Charlotte Bruder
Account Executive
Charlottesville (Festive Fare)
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An interview with Charlotte Bruder

Q.How long have you been working in the event industry?
A.I have over 30 years of catering experience and have been with Festive Fare for 10 years.
Q.What type of events do you have the most experience in?
A.Drawing on a long career in catering , I have dealt with a wide variety of events from a sit down dinner for 800 state employees on the Downtown Mall to small at home cocktail parties for 20. I bring this perspective to every showroom visit with a bride, guiding their vision to match the reality of catering service. Sometimes, I have to rein in the event planners too!
Q.How would you describe your design style?
A.Casual elegance. Think bamboo folding chairs at a farm table set with an eclectic mix of china, fine crystal , and flatware accented with natural fibers in jewel tones.
Q.What’s your favorite type of venue to work with?
A.I enjoy helping to transform an ordinary setting into a completely unrecognizable space.
Q.What was your most challenging event?
A.Most recently, faced with a Category 5 hurricane barreling up the East Coast due to pass through Charlottesville on one of our busiest October wedding weekends, many long months of planning suddenly shifted, at the last moment to Plan B. Knowing the whimsical nature of the weather here, most of the local venues wisely built spaces that can easily shift purpose.
Q.What was your favorite event?
A.My most favorite event is usually one of most recent ones . Charlottesville is blessed with many very talented planners, caterers, florist and photographers matched in scale with a variety stunning venues. Showing off our products at their best is very easy.
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