Ed Shea with Son, Ed and Daughter Julia



A Family's Passion


For over 50 years, the Shea family has been serving the Capital District.  From their humble beginnings as Shea’s Little Bavaria on North Allen Street, they have focused on growing a family business into one of the region’s premier caterers.  

Dad, Ed Shea, and son, Eddie Shea, lead the 2Shea Catering team as they serve the community as the in-house caterer at the IACC.

The Shea Family traces its Italian roots back to Roccagorga, (Lazio Region) Italy. Maternal grand-parents, Frank, and Assunta Rossi Palombi settled in the Capital District and raised 5 children here. Mary (Palombi) Shea was Ed’s mother and married James Shea. James Shea (Ed’s father) along with his brother, Edward F. Shea, opened their famous North Allen Street establishment in 1963 when James retired from the Albany Police Department.   It should also be noted that Regina (Palombi) and Nicholas Chicorelli, founding members of the IACC, were the aunt and uncle and great aunt and uncle respectively to the Sheas.


Ed Shea Sr. has spent a lifetime in the customer service business. He recalls from his early days at Vincentian Institute to today the hard work and the rewards of a family run food service business he shares with his son, Eddie, and daughter Julia. Ed’s children both have inherited his love for the hospitality business joining alongside him to create 2Shea Catering.       


The Sheas believe the Italian American Community Center is one of the top banquet sites in the area. With a 300-person banquet facility, outdoor roman garden, and pavilion it is the perfect location for any event. With Regina’s by 2 Shea at the Italian American Community Center you can expect a standard of excellence in hospitality and cuisine.