Phyllis + Teresa: City Fare Catering was started by Franseca Reale. Fran, along with her sister, Phyllis Reale Risley and, Teresa Preziosi, opened City Fare in Hartford’s South Green Neighborhood in 1988. Subsequently, Fran founded and served as Creative Director of the Children’s Culinary Institute of Connecticut in 1992. In January 2011, we lost Fran to breast cancer. Today we offer catering and private dining (forty max in our store front location). City Fare continues to give back through fundraisers, donations, children culinary classes, and volunteer work. We take pride in our community and are always looking for new avenues to keep ourselves “busy.”
Phyllis + Teresa: Fran loved Hartford! We’ve been in this very location for the past 26 years. Our hope is to continue Fran’s legacy by sharing her love of cooking and community involvement within the Hartford community. City Fare has such a great space. It’s just a struggle now. We hear it time and time again that people do not want to come into Hartford for various reasons. We would love to do meals to go again, but it’s just location, location, location!
Phyllis + Teresa: Culturally for music and arts, nothing happened in Boston or New York unless it happened in Hartford. It was like if it happened and survived in Hartford, it could happen and survive anywhere. Things are no longer the same. When Fran had the meals to go, Hartford was definitely alive! There was foot traffic from doctors from Hartford Hospital, attorneys and judges. It would be wonderful if we had a second location for foods to go. That would sustain our catering business.
You can support City Fare Catering by hiring them to cater your special event or by taking a group cooking class with Phyllis and Teresa! The two hour hands on cooking class will begin on weekdays between 5:30-6pm and end after dinner about 9:30pm. Classes include light hors d'oeuvres and a hands on pasta and fresh marinara cooking class followed by dinner, dessert and coffee. Dinner will include the pasta and marinara sauce (or optional vegetarian sauce), salad, house made tuscan white bread and dessert. Price per person is $75 without tax and gratuity.
Check out City Fare Catering black book listing here to book your class. And don't forget to check out City Fare Caterings feature post on Humans of Hartford, Hartford Girl and the Love Hartford Instagram accounts.
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