Why Small Businesses Matter in Bridgeport: Along Came Carol Catering & The Nook

Why Small Businesses Matter

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You're IT Along Came Carol Catering & The Nook!

Four questions with Carol Lentini, founder of Along Came Carol Catering & The Nook.

Why did you start your business?

Cooking had been a love of mine since early childhood when I spent weekends learning to cook with my Mom. So it was only natural that I gravitated toward a career as a chef. I had some great early gigs and quickly developed a love and appreciation for organic ingredients and integrative nutrition. I launched my own business so I could have complete autonomy.

What is your best-selling product/service?

I've been a leading caterer in Fairfield County for over 30 years. We do weddings, events, special occasions (I'm doing an 80th Birthday/50th Anniversary event this weekend!). I give each client personalized care and attention, and it matters -- deeply -- that the clients have a delicious and memorable experience!

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

We use local farms, fisheries, boutique meat, and fish shops, and bakeries in and around Bridgeport.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

I can't think of anyone who hasn't had to reimagine their business since the advent of COVID. It was a brutal experience but an immensely valuable wake-up call that you can never get too settled in your ways. I pared back my offerings to those where I know I am unique, and let go of those packed with a sea of competitors in segments that really didn't resonate with me personally.

Along Came Carol Catering & The Nook is located at 2984 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. Visit Along Came Carol Catering & The Nook online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!