It’s been five days after having a wonderful picnic lunch with my family by Elite Catering and IS IT POSSIBLE TO MISS FOOD? The answer is yes, because I do.
Our family was invited by the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to have a full day hanging out in Hope Mills! Our family day started with a sweet picnic under the gazebo at Hope Mills Lake. It was a much welcomed event as I got to see my friends who happen to be local bloggers that I don’t often see. Prior to the picnic lunch, I’d heard great things about Chef Lou and his wife, Edna— the owners of Elite Catering.
Being that I never had their food, I didn’t know what to expect in the way of cuisine, but I figured with a name like Elite Catering it would probably be pretty fancy. In fact, I’d packed snacks for my littlest one, convinced that he probably wouldn’t eat what was offered.
Imagine my surprise when I walked up to find a full spread of Fried Chicken, Pork Steak, Green Beans, Corn on the Cob, Macaroni and Cheese and Yeast Rolls. They’d even made chicken tenders for the littles!
Everything smelled delicious and it should be noted that I minded my manners while getting to know the story behind Elite Catering. Before digging in we learned that Chef Lou is originally from Puerto Rico, raised in New Jersey and has spent most of his life right here in Fayetteville, NC thanks to the Army. He’s owned restaurants both here and in New Jersey, but has found since his retirement that he enjoys the flexibility of having a food truck most. Edna is the force behind the business and the creative, decorating for all of their events. It truly is a partnership, and it was evident how they complement each other’s strengths so well.
Then, it was time to eat. And eat we did!
In fact, there wasn’t much chit chat going on. The chicken and pork were perfectly seasoned. And, you know fried chicken is not easily mastered. Being born and raised in the South, I consider myself a fried chicken connoisseur, if you will. That fried chicken was “slap-yo-momma good,” as we say in Tennessee.
The mac and cheese reminds me of the super special mac and cheese you only get at Thanksgiving. Chef Lou shared that he uses 5 different cheeses in the recipe and I’m telling you it is LEGIT. I’m still dreaming about that mac and cheese. It’s the epitome of comfort in a food.
Absolutely every bite was flavorful and delicious and I’m not ashamed to say my whole family took home leftovers!
If you’re wondering, yes, the littlest one ate all of his food, a feat in itself. His favorite was the Chocolate Lasagna we had for dessert, by far. He ate mine and Jenny Bell’s of Go Fayetteville fame.
If anyone is looking for me, odds are that I’m just off stalking where Elite Catering’s food truck is parked for lunch today.
A few other interesting things to note:
— In addition to their food truck, Elite Catering specializes in events like weddings, parties, etc.
— One quick look at their Facebook page shows you how invested they are in their community.
— Elite Catering II, ran by the couple’s son, just opened as a cafe inside JP Jumpmasters, a local trampoline park.
— The cuisine offered by Elite Catering runs the gamut, he truly can cook anything!
Have you eaten at Elite Catering? What did you think of the food?
PC: Go Fayetteville