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A lesson in catering TEXT: PIERRE ANTOINE ZAHND | PHOTOS: LA RÉSERVE - TRAITEUR LIEVYNS
Based in the town of Petit-Enghien at the intersection of Brussels, Mons and Charleroi, La Réserve - Traiteur Lievyns is one of the leading caterers in Belgium. Head chef David Lievyns’ mission is to apply his expertise and inventiveness so as to make every order unique, and provide customers with a personalised experience. Looking at David Lievyns’ creations, it is clear that he considers cooking a form of art: his colourful and eye-catching creations, arranged in captivating shapes and combining classic tastes with unexpected flavours, reveal a genuine passion for his craft. What sets him apart, however, is also his involvement in the greater culinary world: he is a member of such prestigious associations as the French Culinary Academy and Euro-Toques, the only European corporation of chefs officially recognised by the European Commission. La Réserve is greatly concerned with sustainable development,
and sources a minimum of 30 per cent of its ingredients from organic farming. While operating on a small, artisan scale, La Réserve provides a variety of flexible services: from home-delivered meals to six-course formal events such as weddings, baptisms, or business dinners. Its stately locale in Petit-Enghien, with indoor dining as well as a sizeable garden, allows up to 200 seated banqueting guests. The extensive outdoor area is ideal for a cocktail party and a casual buffet, accommodating up to 250. The garden is completely enclosed for a more private, celebratory feel, and features an
outdoor bar as well as a playground for children. The parking area, meanwhile, has a capacity of 100 vehicles, making it a convenient destination for large groups as well as smaller parties.