HOUSTON -- Rice Epicurean Markets here, a nine-store upscale chain that highlights fresh prepared foods, has created a subsidiary to accommodate its growing off-premise catering business. The subsidiary, known as Epicurean Catering Co., will specialize in what chain officials called "hard catering," more labor-intensive events that require a catering sales manager, waitstaff, smallwares, china, and even floral arrangements and linens. The chain is also searching for a central kitchen site, ...

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