It was 1979 when the husband & wife team of Fran & Tom Hamby helped two close friends plan their daughter's wedding reception. The classically elegant wedding menu was prepared in the Hamby family kitchen and received high marks and positive "buzz" from many of Charleston's leading residents. Steve Hamby, son to Fran & Tom, joined Hamby Catering in 1987 as production manager and never looked back. Word of mouth helped grow Fran's Lowcountry home cooking into a full-fledged catering business, and success mandated the move into her first storefront in Charleston in 1988.

In 2011, Mrs. Hamby's great nephew Wes Ellison took on an ownership & leadership role with the family business, and immediately set out to reinforce Hamby's reputation as the premier full-service catering outfit in the Lowcountry.

The family-oriented culture has been crucial to the company's success and time-treasured recipes. In 2017, after seven years with the company, Candice Wigfield stepped in to oversee all operations of Hamby with her father, Wayne Culbertson. This duo marks the second, multi-generational ownership for Hamby Catering, making sure that heart and tradition stay at the root of our service.

Today, Hamby has added new culinary, design and customer relations talent to its team, ultimately resulting in a more full-service, customizable approach for clients. Hamby Catering & Events is only as successful as its last event. Keeping this in mind, Hamby serves up each event with particular focus on providing guests with an extraordinary experience.


Your Catering Partner for Life's Most Memorable Events.

Whether it's a wedding, a client appreciation event or a special celebration at home with friends & family, Hamby will help you create lasting memories. For the past 40 years, our professional and creative approach to each event has cultivated clients for life.

As the popularity of Charleston, SC has grown as an event destination for visitors and residents alike, Hamby has extended its service offerings to include customized menu creation, balanced beverage pairing, professional event service, design & décor consultation and rental coordination.

Hamby provides catering & event management throughout the Lowcountry & surrounding area. As an off-premises caterer, Hamby is well versed in the plethora of fabulous venue options and will help you locate the perfect location and do everything necessary to create a unique event. We will listen to your needs, assess the challenges and lead you through every step of the process to assure a fun, enjoyable experience.


Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Okatie, Port Royal, Parris Island, Ladys Island, Fripp Island, Harbour Island and Dafuskie Island, Jekyll Island, Saint Simons Island and Tybee Island.


To create delightful experiences for our clients and guests, coupling innovative, southern-inspired cuisine served with hospitality that reflects our empowering and nurturing work culture.


To be a leading caterer in the Southeast, offering innovative southern-inspired cuisine by crafting outstanding customer experiences and mindfully facilitating an empowering work culture.


  • Integrity. We put this above everything else, in both our internal and external actions.
  • Family. Our Hamby family is a group of collaborative employees who are highly engaged and have fun doing what they do.
  • Community. We strive to be an excellent community citizen and encourage Hamby team members to be active in their communities outside work.
  • Quality. The quality of our products and services is paramount in everything we do. It is the foundation of our reputation.
  • Sustainability. We are committed to using only the freshest and most sustainable ingredients.
  • Tradition. It is important to remain true to our Lowcountry heritage while also seeking to innovate through new products and methods.
  • Profitability. We must remain profitable in order to maintain our very high standards and to protect our business and the livelihood of our employees.