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Going Behind the Scenes of the Catering World: This Book Tells All


By Carina Hayek

Events are our lifeblood at Great Performances. We want them to be incredible experiences for our clients and their guests from the moment they enter a venue to long after, when they reminisce about their favorite moments. 

Part of what makes an event so unforgettable is the food and beverage served, but few people think about how the food turns from concept to canapé, from dream to dessert. It’s nothing short of magic as chefs work to execute a feast, often in make-shift kitchens, under demanding time constraints, for hundreds if not thousands of guests, and in spite of any glitches or catastrophes.

Photo: ©mattleeandtedlee

Brothers Matt Lee and Ted Lee dove into the catering world, getting a view of the chaos behind the scenes of a catered event, documenting it in their book, Hotbox. It’s a fast-paced, enlightening read covering the history of event catering from an insider’s perspective.

We’re delighted that the contributions of Liz Neumark, Great Performances’ CEO and Founder, are included in the book, with Liz being acknowledged as “one of the most influential and innovative figures in the industry today.”

To learn more about the book, check out Ted and Matt Lee’s website and be sure to check out their tour schedule, including their New York City visit on May 14.

Event Info:

Tuesday, May 14th at 7:30 pm at a Private Residence in Manhattan

Matt and Ted will read passages and discuss HOTBOX at this super intimate salon-style book-club series, held at private homes in New York City. This is a ticketed event. For reservations and ticketing information click here.