Catering to Charleston

The cookbook is written by Frances Ellison Hamby, the founder of Hamby Catering. It features original memories and poems of growing up in Charleston, interspersed with the lovingly crafted and most delicious recipes you have ever tasted.

Among some of Hamby Catering's famous affairs include parties thrown for President George Bush, VP Dan Quayle, Martha Stewart, Ted Turner, Jane Fonda and several Governors, State Legislators and U.S. Congressmen. Catering To Charleston is a rare opportunity to glimpse into the rich culture of lavish entertaining in Charleston.

Included are "Fran's Notes" which are truly unique and invaluable help in getting professional results. And yes, Hamby's Famous Chicken Salad recipe is inside, as well as Sweet Potato Biscuits, Overnight Brunch Casserole, and Crabcakes Imperial, along with full menus to create your own fabulous Hamby-style affair at home for Thanksgiving, Christmas or even a Wedding Reception. These are coveted gifts in Charleston, so get yours for yourself, a gourmand, or a loved one today.

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  • I couldn't say enough about how great Hamby was! Ryan, our event coordinator, was fantastic as well as all the staff that served our wedding. Everyone was incredibly efficient. The food was incredible! I couldn't imagine it being any better than it was.
    ~ Kristen (Oct. 2012)


Featured Recipe

Syble's Cheese Biscuits

2 c self-rising flour
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
1 c extra sharp shredded cheddar
2/3 buttermilk


Combine flour & shortening with pastry blender. Stir in cheese. Add buttermilk & blend until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface & knead four times. Roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness & cut with small biscuit cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees 8 to 10 minutes.