We are an experienced team of culinary professionals, able to create menus in a variety of dietary needs, styles, and tastes.
Looking for a way to make your event distinctive and memorable? Our creative team will work with you to bring out the best ideas for your budget and goals.
Everything from a gala event for hundreds of guests to an intimate dinner for two can be achieved with Winstead Caterers.
Key Winstead was raised in the rural town of Roxboro, North Carolina, on his family’s 180-acre farm. Since the early 1800s, his family has had a tradition of hosting weekly gatherings for family and friends at the Winstead Farm. During Key’s childhood, these events were organized and run by his beloved grandmother, Nannie. A prize-winning cook and pillar of the community, Nannie taught her children and grandchildren by example, creating a warm and hospitable environment for all to enjoy. Key embraced this tradition of farm-to-table cooking and Southern hospitality, learning that the gifts of good cooking and beautiful surroundings are some of the best ways to show love and care for others.
Key studied Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island before working as a private chef for several prestigious families in Boston, Massachusetts and Hyde Park, New York. He has worked more than 25 years in all aspects of the New York City culinary industry: as a director for several large catering companies, the catering director for Dean & Deluca during the launch of their first Broadway store, and CEO of Winstead Caterers since 1999. In 2002, Key helped begin a movement to bring premium, farm-to-table catering services to several of New York City’s prestigious independent grade schools. Now his school catering division, A Grade Above, promotes and serves food that is organic and appealing to children’s palates.
Key Winstead brings a unique and wonderful blend of Southern hospitality and warmth with modern dishes and flavors to every event.
The Winstead Principles
Dedication to the concept of “farm-to-table” foods
Unshakable commitment to responsible environmental awareness in all aspects of preparation and presentation of events
Every event to be unforgettable, with delicious food, presented and served with grace and style
“The more than 350 events produced each year by Winstead include both social and corporate clients, and Winstead is careful to cater to each.”
“We have enjoyed a 25 year relationship with Key - not because he is charming and likable - but because he is the consummate professional, a Creative Connoisseur of Fine Foods, Hard Working, Well Polished, Reliable and Honest. Winstead Caterers always makes our events and thus me, as the Event Coordinator, shine! I would not use any other Caterer.”
–Jill Danis, Event Planner, Danis & Danis LTD
“Key is the master of coordination and services: one phone call to discuss any and all items, and on the day of the event all things flow magically and effortlessly. The staff is professional, knowledgeable, and courteous. The servers always made a point of including my children in the preparation and set up of the events and always left the kitchen spotless. Key will come up with just the right menu for the theme of any event. And the quality of the food has always been fantastic: fresh, organic, and delicious. I highly recommend Key Winstead for any event.”
“I have had a wonderful relationship with Winstead Catering for over eight years, both through the school where I work and on a personal basis. Key and his staff have catered large scaled events, as well as intimate dinners and have always provided excellent service and exceptional catering. Attention to detail and the clients needs always come first.”
–Cindy Rodriguez, Director of Development, The Caedmon School
“What a pleasure it is to work with Winstead Caterers. Highly creative, professional and budget conscious, I can always count on Winstead for a fabulous and inspired event. From intimate dinners to hundred person fetes, the guests will not leave without asking for his card.”
“Key is organized and has a personality that combines kindness and seriousness. AT THE SCHOOL, KEY WAS AN INSTITUTION AND REVOLUTIONIZED THE PROGRAM. THE SCHOOL BECAME KNOWN AMONG PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK AS HAVING THE MOST NUTRITIOUS AND ENJOYABLE FOOD PROGRAM IN THE CITY. My wife and I engaged Key numerous times to cater events in our home.”
—David Gochman, former trustee at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School