|The International Fancy Food Show was going to hold
its first show at the new Jacob Javits Convention Center. Tom
Catanese had to do something spectacular. Sarah Ferguson was to
marry Prince Edward on the very day the show opened. What would
the typical America billionaire send as a wedding gift? Why, what
else, a Rolls Royce Convertible filled to the top with Champagne
& Fancy Foods. Tom placed this very Rolls Royce in my 8 booths
at the International Fancy Foods Show in New York for the occasion.
Designed 25 New Gifts Fit for a King and Queen for Rolls Royce
August: National seminar at the Marriott Hotel in New Orleans, LA
~ 125 retailers attended for 5 hours
September: Candy Marketer Magazine article, “Hot Chocolate Baskets”
Third seminar at the Dallas World Trade Mart.
October: Tom did a 2nd Rolls Royce in Miami for the Auto Show
& Epicure Market, and a Chrysler Convertible in Washington,
DC for the Auto Show.
Tom produced the first ever Gift Basket Video for
the Industry. It was 2 hrs long. Since then, he has been presented
with 5 Video Industry Awards for my Video Productions.
May: Seminar in San Francisco at the Gourmet Show in Moscone Hall
June: Liquor Store Magazine article, “The Gift Basket Business”
July: Beverage Journal article, “Champagne Gift Baskets” Gourmet
Retailer article, “Coffee & Tea Gifts”
August: Dallas World Trade Mart 4th Seminar October: Giftware News
article, “Gifts Without a Basket”
| Business is really booming! Tom Catanese was selling
products to companies overseas and all the major department stores
and fancy food stores across America. He Introduced Flair Top
Packaging to the industry. April: Gourmet Today article, “The
Gift Basket Explosion”. The New Gift Basket of Fancy Foods.
June: Gourmet Retailer article, “Gift Packs”
August: Another seminar in Denver at the Trade Mart
September: Philadelphia Candy Show in Valley Forge
October: Market Watch Wines & Spirits Magazine, “Gorgeous Gift
Baskets”, Great Profits November: Gourmet Retailer article, “Hot ‘n
Spicy Gift Ideas”, Tex/Mex Gift Designs
Catanese decided to present a special program in England to the
attendees at the British Food & Drink Show in London. Over
55 attendees came to the Park Lane Hotel, including staff from
Harrods, Selfridges, Marks & Spencer & Fortnum &
Mason. What a thrill that was!!! He'd crossed the pond successfully.
He also made my second & third gift packaging videos.
September: La Confiserie, Paris, Fancy Food Magazine article
~ Catanese's first European article ~ HOORAY!
On Bastille Day, July 14th, 1989, Tom received a letter from
Paris, France. It was Bastille Day in Paris and they were celebrating.
As he was opening the letter at his desk he smiled. The director
of the French Fancy Food Industry had sent him an invitation
to present the London Symposium to the French Intersuc Show
in Paris. That truly was an honor and a wonderful day. It was
a dream come true for me.
Catanese invents double-faced stickers. Not only did we do 2 symposiums
for the French Fancy Food Industry for Intersuc, Paris, France,
but we had a cover story in Beverage Media Magazine.
February: 2nd Intl Symposium Intersuc in Paris
April: Fancy Food Magazine article, “Themes with Gift Baskets”
May: 23rd Gift Basket article in Gourmet Today Magazine, “Gift Basket
Creativity” Flowers Magazine article, “The Growing Gift Basket Industry”
by Thomas Catanese
June: Fancy Food Magazine article, “Gift Basket Bonanza”, by Thomas
Catanese Le Guide de L’acheteur, French Fancy Foods Show in Paris
~ This article reported on the Symposium in Paris to the French
speaking Food Industry
Gift Basket Review Magazine publishes its first issue.
July: Seminar at the Chicago Trade Mart for the Chicago Gift Show
September: Gourmet News publishes first issue Gift Basket Review
Magazine began business November: Beverage Media article, “The Whiz
of Wrap” which was my first Industry Magazine Cover
|Catanese had never created a Golf Cart Gift before,
so he decided to do one for a catalog in 1991. He did the cart
at Rancho La Costa followed by 3 small regional gift basket seminars
& a Hickory Farms seminar in Honolulu.
June: Fancy Food Magazine article, “Changing Fashion of Gift Baskets”
(Intro of Fabrics)
August: Catanese does Atlanta Gift Mart Symposium for 350 attendees
October: Florist Magazine article, “Festival of Gifts” (Fruit &