Their business suffered in the wake of Hurricane Sandy but now a Staten Island couple is getting a big boost thanks to the Super Bowl coming to town. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.
For Maryann Piazza, it's time to make the peanuts. Her secret recipe earned her and her husband Steve a contract to help cater a VIP Super Bowl party at the Meadowlands the day of the big game.
"Maybe I would have thought about buying a ticket to it but never did I think I'd be involved in it," said Steve Piazza.
The couple first applied for the Super Bowl contract in the fall of 2012. A year later and after several taste tests, they learned they were chosen to provide peanuts and cotton candy for the party that will include players and their families.
"We do do events, we are professional at what we do but this has bumped us up to a whole different venue and a whole different level," said Maryann Piazza.
The Piazzas say the NFL has given them not just a contract but a chance to become better business people. They received leadership and customer service training and took part in networking events across the country.
"It was more than financial it was educational, and you know, you can't put a price on education," said Steve Piazza.
Steve and Maryann have been working out of a temporary location. That's because their warehouse was damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The damage was so bad, they thought their business might never recover.
"I didn't think I was able to do it and then this came along and the tables turned," said Steve Piazza.
Steve says their company Majestic Catering is now enjoying one of its best years yet. The hope is to use the connections they've made through the Super Bowl to help expand their business and hire more local workers.
"We're hoping to create those jobs and to train them so they can be here and to support the local community," said Maryann Piazza.
Maryann Piazza says they've already met a distributor looking to help take their nuts nationwide. But she and her husband say the job at hand is to make a good impression at the Super Bowl where they'll give thousands a taste of New York.