Feb 23, 2018

Culinary Concepts Catering Reports Record Growth in 2017

Predictive Assessment Tools Aid Company’s Hiring, Bolsters Growth

San Diego’s positive business environment has led to record-breaking numbers for many local businesses. San Diego-based Culinary Concepts Catering, one of the leading catering companies in southern California, is one of those companies. In 2017, they experienced record growth in the number of corporate, wedding and private clients they served. Last year the company hosted a total of 230 events, including 170 corporate events, 38 weddings, serviced 22 private clients and saw a new sector of their business realize 15% year-over-year growth. They also realized record sales for their “to go” business.

Many factors support Culinary Concepts Catering’s current growth and business longevity. Most importantly is the on-going collaboration between the Chef, event specialists and operations team to consistently provide clients with creative menus and event inspiration.  The professional team delivers exceptional customer service and attention to detail which leads to their impressive number of repeat clients and referrals.

In an effort to keep and build the strongest team possible, Kathy Koenig, co-founder and owner hired Accountability Pays, a locally-based executive coaching and team facilitation firm to help the Company improve the hiring process to ensure they were attracting and keeping the best talent available. The company now utilizes the tools introduced by Accountability Pays including the Harrison Assessment during their hiring process. These tools help identify candidates that possess the skills necessary to perform the job, which can often be a challenge in the hospitality industry, known for having high turnover.

Pamela Stambaugh, president and founder of Accountability Pays, states “More than many others, the hospitality industry attracts people who are often working two jobs as generally the industry is more ‘on demand’ and event-oriented. As a result, these businesses may suffer from the impact of repetitive employee turnover. I commend Culinary Concepts for taking on the financial responsibility of hiring full-time employees. In the long term, this investment improves operational and workforce stability, enabling them to consistently deliver the highest-quality products and service.”

Lynn Reaser, adjunct professor of economics at Point Loma Nazarene University, who possesses a  deep knowledge about California’s economic landscape, is “concerned about one thing: a labor shortage.”  Stambaugh suggests organizations that employ strategic hiring processes tend to have better outcomes in recruitment and retention, not to mention financial performance in topline sales efficacy and bottom line profits.”

 “As a company founder, I am continually impressed by the quality of our team who deliver exemplary service, great food and flawless event planning for our clients in the southern California region. Investing time and energy into our hiring process has resulted in building a team of professionals who are passionate and driven by excellence. We are very excited about our growth in 2017 and are well-positioned to compound that growth in the coming year,” said Kathy Koenig, founder and CEO of Culinary Concepts Catering.

Since opening for business nearly 30-years ago, Culinary Concepts Catering has built a solid reputation for providing innovative menu items customized to meet its clients’ individual needs and dietary restrictions. It is dedicated to using the highest-quality, locally-cultivated, sustainable food products available.

 

 

About Culinary Concepts Catering:

Culinary Concepts Catering is the premier caterer and event designing firm in the San Diego area. For over 30 years co-founder and owner Kathy Koenig and her team of talented culinary professionals work to deliver creative, fresh and delicious menu items specifically prepared to meet the needs of their corporate, wedding and private clients.

Culinary Concepts Catering works with each client to prepare customized menus that exceed expectations and honor guests’ dietary values, whether organic, gluten-free, vegan or more specialized. Each dish is prepared from scratch using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients that are sustainable and free of chemicals and additives. The company owns its kitchen and equipment which offers competitive advantages and cost savings that the competition charges the client.

Because of their reputation for outstanding attention to detail, presentation and quality, they are regarded as the definitive hospitality resource for food, wine and entertainment across Southern California.

For more information, please visit www.cateringspecialist.com/ or speak to one of the culinary experts at (858) 530-1885.

 



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