Tea Lane Caterers, Inc.™ is located in the wooded hills of Chilmark. The 900 square foot commercial kitchen was designed by Chef Dee, based on over 30 years of experience in the food service industry. It is one of the best equipped catering kitchens on the Island.
Chef Dee Smith
Dee Smith began her culinary career as a teenager working in restaurants along the Hudson River in New York. She expanded her working knowledge of the business at well known restaurants in Florida and then here, on Martha’s Vineyard. In 1983, she graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York. Chef Dee shifted her focus from the kitchen to the business of food, and was employed over the next ten years by a Hilton Hotel, the Flatley Group of Hotels and Nursing Homes, and by Friendly’s Ice Cream Corporation, where she was the SeniorBuyer for five years.
In 1993, Chef Dee opened Dee’s Harbor Café, a renowned breakfast and lunch restaurant in Oak Bluffs. In the three years that the Café was open, it earned “Best Breakfast” and “Best Lunch” in the Vineyard Gazette Readers Poll. When her restaurant closed each afternoon, Chef Dee catered special events both at the restaurant and at venues around the Island. In 1997, with the construction of her home and commercial kitchen, Chef Dee began catering full time.
Chef Dee takes great pride in the diversity and quality of the food she prepares. She insists on only the best ingredients, and makes all of her menu items “from scratch” – frozen or pre-packaged items are never used. Chef Dee recognizes the importance of every event for her clients, and takes pleasure in consulting with them to create a memorable event. She insists on, and has complete confidence in, the attentive and professional service of her staff.