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Cocoa Pesto

Cocoa Pesto Catering began when husband-and-wife team Scott Geddes and Marilyn MacKay decided to develop their shared enthusiasm for wining and dining into a small business. Cocoa and pesto are two of their favourite ingredients.

Together with an invariably talented and diverse crew, Cocoa Pesto Catering turns simple ideas and fresh product into delicious and memorable events. Scott and Marilyn have a large repertoire of recipes, some from family and friends and others are variations on the culturally diverse food they have been exposed to over the years. Cocoa Pesto Inc. has flourished and our desire to expand has evolved to include an inn and bistro: Cocoa Pesto at the Woodshire Inn.


We Are

Scott Geddes, Head Chef

“The restaurant business has been in my blood for more than 35 years and now I’ve found the perfect place to nurture that desire.”

Cocoa Pesto is dedicated to enhancing the pleasure of any event.

Scott and Marilyn will meet with you initially to establish an accurate sense of what you are seeking. They will discuss the type of occasion and trade ideas and suggestions to arrive at an appropriate and personalized plan.

“From the beginning in Halifax in 2002, word spread rapidly of our intent to provide tasty local fare to the boardrooms, showrooms, offices, homes, vessels, cottages, schools and condos of a keen, curious and convinced client base. Our desire to live on the East Coast and our shared love of delectable, local fare made Halifax a perfect location.”

Marilyn MacKay, Manager

“Scott and I grow food year round. We love our gardens, our community and what we have created here. Cocoa Pesto is an extension of our home and we want to share it with everyone!”

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Looking for our restaurant?

Our joy of catering expanded into our own bistro and inn. Want to peek at our restaurant menu for ideas for your own event, or plan a getaway and a meal? Visit our sister website at Cocoa Pesto at The Woodshire.

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Cocoa Pesto at the Woodshire Inn.