AT A GLANCE: Salt & Honey Catering & Events
On May 19, 2019, I will be hosting a panel discussion with food entrepreneurs at the International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference. Olivia Colt, Founder/CEO of Salt & Honey Catering & Events, is one of the featured speakers. Here’s a sneak peek at her business.—LI
“I LOVE what I do. I live and breathe food. I can’t imagine doing anything else and I brought in individuals who follow my vision and feel the same, and we collaborate with sincere, personal inspiration.” —Olivia Colt, Founder/CEO, Salt & Honey Catering & Events
Business Name: Salt & Honey Catering & Events
Founder: Olivia Colt
Business Start Date: December 2010
Briefly Describe Your Work/Business: We are a bespoke catering and events firm offering local and seasonal California comfort food. In addition to our catering services, we offer full event planning and production.
For What Products/Services Are You Best Known: We are best known for our approach to hospitality. Whether it’s creating a beautiful and delicious meal or a warm and inviting atmosphere, our approach is to simply execute our client's vision and throw them the best party they have ever had.
Top 3 Business Statistics or Milestones:
Catering for former Vice President Al Gore at the premiere of an “Inconvenient Sequel”
When I was on TV for the first time representing my work and business. What a thrill! (Now I’ve done eight segments on “Bay Area Life” and a monthly segment on Fox Mornings on 2 for more than three years.)
Working with an array of clients, whether they are tech giants, professional sports teams, or a fortune 500 company.
What’s Your “Secret Sauce”? (Why/How have you achieved success?) Hard-work and gumption. Success is not linear nor does it just magically happen; it takes good old-fashioned hard work. I am beyond proud that we are able to thrive in a male-dominated industry and have for almost 10 years.
I am a woman, I am disabled, and I am a minority (quite the hat trick) and it feels great to know that the playing field is always level if you work hard enough, dig deep, and put your words into actions. Having the sense of satisfaction of a job well-done, a sense of place and purpose—these achievements are immeasurable and immensely rewarding.
As a company owned and run by women, we continue to defy expectations and move the goal post down the field. Young women now approach me about being their mentor and showing them the ways of the industry and giving them the foot in the door I never had.