Focus on: 2016 Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year: Savory Moments, LLC - Huntersville, NC
On Friday, May 6th, the 2017 Incoming Lake Norman Chamber Board Chair Jay Lesemann, Jr. presented the 2016 Small Business of the Year award to Heather Scovel and Jodi Wright – sisters and co-owners of Savory Moments, LLC. On hand to assist in the presentation was Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla and Chamber President Bill Russell.
Savory Moments is a family business that started as an idea the sisters had in their teens. They decided if they ever lived in the same city, they would open their own business. In 2009, Jodi had the opportunity to live closer to family, so her family moved to Charlotte. This gave the ladies the opportunity to begin planning their own catering business - Savory Moments. They put the business plan together and opened the doors on August 1st of 2009. Savory Moments has now proudly been open as a professional full service caterer for over 6 years. They continue to work at keeping their ideas fresh and to verify their niche in the marketplace.
Savory Moments has experienced business growth each year increasing production, hiring employees, and diversifying products as well as diversifying their business plan to include purchasing Real Estate and opening an Event Venue.
The following is their story:
Savory Moments began in 2009 with Jodi becoming unemployed and with the opportunity to move to Charlotte to live and be close to her sister, Heather was a possibility. Her family decided to make this possible and the adventure of opening their own family business was now a goal to prepare and make happen.
Heather and Jodi graduated High School in Bristol Tennessee and after High School followed their own career paths. Heather Scovel graduated from Johnson and Wales University, a Culinary School in Charleston, SC (1992) and began working in Charlotte, North Carolina. Heather has continued to work in the Food Service industry in Charlotte, many facets of the business from Baking, Catering, and Management to Food Service Director. Jodi Wright graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (1993). After moving around with her husband’s career they settled in Dothan, Alabama and Jodi worked in the Real Estate, Construction Office for a Transportation Company.
Both sisters worked in corporate environments for years working and raising their families. Times were changing and with the tightening of the economy, when the opportunity presented itself, they decided it was time to jump in and see if they could prove themselves in the marketplace. Joining together with different backgrounds and different business strengths they were hopeful they could complement each other and become a great team.
Savory Moments Catering has provided catering services for small groups to events that serve 1600 guests. We pride ourselves in providing excellent food service which can include rentals, linen, china service, and buffet set ups to full service catered events. Savory Moments is a member of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte and Cabarrus County Chamber of Commerce.
Savory Moments also has become a trademark that is put on our “Carolina Blu”. “Carolina Blu” is now sold at Harris Teeter Grocery Stores. This is a Blue Cheese and Honey spread that we made for our Cheese Trays when catering that people enjoyed.
Total Employees: 22 (Currently on staff) 7 Full time employees; 15 part-time employees – We also have a list of employees that we call for events when we need additional servers and bartenders.
2009 – 2 employee – which was Heather and Jodi
2010 – Grew a little with 2 full time and then 3 part-time
And then from there we just kept working at growing the business and employee count to help us with the increased growth.
Primary Business: Professional Full Service Catering, Magnolia Woods Event Facility, Retail Food Market with Savory Moments “Carolina Blu”
Savory Moments Catering offers Professional Full Service Gourmet Catering to the Charlotte Metro Area as well as Fort Mill and Salisbury. Corporate Catering is our specialty as well as Weddings and Special Events large and small. We strive to make our food, presentation and service wonderful and worry free.
Donations in 2015/2016
We really work hard to help with the Community and try to support our Schools, Churches and Non Profits but at the same time not giving away so much that we can not keep our doors open. I am listing just some of the groups that we try to help, we have had quite a few groups and this year when Heather and I sat down to plan out the year and to go over our goals we really wanted to try to focus on a specific group that would mean a lot to both of us. Our Grandmother recently passed after a very long illness with Alzheimer’s so after looking at several Charities we decided to have our main focus to assist Huntersville CARES (Community Alzheimer’s Resource and Education).
Some of the groups that we have supported and continue to support:
• JM Alexander Athletic Banquets
• HOHT donate food for their lunch
• UCUMC donate for different groups they need help with
• Winding Springs School
• Boy Scouts donation for their Silent Auction
• Ada Jenkins donation for their Silent Auction
• Mallard Creek Softball Team
• Mission Trip Sponsorships
• Monetary Donation for Children’s Hope Alliance