About Viv's Catering and Takeout
About Us!

Vivienne Nelson has been cooking up a storm and tantalizing the palates of Ontarians since 1989 with dishes from her restaurant and do they ever love it.


Vivienne’s idea came out of the realization that there was room for improvement in the quality of goods being served by some established restaurateurs. Armed with a firm belief that she was capable of providing quality foods, she prepared to meet the challenges of filling the gap she observed in the restaurant Industry

With this conviction, Ms. Nelson moved ahead with the opportunity to provide high quality Jamaican and indeed a mix of Caribbean and European dishes for the West Indian Community here in Ontario, as well to give to the wider Community, a taste of the Islands, her plans of exposing her “mean cooking ways”

Start up process

Following her inspiration, Ms Nelson made herself available by providing catering services to her work place and uses her salary to finance this venture. Start up expenses was kept to a minimum as she strove to use material that was already in her possession e.g. (cooking utensils, food supply and kitchen appliances). To further defray costs food preparation was conducted in her home. With careful planning, and with the profit that was established additional material were brought, employees were obtained and the venue for the restaurant was secured and this saw the birth of Viv’s Catering Services.

Currently Viv’s Catering prepares meals for a regular lunchtime group, employs four full-time staff, fifteen part-time and in the summer employs students through Youth Employment Services...

Because she takes pride in her business that’s one reason why the Now Magazine food and restaurant guide gave her a rating of (NNN) meaning that “you must return” Viv’s Catering Company customers range from Sprint Canada, DeBoers,Jamaican Consulate, Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamaica National Building Society, CIBC, Scotia Bank, Children’s Aid Society, United Way, and the list goes on. Her catering business even takes her out of country to work. Still striving for the best, Ms. Nelson feels that word of mouth has done her a lot of good when it comes to advertising. The catering service includes weddings, parties, in-home cooking, private dinners, corporate events, festive holiday dinners, Festivals and other occasions.

Among all of this Ms. Nelson finds time to do training in Caribbean cooking and food demos for various companies.