Angela's Creative Catering

By: Kirsten Aherron

River District Association is excited to begin announcing the projects of GET Boosted Grant Recipients!  GET Boosted is a River District Association program that was developed to provide established River District Businesses with planning guidance and financial support to develop projects, or purchase equipment to give their business a boost and allow them to expand in creative ways.  

Each business worked directly with River District Association and the Longwood Small Business Development Center to develop an idea and a plan, and were then invited to apply for grants up to $5,000 to put their plan into action.  

Angela’s Creative Catering located at 401 Wilson Street, used GET Boosted funds to purchase an efficient, fast, and sanitizing dishwasher.  

Angela’s Creative Catering  offers event catering, and healthy dinners and boxed meals (for delivery or pick-up).  For the past 6 years owner Angela Blankenship ran the catering business out of the kitchen space.  But in 2020 she decided to take over the adjacent former VC Restaurant  space and transform it into an elegant modern event space that is frequently used for wedding receptions, bridal parties, rehearsal dinners, and celebrations of life.  With a full AV and sound system, the space is also ideal for corporate board meetings and events.  

The space's first event was set to be in April of 2020, but then the global pandemic hit, and Angela pivoted to providing more boxed and delivered meals.  Most of these meals used single-use packaging, but as things began to open up, and more events were planned, she and her team started to use the event space for more formal gatherings.  

Events such as wedding rehearsals, or corporate dinners use multiple dishes, glasses, and silverware for each attendee.  Hosting many events with 20 or more people required staff to spend several hours washing, rinsing and sanitizing.  With the help of the GET Boosted grant, Angela’s Creative Catering was able to purchase a small commercial dishwasher that can clean, sanitize, and dry 20 sets of dishes in 1 minute and 20 seconds!

Having an efficient commercial dishwasher will help Angela’s Creative Catering use staff more effectively, and enable them to host larger functions that might require more dishes. 

We love seeing River District businesses thrive!

To schedule an event, or order healthy meals visit the Angela's Creative Catering website.