Wanderlust owner and head chef Simi Hansen traded her business suit for a chef jacket in 2010 and hasn’t looked back since.
After studying Construction Management at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Simi worked as a Project Manager in commercial construction before deciding to pursue the culinary arts full time. Upon graduating from the International Culinary Center with top honors, Simi honed her skills at Oakland's Camino restaurant and with the celebrated Bay Area caterer, Paula LeDuc Fine Catering.
Before opening her own company, Simi fit what she could in a 40-liter backpack and embarked on a two-year journey around the world. She climbed volcanos, swam with sharks, and fell in love with all kinds of new cuisines. Perhaps most importantly, she experienced life in regions with limited resources, which influenced her passion for sustainability. Upon returning to the States, Simi kept the dream alive by opening Wanderlust Catering: a creative outlet where she could play with her food, meet new people, and be inspired every day.
Simi is the heart of Wanderlust Catering. When she's not meticulously balancing flavors in the kitchen, you'll find her creating bespoke menus, collaborating with clients, and ensuring that all events go off without a hitch. She lives in a constant state of wanderlust.
Wanderlust Catering proudly supports these organic farms, sustainable purveyors, local artisans and many more.
"When you pursue great flavor, you
also pursue great ecology."
— Dan Barber