Please help welcome Colleen Connolly to Fire & Rice as she officially joins the Naples’ paella catering team this October! Colleen has worked extensively in the catering business over the years and brings with her a wealth of knowledge as an industry expert. This summer, she’s entrenched herself in our paella culture, and we can’t wait for her to jump right in!
Naples’ Original Paella Catering Company Welcomes Colleen Connolly
The Fire & Rice paella catering concept has spread like wildfire over the last decade, and our team has been working at full capacity for some time. This fall, we’re ready to expand so that we can bring our award-winning paella to more parties and events than ever before.
As the paella business has continued to grow at top-speed over the last year, Fire & Rice founder, Chef Paul Schmidgall, has been considering a new hire. His goal has been to find a professional caterer with the experience, personality, skill set, and talent to flourish in the position and take on new responsibilities.
Chef Paul has known Colleen for many years – they both live in Naples, share common interests, and have been in the catering business for a long time. In fact, Colleen has been running the day-to-day operations for a catering and event business for more than 15 years! From staffing and décor to planning, booking, and site checks, Colleen has done it all. And when she told Chef Paul that she was looking for a change, he knew that she was the right one for the job.
Having seen Chef Paul grow the paella catering business and watching the way runs his company, Colleen is excited about the opportunity. She said that her experience at Fire & Rice so far has been lots of fun, and she looks forward to the newness of it all as well as forging new relationships.
One of the things Colleen loves most about the opportunity is that she’s able to interact with clients during a time that is exciting for them, such as a party or event, as she really enjoys helping people. Right now, her biggest challenge is learning how to drive the trailer, but she’s confident that she’ll master it before too long!
If you’re looking for a unique and exciting alternative for your next catered party or event and would like to learn more about our award-winning Naples’ paella catering, call (239) 269-8857 or book your party online. We look forward to helping you make your next occasion something special that people will remember for years to come!