April 2008

Something to Talk About: The New Face of Celebration Events

Author: Linda Hopkins

They’ve done it again. Just when you thought they couldn’t get any better, Celebration Events catering and event planning company has exceeded all expectations, moving their operations to a new home in Capital Business Park and, once again, taking their level of service up another notch. From all outward appearances, the building, located off of Marshland Rd., hasn’t changed much. Step inside and find a whole new world of culinary excellence coupled with the extraordinary web of organization that makes this company’s operations run as smoothly as a well-oiled machine.

In a sea of stainless steel, white-coated chefs are calmly preparing to serve up to 10,000 people—an unfathomable task in the mind of the average home cook, having a hard time getting dinner on the table for the family. But for the staff at Celebration Events, it’s all in a day’s work.

Today, the action is happening at their brand new state-of-the-art facility, a 3,500-sq.-ft. space which includes a 1,600-sq.-ft. interactive kitchen, designed by chefs Andy Borgmeier and Glen Barroncini, and built by Sandcastle Constructors. Every detail, from the poured epoxy floors and fireboard walls, was carefully considered to meet and exceed code requirements and provide the ultimate, modern catering accommodations.

The spacious, open floor plan includes a complete section for baking, separate areas for extensive prep work, a hot line designed for volume and production and a chef’s table, which can accommodate groups who wish to cook with the chefs or have a small seated dinner or tasting. The parking area can be tented for larger onsite events as well.

In addition to the interior renovation, an enormous walk-in cooler and freezer section have been added outside. The building space also allows storage of wine, liquor and other beverages as well as equipment such as table linens, glassware, chafing dishes—just about everything needed to present and serve a variety of culinary creations in various settings, from uptown formal to down-home casual and all points in between.

Outside the building, a fleet of five vehicles, including two panel trucks and three vans, is ready and waiting to deliver food and equipment to as many as 15 separate events on any given day. “It’s all about timing,” said Molly Kennedy, director of catering. “Between our culinary experts, operations and sales staff, we have a phenomenal team. We just click.”

A separate section of the building houses “brain central,” the administrative side of the business, including marketing and distribution. Lined with photos of past area events, the walls are a testament to the resulting creative genius.

The public got its first peek at the new facility on February 12, when Celebration Events hosted a grand opening. Along with tours of the magnificent new kitchen, over 500 guests enjoyed fabulous displays of food, a premium bar and entertainment by local keyboardist, Duchess Raehn.

According to Kennedy, the affair was an enormous success and a perfect way to introduce the community to their new space and the endless possibilities available for special events, both large and small.

The advantage for both the professional catering team and you, the customer, is the ability to consolidate every phase of the process. “There’s nothing we can’t do and nothing we haven’t been asked to do,” said Kennedy. “It’s a huge operation and we’ve got it down to a science.”

Celebration Events is a division of the Lowrey Group, a local restaurant firm established by husband and wife team, Pierce and Bonnie Lowrey, in 1996, currently comprised of five popular dining establishments: CQ’s, Old Fort Pub, Antonio’s, Boathouse II and Ocean Grille. The catering division began as an offshoot of the services that were previously offered through the restaurants, often requiring them to close to accommodate private events. As word spread, customers began requesting in-home catering as well.

Recognizing a growing community need, in 2000, the Lowreys purchased Windows on the Waterway, a magnificent property with a breath-taking view, overlooking Skull Creek Marina. The venue is used for catered events only, providing an elegant setting for weddings, private parties, personal celebrations, business meetings and corporate events.

In addition to Windows on the Waterway, Celebration Events has private access to The Gallery at Old Fort Pub and the Main Street Inn and Spa. But that’s not all. Celebration Events hosts events at numerous other regional venues, including plantation clubhouses, private homes, rental properties, historic landmarks, new developments, cruise boats and more, serving an area from Hilton Head Island to Beaufort.

Whether you’re hosting an intimate dinner party in your home, a large formal wedding reception, an elite corporate gathering or a casual family reunion, Celebration Events plans and executes every step to make your dream come true.

For a complete list of venues, creative menu options, entertainment possibilities and more, visit www.celebrationevents.net or call (843) 689-7526. Ask to visit the new interactive kitchen and see what everyone’s talking about.

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