Our Story

Ed Hoffman

In 1987, Ed Hoffman embarked on a path inspired by his mother's love for food and her knack for hosting memorable parties. Freshly graduated from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, renowned for shaping culinary leaders, Ed further honed his skills with additional studies in the Netherlands.

Immersing himself in the culinary world, Ed earned valuable experience at the acclaimed De Hoefslag restaurant in Bosch en Duin, Netherlands, working under the tutelage of master chef Andre' van Doom, recipient of two Michelin stars.

In 1997, Ed, along with his partner Josh Lewis, unveiled his eponymous catering business. Their mission: to introduce the Baltimore community to exquisite kosher cuisine. Ed's exceptional talent lies not only in crafting unique and innovative dishes but also in his visionary approach to food presentation. He possesses an innate ability to transform ordinary recipes into extraordinary culinary experiences, while also excelling in creating captivating displays that leave a lasting impression.

Beyond their culinary endeavors, Ed and his wife Robyn, who have shared over three decades of marriage, are deeply committed to philanthropy. Each year, they generously contribute to 18 different organizations, with a particular focus on supporting youth and alleviating poverty in their community. Their dedication to making a positive impact reflects their unwavering compassion and generosity towards those in need.

Ed Hoffman

Yaakov Fader

The tale of Yaakov Fader is one that epitomizes the classic narrative of climbing the corporate ladder, starting from the humble position of a dishwasher at Hoffman & Co. Fast forward to when he was 16 years old, and he now stands as the esteemed President and Owner of the company. If there were a single word to encapsulate Yaakov's essence, it would undoubtedly be "passionate." His fervor for the food service industry permeates every facet of his being.

Yaakov's talent knows no bounds within the industry; he possesses a rare ability to craft culinary masterpieces that tantalize the taste buds and delight the senses. However, it is in the realm of creative design where his brilliance truly shines. His buffet tables and food stations are not merely setups but rather works of art, each one meticulously curated with an innovative flair that defies industry norms. With ingredients that push boundaries and designs that transcend convention, Yaakov's creations are a feast for both the eyes and the palate.

His leadership style is characterized by a genuine rapport with his staff, who hold him in high esteem and affection. His unwavering dedication to client satisfaction knows no bounds; he spares no effort in ensuring that every client's wishes are not only met but exceeded. In Yaakov's lexicon, the word "no" finds little refuge, as he navigates challenges with a can-do attitude and unwavering determination.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Yaakov's heart extends to his community, where he actively engages in initiatives that uplift and enrich the lives of others. His love for children is palpable, evident in his role as a beloved uncle to his nieces and nephews, where he showers them with warmth and affection.

In essence, Yaakov Fader embodies the epitome of passion, creativity, and unwavering dedication, both in his professional pursuits and his contributions to the community.

Yaakov Fader

Adrienne Bryson

Adrienne Witt Bryson's journey began in Dutchess County, New York, before she ventured to Baltimore in 2003 to pursue her studies at The Greater Grace Bible College. In 2004, while balancing her academic pursuits, Adrienne found herself drawn to the bustling world of hospitality, joining Hoffman & Co. alongside friends from her church community. From waiting tables to mastering culinary skills and handling the rigors of dishwashing, Adrienne's dedication and talent shone through, propelling her to her current role as Executive Vice President of Sales.

Known for her warm and inviting demeanor, Adrienne possesses a natural ability to connect with clients, transforming their visions into unforgettable events. Her unwavering commitment to excellence and impeccable attention to detail ensure that every client receives personalized care and attention.

Adrienne's journey with Hoffman & Co. is not just professional; it's deeply personal. The company played a significant role in her life, even catering her wedding. Embracing the Jewish customs she encountered through her work, Adrienne incorporated them into her own wedding ceremony, reflecting her respect for diverse traditions.

More than just an employee, Adrienne is an integral part of the Hoffman & Co. family. Her dedication to her work, her faith, her children, and her husband, James, underscores the depth of her character and the values she holds dear. In Adrienne Witt Bryson, Hoffman & Co. has found not only a talented executive but also a cherished member of their family.

Adrienne Bryson