Press Release | Puff 'n Stuff Catering Acquires Catering by Design | Orlando & Tampa, FL
February 22, 2011 by Puff 'n Stuff Catering | comments

Puff ʻn Stuff Catering Acquires Tampa-Based Catering by Design

Central Floridaʼs Largest Catering Company Intensifies its Expansion to Floridaʼs West Coast

ORLANDO & TAMPA, Fla. – February 22, 2011 – Puff ʻn Stuff Catering President & Owner Warren Dietel announced his companyʼs acquisition of Tampa-based Catering by Design, effective April 1, 2011. Founded in Central Florida in 1980, Puff ʻn Stuff Catering formally began operations in Tampa on July 1, 2010 as the exclusive caterer at TPepinʼs Hospitality Centre.

“This opportunity was presented at the perfect time to complement our expansion into the Tampa Bay market. Puff ʻn Stuff Catering will reach several key milestones in Tampa this year including opening a dedicated local office space, catering all local off-premise events from our kitchen at TPepinʼs Hospitality Centre, and fully staffing these events with local service teams. We are delighted to welcome Catering by Designʼs President, Lauren Balden, onto our special event planning team,” said Warren Dietel. He continued, “Both of our businesses were built on a shared commitment to providing restaurant-quality cuisine, superior client service and creating unique, custom events. Together, we will further our mission to passionately perfect our clientsʼ celebrations!”

Catering by Design will continue all regular operations through March 31, 2011, after which Lauren Balden and other Catering by Design employees will become part of the Puff ʻn Stuff Catering team. “Joining Puff ʻn Stuff Catering is an exciting move for myself, my team members and most importantly, my clients,” explained Mrs. Balden. “As part of one of the largest and most respected catering companies in Florida, my clients will benefit greatly from Puff ʻn Stuff Cateringʼs resources, infrastructure and experience, while receiving the impeccable service and creative menus that are hallmarks of both of our businesses.”

Puff ʻn Stuff Catering Tampa operations currently include General Manager/Special Event Planner Kenneth Heidt, and celebrated Special Event Planner Aymee Brace. Together, they have 30 years of experience in the special event industry and have produced over 100 events in the Tampa area since beginning operations last year. The Puff ʻn Stuff Catering team was both honored and humbled to be recognized with two awards from the Tampa Bay National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) chapter at the associationʼs most recent meeting on February 15, 2011. Aymee Brace was installed for her third term as Chapter Vice President of Membership and recognized as Member/Caterer of the Year. The company also won a joint award for “Event of the Year” for catering the associationʼs non-traditional holiday party, Club NACE, in December 2010. In 2010, Puff ʻn Stuff Catering was recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as the largest catering company in Central Florida with over 200 full and part-time employees.

For more information, please contact Erin Watson at 407.629.7833 or erin [at] puffnstuff [dot] com.

About Puff ʻn Stuff Catering

Puff ʼn Stuff Catering has been a premier catering and full-service event planning company for over 30 years, and is now one of the largest of its kind in Florida. Catering to affairs of all sizes, including corporate, social, gala and fundraising events and weddings, the company provides professional service with a personal touch. Puff ‘n Stuff Catering offers gourmet, kosher, vegan, vegetarian, ethnic and eco-friendly cuisine, as well as full-service beverage, delivery, production, linen and décor services, and professional service and bar staff. Serving Central Florida and Florida’s West Coast, Puff ‘n Stuff Catering produces events in over 200 venues and has offices in Orlando and Tampa, Florida. Puff ʻn Stuff Catering – Passionately perfecting lifeʼs celebrations! For more information, please visit

About Catering by Design
Catering by Design was established in 2002 in Tampa, Florida as a catering and special event planning company, with a mission to create unique events centered on excellent food. As a small, exclusive catering firm, Catering by Design has orchestrated everything from small, intimate dinner parties and elegant weddings to large corporate events. Recognized for creativity, innovative cuisine and flawless execution, Catering by design built its reputation on the referrals of satisfied clients.

About TPepinʼs Hospitality Centre
TPepinʼs Hospitality Centre (founded by Tom Pepin) is “Tampa Bayʼs premier event facility.” Located at 4121 N. 50th Street in Tampa, FL, the facility boasts 18,863-square feet of event space and features a cascading waterfall, HD plasma screens, a 468-square foot stage, a show kitchen and customizable wall pictorials. Partnering with Puff N’ Stuff Catering, TPepinʼs Hospitality Centre provides cutting edge menus, lighting, sound, video and architecture designed by acclaimed leaders in their discipline.


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