Our Story

Inspiration for Olivia's Catering sprouted from childhood mud-cake making memories and the love of hydrangeas.
Olivia's Catering began in 2004 at Frenchman's Creek by husband and wife team, Susan and Joe Colomaio- with over 20 years of catering expertise under their belt!
Today, Olivia's resides in the ever-growing Eastern North Carolina's Downtown city of Kinston in a newly restored dining hall.
"Combining your vision with our proficiency, Olivia's Catering & Event Planning strives to make one's dream event come to life. We offer a detail-oriented approach, allowing for your event to be uniquely your own! What makes your event special is the memories you are left with afterwards.
That is why we specialize in special!"
Susan Cooke Colomaio
Executive Event Planner

As a child, Susan Cooke Colomaio, owner of Olivia’s Catering, spent summer afternoons in her grandmother’s backyard with her cousins doing what all little girls did, playing “wedding”. Everybody took turns being the bride, the groom or the bridesmaids. From the mud cakes to the flowers and the ceremony, that backyard hosted many grand events!

Susan says,” My Grandmother often said that catering was in my spirit. My mud cakes were elevated, my hydrangea bushes were stripped of flowers to make bouquets and decorating. She said that I had been a events coordinator from childhood.” So Olivia’s Catering was birthed on “muddy” ground!

Susan has a strong belief that presentation is key to any successful event, as proven by her early “clients”. 

Joe Colomaio

Chef De Cuisine 

Susan writes, “ I am very fortunate to be married to a man that has deep Italian roots. His love of preparing and enjoying good food came from his parents, his grandmother and his aunts, all excellent Italian cooks. Many of his memories have good food and family at their roots. Joe came into my life and immediately was dubbed king of the kitchen.  We have always said, pertaining to food, that Joe makes it good and I make it pretty! Our talents compliment each other and both of our grandmothers are proud!”