Our Story

Irregardless Café & Catering stands as a pioneer in the restaurant business for taking concepts like ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ long before they became buzz words, and putting them into action.

Founded and operated by Arthur Gordon, owner/chef, the Irregardless Café & Catering opened as the community’s first vegetarian restaurant and evolved into a restaurant featuring a varied menu of healthily prepared fresh foods that includes beef, lamb, seafood, poultry and duck meals accented with lots of local produce and offering a diverse selection of delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten free meals.

From the beginning, the Café’s management was dedicated to innovative sustainability initiatives that promote healthy living and giving back to the community. In 1985, Irregardless Café became the first restaurant in the state of North Carolina to become a completely non-smoking establishment. On the roof, ten solar thermal panels heat the Café’s water with renewable energy, and their Well Fed Community Garden ‘welcomes the community into the Garden’ modeling urban agriculture and growing produce for Catering and Café meals.

In 1994, a fire engulfed the Café closing it for 11 months to rebuild a remodeled dining room and larger kitchen. Fearing for the fate of his long term employees while closed, Arthur continued to pay them their current wages in exchange for their volunteering for local charitable organizations that supported the community. Irregardless misfortune became a blessing for the fledgling Interfaith Food Shuttle, enabling it to collect day old food stuffs to be served to the hungry.

A Premier Caterer in the Triangle

Irregardless Catering serves at numerous venues, homes and office around the Triangle. In addition, Irregardless Catering hosts private events at their own urban agriculture venture: The Well Fed Community Garden and on Mondays at the Irregardless Café, Raleigh’s iconic restaurant and live music venue.

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Irregardless Catering has taken its Café’s passion for creating fresh handcrafted meals using local and seasonal produce, creating delicious works of art that are a feast upon your eyes, as well as your appetite.

We do more than catering an event. Irregardless collaborates with you to design experiences that are memorable, successful and uniquely yours. Irregardless’ friendly team of professionals has decades of practice and ensures success!

Since 1975, Irregardless has been offering authenticate meals and personal catering to the community. Our Chefs love what they do and it shows. Just check out our reviews and read what our patrons have experienced for decades.

When your guests are gushing as they leave…

When the vice president finally smiles…

When the mother of the bride goes barefoot and relaxes with champagne…

When everything is just as you wanted…

You will join the hundreds of Irregardless’ patrons who have experienced the best caterer in the Triangle. You will be adding your review to Irregardless’ “Record of Success!”