Years ago, in my frivolous youth, I earned a BFA in Musical Theatre and subsequently spent my 20’s as a working actress in Los Angeles. When I wasn’t treading the boards I needed a job to supplement my income and went to work for a woman named Peggy Dark in Pasadena who ran a new catering company called The Kitchen For Exploring Foods. She took me in and over the course of the next eight or ten years I worked for her whenever I was not in rehearsal or doing a show. The experience was invaluable and I am deeply indebted to her for that opportunity.
Years later, when we moved to Spokane, I met a dear friend Lori Ennis who had a tremendous knack for party planning. Naturally, as our children moved through elementary school and upwards we were tasked with planning and creating food for all of the school event, silent auctions etc. Eventually we became the unofficial caterers of the Mead Education Association. After many years of people asking us for our card we finally decided to give it a try for real and here we are. Lori, who remains a dear friend, decided that this life was not for her and stepped aside but we remain Just A Couple Of Moms with our terrific kitchen manager, Laurie Davenport and several other employees. My husband Tom plays a large part in the managing of the business and as he always says, he is “not one of the moms.”
A few years ago we were visiting my parents in Redlands CA. One of my mothers friends, who had attended Tom and my wedding 24 years ago, happened to be at the house. I had not seen her since the wedding, to be honest, and she gushed at me about how beautiful our wedding was and how amazing the food was. It had been catered by my friend Peggy. I looked at Tom and said, “That is the kind of catering company I want. I want someone to go up to a woman twenty years later and tell them how fabulous the food at their wedding was.” An that pretty much tells the story of what we are trying to do and how we approach each and every event.