Seasonal Catering was established in 2014 by Jim & Michelle Calkins. A family operated Farm to Table small business that has rapidly grown and become known for quality food and service. We have created memories for our clients that will last a lifetime. Our belief has always been in quality ingredients sourced from local CT farms. Each catered event is carefully curated to engage your senses while maintaining our commitment to sustainability using local and seasonal ingredients.
Seasonal Catering is proud to be one of only 2 Green Certified Wedding & Special Event Catering Companies in Connecticut.
Our environmental commitment: We are purchasing locally grown seasonal foods from local farms as much as possible to reduce our carbon footprint. We compost our kitchen scraps into nutrient rich soil with local CT farms to enrich the future produce we will be using. We utilize recycled and compostable cups and food containers instead of Styrofoam.
Meet The Team
James Calkins is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and the National Bartending School in Norwalk, CT. As a former Boy Scout of America he has taken their core values and applied them throughout his entire career.
Jim has over 21 years of experience working in notable restaurants, country clubs, and catering companies throughout his career. He has worked in the beer, wine, and liquor industry gaining invaluable knowledge to apply to his culinary background. Jim is passionate and extremely knowledgeable with beer, wines, and spirits and able to pair food with wines, beer, and even mixed drinks. He has executed high end gala events, weddings, and social gatherings for the most influential people in Connecticut with many of the state’s top catering companies. He was awarded “Best Lunch in Hartford County” as Chef of the New Britain Museum of American Art while working for Jordan Caterers Event & Design.
Currently he is the Executive Chef and Owner of CT’s premiere Farm to Table Catering Company: Seasonal Catering. Seasonal Catering designs and executes Weddings, Gala Events, Social Events, and operates Corporate Dining Services throughout CT. He creates seasonally changing menus using products sourced from local CT farms and businesses. Jim established a manufacturing subsidiary which hand blends Artisan Loose Leaf Teas along with Chef Inspired Seasonings and Rubs.
Jim was instrumental in establishing the first producer only Farmers Market for the city of Shelton and continues to support the growth of the market. He currently resides on the Board of Directors for Massaro Community Farm in Woodbridge, CT (an organic, non-profit, centennial farm). He also offers his time to provide classes for the cooking merit badge and gardening merit badge on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America.
Jim has been awarded the prestigious 40 Under 40 Award by the Fairfield County Business Journal and is a Silver Level Award Recipient from the prestigious Stamford 2030 District for: Leadership in Sustainability. Under his direction Seasonal Catering has become 1 of only 5 Certified Green Wedding Caterers in New England.