About Beggars Banquet Catering in Orange
Orange, Virginia is a beautiful place. We live here, raise our children here and most importantly, cook here. Beggars Banquet is the result of the dream of two friends, a former Restaurateur and a former Chef.
All of our menus are customized to your event, using locally grown or raised ingredients whenever possible. From delivered boxed lunches and business meetings to served and staffed on-site parties and formal weddings, we strive to provide the best food at the most reasonable cost.
Beggars Banquet co-owners, Marty Van Santvoord and Currey Hay, coordinate all menu and event planning as well as all food preparation. We are prepared for any event with our solid, committed staff. We are at your service...professional and fun!
Marty Van Santvoord
Culinary experiences for Marty began in a renovated U.S. Mail Truck in coastal Downeast Maine back in 1978 with the birth of Eastern Sun Burritos and subsequent birth of son, Tobey, in 1979. Slinging burritos and tacos with partner, Beth Pastore, and their husbands, at country fairs and along coastal Rte. 1 (accompanied by the infant boy in the laundry basket on the dashboard of the cab) set the stage for her next break into food service in 1990 with the grand opening of the Firehouse Café in Orange. Her B.A.degree in Psychology and Accounting background prepared her far better for this endeavor than any Culinary Institute degree.
With business partner, Dornin Formwalt, Marty braved 10 years at the Firehouse Café – years of love, hard work, creativity, and frustration. During the last 5 years the Firehouse was lucky enough to snag Chef, Currey Hay, to take on the weekend dinner scene for the restaurant. One thing led to another… and Marty and Currey joined forces once again in 2001 in the creation of Beggars Banquet.
Currey broke the rules at age 14 when she began her trip down the food service highway when she hostessed at a corporate restaurant in Maryland. Through college and beyond she continued to come back for more – whether mopping floors, managing the bar, or grilling a steak.
Her multiple degrees in Communications, Film, Woman studies, and Afro-American Studies led her to ESPN and the Seniors and PGA tours, along with four years at Channel 29 in Charlottesville. Her 29 career culminated in the role of Robert Van Winkle’s sidekick in the Channel 29 Sweepstakes.
Currey met her future partner in food crime at a catering consultation at the Firehouse Café, planning the menu for her own wedding in 1995. Shortly thereafter she left her TV career and joined the ranks at the Firehouse Café where she took the dinner scene to another level, and also withstood three pregnancies during the same time period. And the rest is history ...