Augusta catering companies busy during holiday season

CATERING COMPANIES STAYING BUSY

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Fat Man's Catering employees Jane Fink and Ethan Brock set up while catering a party at Enterprise Mill Event Center.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Fat Man's Catering employees Jane Fink and Ethan Brock set up while catering a party at Enterprise Mill Event Center.

Havird Usry has lost count of how many hams and turkeys Fat Man’s Catering has sold this year.

“It’s been great,” he said.

Usry is the vice president of Fat Man’s, and the catering arm of the family business is busier than ever. He estimates they have already made more than 100 pounds of corn bread dressing, along with countless orders for their squash casserole and their macaroni and cheese.

“Those are family recipes from 1943,” he said.

For food that will be served on the actual holidays, Fat Man’s sells uncooked casseroles with instructions and sliced hams and turkeys. Pickup will be the Friday before Christmas.

On rare occasions, Fat Man’s will cater for holiday dinners. On Thanksgiving, Usry got a call from managers at Solvay Advanced Polymer Plant asking them to cater for the employees working on the holiday.

“I’m never opposed to the idea, but it has to be a special situation,” Usry said.

Very Vera owner Vera Stewart said that even though her company focuses on mail orders, it is still booked with events for December.

“We went into the mail-order business to have enough to do in December,” she said. “The catering business has changed a lot in this area.”

Stewart said companies just don’t throw holiday dinners on the large scale they used to.

“We’ve had a party every night this month,” she said. “They’re just not 300-400 people anymore.”

The mail-order side of the company is soaring this time of year; Stewart said her company is the largest shipper in the Augusta area for FedEx.

“We do 50 to 60 percent of our business for the whole year this month,” she said.

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