Our culinary journey: From a small-town bakery to the Okanagan’s signature catering company.
Gumtree Catering started out in Vernon, BC as a small scale bakery back in 2008. Well-known for the ‘best chocolate ginger cookies,’ Gumtree quickly grew into an esteemed catering company in the Okanagan area.
From the very beginning, we’ve been known for our local Okanagan ingredients and ‘from-scratch’ recipes. Fresh, delicious, and hand-crafted food is at the heart of all we do.
Over the past 12 years, Gumtree Catering expanded its tasty baking into a full-fledged catering company. Our owner, Sarah, has been leading the team at Gumtree for over 10 years alongside with Gumtree’s previous owner.
In 2020, Sarah took sole ownership of Gumtree, as her business partner moved onto new business ventures. With the shift in ownership, the same amazing flavours and first-class service continue to be served here at Gumtree.
Our distinctive service, taste, and style have led to numerous recognitions in some of the top magazine publications over the years, including Junebug Weddings, Rocky Mountain Bride, WeddingWire Canada, and Okanagan Life.
Gumtree Catering Today
The Gumtree team continues their exquisite catering tradition across the Okanagan Valley to this very day.
Whether it’s for a wedding, baby shower, or corporate lunches, we help make your occasion full of flavour! Our commercial-sized kitchen allows us to cater events of all sizes – from small intimate family celebrations to full-blown galas.
With the use of fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients, our talented Chefs create unique and innovative dishes that are custom-tailored for your needs. Our team will go above and beyond to help create that memorable event for you and your guests.
Sarah’s dream of living in the Okanagan became a reality in 2007.
Inspired by the community, locally grown foods, and the beautiful climate, she became involved with Gumtree Catering!
With an educational background from the United Kingdom in food services, hospitality, and event management she helped develop Gumtree Catering to become a leading and award-winning caterer in the Okanagan Valley. Sarah never turns down the challenge to bring a fresh and innovative experience to your gathering.
Sarah is a caring wife and mother to three children. She is a very active community member having been a Rotarian for over 21 years and continuing to spend her free time volunteering on many local boards.
What We Do
Providing the Okanagan with quality catering services for over a decade.
Gumtree accommodates a variety of service styles, including:
- Buffet, BBQ, Family Style, & Plated Services
- Picnic Boxes
- Customized Catering
Your special day matters to us. Enjoy the moments, and we’ll do the rest!
Are you planning your company’s next corporate luncheon? Allow us to cater a gourmet soup and sandwich lunch for your meeting. Or perhaps our slow-cooked BBQ pulled pork is in order. Whatever you decide on, leave it to us to provide your company with a tasty and delicious experience!
We provide catering for all types of corporate functions, including:
- Business Lunches
- Office Parties
- And more!
Build a healthy and productive team with Gumtree’s corporate catering services!
Gumtree is a proud supplier of many local businesses within the Okanagan Valley. We wholesale cater to local cafes, coffee shops, and other small businesses. We love working with and supporting local businesses in and around the Okanagan area! Interested in having some of our gourmet baked goods, fresh salads, or tasty bowls?
Contact us to learn more about our wholesale catering services.
Gumtree-to-Go is our fresh and convenient takeout meal offering. Perfect for the busy, on-the-go individual or family, we will provide you with simple but delicious ready-to-eat lunches and dinners.
Skip the meal prep and indulge in our Chef-prepared meals today!
The Rail Trail Café & Market by Gumtree is situated just a few short minutes away from Gumtree Catering, right on Kalamalka Lake Road by Kalamalka Beach and at the start of the Okanagan Rail Trail!
We offer a variety of specialty beverages, individually crafted coffees, espresso, teas, and menu items including baked goods, snacks, soups, and more! Our mini market also features great local products, fresh/frozen grocery items, and gifts.
Our well-known social setting is open year-round offering a cozy and welcoming environment to relax, meet with others, work, or read a book! Our large outdoor patio is the perfect spot in the summertime with great views and just steps from the beach.
Come on by, browse around, and enjoy a delicious locally roasted coffee and a bite to eat! Our friendly and welcoming staff look forward to meeting you.
Check back soon for more information.
Our Happy Clients
- “I just wanted to let you know that we were extremely impressed with your catering services. The food and service was amazing and your servers went above and beyond. The alcohol we provided ran out quite quickly and when I was in the kitchen looking for more, your server was very quick to volunteer her help and offer to go pick me up some more. A huge help and so appreciated that she went above and beyond for us. We will definitely be recommending your catering services and will not hesitate to contact you again!”
- “Dear Sarah, thank you for the wonderful meal your company provided for my Mother’s 103rd birthday party. Everyone said the food was delicious especially the chicken. Many guests said they were not surprised the meal was excellent because they have heard Gumtree is the best! Kudos to our perfect server. She was efficient, responsible, and hard-working. We will most certainly use your services again and recommend you to others.”
- “Thank you, Gumtree, for catering another great event. The food was delicious and serving staff were perfect. I truly appreciate you and your employee’s professionalism. Please pass along our compliments to the Chef and Servers.”
- “Everything was absolutely fantastic! One of the best decisions for an intimate holiday gathering. Such exceptional service and quality. Thank you for all your help and to the great staff on site!”
- “Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the work you and your team did at our wedding yesterday! We were so pleased with the food and service and so many of our guests were raving about how great the food was. Your hard work was very much appreciated, and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed everything. Thanks again!”
- “I just want to thank you so much for everything. Our meal was fabulous, and your staff was amazing. There was not a moment when I had to worry about anything.”
- “I just want to thank you and your team for providing an OUTSTANDING spread for our event last night. Our guests raved relentlessly about how tasty it all was, and I couldn't have agreed more. From my very first contact, the emails with you over the last few months, and your most courteous and punctual delivery and set-up, Gumtree Catering proved to provide a top-notch service. I won't hesitate to contact you again in the future and I will certainly recommend you to others.”
- “Dear Sarah and your culinary crew at Gumtree Catering; Thank you so very much for providing the creative and incredibly delicious individual Appetizer Boxes for my husband‘s 70th Birthday Party. Everyone enjoyed their socially distanced Farm to Table meal immensely. In these times of Covid it takes creativity and culinary skill to create a meal that allows each guest to enjoy their own individual delicious meal. Our guests commented that Gumtree really knocked it out of the park! It became evident that everyone was enjoying their meal by how quiet everyone was once we opened our boxes and began to sample each tasty item. The lemon poppyseed cupcakes hit the mark as well. Thanks again for a job really well done. We highly recommend Gumtree Catering and look forward to enjoying your yummy foodstuffs again."
- “I just wanted to extend a huge thank you to you and your team! There were many members of the service team that truly impressed me. As someone who has spent many years in the hospitality and service industry this is a pretty big deal for me and I hope you can pass on thank you’s from us! Also, a huge thank you to you for handling my questions and delivering an awesome product! Thanks again I hope to work with you again soon.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! We cater all over the Okanagan Valley. Please note, menu modifications may be required when travel is involved, as not all menu items travel well.
We have guests attending our event that have allergies and dietary restrictions, can you accommodate?
Absolutely! We have plenty of experience handling allergies or other dietary restrictions. We will make adjustments to our menu items as necessary or provide those guests with a separate entrée. Please note, for those with very serious allergies such as peanuts, we cannot fully guarantee that your food is completely allergen-free. However, our Chef team does take every precaution when preparing meals in these cases.
At Gumtree Catering, we provide the warming dishes, platters, bowls, serving utensils, and menus for the food items. We have some great rental suggestions if you are needing to rent plates, cutlery, or glassware for your guests.
We may require cooking facilities on-site when travel is involved, but usually a well-lit and covered prep space with some tables works great for our team. Please contact us for more details!