Bill Hansen Catering & Event Production, a company with more than forty years of reputation and resources, has merged with Eten Catering. This will allow both companies to reach new markets and expand their South Florida service as the country works towards a post-pandemic rebound.
The acquisition grants Bill Hansen Catering access to the South Florida waters and large yachting community, enjoying the success and reputation of Eten Catering in that market.
“This deal was a perfect fit,” Hansen of Bill Hansen Catering & and Event Production told Total Food Service. “First, it enabled me to jump in and serve their market, mainly the South Florida yachting community and Broward County. And it allowed the owners to explore other culinary areas and run their businesses from abroad.”
Collaborating in an 8,000-square foot commissary kitchen, both brands will continue to operate as distinct entities, but with the advantage of shared resources like the kitchen space and a fleet of temperature-controlled vans.
Where Bill Hansen Catering offers well-developed infrastructure to enhance and grow both brands, Eten catering brings a world of new clients and high-end global cuisine. Both brands also look to maintain high quality service through key employees and relationships, talented teams of chefs, and tested recipes.
“Eten Catering has retained key employees and consistent recipes so that we can continue to offer clientes impeccable, detail-oriented service, despite the new ownership,” Hansen said. “We’ve maintained and enriched all of the relationships that are so important in this industry and continue to serve clients with tastings and presentations with all of the Eten Catering recipes that they developed over the years.”
As the country emerges from over a year of pandemic-plagued difficulties, Bill Hansen Catering is hopeful that the hardship will soon subside. As events return, Bill Hansen believes that this is the perfect time for a catering expansion. “Our governor here in Florida has done magical things to keep us going. So, with the wedding business back on its feet and other large events finally up-and-running, we thought this was the perfect time to grow the business further,” Hansen said. “We are still missing our corporate clientele, largely, but with some bookings coming in and things trending in the right direction, we are all hoping for a strong fourth quarter.”
Apart from classic event catering where Bill Hansen Catering provides food and beverage service, Bill Hansen is looking to revolutionize the industry as Bill Hansen Hospitality Group aims to streamline every facet of event production.
“What we are essentially offering is the entire party or wedding or corporate event experience through one company,” Hansen said. “We handle the venue sourcing, the catering, the staffing, the transportation—everything. It’s a one-stop-shop for event planning.”
Through a company which has served four U.S. Presidents, handers of Fortune 500 firms, over 5,000 couples, and a pope, the acquisition of Eten Catering is another step forward for the Hansen brand.