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35 Years of Doing Business the Southern Way


A problem solver, innovator, and a dreamer, Jimmy Stevenson is the president of one of the most reputable catering companies in the Southeast. Starting in 1982, he built a solid foundation based on consistently surpassing client expectations. He turned a small company into one of the highest sought after catering companies in the region. “The business model was simple,” stated Stevenson, “if someone asked if we could do it, the answer was, yes! Then, we figured out how to make it happen.”

Southern Way Catering is efficient and dependable, capable of catering events as small as eight people or as large as eight thousand. No matter the size of the crowd, quality and consistency is paramount to Jimmy. In his opinion, in order to create this you need good staff. Therefore, he has surrounded himself with the best young professionals in the business. His leadership team includes Executive Chef Michael Stuckey, VP of Operations, Brittany Stuckey, VP of Business Development, Jesse Bullard, Sales Manager, Aimee Wicker, Logistics Manager, Jacob Williams, Finance Manager, Jessica Stevenson and Creative Director, Harrison Duke. In addition to staff Stevenson has reinvested in his company purchasing mobile equipment and mobile kitchens that allow him to provide the best service possible to his clients. This gives him greater production capability than most caters in the state.

Over the years the company has acquired a long list of distinguished awards including the lifetime achievement award from the SC restaurant and lodging association, best caterer in Columbia Metropolitan Magazine multiple years and top 25 fastest growing companies in the state. When asked how he managed to be successful in an industry that is ever changing for over 35 years, Stevenson replied “it is very simple, treat your client the way you would like to be treated.” Jimmy is proud of his team and plans to continue to aim for excellence in everything they do for the next 35 years.

The Super Bowl

The Super Bowl has historically brought friends and families gather together to laugh at commercials, root for the team with the best looking uniforms, and rave over delicious food.
If you’re hosting a fabulous Super Bowl party this year, we’ve pulled together the details of one of our most popular dishes that will have everyone asking your secret. Trust us, we know a thing or two about how to please a hungry crowd.

Baked Brie with Apricot Jam Appetizer:

  • Wheel of Brie
  • 3-5 Tablespoons of Apricot Jam, (Fig jam is also delicious)
  • Small crackers, whole grain or nut crisps work well.
  1. Place Brie into a small, greased over proof dish. Spoon jam on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven about 10-15 minutes, until cheese is oozy and jam is melting. Remove from oven. Spread jam to cover the top of the cheese.
  2. Place the cheese dish on a larger plate or tray and arrange crackers around it, garnish as you choose. To eat, just dip the apples and/or crackers into the cheese mixture and enjoy!


Bridal Show

The 2017 Columbia Bridal Show is upon us! This Sunday, January 8th from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. For almost 16 years, the Columbia Bridal Show has been a place for Brides to come to a ‘one-stop shop’ and meet wedding planners, florists, invitation specialists, dress designers, caterers and so much more! It takes a lot of the stress out of planning when you can check so many items off the wedding plannning list in one day. Brides (and grooms) get to taste cake flavors and sip champagne while their bridesmaids and family share in the excitement of planning one of the most important days of their loved ones life.


Southern Way Catering has been catering weddings and hosting events for years and has risen to the top here in Columbia. Our reputation should set the expectation for immaculate service, and cuisine that is sure to impress every guest on your list.


The Bridal Show is one of our favorite events of the year, and we will have a large booth set up with samples prepared for tasting. Come by and say hello, we are so excited to meet you and hear about your big day!
Purchase your tickets in advance!
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