The Casual Gourmet is a locally owned and operated diversified food service company specializing in Cape Cod weddings. Our professional staff possesses more than 70 years of combined event planning experience and will help our clients with everything from a continental breakfast for ten to a society wedding for 300. We are proud to be one of Cape Cod’s largest, oldest and most successful catering companies with a broad range of clientele that includes noted corporations and prestigious charitable organizations.
From Cookies to Catering
In 2006 the Casual Gourmet purchased the former Hearth n’ Kettle Bakery building in Centerville, doubling the size of our commissary and adding a line of special occasion cakes and pastries to our repertoire.
More than just a Caterer
Locally Owned and Operated
The Casual Gourmet and The Casual Gourmet Express are owned and operated by the Chase family who have been Cape Codders from the start. In fact, they have traced their ancestry to Thomas Rogers, who came to Cape Cod aboard the Mayflower.
Olive runs the show with more than 25 years of catering experience and some 25 years of restaurant and food service experience before that. As the owner and president of The Casual Gourmet, Olive oversees two Express locations, two food service contracts, our main bakery & cafe and a catering operation that puts on more than 100 weddings each year.
In addition to her active role in the Cape Cod community, Olive also serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the International Caterers Association and the Caterers Committee of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. As past President of the Board of Directors for both the Sturigs Charter Public School and Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, Olive is also a champion of the charter school movement both in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and nationally.
Olive’s husband Dave owns and operates a prospect research firm called Donor Research. Helping nonprofits and other organizations fund raise by profession, Dave has been an invaluable asset to the Barnstable community for decades. Most recently, he has served as the President of the Hyannis Youth & Community Center Foundation helping secure funds for the Town of Barnstable to build the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, a dual rink facility located in downtown Hyannis.
A Community Company
CCHFA supports stewardship of coastal ecosystems through education, research, and policy programs. This great organization is helping protect one the Cape’s oldest businesses – fishing! Click here to donate or join.
We are fortunate to have one of the best health care systems in the country right here on Cape Cod. The Casual Gourmet is proud to support CCHC in all that they do. Click here to donate.
Olive’s husband Dave Chase is the President of the Hyannis Youth and Community Center Foundation and one of the driving forces behind the recently opened Hyannis Youth and Community Center. The facility, with two ice rinks and various other athletic and social activity areas, serves downtown Hyannis and the greater Cape Cod community. Click here to donate to the HYCC.
Arts on the Cape
“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” -President John F. Kennedy
The Casual Gourmet supports the following organizations who are dedicated to fostering a strong and vibrant arts community on Cape Cod:
The Arts Foundation is committed to strengthening and promoting Cape Cod’s arts and cultural industry throughout the year. They also organize the annual Pops by the Sea summer concert on the Barnstable Town Green by the renowned Boston Pops orchestra. We are honored to have catered this event for a number of years. Become a member.
Heritage promotes and fosters the appreciation, preservation and stewardship of America’s culture and horticulture by connecting people, living collections, object collections and ideas. Check out one of Heritage’s latest fundraisers or donate here.
CCMA collects, conserves, studies, interprets and exhibits works by outstanding artists associated with Cape Cod and the Islands. Join here.
They want to preserve the legacy of Highfield Hall for future generations, to make it a welcoming home for cultural and community life in Falmouth, and to interpret its architecture, landscape and history for residents and visitors of all ages. Click here to donate to the Historic Highfield Hall.