Its bread and butter during the weekdays and weddings on the weekend.
Jennifer Hatley, owner of No Time to Cook in Denver, keeps her days filled by pleasing peopleâ€™s taste buds.
The popular catering business has been going strong for five years offering food to many local businesses and also providing a carry-out menu to the afternoon traffic.
â€œWe stay busy,â€ she said. â€œWe are very blessed.â€
Hatley has always loved to cook. After having children, she decided that she wanted to do something creative.
She started making desserts out of her home but could not end there.
On a leap of faith, she opened a catering business. With help from head chef, Jeanette Barbagli and assistant chef, Jane Jenkins, the team stays in the kitchen stirring up different concoctions.
Barbagli, who used to assist Hatley with making the desserts out of her home, is glad that the catering business has proven such a success.
â€œI have been with Jennifer for eight years now,â€ she said.
Barbagliâ€™s background of 20 years in cooking has included growing up with a family from Thailand, working in a Chinese restaurant for five and marrying into an Italian family.
Jenkins said she has learned all her secrets from Barbagli.
â€œI have cooked at home forever. I am so enthralled at all the chef has taught me,â€ she said.
Depending on the occasion, food can be prepared to any liking. Some appetizers on the catering menu include, chocolate pretzels, coconut shrimp, layered taco dip and Kahlua dip. Entrees can include anything from poultry to pork to beef and seafood.
And donâ€™t forget dessert.
Rocky Road cheesecake, chocolate fantasy cake and lemon dessert bars are just a few that are available.
A popular tongue teaser to sample is chocolate mayonnaise cake.
â€œIt sounds disgusting, but wait until you try it,â€ Hatley said.
The moist cake has become a favorite by everyone in the kitchen and for those who are bold enough to bite into the wonderful mixture.
Items that are popular on the carry-out menu include lasagna, meatloaf and chicken pot pie.
New items that the business has started include specialty gift baskets and homemade jams and jellies.
No Time to Cook is located at 1236 N N.C. 16, beside Captainâ€™s Cap. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and by appointment only on Saturday. For more information call 704-483-0116.
The catering business is also looking to add a Web site in the near future.
by Amy Wadsworth