The year was 2013. Matt and Marie were two students with a passion for Italian sandwiches and a frustration that they couldn’t find them near their school. In meeting after meeting, it seemed that all that Philadelphia catering had to offer was pizza and classic deli sandwiches. Where was the capicola? Who was hording the fresh mozzarella? They knew it was out there!
So they did what any food fanatic would – rented commercial kitchen space, negotiated pricing with Italian importers and suppliers, and started their own Philadelphia catering company.
The daily schedule was meet up at 4am, cook all morning in rented commercial kitchen space, one person goes to class at 9am the other one prepares the sandwiches and delivers lunch between 10am and 11am. Matt had class on Mondays and Wednesdays, Marie on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so there was always someone available to deliver.
A lot has changed in the three years that followed. All catering is now prepared out of the 3 Matt & Marie’s stores in Center City. Mornings still start very early, but there isn’t any class to get to after. But the dedication to providing great Italian sandwiches is still driving us every day. And hopefully we have been able to make at least a small impact on the Philadelphia Catering scene. If you haven’t tried yet, order us for your next lunch meeting!
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