About Catering By Colin

With Catering by Colin, the last thing you will ever have to worry about is whether there will be enough food! Our goal is to make sure your guests are happy with our service and more than satisfied with our flavourful dishes and generous portions. We take our serving sizes very serious, because there is nothing worse than a room full of hungry people! Especially if dinner has already come and gone.

If you are looking for catering services in Barrie, Ontario and surrounding area (such as Essa Township, Innisfil, Baxter, Alliston, Cookstown, Angus, Gilford, Stroud, Lefroy, Orangeville, Orillia, Oro, Midhurst, Bradford, Collingwood, Midland, and more), Catering by Colin is your trusted choice. We have been serving Simcoe County for over 40 years! Our many years of experience in planning special occasions make us experts at making your special occasion memorable and enjoyable.

Listen to the story

Get to know Colin’s story through these short video clips created through Rogers TV show Chamber Connected.

We are equipped to take on your event.

We are equipped with a 3,100 square foot kitchen where we do all our food prep prior to your event. Our team includes experienced chefs, line cooks, servers, waitresses/waiters, clean-up crew and a Special Events Coordinator to assist you with your custom planning. We will assist you in all planning details including decorations, serving sizes and food choices along with any rentals needed to achieve a perfect event!

When you plan your event to include one of our delicious main course meals, our services include china, white linen table cloths, colour linen napkins, flatware, table glassware, and buffet service and staff. This allows you to relax and know that the food and everything that goes along with it will be thought of by us, and taken care of. Special meals due to allergies and / or vegetarian diets will be accommodated with prior notice.

We offer country style, table service, or our most popular buffet service with serving staff. Also, we offer hot or cold served hors d’oeuvres to fill the gap between arrival and dinner time.

Relax and know that when you have Catering by Colin taking care of your event, it will be done right, on time, and served with a smile and professionalism.

Colin’s Story

When he was in his late twenties, Colin decided to leave his home in England and travel. Arriving on the other side of the Atlantic with only $44 in his pocket, Colin began journeying around with what little he had. Colin was forced to work where he was staying when his funds ran out—and that happened to be in Gilford, Ontario, where he found work at a golf course. Colin had a culinary background, from running the kitchen of the hotel he owned with his brother back in England; when the golf course opened a banquet hall, Colin started cooking for them.

Colin met his future wife Wanda one day while at an event. After getting married, the two saved up and purchased the house that would also serve as their place of business for the next eleven years. Wanda and Colin began catering out of their home in Gilford, earning a reputation for professionalism and cleanliness—routinely getting perfect on Health Department checks. Colin became famous for his tender roast beef (the recipe is secret!) and barbecue dinners. Some of these original Gilford customers continue to hire Colin to this day.

Leaving Home…

Recessions gave pressure to succeed, and as a result Colin’s business continued to grow until the Gilford house was simply too small. Catering by Colin moved to Barrie…unfortunately, on the same day as the infamous Barrie Tornado! With a truck full of frozen meat and no refrigeration in the city, Colin had to make a decision. He ended up donating and cooking the whole truckload for police and first responders, who certainly appreciated the food on one of the most stressful days in Barrie’s history. Thus began a long and respected career for Colin in his new home town.

During the late eighties and early nineties, Barrie’s population exploded. Farms turned into subdivisions as more people chose to call Barrie home. Colin and Wanda grew with the city, making contacts and building long–term relationships with corporate clients. Word–of–mouth recounts of great meals kept bringing new clients through the door, since who doesn’t like to rave after eating something delicious? Catering for weddings became more common. Soon it became known that if you wanted beef or BQQ at your wedding, Colin was the only person you wanted to talk to.

The client list was not the only thing that grew over the decades. The catering business now employs 35 part time staff, 2 certified Chefs, with 20 people working a single event. Colin always believed that the staff was a team, and he would never have had so much success without them. Combine that team with professionalism, great food and a fearless leader, and the story 38 years in the making is sure to continue for many years to come!

When you plan your event with us it includes more then just a delicious meal

Our services include china, white linen table cloths, colour linen napkins, flatware, table glassware, and buffet service and staff. This allows you to relax and know that the food and everything that goes along with it will be thought of by us, and taken care of.