Since re-opening in 1991, Garden Catering has grown by leaps & bounds from its humble beginnings on Greenwich Avenue. Originally named “Garden Poultry”, the flagship store was located in the heart of the upscale town’s shopping district. Formed by 2 partners, Garden Poultry saw great success in the late 70’s and early 80’s. One partner, Lou Iandoli, separated in 1977 and formed Garden Catering on Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich, where Garden Catering’s Headquarters are located presently. Sadly, Mr. Iandoli passed away in 1990 and Garden Catering temporarily closed. In early 1991 Frank Carpenteri purchased the secret recipe for Garden Catering’s famous fried chicken from Mr. Iandoli’s family and began to plan the re-opening of Garden Catering. Re-opening in December of 1991 Garden Catering drew an immediate positive response from the local community. Known for it’s tasty fried chicken, world-famous chicken nuggets and quick service, it was only a short time before Garden Catering was once again a mainstay among Greenwich citizens. Through the years, Garden Catering has developed a large corporate and private catering clientele (For more information on catering, please visit the “Catering” section). Frank has gone on to open several other locations in Greenwich, Stamford, Port Chester, Mamaroneck, NY, Fairfield, CT and most recently, in Norwalk, CT. Garden Catering continues to be the favorite choice for kids of all ages.
The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. The legend began with the sea captains of New England, who sailed among the Caribbean Islands and returned to the colonies bearing their cargo of fruits, spices, and rum.
According to the legend, the captain would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside his home to let his friends know of his safe return from the sea. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his food and drink, and listen to tales of his voyage.
As the tradition grew, colonial innkeepers added the pineapple to their signs and advertisements, and bedposts carved in the shape of a pineapple were a common sight at inns across New England.
The legend has continued to the present, and frequently one sees the pineapple symbol in hotels and restaurants to signal the presence of hospitality.