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Craft Forms

We had the pleasure of working at the Wayne Art Center a few weeks ago. And we were fortunate enough to be a part of their 2015 Craft Forms gallery opening. When creating the menu for this event, we were asked to push the Wayne Art Center outside their comfort zones, along with our own. From the hors d’oeuvres to the main course, I think we exceeded everyone’s expectations. Below you will find a wonderful video created, to showcase the event. Enjoy!

Craft Forms 2015


Downton Abbey Special Event

We are very proud and honored to be a part of the final season of Downton Abbey. Partnered with Excelsior and WITF, we will be hosting a screening of the Downton Abbey series finale on March 6, 2016. Followed by a delicious themed meal, for ticket information please visit the WITF site.

2015 Event Season

Now that we are winding down with the 2015 season, I thought I’d share some of the highlights and major moments that our team help to create. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to share in these wonderful memories.

Carpenters Hall is always a beautiful place to work, the history alone make the space shine. But add in the talents of Michelle Lee Entertainment, paired with the brains of Jimmy Duffy Catering. And you have a stellar garden party.

From barns, historic landmarks to modern day buildings, to weddings, social events and corporate parties. We’ve covered them all this past year. And we look forward to what next year will bring.


We even got the chance to have a little play time. And create some new food shots, as well as stage a styled shoot for our new venue Excelsior. Looking back on all these wonderful moments, has been a real treat. 2015 was a great year for creativity and pushing our limits. We are looking forward to 2016 and to all the new challenges it may bring. Thank you to all who helped make this year happen.



Carpenters Hall

This month we are featuring the beautiful Carpenters Hall. Great for corporate events, and small gatherings. Our Sales Executive Sarah Blackwell, had the pleasure of chatting with Alicia Bono (Marketing Developer) to gain some insight on what it’s like to work at such an amazing venue.


1. My most memorable event to date was a recent celebration regarding achievements within the Sciences. The decor elements – color scheme, flowers, and locally sourced menu all combined to make an incredibly elegant (and delicious!) presentation which paired wonderfully with the Hall. The guests were scholars and supporters from all over the world, and they took an immense interest in The Carpenters’ Company’s antique book collection upstairs in the library. Lots of enthusiastic conversation ensued; they were a wonderful crowd to host and their enjoyment was apparent. Nights like that provide true job satisfaction.
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2. I really enjoy the stillness and quiet of the mornings in the nearly 250 year old Georgian building, before the hours of visitation. It’s surrounded by Independence National Historical Park, which is one of the most lovely urban national parks, so the Hall looks almost like a country estate in the heart of the city. Its interesting to imagine the known events that took place here: the delegates of the First Continental Congress deliberating, Ben Franklin lending out his books upstairs. I’m sure the Hall holds many secrets that will remain forever concealed within history.
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3. Fun Facts about Carpenters’ Hall – Constructed in 1774 by an early American trade guild of Master Builders known as The Carpenters’ Company, Carpenters’ Hall is one of the earliest and for some time was the largest rental venue in Philadelphia. What many people don’t know is that the Hall is still owned and operated by the The Carpenters’ Company today; they meet in the Hall 4 times each year, their priority being to preserve it for generations to come. They open the doors of the Hall to some 150,000 visitors yearly to share their unique role within American history, free of admission. The hall is still available for event rentals for corporations and non-profit organizations.
A few more facts should you have interest:
Carpenters’ Hall has hosted and been temporary home to many venerable organizations such as:
The First Continental Congress
Ben Franklin’s Library Company
The American Philosophical Society
The First War Department
The First Bank of the United States
The Second Bank of the United States
The Musical Fund Society
The Franklin Institute
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For information please contact ChristyThompson at 215.925.0167 or email

DCCA Spring Fundraiser

This years DCCA Spring Fundraiser was amazing! I mean you can’t go wrong with DogFish Head Beer paired with our food. But the event was an amazing collaboration of many minds and helped to raise a lot of money for the DCCA and all of the amazing 3D artists that were exhibiting. A special thank you to Suzanne Baker, for taking some amazing shot of the space, food and the art. I could go on and on about how amazing everything was, so why don’t I just show you…


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County Lines Best of the Best

County Lines Magazine has so graciously granted us one of the best caterers for 2015! We are now going on two years of being voted best of the best. Here’s to keeping the streak going for many more years!

2015 Wedding Season

The 2015 wedding season is officially under way for the Jimmy Duffy team! We are so excited to see how this year will unfold. And in order for this busy season to work, I have to give a huge shout out to our warehouse and kitchen team. Because without them there would be no food to eat or chairs to sit in. It’s amazing how efficient both teams are, I will always be amazed at how much they do.


And here’s a little peak into what these wonderful people have helped to produce! If these weddings are any indication as to what the rest of the 2015 season will look like…watch out for some glamour!


Styled Food Shots

So on the first day of spring, during that not so spring like weather. Our Sales Executive and Event Specialist Sarah Blackwell; had the amazing opportunity to work with Daniel Jackson Photography.Dan is an artist based out of our exclusive location, The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. Dan and Sarah actually met while working on a styled shoot for the DCCA. Shortly after Dan approached Sarah with the fabulous idea of taking food shots, for Jimmy Duffy’s.

Dan so graciously donated his talent, and he even spent the entire day with us just to give us the best possible product. To make the photo shoot even better, we were able to bring in Kati Mac Floral Designs for styling tips and beautiful floral arrangements.

Needless to say this day was outstanding, and we are so thankful for all the help and talent that surrounded us.


For more information on our team please visit the following links

Kati Mac Floral Designs

Daniel Jackson Photography