Dandelion Catering Company officially launched in 2009 in Portland, Maine when lifelong Maine residents Christine and Christian Hayes decided to chase a dream that led them both out of their restaurant and foodservice careers and into the world of catering.
Their ultimate goal was to not only produce restaurant quality, freshly prepared food in an industry that is far too dependent on frozen and premade ingredients, but also to create a company steeped in their principles. A small business that cultivates and inspires their team through respect, positivity and genuine gratitude.
Ten years later, as Dandelion still continues to grow, they build The Garrison, a 40 seat intimate dining room with an additional 15 seats at the bar. Surrounded by the rushing Royal River on both sides, Chef / Owner Christian Hayes and his team will serve his brand of "thoughtful food" inspired by Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.
Hayes' food translates directly to how he lives his life : No smoke and mirrors and no pretentious theater. Now, after a decade of manning the kitchen at Dandelion Catering Company, Hayes, a Food Network 'Chopped' Champion in 2018, has opened his first restaurant alongside wife Christine.