The Story of Summit Catering
Summit Catering officially opened its doors in 1991. Dory, the seventh child of a German Immigrant, grew up around the food business. From early on, she recalls standing on milk crates, behind buffet lines, serving her father’s clients. She enjoyed the smiles on their faces, and the gratitude they had for a job well done. Dory met her future husband, Joe, at Stockton State College in the fall of 1989. Joe was the son of Robert and Jane Valeriano of West Berlin, NJ. He was an incredibly hard worker, that achieved success in whatever he did. The two began dating, and soon became inseparable.
Joe began working under Dory’s father, who achieved master culinary training in Munich, Germany. As with everything Joe attempted, he mastered the culinary skills and creativity to approach Dory about opening their own business. The excited couple decided between Joe’s talents behind the scenes and Dory’s passion for planning perfect events, they truly had a “recipe” for success!Joe and Dory
Joe and Dory got married in 1993, and their business really began to take off soon after. The couple were able to cease working their other jobs, and commit to Catering full time. Clients became family- as Joe and Dory were working repeatedly with them, servicing their yearly events, creating tasteful traditions, and ever catering numerous siblings weddings. During the years, they have even had the honor of being invited to clients celebrations and many couples wedding receptions.
In 1998, the couple welcomed their first son Gus. Soon to follow were siblings Jake, Tori, and Nina. The children all are involved with the business in one way or another. They are right there, along with Mom and Dad, continuing the efforts to make Summit Catering a continued thriving Family Business.
Gus, Jake, Tori & Nina
Although Summit Catering is available for any type of catering, their upscale creative cuisine have made Weddings and Home Parties their main events. Joe decided that quality over quantity will sustain a business for years and years. Summit Catering isn’t a restaurant attempting to cater nor or they a “mass producer” with many facilities that cannot possibly maintain consistency. At Summit Catering, Joe is the only chef that overseas all final products. Every Hors d’oeuvres, Entree, and side is prepared fresh to order with only the very best ingredients. Summit Catering has become known as the Caterer to the “Educated Consumer”- those who dine out frequently on GOOD food, and wish to replicate this at their own catered function. They treat your guests to an unsurpassed culinary journey, not just a meal.
Summit Catering doesnt just stop with giving your taste buds mouth watering treats. Dory and the hard working, dedicated wait staff, are there to see your event from the beginning planning stages to the final, perfectly executed event that their clients yearned for. You don’t just get a Caterer, you get an event planner. Dory is available 24/7 for clients, and passionately works to give Summit clients everything they desire for their celebrations. She has made it a point of having an answer for anything and everything that could possibly happen. Your dress tears, we have a sewing kit, a stain from your red wine, we have a stain stick available to remove it. Dory is even an ordained minister, so if your ceremony officiant does not show up, the show will go on! With Summit Catering at the helm, those planning an event can rest assured it will be everything they hoped and dreamed it to be, and more!
After 23 successful years serving Southern New Jersey, Joe and Dory and their 4 children are ready and eager to make your next event a memorable, culinary experience, not just a catered event!