Stone Table owner returns to catering

Jan. 19, 2013 @ 04:51 PM

After having restaurant and catering services, Matthew Sganga now focuses mainly on catering with his Stone Table business.

Formerly a restaurant and catering service, Sganga chose last year to close the restaurant part of the business.

Doing so has allowed him to continue on cooking for and serving customers while at the same time having more time to spend with his family.

"Originally I started the catering business about 10 years ago and I was working out of my apartment," Sganga said.

Though it was a challenge working in an apartment, he loved the work he was doing and being able to operate his own business. Looking back at that time in his life now, he probably wouldn't try working out of an apartment again but is happy for his business' current location on Roosevelt Boulevard next to the Shops at Nottingham, he said.

"When I found this space, there was a dining room already here so I thought I may as well open a restaurant," Sganga said.

At that time he really enjoyed restaurant work more than catering because his background was working in restaurants. He liked the pace of working in a restaurant and catering came second on his list of what he enjoyed doing the most. The Stone Table restaurant was open about seven years and the catering service they offered continued to grow. In 2008, the restaurant started to became less profitable. He got married three years ago and having both the restaurant and catering service to run started to take away from time with his family. As a result, he decided to switch his focus to only the catering side of the business, he said.

"So I had to sacrifice the restaurant and it's been a good decision all though we miss our customers and clients. It made more sense financially and I'd have more peace of mind not having to do both the restaurant and the catering," he said.

Running a restaurant can be very demanding and often you're working there long hours to keep it up and operating. Though he hired chefs to help with the work, he was still there for every meal. It was hard work at times but he still enjoyed it and over the years has learned a lot and gained a lot from both the restaurant and the catering service, he said.

"I've been introduced to a lot of fascinating people in the area that I wouldn't have run across," he said.

Today, the catering opportunities offered by Stone Table vary in price and size. So far they have catered many events around Union County as well as some in the Charlotte area as well as other locations. For information about the catering services Stone Table offers, people can visit the business' website at www.stonetablemonroe.com. It also has a Facebook page.

"It's the hardest job you'll ever love," Susan Sganga, mother of Matthew Sganga and a baker for the Stone Table catering service, said.

The business can be a lot of work but she enjoys being able to work with her son and others at the business as well as being able to prepare great food for their customers, she said.

"It's more of a family oriented kind of thing. Everyone just knows each other so well," Damian Felix, a sous chef with Stone Table, said in reference to working with the business.

He has been with Stone Table about four years and enjoyed working at the business' former restaurant as well as with the catering service, he said.

More information about Stone Table can be found on its website and Facebook pages and those interested can call 704-225-7675 to reach the business' 2585 West Roosevelt Boulevard location in Monroe.

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