Q&A with “Aunt Jackie” at Camp Casey catering
We caught up with Jackie Catanio-Huerta, owner of Zanini’s Catering, who serves guests at Camp Casey Conference Center and the Fort Casey Inn. Here’s what she had to say:
Q: With the pandemic, what are some changes you have made for guests?
A: Rather than a traditional buffet, we now pack all our dishes in sealed “to go” containers. We always exercise best practices during preparation, including wearing masks for the safety of each guest.
Q: What are some of the guests’ favorite dishes?
A: Cinnamon rolls are their favorite, with my lasagna coming in second.
Q: How are things working out for guests with the new catering at Camp Casey?
A: I believe the guests are loving the convenience of having a breakfast bake ready for them to reheat on their first morning. The smell of fresh cinnamon rolls fills the air, creating a sense of comfort and home, adding to the ambiance of their experience.
Q: What is special about your cooking style and your flavor profiles?
A: I love to cook comfort food with flair, so each guest may have what I call a “ratatouille moment” when they eat my food, maybe jarring a sweet memory from their past. My flavor profiles are rich, earthy, with savory spices and a robust kicker.
Q: What do you look forward to preparing for guests once the pandemic is behind us?
A: I look forward to the large group dinners, when our guests come in from their fun-filled day outside, and end it with a warm home-cooked meal. We consider you all a part of our family and miss you!
Camp Casey Conference Center is the perfect location for an inspiring group getaway to Whidbey Island, Washington. Ideal for sports camps, church groups, outdoor education camps, summer camps, and other nonprofit endeavors, Camp Casey provides overnight accommodations and food service for groups large and small. Explore our group lodging packages and start planning your next group retreat today!
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