Jordan Rapoport, center, with then Jordan chefs Kevin Cottle, left and Van Hurd, at the New Britain Museum of American Art.
A well-known family catering business has unexpectedly closed.
The owners of Jordan Caterers Design Event Planners announced Monday night they are shutting down the family owned business because of poor economic conditions over the past several years.
In a prepared statement, Debra Rapoport said she and her husband, Jeff, “are truly sorry for the disruption this decision may cause and are incredibly appreciative of the support we have received over the past three decades.”
“We have always focused on putting our customers first and that continues to be of utmost importance,” she said in a statement originally posted on Facebook. “We are actively working with others in the catering community to do everything we can to limit the impact on our customers”
Jeff Rapoport told the Courant Monday there would be no additional comment.
The already popular Cheshire-based business gained additional celebrity about three years ago when it hired two well-known chefs who appeared on the Fox reality show ‘Hell’s Kitchen.’ Kevin Cottle left Jordan’s last year to be part of the Powder Ridge restoration project which includes a new restaurant. Van Hurd, from the same show, left the company two weeks ago.
The Rapoport’s son, Jordan, director of sales, had taken over the daily operations in 2012. He could not be reached for comment.
The Rapoports began the family business as The Eaterie Delicatessen
and Restaurant in 1979 in Cheshire. In 1987 the company relocated and was rebranded as Jordan Caterers, and had two locations, Cheshire and Darien. The company had also managed food and catering operations at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Whinstone Tavern in New Britain, Guilford Yacht Club, New Haven Country Club and Artspace in New Haven.
French food or French art? What’s your pleasure?
Doesn’t matter thanks to celeb chefs, formers Hell’s Kitchen contestants Van Hurd and Kevin Cottle. The two have arranged for you to have a little of both over at the New Britain Museum of American Art.
The museum hosts a new Henri Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit from January 12 to May 12. Toulouse-Lautrec lived in Paris during the 20th century Belle Époque (Beautiful Era) but was not the only famed celeb creating history at the time. There was also a chef, named Georges Auguste Escoffier.
“We just thought it would be a great idea, to feature the Godfather of French cooking at the same time the famed French artist was being featured at the museum, “ said Cottle. “Toulouse-Lautrec’s was the artist of the Moulin Rouge and Escoffier was the head chef there at the same time. It was a natural.”
Hurd and Cottle, who met during Chef Gordon Ramsey’s reality show a few years ago, and who now work for Jordan Caters, have set up three wine dinners at the museum that will include food demonstrations, authentic Escofier recipes, and tours of the art exhibit. This is the second year the two are presenting a wine dinner series at the museum.
The two-hour wine-paired dinners will be held on Jan. 10, Jan. 31 and Feb. 21. Among the foods that will be served depending on each night’s menu are Coquilles St. Jacques, classic cassoulet with duck and pork, Crepes Suzette, pheasant consomme, Escargot Chablisienne and dark chocolate soufflé. Hartley and Parker will be presenting French paired wines.
“The food was inspired at the same time as the art was inspired,” said Cottle about the series. “We will invite people from the audience to get involved and the plan is to have fun and laugh and drink and talk about wine and food and art.”
The dinners are from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $90 per person per class or three classes for $240 a person. Registration is limited to 30 per class. For more information call 203-272-8213.
We were bummed when our favorite chef, Kevin Cottle, didn’t win Season 6 of Hell’s Kitchen. But as the runner-up, he still fared well and has gone on to a stellar cooking career that landed him the job of executive chef for Jordan’s Caterer’s here.
For fans of the Fox reality show, be sure to tune in Monday night. Cottle is back on the tube and in the hell heat of Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen.
He and several other second place chefs from past seasons will be taking on the six chefs who are still in it this season.
Cottle, you may remember, ended up drafting fellow contestant Van Hurd to Connecticut as well. The two have stepped up more than once to help a host of Connecticut charities, making Hell’s Kitchen loss, our state’s gain.