‘The Girls’ bring artistic touch to catering

The Gourmet Girls — Marianna (from left), Kita and Linda — create food they call Med Mex at their “international” catering company in cumberland. - Photo by Janice Hayward
The Gourmet Girls — Marianna (from left), Kita and Linda — create food they call Med Mex at their “international” catering company in cumberland.
— image credit: Photo by Janice Hayward

Janice Hayward

Black Press


Inspired by seasonal, local, and fresh food, three Cumberland amigas became culinary-adventure partners to cater your events, with a global twist.

Kita Navo, Linda Shaben and Marianna Laviolette bring their roots and travel influences to Gourmet Girls Global Catering, a Cumberland business they started together in 2011.

Navo, Shaben and Laviolette had met and worked together at a local restaurant. When that restaurant changed ownership, Laviolette says their creativity was held back. That is when the idea of a catering business was spawned.

“I am an artist. I cannot stick to the same old stuff,” says Laviolette. Listening to the ladies talk, it is obvious they are bursting with energy and ideas.

Laviolette brings Mexican magic to the mix, Navo adds a measure of Israeli influence, and Shaben infuses creations with Lebanese love.

They chuckle and refer to their kitchen creations as Med Mex — a combination of Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine.

“We are inspired by fresh food,” says Shaben.

“We have a reverence for food,” adds Navo. “It has to be made with love or it doesn’t taste good.”

These creative women work with the seasons, harvesting herbs and canning fresh, home-grown or local ingredients for future use. All agree preparing their own canned goods is costly in time, but well worth it.

“We also make our own bread and our own crackers,” says Navo. “We create our food from the ground up, from scratch.”

When the Gourmet Girls need other products, they turn to local suppliers for their bison, fish, sausages, sprouts, cheese, and more.

Regular clients call them The Girls. The Girls will cater to two people or hundreds of people; a romantic dinner or a busy lifestyle to weddings, major events, and corporate gatherings.

Their food is a phone call away and depending on your event, 24 hours may be plenty of notice. Once you make the call, the collaboration begins. Often a collaboration will turn into a tasting — tasting is believing.

Dietary needs? Not a problem for The Girls.

Need gourmet? “We will gourmet it for you,” quips Laviolette.

“We have many repeat clients that appreciate our our offerings and our creativity,” says Laviolette. “We work with the client’s budget and our philosophy of fresh and local food.”

The Girls will also work within the constraints of a venue; some are more challenging than others. The most adventurous, to date, was a barn wedding at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens with no electricity and no water.

Why Cumberland?

The Girls are quick to respond that they will travel with their food anywhere, however they live in Cumberland and they wanted their business to be in Cumberland. Unanimously, they agreed that Cumberland is the best community.

Gourmet Girls Global Catering is located in The Camp, 2532 Dunsmuir Ave. in Cumberland.

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