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.
Olive & Dave’s son, Dave Jr. (aka Davie), is a 2011 graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland as a Political Science major and currently works for Cape Cod’s Congressman, Bill Keating. Before going off to college, Dave spent a year working for the Jane Goodall Institute as their Youth Leadership Fellow. He spent his time with JGI overseeing several national youth campaign and traveling the world speaking to young people, encouraging them to partake in community service projects.