Owner's Chefs Michael and Karen started Intermezzo Catering in 2016, seven years after first working with each other in San Francisco. Although they took different culinary paths, their passion for food and entertaining brought them together again.
Chef Michael Betancourt
As a Bay Area native, my first culinary pursuits began as a kid in my grandma’s kitchen, cooking traditional Puerto Rican cuisine. With advice and encouragement from my mentor, Chef Hosmer, I enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa, Ontario. After graduation, I started down my career path by apprenticing under notable chefs: Michael Tusk (Quince), Nobu Matsuhisa (Nobu), Craig Stoll (Delfina), Bradley Ogden (Parcel 104), and Ray Tang (Presidio Social Club). After more than a decade of creating dishes ranging from farm-to-table to Asian to fine-dining and working side-by-side with some of the best chefs in the industry, I decided to embark in a new adventure and start my own catering company with a long-time professional and personal friend.
Chef Karen Chiappone
My interest in food began at the tender age of eight. I remember my Grandmother preparing fresh pasta and hanging it on coat hangers to dry. Amazed at how delicious a few simple ingredients could create such an incredible meal, my love of food was born. Working on my parent’s vegetable farm, I understood farm-to-table prior to the popular phrase. When I started traveling to Italy, a new world was opened to me. I was able to attend Guiliano Bugialli’s cooking school in Florence, Italy. I began a catering business, and then opened my dream business of a cooking school and retail store. Since that time, I taught classes and worked with celebrity chefs such as Joyce Goldstein and Curtis Stone and created food and wine pairing events for several popular wineries in the Bay Area before reuniting with my good friend to start this company.
"I wanted to mark my 40th birthday with a dinner I wouldn’t forget...Intermezzo Catering made that happen and so much more! Their high attention to detail, exceptional ingredients and customization made my 12 course dinner a memory maker for me and my international guests. Thank you Intermezzo for creating a memory that will last a lifetime!"
"Intermezzo Team...so happy to have met and worked with you all last weekend. Your food was amazing, and so were all of you!"
"Arleen and I want to thank you from the depths of our hearts for the amazing effort you put forward. You helped us throw a dream wedding! People were raving about the food!!! It was ALL perfect! I will be recommending you to everybody I meet who will be throwing a grand event!"
"Chef Mike and Chef Karen were amazing and made sure I didn't have a worry when it came to the food for our wedding. Our guests are still talking about how amazing Intermezzo Catering's food tasted a year later! A few our guests even started going straight to the grill outside because they couldn't wait for more!"