For Connie Chantilis and chef Jonathan Stirnweis, catering Dallas parties, weddings, and meetings of all sizes has been smooth sailing.
In the last 25 years, Two Sisters Catering has grown to be one of the most recognized and praised caterers in the city, and that success revolves around one thing: chemistry.
“We feel the same way about so many things, about how you do business, about how you treat people, about how you treat the customers,” Stirnweis said.
It’s that integrity that flows into the food Two Sisters serves and the seamlessness of their events, Chantilis said.
The company, which was founded in 1989, started in the kitchen of Chantilis’ duplex near Snider Plaza and primarily served boxed lunches to area hair salons.
Her original business partner was her sister, Rosanne Beck — hence the name. (Beck has since started her own invitation-and-gifts company.)
By the power of word of mouth, Two Sisters grew too large to remain in her home and moved into a storefront, a huge step for Chantilis.
“Once the kitchen was operating every single day, we were able to keep a great staff all the time,” she said. “The storefront has allowed the chef a kind of playground.”
Eventually, their client list grew to include some heavy hitters: Allie Beth Allman, St. Mark’s School of Texas, President George W. Bush, and SMU.
Today, Two Sisters still caters to the wants and needs of clients, but they also have two takeout locations — opened in 1995 — on Monticello Avenue and Gaston Avenue.
Each morning, Stirnweis heads to the farmers’ market, where Two Sisters shops for fresh and organic ingredients to inspire the day’s offerings.
While the to-go menu has plenty of customer favorites and staples, like dill chicken salad and deli sandwiches, new additions are added each day.
As the catering company has grown and morphed, both Chantilis and Stirnweis are adamant that the attention to detail that made Two Sisters’ events and food so personal remains.
“We don’t have a package. We don’t have a corporate package, we don’t have a wedding package,” Stirnweis said. “What do you want? We can do anything and we do it all.”
Two Sisters serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and hors d’oeuvres at events across the city daily, each customized to the clients’ liking after a variety of tastings and meetings. For some clients, who have been with Chantilis since the catering company’s inception, she and Two Sisters have become like family.
“For some, we walk in and it’s like, yeah, I know where your salt and pepper is,” she said. “Clients can be guests at their own parties.”