Catering company survives pandemic, focuses on ‘to-go huts’

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Catering company survives pandemic, focuses on ‘to-go huts’
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FISHERS — A neighborhood catering firm is discovering artistic methods to remain open and proceed serving the group throughout the pandemic.

Chef Suzanne Catering is positioned in Fishers and so they have to-go huts in Geist and Lawrence.

“It is nearly a type of, I do not wish to say motherhood, however you’re nurturing their soul and also you’re feeding them,” proprietor Suzanne Rockwell mentioned.

Working this catering firm is a dream come true for her. Rockwell mentioned she labored a company job for years however determined to make a change. In 2009 she opened Chef Suzanne Catering.

She tells WRTV the corporate was doing nice till the pandemic started.

“We by no means actually thought that it will go on so long as it did,” Rockwell mentioned. “We thought possibly 90 days and we are going to all be up and going once more, and one after the other the occasions stored canceling.”

She mentioned they misplaced tons of of hundreds of {dollars} on account of canceled occasions, however she was decided to maintain the enterprise going.

“My husband and I, we dipped into our 401(okay),” Rockwell mentioned. “We utilized for any sort of help that the federal government had, PPP, EDIL, something that may assist us get by means of.”

The catering firm already had a drive-up “hut” in Geist the place they supplied contemporary and quick to-go meals. Rockwell mentioned they shifted their focus there and in November, they opened a second “hut” in Lawrence.

“We’re simply actually lucky that individuals proceed to assist us,” Rockwell mentioned.

Rockwell’s personal employees is working to assist the enterprise as effectively. She says she hasn’t needed to lay anybody off as a result of pandemic.

This week, the employees determined to donate their time and sources for a spaghetti fundraiser.

Chef Suzanne Catering has additionally been capable of proceed charity work all through the pandemic and donate meals to households in want.

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