Chef/Owner Karen Ferries (a 1997 French Culinary Institute in Manhattan and Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania graduate) launched her catering company in Brooklyn, New York in 2013. She catered hundreds of cocktail parties in New York City and the surrounding boroughs, from 40th birthdays, baby showers, holiday gatherings, graduations, wedding receptions, celebratory home occasions to upscale black tie affairs. Her catering business is now relocating to the Philadelphia area, starting July 1st, 2019.
Her background includes catering at Daniel Boulud’s three-star Michelin flagship restaurant, Daniel, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side from 2009-11. Starting off in hors d’oeuvres, she discovered that the labor-intensive techniques required to get each one just right was an ideal fit for her kitchen talents, and cocktail parties were her niche. Making thousands of perfect hors d'oeuvres, under intense pressure of maintaining high cooking standards at Restaurant Daniel, taught Karen life-long lessons in food and catering.
These transformative years profoundly changed her view of cooking. Most of all, it inspired Karen to start her own catering company, fittingly called The Cocktail Party Chef, in 2013. By the fall, she was selected as one of the “fresh faces” of up-and-coming event companies by Bizbash, the leading industry publication.
Karen’s breadth of culinary experience also includes freelance food styling in food photography; recipe testing and development for cookbooks; personal cheffing; corporate catering; cookbook publishing for William Morrow; and a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition & Food Studies degree from New York University followed by working as a nutritionist for an adult day healthcare program.