But what brought us here? The answer is simple: the things we believe in.
We believe in collaborative commitment to service, innovation and quality.
Founded as a waitress service for women in the arts, Great Performances offered flexible work to supplement artist incomes. The hospitality industry boomed and Great Performances grew along with it, most notably by adding men to the personnel roster and catering to our client services. We built our first small kitchen in SoHo in l982 and then moved to Hudson Square. Today, Great Performances is an established, female-owned enterprise that remains a leader in the hospitality industry.
We are passionate about supporting the arts. Great Performances is the exclusive caterer for some of the city’s most prestigious cultural institutions, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sotheby’s and the Apollo Theater, where we work with clients from the corporate, non-profit and social worlds.
One of our cornerstone values is community involvement; we cultivate our own fellowship program, engage in anti-hunger efforts and food rescue, and educate children about healthy eating through our work with The Sylvia Center.
We also operate several cafes throughout the city: Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, El Café, BAMcafe, Sotheby’s Terrace Café, Mae Mae Cafe, Signature Café, Catherine K. Café at ICP, Chalsty’s Cafe at the Museum of the City of New York and The Cafe at Wave Hill. Outside of NYC, we operate Top of the Game Restaurant & Bar and Just Sprouted Café at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in Stamford.
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