Pittsburgh Catering: Giving Back

November 11, 2011

At JPCEG we believe in giving back to our community, supporting the arts, and gratefully sharing with our industry and our clients.  In the past 12 months we have had the opportunity to pay forward to many local and national organizations and we wanted to share some of our favorite experiences with you as the year winds down.  

Giving Back to our Community:

December 2010  Butler County Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party Sponsor

It was such a fun experience to host the Chamber Holiday Celebration at Butler’s Grand Ballroom.  Adopting an old Hollywood glamour feel for the event, JPCEG and our decor division GARNISH donated elaborate decor and delicious food stations in support of the chamber and it’s member companies.

March 2011    The Mahoning Valley Home and Garden Show

In March JPCEG was asked to present live cooking demonstrations to assist in promoting the Mahoning Valley Home and Garden Show.  Our flaming marsala mushroom crostini and authentic Alfredo Primavera were both big hits with the audience!

 May 2011    The Carnegie Library  Late Night at the Library: Southside Deconstruction Party 

Free to the people since 1895, the South Side branch of the Carnegie Library System is raising funding to assist with the rennovation of the library.  It was so much fun to participate in the Late Night at the Library “deconstruction party” with our bookshelf food display and book spine food markers!

September 2011  United Way of Mercer County Restaurant Revue

 In support of the United Way of Mercer County, we whipped up some of our favorite harvest desserts and a rustic tablescape that we shared with our friends at Buhl Mansion Guesthouse and Spa.  Executive chef Rick Wimer torched s’mores live, and served up deconstructed pumpkin pies and cheesecake pops.  Yummy!

October 2011  Community Care Connections of Butler- Chef’s Tasting

 For the past 2 years, JPCEG owners Richard and Jody Wimer have served on the committee for the chef’s tasting event to benefit Community Care Connections of Butler County.  Arranging the LIVE chef’s demo area each year, as well as featuring delicious food at a vendor booth, our company is proud to partner with this worthy organization.


Supporting The Arts:

April 2011   Society for Contemporary Craft  “Out of Hand” Fundraiser

In support of the Society for Contemporary Craft Museum in the Strip District of Pittsburgh, JPC presented a display of our “savory cupcakes” at their fundraising and auction event.   Macaroni and 4 cheese cupcake with roma tomato topper, savory meatloaf cupcake with mashed potato “icing,” and our stuffed chicken breast cupcake with white wine drizzle. Delish!


June 2011  The Mattress Factory  “Urban Garden Party”

We had such a blast in the wild urban atmosphere in support of the Mattress Factory Museum at the Urban Garden Party!  The JPC EG decor division- GARNISH set up a whimsical mad hatter style garden chess display to showcase our food donations of mint scented watermelon soup shots with feta  garnish, pulled pork sliders on brioche rolls with hand cut coleslaw, and bacon wrapped organic dates.  Lots of rave reviews that night!

 October 2011  Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor:  “Built On Steel” Exhibit

When approached by the “Friends of the Museum” of the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor to assist with a fundraising opening for the “BUILT ON STEEL” retrospective of the steel industry throughout the Mahoning Valley, we knew just what to do!  The JPCEG decor division- GARNISH, provided the most lovely platinum crush table linens {from Creative Coverings}, and mercury glass table decor with white fresh florals that set the tone for an elegant soiree.  And JPC donated butler passed appetizers and a gourmet dessert.



Gratefully sharing with our Industry and our Clients:

January 2011   Assisted The JDK Group of Harrisburg with the Inaugural Ball for PA Governor Corbett


March 2011  CEO Jody Wimer inducted to the Board of Directors for the International Caterer’s Association

Wimer is currently serving on the directors board of the International Caterers Association as the Marketing and Communications Chairperson for a two year term.  The opportunity to give back to the industry after so many caring and innovative colleagues have given to JPCEG of their knowledge and experience over the years is very rewarding.


September 2011  Mahoning Valley Wedding Network “How To Do I Do Seminar”   

We loved sharing “8 Things You Must Know When Hiring a Caterer” at the first annual “How To Do I Do” Seminar!  It was great to interact with future clients, and share the knowledge we have amassed after 15 years in the culinary industry.  We also loved serving up a delicious repas after our session!

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