Meet Casey Crosby
Good food. There's nothing like it. And if you're lucky enough to taste good food created by a highly trained award-winning chef—who also happens to be one of the most altruistic guys you will ever meet—then you get a triple whammy. But the whammies don't stop there when it comes to Chef Brandon Crosby, owner of Chupper Time Catering in Huntsville, Alabama.
The Nashville native has an extensive and interesting resume chock full of impressive culinary experiences. After graduating with a degree in culinary arts from Faulkner State in Gulf Shores, Alabama in 2003, Chef Crosby trained under Chef Gerhard Brill, former sous chef for Emeril Lagasse at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans and Executive Chef at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama.
After training with Chef Brill for three years, Brandon returned to his hometown of Nashville in 2006 where he joined forces with executive chef and restaurateur, Jason McConnell. Brandon was instrumental in the openings and culinary success of several popular Franklin, Tennessee restaurants owned by Chef McConnell including 55 South, Red Pony, Red Pony Catering, and McConnell House. Brandon went on to join forces with Executive Chef Hal Holden-Bach and successfully assisted in the opening of Lockeland Table in East Nashville.
Working and living in the Music City afforded boundless opportunities to network with people in the music industry. Given his culinary talents and contagiously upbeat personality, it is no wonder that Brandon eventually found himself working as a touring chef for musicians and bands such as Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line, John Mayer and WWE. Additionally, Brandon worked as an artist caterer for large music festivals, most notably Bonnaroo.
After reconnecting with high school friend Casey Morgan in Nashville, Brandon moved to Huntsville, Alabama where Casey was living and working. Brandon and Casey eventually married and, at Casey’s urging, started their own company in 2015. Shortly after, they welcomed baby Wyatt in April 2015 and are expecting baby number two in August.
Brandon and Casey started by participating in local farmers markets and soon turned Chupper Time into a full-scale catering service. Even though the Crosby’s quick success has afforded them their own storefront, they can still be found at the popular Huntsville Hospital Farmers’ Market on the sprawling grounds in downtown Huntsville, the market that helped propel Chupper Time Catering into local celebrity status. Supporting local farmers and staying true to the ideals of the farm-to-table movement is key to Chupper Time’s success.
Chupper Time’s services include private chef work, wedding catering and event catering. After providing catering services for thousands of people in the entertainment industry, Brandon considers no job too big or too small. He simply loves to cook and hopes to introduce not just food, but also a culinary experience to those he serves. When it comes to food, Brandon readily accepts any challenge and has an extremely diverse cooking portfolio.
In 2016, Chef Crosby was recognized by the Alabama Media Group as one of Alabama’s top up-and-coming chefs. But the accolades don’t stop there. In 2017, Brandon starred on season 4 of the Food Network show “Cooks vs Cons” and walked away the winner of episode 7 of the popular reality cooking competition. Other notable recognitions include being awarded a Golden Ticket to compete in World Food Championship in 2016 as well as being listed as one of 256 Magazine’s “40 Under Forty,” a list of top up-and-coming young professionals nominated by friends and peers for their contributions to the community. He also has been featured in local news outlets, including “How cooking for rock stars shaped an Alabama chef” (al.com) and “Brentwood-raised chef’s long road to TV and his own catering company” (Brentwood Home Page).
Chef Crosby does not only define success by the recognition he receives for his superb culinary creations and impeccable service. He is the first to recognize that it takes a village and firmly believes in giving back to those who give so much to others. Among the charities, organizations and businesses Chupper Time supports by offering discounted rates or free donations are:
United Methodist Church
March of Dimes
UCP-United Cerebral Palsy
North Alabama Food Bank
The Heart Association
Music Maker Relief Foundation
Greene Street Market at Nativity
Whitesburg Baptist Church
Teach For America
Huntsville Hospital ER
Local police precincts
Local Fire Departments
Local businesses, banks, attorneys and doctor’s offices
In addition, Brandon is always quick to recognize our heroes, the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country. He notices hats and will always shakes a veteran’s hand and thank them for their service—and then proceed to quietly talk to their waitress and arrange to pay their bill.
Currently, Chupper Time Catering is fielding offers from investors to assist with the opening of possible restaurants in the Huntsville and Athens, Alabama areas. They have confirmed catering events through the year 2020, and they are looking at the possibility of more cooking shows with National Networks.
As the co-owner, Director of Sales & Marketing and CEO, Casey tackles a broad range of needs throughout the day including being a mommy, creative proposal writing, managing high-end client events, planning the marketing calendar and oversees general operations. Prior to starting Chupper Time Catering, Casey was the Supply Chain & Logistic Site Manager at PPG Aerospace. Casey’s experience in managing guest and employee engagement is at the highest level. She feels very lucky to run the company with her husband/Executive Chef/business partner, Brandon.