Inside a compact stone building known as the Bird's Nest atCardinal Stadium, the smells of chicken nuggets and grilled chickenCaesar salad wraps will soon waft over the bleachers. Garden Catering, a decades-old fixture in Greenwich, will now serveas the official caterer for Greenwich High School football's Quarterback Club, the team's booster organization. Inexchange for providing the hungry Cardinals football squad withpre- and post-game meals free of charge, Garden Catering will sellconcessions at all home games. Frank Carpenteri Jr., owner/operator of the business with Frank Carpenteri Sr. |
and Tina Carpenteri, said Garden Catering has long had arelationship with the GHS football team and has served up food atpast events, including Homecoming and the Red-White scrimmage. "We've been heavily involved," Carpenteri said. "But this is thefirst official sponsor." Carpenteri Jr., who played for the Cardinals in the 1990s, said hisfather used to bring the freshmen team chicken nuggets after theirgames. That spirit of involvement in the community and investment in oneof the most-followed sports teams in the area is what makes thecollaboration between Garden Catering and the Quarterback Club sucha great fit, Carpenteri Jr. said.
"When the Quarterback Club approached us, we saw it as a perfectfit," he said. "We saw this as the next logical step." The Carpenteris and Matt Hurta , managing partner of the caterer, laid out a wide selection ofgoodies at the Bird's Nest Tuesday afternoon to showcase some oftheir offerings. In addition to wraps and the caterer's famouschicken nuggets, among other hearty options, fruit salad and sweetslike brownie slices with nuts will be available to purchase at allCardinals home games. The Carpenteris, in offering an array of choices, said they wantfood options to appeal to all the people who walk through CardinalStadium's gates. In exchange for their food services, the caterer will keep proceedsfrom sales and will advertise on the Bird's Nest and at tailgateevents.
Terry O'Neil, a member of the Quarterback Club, called GHS footballthe No. 1 brand in local athletics and said the partnership withGarden Catering is a win-win for all parties involved. The club's expenses run about $75,000 every year, and fundraisingtypically comes through car washes and bake sales, O'Neil said,adding that the club puts on events, such as an end-of-the-seasonawards banquet at Hyatt Regency Greenwich , that aren't paid for by the high school. "We also provide videos for all the senior players as memoirs ofthe season," he said.
Out-of-pocket costs for the catering alone last year eclipsed$10,000, O'Neil said, adding that additional sponsors are likely tofollow. Carpenteri said the catering business is looking forward to servingthe crowds at GHS football events. "We're approaching it as we're working in a community partnership,"he said. firstname.lastname@example.org; 203-625-4428.
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