Andrea Correale has come a long way from her humble yet ambitious beginnings. At just 16 years old, motivated by the one desire every teenager is desperate for – the wheels of freedom, Andrea set out to find a way to make as much money as she could as quickly as possible! This is when Rent-A-Waitress, her first venture as an entrepreneur, was launched. It was a simple business model humbly run right out of her childhood home in Long Island New York. Needless to say it accomplished what was intended and so much more.
After experiencing moderate success, Andrea’s focus was clear, she knew the next right step was to enter the Hotel and Restaurant Management program at New York Institute of Technology. During the course of her studies she continued to run events working with private chefs growing the Rent-A-Waitress brand. By graduation day she was proud to say she employed and managed a staff of 40 people. There was no doubt that bigger and better things were on the horizon. Once she completed her degree she felt ready to move on to the next phase of her professional development. Elegant Affairs, a full service off-premise catering and event planning company was founded in 1994. It began small and quickly grew into what it is today, a successful company sought out for its commitment to excellence.
Andrea has a love for each and every aspect of this business from the perfect presentation to the smallest of details. She is always thinking of how it should be done and how it could be done even better next time. Excellence is what ignites and excites her – she wants everything to go perfectly for her clients. Her commitment to providing the best food, service and overall experience is exactly why Elegant Affairs is known as the go to caterer of the Long Island Gold Coast, Manhattan and the Hamptons.
Known for her innovative food presentations, Andrea’s passion is to inspire people to entertain at home with style and ease. Her hard work and experience led to an invitation from L’Oreal Paris Academy to be one of their lifestyle and entertaining experts, shortly followed by similar invitations from Ehow.com, Sam’s Club, Celebrations.com (1-800 Flowers), Lenox China, and OK! TV. Andrea’s infectious personality has prompted appearance requests from Bravo, CBS, FOX, HGTV, MTV, NBC, News 12 Long Island, and VH1.
As a regular contributor to Hamptons Magazine, 25A Magazine, and Social Life Magazine Andrea inspires readers to use ingredients in new and approachable ways. She shares her knowledge in monthly columns for both 25A Magazine and Social Life Magazine. Her goal is to encourage home cooks to make the ordinary extraordinary using simple ingredients in unexpected ways.
When Elegant Affairs was called upon by FEMA Disaster Relief following Hurricane Sandy, Andrea rallied the team to set up an onsite kitchen with food service that was up and ready to serve in less than three days. When all was said and done Elegant Affairs served four thousand people a day, three meals a day, every day for one month. It was an amazing experience and a wonderful opportunity to help so many people in their time of need. It was especially rewarding to provide neighbors, relief workers and New Yorkers of the communities surrounding her hometown with a warm meal as they faced the daunting task of picking up the pieces Sandy left behind. Being a part of the disaster relief effort was a very special and unique occasion, a moment in time Andrea will remember with gratitude and appreciation.
Elegant Affairs has been honored to serve many amazing clients including Nick Cannon, Kevin Costner, Leonardo DiCaprio, P. Diddy, Jimmy Fallon, Billy Joel, L.A Reid, Tony Robbins, Russell Simmons, and Kevin Spacey. As well as corporate giants such as Amazon, American Express, American Heart Association, Cirque du Soleil, DuJour Magazine, Ferrari Maserati, Google, HBO, Jimmy Choo, Niche Media, Open Road Media, Ralph Lauren, and Urban Daddy.
Andrea Correale has been the driving force behind the Elegant Affairs brand for over two decades. It takes a lot of commitment, hard work and true passion to build a business from the ground up – Andrea has all that and more. She continues to lead with enthusiasm looking forward to an even brighter future for herself, her team and the entire Elegant Affairs family!