Post-pandemic surge boosts Black-owned catering company in Dayton
By Zack Frink, Elevate Dayton
Rich Taste Catering, a Black-owned company, is experiencing a growth surge after the pandemic-caused event industry slowdown and is set to relocate to a new downtown building, reports the Dayton Business Journal.
The big picture: Between 2022 and 2023, Rich Taste Catering saw an impressive 327% growth.
Revenues skyrocketed from $375,000 in 2021 to $1.6 million in 2022.
For 2023, the company predicts an additional 50% increase, projecting revenues of $2.4 million.
A closer look: Rich Taste Catering has secured 120 weddings and 100 events so far in 2023, while 2024 is already halfway booked.
The pandemic allowed the company to forge deeper connections with clients, transforming small boxed lunch orders into substantial event catering opportunities.
Looking ahead: Rich Taste Catering will be relocating from the Dayton Women's Club to the Premier Health building situated in downtown Dayton.
The catering company will revitalize the building's marketplace under the new moniker, RFFG Marketplace, which will feature an array of food stations and a grab-and-go section.
Growing operations: Rich Taste Catering has successfully navigated supply chain obstacles and plans to recruit between 10 and 15 employees in 2023, including an executive chef and a full-time weekday staff to support their expansion.
The bottom line: Rich Taste Catering's remarkable growth in the post-pandemic era illustrates the event industry's resilience and the firm's capacity to adapt and flourish amid challenges.