Camellia Creative Catering - established in 2009 in Brooklyn Heights, New York, and now based in Los Angeles - is a fresh, local & organic catering company with a modern international twist. Founder & Creative Director Đoan Hoàng, a former editor at Saveur, Food & Wine and House & Garden magazines (and an internationally-known filmmaker) shares her passion for food, international travel & good, yummy karma.
At Camellia, we specialize in personalized service, inventing new dishes for each of our clients, such as steak with pho au jus and saffron rouille lobster rolls for the wedding of Chanel's Joseph Brunelle-Potter. For a black tie Saks Fifth Avenue dinner for Catherine Lange, we made sustainable black cod chanterelle in a local organic ginger scallion ponzu sauce, a redux of cauliflower veg cheese casserole with organic local seasonal vegetables, and cheese made from Amish grass-fed cow's milk.
Camellia, named for Đoan's family nickname, combines food fresh from local farms and local purveyors with the flavors from around the world. Đoan has traveled to over 36 countries and lived around the US (New York, Kentucky, Massachusetts, California), in Europe, and Asia, with family that includes chefs, restauranteurs, and winemakers. She brings her expert palate, history, and creative cooking skills to create inventive dishes for her clients, which have included Bloomingdale's, Chanel, Coach, Saks Fifth Avenue, Shutterstock, Trinity Wall Street, and many happy private clients.
Camellia Creative Catering follows ecological and ethical principles, seeking the freshest, locally-grown, and organically-produced food possible, and engaging in practices conscientious of the ethical treatment of workers, animals and the environment. We have relationships with farms that use sustainable methods of fishing and farming, and we research the latest methods, products, and vendors.
We use ecologically-sound products and practice recycling. We use mostly non-disposable glassware, china and silverware, but when we do use disposable items, we choose products made with sugarcane stalk, bamboo, renewable fibers, biodegradable corn plastic, and recycled materials.
We believe in paying our workers good wages because we believe in good karma. You will notice we have experienced, happy, warm and positive staff, all hand-picked by the owner of the company through direct experience.