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Area caterer stars in new reality TV show
by Adam Elrod
aelrod@neighbornewspapers.com
July 17, 2013 10:51 AM | 1782 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye <br>From left, Kathy Brown, Alisha Whitaker and Pam Henderson of Atlanta’s Finest Catering prepare for an event last week at the company’s Winston kitchen.
Staff / Katherine Frye
From left, Kathy Brown, Alisha Whitaker and Pam Henderson of Atlanta’s Finest Catering prepare for an event last week at the company’s Winston kitchen.
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With reality shows being among the highest-rated programs on television, one area business is taking its shot at stardom.

Winston-based Atlanta’s Finest Catering is one of four catering companies starring in the new Lifetime TV show “Catering Wars: Atlanta.”

The plot surrounds the companies bidding against each other for different types of jobs on caterbid.com. The business that bids lowest on the event wins, but the only information on what type of event it is and what is expected is on the website, said Lorie Bomar, owner of Atlanta’s Finest Catering.

The premiere episode, titled "Bones, Balls and Drag Queens," was to air Tuesday of this week. It is scheduled for a rebroadcast Saturday, July 20, at 1 p.m. and Tuesday, July 23, at 6 p.m., according to the Lifetime web site.

Originally each episode was to be 30 minutes long, but the network extended it to an hour, she said. They began filming in August.

“Lifetime loved the show,” Bomar said.

Network officials originally signed a contract for six 30-minute episodes, but have changed it to three hourlong shows, said Chris Bray, president and executive producer of Bray Entertainment, which cast Atlanta’s Finest for the show.

“Typically networks will [only] buy the pilot,” he said.

After the second episode July 23 at 10 p.m., Lifetime plans to decide if there are enough viewers for a second season, Bomar said. Atlanta’s Finest will compete against Hottie Hawg’s Barbecue, Pat’s Party Perfect and Ocean Catering Co.

Atlanta’s Finest is unique because its staff is almost entirely related to one another.

“I think the dynamics of my family [brought them to us],” Bomar said.

She recalled one event where out of the 82 employees she had working, 81 were related in some way.

“In the history of my catering company I have employed over 105 people that are immediate family,” she said of the 16-year-old company.

Bray said, “She [Bomar] said she would do anything to get her and her family on TV.”

She even stood on her head on the audition table, he said.

When Bray Entertainment tried to contact them initially, they had difficulties getting in touch with the company.

Bomar said she kept seeing emails from the company and, “I just kept deleting them and deleting them.”

She said she thought it was a scam until someone from the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce told her they were the real deal, and she needed to get in contact with the entertainment company.

Bray said incidents like that happen and you just have to keep pursuing them.

Chamber President Kali Boatright said inclusion in the show could not have happened to a nicer family. She said they support many organizations in the community.
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