Unleash Joy through Genuine Hospitality

From innovative menus and striking design to impeccable service and critical attention to detail, at Great Performances, we weave our mission into all we do. This woman-owned business serving New York City for over four decades has evolved from a waitress staffing agency to the leading catering, events, and hospitality companies in the greater New York area. We provide food services in an array of celebrated New York City cultural institutions including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Wave Hill, and The Apollo Theater. We are known for full-service catering and events, corporate workplace dining and amenity programs, and large scale event and festival production. Progressive from the start, we consistently set the pace for industry best practices.

In 2006, we established Katchkie Farm, becoming the nation’s first caterer to own and operate an organic farm; and in 2007 Liz Neumark founded The Sylvia Center to inspire young people and their families to establish independent healthy eating habits—so that they may lead healthy and productive lives.


Exceptionally Delicious Food, Thoughtfully Sourced Ingredients

Great Performances’ catering menus are a plant-forward celebration of contemporary American cuisine, maintaining a strong emphasis on seasonality and the sustainable sourcing of ingredients.

Throughout the menu development process, our chefs involve staff and clients in conversations about flavors, ingredients, food quality, seasonality, food waste and rescue, and sourcing transparency.

Delicious food starts at the source and we have developed close relationships with local farms to ensure we start with the highest quality ingredients. From responsible sourcing of ingredients and food waste reduction to recycling and food recovery initiatives, the environmental impact of our actions is found at forefront of our daily decisions and practices.

We have profound respect for food, constantly innovating to ensure full utilization, from root to frond, of our ingredients.

Whether a dish is traditional or out of the box, it has the Great Performances touch that makes it exquisite. We incorporate ingredients from ancient worlds and the legendary spice trail, reflecting the brilliance of the melting pot that defines New York City.


Helping Our Clients And Partners Achieve Greatness

Great Performances plans, staffs and caters events for clients of all sorts and celebrations of all sizes.

From small, intimate gatherings to large, elaborate productions, we bring professionalism, skill and care to each client project.

Our range of capabilities includes full-service, catering, beverage service, service staffing, venue selection, design and special event production.

We also operate cafés, restaurants, concessions and amenity programs for nonprofit and corporate institutions.


Hospitality Professionals Who Care Deeply

Great Performances represents a diverse family of event professionals, partners and clients with whom we have built long standing relationships and continually draw inspiration from, and we are constantly recruiting to ensure we can meet each of our clients’ unique needs and goals. Each member of our event and service staff is trained under our proprietary GP University program, ensuring consistent, reliable and impeccable service.


Giving back to those who make Great Performances Great

We deeply value our event and service team and recognize their individual artistic endeavors with Great Performances’ Artist Fellowship Awards program, which launched in 1986 with the mission of supporting our talented staff’s creative projects.

In 2020, Great Performances will award four $5,000 grants to members of its team.