Issue: October 2006 Issue
Singing a New Tune
Former Lockkeepers Executive Chef Pamela Waterman was ready for new responsibilities in the culinary world, but not quite ready for the commitment of a restaurant.
Combine her rich background in AAA four-diamond cuisine, a passion for cooking, and a devotion to her 9-year-old daughter and you have the new Rocky River catering business that has a tight grasp on reality.
Waterman, with her partner Brad Schmid, also of Lockkeepers, has teamed up to launch Duets Fine Catered and Prepared Food, which opened its doors last month.
With an off-location catering service and a store that offers ready-to-go meals, Waterman hopes to give the business world the option of having inexpensive, healthy food either brought to their door or ready for pickup in the store.
â€œWith more people working, itâ€™s harder to find time to cook at home,â€ she explains. â€œAnd itâ€™s hard to find really good, well-prepared food to go.â€
A working mother, Waterman is quite familiar with the need for on-the-go food. While at a crossroads in her career, she wanted to have more freedom to express her love for cooking, but with more time to spend with her daughter.
â€œI really didnâ€™t want a restaurant where I would be gone every holiday and every night until the last customer left,â€ she says.
The catering side of the business will bring Watermanâ€™s cuisine to BBQs, clambakes, private dinner parties and corporate events. Her store will cater to businesspeople looking for a quick lunch or for the convenience of bringing a healthy dinner home. Her signature dishes include meatloaf, green bean and mushroom salad, and shrimp lollipops for the kids.
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