Our Story

Wally and Janet Collins along with their two daughters, Erica and Jessy, organized Collins Catering & Events in Orlando, Florida on June 13, 2007. In August of 2008, the Collins' bought what was once known as Gooding's Catering from the Gooding's Corporation. Wally created Gooding's Catering in 1996 under the Gooding's Corp. and made it one of the largest catering companies in Central Florida.

The Collins family has over 40 years of combined experience with catering events and in the food & beverage industries. Some of that experience comes from catering events for the Champs Sports Bowl, the Capital One Bowl, the Children's Miracle Network Classic at Walt Disney World, the 1999 - 2009 WDW Marathon Weekend, the Orlando Magic, University of Central Florida, and many, many more.

At Collins Catering & Events, we are in the business of creating memorable events and are committed to providing you with creative catering in both quality and presentation. Every event whether it is a wedding, corporate celebration, reunion, birthday or sporting event is an opportunity to create a lasting impression. Our reputation is based on our dependability, outstanding service and great quality cuisine from the informal to the extraordinary.

Collins Catering and Events is on the preferred caterers list for several facilities including the Harry P. Leu Gardens, Paradise Cove at Buena Vista Water Sports, Titanic -- The Experience, and many other beautiful and unique venues. In 2010 CC & E became the exclusive caterer for the NEW Skyline Club on the Club Suite Level at the Citrus Bowl. For a complete list of venue sites please refer to the venues part of our website. If you are unsure of a location for your event, please let one of our Event Specialists know. They will be happy to assist you with finding the perfect venue.

Collins Catering & Events is proud to follow many HACCP guidelines, which means your menu items are constantly temperature checked and controlled to assure excellent quality for you and your guests. We also use "all-natural" and healthier foods along with All Natural Angus Beef Hot Dogs and Hamburgers.

For more information or to start planning your event, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Event Specialists today!

Wally Collins
Partner
Senior Director

Wally has been in the food and beverage industry since 1980. Earlier in his career, Mr. Collins held leadership positions in the food and beverage operations for Walt Disney World including fine dining, fast food operations, on-site banquets, and off-premise catering. From 1996 – 2008 he built Gooding’s Catering into a major force in Central Florida. In August 2008, that business was acquired by the Collins Family becoming Collins Catering and Events. He continues to use his skills and knowledge to focus on the success and growth of the company.

Debra Vance
Executive Chef

Debra was born in New Jersey. Her brother who is a Chef had inspired her to cook since she was young. She began her career as a Chef in Lake Tahoe, California as the Executive Chef of a Ski Resort. She expanded her creativity and knowledge for food as an Executive Sous Chef in Portland, Oregon where she worked for one of the most prominent Chef’s in a renowned restaurant. In 2016 Debra relocated to Orlando, FL to be closer to her family and her loving husband. Chef Debra joined our team in January 2017. Her enthusiasm and detail of quality and presentation is such a great addition to our catering family.

Noelle Fowler
Wedding & Event Specialist

Noelle is originally from Springfield, Massachusetts and a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI. She has over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry in the Central Florida area including sales, catering, program development, site selection, vendor and contract negotiation, special event coordination and on-site meeting management. Noelle has executed corporate events, weddings & social gatherings both domestic and international, for groups ranging in size from 10-10,000 guests. Noelle’s positive energy and attention to detail is a great fit to our catering family. She is focused on making sure our clients and their guests experience is memorable and fun, from the beginning planning stages up to the day of the event.

Janet Collins
Partner
Director of Business Administration

Janet worked for Walt Disney World in several leadership roles including planning, engineering and human resources training and development for over 19 years. She began her venture in the catering industry in 1998 when she joined the team at Gooding's Catering where she gained experience in the catering operation in several different capacities that prepared her for her current role after transitioning the ownership to Collins Catering & Events in August of 2008.

Heather Grillon
Business Support Manager

Heather has been in the food and beverage industry since 1990. She is an important part of the Collins Catering & Events team. She assists with day-to-day administrative duties and events. Heather graduated from Central Pennsylvania Business School with her A.S. in Hotel Management. Prior to joining our team in 1998, Heather worked with the Marriott, Walt Disney World and McDonalds Corp.

Erica Collins
Partner
Director of Sales & Marketing

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Erica has been in the hospitality (catering) and events industry since 1996 gaining knowledge at all levels. Her experience is what attributes to the enthusiasm and creativity she puts towards every event. Erica has specialized in the sales, service and coordination of corporate, private and major sports events since 2002 including the Arnold Palmer Invitational as well as working with clients such as Walt Disney World, the University of Central Florida and Florida Citrus Sports.

Christian St John
Marketing & Events Specialist

Christian is a Nashville, Tennessee native. He has spent time working in Tennessee, New York City and Florida. Over the past 20 years, he has been involved in Theatrical Direction, Marketing, and Event Planning. He is the CEO of FantasyLand Theatrical Productions, a non-profit arts organization he co-founded in 2000. He holds a BA in Journalism, and Political Science. He also holds an MPA in Public Administration from Ashford University. In his spare time, Christian enjoys spending time creating themes for new events. His focus is geared to making sure our clients events are exceptional and memorable.

Jason Eddington
General Manager of Operations

Jason has been in the food and beverage industry since 1994 starting as a dishwasher and bus boy at Turfway Park, KY. Jason progressed to working banquets such as Jim Beam and Kentucky Derby Day at River Downs in Cincinnati, OH. Soon after moving to Orlando Jason joined the Collins Catering family and brought with him a professional dedicated attitude and a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.