Craig Henry runs Holy Trinity Catering, a catering service that serves events for church groups, civic organizations and feeds the less fortunate or in times of need or disaster. He is also the owner-manager of Bradford Food Group, a United States-based food distribution company that also co-owns several bakeries in Mexico.
Growing up in Midland was very homely and calm. Almost everyone was / is related to some degree. My mom was a housewife and my dad owned a small business and eventually went to work for the state. My biggest influencer was without a doubt my father’s mother, Viola Henry. I’ve always been taught to think what you say and say what you think. Your word and your integrity was something that no one could take away from you. His devout Catholic faith was ingrained in each of us from an early age, especially his devotion to reciting the Rosary.
I left straight from high school in the restaurant business. I have worked for Sonic, Morrison’s Cafeteria, Burger Tyme and Old Country Buffet. I eventually left the company and returned to Louisiana. I started out in trucking in 2000. This business allowed me to diversify and invest in a food distribution business about ten years ago. This ultimately led me to invest with our biggest client in Mexico, “Suspiros Pastelerias”, which was one of the largest independent bakery chains in Hermosillo, Mexico. In turn, they looked to me and my partners for capital to help grow the business into a national chain. We, along with our partners in the United States and Mexico as well as our franchisees, today operate nearly 250 bakeries across Mexico and southern Arizona.
I cooked for quite some time, really since I can remember. My father, Rodley Henry, was known for his cooking, and that’s where I had the love of cooking. I had been really breaking it up in the back of my truck for over 15 years.
In 2017, when Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, Acadiana was home to many evacuees / displaced people from east Texas. I was approached by Kim Boudreaux of Catholic Charities to help coordinate and feed the evacuees in Texas. I, along with several like-minded friends and families of St. Thomas More, set out to make this happen. I think we served around 600-700 plates that day. The love and appreciation shown to us brought me pure joy. I realized that I needed to be more organized and self-reliant if I wanted to continue doing this type of cook. I built a custom trailer and set it all up at a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit. We work strictly on Love Offers to help cover basic costs such as maintenance, insurance, and standard operating costs.
My goal is organize events that help people stay focused on who Christ called us to be. Good quality Cajun food is a great way to bridge the gap and bring people together. My brand slogan is: Made with FAITH. Seasoned with LOVE. I usually work with a volunteer team of five to 10 people. Most of them are part of my Catholic ACTS retirement community.
People’s responses we really feed has been overwhelming. The love and compliments we receive for the food and service we provide are inexplicable. It is really overwhelming. Just (last) week I got a call at 9:30 pm to cook breakfast for the less fortunate at St. Joseph’s Diner the next morning at 5:30 am They were in panic mode and in desperate need of help. ‘aid. After a brief conversation, we determined that there were also no volunteers scheduled to help that morning as well. I made a few phone calls to various ACTS retreat prayer groups, and in about 20 minutes we were all ready. That morning we served a full hot breakfast to 100 men and women.
I am currently managing partner for the American part of the Suspiros as well as the Bradford Food Group. We have a great team, which gives me a lot of time to do God’s work with Holy Trinity. It is perhaps the most popular bakery business in Mexico. It is indeed very popular and enjoys a very good reputation throughout Mexico and southern Arizona. The story of how the Esparza family started baking cakes in their home for birthdays and special occasions is amazing in itself.
I am currently registered at the Halftime Institute in Texas. It is a one-year program to help people discern what their true calling from God is. Hopefully, I’ll have a clear vision by the end of the year and be able to move forward in the direction that will take me from success to importance.
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