NEWPORT – Blackstone Caterers, Gourmet Galley, Russell Morin Catering & Events and The Catered Affair were named Caterers of Choice for The Preservation Society of Newport County, according to a late January announcement by the nonprofit organization.
Moving forward, according to the release, only these four companies will be “allowed” to provide food service for “most events” held at the mansions. The four caterers, which are based in the Rhode Island-Massachusetts-Connecticut tri-state area, were chosen based on several criteria points:
- Ability to provide catering services with a variety of menus at different prices to a variety of different clients.
- Ability to introduce prospective new-member rental clients to the unique educational opportunities available at the Newport Mansions.
- Reputation and relevant experience at similar venues and/or at the Preservation Society.
- Quality of food and service.
- Financial strength and stability.
Preservation Society CEO and Executive Director Trudy Coxe said in a statement: “After a competitive bidding process, these four companies were selected not only because of their ability to provide the outstanding service to which guests at our properties are accustomed, but also because they understand the limitations of working in a museum environment.”
She added that private events “are an important source of revenue” for the organization but that the museum’s “primary concern and responsibility is to protect” the venues and items therein.
Her statement concluded: “These caterers have shown they have the sensitivity and experience to operate in this unique environment.”
The two types of private events hosted at the mansions are those held by individual or corporate members and Preservation Society-sponsored events. They range in size from evening gatherings with hundreds of guests to more-intimate lunches, lectures and receptions.