World-class caterer with over 20 years of experience, Tom Ellis’s work has been featured in numerous industry publications including, most recently, Martha Stewart Weddings. The mastermind caterer behind so many elegant affairs, Tom’s Swell Party arrives with an army of the most dedicated, hard-working and FUN-loving staff of any other company on the East Coast. A party with The Swell Party is truly one for the record books!
Like so many in the food industry, Tom Ellis started in the arts. He pursued a theater degree at SUNY Purchase before starting a theater company in Manhattan. His day job, catering, soon overtook acting, and Ellis found himself working with elite caterers—figures like Olivier Cheng and Stephen Starr—producing Gatsby-eque events for celebrity clients.
Inspired by friend Jeremy Stanton of Fire Roasted Catering, whose events showcased heritage-breed animals and organic, locally sourced vegetables cooked outdoors over wood, Ellis started his own catering company, The Swell Party, which folded in Fire Roasted Catering. He began applying his theater background to events, with staff arriving eight hours before guests to construct what Ellis calls “a stage kitchen.”
“I call it that because it is a stage. It’s a place for entertainment. Guests are not typically focused on the kitchen in a catered event but, with us, they are. They’re looking at our contraptions, you know? Our Mallmann-inspired techniques.” —Excerpt from Edible Westchester Magazine
Of course, in addition to the fire-roasted style cooking, The Swell Party is unparalleled at the traditional back-of-house catering, serving the most elegantly plated meals in a serve-out fashion that truly rivals a dance. Tom Ellis is the only caterer in the Berkshires and surrounding area who actually rehearses the serve-out for over an hour with his team. To say that they provide a flawless execution is an understatement, and if you’re looking for a catering group who truly focuses on providing the finest, freshest food available paired with exceptional service, look no further than The Swell Party. We’d love to cook for your celebration!
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