A decade ago, the need for a new kitchen brought Reed Collyer to Westport.
The Stamford-based caterer found a great spot on Saugatuck Avenue, in the same plaza as Dunville’s. Five years later, she added 1,000 more square feet.
She opened a retail area too, for farm-to-table client dinners and wine tastings.
Westport was good to Reed. Her work ranged from a big holiday party for Terex at the Westport Country Playhouse, to an intimate wedding at Compo Beach.
Reed’s clients quickly became friends — and admirers. One day, Betsy Phillips posted on Facebook that she was “feeling crummy.” Reed immediately sent 3 pints of fresh soup to Betsy’s door.
Reed has loved working alongside her husband, Mark Sharon — he’s the chef. But with 3 kids — ages 15, 13 and 10 — the demands of life have become “hard to synchronize” with a business whose busiest times are nights and weekends.
So Reed is closing her business. She’s changing the name from Collyer Catering to Collyer Events. She’ll focus 90% on event planning and decor. The 10% that is food will come out of a satellite kitchen. Clients — er, friends — say they will miss her Saugatuck location dearly.
She has to vacate her space by Sunday. Anyone interested in purchasing her kitchen equipment can email firstname.lastname@example.org.