BNI 10 Minute Presentation Lee’s Famous Recipe- Our Catering Service Good Morning! I’m Scott Griffith. At Lee’s Catering, we help you feed your family, school, church or business gatherings, with a good deal on a great meal! Today I’ll tell you about our catering service, give examples of ways we can cater your events, and follow up with specific examples of how Lee’s catering can make your next event FAMOUS!
But first a little history. Lee Cummings, nephew of Colonel Sanders, started working at KFC in 1952. He was president of KFC for the first 800 restaurants. When the Colonel sold out in 1962, Lee was out of a job- he borrowed some money from the Colonel, and started Famous Recipe in Lima, Ohio in 1966. The restaurant was a hit, and they began to open more. The first Springfield location was the 5 th ever, in 1967, formerly on East Main Street. By 1972, Lee hired my Dad as General Manager for the brand, and opened an office in North Dayton. Our family moved to Vandalia that year, and Dad bought the two restaurants in Springfield. Kim and I started working for Famous Recipe at that time; Kim at home after school helping in the office, and I worked in the restaurants. The Colonel used to visit Lee whenever he was in town; here is a picture of Kim, me and the Colonel- kind of. This history is available on our web site, www.leeschicken.net . Except for the picture of the Colonel.
We can categorize our catering offers in three ways: Party Platters Instant Buffet Special Events
Party Platters are ready-to-serve platters of our Jumbo Boneless Wings, Jumbo Breast Strips, or a combination of both. We include your choice of Dipping Sauce: Honey Mustard, Ranch, BBQ, Buffalo, Chipotle Ranch, or our new sweet and sour Asian Bonsai Sauce. You can choose a Party Platter from our Catering Menu, which you can print on line at www.leeschicken.net . A 25-piece Boneless Wing Platter is $18.00.
Here are Chicken Choices - ALL our chicken is fresh, not frozen, marinated daily in our kitchens: We are trying to offer our choices as “Famous Recipe, Spicy or Oven Roast” when you order.
Famous Recipe Chicken is prepared using our secret blend of herbs & spices. Then it’s honey-dipped, lightly breaded and pressure cooked to seal in the flavor that Lee’s is famous for.
Crispy & Spicy Chicken is marinated in our special blend of seasonings to provide a bit of a spicy kick. Then it’s double breaded and fried to a golden brown.
Oven Roast : First we marinate our Oven Roast chicken in our special seasoning blend. Then we dust it with a blend of herbs and spices. Oven roasting seals in flavor while producing a product that’s low in fat and carbohydrates. And by request, we’ll Oven Roast our Jumbo Breast Strips for you! Just call 30 minutes ahead, or ask for Oven Roasted Breast Strips for your next event.
Jumbo Boneless Wings are big, tender spicy-marinated chunks of all-white-meat, double-breaded. So big, you have to dip twice! Originally called them Double Dippers!
Our Jumbo Breast Strips are marinated fresh daily, then we double bread them in a mixture of our famous recipe and crispy flour. They are big, juicy and crispy- and great for dipping! And by request, we’ll Oven Roast our Jumbo Breast Strips for you! Just call 30 minutes ahead, or ask for Oven Roasted Breast Strips for your next event.
Instant Buffet is how most of our Customers order Lee’s Catering. We are working on simplifying how we take your order. Our Instant Buffet price will be less than what you’d pay in the restaurant, a lot less for larger orders. We’ll figure the order by asking: How many people are you feeding? Is this the main meal? What type of chicken would you like to offer: Famous Recipe, Spicy, Oven Roast, Jumbo Breast Strips, or a combination? Will you be providing other meats, or other covered dishes as well? Who are your guests: children, adults, teens, men or women? This way we can suggest the right meal for your event. We usually start with 2 pieces and 2 side items and a dinner roll per person for an evening meal buffet.
We offer a choice of 9 Side Items : Cole Slaw, Green Beans, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Potato Wedges, Macaroni & Cheese, Corn on the Cob, and Hot Apples. We’ll also provide Pasta Salad and Red Beans & Rice on request, for larger orders. Our Buffet meals will be served with dinner rolls, served with butter. And, we can add our fresh brewed Ice Tea, sweet or unsweetened, or lemonade.
We will provide plates, forks, knives, napkins, and wet naps, and serving tongs or spoons with your order. And, our Sweet Biscuit Bites make a great ending for any meal occasion.
Or, if you’d like a unique dessert, we can provide cookies, iced brownies, cupcakes,
or custom-decorated cakes from a local bakery.
Whatever you choose, you’ll like our prices. We are typically priced about the same as our menu in the restaurant, even less for large groups. Most orders will be about $5 per person, even less for larger orders. We are currently designing a new menu with simplified menu choices and pricing, based on feedback for many of you and other customers. What we have heard is that you really only need to know from us what we will serve, and how much it will cost. In turn, all we need to ask is “how many people” we’ll be serving- that’s it! We’ll still make sure we have the right amount of product for your guests. We’ll show up on time, and you’ll get a Good Deal on a Great Meal!
Our third type of catering would be Special Events. We can individually box your meals, for bus trips, or golf outing lunches.
We can also provide finger food for networking meetups, with items not offered in our restaurant. We can provide fruit or veggie trays, morning or afternoon snacks, or additional entrees such as ham, fried turkey or pulled pork if requested. This breakfast order for 35 people would be under $3 per person, and include free delivery and setup! This is a picture of our display at the Flavors 2011 Fund Raiser for the Symphony, at the Performing Arts Center. We introduced the new Lee’s Famous Catering logo, plus the Rack Card on your tables, at this event. We will be introducing a new menu shortly as well.
We’ll take our Instant Buffet to the next level for Special Events, or more formal caterings. We provide chafing stands to keep the food hot or cold. We can deliver, set up, serve, and clean up after the event if you need us, and we’re proud to compare our quality and service to any other caterer. We just completed a new catering kitchen in New Carlisle. This kitchen will support all our restaurants by allowing us to prepare non-Lee’s menu items efficiently, with little interruption to our Lee’s operations.
Lee’s is celebrating 45 Years of Famous Flavor! You must register, even if you are already a member of the eClub! Go to our web site, www.leeschicken.net to register for your chance to win!
There are NO entries yet in the Chicken Dance Video contest! All you need to do is record a creative chicken dance, using one of the 4 available songs for download on the site, or use your own song. There will be a copyright issue if you try to use the original chicken dance song, so pick a different song and be creative! Today your odds of winning are pretty darn good! Go to our web site, www.leeschicken.net to find more information on your chance to win!
One of the goals of the 45 th Anniversary contest is to increase the membership in our Lee’s eClub. If you haven’t already, please join our ‘eClub’, to be notified of upcoming discounts and special offers.
Thanks again, Scott Griffith from Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken. Let us cater your next event, and we’ll make YOU FAMOUS!
SG: Any Questions?
Lee’s Famous Catering From Party Platters, to Instant Buffet, to Your Special Event, Lee’s Caters Any Size Group!