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A dedicated, leading-edge hospitality group

Since joining forces a decade ago, The Food Dudes have grown their once small, home-based operation into Toronto’s most revered, innovative and adaptive catering and food service company.

Executive Chef Adrian Niman founded The Food Dudes in 2007 upon completing his intense training at the Michelin-starred Reads Hotel in Mallorca, Spain. Adrian then partnered with Creative Director Brent McClenahan, who specializes in bridging the gap between design strategy and the culinary arts. They added Chief Operating Officer Lindsay Klein soon after, built a world-class team of passionate professionals, and quickly distinguished themselves as industry leaders.

The Food Dudes consistently raise the bar by anticipating and fulfilling the dynamic needs of the modern metropolitan client - a desire for fresh and local ingredients, sophisticated original fare, flexible budgeting plans - all while providing a memorable culinary experience.

From catered affairs of all styles and sizes to food trucks, restaurants, fundraisers and signature food-driven event experiences, The Food Dudes are Toronto’s most trusted hospitality specialists and premier providers of all things edible.

Adrian Niman

Founder / Executive Chef

Brent McClenahan

Founder / Creative Director

Lindsay Klein

Partner / Chief Operating Officer

Matt Blondin

Restaurant Partner / Executive Chef / Omaw

David Schwartz

Restaurant Partner / Executive Chef / Omaw

Adam Minster

Restaurant Partner / General Manager Rasa & Sara

Alex Gurbein

Head Chef / Catering

Nate Turnbull

Food Truck Partner / Head Chef

Davin Shearer

Head Chef / Rasa

Tyson Porcellato

Head Chef / Catering

Sean Usher

Head Chef / Catering

Olivia Thorpe

Executive Pastry Chef

Michael Bottomley

General Manager / Pantry

Eric Choy

Finance Director

Bianca Meijer

Operations Director

Jaimie Mintz

Sales Director

Han Choi

Design Director

Raakesh Bhim

Kitchen Manager

Farra Kurniawan

Finance Operator / Event Coordinator

Billie Tete

Food Truck Planner

Jennifer Sutkowski

Pantry Catering Director

Daniel Fani

Pantry Catering Coordinator

Amy Horta

Administrative Assistant

Merlin Kaasik

Event Coordinator

Jason Dinetz

Event Coordinator

Brittney Gee

Event Coordinator

Kelsey O'Connor

Event Coordinator

Camila Pusch

Event Coordinator

Renée Struth

Sales Coordinator

Chelsea Merritt

Service Director

Dan Warry-Smith

Media

Green

The Food Dudes maintain the highest standards of sustainability across all business endeavours. Deliveries and pick-ups are scheduled with efficiency in mind, ensuring minimal time spent on the road. Clients are encouraged to rent our reusable platters, while all disposable cutlery and dinnerware is 100% biodegradable. Organic waste and recyclables are vigilantly separated at all facilities, venues and events.

Charity

The Food Dudes take pride in supporting a growing number of charitable organizations and events. Fundraising is a central tenet of the company ethos, with extensive efforts made toward assisting vital causes in Toronto and beyond.

Recent large-scale successes include: the Toronto Raptors’ Raps City Social in support of the MLSE Foundation’s Regent Park Revitalization project; and the SickKids Foundation’s Scrubs in the City gala to benefit the many needs of the Hospital for Sick Children.

The Food Dudes have donated services to Camp Oochigeas, Ashley’s Angels, CAMH, Scouts Canada, Three To Be, Kinark, Canada Cares, Haiti Relief, Second Harvest, The Angel Project, The Weekend to End Breast Cancer, Citi Athletic Foundation, Bridle Bash, Friends For Life Bike Rally and more.

Community

The Food Dudes place immeasurable value in our participation as members of the greater Toronto community, an ever-evolving relationship that we nurture through collaboration with the city’s most talented creative minds. Artists and musicians provide vital components for our annual Block Party event, a cooperative effort that embraces the communal nature of Toronto’s diverse populace, while mainstays like Set Monday at Rasa incorporate artistic elements to enrich the dining experience.

Awards
Now Readers' Choice Best of Toronto 2017

Best Caterer

Canadian Event Industry Awards 2017

Best Caterer of the Year

Canadian Special Events Magazine Readers' Choice Awards 2017

Favourite Event Caterer

Toronto Life 2017

Toronto's Best Fusion Restaurants (Rasa)

Notable Awards 2016

Best Chef in Canada (Adrian Niman)

Toronto Life The Best of Everything 2015

Best New Restauarant (Omaw, #3)

North Toronto Post 2015

Young Guns (Adrian Niman, Rasa)

Culinary Concierge 2015

Worth the Flight to Toronto (Rasa)

Toronto Life The Best of Everything 2014

Best New Restaurant (Rasa, #10)

Notable Awards 2014

Best Event Planner (Lindsay Klein)

Toronto Life 2014

Best Burgers in Toronto (Rasa, #3)

dine.TO 2014

10 Best Restaurants in Toronto (Rasa)

Canadian Special Events Reader’s Choice Award 2013

Best Caterer

AwesTRUCK 2013

Best Graphics (Food Truck)

Horizon Interactive Awards 2012

Best in Category (Culinary Canvas Website)

Chatelaine 2012

Best Street Eats (Food Truck)

Toronto Life 2012

Best New Restaurants (Acadia, #2)

BlogTO Best Of 2011

Best Caterers in Toronto

Ontario Hostelry Institute 2010

Top 30 Under 30 (Adrian Niman)

“It was a truly memorable event that literally went off without a hitch. 
Not only was the food outstanding, but the service was impeccable, attentive and flawless. I heard one of our close relatives exclaim: ‘Of the top 10 meals I have had in my life, this now makes the list. ’
No wonder the Food Dudes is the best catering firm in Toronto!”
---- Pierre L. (Father of the Groom)
“From day one, when I started the process of trying to find a caterer, the Food Dudes were consistently the most prompt in replying and the most helpful. Obviously, the food at the tasting sealed the deal. We were very impressed. The feedback from the guests about the food was glowing.”
---- Thomas C. (Groom)
“The food was amazing, guests could not stop snacking... I think some of them were following the servers around. The team was so professional and lovely to work with.“
---- Kaley S. (Event Specialist)
“Staff onsite were magnificent, there’s no other word to describe
 it. Absolutely the best catering I’ve experienced in many years! Thank you Food Dudes! Looking forward to our next encounter!”
---- Francine S. (Francine Socket & Associates)
"I have been planning and hosting events (both personally and professionally) for more than 40 years and I have to honestly tell you that I have never had such excellent service and food quality. "
---- Susan W. (VoX International Inc.)
“The team at the Food Dudes are extremely talented... they are creative, innovative and are very current. In addition, they are extremely professional, very flexible and always exceed expectations.
 I would not hesitate to recommend them."
---- Hala B. (Hala Events)
“The venue, music and the theme were all terrific, and I must say The Food Dudes did an amazing job, great presentation, variety, very well executed, and lots to go around. We want to be iconic and believe that great food is part of our DNA and our culture, and last night was a great example of that. It made me feel very proud."
---- Michael B. (Oliver & Bonacini)
“Every aspect of the party was a success! I've spent most of the day responding to emails and phone calls raving about the food. There was more than enough to eat and the quality was wonderful. Staff was extremely helpful and informative when asked about what they were serving, which many with dietary restrictions appreciated. The food station lines were fast and efficient and no one waited for their meal.”
---- Monique R. (TMX Broadcasting)
"You guys absolutely KICKED ASS! Every single guest of ours has commented on how amazing the food was on Sunday night. Appetizers, mains, desserts - absolutely amazing! Literally, everyone over the last 24 hours who's sent us a beautiful message about our wedding has in particular, mentioned how incredible the food was. That doesn't even include the dozens of people who were making comments and asking me who the caterer was on the night of! We couldn't be happier with you guys! Thank you so much for being such an important part of what was such an incredible evening! You guys rock!"
---- Brandon K (fanxchange)
"Seriously. Good. Food. We had high expectations after our tasting and you exceeded them. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend you guys. Keep it up and you'll be the best in Toronto if you're not already. Worth every penny."
---- Joshua H. (Groom)
"Thank you so much to you and the entire Food Dudes team for the incredible food and service yesterday. The guests were all raving about the food quality and I saw tons of empty plates. We really enjoyed everything we tasted! On top of that, the service was amazing. Further, several guests made a point to let me know that they found the servers and bartenders friendly, attentive and accommodating. They also executed our signature cocktail perfectly...it was extremely popular!"
---- Melissa S. (Bride)
"All I can say is..PERFECTION!!! Everyone raved about the food. The steak, the fish, the pasta....no matter what was served, all our guests said the food was incredible and asked who the caterers were. "
---- Susan C. (Mother of the Bride)
"It was really great working with you and everyone absolutely LOVED the food. It was all so delicious and cooked to perfection! I’m so happy we went with Food Dudes!"
---- Niki R. (Reich Petch)
"Cannot recommend Food Dudes enough. We are STILL getting compliments on the food and care from the whole catering and events team."
---- Alison T.
"The event went really well and people LOVED LOVED LOVED the food. We must, apparently, have those sliders at our events in perpetuity."
---- Cathy L. (Blue Elephant Productions)
"The food was absolutely incredible and I am so pleased with the set-up and staffing. I’ll look forward to touching base again in 2018!"
---- Marylynn J. (University of Toronto)
"From the first day when you showed us around, to the food tasting and the many emails and questions and details - you are fantastic to work with and I am very thankful to you...It was a truly wonderful and magical night for us. The team was just remarkable."
---- Stacey B.
We've had the pleasure of working with many wonderful partners to create memorable food-driven experiences
AOL
Bennett Jones
Brookfield Place
Bank of Montreal
Cadillac Fairview
Canada Goose
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Chubb Insurance
CITI Bank
Deloitte
ELTE Carpets
Facebook
Gap Adventures
Gap Inc.
Google Canada
Harry Rosen
Highroad Communications
Holt Renfrew
Hudson’s Bay Company
KPMG
MAC Cosmetics
MedCan
Microsoft
MLSE
Norton Rose
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Rick Mercer Show
Royal Bank of Canada
Ryerson University
Scalar Decisions
Scotiabank
Sheridan College
Sick Kids Foundation
Snapchat
Speaker’s Spotlight
SunLife Financial
Telus Canada
TedX
TMX Broadcasting
Torys LLP
Twitter
University of Toronto
Weir Foulds LLP
You Tube Canada
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