Meet the Owners

JC Catering-144v2 Owner and Executive Chef Joseph’s passion and love for food began at a very young age. He began his culinary career at the age of 14 working in a local restaurant. He sought out formal training at the Culinary Arts Institute at Hudson Community College at 16; while still attending St. Joe’s Regional High School in Montvale,NJ. Studying under some of the most influential restaurateurs in the industry; Chef Joseph upheld the standards set forth by those who have taught him this craft. Chef Joseph worked for Drew Nieporent at Mia House Vietnamese Restaurant in Tribeca, NYC under the direction of then Sous Chef Spike Mendelsohn. Chef Joseph then continued his culinary career by working for companies such as Sterling Affairs Catering and BarCara under Chef Ryan Depersio. Chef Joseph has also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University. His view on food and this industry is one of quality, integrity and approachability.
“Food is not meant to be pretentious. Food is meant to enhance your senses, heighten your emotions, and transport you to places you have never been. We are dedicated to creating this experience simply by using the best ingredients, sharing our passion for food, continuing to hone in on our craft, artistry, and vision. We invite you into our world, our home, and our hearts for an exceptional culinary adventure.” -Chef Joseph Cuccia
JC Catering-027 Jenna has a way with people with her understanding nature and ability to listen and interpret the needs of her clients. Her career journey began at the age of 14 and taking every restaurant job she could find and she honed in on the art of service. Jenna had the opportunity of a lifetime to intern for the country’s number one celebrity wedding planner, David Tutera. Here, Jenna learned how to take the art of service and marry it to personalized event planning. These four months flew by and Jenna started her career in sales, where she found her niche and perfected her craft in Public Relations and Marketing in luxury advertising sales . In 2011, this brother sister team, decided to open a gourmet street-fair food stand called Come Fry W/ Me. Their bright orange tent and pressed chef whites makes Come Fry W/ Me approachable and unique to the food stand business. Come fry W/ Me specializes in seasonal, allergy-aware, and made to order street food. Their hand-cut Belgian style French fries, Parisian Style Crepes, and ability to adapt to any style cuisine has put Come Fry W/ Me on the map. One year later, Jenna and Joseph had the opportunity to open Joseph Cuccia Catering Inc. at 17 Summer. At first glance, the space would only be good for one thing-off premise catering but with some restoration and heart this brother sister team made this space into something New Jersey has been missing. Jenna’s intuitions in marketing and Public Relations have set the highest of standards in quality and personalize service for Joseph Cuccia Catering Inc.

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    17 Summer

    17 Summer Street Lodi, NJ 07644
    Phone: 973.928.4780