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Catering companies welcome holiday business

Posted December 13, 2008

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— With many holiday parties taking place this weekend, Triangle-area caterers are working overtime – a relief from a recent downturn in business.

“We don’t have as many company get-togethers anymore, different cocktail parties for companies or people just throwing a random party just to have guests over to their house,” LadyFingers Catering Chef T.J. Donovan said.

The Raleigh company had seven parties on Saturday night, but business as a whole was down 10 percent this year.

Caterers said they are seeing fewer and smaller orders. Some customers are providing their own alcohol and just having the food delivered not served.

“You can’t make it up. You end up having to let people go. You end up having to be a little tighter with food costs,” said Arthur Gordon, owner of Irregardless Café, a restaurant and catering company in Raleigh.

Gordon said he has had to let 10 percent of his workforce go. With business down more than 30 percent, Gordon hopes holiday parties will bring a much-needed boost.

“Being in this business, you’re eternally the optimist. You’re constantly believing that it’s going to get better,” Gordon said.


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  • ncweddingdj.com Dec 15, 2008

    My wife and I have been wedding and holiday party deejays since 1980 and your story is exactly right this year! Many companies are cutting back on their parties, omitting free alcohol, cutting down on food and service, having smaller get togethers at cheaper venues. Because we do so many weddings tear round, we have not really felt any lessening in deejay work, but we are already reasonably priced and have done 1500+ receptions. Times are getting tougher for some. Good story!

  • Bob3425 Dec 15, 2008

    This is what happen when the economy is based on service and not manufacturing. America used to build and produced, you make a good product and consumers will stick with..just ask Toyota.