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Jordan Caterers Closes Unexpectedly

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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.

NBMAA Throws The Art PARTy of the Year

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It was an artist’s dream at the New Britain Museum of American Art Saturday with a picture perfect springtime evening, more than 200 donated works of art, and a crowd that was more than ready for “The Art Party of the Year.”

More than 450 people attended the bash held each year to raise money for the museum’s education program, and they came from far and wide.

nbmaa2 (2)Probably traveling one of the longest distances was former Bushnell director Doug Evans who came with husband Mikolaj Bauer from Florida. New Britain was the first leg of an even longer vacation journey.

“We’re headed to Barcelona,” said the always dapper Evans, who along with much of the crowd, took time to watch the Kentucky Derby that was being broadcast on a giant screen in the museum’s Stanley Works Center.

nbmaa3 (2)Honorary co-chairs for the event were Webster Bank’s Jim Smith and his wife Cathy with Marzena Silpe stepping up as gala chair.

“We needed this to be a festive night,” she said, explaining the bagpiper who welcomed guests, the eye-catching white table settings with clear acrylic “Ghost” chairs that made “dining amidst the masterpieces” that much more special.

Beaming the entire night was executive director Douglas Hyland, who was celebrating the success of the museum’s Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit and already looking forward to the next big show and event.

“We’ll be having a Tiffany display next,” said Hyland about “The Brilliance of Louis Comfort Tiffany: Painter and Craftsman” exhibit opening May 23. “We’re planning a ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ opening for that.”

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Boxing Program Fundraiser, NBMAA Art Party

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boxingOn Saturday, the Manchester Ring of Champions Society will host its “The Earle Everett Memorial Boxing Tournament and Dinner Show”at 100 Bidwell Road in South Windsor. The event is the major fundraiser for the boxing ring which mentors at-risk youths from the Greater Hartford area. Among those who be part of exhibition will be World Champion and Olympic contender Mkuquan “Mikey” Williams.

The party starts at 5 p.m. and celebrity guests also include Marlon Starling, Peter Manfredo, James “Buddy” McGirt, Jason “Big Six” Estrada and “First Lady” of boxing Jackie Kallen.

Ticket information: 860-712-2616, 860-614-8877 or 860-643-5350.

It will be The Art Party of the Year at New Britain Museum of American Art Saturday as it hosts its annual spring gala beginning at 6 p.m. nbmaa2

The evening includes wine, food, entertainment and auctions. Information: nbmaa.org

Also on Saturday, The Connecticut Forum will present “Funny, Smart People” at the Bushnell at 8 p.m. Featured panelists are comedian, author and “The Onion” digital director Baratunde Thurston, humorist, author and “Daily Show” guest John Hodgman and writer, star and co-creator of Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein. Information: 860-509-0909