Chef/Owner Karen Ferries (a 1997 French Culinary Institute graduate) launched her 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, wedding receptions, celebratory home occasions to upscale black tie affairs. Her catering business is now relocating to the Philadelphia area, effective July 1st.
Her background includes training in the catering division 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 happily discovered that the intricacy and labor-intensive techniques required to get each one just right was an ideal fit for her talents in the kitchen, and cocktail parties were her niche. Making thousands of perfect hors d'oeuvres for upscale events, 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.