Our Story

A Family Tradition 40 Years in the Making

Our Story1- Hamby Catering

Our Story

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 Culbertson Hudnall 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 the oldest locally owned and operated caterer in Charleston, SC. Hamby 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.

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What started as a favor to a friend’s daughter became what is now a house built on that same core value – paying it forward. Heart, tradition and honor are what you can expect our team to continue to deliver, conveyed in the same style fostered and manifested by Mrs. Hamby all those years ago.

Though her shoes can never be filled, we still endeavor to continue the journey she set forth on over 40 years ago – serving delicious food that fosters memories for generations to come.

Candice Culbertson Hudnall, President

Our Team

Candice Culbertson Hudnall
President
Candice Culbertson Hudnall
Wayne Cuthbertson- Chief Operating Officer
COO
WAYNE CULBERTSON
Sam Richardson - General Manager at Hamby Catering & Events
General Manager
Sam Richardson
Dawn Sanders
Executive Chef
Dawn Sanders
Ryan McKenzie - top-performing Event Producer in Hamby Catering
Event Producer
RYAN MCKENZIE
Bellamy Purington - Assistant Director of Offsite Operations- Hamby Catering Charleston
Event Producer
BELLAMY PURINTON
Caroline Kraich- Event Producer at Hamby Catering & Events
Event Producer
Caroline Kraich
Taylor Ratley - Customer's Relationship Representative
Customer Relations Representative/Event Lead
Taylor Ratley
Human Relations/ Market at Hamby Associate/ Culture Ambassador
Elizabeth W. Garrell
Emily Roess- The Market at Hamby Lead
The Market at Hamby Lead
Emily Roess
Rachel Malecky
Director of Operations
Rachel Malecky
Gabriel "Gabe" Graves- Chef at Hamby Catering Charleston
Sous Chef
Gabriel "Gabe" Graves
Josh Moore- Sous Chef For The Hot Kitchen- Hamby Catering Charleston
Lead Sous Chef
Josh Moore
Matt Mizner- Food Manager And Chef at Hamby Catering Charleston
Sous Chef
Matt Mizner
Sous Chef
Cliff Arnold

Our Team

Candice Culbertson Hudnall
President
Candice Culbertson Hudnall
Wayne Cuthbertson- Chief Operating Officer
COO
WAYNE CULBERTSON
Sam Richardson - General Manager at Hamby Catering & Events
General Manager
Sam Richardson
Dawn Sanders
Executive Chef
Dawn Sanders
Rachel Malecky
Director of Operations
Rachel Malecky
Ryan McKenzie - top-performing Event Producer in Hamby Catering
Event Producer
RYAN MCKENZIE
Bellamy Purington - Assistant Director of Offsite Operations- Hamby Catering Charleston
Event Producer
BELLAMY PURINTON
Caroline Kraich- Event Producer at Hamby Catering & Events
Event Producer
Caroline Kraich
Irene O’Malley- Office Manager at Hamby Catering & Events
Office Manager
Irene O'Malley
Staffing Coordinator & Operations Ambassador
Kaytlyn Arshadi
Emily Roess- The Market at Hamby Lead
The Market at Hamby Lead
Emily Roess
Taylor Ratley - Customer's Relationship Representative
Customer Relations Representative/Event Lead
Taylor Ratley
Gabriel "Gabe" Graves- Chef at Hamby Catering Charleston
Sous Chef
Gabriel "Gabe" Graves
Josh Moore- Sous Chef For The Hot Kitchen- Hamby Catering Charleston
Lead Sous Chef
Josh Moore
Cre Moore- Experienced in Kitchen in Downtown Charleston
Sous Chef
Cre Moore
Matt Mizner- Food Manager And Chef at Hamby Catering Charleston
Sous Chef
Matt Mizner
Sous Chef
Cliff Arnold

Employment Opportunities

Event Lead

Hamby is seeking candidates for the position of Event Lead. Detailed-oriented, strong communication and the ability to multi-task are a must! The Event Lead job responsibilities include oversight of event staff, food presentation, and set-up and breakdown of equipment, as well as ensuring event outcome meets or exceeds client expectations. Specific responsibilities are subject to change.

Food Station Attendant

The Food Station Attendant's responsibilities include food presentation, set-up and breakdown of equipment, as well as ensuring event outcome meets or exceeds client expectations. Specific responsibilities are subject to change. If you are looking for a fun and fast-paced environment apply today!

Server

Hamby is seeking candidates for the position of server. Detailed-oriented, strong communication and the ability to multi-task are a must! The Server Job responsibilities include food presentation, set-up, and breakdown of equipment, as well as ensuring event outcome meets or exceeds client expectations.

Cook

The function of the Cook is to prepare all Hot Foods following the specifications of Hamby Catering and Events. The Cook shall prepare all foods following our recipes. The Cook shall ensure that all foods are prepared are tasty and have great eye appeal. If you are looking for a rewarding position in a fast-paced environment apply today!

Pastry Chef

We are currently seeking an experienced Pastry Chef to quarterback our dessert and baked goods department. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in culinary arts with a passion for sweet and delicious creations, for both exciting recipes and new creations. This role will service both our retail location, The Market at Hamby and our offsite catered events.

Please email resume to rachel@hambycatering.com