Executive Chef Natelege Bryant started Virginia & Co. as a way to heal from a hard time in her life, while paying homage to her family history. Today, she’s one of the best event and wedding caterers in Durham NC.
Natelege means “Joy,” so many folks call her that as a nickname. Joy began cooking in the kitchen at a young age with her mother, grandmother and great aunts. These incredible women worked in the kitchen together to serve their families and often referred to their kitchens as sanctuaries. Thus, when Joy went through a hard time, this was her own personal healing journey. Due to her passion, dedicated and natural talents, this has taken her far.
With several wedding catering packages offered, make your special day custom to your liking! Virginia & Co. wants to make your day feel like how you normally celebrate with friends and loved ones. She is all about presentation – which she proved in her first styled shoot.
Carving stations, buffet style, plated dinner or family style are just a few of the styles you can choose from. Joy’s signature, elevated soul food is on the catering menu regularly. But with her talents and experience, Chef Natelege is confident preparing any kind of cuisine.
Virginia & Co. designs beautiful grazing tables and platters with fresh, seasonally and locally sourced produce for events large and small. Their food displays are filled with delicious artisan cheeses, cured meats, hand-baked bread, seasonal fruit and indulgent accompaniments as well as options to accommodate special dietary requirements too!
In addition to wedding catering Virginia & Co. also caters corporate events. Another option this NC wedding catering team offers is no-contact delivery – they can send delicious meals to loved ones, neighbors, or friends in need. All you have to do is pop the pan into the oven for a hot dinner or in the freezer for enjoyment later!
Want to say a thank you to your parents, wedding planner or maid of honor? Virginia & Co. has a solution for that too. Discover their new, luxe gift baskets. From a simple thank you gift to a honeymoon gift, the luxe gift baskets are perfect for friends and loved ones! The gift baskets can be ordered in different sizes and with different items – they can even include a grazing box, wine and a sweet treat!
Chef Natelege has launched two cookbooks. In 2020, she released Heritage: My Journey Told Through Food. In 2022, she released Celebrations: Recipes for Life’s Sweetest Moments. These books make great holiday or wedding gifts!
“Virginia & Co is a class act, in every way! We have been blessed to indulge in their delicious food both at a wedding and in our home. The presentation of the food for events is unmatched- unique design and a guaranteed wonderful taste. After bringing our second baby home, several friends opted to use Virginia & Co.’s no-contact meal delivery option for our meal train. The menu offers a wonderful variety of delectable, nutritious meals. There is truly something listed for every type of appetite and dietary preference. No matter what we have tasted from this company, each meal has been equally satisfying, filling, convenient and delicious. The no-contact meals yield plenty of leftovers, which is a blessing for families who are going through a time of transition (grief, new baby, etc.). We give Virginia & Co. five stars!”