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Catering Charleston’s 2017 Event Season

Spring marks the official start of Charleston’s tourist season. With more than one million visitors annually, it’s no surprise that this season goes hand-in-hand with Charleston’s event season. Hamby has had the pleasure of being involved with three of the city’s biggest events – Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Wine + Food Festival and Volvo Car Open. We’re recapping our culinary adventures…

To kick-off event season, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition took flight over Marion Square, Brittlebank Park & the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel. The 35th wildlife and conservation event brings more than 40,000 attendees to downtown Charleston – and Hamby Catering was on hand to feed the flock in both park locations. From Chicken Bog and Pimento Cheese Sandwiches to, of course, our hot Donuts – we had a great time feeding the herd!

Following February’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Hamby Catering participated in the 12th annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival in March. Hamby Catering was involved in three events and was able to share our innovative Southern cuisine with thousands of festival-goers. We participated in the Grits Happen station in Marion Square and served Smoked BBQ Chicken Thighs with Sea Island Field Peas and Pimento Cheese Stone Ground Grits by Anson Mills. Our dish did everything but ‘Chicken Out.’

We also participated in a private event at the home of a Charleston native. The homeowner hosted Chef Daniel Boulud, executive chef of Daniel NYC. Hamby Catering teamed up with event planner, JMC Charleston to carefully curate a menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres for the esteemed Michelin 2-star chef and his guests. Chef Daniel and his staff coordinated with the Hamby team to provide fresh paté, smoked salmon and fromage de tete – a true culinary collaboration!

To close out the festival week, Hamby participated in the sold-out Gospel Brunch at the Gibbes Museum. We enjoyed serving our Crunchy French Toast with Maple Bacon Jam & Fresh Berries family-style, while gospel singers entertained the crowd.

After Wine + Food wrapped up, we hit the courts. The tennis courts that is… of the Volvo Car Open. This year marked our third year serving as the official tournament caterer. Over the nine-day tournament, we served more than 120 world-class athletes in player dining, 100 media partners in the media center, thousands of VIPS and box-holders in the suites and thousands of patrons in our food court concessions. We also catered the off-site Lisette L. Montreal Player Party at the South Carolina Aquarium and two luncheons in the Volvo Car Stadium sky suites.

It has been a whirlwind few months for the Hamby team but we couldn’t be more proud to be involved in such iconic events in Charleston. We’re looking forward to continuing to serve guests at these events for years to come.

 

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The Market at Hamby: Eat & Meet

Last night we held an exclusive event for a few local food IGers and bloggers. We hosted the party-goers at The Market at Hamby, our new retail space where people can come to purchase our traditional pre-made favorites for casual parties or meal at homes, as well as exciting new items coming out of our kitchen.

Guests were invited to mix and mingle, snap photos and enjoy a few special selections from our Chef – of course! The spread included Mini Beef Wellington, Mini Tomato Pies, Duck Confit Flatbread, Chicken & Waffles and the trending, Hot Chicken Drumette!

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The talented, Yoj Events helped with decor and event coordination while Branch Design Studio brought in gorgeous florals to decorate the space. It was a great night meeting area tastemakers and introducing them to our new retail concept. Thank you so much, 843 Productions, Food Slayer, Spots to Savor, Chucktown Foodie, Lets Eat Y’all, Food Coma 843 and Charleston Foodie Babe  for stopping by to our Eat & Meet.

Below are a few photos from the fun of the evening.

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WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award WINNER!

Charleston’s Own Hamby Catering & Events Wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2016

WeddingWire, the leading global online wedding marketplace, named Hamby Catering & Events as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 for Catering in Charleston!

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The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding florists, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Hamby Catering & Events. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“We are thrilled to celebrate such a high-caliber, committed group of professionals for the Couples’ Choice Awards’® eighth year,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “We are proud to continue to serve as the industry leader, with over 2.5 million consumer and peer reviews, and feature award-winning merchants such as Hamby Catering & Events who understands the impact reviews have on their successful businesses.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Hamby Catering & Events is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 400,000 wedding professionals globally.

Hamby Catering is proud to be one of the top caterers in Charleston in the WeddingWire Network. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today.

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Real Hamby Weddings: Lauren & Ryan

Billie Jo & Jeremy Photography just perked up our inbox with shots from Hamby couple, Lauren & Ryan’s Harborside East November wedding.

Lauren and Ryan are the perfect pair. Lauren, with her eccentric red locks and Ryan with his outgoing personality (check out his shirt sleeves!) make a dynamic duo. See what we mean below!

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Lauren and her dad decided to do first look – a new trend emerging between brides and their father figures. We love this sweet picture, with mom looking on.
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Lauren and Ryan did a variation of one as well, opting to to hold hands and pray before the ceremony back to back.
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Now to the eats. The couple decided on a Southern influenced menu featuring, Shrimp & Grits, She Crab Soup, Fried Okra and Pecan-Crusted Chicken to name a few. Here’s a peek at a few shots captured beautifully by Billie Joe & Jeremy.

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Spoleto Festival USA: Jonathan Green Pop-Up Shop

A few weeks ago we participated in a pop-up shop event unveiling world-renowned artist Jonathan Green’s costume and design sketches for Spoleto Festival USA’s 2016 production of Porgy and Bess. We recently received the professional images from photographer, Anne Rhett and had to share.

Team Hamby had a blast participating in this pre-festival event and sharing our food with gallery-goers. Guests enjoyed browsing Green’s pieces while enjoying our Tea Sandwiches, Caprese Skewers, Carolina Pit Ham Biscuits, and assorted desserts.

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Spoleto Festival is a premier performing arts festival that happens right here in Charleston. Mark your calendars for the performance of Porgy & Bess, happening throughout the end of May and early June at the Gaillard Performance Hall. Tickets available here.

 

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