NORTH READING — Holten Brandi, 72, of North Reading, a creative chef and caterer, and formerly of West Peabody, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at his residence with his family by his side.
He was born in Greenport, L.I., New York on April 22, 1939, the son of the late Serafino and Evelyn Alice (Holten) Brandi and was raised there. He was a graduate of Cornell University and taught food chemistry courses there. He was first employed with the Marriott Hotels Inc. in the Washington, DC and Philadelphia areas.
He later owned and operated Brandi's Wharf Restaurant and Night Club in Philadelphia for many years. He then moved to Peabody, MA where he started working at the former Yoken's Restaurants in Danvers and Portsmouth, NH. He later started Holten Brandi Foods Inc, A Catering Service, that he ran with his family for 36 years.
He was very successful in creating many catering events along the North Shore and Boston and Newton areas. A talented chef, he taught a gourmet cooking class and also food preparation classes at Essex Agricultural School for many years. Holten had been in charge of all foods at the former Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro. Holten enjoyed traveling to different places and taking many pictures for his photography hobby.
He was the husband of the late Judith Anne (Shick) Brandi. He is survived by his adoring companion, Diane Riddell of North Reading, a son, Stephen Brandi of Peabody, two daughters and a son-in-law, Elisa Brandi of Winthrop and Suzanne and Joseph Reed of Peabody, a brother, John Brandi of American Virgin Island of St. John, a sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Bart Labowitz of Florida, his four grandchildren, Nicholas Brandi Miller and Olivia Brandi Miller of Winthrop, and Cyan and Temperance Reed of Peabody and many nieces and nephews.