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Catering businesses is family affair

By Lisa King

Anyone who catches an inside glimpse of Kate Bemiss' life might exclaim, "All this and family harmony, too?"

But to Bemiss and her clan, that close-knit camaraderie goes together like, well, ice cream and cake. Or maybe fried chicken and mashed potatoes, or even  a perfectly grilled steak topped with plump sautéed mushrooms, with a fluffy baked potato oozing butter and sour cream.

Getting hungry?

Then Bemiss and her clan might be just the ticket if you need a private party catered.

Catering By Kate is located at 934 Main Street in a charming historic home built in 1872. Kate's family has owned that home for many years, but in previous years it has been home to other businesses, including a few restaurants.

Now home to her catering businesses, it serves as a site for all types of private gatherings, from Christmas parties to bridal showers and weddings.

Although the décor is as charming as the hostess, what guests really notice is the warmth and friendliness of the staff.

"All the guests say she's so accommodating and gracious," said Kate's mother, Lucy Long, who takes care of the table linens and flower arrangements that grace the tables in a spacious drawing room that opens out onto a picturesque patio.

Long paused as she pondered the best way to describe her daughter.

"She just likes to make people happy," she said. "Nothing makes her happier than making things right for her family and her clients."

Kate's stepmother, Dixie Nutt, who also helps out at the functions, echoed Long's perception of her daughter.

"If I had to describe Kate in one word, it would be accepting," Nutt said. "She has been so accepting of me as her stepmom, of situations in her life, and is so accepting of all around her."

Nutt said she thinks that what makes Bemiss so accepting is that she possesses "fruits of the spirit."

"Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control," she said.

Sound too good to be true? Not if you knew her.

In addition to her mom and stepmom, her staff also includes her sister, Abby Dew, cousin Grace Hall, aunt Martha Hall, and even her daughter, 3-three-old Cecilia Jones.

"She likes to wash dishes," Kate said, laughing. "She loves to help me in the kitchen, so I try to expose her as much as I can to those kinds of things without letting her around knives or anything."

Bemiss does all of the cooking and started her business in 2006, shortly after getting her culinary degree.

How did it end up being a family affair?

"It just kind of evolved," Kate said. "I needed help, and everybody just kind of pitched in. We sometimes even bring the men in to wash dishes," she said.

"I've gotten pretty good at washing dishes," her stepfather, Charles Long, said with a chuckle.

Bemiss said she specializes in what she calls "old-style recipes."

"I like going back to the older recipes and putting my own twist on them," she said, adding that cooking gives her a chance to express herself.

"I've never been artistic or able to draw or anything like that, so cooking is my outlet for creativity," she said.

She said that having her family on staff means a lot to her.

"They are reliable people that I can trust, who have my best interests at heart."

               

 Staff Photos by Lisa King

Kate's little helpers

Catering business is family affair

By Lisa King/Sentinel-News staff writer

Anyone who catches an inside glimpse of Kate Bemiss' life might exclaim, "All this, and family harmony, too?"

But to Kate and her clan, that close-knit camaraderie goes together like, well, ice cream and cake. Or maybe fried chicken and mashed potatoes, or even  a perfectly grilled steak topped with plump sautéed mushrooms, with a fluffy baked potato oozing butter and sour cream.

Getting hungry?

Then Kate and her clan might be just the ticket if you need a private party catered.

Catering By Kate is located at 934 Main Street in a charming historic home built in 1872. Kate's family has owned the home for many years, but in previous years it has been home to other businesses, including a few restaurants.

Now home to her catering businesses, the home serves as a site for all types of private gatherings, from Christmas parties to bridal showers and weddings.

Although the décor is as charming as the hostess, what guests really notice is the warmth and friendliness of the staff.

"All the guests say she's so accommodating and gracious," said Kate's mother, Lucy Long, who takes care of the table linens and flower arrangements that grace the dining tables in the spacious drawing room which opens out onto a picturesque patio.

Long paused as she pondered the best way to describe her daughter.

"She just likes to make people happy," she said. "Nothing makes her happier than making things right for her family and her clients."

Kate's stepmother, Dixie Nutt, who also helps out at the functions, echoed Long's perception of her daughter.

"If I had to describe Kate in one word, it would be accepting," Nutt said. "She has been so accepting of me as her step-mom, of situations in her life, and is so accepting of all around her."

Nutt said she thinks that what makes Kate so accepting is that she possesses "fruits of the spirit."

"Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control," she added.

Sound too good to be true?

Not if you knew her.

In addition to her mom and stepmom, her staff also includes her sister, Abby Dew, cousin Grace Hall, aunt Martha Hall, and even her daughter, 3-three-old Cecilia Jones.

"She likes to wash dishes," Kate said, laughing. "She loves to help me in the kitchen, so I try to expose her as much as I can to those kinds of things without letting her around knives or anything."

Kate does all of the cooking, and started her business in 2006, shortly after getting her culinary degree.

How did it end up being a family affair?

"It just kind of evolved," Kate said. "I needed help and everybody just kind of pitched in. We sometimes even bring the men in to wash dishes," she said.

"I've gotten pretty good at washing dishes," said her stepfather, Charles Long, with a chuckle.

Kate specializes in what she calls "old-style recipes."

"I like going back to the older recipes and putting my own twist on them," she said, adding that cooking gives her a chance to express herself.

"I've never been artistic or able to draw or anything like that, so cooking is my outlet for creativity," she said.

Kate said that having her family on staff means a lot to her.

"They are reliable people that I can trust, who have my best interests at heart."

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Catering By Kate

• Owned and operated by Kate Bemiss

• Located on the corner at 934 Main Street

• On site catering also available

• Call 502-647-6024