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Edward “Buddy” Foy Sr.

Buddy was a ship’s cook in the Navy, and it was there that he honed his culinary skills and first created his prized lasagna recipe. His love for the kitchen never left and he decided to make the restaurant business his life-long career. After running restaurants and bars for years in the upstate New York area, he and Cate moved to Bolton Landing with their three sons, where they opened Cate’s Italian Garden.

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Cate Foy

While working as a hostess at another restaurant, Cate spotted a property across the street that was for sale and talked Buddy into buying it and turning it into Cate’s Italian Garden. The now-legendary restaurant has been in business for more than 24 years and is a beloved institution in Bolton Landing. She was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and was unable to work last summer, but this year Cate is back, in remission and determined to keep working in the business she loves.

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Edward “Buddy” Foy Jr.

Buddy Jr. grew up in the restaurant business along with his brother Jesse. Entrepreneurs by nature, Junior and his wife, Jen, decided to take a swing at the then-nascent Internet world and start their own company. After 10 years of working in that intense world, they sold their company and moved back to Bolton Landing to raise their two daughters. That’s when the siren’s call of the restaurant business beckoned again. They invested everything into The Chateau on the Lake, a private residence that was converted into their fine-dining restaurant. Junior and Jen want their daughters to work at the Chateau. This was how Buddy Jr. was raised, and he thinks it’s a great way to teach the kids about a solid work ethic, family unity and getting ahead.

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Jennifer Foy

Although she’s a native “Jersey girl,” Jennifer’s parents immigrated to the U.S. from Italy before she was born. While their second language may have been English, their first language at home was food! Jen’s mother, Sylvia, is an excellent cook and set the foundation for Jen’s love for memorable meals. Jen met her husband in New York City, and after 10 years in the high-stress corporate world, they decided to leave the city and open a family-run restaurant in Bolton Landing. They purchased a house on Lake George around the corner from her in-laws and converted it into their dream high-end restaurant. Jen loves entertaining and her desire is to have her customers feel like they are guests in their home, while being served in a fine-dining atmosphere.

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