Who We Are


Who We Are


Happy Cardinal Catering is the exciting hospitality venture from the folks at Geer Street Garden & The Boot Italian Restaurant!  Our goal is to provide you with excellent fresh ingredients & superior service through catering.  With our experienced staff, delicious food and beverages, we look forward to making your event exceptional.


Carolyn Kinneen, Catering Manager

When you contact Happy Cardinal Catering, Carolyn will help you plan your perfect catering or event. With over ten years of experience in catering and events, Carolyn will make sure your experience with Happy Cardinal Catering goes smoothly and easily.  Feel free to contact her with any questions or to place an order!  Her contact info is 919-599-9517 or happycardinalcatering@gmail.com

Rob Kinneen, Executive Chef

Robert Kinneen returned to the triangle in April, 2016.  Previously he worked at Pop’s Trattoria and Elaine’s on Franklin.

Originally from Alaska, Rob attended Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After working at Emeril's NOLA, Rob returned to Alaska and worked in fine dining and catering. His catering experience includes cooking for VIP's in a small fine dining setting to large outdoor weddings and events.  He is passionate about local and indigenous ingredients and working with the host to create the perfect meal. He is excited to be back in the triangle area working with the local bounty NC has to offer.

He is always ready to help host a pasta or sushi class, cook for an event for your special day or make sure your meal is special at The Boot, where he is Executive Chef, in Durham. 


Rebekah Perno, Bar Expert

Rebekah is the General Manager of our sister restaurant, The Boot.  Her expertise in all things bar related is a great asset to Happy Cardinal Catering.  She is here to assist you in selecting craft beers, wine, liquors for your full bar, as well as crafting a signature cocktail tailored to your event should you request it.  


Events & Services

Events & Services

Buffet Set Up for Corporate Lunch Meeting

Events We Cater:

Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Engagement Parties

Business Meetings -- Lunch Boxes or Platters

Birthday Parties, Retirement Parties

Corporate Functions and Events

Fundraisers and Galas

Whatever your Event we guarantee to make it a success!

Log Cabin Wedding

Catering Services:

Full Bar
Specialty Cocktails
Full Table Service
Carving Stations
Sushi Stations
Pasta Stations
Groomsmen Party Service
Bridesmaid Party Service
Experience working with Special Requests,
Vegan Options & Food Allergies


Partners, Friends, Vendors

Partners, Friends, Vendors


we work with a variety of partners & vendors to insure you have the best products for your event



Happy Cardinal Catering & Events is the product of local restaurants Geer Street Garden & The Boot.  Our goal is to deliver the same quality food & service to you through catering.  Additionally, both restaurants are available to host your events!

Wine and Happy Cardinal Tasting at Wine Authorities


We are continually working to build strong connects with other businesses in our community as another way to service your needs.

Wine Authorities
Forever Bridal



We work with a variety of vendors to offer you a great selection of quality ingredients!

Food Vendors:
Firsthand Foods
Boxcarr Cheese
Chapel Hill Creamery
Funny Girl Farms
Li'l Farm

Beverage Vendors:
Fullsteam Brewery
Ponysaurus Brewery
Tryon Distributing
Mims Distributing
Harris Distributing
Long Distributing
Piedmont Wine Importers
Haw River Wine Importers