Chef launches new venture as pandemic puts pressure on his cafe, catering business

Chef launches new venture as pandemic puts pressure on his cafe, catering business
(CHARLOTTE BUSINESS)

CHARLOTTE — Chef Craig Barbour’s new concept provides a way to entertain without being tied to the kitchen. Little Fête launches on Saturday, delivering boxes of chef-crafted food directly to homes in the Charlotte market.

“We can provide all of our really delicious catered meals we normally do for weddings, graduations or corporate events,” Barbour says. “We just put it in a box.”

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The concept looks to fill the gap as Covid-19 has limited gatherings. That’s hit home for Barbour, also behind Roots Catering and Roots Cafe.

“We kind of saw the writing on the wall,” he says. “This will hopefully help us weather the storm and possibly create a whole new segment that’s really successful.”

Little Fête dials in on his employees’ strengths — food, service and creativity. He tested the concept by offering small-group boxes for Easter brunch, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

“To me it just seems like the time to try and innovate,” he says. “Little Fête allows us to still feed our community and be a part of their celebrations, even from afar.”

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