It is often said that the two things guests remember most after a party is the music and the food. Because catering is integral to a successful event, here’s our list of Cape Town event caterers that know how to turn food into a lasting memory through creating unique culinary experiences.
Source Food is a premium, corporate and events catering company, specialising in brand-focused culinary experiences. They provide high-quality catering and events coordination for brands and corporate clients.
As a leading Food Marketing Agency that focuses on creating bespoke activations to promote brands through food, their areas of expertise include cooking videos, chef demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes and food experiences. Pick n Pay, SASKO, Crossfit, Kenwood, Shell and Louis Vuitton are just a few of their regular clients.
Offering turnkey solutions, the team of culinary experts not only assist with the infrastructure and staffing but creates themed menus to suit different service styles, from canapés to appealingly-displayed stations and waiter-served sit-down meals.
With the aim of delivering a distinct brand message to the consumer, Source Food’s philosophy is to go beyond simply “making something to eat”, and to incorporate food into a brand’s storytelling.
As the name implies, Vagabond Kitchens sets up anywhere, “like a wayward band of culinary nomads”. They say that being conveniently mobile allows for an adaptable and adjustable catering setup for a wide spectrum of situations, “from cobblestone markets and swanky events to up-close-and-personal dinners in your very own dining room.”
Vagabond Kitchens promises a dynamic and delicate balance of painless logistics and professional food-making for different kinds of events. Services are comprehensive, from setting up and cooking to the hiring of staff and equipment for bulk lunches, year-end functions, tailored market-style events, intimate dinner parties, weddings, birthdays, and festivals.
Although they enjoy making food in exciting new spaces, there are a few fixed places where one can sample the goods. Vagabond Kitchens culinary creations are available at the V&A Food Market, Mojo Market in Sea Point (Uber eats available), Goodfood in Woodstock (Uber eats available), The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay (Fridays to Sundays) and the Silo District at V&A Waterfront (at the bottom of the Allan Gray building). They also have a central kitchen in Woodstock, where all catering is run from.
“We’re not afraid to get our hands dirty — figuratively speaking, of course. We keep our physical hands squeaky clean at all times out of respect for the ingredients.”
Dedicated to food that is fresh, vibrant and high quality, The Flying Pan combines a straightforward approach with creative flair. They specialise in healthy and convenient dinner and lunch delivery, as well as providing a highly personalised, corporate and wedding catering service.
For weddings and special occasions, The Flying Pan believes that well-presented and inspired food is integral to the success of the event. “That’s why we’re fully invested in creating dishes that leave a lasting impression on guests”. With efficiency and reliability at the core of their business, the team promises a seamless affair, leaving the host to focus on enjoying their special occasion or event. Head chef and owner Mathew Hoepner is directly involved in the entire food process, from menu creation, conceptualisation and consulting with clients to food preparation and plating. This gives The Flying Pan complete control over what they deliver, ensuring quality food and customer service.
The Flying Pan also delivers daily office lunches from a rotating menu to keep staff happy, energised and motivated with a diversity of flavours and cuisines. For people with busy lifestyles, their dinner delivery service provides home-style dishes, which can be ordered online from a classic, vegetarian and low-carb menu. To avoid generic flavours and ensure a varied, creative and nutritious diet, meals are dedicated to seasonality and are prepared daily, from scratch.
Run by Erica Jeannè Tjimens – a self-confessed “fanatical foodie” who travels regularly to research the diverse food of the world – Theme Cuisine specialises in wedding catering and private cheffing, fusing internationally-sourced flavours with those of the Western Cape.
Erica loves to experiment with some uniquely local menus and combines the distinctive taste of indigenous fynbos into some of her inventive cuisine. “My love affair with food lies in African cuisine, but the rest of me is everywhere,” she says.
From “classic to contemporary, funky to formal”, Theme Cuisine caters for private clients, events and groups. Options include bite-sized canapés, Spanish Paella prepared in an original Spanish pan or a colour-themed fresh-and-raw menu with raw-pressed juice smoothies and Pokè bowls.
The Yummy Vegan provides plant-based food event catering. Menu options include Malay-style veg curries and biryani, gluten-free quiches and pasta as well as a variety of choices for snacks, lunch and dessert. As a family-run business, their mission is to make the tastiest plant-based food in Cape Town. To them, veganism “is not a diet, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of thinking, it’s a way of acting.”
The Yummy Vegan also offers home-based cooking classes in clients’ kitchens, menu consulting, and ready-made preservative-free frozen meals for home delivery or through Checkers retail outlets throughout the Western Cape.