Tourney hits dog (and burger) days

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

London Hunt and Country Club will be junk-food heaven this week during the Canadian Women's Open.

Gourmet Cuisine, based in Mississauga, expects to serve up 30,000 hotdogs, 40,000 bottles of water, 10,000 burgers, 6,000 ice cream bars and thousands of soft drinks and beers during the championship, which is expected to draw 60,000 spectators before it ends on Sunday.

The catering firm is also supplying upscale food for guests in the private skyboxes, corporate tents along with throw pillows and special linens for some of the private boxes to offer up a clubhouse-like feel.

They are also hosting private functions, including a party for LPGA players at a member's home on Wednesday night and doing a nightly barbecue at the CaddyShack on the front lawn for caddies and a few LPGA players, who would rather spend time with them than schmooze in the clubhouse.

"Everything from hotdogs to beautiful tenderloins," said Deborah MacFie, the vice- president of sales and marketing for Gourmet Cuisine.

"We've prettied up some of the boxes, giving them a feminine touch."

Gourmet Cuisine provides food and beverage services under contract for the third year in a row with the Royal Canadian Golf Association, which is staging the $1.7-million US tournament. Gourmet Cuisine provides the same service for the men's Canadian Open, which is next month in Hamilton.

The food is being prepared on-site at the back of the volunteer tent.

MacFie said her company mailed out menus in May and June to corporate customers who were renting the private boxes.

"They could order whatever they wish," she said. "They had many, many choices."


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