This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Bellamy Purinton, Event Producer at Hamby Catering and Events in Charleston, S.C., and congratulate her for winning our 2021 scholarship at Catersource in conjunction with the International Caterers Association Educational Foundation to foster the advancement of catering professionals in their knowledge of the industry, as well as the development of sound business practices.
Our Interview with Bellamy Purinton of Hamby Catering and Events Good Gracious! Scholarship Winner 2021:
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Right when I open my eyes…I think about my to-do list, check my calendar for the day, + make a cup of cold-brew with a splash of milk.
What’s your all-time favorite movie?
I love “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The set, costumes, the cast, the music…it is so dreamy!
What’s one thing you love about the event industry?
It is ever-changing…no day is the same—from being in the office, going on site visits, doing tastings, or meeting with clients! I never have the same day twice, and for that I am grateful!
What’s your day-to-day look like right now?
Well, it always starts with coffee [preferably cold coffee]. Usually, I head into the office to put together proposals + meet with clients. I also handle our Instagram account, so somedays I am uploading or creating content! If it’s event day, I usually meet the team onsite [as we are an offsite catering company] + assist with getting everything put together! There are usually multiple cups of coffee in my day-to-day…and the occasional glass of wine!
What’s your favorite quote to live by?
“People who love to eat are the best people.” –Julia Child…my favorite memories are from around a dinner table, so I think this quote holds very true to my life + the people I surround myself with.
Describe your favorite meal.
Wow. This is a tough question. I love a Tapas style meal—any day, any time…if invited I will meet someone for all of the small plates to share. However, my all-time favorite food has to be tacos. I hunt them down on all of my travels!
Where do you look for inspiration?
Charleston is a beautiful city—filled with hospitality, history, and incredible food. There is inspiration everywhere here!
What do the Catersource + Good Gracious! Events Scholarship mean to you?
The scholarship was such a treat. After 2020, it was so nice to connect with other industry professionals + discuss the struggles [ and successes] of the year. It gave me so much hope + confidence that 2021 and beyond are going to be better than ever. I came back to Charleston feeling refreshed + ready to share my ideas…all of this was possible thanks to Good Gracious! sponsoring my scholarship. Cheers to continuing education!
Where can we find you?
I am located in Charleston, SC at Hamby Catering + Events (@hambycatering). We are the oldest catering company in Charleston, as well as female-founded + female-owned! Personally, you can find me on Instagram @blanchebellamy.