The Fitzpatrick Family
The Fitzpatrick dynasty began in 1940’s Dublin, when Frank Fitzpatrick started out as a barman in Peter’s Pub on South William Street, before setting up an exotic fruit and vegetable shop on Camden Street in 1949 with his wife Carmel. As a family business, everyone was heavily involved in establishing the strong foundation that has put Fitzers at the forefront of the Restaurant and Catering industry in Ireland today.
Why Choose Fitzers Catering?
Fitzers Catering Limited is a wholly owned Irish Company re-investing all of its profits back into Ireland. Fitzers Catering have been and always will be proud supporters of buying and supplying Irish produce and working closely with the Irish supply chain. We believe our kitchen team, led by Leonard Fearon, Group Executive Head Chef is one of the best in Europe.
Fitzers Catering are price sensitive within our market. We are constantly researching prices and strive to offer our customers value for money. We have a fantastic management team that are passionate, loyal and dedicated to the business. They strive on each and every event, each day to exceed the expectations of the venue, continually looking to bring innovative ideas and solutions to the venue. Company directors are regularly involved in the day to day operations to ensure that high standards are maintained.
Fitzers Catering’s ethos is built on loyalty through our employees, managers, supply base and our partners. We strive to grow revenues and look to source new sales opportunities where possible.
Fitzers Catering & Films
Through the years Fitzers has catered for some of the most iconic movies shot in Ireland. See if you can recognise some of the famous films from cast photos below!
Fitzers Catering understand the power of talent in the service industry. We have an incredible team of industry leading professionals with experience that spans decades and continents, to bring experience, passion, creativity and knowledge to everything we do.
“It’s all about our people, teams of passionate professionals, who inspire us to be the best!”
— Barry Storey – Managing Director
Our Leadership Team
Educated in Loreto College, St. Stephen’s Green, Marketing Graduate from the College of Marketing and Design. While working with her siblings in Fitzers Restaurants, Sharon took over Fitzers Catering in 1990.
In 1993, she was awarded with her first film contract ‘In the name of the Father’ which changed the direction of the business. Fitzers Catering became the market leader in film catering, an area which was previously dominated by companies from the UK.
Driven by determination and desire to always raise standards, Sharon has built the company into the professional operation it is today.
A graduate of Athlone Regional Technical College, Barry holds a degree in Hotel Management.
He emigrated to the United States directly after college and during his time there worked for three major hotel groups – Hilton, Sheraton and the Regal hotel group for a combined total of eleven years, in both Chicago and Boston.
Barry returned to Ireland in 1998 and joined Fitzers in August 1999 as General Manager – just after Fitzers received their first contract at Leopardstown Race Course. A strict professional with a strong appetite for financial matters and operational execution, Barry is a strong believer in having all things right for the customer. He has been the leading influence in the implementation of systems, standards and business plan execution in all our venues.
Lenny has been part of the Kitchen team since Nov 2002. He trained at the world famous Baco Rotan restaurant in Florida and has worked in three Michelin starred restaurants. He has also worked in the prestigious Dublin Michelin starred L’Ecrivian and worked as Head Chef for Conrad Gallagher in Peacock Alley.
Lenny has brought a new dimension to food quality and presentation for Fitzers Catering, setting us apart in our competitive set. He has brought a new element of food design and styling to our portfolio and has had a major part to play in the quality of our menus.
Lenny has excellent kitchen management skills and is fully responsible for all the food preparation for all our major events catering for over 90,000 people at any given time. Lenny was promoted to company director in 2011 and is heavily involved in the food delivery across all our venues.
Fitzers Cateering Believe in our people
The cornerstone of all employee related matters at Fitzers Catering is the excellent Human Resources department that we have established over the years. We operate within a set of core structures that ensure that all legislation, compliance & disciplinary, accreditation, ISO related matters and training is maintained at the highest level.
At Fitzers Catering we pride ourselves on our employees, considering this to be one of our strongest assets and one of our unique selling propositions. Our employees set us apart from our competitors. Whilst we are a wholly owned Irish company, our employees have a wealth of experience both in Ireland and internationally.
Each individual member of our team brings extensive expertise to our organisation which is evident through the ingenuity and exceptional standards executed in delivery of events to our clients.
Fitzers Catering is one of the largest hospitality employers in the city of Dublin, having firmly established ourselves as a fantastic place to work within the industry.
We strive to provide our customers with an exceptional, consistent quality and reliability at all times. We are committed to investing in our people through training, developing employees who are team players, reliable and customer focused. We provide equal opportunities, striving to promote internally, whilst having employment policies that are fair, equitable and consistent.
Corporate Social Responsibility
At Fitzers Catering, we love what we do. #teamfitzers work hard and we play hard, but we always remember what’s important and to take the time to give something back. We are delighted to be associated with some amazing non profit organisations.
THE CAROLINE FOUNDATION was established in memory of Caroline Dwyer-Hickey who passed away on 25 March 2013 aged 35 after a nine year battle with cancer.
The mission and purpose of The Caroline Foundation is to raise money to fully fund an additional scientific researcher on the Cancer Clinical Research Trust (CCRT) team.
The hope and vision that inspires our endeavour is that through supporting cancer research, those patients who today are participants on the CCRT research programme may benefit from the on-going development of better treatments and at another level that the global cancer research project, of which CCRT is an integral player, will one day not only find a cure but will find a way of preventing cancer.
The committee of The Caroline Foundation has set itself a clear target to raise 1 million euro for The Caroline Foundation Cancer Research Fellowship.
Give Us A Song - 2018
In February 2018, for the second year in a row, Team Fitzers got their singing and dancing talent together to raise funds for the Caroline Foundation. The team lead by Henry Farrelly and Niamh Varszegi gave a great rendition of “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child.
Pieta House - Darkness into Light
“Darkness Into Light is a movement against suicide. Money raised helps keep Pieta House’s life-saving services free and helps us to broaden our services so that we reach those who need us.”
– Brian Higgins, CEO, Pieta House –
About Pieta House
Pieta House opened its doors a decade ago with Lucan in County Dublin as the centre of operations. In the intervening years we have seen and helped over 20,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm and established eight subsequent centres, three in the greater Dublin area – Ballyfermot, Tallaght and Finglss and five further centres to cater for the rest of the country in Limerick, Cork, Tipperary, Galway and Kerry.
In 2003, our founder and former CEO, Joan Freeman, a practising psychologist, closed down her own counselling business and dedicated her time to finding out how she could help people who were suicidal – what would be beneficial to them and help them get through their dark time. After three years of research, she opened up Pieta House, which quickly became a respected and recognised service for those who were suicidal.