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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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Pickled Peaches

One of our more popular passed hors d’oeuvres for weddings and corporate events is our Sea Salt & Black Pepper Seared Tenderloin of Beef Crostini with Housemade Herbed Boursin & Pickled Peach. This unique blend of bold and sweet flavors pairs perfectly together and is as equally beautiful on display. Besides the Boursin Cheese, the Pickled Peach is a uniting element for the flavor of this dish. We asked Chef Patrick to share the recipe to the Pickled Peach so you too, could make it at home.

 

Ingredients

4 Cup Sugar

1 Cup White Vinegar

1 Cup Water

4 Lbs. Peach Slices, Canned

4 Each Cinnamon Sticks

16 Each Whole Cloves

Directions 

  1. Combine sugar, vinegar and water in a pot

2. Bring to boil and simmer for five minutes

3. Place one cinnamon stick and four cloves into the bottom of a quart canning jar

4. Place peaches in jar

5. Pour liquid over top to fill cans

6. Allow to cool to room temperature

7. Cover and refrigerate for storing

Yield – 256 Crostinis

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SEWE 2017 Recap

For the third year in a row, Hamby Catering was honored to fuel some 40,000+  guests at the 2017 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. This year, we set up and served housemade favorites including, Chicken Bog, Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Housemade Potato Chips. Plus, we debuted our donut machine in Marion Square.

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition was established in 1982 and since then, has grown from 100 exhibitors and 5,000 attendees to the largest event of its kind in the nation. This year, we saw nearly 43,000 attendees flock to downtown Charleston to visit with more than 500 artists and hundreds of exhibitors.

We also saw record success having served more than 1,500 Chicken Bogs, 7,000 donuts, and over 800 house-made sandwiches! Records were broken outside of our tents as well: 6 of our employees held a snake for the first time, 1 lucky staffer won a YETI cooler  and we all wanted to adopt 100% of the dogs we saw in Marion Square.

All in all, it was an absolutely wild weekend and so much fun! We look forward to seeing you all at SEWE in 2018! You can find more information about the event here.

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Hamby Celebrates Gaillard Success

Since reopening in late 2015, we’ve had the honor of acting as one of the Third Party Approved Caterers of Charleston’s esteemed, Gaillard Center. Over the last two years, we’ve entertained thousands of guests and enjoyed our time serving in this historical venue.

Whether you’re hosting an intimate party or an 800 person bash, the Gaillard Center’s catering kitchen can accommodate your meal service. Chef Schmidt and our entire kitchen staff has perfected the onsite experience and honed our menu offerings to match the grandeur of the ballrooms. Needless to say after over 4,000 happy guests, our staff is prepared to handle the demands of your next event. Here’s a look back at a few of our favorite events:

College of Charleston Alumni Gala (320 Guests)

City of Charleston Holiday Party (800 Guests)

Boeing Centennial (400 Guests)

Boeing STEM Night (320 Guests)

Spoleto Festival Porgy & Bess Opening Night Gala (600 Guests)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast (700 Guests)

Chase After a Cure Gala (400 Guests)

Historic Charleston Foundation Martha Stewart Luncheon (600 Guests)

TOTAL GUESTS SERVED TO DATE AT GAILLARD: 4,140

We’re excited to continue to cater life’s special moments at The Gaillard.

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The Gaillard Center: Re-Opened and Re-Imagined

Hamby Catering is proud to be an Approved Third Party Caterer of the newly refinished, Gaillard Center. After hosting the first official event in the space back in November, as well as a number of large corporate events, Hamby Catering has become a regular catering partner for this dominant downtown Charleston venue. Whether you’re hosting an intimate party or a 800 person bash, the Gaillard Center’s catering kitchen can accommodate your meal service. Chef Brunski and our entire kitchen staff has perfected our on-site experience and honed our menu offerings the grandeur of the ballrooms.

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Photo by JWKPEC

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Boasting gorgeous interiors, Hamby Catering has found the space to be multi-functional, whether our clients are hosting a corporate event, private dinner or wedding reception.

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Photo courtesy: Garden & Gun

If you are interested in hosting an event at the Gaillard Center, contact one of our Event Producers at 843.571.3103. We will gladly walk you through the options of our on-site catering capabilities.

To see more images from our past work at The Gaillard, click here.

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