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Trusted Saskatoon Caterer Featured In Star Phoenix Chefs At Home Series

Chef de Partie Catering is a private catering company with commercial kitchens in the heart of the downtown Saskatoon business district.  Owned by Chef Heather Bekar-Schulte and specializing in creating high-quality dishes with fresh, local ingredients and uncommon flair. Heather and her passionate team cater to local events, corporate parties and weddings, they also produce amazing pastries and build one-of-a-kind wedding cakes. In their latest article Trusted Saskatoon Caterer Chef de Partie Catering & Events share their unique tasting room experience!! In this article we share an interview with Heather about how she has responded to the hardships facing her business in 2020. 

Chef De Partie- Featured in YXE Chefs at Home Feature

In April of 2020 Heather, owner of Chef De Partie , was interviewed by Saskatoon Star Phoenix . 2020 has been a tough year for Heather and all caterers around the globe as Covid 19 shut down events and gatherings - in this interview that took place in a Friday Heather shares her experience. 

YXE Chefs at Home: Heather Bekar-Schulte

Normally on a Friday morning, the space would be bustling with cooks prepping food for a busy weekend. The dishwasher would be swishing along, knives would be chopping, and cooks would be bantering. But all one hears on this late March day is the unmistakable hum of the walk-in cooler kicking in.

Chef Heather Bekar-Schulte is here in her new business, which had its grand opening on March 7, right before everything changed so abruptly. Like so many others in the hospitality industry, Heather has had to lay off her staff. The sadness in her voice is unmistakable as she takes us back to that day earlier in the month when she got news that everything had to be shut down indefinitely. Weddings and other jobs that were booked have all cancelled or rebooked for next year.

Heather has pivoted her business to doing only pickup and delivery of healthy, chef-prepared frozen meals. She’s also offering a Fish and Chips special every Friday. What was just supposed to be for Good Friday is now a regular feature due to the overwhelming response. Saskatonians love good fish and chips. No doubt she will continue to come up with creative culinary offerings as this season of uncertainty continues.




Heather proudly shows us around the storefront of her business — a charming tasting room for private parties of up to 12 people. The shelves are stocked with local products that can also be ordered online. Honey, jam, coffee, tea, flour, lentils, eggs, meat, fish, baking and more are available for those of us who want to avoid the grocery store lineups.

The beautiful wooden table is tastefully set with ceramic plates and wine goblets. She can’t wait to see it full of happy diners once again. This part of her business is also a love letter to her family, with heirloom pieces decorating the bright space. Woven baskets, egg crates, butter churns and honey cans all tell the story of Heather’s Ukrainian heritage. 

Find out more about the tasting room in the article we wrote about the grand opening in Feb 2020 


Heather is so proud of this history, and for this reason alone she just can’t give up her business during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. Hard work, determination, and perseverance run through her veins. She’s got no choice but to keep going.

Normally we would visit Chef Heather at home, but her new business is like her home away from home; she’s still here an awful lot, working on marketing and planning for the future as much as she can. She’s preparing two Italian flatbreads for us today — a family favourite. As Heather works the dough and tops the flatbreads with sliced purple potato, herbs, and spices, we chat a little about this and that.

R: What is your favourite Saskatchewan ingredient to cook with?

H: Berries. Highbush cranberries, Saskatoon berries, tiny elusive wild blueberries, sea buckthorn berries. I love them all and I use them everywhere — sweet, savoury, sauces, baking, dressings. It’s all great!

R: What is your guilty pleasure grocery store item?

H: Dark chocolate bars. I usually grab two in the checkout line. I eat a square or two every night when I’m making my tea.

R: If you only have 15 minutes to eat, what do you cook for yourself?

H: Eggs and toast. Good, hot food ready and eaten in 10 minutes — it’s my go to. Some butter and salt and tons of pepper and I’m happy.

R: If you could cook for anyone famous, who would it be?

H: If I could cook for anyone out at that harvest table in our tasting room, it would be my dad. I want to show him how my culinary career has come full circle. When I started out I craved adventure and worldly flavours, and now all I want is great local food and a taste of home. I want to feed him a wonderful Saskatchewan supper in that tasting room surrounded by our farm heritage.

R: Did anyone inspire you to become a professional chef? How/why did you enter the culinary arts?

H: My dad; he was a farmer, so he was always home, and was a Ukrainian, so he did a lot of the interesting, traditional cooking bringing down the food traditions from my Baba. He was also very proud of producing nearly everything our family ate growing up on the farm, our own beef and our huge garden. Also I watched a lot of the Urban Peasant growing up. James Barber’s comfortable, down to earth style was very inviting to me. I entered the culinary program immediately out of high school in 1994 here in Saskatoon at SIAST when I was 17 and thoroughly enjoyed it, soaking it all in, and haven’t left the field since. It was also a great sense of pride to me that my daughter Maggie entered the Culinary Arts program exactly 25 years later at the same school last fall.

R: Anything you want to say to other chefs and business owners who are in the same boat as you?

H: Reach out to your support system. Call your friends, family — anyone. Let your emotions out — then take a long bath or shower and take care of yourself, sleep and eat. Try not to mentally isolate or self-medicate. This too shall pass, and remember, chefs are flipping resilient.


Article written by Renee Kohlman  •  Saskatoon StarPhoenix

The Chef de Partie family is committed to the collaborative growth of local partnerships in the food, farming and artisan community of Saskatchewan. 

Chef de Partie Catering & Events is a Trusted Saskatoon Caterer 


Trusted Saskatoon Caterers & Bakers at HomeQuarter’s connection with Riverbend Plantation.

HomeQuarter Coffee House & Bakery offers delicious Saskatoon and area catering services. In addition, they have a great Saskatoon restaurant, coffee house & bakery, as well as a private area to book small local events or meetings. Previously located within the Riversdale Saskatoon Farmer's Market for over 9 years, they opened their new location in 2018 across the street on Ave B. In HomeQuarters latest feature article on Trusted Saskatoon, we find out about their sister business, Riverbend PlantationHomeQuarter Coffeehouse & Bakery is a Trusted Saskatoon Caterer & Bakery!


Did you know the owners of HomeQuarter also own Riverbend Plantation?

Riverbend Plantation has been growing Saskatoon berries and creating distinctive products since 1981. Grace and Lee Whittington have been the owners of Riverbend Plantation – Saskatchewan’s first commercial Saskatoon berry farm – since 1996. They were newcomers to the province having moved from Ontario in 1992 when Lee took a position in Saskatoon. They saw an opportunity when Riverbend’s first owner retired. Grace and Lee had owned a farm together in Ontario so moving back to the country was a natural choice. Also, Grace was already supplying Riverbend Plantation with Saskatoon berry chocolate (the same signature chocolate they make today). 


However, growing a crop they hadn’t heard of four years earlier took some careful planning and a leap of faith. Grace’s skill as a cook and her training in home economics provided a great fit for product development, but the family was still young with a 12, 9 and 6 year old at home and Lee worked full-time. It’s been 24 years now and Lee still says that they learned many lessons on that journey.



The orchard is my primary responsibility, and much has changed from the early days. I remember our first harvest (coincidently the largest the farm had produced to date), working long hours, 7 days a week, week after week with a crew of more than 160 people. We ran out of everything: time, boxes, bags, pallets and patience! After years of renewing the orchard, we can now harvest the crop by machine. Improvements like this have greatly improved the quality of our key ingredient.- Lee Whittington.


Wonderful products and gifts 


After harvest, Grace managed everything from product development to marketing. The early days took the family to fourteen trade shows a year from October to December. These days the marketing focus has moved away from direct selling at trade shows to a distribution system of independent retailers  (Including at HomeQuarter Coffee House & Bakery- in the picture to the right). 


"Great products come from quality ingredients, beginning with the fruit we grow, great recipes and dedicated staff. With all the changes we’ve experienced, this philosophy still holds true.” - Grace Whittington


In 2010 they added a café at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. Now they are a beloved place In Riversdale where friends and neighbours gather to eat, drink and enjoy live music.  Share in the seasonal delicacies from the Western Canadian Prairies, including their own orchards, with main dishes, delectable desserts, and fine coffees that are plentiful to eat in or take home. 


Home Quarter Menus:


HomeQuarter is a place that feels like home, with an amazing atmosphere, wonderful coffee and great food you are sure to love. They look forward to sharing their farmhouse kitchen atmosphere with you, their friends. 

'A place that feels like home...From the first bite to the last drop.'

HomeQuarter Coffeehouse & Bakery is a Trusted Saskatoon Caterer & Bakery!


Trusted Saskatoon Caterer Chef de Partie Catering & Events Announce The Opening Of Their Unique Tasting Room


Chef de Partie Catering is a private catering company with commercial kitchens in the heart of the downtown Saskatoon business district.  Owned by Chef Heather Bekar-Schulte and specializing in creating high-quality dishes with fresh, local ingredients and uncommon flair. Heather and her passionate team cater to local events, corporate parties and weddings, they also produce amazing pastries and build one-of-a-kind wedding cakes. In their latest article Trusted Saskatoon Caterer Chef de Partie Catering & Events share their unique tasting room experience!!

Visit, Taste & Shop Local With Chef De Partie


The Chef de Partie family is committed to the collaborative growth of local partnerships in the food, farming and artisan community of Saskatchewan. They would like to introduce the Trusted Saskatoon audience to their new tasting room and what is in store behind that beautiful door!!!


PRIVATE TASTING ROOM EXPERIENCE


Under a gorgeous central, beam and cable light fixture, they have installed a family-style harvest table available for private dinner bookings and food tastings with their Chef and culinary team. 
Up to 12 guests can dine in the speakeasy type atmosphere, off the beaten path where every seat is at the Chef's table. Alternatively, they can host up to 25 guests for intimate cocktail receptions.

SASKATOON’S MOST SELECT PRIVATE DINING


A ground-breaking concept that is a must-try, their private tasting room offers an unparalleled experience behind closed doors away from the clash of the outside world. We specialize in living micro-greens, artisan cheese, pasture-raised meats and phenomenal dessert. Experiment with some of the finest food Saskatchewan has to offer. Chef Heather creates tasting plates and local ingredient menu combinations with an adventurous tilt. Find the flavour that piques your palette and share the experience with your friends and family. 


A NIGHT TO REMEMBER - Event Hosting


The perfect atmosphere for your next event. Intimate weddings, company socials, bridal showers, gentlemen’s night out, or even your next date, all will be intrigued by an evening in the Chef de Partie TASTING ROOM.

Chef Heather's inspiration and indeed many elements in the Tasting Room have come straight from the Ostapiw Farms where Chef Heather was born and raised. From barn beams, corral boards, Baba's butter churn to Gido's coat hooks, our space is immersed in the history of our family's agricultural roots. The Chef de Partie family is committed to the collaborative growth of local partnerships in the food, farming and artisan community of Saskatchewan. 

Chef de Partie Catering & Events is a Trusted Saskatoon Caterer 


Trusted Saskatoon Mystery Shop of HomeQuarter Coffeehouse & Bakery

In the Trusted Saskatoon community, we all have our parts to play to ensure we maintain the standards and high level of integrity we promote. To ensure that our partners are upholding these guarantees, we have a MYSTERY SHOPPER PROGRAM, where we ask people in Saskatoon to share their experience by filling out a report to tell us about their experience with a Trusted Saskatoon Partner! Our latest business to be mystery shopped was HomeQuarter Coffeehouse & Bakery Trusted Saskatoon Caterer & Bakery. This particular mystery shop was conducted by twin 11year olds Eden & Esmé who took the mission very seriously! Enjoy! 

HomeQuarter Coffeehouse & Bakery Mystery Shop


TRUSTED PARTNER: HomeQuarter



Name of Shoppers: Eden & Esmé T- Aged 11yrs 

MYSTERY SHOP CHECKLIST

  • How was the greeting/ welcome/ call answered? The man at the counter was very nice and helpful

  • Product/industry knowledge of staff? The offered Mom lots of different coffee options, she likes coffee and said it was really good coffee.  

  • If a quote is required is the quote well laid out/ clear? All the prices were on the menu board above the counter

  • Did they ask where you found them? No

  • Was the place well presented? clean and tidy? The cafe is very nice inside - they have lots of glass and many different places to sit. There is a place for little kids to play, booths to sit in and even an upstairs part which was more private.  They also had lots of places to plug in our chargers so we could use our phone and they had free wifi. It was very clean.

  • Overall experience 1-10.  9.5

  • Would you return as a customer/ recommend them to close friends? Yes,  we have been back and want to go again as there are lots of nice things in the bakery cabinet we would like to try. 

  • Did anyone stand out as exceptional? If so who? Why – The person that makes the cakes and pastries as they are very very good and the man that made Mom's coffee and our chai lattes is very talented at making nice patterns on top of the drinks. Our Step-Dad tries to do them at home but don't look as nice as the ones at HomeQuarter.  



Refer to the Trusted Guarantees-  Did they live up to expectations? 


TRUSTED GUARANTEES 

  1. Provide the service and quality promised. - YES
  2. Complete the job on time. – YES
  3. Charge the price quoted with NO surprises- YES
  4. Communicate honestly and be responsive to customer needs- YES
  5. Resolve any issues with customer satisfaction in mind – Nothing went wrong 


Please share any other comments relating to your experience with the company. 


"The scone, the cinnamon bun and Mom's sandwhich were all very tasty - the cinnamon bun was the best though, it was perfect. The Chai Latte was the 2nd best we have ever had. My Mom asked what the best was and we told her it was from a little place inside the Farmers Market a while ago . Mom started laughing because this was the place that used to be inside the Farmers  Market - so really they have done the 1st and 2nd best chai lattes ever! 





HomeQuarter also offer catering - based on what you have tasted would you like HomeQuarter to cater an event for you?  


If we had a birthday party that was catered or if we could order from HomeQuarter on Health Hunger at school we would be really excited! We are sure the catering is as good as the food and drink we have had. They are very good at everything they do.  

Congratulation Lee, Grace and the team at HomeQuarter! and you have proved once more that you deserve the PROMOTION, ENDORSEMENT and KUDOS that we love to heap upon you. Great Saskatoon and area businesses like yours deserve the promotion 

MOST importantly the public in Saskatoon can feel confident that when they choose a Trusted business from The Saskatoon Directory of experts they will be glad they did!! No risk..no stress...just Trusted businesses at their fingertips waiting to serve them! 


PickNic's Catering - Trusted Saskatoon Caterer Shares Wedding Cake Trends

At PickNic's Catering and Fine Foods, they understand you need more from your caterer than culinary expertise; you need peace of mind that someone you TRUST will take care of every detail. That’s why they have been serving more than just excellent food to Saskatoon and area for 15 years— they are here to serve you. From stress-free planning services to a sounding board for all of your catering ideas, everything they provide will make your event unforgettable and uniquely yours! In their latest tip, they talk wedding cake trends!  

PIckNic's Catering & Fine Food are Trusted Saskatoon Caterers


Oh wedding cake, we will never stop loving you! But whether we’re talking about the fillings and frostings or gorgeous decorations, this spring’s trends are going to make it mighty hard to say “I Do” to just one.

Foliage Fun


Take those show-stopping sugar blooms one step farther with extra foliage! Be on the lookout this spring for cakes with heavy foliage accents, fresh green palettes, or leafy designs. 

You might even spot some fresh herb-inspired decorations. Rosemary is one of our favourites because of its feathery, plume-like appearance.











Shine with Sequins.


More and more brides are using silver and gold accents to add some sparkle to their big day, and the cake is no exception.

Edible sequins are the way to go here and don't be scared to go bold, coating an entire tier in a layer of twinkly bits. Another option: create custom shaped sequins by painting slivered almonds or small fondant cutouts with lustre dust.













Sealed With A Kiss


A cake that matches your invites? 
Why not! 
Edible wax seals (made out of candy melts!) are the prettiest little accents hidden among sugar flowers. Just keep ‘em simple — the bride and groom’s initial works well — to make sure the effect is clear.











Bigger Isn’t Better


Whether you’re having a small reception or just want to save some money, a petite cake may be just the ticket. More brides are opting to show off their cake style without three tiers or lots of fuss. We love a small, semi-naked cake piled with fresh flowers and maybe even a personalized topper.



Watercolour Wonders


The soft and romantic strokes of watercolour paint are perfect for weddings. And brides are taking note: This artistic style is showing up on invites, signage and, yes, cakes. Watercolour washes on a cake can be as bold or as subtle as you want, and also make a beautiful backdrop to other decorations like vibrant flowers, fruits and foliage. 


Bold Florals

Dramatic floral arrangements are perfect for wedding cakes, and they feel even fresher when the cake underneath is left semi-naked. One thing you’re gonna see everywhere: Large, cascading roses sweeping down and around a tower of tiers. That’s a lot to love!

What's the difference between good food and absolutely incredible dining?  Fresh, quality ingredients, generous portions, imagination and creativity!  

From a simple catered lunch with gourmet sandwiches, to a PickNics Candlelight Dinner In A Box for 2 for a romantic evening in, to a fabulous catered wedding or special event catering.

Let Nicola and the team at Picknic's Catering create something special for you!


Looking for a caterer in Saskatoon for your wedding or event?  We highly recommend PickNic's Catering, your Trusted Saskatoon Caterers!

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