Reed Collyer Catering Closes

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.

Reed Collyer

Reed Collyer

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 rcollyer@collyercatering.com.

7 responses to “Reed Collyer Catering Closes

  1. Thanks Dan! Appreciate you writing it up………….and looking forward our new direction!

  2. Matthew Mandell

    This is a shame. But hopefully great things will rise both for Reed and for the location. Good Luck Reed!!!!

  3. It’s True! Reed sent a get well Soup delivery right to my door! And, I will never forget that…

    Reed +Co. Also catered my wedding on the beach at Compo several years back and that was a bit more of a massive undertaking…(sand, no electricity…) Party and Dinner for 100! ~~all I can say is HIRE Reed for any event and you will be so happy to work with her… She takes care of every detail, with ease!! Our party was extremely well organized and we enjoyed a perfect night with friends who still rave about the delicious (locally sourced food!)

    Reed, you’re a gem! Best of luck to you,

    Betsy and Dan

  4. shame. i loved going in there to pick up a quick soup and salad for lunch. everyone was so warm and friendly. always delicious. best of luck.

  5. I had the pleasure of working with Reed on several fundraising events for a Bridgeport nonprofit. Her menus were always thoughtfully conceived to be unique and delicious while also sensitive to our budget. Our guests loved them! But what is most memorable is the time when the teens in our program were attending an event to meet our donors and we asked if they could assist in passing hors d’oeuvres. Reed and Nancy welcomed them with open arms to their team, explaining the different ingredients to our youth and encouraging them to taste beforehand so they could share their favorites. The kids were all smiles and it was a great experience for them. I wish Reed all the best, I’m sure Collyer Events will be a great success!

  6. Michele Lamothe

    We first met Reed (way back even before there was a Mark) in the Road Hogs Running club in Greenwich 21 years ago. We attended their wedding, which they personally catered, so we sought them out when we were planning my 50th birthday a few years ago. Reed and Mark did such a fabulous job. They worked so hard with us to create a menu that was classy, locally sourced, unique and delicious, but also fit our personal tastes and guests. They took care of everything down to every last detail so I could just enjoy the day with no worries. So glad they will still be catering events and we can’t recommend them enough!

  7. Reed Collyer

    I just saw all these lovely posts. Can’t tell you how much we loved working with you all too!