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The Hideaway

Reintroducing Celine & Company Catering and The Hideaway

Since 1993, Celine and Company has been the leader in serving Asheville’s finest catering cuisine. In 2004 we acquired our elegant downtown event space and relocated our commercial kitchen to the Broadway Arts Building. We have loved every moment of helping friends, neighbors and community leaders celebrate some of life’s biggest milestones and can’t wait to see what the next 20+ years bring. 

To that end, in 2021 we had another exciting milestone occur. We discovered the perfect name for our event space. Someone once said that words have meaning and names have power – we believe this to be true. We needed a name that communicated our deep love for the rich history of our community and building as well as our dynamic ability to serve Asheville’s growing food and beverage scene. The name that we chose that embraces all of that is The Hideaway.

Together, The Hideaway and Celine & Company offer even more ways we can help turn your once-in-a-lifetime event dreams into a reality. Today we thought we’d share a little more about how this innovative fusion of 5-star cuisine and a vintage urban venue could be the answer to all your celebration needs. 

Our Event Venue – The Hideaway

Rich with local flavor and elegant design, this beautiful building holds nearly 100 years of Asheville history. For all you Asheville history buffs – a few fun facts about The Hideaway: 

  • Since its construction in 1928, the historic Broadway Arts Building (where our Hideaway resides) has remained a constant in the downtown landscape. At one point in its past, the second level used to host a church and the lower level had been the prominent performance art space known as The Green Door. 
  • Our 6,000 square feet are dressed head-to-toe in our community’s architectural heritage including hardwood floors and original tin ceilings 
  • Located in a National Registered Historic building, Celine and Company’s Hideaway is one of Asheville’s most unique event venues.

We are proud to offer our clients this gorgeous event space at The Hideaway. Seeking a traditional, unique, elegant or extravagant celebration? This is your venue. We can comfortably accommodate up to 200 seated guests and up to 275 guests for a cocktail-style reception. Contact us today to speak with a dedicated member of our event staff about how we can serve you at The Hideaway!

Catering Services 

One of the top services we offer is our unmatched, custom catering. When you enlist us as your catering service, you receive so much more than a meal. We offer full-service support from the beginning stages of planning through the very end of your special event. Some of the above-and-beyond amenities we offer include:

  • Custom-Designed Menus 
  • Professional Staff (including an event host, bartenders, servers & kitchen staff) 
  • Beverage and Bar Services
  • Rental Assistance & Supervision
  • In House Day-of-Services Event Coordinator

We encourage you to visit our catering page and sample menu page to learn more. There you will also be able to see our photo gallery to get your creative gears turning as you plan your own big event! 

The Full Package

Our passion comes from the fact that we get to change lives for a living by helping people celebrate their once-in-a-lifetime moments. Over the course of our 25 plus years in business, we realized that the two biggest ways we can help do that are by offering exquisite cuisine and a gorgeous venue. It’s the full package! 

And we mean that literally – The Hideaway Package includes: 

  • Round and rectangular seating tables
  • High cocktail tables and bistro seating
  • Beautiful chiavari chairs
  • Several parlor-style lounge areas 
  • All staff, linens, china, flatware and glassware
  • In-house bar offering local beer and select wines 
  • In-house catering by Celine and Company Catering

Catering & Event Venue in Asheville, NC 

We offer our clients full-service support from the beginning stages of planning through the very end of their special event, creating custom-designed menus and presentation based on the client’s taste, preference and within their budget. However grand your vision or however intimate your gathering, we can help turn your dream into reality!

Contact Us to Learn More!

2020- Hold the Music

2020- hold the music- wedding caterers forced to hit pause

The Year We Hit Pause

At Celine and Company Catering, we love events! This is what we do. Weddings- always! Rehearsal dinners- yes, please.  Fundraisers- every chance we get.  Corporate luncheons, trainings, award ceremonies, holiday parties- these are our jam!  Bar Mitzvahs, 60th Birthdays, Quinceanera- you get the idea. We love our historic venue and we are honored to be a part of people’s special moments both in our space and in other beautiful venues around Asheville.  But, as y’all know, these special events were put on pause in 2020 when the pandemic began.  Now, four months down the road, they have not fully returned.   So, here we are, missing the satisfaction of doing what we do well.  We miss feeding folks, caring for folks, using our expertise to bring their vision to life. 

 Everybody Pivot Now 

Luckily, we are a small, independent business.  Celine and Company runs on creativity and hard work.  We are not bogged down by heavy infrastructure, but we do have overhead.  We must pay our bills and we must keep our clients and staff safe and cared for.  So, we have done what so many small businesses have done, pivoted our business model.  Large indoor events cannot currently be guaranteed safe, but a restaurant safely distanced (at half or less capacity) with guests and staff following all safety precautions, this could allow us to do what we love again. Celine and Company presents The Hideaway “On Broadway”. Our spacious vintage dining room is now a restaurant offering live music, weekend dinner and Sunday brunch.  Again, we are sprucing up our space, adding locally grown flowers, tall plants and elegant centerpieces.  Again, our stoves are hot.  Our chef is menu planning and cooking to order.  Our floor staff is serving and caring for our guests.  This is not how we imagined summer 2020, but it is where we are supposed to be.   

Just Keep Stepping  

So, we cannot do exactly what we have always loved.  We have had to help our dearly loved clients postpone their cherished events.  We think about them daily and continue to work for them, booking very small events now and planning large events for the future.    In the meantime, we keep moving and creating joy.  We serve delicious food to grateful guests.  We fill our space with local talent.  The musicians have been everything.  They are their own small business and too have been hard hit by the pandemic economy. We offer them a safe place to perform and they bring the joy and emotion we so sorely need. We are still celebrating events- anniversaries and birthdays, but for 2 or 6, instead of 200.   

Sad Songs You Can Dance To 

We are turning lemons into lemonade, but that doesn’t mean some days are not still sour.  This year has not been easy for anyone, especially small business owners.  We commiserate daily with other vendors and restaurant owners.  How can we keep our business afloat financially and keep our beloved staff and clients safe?  We apply for assistance.  We develop thorough protocols- and we follow them. We pay attention to our community’s desires and their needs.  Daily we ask ourselves, “Are we still safe?  Are we supporting each other?  Is business still viable?”   We open the doors on Friday night knowing we are offering our best- incredibly delicious food, local beer, inspiring music.  We are supporting farmers, brewers, staff and local patrons.  For several hours Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays we forget our worries and have the absolute joy of taking care of others.  Events almost always wow with a single unplanned moment of magic you couldn’t see coming.  As it turns out, pop up restaurants do the same.  We connect with people even thru masks.  Humans are resilient, small businesses too.

Top Tips for Choosing The Best Caterer For Your Event In Asheville

find the best caterer in Asheville

With so many catering choices in Asheville, it can seem impossible to choose one for your upcoming event. As seasoned caterers with decades of experience, Celine & Company is well positioned to help you make an informed decision. If you are like many people today, you consult review websites and take recommendations from friends seriously. After all, bad food is unacceptable on your wedding night. Regardless of whether you need a caterer in Asheville because you are getting married, hosting a gala, or conducting a business conference, great food assists in the total success of the event. For your convenience, we compiled a list of our top “pro tips” that will ultimately help you select the best caterer in Asheville for your event. 

Celine & Company Caters All Types of Events

In preparing food for a large group of people, experience counts. Make sure you secure a caterer for your event who not only has a lot of experience and positive reviews, but also the right type of experience. What I mean is that a caterer who specializes in outdoor barbeques may not be best equipped to cater your upcoming black-tie gala in downtown Asheville. Get your money’s worth by hiring the best person for the job. Pro tip #1: discernment is key. 

We Take Delight in Catering Your Event in Asheville

Events can range from moderately expensive to very costly. One key player in your event budget is the caterer. As a big hitters in your event, the caterer should show high energy from the first email to the end of the event. Before you even consider menu options and pricing, evaluate how the caterer initially responds to you and your big day. It is telling you what kind of service you will get after you sign a contract and give a non-refundable deposit. Pro tip #2: evaluate first impressions.

Rest Assured We’ll Be There With Flowers in Our Hair

This brings us to our next point. Speaking of contracts, a caterer should have a clear policy and procedure for securing their services for your event. As an experienced and reputable catering company in Asheville, we have pride in our service offered and stand by our word. We have full disclosure of all costs in our proposals and it is not our practice to add service charge and gratuity percentages. Make sure your catering contract is clear. Contracts should include a detailed listing of the date, event time frame, food items, beverages, type of services, and number of staff. Also, all pricing information, deposit requirements, cancellation policy and final payment guidelines should be clear. Pro tip # 3: protect yourself.

Sincerely, The Pros at Celine & Company

At Celine & Company, we offer menus that reflect popular trends in the food industry. Our ability to provide catering services that match your event—whether it is a BBQ or black-tie gala—go unmatched. It is more than our business; it is our sincere pleasure to deliver according to your needs and exceed your expectations. Our wait staff is professional, friendly, and outgoing.  Our kitchen staff is talented in multi-regional food preparation. Our chefs excel at creating food for all dietary needs. Whether you are hosting a seminar, luncheon, formal dinner, or getting married, let Celine & Company show you what puts us at the forefront of a competitive industry for over 25 years. 

Culture-Specific Menus for Events and Weddings

Churros by Celine and Company

Celine & Company boasts a culturally rich history and a diverse kitchen staff. We have the training and the desire to build the culture-specific menu you envison. Back in the ‘90s, our Asheville catering company was just getting going. Founder Celine Lurey brought her traditional Egyptian culture into the food she prepared. When, then, head chef Kim Lloyd arrived they aligned in their love and talent for preparing traditional Meditteranean dishes. Now the owner operator, Kim continues to passionately build menus. She seeks out kitchen staff that portray an aptitude for preparing unique, wordly, and traditional culture food items. 

For instance, our executive chef Austin Tisdale has extensive experience in preparing cuisine from a wide variety of Asian cultures. His wife and fellow chef for Celine & Company hails from Mexico. She combines her traditional customs with her professional experience to create incredible regional dishes. Her talent is not alone in our kitchen. Celine & Company currently boasts kitchen staff who have a worldly knowledge of cultural food and experience in devising menus, such as Indian, Mediterranean, Korean, and Latin American, for various events in Asheville. 

Wine Night hosted by Celine & Company and Metro Wines

Our most recent cultural event held at Celine & Company’s “On Broadway” event space in Asheville was a decadent and delicious wine dinner. Our menu, inspired by Mediterranean cuisine, delicately paired with the Spanish wines that were served that evening by Metro Wines of Asheville. We started the night with piquello pepper and smoked goat cheese bites softly placed on edible flower petals. We followed with a traditional Spanish gazpacho and charred ciabatta with escalivada. The entree was a delicious lamb meatballs topped with Spanish paprika tomato sauce, white asparagus with saffron aioli, and a zesty lemon gremolata. 

Celine & Company takes delight in preparing culture-specific menus. We always work with the event coordinator, client, or other point-of-contact to be sure our kitchen is on target. Our wine dinner concluded with churros for dessert. Lightly fried until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, the fritters were then rolled in cinnamon and sugar and plated with chocolate ganache on the side—every churros served was devoured! 

Catering Cultural Weddings in Asheville 

Weddings are often cultural events. Celine & Company takes great care to properly prepare dishes that are important to the client. Furthermore, we seize the opportunity to learn and grow our knowledge when a new dish is presented to our kitchen. The wine-paired menu described above was inspired by an opportunity we had to cater a Spanish wedding the previous summer. We love this type of experience. We want our clients to know how willing, excited, and trained our staff is to make menus that are inspired by their culture and traditions. 

When clients request a specific dish we are unfamiliar with, our response is always, “Teach us!” It was an aunt of the groom who taught us how to prepare authentic Persian Jeweled Rice. From Filipino lumpias to Nigerian jollof rice, our Asheville catering kitchen takes pride in sharing our skills for preparing global cuisine items. It is through our extensive experience as one of the most well-known and best catering companies in Asheville, and our openness to learn new dishes, that Celine & Company can offer clients a menu for their guests that make them think of home. Whether home is the American South, Mexico, Ethiopia, Italy, India, or Thailand, we look forward to accommodating your cultural event and food traditions. 

Catering to Baked Wedding Traditions From Around the World

Breaking the bread at a Russian wedding in Asheville

From the breaking of the bread to cutting the cake, baked food traditions for weddings are steeped in symbolism for the newlywed couple. Whether your family is from the South and looking for the best Southern-style wedding cake in Asheville, or you have guests traveling from another continent for your Asheville destination wedding, let Celine & Company make it a night filled with your family’s favorite baked food. Celine & Company’s in-house pastry chef Rebecca Millsapps is experienced and talented at her trade, and enjoys preparing either traditional or unique baked items for clients. For some of our dessert examples from previous menus, click here or keep reading for some of our favorite baked wedding food traditions from around the world. 

Wedding Reception Begins with the Breaking of the Bread

We’re kicking off the list with the breaking of the bread. Originally from Bulgarian culture, the breaking of the bread happens at the beginning of the reception. The mother of the bride hands the newlyweds the loaf for them to tug on. Whoever gets the larger chunk is considered the “boss” of the marriage. In this tradition, the mother of the bride bakes the bread before the wedding. However, Celine & Company stands ready to assist. We can use our own bread loaf recipe, or yours! We often experience and are accustomed to the whole family participating in the days leading up to the wedding. We are honored when a client wants to share their family’s favorite recipes with our kitchen staff. Let us know beforehand, and we look forward to scheduling a time for you to come down to our kitchen and teach us your ways. 
Should You Do a “Princess” Cake Or Groom’s Cake? 

In Sweden, weddings often include the elegant traditional Prinsesstarta cake, or “”Princess” cake. This decadent wedding cake consists of alternating layers or jam, pastry cream, and sponge cake with a thick top layer of whipped cream. The layers are wrapped in marzipan, traditionally dyed light green, and adorned with a pink marzipan rose and powdered sugar. Meanwhile, in the American South, it has become a tradition to allow the groom to design the wedding cake. The groom’s design does not usually include princesses, but more often includes football team logos, the groom’s home state, favorite animal, or—even—a “stacked donut” cake. We love these images of Groom’s cakes. Note: although we do not bake wedding cakes in-house, Celine & Company has worked closely with a number of local wedding cake bakeries and has solid recommendations that are sure to exceed our client’s expectations. 

“Happily Married” Wedding Favors 

In Brazil, bem casados (“happily married”) are delicious little cookies that are traditionally given to guests as wedding favors. Consisting of two small sponge cake disks with dulce de leche in the middle, bem casados send off your wedding guests with a tasty treat and beautiful symbolism for the married couple. Contact Celine & Company Catering and Events in Asheville to discuss your cultural wedding or other traditional event. We look forward to hearing about your culture’s food traditions and how we can help you keep them alive and well. 

August 2019 WomanUP Event in Asheville NC

. August 2019 WomanUP Event at the Crowne Plaza in Asheville. Catered by Celine and Company.
August 2019 WomanUP Event at the Crowne Plaza in Asheville

The August 2019 WomanUP Event in Asheville NC happened this past week. It was led by Cheri Torres, author of the book Conversations Worth Having—and what an event it was for Celine & Company. Our woman-owned catering business looks forward to every WomanUP event, and continuing our relationship with the Asheville community of ladies in business. The discussions are motivational, the attendees are interested in connecting with each other, and everyone takes part in fueling each other’s individual successes. Celine & Company cannot emphasize enough our pride in being both a sponsor for this nonprofit event and caterer of this powerful meeting-of-the-minds that ultimately contributes to the economic health of our beloved Asheville community. 

How We Do Breakfast For 400 Business Women

As experienced caterers in a progressive city, Celine & Company is at the forefront of healthy eating trends, and has extensive experience accommodating dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences in our menus. We are constantly developing and testing new menu items for vegetarians, vegans, and people following the paleo or keto diets, as well as menu items that accommodate allergies to gluten, nuts, dairy, and more.  For instance, our breakfast menu for the August 2019 WomanUP event boasted vegan herbed potatoes, gluten-free shrimp and grits, gluten-free protein balls, vegan muffins, and more.

Celine & Company event staff sets up our breakfast buffet for WomanUP at three stations. The stations are strategically positioned around the large room, so the coffee is always nearby and the breakfast line at each station is never long. We want your attendees to be able to locate the breakfast fare, fill their plate with a meal that caters to their personal diet, and easily make their way back to their seats. 

How To Create a Magical Buffet Table For Your Seminar

It might begin with a mutual appreciation for the fresh blueberry muffins but—as we often witness—the conversation turns into a meet-and-greet and exchange of ideas. 

We are seasoned professionals in the catering business who know firsthand that a buffet can be an uninspiring fixture in the room or a magical conversation starter. As proud business owners, we cannot help smiling at the sight of attendees engaged in conversation around our tastefully decorated (and tasty!) buffet. As event leaders, you can also take delight in getting your attendees engaging with each other before your day’s agenda starts. 

What better way to kick off your seminar than with a cup of delicious coffee and friendly conversation? Allowing Celine & Company to cater your event in Asheville—whether you are hosting a seminar, luncheon, formal dinner, or silent auction—lets you experience what puts us at the forefront of a competitive industry for over 25 years. 

Congrats! You’re A 2019 Crown Jewel Award Nominee!

Crown Jewel Awards

We are so honored to be nominated, recognizing the creativity behind one of the premier events in the Carolinas. We make every event special for our client.


The Crown Jewel Awards is the signature event of the ILEA Charlotte Chapter. The Crown Jewel Awards competition was created for the Creative Events and Hospitality professionals of the Carolinas, giving other association members a platform to get recognized for their work in their industries. All hospitality professionals can enter the awards competition and attend the Charlotte-based ceremony and gala in April. The awards are anonymously judged by another ILEA Chapter located outside of North and South Carolina.

From 2000-2015 this awards ceremony was known as the EVIEs, or Events in Excellence, and was open to ILEA Members and Non-Members alike. In 2015, the ILEA board decided to give the EVIEs a facelift and re-branded the event as the Crown Jewel Awards. Many of the categories for the award entries will remain the same and will be based off the highly contested International Esprit awards, but the goal is all encompassing.

5 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Company Meeting at C+C

There are many factors that go into making the perfect corporate meeting. From location to presentation and, of course, the food. Celine and Company has everything you could possibly desire to create the best environment for your next meeting.

Location, Location, Location

Finding a location that is both accessible and accommodating for any business affair is crucial in planning a corporate meeting. Built in 1926, the Broadway Arts Building boasts close to 6,000 sq. ft in the heart of downtown Asheville. The perfect location convenient to most Asheville hotels and transportation, this vintage style building is both accessible and elegant. The main room can comfortably fit 275 people in a standing expo style environment, or about 225 guests for seated events with accommodations such as tables, podiums, and seating arranged to your specifications.

Audio Visual

Have a meeting that involves PowerPoint or speakers who need the limelight? Celine and Company will arrange delivery and setup of podiums, AV equipment, and even a rentable stage to ensure your corporate meeting has the proper tools to get the job done.

Agenda for Guests and Venue

When executing any event, it is vital that your guests are all on the same page when it comes to the flow of a meeting or event—and equally important that the venue complies with your schedule. Celine and Company can provide an event coordinator that will work with you to make sure that your meeting or event will run smoothly—including scheduling, dining and bar services.

Warm and Welcoming Hospitality

It’s important to feel at home in any venue. At Celine and Company all staff members come to work with the dedication and professionalism that ensures that each event is met with exemplary service. Celine and Company strives to work with your expectations and budget to make sure the event is perfectly staffed and running as smoothly as possible throughout the entire event process.

Amazing Catering!

With detailed, nutritionally balanced and delicious menus designed personally for each event, it’s no surprise that Owner Kim Lloyd, a classically trained chef, will work with you to create a custom menu that perfectly fits the atmosphere of your next meeting—whether it’s healthy snacks and beverages, a cocktail style event, or a five-course meal.

With a focus on sustainability and experiential service, Celine and Company is incomparable when it comes to hosting important corporate events. With their unbeatable environment, great food, and excellent service, Celine and Company offers a stress-free, professional environment to make your next corporate meeting memorable. Contact us for your event and don’t forget to ask about our Corporate Packages.

How To WOW Your Guests at Your Next Corporate Meeting

Coffee Networking

The success of any corporate meeting starts with your attention to details during the planning process. What most organizers forget is that events aren’t only about getting a number of people together in a meeting room. A company meeting should be an opportunity to both strengthen and expand the relationships between each attendee.  It should also be an enjoyable event for your guests; one that they won’t easily forget. In this blog, we’ll see how to plan a corporate meet-up that is guaranteed to WOW your guests!

One Rule: Fill In The Blanks

While most of your day will be spent discussing strategies and accomplishments, every corporate meeting should incorporate meaningful moments of downtime. This is when your guests aren’t engaged in group activities and thus tend to scatter. Some might walk out for a breath of fresh air, others will leave the venue altogether and explore the surrounding area.

Downtime is actually the most powerful ally for a successful corporate meeting. Here’s how you should make the best of it:

  1. Plan interactive coffee breaks to help your guests punch through the ice. Coffee is the nectar that keeps most professionals up and running even through the busiest of days. Still, a majority of us prefer to sip their cup in silence and solitude. As pleasant as this might be, such behavior is a no-go for corporate meetings.  When that mid-morning break finally comes up, make sure you include plenty of group activities. These will help your people be more social, strengthening their ability to work together!
  2. Organize an after-hour cocktail reception giving everyone a chance to unwind. After a long day at work, who doesn’t like to take the edge off with a craft cocktail and pleasant conversation? As you’re planning your corporate meeting, you should include at least one cocktail reception. Simply pick a venue, hire a group of musicians, invite your guests to order their favorites, and sit back as they mingle and socialize!
  3. Hire a skilled group of catering professionals for a meal your guests won’t forget. Your corporate meeting will only be as successful as the food you serve. This is why you should refer to a professional like Chef Kim at Céline and Company Catering. Chef Kim’s focus is on a well balanced daily meal plan including fresh and flavorful vegan and gluten free options. Celine and Company Catering is also conscientious of event flow logistics and time management parameters.

Corporate Dinner Plate

What are you waiting for? Contact us and start planning a memorable corporate meeting today!

Asheville – A Vibrant City Perfect for Your Next Company Meeting

Downtown Dusk Shot

Location, location, location – we know you have heard it before but the right location can make or break the success of your meeting. You’re about to ask your employees to pack their belongings and spend several days away from the comfort of their homes. The place that hosts your company meetings must be able to provide a productive environment for working and a relaxing one for unwinding!

Among the 50 US states, North Carolina is particularly suited for hosting company meetings. Its pleasant climate – with cool summers and warm winters – as well as its rich history and beautiful landscapes make this region desirable for everyone. Asheville is conveniently located in Western North Carolina and boasts a majestic mountain backdrop!

Why Asheville?

Founded on top of an ancient Spanish colony, the city affectionately nicknamed the “Land Of the Sky” is the biggest settlement in Western North Carolina. It’s collaborative community and the diverse local culture have allowed this sprawling town to rise and become a nationally recognized travel destination, but that’s not all! Here’s why any event planner should choose the highly experiential Asheville to host their next corporate event.

Relative vicinity to an airport, as well as other infrastructure. The Asheville regional airport connects the area to all major travel hubs in the United States. Local and national airlines offer flights to the city, with low fares and daily trips. Those attending your company meeting will never have to worry about changing flights or spending long hours in security lines!

Breathtaking points of interest, for some much needed after-hours downtime. All work and no play make any company meeting grueling. Fortunately, Asheville offers several points of interest that those attending your event will be able to visit in their free time. Places such as the Biltmore House, Blue Ridge Parkway, the North Carolina Arboretum, and multiple US National Historic Landmarks will allow your guests to relax, let go of their stress, and enjoy the uniqueness of the scenery that surrounds them. This doesn’t only make for a good vacation, but also boosts their performance throughout the whole event!

Buskers playing in Asheville, NC

A centuries-old culinary tradition, kept alive by the chefs at Céline and Company. American and International delicacies come together in the streets of Asheville. Local farm fresh ingredients make up the backbone of the region’s cuisine, with a mix of flavors that you won’t be able to find anywhere else!

At the helm of Céline and Company since 2006, Chef Kim Lloyd strives to offer catering for any kind of corporate events, no matter how big or small. Let us take care of your next company meeting and treat all participants to a dining experience that they won’t forget.

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us right now and move the first step towards a successful company meeting in Asheville!