May
22
2009

Feed the Need

Wednesday morning the Duvall team packed up and headed to Tricounty Family Ministries to feed 400 of Charleston’s needy.  As one of fifty-two companies taking part in Mickey Bakst’s (manager of Charleston Grill) efforts to provide healthy meals for the Lowcountry’s homeless at least once a week for an entire year, we were thrilled to provide  a warm meal and be part of the Feed the Need coalition.

Duvall and the Tricounty Ministries Team

We hope to continue our relationship with the great team at Tricounty Ministries throughout the coming year and support them in fullfilling their motto: “a glimmer of hope in a world of need.”

May
19
2009

Decennial celebrations

We would like to congratulate and recognize staff members celebrating 10+ years as being part of the Duvall team. As a company we commemorate our successes and longevity which is a result of our high quality standards set at our events and the invaluable loyalty and commitment of our staff. We are very grateful to these staff members; we couldn’t have done without them.

Symbols of decennials

Symbols of decennials

Jon Bienz, our Operations Manager, has been with us since October 30, 1995. His managerial skills exceed his position in Operations. He is the glue that holds it all together and interprets the contract into a successful event.

Devorah Nelson, our Warehouse Manager, joined us a little later on April 24, 1996. Devorah, or better known by her peers as “D”, is the internal eye in the company. We appreciate her loyalty and flexibility, helping with inventory, tastings, etc. She has a nurturing side that makes younger staff feel comfortable and part of the team.

Our Director of Catering Sales & Special Events Coordinator, Jean Fisk, and our Sous Chef, Samantha Marions are both celebrating their 10 year anniversary with us this year. They have been with us since March 1, 1999 and August 10, 1999 respectively.

Jean has been imperative to the sales team. Her open and diplomatic method of work ensures that the clients’ needs are always met. She is the forefront of the catering sales team and always has their best interests at heart. In short, she is the backbone of the company.

Sam has a laid back but serious approach. She excels in everything that she does and is a great trainer. She is good at guiding and directing others, what makes for a great mentor for those following her.

We would also like to recognize Greg Townsley, a former employee who worked here as our Beverage Manager and Event Captain. Greg was part of the Duvall team since September 7, 1995. He recently relocated to Utah, but we were glad to have had him on the team. He was a joy to work with, steadfast and reliable. He always exceeded both Duvall’s and the clients’ expectations.

May
19
2009

Boho Chic at the Boone Hall Cotton Dock

What do you think when you hear grass roots, natural, class and elegance?  Boho Chic!  Annie and Paul exchanged vows this past Sunday at the Boone Hall Cotton Dock, a fabulous natural and romantic setting, surrounded by family and friends. This was the perfect spot to capture their ideas and create this look dressed with fresh blooms, specialty dupioni and bengaline linens (provided by Destinctive Details, inc.), and grapevine wreaths.  If it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words these photos tell the story of how we captured and incorporated all their ideas into creating their dream wedding… All photos taken by local photographer, Gene McKnight Photography

Cake, centrepieces, candy station, ceremony and table setup

May
19
2009

Exclusive Bling Bling

Who doesn’t love a little bling once in a while! We just purchased some massive Swarovski crystal chandeliers that measure 32″ in width and 51″ in height. Since no one in town carries this, it seemed like a logical purchase. Duvall Décor & Event Design is also carrying a smaller version, as pictured here, to mix and match.

Add an extra sparkle to your event!

Add an extra sparkle to your event!

Local event companies such as, Red Letter Events and A Charleston Bride are using them for their special events. If you’re looking for something more sophisticated or a little girly, check them out for your next party.

May
13
2009

October Bride's Blog

On October 17th we will be catering the wedding  reception of Rev. Clyde Corbin II and his Fiancé Angela Bumphus at the South Carolina Aquarium.  Check out Angela’s blog to read all about the tasting we hosted earlier this year & to see how their plans are coming along for the BIG day!

Angela & Clyde’s Blog

May
05
2009

Duvall and Kiawah Conservancy Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

On Thursday night April 23, Duvall catered the Kiawah Conservancy’s Bobcat Ball for the third year in a row! This year there were several new twists! This included partnering with the Sustainability Institute, offering a family style dinner for their 320 attendees, making the event as green and sustainable as possible, and having it all take place surrounded by nature in the parking lot of the property owner’s building, The Sandcastle.

Our green efforts started with our local and organic menu. Menu items included our Free Range Ashley Farms Chicken, McClellanville Crab, locally caught Mahi Mahi, and fresh Johns Island vegetables and fruits. We also offered locally brewed organic COAST Beer. For the event we use all biodegradable cups and containers to take home, used FSC green paper products, offered carpooling for all 30+ Duvall staff members and, of course, recycled.

Going green at the Bobcat Ball

Going green at the Bobcat Ball

The Kiawah Conservancy raised about $50,000 for the preservation of the natural balance of the flora and fauna on Kiawah Island. A new table competition was introduced this year called the “Hip to be Square” Challenge. Guests raised money for the conservancy one square foot at a time ($25/sq ft). Everyone exceeded expectations and the winning table was invited to a dinner hosted by the Conservancy’s Chairman and his wife at their home. The funds raised during this challenge go towards the Conservancy’s efforts of educating residents and visitors on how to best preserve and maintain the natural habitat of the island.

Congratulations on a successful event!