LaMay’s Catering opens new Alton cafe

ALTON — Family-owned LaMay’s Catering has been in business for more than five years, first operating out of rented space in Deliverance Temple, then moving to Broadway in the former Riverbend Billiards building.

Not only is LaMay’s Catering growing during a pandemic, but it’s also employing more than 40 Alton High School students, said co-owner Jason Harrison, who owns the business with his wife, Kayla Harrison. LaMay’s Catering at 909 E. Broadway is the headquarters where the catering portion moved to a year ago.


“We’re primarily in the restaurant business,” said Jason Harrison, who is also president of Riverbend Ministerial Alliance. “We made our mark with schools, daycares, after-school programs, the design grew from there. We hired two top chefs and started organizing private and corporate events and expanded into restaurant management, helping turn around restaurants and staffing them.

LaMay’s hired chef Travis Williams, who cooked for President Barack Obama, and chef Alvin Jones, formerly of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“They do a lot of high-end catering for us,” Harrison said. “I am so honored and humbled during a time like this that we are able to grow when most companies are downsizing.”

Recently, LaMay hired 42 AHS students on a contract with the Missouri Botanical Garden for its Garden Glow event.

“We created some of the corporate staff, for events and restaurants,” Harrison said. “We got a contract with the student employees who worked there and continue to work with us and we are negotiating other contracts, mainly in St. Louis, a few in Alton. We are looking to grow with local restaurants.

LaMay’s training supervisor is Leon Smallwood-Bey, who is also president of 100 Men Movement, Crime Prevention Initiative and has a food service certificate to take the training.

“We spoke with him about our goals, staffing and during the pandemic so many people need employees,” Harrison said.

Café 111 opened in October with the hope that people would return to their offices in November and early December. But the omicron COVID-19 surge has delayed this office rush.

“But it allowed us to perfect what we do, and we’re open to take it away,” Harrison said. “There are no seats.”

Cafe 111 chef Regina Talbert creates homemade soups daily.

“She knocks it out of the park,” Harrison noted.

The cafe also serves potato salads, specialty salads, vegan flatbread, and a signature Cafe 111 sandwich.

Customers can order online at http://cafe-111.square.site/ or call 618-433-1388. Cafe 111 hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, email [email protected]

To learn more about LaMay’s Catering, call 618-433-3660, which takes messages Monday through Saturday or email [email protected]

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