Peachtree & Ward Catering is the crème de la crème in the world of catering, specialists in their field. They do what they do day-in and day-out. This year marks their twenty-fifth year anniversary year planning and serving up the most fabulous and delicious parties ever—weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, galas and special events—from Maine to Virginia. Peachtree has fed Bill Cosby, Yo Yo Ma, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Julius Erving and Chase Utley. Corporate clients include Internet Capital Group, Cigna, University of Pennsylvania, Toll Brothers, RAF Industries, W Group, The Pier at Caesars and Blank Rome. All have made Peachtree what it is today. With unparalleled service and attention to detail, Peachtree infuses every event with their professional expertise, creative flair and their love of the business. Peachtree is there- with their clients from first call to last dance. Nothing less will do.
THE COMPANY PORTFOLIO INCLUDES:
- Full service off-premise catering
- Event planning
- Two spectacular event venues: PECHE Sherman Mills in East Falls, and POMME in Radnor.
- A kosher division--- Peachtree Kosher, bringing all the services and luster of a Peachtree & Ward event to the kosher marketplace.
- Openings—The Pier at Caesars, Tiffany on Walnut Street, Tiffany at King of Prussia, Bella condominiums, Metro Club condominiums,
- Galas—Abington Memorial Hospital, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Children's Crisis Treatment Center, Springside/CHA Common Ground, Haverford School capital campaign launch, Rowan House, Ball in the Square, Women's Medical Fund annual fundraiser,
- Eagles Youth Partnership, ICA, Penn Council for Relationships and the Marion Anderson Awards to name a few
- Milestone events for the University of Pennsylvania—125 years of Women at Penn, Wharton School Capital Campaign launches, Huntsman Hall Opening, Charles Addams Gallery, The Law School at Penn, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
- Claim to Fame: NBA All-Star week-- Kobe Bryant "Homecoming" at Philadelphia's Clef Club of Jazz with a 'Buena Vista' supper-club menu and Latin beats.
- James Beard House: Two haute-cuisine Peachtree dinners with the 10 best small winemakers of the world, and dinner with Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm.
- VIP Tent for Cirque du Soleil's Philadelphia Inagural Tour
- QVC's studio opening dinner for 600 with collaborating chefs Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prudhomme and Georges Perrier
- Dinner for Luciano Pavarotti and 90 admirers. He had four servings of our white bean-truffle soup!
THE FOUNDERS AND OWNERS
Lori Weinrott graduated from Yale University with a degree in literature, thoroughly enchanted with all things French, especially anything to do with deconstruction. Interesting that her thesis on Marcel Proust recounted life in all its flavor, from the earthiest boeuf a la ficelle to the most fabulous soirees of high society, not to mention the now infamous Madeleine.
Meanwhile Jon Weinrott, a graduate of Tufts University with a Master of Arts degree in English (his thesis on William Faulkner), had been touring the U.S.A. and France by bicycle, stopping to work in restaurants when funds got low. During his trip, Jon began thinking about making a career in the food business. But first, he met the challenges of kitchens in Alaska, Corsica and France, finally returning home to native Philadelphia where he met Lori, over a stove.
From their first conversation, in French, to working alongside each other as private chefs on Martha's Vineyard and in the vineyards of France, together Jon and Lori explored the world of French cuisine, working at such three star restaurants as Michel Rostang, La Cote St. Jacques and Georges Blanc. Ask them one day how they arrived in Switzerland with nothing but a fresh Muscovy duck, Reblochon, Pain Poilane and a great bottle of Gigondas in their backpack, hitchhiking with a cocoa bean trader so as to save what francs they had to eat at Fredy Girardet's famous restaurant near Lausanne or read about that time in the section on France.
When they returned home to Philadelphia, they married and bought a corner grocery store on Pechin Street, renovating it and founding Peach Street Caterers. Twenty years and thousands of fine dinners later, their company, now known as Peachtree & Ward, sets the trend for high-style catering in the mid-Atlantic region.