About Carefree Catering
Jeff and Cris Tuttle
In 1988, Jeff and Cris started Carefree Catering, in response to various requests for gourmet meals prepared in their clients home without all of the fuss entailed with going out to dine.
At first this endeavor was quite a challenge and more or less a hobby. We would alter the natural setting of peoples dining spaces with the use of fine crystal, china, silver, wine and "restaurant quality food''. The meals were prepared by a chef in full dress and served by a tuxedoed waitperson, every detail was taken care of, right down to fresh linens and flowers.
We were remarkably successful and then our clients requested us to expand our services into other more typical catering situations. Soon we were doing all kinds of catering, cocktail parties, bridal brunches, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, family reunions, corporate meetings and dinners and numerous festivals throughout Georgetown and Horry counties.
Making our clients "look good" is the focus of our business. This applies at all times, whether the event is a formally elegant wedding reception, bridal shower, dazzling gala, grand opening, company picnic, barbecue, anniversary celebration, pool party, themed cocktail hors d'oeuvre party or dinner for two.
Today we are well known on the Waccamaw Neck for our quality of food and our unique presentation skills. We still take great pride in our attention to detail, creative alteration of the clients normal space and to ensuring a professionally completed job.
From the humble beginnings of "dinner for two", Carefree Catering is now fully capable of planning and executing large elaborate affairs. We have served many corporate affairs, as large as 650 guests and have a regular base of local residents that request our services often.
Jeff is a well known chef with many accomplishments to his credit. Most recently he has been filmed by "Great Chef's Television Productions", for a new series entitled Great Chef's of the South. This series began airing on the Discovery Channel in January of 1997. He has been a guest chef at The James Beard House in New York City. He has had recipes featured in "Southern Living Magazine" and has been featured as chef of the month in "The State" newspaper. He has won first place three times in the recipe competition of The South Carolina Aquaculture and Crawfish Festival, and won awards in several categories in Georgetown County's Taste of the Tidelands.
Jeff is basically a self-taught chef learning a good foundation of cooking skills from watching and helping his mother while he was growing up. He says he has been fortunate enough to work with some very talented chefs and blessed by two weeks with Madeleine Kamman. In 1992 Jeff was selected as one of 32 chefs from across America to participate in a graduate scholarship program for professional chefs. The School for American Chef's is sponsored by Beringer Vineyards, and taught by Madeleine Kamman a noted chef, food historian, educator and cookbook author. Jeff says that he has never had the pleasure of spending so much face to face time with someone so knowledgeable.
Cris is his wife and partner in Carefree Catering, and really the creative person behind the scenes. She has the know how to take something ordinary and make it look supreme. The elaborate table displays and flower arrangements are a direct display of her talents. Cris spends a lot of her time researching new and interesting ideas for displays as well as for foods. She is truly committed to making it look good enough to eat.
Together Cris and Jeff make a great team, and they have the support of innumerable background people to make it all come together seemingly effortlessly. They make it look easy because they truly love what they do.
Dinners or Any Occasion - Make Your Next Affair Carefree"