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Karen Sheldon Catering has over 40 years of business experience throughout the Northern Territory.

From humble beginnings in the centre of Australia, Karen Sheldon founded "The Dolly Pot Inn" Restaurant and Squash Centre back in the 1980’s. The restaurant was famous for amazing fresh food, served with panache in the middle of the desert! Karen later moved “Up the Track” to establish a sister restaurant in Darwin and diversified the company into function and event catering.

In 2006, Amanda Swift & Sarah Hickey bought into the business, both bringing complimentary skills to become a driving force for the company’s development. With decades of business success and a strong team behind her, Karen was given the opportunity to dedicate her time and expertise to enhancing the lives of others. 

In 2008, Karen Sheldon Catering branched out into professional training and developed the highly successful Future Stars Indigenous Employment Program. The Karen Sheldon Training division is committed to help close the gap on Indigenous economic disadvantage.

Over the years, Karen Sheldon Catering has developed a strong and recognisable brand that represents personalised service, fresh wholesome food bursting with flavour and innovative, outcome-focused training.


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