It was another grand slam event for Hamby Catering at the Volvo Car Open! For the fifth year in a row, we had the honor of serving our fresh and innovative Southern-inspired cuisine to this international, world-class event. The nine-day tournament is always a dynamic catering experience for our team and this year we elevated our offerings across the board. It was all Hamby hands on deck to bring delicious dishes and outstanding service to the attendees, players, VIPs, media and more for the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America.

This year our team had an exciting opportunity to reimagine the player dining experience. We invested hours in collaborating and crafting meals that were healthy, satisfying and energizing. The players have very specific dietary guidelines, so every year is an exciting challenge for our team to work within the set parameters to create menu options that check all of the boxes and still showcase our creativity. We drew inspiration from our visit to the world-class player dining experience at the US Open and really took our menus to the next level.

We included several chef-attended stations at each meal time, so the players could create a custom plate complete with their personal favorites. For breakfast, players could choose from açaí bowls, eggs to order, breakfast sandwiches, parfaits and more! Lunch and dinner included ramen and build-your-own-bowl stations, salad bars, sushi, artisan cheeses and meats, saute, pasta and a selection of sweet treats. Every meal was a hit and we are incredibly proud of how our vision came together to serve more than 100 world-class athletes.

The VIP event was another opportunity for our team to flex our creative muscles. We pulled some sweet inspiration from Taste of Tennis and found a few playful ways to weave the tennis theme into our desserts.

Speaking of sweets, our mini donuts have become a Volvo Car Open classic and we served up more than 30,000 of them this year! These hot and irresistible treats were especially popular on the days we were hit with cooler temperatures and rain delays.

We also unveiled a new way for fans to enjoy Hamby Catering from the stands. The Hamby Snack Pack featured our Housemade Chips and Pimento Cheese, Chicken Salad and Shrimp Salad Sandwiches. Attendees could order these packages through the Volvo Car Open app and have them delivered right to their seats. Convenient and delicious.

With all of the new special events, theme nights and Madison Keys’ big win, it’s hard to pick just one top highlight from the tournament. One of our favorite moments was a surprise visit from former world No. 1 doubles player and Olympic gold medalist, Bethanie Mattek-Sands! There are so many things we love about Bethanie – her positive energy, candid conversations and her strength. We especially admire how she shares her experiences to inspire other women to persevere through tough times. Watch Bethanie pass out our tasty donuts to a few lucky fans during her Song Lyrics challenge!

As a female-founded and female-owned company, it’s a true honor for us to cater the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America. Every year, we are blown away by the caliber of the nine-day international event and this was one of our best tournaments yet! Team Hamby can’t wait to cause a racket at the 2020 Volvo Car Open. We’ll see y’all again next year, April 4 – 12.

Photos taken by Hamby Catering’s own Emily Roess!