Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Strange one passes away

Don Strange, that is.

He was known for innovations in the culinary industry, for catering one-of-a-kind parties for the rich and famous, for his love of South Texas and Northern Mexico cuisine and for old-fashioned barbecue — for 10 or maybe 10,000.

But Don Strange, the trailblazing Texas caterer whose family business began in a small store on the city's Northwest Side, was most known as a nice guy with a generous spirit as well as an architect of imaginative events, from black-tie to down-home.

He died suddenly Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 69.

Strange, who had recently launched a new online venture, was most associated with his Don Strange Ranch outside Boerne. Don Strange of Texas Inc., with more than 50 full-time employees, many of whom had worked for the company for decades, catered events for presidents and princes; corporate America and couples newly married; even Hollywood types and leaders of the sports world.

And he fed them everything from caviar to cabrito.

(from the Express-News)

R.I.P., Strange.

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