our story

It was 1979 when the husband & wife team of Fran & Tom Hamby helped two close friends plan their daughter's wedding reception. The classically elegant wedding menu was prepared in the Hamby family kitchen and received high marks and positive "buzz" from many of Charleston's leading residents. Steve Hamby, son to Fran & Tom, joined Hamby Catering in 1987 as production manager and never looked back. Word of mouth helped grow Fran's Lowcountry home cooking into a full-fledged catering business, and success mandated the move into her first storefront in Charleston in 1988.

In 2011, Mrs. Hamby's great nephew Wes Ellison took on an ownership & leadership role with the family business, and immediately set out to reinforce Hamby's reputation as the premier full-service catering outfit in the Lowcountry.

The family-oriented culture has been crucial to the company's success and time-treasured recipes. In 2017, after seven years with the company, Candice Wigfield stepped in to oversee all operations of Hamby with her father, Wayne Culbertson. This duo marks the second, multi-generational ownership for Hamby Catering, making sure that heart and tradition stay at the root of our service.

Today, Hamby has added new culinary, design and customer relations talent to its team, ultimately resulting in a more full-service, customizable approach for clients. Hamby Catering & Events is only as successful as its last event. Keeping this in mind, Hamby serves up each event with particular focus on providing guests with an extraordinary experience.

what we do

Your Catering Partner for Life's Most Memorable Events.

Whether it's a wedding, a client appreciation event or a special celebration at home with friends & family, Hamby will help you create lasting memories. For the past 37 years, our professional and creative approach to each event has cultivated clients for life.

As the popularity of Charleston, SC has grown as an event destination for visitors and residents alike, Hamby has extended its service offerings to include customized menu creation, balanced beverage pairing, professional event service, design & décor consultation and rental coordination.

Hamby provides catering & event management throughout the Lowcountry & surrounding area. As an off-premises caterer, Hamby is well versed in the plethora of fabulous venue options and will help you locate the perfect location and do everything necessary to create a unique event. We will listen to your needs, assess the challenges and lead you through every step of the process to assure a fun, enjoyable experience.

willing to travel to:

Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Okatie, Port Royal, Parris Island, Ladys Island, Fripp Island, Harbour Island and Dafuskie Island, Jekyll Island, Saint Simons Island and Tybee Island.

Mission Statement:

Hamby Catering & Events opened its doors in 1979 to provide traditional, southern- inspired cuisine to the Lowcountry community. Today, we continue to exceed client expectations throughout the Southeast, proudly serving our time-tested creations with an innovative twist.

Post and Courier Choice Winner 2017CHS Magazine Best of Best 2017

Best of 2017 Borrowed & Blue   Best of 2016 Borrowed & Blue

The Knot Hall of FameThe Knot 2017

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2018 Couples' Choice Award WeddingWire

2016 Couples' Choice Award WeddingWire wedding wire 2015 Couples choice

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Lowcountry Local First SC charleston sc chamber of commerce International Caterers Association International special event society

  • 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)

  • Wow! Their food was outstanding! We had so many compliments. And the staff... was incredible- friendly and polite. They all worked like a well oiled machine. I would not hesitate to recommend them for any event.
    ~ Mary (Sept. 2012)