Chalmene Boland, a native of New Orleans Louisiana, started at a young age learning her way around the kitchen. Her father Daniel Boland, a self-proclaimed home chef, started his own catering business in the'80s. Chalmene closely followed the footsteps of her father, which continuously piqued her interest. Even though her father was a self-taught chef, he was well known in his community for his delicious cuisine, amazing catering events, and charity donations. Chalmene quickly learned in order to become a great cook, you must possess a great passion for cooking. As an advantage living in New Orleans, Chalmene, learned one of the greatest secrets the city holds, which is some of the best Cajun and Creole recipes originating from the natives. You can go almost anywhere in the city and get good tasty New Orleans cuisines, so Chalmene has a strong desire and passion to reflect that same mission here at Cha’Tee. As she recognized this important mission, she studied side by side with her father as if she was an apprentice under a world-renowned chef. While under the influence of her fathers’ passion for catering, it afforded Chalmene the opportunity to experience culinary arts non traditionally, and that Inspired her greatly. Chalmene started working as a server, then a cook all while learning the business side of catering. There’s always an event happening every weekend in New Orleans, in which her father was highly requested to cater, from catering backyard barbecues, banquets, club meetings, parties, Mardi Gras Galas, and weddings. Chalmene was always there working side by side with her father and she was always overwhelmed with joy to be a part of those events, which is the heartbeat of the city.
After several captivating years of working with her father, Chalmene decided to one day follow her father's passion and create her own catering business. Chalmene, the youngest of six siblings brought over 20 years of experience to Texas and shortly after moving there in 1998 she strategically planned the launch of ChaTee’ Event Planning Catering. Chalmene thought bringing a taste of New Orleans to Texas would be a great idea, however; it didn't happen overnight. As she pushed through many obstacles, the dream finally became the reality. Cha'Tee was founded in 2009, offering Texans the opportunity to experience some of New Orleans's favorite cuisines, such as fancy style New Orleans hors d'oeuvres, with a spin of traditional New Orleans cuisines. ChaTee' created hors d'oeuvres and dishes that were sure to please as we had the pleasure of working with many couples in the Houston area who said the same! Cha'Tee is delighted to serve and satisfy your taste buds with a touch of class and flavorful New Orleans cuisines that will surely have you coming back for more!