Pictured Above: Black Salt Culinary. Photography by Brian Tietz

Taste


Catering to Whims

Entertaining may look different this season, but these Southwest Florida caterers continue to elevate the art.

They are the invisible wonder workers, solving problems and deflecting crises with smiles. “Guests don’t realize what goes on behind the scenes,” says caterer Valeria Zanella Voisin, partner at Black Salt Culinary, a high-end catering company in Cape Coral. And that’s exactly how Voisin and her team intend it to be. “Your guests should never know,” she says. Her contemporaries agree. “You show up, serve the meal, take care of everything, clean up, and leave,” says Jeramie Campana, chef and co-owner of Paper Fig Kitchen on Sanibel Island. “It’s like nothing ever happened.” Lisa Resch, owner of Carolina Catering Co. in Naples calls catering “the lost stepchild” of the dining industry, particularly where support during the pandemic was concerned. Like most small businesses, local catering companies took a hard hit. Some—like Brian Roland of Crave Culinaire, who ramped up his Crave 2 Go carryout business and a mobile pantry for online grocery shopping—pivoted their business model to meet the times. Others held on, looking forward to what they optimistically predict will be their time to rise and shine. As diners crave social contact and chef-crafted cuisine in the safety of their homes, these three caterers depend on trusted relationships, stellar reputations and a bit of charisma to reemerge as a safe choice for entertaining this season—whether that’s an intimate dinner for 10 or a (socially distanced) gala with a guest list in the thre
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