Origins: The Traveling Gourmet

The true foundation of the courtyard Café was chef transue's initial catering business. Starting in 1993, Joyce decided to combine her enjoyment of cooking, food presentation and entertaining into a small catering business known as “the traveling gourmet”. Fine gourmet meals were prepared and served in the privacy of the customers' homes. The goal was to provide the client with delicious food, time off from food preparation, cooking and clean up and the opportunity to relax in an intimate setting, enjoying the company of their guests.

Today: The Courtyard Café

The Traveling Gourmet was a success! such a success, that requests came for Joyce to cater at many types of events and in a variety of locations. Today the courtyard Café's catering service is known as one of maine's best. No catering request is too small or too large. The Café has catered to events taking place in private homes and community facilities, rural hilltops overlooking the mountains of maine and even at the foothills of baxter state park!


The Café's catering services are a well received option throughout the community and state, enhancing a variety of occasions such as office parties, luncheon meetings, reunions, wedding receptions, graduations, anniversaries, showers and holiday events. Having a few guests over for dinner or company coming for the weekend? what better way to relax and enjoy the company of your friends and family than having the Café cater to your culinary needs.


The Café will cater at your chosen location or at the Café. The menu will be designed by you and tailored to meet your needs and wishes. Please contact Joyce if you are interested in having the courtyard Café cater your next event!