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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 


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!


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