On this Episode of Meeting Pros:
Helen Taffet with Sensational Baskets, Inc.
Since 1988, Helen Taffet has served as owner of Sensational Baskets, one of the largest gift basket companies in Georgia. Prior to starting her own company, Helen served as Director of Public Relations and held other marketing positions at Peachtree Software, a leading supplier of business accounting software. With a focus on service,creativity and the corporate and hospitality markets, she started Sensational Baskets in the basement of her home. In an effort to grow her business, last year Helen bought Dolce, Inc. another gourmet gift basket company headquartered in Dunwoody, Georgia.
Eric Wolff with TEP Catering
Eric was born and raised in Franklin, LA. Franklin is a small town in South Louisiana about 30 minutes north of the Gulf of Mexico/Louisiana coastline and nestled between Lafayette and Morgan City. Being raised by the people of south Louisiana instilled a core understanding of what it means to live life to its fullest. He developed a great appreciation for family, fine food sand hospitality.
Eric contributes his love for entertaining to the “Laissez Les Bon Temp Rouler” mentality of South Louisiana. Eric says “these folks will form a second line parade to celebrate the life of a loved one or host a festival for a catfish”. My maw maw Susie was a school cafeteria cook in a very rural area of Louisiana, so I credit her for being a bit of my inspiration to cook for a living. Her yeast rolls and monkey bread were to die for.
Eric tried the four year traditional college and never found that fulfillment that he was looking for. Early one morning he sat straight up in his bed and he had his answer, he would go to culinary school and become classically trained in the culinary arts. At that time, Atlanta was in the running, but still too far away from his home town, so he decided to attend The Arts Institute of Houston.
Upon graduating from culinary school, Eric began working with EatZi’s Market & Bakery. This would be how he ended up in the great city of Atlanta, where he was a member of the opening team that opened EatZi’s in Buckhead.
After opening several store for EatZi’s, Eric began looking to experience more in his culinary journey. This is when he would be introduced to the off-premise catering industry. And as anyone in this industry knows, you either fall in love with it or you don’t. Well we all know how this story goes, Eric found his labor of love. He began his catering career with Bold American Catering, then on to A Legendary Event and finally on to Dennis Dean Catering. While working with these caterers, Eric would learn what it means to create high quality food, operate efficiently and maintain attention to detail in a catering environment.
In 2004, Eric began putting all of that acquired knowledge in place as the conception of TEP Catering would begin. Eric has built TEP Catering on a couple simple concepts, prepare his food from scratch, flawless execution, always listen to the client’s needs and anticipate the details that they did not think of. Eric is proud to say that they are going into their ninth year and experiencing great growth.