Catering company thanks customers with free gourmet food

If tin or aluminum is the traditional gift for a 10th anniversary, and china is the gift for the 20th, what is the gift for a 23 anniversary?


Yep, at least it will be Friday, Oct. 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. That's when Sophisticated Catering, the popular Durham-based catering company known for its healthy and tasty meals, will host a free fish fry/cookout to celebrate 23 years in business.

Of course, Chef Shawn Holland, his wife Jeanine and staff will be dishing more than fish - they'll also be serving gourmet hamburgers, hot dogs, smoked sausage and side dishes at their restaurant.

Everything is on the house, Jeanine Holland said, and is just their way of thanking loyal customers who have stuck with them and helped them keep their ovens warm during the pandemic and before.

That's quite an accomplishment when you consider that Datassential, a food service research firm, reported in March 2021 that 10 perc