It hasn’t been quite two weeks since we last said goodbye to one of our anchor servers, Catherine “Big C” Pendry. No one would have ever thought that her ten weeks at Burlington Beer Works was in fact, her first experience in the food and beverage industry. The Fairfax, Virginia native and Elon graduate always carried herself as a level-headed professional, displaying a degree of initiative and gumption that truly is hard to find in even in seasoned hospitality professionals.
“Working at Burlington Beer Works allowed me to grasp the importance of a team-focused structure. If one of us was hurting, we were all hurting, so it was important for all of us to work together effectively, especially on extremely busy nights.”
Sadly, she leaves us for a few weeks of vacation time with her family before setting off to Morocco for two years of service with the Peace Corps. Her hope is to acquire funding for a library with proper internet access to better educate the children of rural Morocco. We have no doubt that her ambitious work ethic and understanding of team dynamics will allow her to succeed at any project proposal she initiates while serving abroad.
Our team at Burlington Beer Works is forever grateful to you “Big C” and we look forward to supporting you with all of your future endeavors. We raise a glass of American Wheat in your honor. A heartfelt thank you and good luck.
Where in the world is your most favorite place to be? Rabat, Morocco
What was the title of the last book you read? “I Was Told to Come Alone” by Souad Mekhennet
Person you would most likely ask to lunch at BeerWorks? Alice Paul (Women’s Rights Activist)
What beer would you drink while you were there? American Wheat
What favorite menu item would you order? Glencoe Bird
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Most likely as an academic professional, teaching History with a focus on understanding the societal impact of social norms and how it effects the way we record our history.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? I published an independent study and presented it before a human rights commission at the United Nations. “Queer and Shear Moroccan Societal Norms Impact on Queer Women” https://digitalcollections.sit.edu/isp_collection/2636
One word to describe yourself: Focused
Advice for younger generations: History is important