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Food Fair

How one caterer's soiree made her the talk of the town

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This story appears in the May 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

After one short year in business, Connie Chantilis' catering company, Two Sisters Catering (which she originally started with her sister) suffered an identity crisis. With a large yet varied customer base of recruiters, nonprofit organizations, private schools, universities and a corporate lunch program, some people were confused as to whether Two Sisters still handled the small events it had started out doing. Chantilis decided to set things straight by throwing a party.

To celebrate Two Sisters' first anniversary, Chantilis, 39, invited meeting planners, customers and prospects and placed an ad in the local newspaper. The 375 guests attending the party, held outside the retail location in Dallas, not only got to taste the type of fare Two Sisters could provide for any size event, but were also treated to valet parking, a classical guitarist and tented bar and buffet stations.

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