• Meet Kathryn Dagar-Albarado, Dagar’s Catering

    Kathryn Dagar-Albarado of Dagar’s Catering expands on 65 years of success in Austin.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

Dagar’s Catering, formerly Dagar’s Cafe, was founded in 1952 by the late Freddie Dagar on Austin’s historic Sixth Street. Dagar eventually transitioned the business to accommodate weddings and events. Over the years, Dagar’s has earned a reputation as a trusted caterer, serving influential public figures like former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and developing a special relationship with First Lady “Lady Bird” Johnson through many of her private dinners and events.

Three generations later, Dagar’s is celebrating its 66th anniversary. Kathryn Dagar-Albarado, president and owner, is the family’s third generation to run the business. Along with running Dagar’s Catering, in 2009, she launched dna events, a fullservice hospitality company that specializes in venue and events management. 

TXM+E: What was your first role in the family business?
KDA:
When you grow up in a family business, it is hard to say what your true first job would have been. I learned very early to be a prep cook, a dishwasher, a warehouse employee. The first job I can actually remember is going with Dad to Camp Mabry on Sundays and cutting pies and icing down tea and water cups. It was great being with my dad and grandfather.

TXM+E: What do you enjoy most about what you do?
KDA:
Thank-you letters and great reviews. There is nothing more satisfying than a satisfied client!

TXM+E: What led you to a career in this industry?
KDA:
Wanting to be with my family. Dagar’s Catering has taken care of three generations. Although we all have degrees in a variety of fields, the pull of the business is undeniable. 

TXM+E: What has been vital to your success?
KDA:
Honesty! I tell people all the time the best thing about me is that I am black and white, and the worst thing about me is that I am black and white. Dagar’s Catering is very transparent about our services and what we can provide to you as the end client. Under promise, over deliver!

TXM+E: What’s next?
KDA:
Always adapting to what is around us. We have always wanted a venue, but who knows what the cards hold. The market is a bit flooded right now, but I know I want to continue expanding our current product line and services. 

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