SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY AND WARMTH THROUGH MODERN FOOD
Proudly serving unforgettable culinary experiences
to New Yorkers for over 25 years
We’ll be in touch as soon as possible to begin planning your next event.
WHO WE ARE
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.
DON'T WAIT ANY LONGER
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.
“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.”
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