Jeffrey Selden leverages his 30-year long party history in his role as Managing Partner of Marcia Selden Catering. With an extensive background in luxury event planning, honed at some of the country’s most exclusive hotels, including The St. Regis, The Pierre and The New York Palace, he holds an industry-wide reputation as a power event-builder with a unique, creative vision and flawless results. Selden currently runs the operations and sales for his family’s multimillion-dollar company. The first catering company ever inducted into the Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame, Marcia Selden Catering was also named to The Knot Weddings Hall of Fame, and Best Caterer & Best of the Gold Coast by Moffly Media. Along with his sister, Robin, the “Dynamic Sibling Duo” were named two of the “100 Most Inspiring People” in the Wedding industry by The Knot.
With matriarch Marcia at the helm, the company orchestrates over 850 events a year. Winner of the coveted Internationally recognized Catie Award for Caterer of the Year, Marcia Selden Catering has been considered the “It” caterer of Connecticut for over 40 years. They also have offices in New York City.
Jeffrey is the current President of the International Caterers Association, the founding President of the NYC Chapter of the Wedding Industry Professionals Association (WIPA), and sits on the board of many non-profit organizations. He has been teaching at Cornell’s famed Hospitality School for the last 6 years and Boston University’s Hotel & Restaurant Management programs for 3 years, teaching the special events and catering classes.
Known for his colorful collection of eyeglasses, a passion that began when he was a personal butler for Elton John, he resides in Weston, Connecticut with his wife Debbie, their two teenage sons, and Havanese dogs, Taco and Bella.
Who is Marcia Selden?
Marcia is my mother who created our business as an individually run, woman owned business over 40 years ago. She was an entrepreneur in the world of catering before the word even existed in the dictionary… and was a leader for many small businesses in CT and NY.
With a history as rich and flavorful as its gourmet creations, Marcia Selden Catering is currently a family-run group of first-class foodies, servicing New York and Connecticut’s most luxurious events — and it all started in mom’s kitchen more than 40 years ago.
Marcia, my sister Robin, and I lead a savvy squad of culinary gurus and party perfecters who believe the belly rules the mind, and that the best way to kick off a party is to toast over a custom-made cocktail (or several).
Whether it’s a low-key clambake or the wedding of the century, MSC creates inclusive, memorable feasts for any celebration, matched with polished, personalized service that makes everyone feel like part of the family.
Marcia Selden Catering services the bold and the epicurious — and anyone looking to commemorate a big day in style, without all the stress. With MSC everything is always taken care of, always memorable, and always a party!
Have you always been passionate about food and beverage?
From our early childhood, our mom cooked with us and taught us everything about the concept of entertaining at home! We celebrated the holidays in style with fabulous meals, and gorgeous tabletop settings. She created the vision that taught us to love the world of dining and hospitality! This is where the passion for our business began… at home.
How did you get started with the family business?
The moment I was able to work in the business, we would spend weekends shopping, cooking and working at parties! While all my friends spent their weekends and nights with activities and sports, I learned at an early age what it was like to work and help support our family business. Nothing was too small of a task. We worked parties in any capacity, all for the fun of it, as early as I can remember.
Event catering is such a competitive and innovative field. How have you positioned Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning to work with such an elite client list?
We have created a catering company that pulls off memorable events filled with killer music, drop-dead decor and most importantly, crave-worthy food that has everyone asking for seconds. Our world-class chefs represent six different countries and more than 120 years of combined experience. Whether you’re giving a crowd of 100 the meal of a lifetime or you’re craving our “can’t-have-just-one hors d’oeuvres,” we have you covered — and then some.
Our team is unlike ANY other in the business. We like our staff to have just as much fun as our clients. Imagine a staff filled with good vibes and infectious smiles, where flexibility and delicious food is always on the menu. This is what draws our clients to us and keeps them coming back for more.
What are the most important attributes that clients should consider when contemplating which caterer to hire?
Clients should look for a caterer that offers positive vibes, friendly, efficient and organized planning; a company that can showcase fun, innovative and inspiring food, service and presentation.
If you were to leave us with something to think about, what would it be?
We believe the joy of great food is matched only by the joy of eating it. After many years and thousands of parties, we’ve seen the best of the best, from outdoor country estates to stunning grand ballrooms to sleek city rooftops. We can craft a stellar menu for any party, and help find the perfect venue for it, too.
Our savvy team can guide you through the process to plan and execute any catered occasion whether it be at your home, at a venue, or virtually served and delivered. Nothing is too small or large.
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