Calgary Catering Company

We know how difficult it can be to keep corporate lunches creative and fresh while staying within a budget. We’ve catered to some of the most exquisite weddings in Alberta. Keep in mind that you will earn AIR MILES® Reward Miles by booking with us. Let’s talk today!

Catering Services

Our clients give us rave reviews – and we’ve earned it! From our knowledgeable staff to our event expertise and creativity, we go the extra mile to give our clients a memorable experience. Let us know how we can help you with your catering needs for weddings, corporate events, private home parties and more.

Corporate Catering

Corporate Catering

Having an important meeting, client reception or a team party at work?  We provide fresh produce from local suppliers and make everything in-house from scratch for your event.  Ask about our florals and décor services.

Wedding Catering

Wedding Catering

Beautiful weddings are all about the details. We provide delicious catering, decor, flowers, rentals and planning services. Let us take the stress off you so that you and your family enjoy your special day.

Home party catering

Home Party Catering

We can work with you to come up with a plan to wow your guests and make sure all the details are considered! Our experts know how to make your event special – that can include custom catering and a décor theme.

Calgary Stampede Catering

Stampede Catering

Stampede entertaining is a Calgary tradition. We can provide the catering along with décor and entertainment all in one-stop! It’s best to book for this popular time of year in advance, but we can help you even if it’s short notice.

About Us

We’re Calgary’s Premier Hospitality Firm.

We are Simply Elegant, an accomplished events and catering company headquartered in Calgary Alberta. We provide expert planning, catering, floral, decor and management services for all kinds of events, including private parties, corporate events, and weddings.

We are a multi-divisional company that offers a full range of services to meet all your planning needs in one place. We love what we do, and we’d love the opportunity to see how we could make your life easier and your event the best it could be. You could say “We’re in the Business of Events.”

We started as a catering company in 1996. Owner Robert Vidra, a trained chef, came to Calgary determined to open a catering operation that met the specific needs of the business community. He talked to everyone from receptionists to the CEO’s of Calgary’s largest companies, designing a catering company that would best meet the needs of the Calgary culture.

The business developed a reputation for providing excellent food, outstanding service and tremendous value. In fact, the service was so good that Simply Elegant’s clients encouraged the company to move into events, because of their unwavering attention to detail. Simply Elegant expanded into events in 2005, adding a nationally recognized, award-winning designer and events planner to the staff.

Now, instead of having to deal with a variety of vendors, clients are able to turn over everything to Simply Elegant, right from the early planning through to the decorations, catering, entertainment, execution and clean up.

We actively listen in order to understand the corporate culture and needs of our clients and create events that reflect their brand and values. We do not believe in “one size fits all.” Rather, we customize events by working collaboratively with our clients. We never take for granted the trust that our clients and vendors put in us.

Simply Elegant staff are experts in their field. Numerous employees have enjoyed long-standing careers at Simply Elegant. We value their loyalty and support their continued education.

We have established strong, working relationships with our vendors and treat them how we want to be treated. We believe that honesty, integrity and social responsibility are vital to our corporate culture and seek out vendors with similar values. Our future includes caring for the planet and we actively seek ways to lessen our footprint on it.  We are mindful of the environment as we design our events.

  • Leadership starts at the top. It has always been the core principle of Robert Vidra to accept responsibility for all that happens and not blame others; all of our staff follow that same conviction.
  • We enjoy what we do by creating fun and a little magic.
  • Our business is not an object but a live entity; we are a community of people who love to work and socialize together.
  • We believe that change is inevitable and by accepting the evolution of change, we can inspire others.
  • There is nothing more important than communication.
  • We are open to accepting constructive criticism.
  • We accept that each person has strengths and weaknesses; we recognize the strengths of others and minimize their weaknesses by providing support and working as a team.
  • Success is directly measured by those around you; we cannot be what we are without our staff and vendors – it’s the people we work with that make us great.
Community

  • Each person is required to work in other departments so they understand the other divisions.
  • We share in the joys of others and their lives.
  • We are community minded and give time, money, food and services to the Calgary community.
  • We believe in doing the right thing even when it is not the easy thing.
  • We believe business is earned and trust cannot be abused.

Education

  • Enlightenment through education brings out the best in us.
  • We give employees company money to go out for dinners and experience new things that make them happy.

Environment

  • Supporting strong policies since 1996; we did what was right before most people cared.
  • We recycle, reuse and reduce.

Vendors

  • We do not take advantage of our vendors; it is through collaborating with them that we can succeed.

Simply Elegant’s Green Initiative

There’s no point being a premiere events and catering company if we’ve run out of planet to live on. So we take our responsibility to the environment very seriously.

Here are some of the ways we work towards sustainability:

FOOD

  • We support and purchase from local food products and suppliers
  • We use organic vegetables where possible
  • 90% of the meat we purchase is from Alberta, including free range fed chickens and turkeys
  • 25% of all produce we purchase is grown locally in the Pacific NW
  • 90% of the fruit we buy comes from North America

DISPOSABLE PRODUCTS

  • We provide biodegradable disposable cocktail and lunch plates
  • We provide “green” cutlery at client’s request
  • Since 1996, we’ve used chaffing dishes (not tinfoil) for all hot food
  • We use plastic platters, which are sanitized and reused, instead of disposable ones
  • Our food is presented on china by request

WE RECYCLE

  • All cardboard and office paper products
  • Kitchen cooking oil
  • Bottles and cans with proceeds being donated to local community groups

TRANSPORTATION

  • Straight line food delivery for “green routing” to specific downtown corporate buildings to reduce fuel consumption, minimize vehicle exhaust plus conserve gas.

MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

  • Strict maintenance programs for delivery vehicles
  • Kitchen freezers, fridges
  • Air conditioner units

We’re glad a healthier environment matters to you too. Thanks for wanting to know more about our green philosophy. We’ll keep striving to find new ways to lessen our footprint on the planet.

We Support

  • Hospice Calgary
  • Médecins Sans Frontières HK / Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • David Suzuki Foundation
  • World Wildlife Fund

Catering Blog

Viva la vida local! Simply Elegant & the Local Food Movement

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Napkin Folding

We at Simply Elegant know that an important part of ensuring that your event is a success has to do with paying special attention to the details. Those small finishing touches can make a big difference. And that’s why this week, we’re going to look at napkin folding....

Should I Hire a Professional Caterer for my Seasonal Party?

You have finally decided to throw that Big Holiday Bash! There are a million decisions that need to be made, and deciding whether or not to hire a professional catering service is tops on your list. You also have to select a date, determine a budget, decide upon the...

Our Policies

Services
We manage all aspects of off site private and corporate Catering, Event Management, Wedding Planning, Decor & Florals.

Hours of Operation
We are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday except for special events.

Ordering
Food orders should be placed at least one business day prior to the meal delivery. Nonetheless, we will accept orders until 9:30 am on the day of delivery if we have the resources available. Same day or rush orders may be subject to a 25% surcharge.

Hot Food Orders
As hot food requires more preparation time, orders should be placed two business days in advance of the day of the event. Hot meal orders require a minimum of 8 or more of the same item.

Minimum Orders
Cold meals require a minimum of $75.00 before tax and delivery.

Order Changes
Volume increases to an order may be made up to 9:30 am the day of delivery. Reductions to an order are not possible the day of your event due to our production schedule.

Cancellations
All cancellations less than one business day in advance of delivery will be charged in full. We will deliver the food at the specified time unless requested otherwise by the client. Large parties will require more than one business day notice depending on the size of their event. Please refer to our cancellation policy regarding events.

Standard Corporate Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Catering with disposables or simple rentals from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm)

Delivery to one central company drop off point. This is either a special room outside the elevators, the servery, or the main reception desk.

Delivery Charges are based on the following criteria:

  • Distance traveled
  • Heavy load-ins
  • Client special requirements
  • Parking
  • Loading dock availability
  • Security
  • Time of delivery

Delivery Zones

1. Delivery &/ or pickup in Zone 1- Downtown Core or NE quadrant.

  • $12.50 for one way and nothing needs to be returned.
  • $25.00 for two way if we need to come and pick up equipment
  • After hours delivery Monday to Friday call for details.

2. Delivery &/ or pickup in Zone 2, outside downtown core, within 10km from our location

  • $25.00 for one way and nothing needs to be returned.
  • $50.00 for two way if we need to go back to collect any equipment.
  • After hours delivery Monday to Friday call for details.

3.  Delivery &/ or pickup in Zone 3, within 25km from our location

  • $35.00 for one way and nothing needs to be returned.
  • $70.00 for two way if we need to go back to collect any equipment.
  • After hours delivery Monday to Friday call for details.

4. Delivery outside corporate limits please call for details.

Simply Elegant is committed to responsible management practices that provide a healthy and safe workplace for our employees and clients, and that safeguard the public while protecting the environment in which we work.

Our commitment includes:

  • Complying with established occupational health and safety regulations and environmental laws;
  • Integrating health, safety and environmental considerations into the way we conduct our business;
  • Management setting an example and providing leadership in health and safety, setting health and safety policies and procedures and providing training and adequate resources to perform the job safely;
  • Employees at all levels being responsible and accountable for the company’s health and safety. Active participation by everyone at all times, and in every job is necessary for the health and safety excellence Simply Elegant expects.

Planning – Assess potential health and safety hazards related to company activities; eliminate, minimize or mitigate adverse effects of operations.

Responsibility – Utilize facilities in a safe and responsible manner. This shall include development of procedures that support health and safety.

Communication – Maintain regular communications with employees and other stakeholders on health and safety matters.

Training – Provide education and training to support public and employee health and safety.

Performance – Set measurable targets and improve performance through an effective health and safety management system.

By fulfilling our safety, responsibilities and continually improving our Health and Safety Management System we will all share the benefits of a safe, healthy, and injury-free workplace.

Our Location

Simply Elegant Catering

#7 3600 19th Street NE Calgary, AB T2E 6V2 Canada

Ph: (403) 242-0598
Fx: (403) 291-0568

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Simply Elegant Catering

#7 3600 19th Street NE
Calgary, AB T2E 6V2
Canada

Ph: (403) 242-0598
Fx: (403) 291-0568

E-mail: [email protected]

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