With thousands of athletes, coaches, and officials in the southwest for the Western Canada Summer Games, the role of feeding all of them was tasked to one local man and his staff.
Louie Doulias, the owner of the Modern Family Restaurant and Louie D's Catering, is supplying the food for the 2019 edition of the Western Canada Summer Games.
He said that creating the food for a total of around 3,000 people to eat has been a lot of work, but that was why he wanted to take on the job in the first place.
"I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could do it," he said. "In my mind, I am the guy for the job because of my experience, and I have a huge catering staff here in town. It's been fun to be a part of. I've learned a lot doing this."
With all food, its success is dependent on the reviews of those eating it. According to Doulias, the reviews have been nothing but positive.
"Incredible. The reviews have been out of this world by everybody," he noted. "People that have been to the Games for many years have been coming up and saying it is the best food ever at any Games they've been at."
Part of the success of Doulias has been the ability to stay organized and how hard his staff has worked.
It's been a lot of planning with the organizers of the Summer Games. We've been meeting for pretty much 10 months," he said. "My staff has been awesome. We are just running like a well-oiled machine."
On top of serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner over the 10 days, they have also been supplying the athletes with grazing stations.
"We are pretty much running every day (to the grocery store)," Doulias said. "You are guesstimating on what you are going to need. Some stuff is very quick, and some not so quick."
After the 10 days have been completed Doulias and his staff will have served 30 meals to a total of around 30,000 people. He noted that this is by far the biggest project he has taken on.
"Before this happened by the biggest catering job was the Hockey Hall of Fame and that 875 people in one night, and now I am doing that three times a day for 10 days."
Doulias added that working at the Games has been awesome and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.