Only a handful of companies reach their fifth generation in business.

 

Our  family has achieved it's centennial (100 years) in food service.

Since 1909 we have catered throughout the Philadelphia region with custom events and celebrations.

This is a milestone that separates our firm from any vendor in our industry.

 

 



Robert Fair Caterers © 2011

 

 



 

 

HISTORY OF THE FAIR FAMILY’S FIVE GENERATIONS

IN FOOD SERVICE

 

Some 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 our events.

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 event,

Kerry Fair