HISTORY OF THE FAIR FAMILY’S FIVE GENERATIONS
IN FOOD SERVICE
families can trace their
genealogy back for more than twelve generations, they take
pride in finding they are a direct descendant of a
Revolutionary Patriot or their past is from a royal family
line. In a family where there is a history of a trade being
transferred from one generation to another, traditions and
legacies are founded. For my family, this is also true. The
Fair family history in food service is the oldest foundation
along Philadelphia’s Main Line and surrounding area. Our
years of experience has privileged us to cater to royalty,
foreign heads of state and our own country’s political
officials tracing back to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
My great-grandfather was
butler to the prestigious Widener family, where he was in
charge of all food service operations at their Elkins Park
Mansion. His duties included managing and training the
professional staff of the Widener Home. During the early
1900’s, there were many society events hosted by Mr. and
Mrs. Widener, with invited delegates from around the world.
My great-grandfather performed these successful events and
became an integral part of the Estate’s operations.
My grandfather, Norman Fair,
was Philadelphia’s premier caterer. His experience from the
halls and dining rooms of the Copeland Estate in Delaware,
afforded him a wealth of knowledge in hospitality. His
reputation for fine food and service preceded him. My
grandfather was requested to cater and perform many society
events including service to Kings and Queens, past
Presidents, many Hollywood celebrities and affluent
personalities on their visits to Philadelphia. One of Norman
Fair’s finest accolades was catering twenty-two consecutive
years for the prestigious Philadelphia Antiques Show
benefiting the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
My father, Robert Fair, has
continued our legacy in custom catering, with the addition
of our tenting division, “Ballrooms Under Canvas”. His
concept of bringing themed tents with silk pillow ceilings,
brass chandeliers, effect up lighting, live plantings, and
our off-premise catering all into one design, has awarded
our firm many large social galas. The new generation of
clients is requesting different styles of events and menus,
turning the normal party into a dynamic atmosphere by
fashioning a memorable gala with affordable pricing.
“Ballrooms under Canvas brings this new concept to fruition.
I have the privilege of
continuing our tradition from the expertise and wisdom I
personally received from all three of the above gentlemen.
Learning from the best in the industry has granted me the
professional insight to perform at the highest level of
excellence. I look forward to presenting my history of
hospitality to your future event.
My wife, Theresa, complements
our display and design decor. Her coordination with the
client's themes and details complete the presentation for
My children now college graduates,
are aligning their talents and experience to
the many facets of the catering business. It is my hope they
continue this legacy with the courtesy, respect and
professionalism my family has established.
Wishing you well with your