Setting the stage for the night’s main attraction -- a comedy event featuring hypnotist Wayne Lee -- Chef Kevin Tetz will present “Culinary Magic with Love,” a showcase for appetizers and desserts from his catering business Executive Chef.
“It’s going to be an appetizer evening,” Tetz said. “I’ll have my station set up and there’ll be a dessert station halfway through, at the intermission, I guess … so when they come down on their break, they’ll come down and have their desserts, and there’ll be … an array of different appetizers (to) show them what I can create and what I’ve got.”
Tickets to “Culinary Magic” cost $20. Along with the food, wine and champagne will be available for an extra charge.
Tetz, who has been cooking for two decades, founded Executive Chef five years ago. The company specializes in higher-end catering services featuring multiple courses, with a slogan boasting that it “bring(s) the restaurant dining experience to your home.”
There is a definite art to setting up such an experience. When Tetz comes to a client’s home, he must first set up the dining room to create the proper atmosphere.
“I like to create my dishes like art,” he wrote in a Facebook message. “When I do a culinary adventure evening for clients, I like to leave them with (an) unforgettable lasting memory.”
Business has been good for Tetz, as a steady supply of bookings has helped his company grow and prosper over the years. But he occasionally works on a volunteer basis, such as his recent donation of a four-course meal to a local women’s shelter.
Tetz has also been instrumental in the effort to expand professional associations for provincial chefs, which he hopes will give his business more flexibility and reach in the long run.
It’s going to be an appetizer evening. - Kevin Tetz
“I’m trying to bring the American chefs’ association to Saskatchewan and start a chapter here,” he said. “That’s another thing I’m doing. So I just expand on that and then I can work with other chefs … start networking, and then people can train them and then I can have a few more people go out there to different areas.
“I get calls from La Ronge or Regina, and … I can’t be everywhere. So if I had someone somewhere close by there, I can just phone them up there (and say), ‘I’ve got a job for you,’ and then off they go.”
With his company’s focus on providing meals at private homes, events such as the Rawlinson Centre appearance are comparatively rare for Tetz, who tends to be selective when it comes to large-scale bookings.
“I don’t want to get too big because I’m more like bound to 20 people in a home for like a multi-course evening, or I do up to like 50 people for an appetizer evening when I go to a house,” he said.
Promotional opportunities are also a consideration in catering for larger events.
Aside from additional staff requirements, Tetz said such occasions aren’t very different from smaller bookings.
“You’ve just got to cook more,” he said.
“Culinary Magic with Love” starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14. Tickets are available at the Rawlinson Centre until Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m.