Celebrating Hollywood’s biggest night takes some serious airing.
While this year most of us ditch the black tie for a sweat and a night out on the couch, food and drink can still be indulgent, satisfying, and fun. This is where Bite Society comes in.
âBite Society is a gift basket business. One of our recent customers got a basket and said, âHey, that’s a cool kids gift basket! Said Shana Hicks, founder. “So we took that and ran with it a bit.”
Yes, Bite Society will ship a carefully curated selection of Oscar-worthy snacks right to your front door, or you can pick up your basket in person at their commercial kitchen in South Lake Union.
The only thing you have to do is open up and eat.
âWe have this thing of the past, the perfect bite,â said Lendy Hensley, co-founder. âI just think that’s our way of looking at it and saying okay, these foods, if you put this and this and that together, it’s fabulous. So when we set up the basket, we have said – okay, what are the bites that come in here? “
Hensley and Hicks founded Bite Society with Katy Carroll, and the trio certainly know good food. They ran a super-successful restaurant business until the pandemic forced them to change course.
âWe were City Catering and we were the best caterer in town,â Hensley said with a smile. âWe were tall, running all the time, hosting big events. We went from a sit-down dinner of 600 on February 29, 2020, to giving away all of our food on March 13. One of the things I thought about these lately When I think of starting this business what would you do if you could do something? That’s where we started. We could do anything within the confines of a commercial kitchen. did it, Bite Society.
Today, Bite Society creates gift baskets for all occasions, from major holidays, like Mother’s Day, to more personal moments in life.
“I am the person who writes a lot of cards that people put in [the baskets]”Carroll said.” They range from birthdays to sympathy to ‘I’m sorry I drove my car into your fence, neighbor.’ “
Bite Society increases the âcool factorâ of their baskets by working with local tattoo artists on their packaging, while much of the food is handmade in their kitchens.
âAt one point the chef joked ‘we know good food and we’ll make it if we have to’ and we ended up making a bite of it,â Carroll said. “I think it’s a bit prouder for us to make our own food and put it in the packaging that we made.”
So whether you’re hosting an Oscar party at home or sending love to someone across the country, Bite Society hopes their baskets bring a little joy to whoever receives them.
“I think whatever the occasion, you feel good when you get it.”
The Oscars air Sunday, April 25 at 5 p.m. PST. on KOMO 4.