Maxine Turner, President of Cuisine Unlimited Catering & Special Events since 1994 4641 S. Cherry St., SLC | 801-268-2332 | cuisineunlimited.com

The name is appropriate. Cuisine Unlimited has catered everything from intimate dinner parties to the USA House at the Olympics. That’s a broad span to cover keeping to a standard of uncompromising quality, but company founder and president Maxine Turner settles for nothing less. “Quality of product and quality of service set us apart,” she says.

A warehouse of decorations, table settings, linens and a dedicated and imaginative staff mean that Cuisine Unlimited events are always visual showstoppers— the team might set up an Arabian nights-themed table al fresco at one event and a sleekly modern, silver and glass setting at another. Meanwhile, the company chef invents new dishes suitable for serving several hundred or dinner for a dozen.

Catering is often thought of as a food-centered business, but food is just one part of event production. Beyond envisioning the complete setting, service and food, a caterer needs to be a militarily precise logistics expert. Working with the United States Olympics Committee for several years has finely honed the organizational skills of Cuisine Unlimited’s staff.

The current economic situation has not been friendly to catering, but Turner has regarded it as a time to create new opportunities for her company. “We now offer corporations in-house food service, and we sell our bakery items to high-end restaurants,” she points out. At the same time, “The demand for lower costs did not create lower expectations,” she says. “We have been diligent in meeting client requirements without compromise,” at the same time figuring out ways to work smarter and more profitably.

Turner’s background in marketing taught her that “during difficult economic periods, it is vital to have a strong marketing program” so she is persistent in keeping Cuisine Unlimited’s profile high in the community through participation in non-profit events.

“We work very hard to deliver what we promise," says Turner. “Clients can count on us. Business is all about relationships, and our clients are the most important part of our business.”