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Ridgewell’s –here is the story of a business and the three generations of a family that built it from an early twentieth century ‘mom and pop’ to its iconic place atop the ‘fine’ catering industry of today. As told by Bruce Ellis, the grandson of the founder, the reader will follow the tale of his grandparents, two nearly penniless immigrants from England and France, as they take their skills learned as professional servants, who come to America, meet, marry and eventually open a tiny business of catering to the well-to-do and politically powerful in the Nation’s Capital. Bruce will lead the reader on the path of how this extraordinary family grew the business that they loved, using the time worn principles of absolute honesty, hard work, love of life and kin, passed it on to the next two generations and experienced the highs of stunning success as a family business along with the personal devastating loss of two of their most cherished members. From the Viet Nam Prisoners of War Dinner held for 1200 guests in a tent on the South Lawn of the Nixon White House, the Began-Sadat Peace Accord celebration during the Carter administration, the wedding of Liz Taylor and John Warner to the simple joy of a small backyard bar-b-q Ridgewell’s and its founding family had seats at the tables of celebrities in business, politics and Hollywood. Their story is one even the most sophisticated host or hostess will find of deep interest and enjoyment. Come along and follow a family and read about the business that they put heart and soul into and that has served every White House from Harding to Obama.