!” — TK

"I'd like to award Custom Gourmet a huge gold medal."
— Miranda Jones, Courtenay

"You guys are amazing! From our first call to you to float this idea to enjoying your delicious cooking, the service was first class. Thank you Custom Gourmet Catering! We had an amazing day handing out turkey dinners to our amazing team! 🤩 It’s hard to describe how grateful we are for our staff and all they do; they really are the spirit behind the Old House Hotel & Spa! Given that we couldn’t do our normal holiday gathering due to covid-19 restrictions, we were super happy to treat them to a delicious thank you. A big shout-out to Custom Gourmet Catering for the delicious meals! 🙌🏻 "

-Old House Hotel and Spa, Courtenay BC

- Thank you to you and your team for doing such an awesome job with the special

individualized lunches for the staff appreciation at Vanier. The event was a success.  With thanks -G-

-  I just wanted to follow up and say thank you! We loved everything you made for our wedding and all of our guests were raving about the food too!  Thank you for making the day go so smoothly and for providing such amazing service.  We were able to enjoy our day and then enjoy your wonderful leftovers the day after!  You were an absolute pleasure to work with, it made it so easy for me, knowing you would always reply pormptly to my emails!  We are excited to recommend you everyone and can not thank you enough!

-Petra & Alasdair

-Nikki from your staff was a great asset, she calmly took over the kitchen and created a special meal for all of us.  I really enjoyed having her in our home, and her self-reliance was much appreciated.  She navigated her way through a strange kitchen that was smaller than it might have been for this number of meals, but it didn't cause her problems.  She left us with a clean, organized kitchen, which I really appreciated.  Many of the family said we should have the reunion annualy, and if so, I will certainly ask if Nikki is part of your program, so she can come and help us again.

- JJ

-I just want to give a huge thank you to you guys! You were above and beyond!!  The food was incredible, service top notch and clean up impeccable,  Our guests raved about the dinner.  I would recommend you guys to anyone! Thank you again



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