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Who Is Spoon Thief Catering?

At the intersection of ingredients and ideas is where Gavin Kaysen’s Spoon Thief Catering makes memories for our clientele. Our vision of hospitality is understanding the overlap of traditions, techniques and sentimentality. Whether it is tapping into the emotions of a familiar dish, a custom menu to celebrate a milestone, or saluting your staff with a meal equal to their efforts, we can help you meet the moment.

Meet the team

Gavin Kaysen  |  Founder

Gavin Kaysen is the award-winning chef and founder of Soigné Hospitality Group in Minneapolis, known for his nationally recognized group of restaurants as well as his leadership in the culinary profession. His restaurants in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis include Spoon and Stable, Demi, and Bellecour Bakery at Cooks of Crocus Hill. He opened his newest restaurant, Mara, in June of 2022 in collaboration with United Properties and Four Seasons Minneapolis. Chef Kaysen is the proud recipient of two James Beard Awards: Rising Star Chef of the Year in 2008, and Best Chef: Midwest in 2018.


Originally from Vermont, Peter Ireland has worked as a part of the food supply chain his whole life, from a small vegetable farm in Vermont to some of the finest restaurants in the country. He spent time in New York City learning how to manage a kitchen with dignity and respect at Tom Colicchio’s Gramercy Tavern, about the discipline and philosophy of French cooking from Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud, and how to inspire a team of cooks from his mentor, Paul Kahan. In 2005 and 2008, the James Beard Foundation recognized Peter’s work at Carpenter and Main in Norwich, Vermont.

Peter and his wife moved to Minneapolis because of its blend of urban amenities and outdoor access, where he opened The Lynn on Bryant in 2012. As Chef de Cuisine of Spoon Thief Catering, he is thrilled to connect French cuisine and excellent purveyors to guests outside the four walls of a restaurant.

When he is not cooking, Peter can be found building a backyard brick oven or exploring the Midwest by bicycle.


Anne McNulty has worked in the restaurant profession for more than 20 years. She’s spent time at award-winning restaurants including The Bachelor Farmer, Bar La Grassa, and Sooki & Mimi.

Anne’s passion for hospitality began at a young age when she and her Gramma Lydia would bake together, stretching strudel dough over her large wood table. This fascination grew into her love to cook and bake for others, fully believing that food feeds the heart and soul. It also carried into her career as she strives to provide memorable moments to guests.

Her heart for hospitality is matched by an entrepreneurial spirit; she co-founded The White Room, a modern bridal shop focused on empowerment and one-on-one attention; and Gin Gin, a bar service catering company focused on providing a perfect cocktail and impeccable service. She since launched the catering and events program for The Glass House and most recently worked as the Director of Catering for Interlachen Country Club.

In her free time, she loves to explore the evolving Twin Cities restaurant scene, hike in the woods, cook and bake at home, and spend time with her dog, Schnitzel.

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