For Cru Catering Director Chad Rhodes, “hospitality” might as well be his middle name. A native of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chad grew up working in his family’s restaurant. For him, hospitality has always been a way of life.
He was first introduced to Lowcountry cuisine in 1995 when he moved to Charleston. After spending several years at Sonoma Wine Bar with Chef John Zucker, he became familiar with American fusion cuisine and the love for wine. His culinary fascination continued to blossom as he discovered ingredients from around the world and the endless possibilities that were available. As the banquet manager at one of the Southeast’s most highly-touted restaurants, McCrady’s, Chad got his first taste at planning and executing events.
When he joined the Cru Catering team in 2006, he realized the endless opportunities that came along with the position. With his past always being in a restaurant, he felt confined to one location and one way of doing things but at Cru, he appreciates the wide variety of venues, events and clients that continue to allow him and his team to think outside of the box, so no two events are ever the same. He lives on James Island with his wife, Jessica, and their daughters, Harper and Ada.