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Our Mission

Collaborative Commitment to Service,
Innovation, and Quality

We integrate these principles into all aspects of our work, from delicious food and striking design to attentive service to an understanding of trends and value. 

Great Performances was founded in 1980 as a waitress service for women in the arts, offering an alternative way to supplement artist incomes with flexible work. The company is now the leading catering and events company in NYC serving distinguished corporations, nonprofits, cultural institutions, and private clients for over 35 years. We count numerous institutions as exclusive partners including The Plaza Hotel, Jazz at Lincoln Center, BAM, Brooklyn Museum, and the Apollo Theater.


What We Do

We cater and plan events from small, intimate gatherings to large, elaborate events with professionalism, skill, and extreme care for our clients and guests. Services include: full-service catering, staffing, service, event planning, transportation, design, special event and festival operations, and cafe and restaurant operations for corporations and cultural institutions.



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We are professionals who care deeply about our craft as much as we do about the people for whom we work our magic. We take a tailored approach in which each event is unique to the client's needs and goals. We have a varied and experienced network of event professionals and all of our event and service staff are trained under our proprietary GP University program. Great Performances represents a diverse family of event professionals, partners and clients in which we have built longstanding relationships and continually draw inspiration from. We work side-by-side with local growers and purveyors to bring the best of the season to your table.

Sustainability & Community

It Matters Where Our Food
Comes From.

One of our cornerstone values is social responsibility. We engage in anti-hunger and food rescue efforts, help cultivate a sustainable food system though our organic Katchkie Farm, and educate children about healthy eating through our work with The Sylvia Center.

Over the past 10 years Great Performances has worked toward building stronger farm to city connections and supporting the local food system and community. In 2006 we became the first caterer to own and operate an organic farm, reflecting our commitment to supporting sustainable agricultural practices. The farm serves a robust 600-member CSA program, delivering the freshest produce to NYC every year. Our Katchkie Farm is also home to The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit organization founded by CEO Liz Neumark that inspires young people to establish healthy eating habits through hands-on garden and cooking workshops at the farm. 

In the GP kitchen, over 100 tons of food scraps are diverted annually from landfills through repurposing, composting and recycling efforts. Event leftovers and farm surpluses go to food pantries across the city, including NY Common Pantry, Bowery Mission, City Harvest and West Side Campaign Against Hunger. Annually, over 2000 gallons of discarded cooking oil are transported to Katchkie Farm to heat our greenhouses.