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GREAT PERFORMANCES IS NEW YORK CITY'S LEADING CATERING AND EVENTS COMPANY.

We enhance life’s celebrations with delicious and seasonal food, creative culinary presentations and gracious service. Our planners can work with you on corporate events, nonprofit events, social parties, weddings and receptions, and any full service catered event in NYC or the tri-state area. Set up a call with a planner today! 

  • Love Happens Around Food.

    Creating a vibrant and memorable experience for momentous life occasions calls for unparalleled attention to detail and service. Our overriding mission is to reflect the spirit of your occasion from beginning to end. Whether your vision is traditional or redefines tradition, our planners will work closely with you to attend to every detail of your momentous day. 

  • Whether you are planning a meeting, conference, company event or brand activation, we understand the nuances of every request through our longstanding relationships with companies spanning every industry. Companies of all sizes and backgrounds come to us for our professionalism, service and collaboration.

  • As a nonprofit organization, you are dedicated to serving others; fundraising is the lifeline to support unique and vital programs. We recognize the work you do and stand ready to assist you with your gala, fundraiser, auction, reception or dinner. Local, national and international groups continually turn to us because they know that we make their priorities, ours.

  • Great Performances offers food service operations and exclusive catering services for corporate and cultural institutions and landmark locations. We operate a select group of cafés and restaurants including The Norm at Brooklyn Museum and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Partnerships with institutions are also inclusive of all catering and food services for events. Each café has a signature style, reflecting the host institution and upholding our food mission to serve seasonal food.

    We offer special programs in our cafés, including seasonal festivals, guest chef programs in collaboration with visiting and James Beard Foundation chefs, and a proprietary line—Just Sprouted—of seasonal, healthy grab-and-go food items.

    View our map for a full list of our restaurants and cafés.

  • In addition to non-profit, corporate and social events, we are thrilled to partake in some of the country's most highly-regarded special events. For several years we have served as the Official Caterer for the Miami Open, New York Wine and Food Festival, Miami International Boat Show, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and South Beach Wine and Food Festival.

Food & Beverage

FOOD: EVERY DISH IS AN EVENT

Great Performances' catering menus are a celebration of contemporary American cuisine, incorporating clean, vibrant and seasonal ingredients sourced locally when possible. 

We have a shared goal of developing innovative and delicious dishes for our guests. Whether a dish is traditional or out of the box, it has a GP touch that makes it exquisite. We often source produce, meat, fish and dairy from local growers and purveyors. This fresh, beautiful food inspires our chefs to create seasonal meals that grace our plate. We tailor menus to each event, while remaining committed to the unmatchable flavors of the ingredients we trust. From the process of sourcing ingredients, to developing a dish, to styling the plate, we respect the integrity of our food.


DRINK: GREAT MIXES

From the perfectly balanced classics to the endless surprises of modern mixology, our Mixologist will delight and educate you with concoctions of all varieties. We know our wines, and will be happy to suggest the best ones to accompany any food being served. In addition, we feature the work of small batch and local distilleries as well as craft breweries, and serve fresh juices, herbal infusions and house-made syrups.

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Team

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. Great Performances represents a family of event professionals, partners and clients in which we have built longstanding relationships and continually draw inspiration from our diverse group. 


OUR CHEFS CREATE THE UNFORGETTABLE

Seasoned in the kitchen, hungry to explore, engaged listeners and creative spirits, our culinary team is as inventive as they are meticulous. Together, they have extraordinary depth of experience; among the team we work with, we have seasoned GP veterans, who demonstrate knowledge of GP food philosophy, and newcomers, who bring a fresh culinary perspective. As a whole, the culinary team embraces our core values: diversity, arts, farming, sustainability, community, vision and teamwork.


SERVICE SPEAKS VOLUMES

Service that is professional, intuitive, imperceptible. Service that is graceful, fluid, as if choreographed.

Every member of our impeccably trained staff assumes a pivotal role in this ensemble production. After the sights, the sounds and the aromas have faded, what remains is the memory of a truly great performance.

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 Jazz at Lincoln CenterBAMBrooklyn Museum, and the Apollo Theater.

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

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Farm & Sustainability

WE WROTE THE BOOK ON FARM TO TABLE.

Katchkie Farm is our 60-acre, NOFA-certified organic farm in Columbia County, NY. As the first catering company to own and operate and organic farm, it represents our commitment to celebrating local flavors and supporting sustainable agriculture. Established in 2006, we converted 60-acres of never-before-farmed land in Kinderhook, NY into a full-production organic farm with a robust 600+ member CSA program that serves individuals and offices across NYC. The farm continues to inspire our chefs and connect them to the regional agricultural community. 

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