Georgia State Senators Hardie Davis (D – Augusta) and Donzella James (D – Atlanta) spoke at a press conference Tuesday at the Georgia State Capitol to announcing a new reality television program on the Lifetime network that features local Atlanta caterers. “Catering Wars” follows four Atlanta catering companies as they attempt to outwit and outbid each other in hopes of becoming the best catering company in the state.
The senators were there to tout Georgia’s media tax incentive geared toward recording projects, television shows, movies, production facilities and various entertainment outlets. As a result, new TV shows and film projects are being produced in the state.
“Georgia is quickly being recognized as the new Hollywood,” said James, who is on the senate’s Economic Development Committee. “I think [the show] will be a key component in pushing us forward in the TV industry. We really look forward to them being here and highlighting the best of Atlanta.”
The show was created by producer Rhona Siver and Chris Brey. It is based on Siver’s website CaterBid.com where costumers post their events daily and caterers bid for the business.
“Atlanta is a great city and there is so much to do here,” said Siver. “The southern hospitality, the southern cooking and the great caterers, they’re all pretty amazing.”
The companies featured on the show are Atlanta’s Finest, Pats Party Perfect, Ocean Catering, and Hottie Hags Barbeque.
Lorie Bowmar, owner of Atlanta’s Finest, says that the TV show would a great opportunity not only for exposure but to keep business flowing.
“Business right now is already booming, but most of our business comes from word of mouth,” said Bowman. “The exposure will definitely help us. The more people that know about you the more business you’re going to get.”
Catering Wars premiered on Tuesday and will air every Tuesday at 10 p.m. on the Lifetime channel.