Washington Post

The pandemic crashed the party for caterers, who even more than restaurants are struggling to adapt

Betsy Hebron-Marks, owner of A Touch of Class Caterers, in the kitchen she has not used since March in Capitol Heights, Md., on Jan. 12, 2021. Foto: The Washington Post by Deb Lindsey

WASHINGTON - The weeks leading up to the holidays are usually a boom time for caterers around the country. But this season, the trays that would hold cookies for office cocktail parties and corporate shindigs and wintry weddings stayed stashed away as the industry cratered. The chafing dishes that would keep hors d'oeuvres warm gathered dust.

The party-less holidays were the cap to a year where the very premise of catering - people socializing and noshing together - was made moot by the pandemic, and likely to stay that way until the wide distribution of a vaccine...

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