The Faces Behind the Fun

April 12, 2013

This month’s featured ‘man behind the scenes’ is Catering Director Chad Rhodes.


He was first introduced to Lowcountry cuisine in 1995 when he moved to Charleston from Myrtle Beach. After spending several years at Sonoma Wine Bar with Chef John Zucker, he became familiar with American fusion cuisine and the love for wine. His culinary fascination continued to blossom as he discovered ingredients from around the world and the endless possibilities that were available.

Before joining the Cru Catering team in 2006, Chad was the banquet manager at one of the Southeast’s most highly-touted restaurants, McCrady’s, which is where he got his first taste at planning and executing events.

At Cru, he appreciates the wide variety of venues, events and clients that continue to allow him and his team to think outside of the box, so no two events are ever the same.

After 7+ years with Cru his favorite dish still remains the Thai Seafood Risotto- it is the meal he and his wife enjoyed on their very first date. Chad also enjoys the charitable side of Cru Catering and participating in the annual Feed the Need and Chef’s Feast Events. “They are both great events and just makes you smile to be a part of both,” says Chad.