Our Philosophy of Food
SUSTAINABLE ~ ECOLOGICAL MENUS
Catering by WICKEY takes pride in our menu preparation with organically grown fruits, vegetables and meats as acquired from local growers and farmers in our hearty York County, PA agricultural area.
Catering by WICKEY personally shops from these sustainable providers to select the best and freshest ingredients to create our farm to your table quality menus with seasonal preparation from our kitchen. We continue to strive in becoming a strong Green environmental player in recycling of waste, materials, and training of our staff to further impact the menu of our next event and your special occasion.
As a career caterer WICKEY understands the mis en place: menu, customer service orientation, logistics, staffing, rentals, decor, and management of an event to make easy and enjoyable not only for the guests but for the staff as well. WICKEY is creative in menu writing and design. WICKEY is passionate about catering and food and WICKEY personally attends the WICKEY Events.
Upon graduation from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, Ernest WICKEY Helmick became a caterer by accepting his first position of employment with United Air Lines as a first level manager in Dining Services at Washington National Airport. From this point in life, WICKEY had apprenticed at many fine food service establishments having begun at the Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC while a student. Additional apprenticeships include: 1789, Washington, DC; Lake Placid Club, NY as a student; many upscale restaurants ~ Washington, DC, New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia; etc. and finally a graduate of The Postilion School of Culinary Arts, Fond du Lac, WI where he studied under the tutelage of Madame Liane C. Kuony, a close friend and Contemporary of Chef André Soltner, Lutèce Restaurant, New York.
WICKEY has served as a caterer during his entire career, domiciled in York, PA, in the following venues: Martha’s Vineyard, MA; Eagles Mere, PA; Binghamton, NY; New York City; Greenwich, CT; Long Island, NY; Northern NJ; Atlantic City, NJ, New Jersey Shore; Princeton, NJ; Wilmington and Middletown, DE; Philadelphia; South Central PA; Scranton, PA; Allentown, PA; Lewisburg, PA ~ Bucknell University & Sigfried Weis; Maryland Eastern Shore; Baltimore Metro Area; Washington, DC Metro Area; Northern VA; Leesburg, VA; Charlottesville, VA; Winchester, VA; Madison County VA; Williamsburg, VA; Greensboro-High Point, NC; United States Supreme Court under the sponsorship of Justice Clarence Thomas, and Montego Bay, Jamaica.
WICKEY has served as a caterer for the following Pennsylvania Governors: George M. Leader after office, Milton Shapp at end of term, Dick Thornburgh, Lt. Gov. Wm. Scranton III, Robert P. Casey, Tom Ridge, Mark S. Schweiker, Lt. Gov. Robert Jubelirer, Ed Rendell, Lt Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll, Lt. Gov. Joe Scarnati, and the Gov. Wolf family.