Basil Tree Catering & Cafe

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Place Category: Food and Drink, Cafés and Bakeries, and Catering and Personal ChefsPlace Tags: basil tree, cafe, cambridge, catering, food, and fresh pond

  • History of the Basil Tree

    People often ask, how did Basil Tree Catering get started?  Surprisingly, the owner, Valerie Shulock, did not have any formal culinary training. She did however, study Bio-Psychology with a specialty in Nutrition & Behavior as an undergrad at Tufts University.  Later, while working on her Masters in Management of Human Services at Brandeis University, she took the advice of the head of the masters program and quit school to carry out a business plan she had created for a class.

    In 1987. Val enlisted the help of her friends and co-workers Irene & Carlos Carvalho, and launched Basil Tree Inc.. In a small, shared kitchen in Somerville, Val, Irene & Carlos prepared unique pasta salads for area cafes and take out markets; an idea that soon evolved to include catering. The catering became so successful that they decided to eliminate the wholesale aspect of the business.

    Basil Tree now resides in our Fresh Pond location in Cambridge. Val remains the sole owner and Irene & Carlos still work closely with her as kitchen manager and head chef. The staff has grown to over 25 employees. 27 years later, Basil Tree Catering continues to grow and provide the highest quality food and service our Boston area clients have come to love.

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