Labor Day welcomes one of Mississippi’s most beautiful seasons. Fall is truly a magical time, and an especially wonderful time to host weddings, parties and events! If you are looking for a fabulous caterer, look no further. Imagine delicious food created by the teams at Amerigo, CHAR, Sombra, Anjou and Saltine! These beloved Mississippi restaurants have formed a magnificent catering company, 4Top Catering.
Anne Marie Smith, Senior Sales Manager, says their guests inspired 4Top Catering. “Each of our restaurants has been offering daily catering services to local doctor offices and businesses for years now, and we’ve seen a need for more robust options. To accommodate the needs and requests from our loyal guests, we now offer catering for events on a wider spectrum; from weddings and rehearsal dinners to corporate and social events, we’ll do it all! To make it easier for guests, we combined our five restaurant concepts into one brand for a more user-friendly approach to selling our menu options.”
The name, 4Top Catering, was inspired by the four owners and their family of restaurants: David Conn, Ben Brock, Doug Hogrefe and Paul Schramkowski. Together, they make up 4Top Hospitality, so it was only natural to name their catering sector 4Top Catering. We spoke with Anne Marie about 4Top Catering, and are thrilled to share more delicious details with you today!
Who does that actual catering? Does the food come from all six restaurants?
“Yes, the food comes out of all six restaurants! The same culinary team that provides excellent food in the restaurants also prepares food for our catered events.”
What can 4Top offer clients that other caterers cannot?
“We’ve built our reputation around providing excellent customer service with an endless variety of options. There are never two events that are exactly alike; we tailor to each individual’s needs for budget, setup and food preferences. Our restaurants’ quality is already well known in the Jackson area, and we are simply bringing the best of each ‘world’ to our guests at their event.”
Describe how 4 Top Catering puts a menu together for a client's wedding or event! What are the steps to finding that perfect menu?
“Menu development is completely based on the guest and their specific event. We find out what they like, dislike, and what vision they have for the style of event. The ‘formula’ is always the same; you need an incredible protein, some accompaniments (like roasted veggies and a mash-tini bar), a couple of hors d’oeuvres, and, being Southern, a dip! For a backyard wedding, the bride may want a swanky taco bar or BBQ station, while a corporate client may prefer a beef tenderloin carving station. We take their preferences, recommend some options, and expand from there.”
How does living in Mississippi influence your menu?
“Mississippi influences our menu in so many ways! The menus feature many Amerigo and CHAR menu staples that are deep rooted in the community, like our cheese fritters, no-filler crab cakes, artichoke dip and sin city BBQ shrimp & grits. We also take other southern favorites and put a fun spin on them – mashed potato martinis, shrimp shooters, mini po’boys and black-eyed pea & crawfish relish, just to name a few! Having access to fresh Gulf seafood is important too; our oyster bars, crab & shrimp martinis and other seafood items are always popular items for every type of event.”
Is there anything else you want to add or talk about specifically?
“We can also handle all of our guest’s bartending needs for events! From drink packages to staffing needs, our Sales Manager will work with each guest to determine the best solution for the event. We aim to be a one-stop shop for all event needs!”
Thank you, Anne Marie, for telling us more about 4Top Catering! Visit their Facebook page to learn more about their delectable fare!
All photographs courtesy of 4Top Catering.