• Meet Brian Strange, Don Strange of Texas, Inc.

     
    FROM THE Fall 2014 ISSUE
     
    Photo credit: Liz Garza Williams Photographer,LLC

FOR BRIAN STRANGE, the complexities of running one of Texas’ most recognized catering companies comes down to one simple motto. "We help people celebrate. That’s what we do," says Strange, CEO of Don Strange of Texas Inc., a third-generation family-run business.

The company was founded in 1952 by Joe Strange, and operated by second-generation owner Don Strange until his death in 2009. Under Don’s tutelage, the company served notable customers like chef James Beard, hosted parties at the White House and became the caterer of choice for celebrities and locals alike. As his father’s successor, Brian Strange has elevated the company’s award-winning cuisine, expanded its service lines and added exclusive venue management.

"I officially started in August 1989, but I essentially grew up in the business," Strange says, with the exception of a post-college foray into sports marketing. "I decided pretty quickly [sports marketing] wasn’t nearly as fun as I thought it was going to be. But I took what I learned back to the family business."

Today, Strange is banking on a strong demand for wedding catering and, as corporate budgets bounce back, is prepared for a breakout year.

"Celebrating means something different for everyone," says Strange. "We’re an outsidein company, which means we do what the customer wants. We could literally do the same event for two different clients and have two different outcomes because their needs and wants are so different. One thing that never changes, though, is knowing it’s our job to make planners look good."

If there is a better hair-of-the-dog drink than a bloody mary, we sure don’t know what it is. Visit Beaumont shared its recipe for a tasty Sunday brunch cocktail, and they even made it for eight, so you can treat your friends!

 

Born and raised in Bryan, about 90 miles east of Village of Salado, Chadley Hollas, Village of Salado’s director of tourism, says he came to the town with one goal: to help Salado become Texas’ best small destination. His favorite thing about his adopted hometown is the people. “They are quirky, creative and hospitable—a neat combination that makes for many good conversations,” says Hollas.

 

Question: What is your one must-have for business travel?
 

"My Mophie power station so I don’t have to compete for outlets during a flight delay or have that awkward moment of leaning into my neighbor’s lap while trying to find an outlet on the plane."

India Rhodes, CSEP Dallas Partner | Wilkinson Rhodes