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.