My Story

I love food and I love to serve tasty, local food to my guests whether a casual supper, a family picnic by the Lake, or a relaxing dinner party with friends, here at Culinary Occasions I want to give you a most relaxing experience whilst enjoying your meal.

Cumbria has a wealth of Artisan fine ingredients which I love to use in my menus including Solway Shrimps, Herdwick Lamb and Lythe Valley Damsons and not forgetting a favourite sweet dish of Cumberland Rum Nicky and Rum Butter.

Culinary Occasions was inspired through my love of food  Being hands on in the kitchen and getting involved in the garden were a big part of my early family life, even joining my Father and brother to the harbour at Whitehaven fishing for seasonal catch and the odd crab.

My food is all about having fun and I would be delighted to provide delicious Cumbrian Fayre for you.

So, for dining at home or your holiday property; family celebrations, corporate buffets, or just have a busy life and want time off from the kitchen, contact me to discuss your requirements. I love being creative with the ingredients available so take a look at  some of my dishes where you can create your own menu, or let’s have a chat and put a bespoke menu together for you.

you relax, we cook!

Yvonne Gainford
Yvonne Gainford - Culinary Occasions

My food is all about having fun and I would be delighted to provide delicious Cumbrian Fayre for you

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I could tell you so much about the wonderful places I've worked and the amazing food I have to hand, however I thought it best to ask someone
– so here's what some of my customers say:

There’s something pretty special about having Yvonne in your kitchen!

I’ve had lots of lunch buffets and one of the best I’ve had was Yvonnes. Delicious fresh, tasty plates of food and not a sandwich in sight!

Yvonne at Culinary Occasions has consistently provided us with a range of fresh, delicious and creative food for our corporate lunches (large and small) and has always been responsive to adapting her menus to cater for all food sensitivities. I would highly recommend Yvonne and Culinary Occasions to any company or private party

Personal chef Yvonne Gainford’s life has revolved around food; growing, fishing and cooking. Working with our guests on the menu, using locally grown produce, Yvonne effortlessly provides spectacular, Cumbrian inspired meals for all occasions. Choose a leisurely breakfast with homemade preserves, pancakes and a ‘full Cumbrian’, an informal lunch buffet, a surprise picnic lunch on the high fells , or a waiter served dinner where all you need to do is get dressed up then take your seat for a culinary wonderland