Debbi Covington is a chef, caterer, author and food columnist. She is the author of two cookbooks, Celebrate Everything! and Dining Under the Carolina Moon, and also writes the food column “Everyday Gourmet” in Beaufort’s Lowcountry Weekly newspaper. She has been featured as a “Master of Entertaining” in Southern Living magazine and her recipes have been published in multiple cookbooks including Southern Living’s Best Kept Secrets of the South’s Best Cooks and The Best of The Best of South Carolina. She has been voted “Best Caterer” by the readers of the Beaufort Gazette and The Island News. Debbi has a passion for cuisine and delights in creating seasonal and locally inspired menus.
“I attribute my love of cooking to my mother. It was her love of food, and of its preparation and serving, that instilled in me a passion for all that is delicious!” reflects Debbi Covington, chef and owner of Catering by Debbi Covington. Debbi was born in eastern North Carolina and lived there until 1991 when she married her college sweetheart and moved to the lowcountry of Beaufort, South Carolina. At every opportunity the Covingtons threw parties for friends and family that included creatively themed menus, décor and activities. Entertaining has always been in this self-taught chef’s blood, so no one was surprised when Debbi decided to turn cooking and entertaining into a career.
In 1997, Debbi translated her passion for cooking, creating memorable events and making people happy into a business —- Catering by Debbi Covington. In the beginning Catering by Debbi Covington specialized in luncheons and cocktail buffets; however, Debbi had a grander vision in mind, and she quickly transformed the business into a gourmet and specialty catering company serving weddings, business luncheons, special events and private parties. Debbi’s meticulous nature, hands-on approach and passion for her work have made Catering by Debbi Covington what it is today. Fifteen years after its creation, Debbi continues to work as chef as well as oversee the business’s day-to-day operations and management.
The fruit of Debbi’s labor of love is a catering company that stands apart from others. Catering by Debbi Covington is socially conscious and regularly donates food and services to shelters, non-profits and fundraisers. Some of Catering by Debbi Covington’s ongoing charitable contributions include financial donations, giving surplus food and meals to the homeless, donating cookbooks and gift certificates for fundraising events and waiving service fees for all non-profits. Catering by Debbi Covington is also particularly distinctive in its personal approach to event planning. For every occasion Debbi works personally with clients to create a unique and memorable menu, plan décor and customize staffing. With individual attention to detail as the company’s cornerstone, Catering by Debbi Covington has won a reputation for hosting successful events that are filled with fun and flair.
Catering by Debbi Covington is devoted to supporting the local economy by purchasing locally grown produce, seafood, meats and goods whenever possible. Drawing from an impressive field of local professionals, Debbi has partnered with some of the best event vendors and venues in the industry. As a result of her relationship with local vendors she is often able to arrange more personalized service and pricing. Part of the mission of Catering by Debbi Covington to make a positive impact on the local community.