You’ve likely seen this familiar face on the Naples’ paella catering party circuit, at local events, and down at the farmers’ markets. But did you know that Colleen Connolly handles all the logistics behind the scenes at Fire & Rice as well? Whatever is thrown her way, she jumps in and takes care of it.
Colleen Connolly Manages Naples Paella Catering Operations & Does Whatever It Takes to Get the Job Done
While you typically see Colleen interacting with customers and cooking up our award-winning paella during our busy time of year, she has many other responsibilities during the off-season, including vehicle maintenance!
Now, you wouldn’t necessarily think that someone with an extensive background in the catering business would know how to drop a transmission pan, but Colleen makes it happen. She just grabbed the jack, slid underneath the truck, and did it. It was a pretty impressive sight to see!
Colleen is a well-rounded person, and when she’s confronted with a task or a challenge, she just takes care of it. If she doesn’t know how to do it, she figures out a way – there’s no stopping her! Her work ethic, smarts, and determination make her such an exceptional employee today. She’s invaluable!
At Fire & Rice, one thing we’ve learned over the years is that if you put your mind to something, you can do whatever you want to do. By taking the time to learn new skills, you become well-rounded and more marketable. And if you take those skills, work hard, and spend your money wisely, you can take on the world.
Hard work, determination, and careful spending are all part of the Fire & Rice story as well. Starting with a passion for bringing paella to the US, it took a lot of drive and effort to turn it into a successful business. And when there are setbacks, you learn from them, adjust, and start pushing forward again. Now, Fire & Rice has paella locations throughout the US!
Naples Paella Catering
Do you like your food hot and spicy? How about a little hot sauce to go with your favorite dish? What about adding hot sauce to your paella?
Although Fire & Rice is famous for our award-winning paella, we also make fantastic hot sauce. Of course, our hot sauce pairs nicely with paella, but it also complements just about any dish. Seafood, chicken, pork, vegetables, and more – if you can name it, you can give it some heat.
Try Naples’ Original Hot Sauce from Fire & Rice Paella Catering
If you’re familiar with Fire & Rice, you know that we use only the finest ingredients when preparing our paella, tapas, and desserts, and we’re passionate about the process. So, it will be no surprise that the same is true for our original hot sauce!
When creating our delicious, artisanal hot sauce, we start by blending dried cayenne chiles with vinegar, water, and kosher salt. Next, we let the flavors steep for a week before combining them with fresh tomato, onion, garlic, and paprika. Made in small batches, every ounce of our hot sauce is handcrafted and hand-bottled. If you like hot sauce, we think you’ll really enjoy it.
You’re likely wondering, is it hot? On a scale of 1-10 for heat, our hot sauce is a 7, which means, yes, it’s pretty hot!
If you’ve ever visited Fire & Rice at the farmers’ markets, you know that we always have our hot sauce available to add to your paella, and it gets rave reviews! Come down to the next farmers’ market in Naples and give it a try.
We also bring our hot sauce along when we cater Naples’ parties and events, and we accidentally leave a bottle behind. If you found a bottle after a recent celebration, we hope you enjoyed it!
If you’d like to purchase a bottle of our artisanal hot sauce, come on down to the farmers’ markets or select it from our pick-up menu online. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle – you’ll be hooked!