Outside Catering Services

Specialising in bespoke catering service, Culinary Occasions can create mouth-watering menus for you using the highest quality ingredients from some of Cumbria’s quality producers of fine ingredients.

Yvonne can help you plan a customised catering menu that incorporates your special event details, including themes, special tastes or dietary requirements.

  • Full waiter service available or delivered direct to you
  • Food made from fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients
  • Cater for a wide range of diets including Vegetarian, Vegan, Diabetic, Gluten Free, Peanut/Nut/Seed free
  • Cater for a wide range of events including Birthdays; Christenings, Weddings, Funerals, Corporate Events to simple suppers to share with family and friends

How it Works

Chef Prepares your Food

Yvonne prepares food in our own kitchen with the freshest locally sourced ingredients

Food Delivered to Venue

Dishes are prepare and arranged in serving dishes and platters for delivery

Waiter Service Catering

We offer full waiter service catering– which means our team sets up, serves and cleans up after your event

Drop-off Catering Services

We also offer a drop-off catering service for smaller, more simple events.

Specialising in bespoke catering, Yvonne creates mouthwatering menus for you using the best ingredients with inspiring flavours


Some of our most frequently asked questions

I cater for a wide range of events including Birthday  Celebrations, Christenings, Weddings, Funeral Tea, Corporate lunches and corporate events such as product launch.

Perhaps a buffet is for family gatherings on the days prior to a wedding or funeral when there’s so much to think about, it takes the pressure off to have some delicious platters of food delivered – from a pan of soup and sandwich platter, a dish of Lasagne or a roasted joint of meat (see my Menus page)


I cater for a variety of numbers at events with a minimum number on certain dishes i.e: 4 or 6 portions.  Please call to discuss numbers – 0786 398 3446

We can hire crockery, cutlery and any other equipment necessary for the event at extra cost to your food.

Ideally within 30 miles of Workington. Please do enquire for catering further afield. A Mileage charge applies.

We cater for a wide range of diets including Vegetarian, Vegan, Diabetic, Gluten Free, Peanut/nut/seed free.

It is important that you make me aware of any allergies and intolerance’s at the time of booking so that menus can be adjusted. Although every care is taken in preparing and serving such foods, we do use gluten, nuts, seeds and peanuts etc. on the premises and therefore cannot guarantee food is free of the above or the 14 known Allergens.


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:

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

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

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!

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