Marigold Catering provides much more than the expected catering experience. We pride ourselves on providing more than a gourmet meal and five star service. Our service starts from the moment a client first contacts us. We help our cusomers plan their events, pick the venue, create a menu, and provide five star hospitality service.
Marigold Catering provides customers with a personalized story that they can tell for the rest of their lives. We take the role of narrator leaving you to be a character in your story. There is nothing left for you to worry about when we are telling your story together.
Founder and President
Born and raised in Cleveland, Joan grew up in a warm and embracing family that loved to cook and entertain. Early on she developed a passion for hospitality. Joan is graduate of the University of Denver Hotel and Restaurant Management School, with an MBA from Cleveland State University, Joan's career spans several large and respected food and hospitality corporations including: Hyatt Hotels, Kraft Foods, CPC Foods and Diamond Crystal Foods. In 1997, though, Joan left corporate life to create her own business.
As a business owner, Joan is deeply proud of the top notch staff she has assembled and nurtured. Joan is also deeply committed to social responsibility and environmental sustainability. In her spare time Joan directs the St Augustine 'Holiday meals for the Homeless and Home-bound," program. She is a board member for the Animal Protective League of Cleveland. On most Sunday mornings Joan walks unadopted dogs at the APL's kennels. Joan is also an avid golfer.Contact Joan
With over 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Mike Smith delights our clients with innovative, five star restaurant quality cuisine. A native of Labrador, Canada Mike developed his love for cooking at his mother's side in a family that valued food and celebration. Mike joined Marigold in 2007 after successful stints at several top Cleveland restaurants, and thus brings a fine dining sensibility to all of our events. Mike has a true passion for food and service, an eye for visual excitement , and a tremendous attention to detail. He takes great pride in his ability to lead a talented staff of cooks and bakers producing world class cuisine for events of all sizes. Mike is in constant contact with vendors, growers and artisanal food producers to stay on top of new food trends and local offerings. He loves to create new and exciting menu items to wow our clients and their guests.Contact Mike
Senior Event Manager
Gitta is a lifelong foodie. As a child, she fondly recalls working in her family’s large vegetable garden and preserving its bounty. After putting herself through college by working in area restaurants, Gitta fell in love with the hospitality industry. With over 25 years experience in restaurants and catering, Gitta offers our clients a wealth of experience in event planning and logistics, creative menu design, and stylistic food presentation. In her free time, Gitta remains a passionate gardener and enjoys tracking the latest culinary trends as well as Cleveland’s amazing restaurant scene.Contact Gitta
Marti, our newest event manager, built her esteemed 22 year career in catering at Elan Catering (our friendly competitor). In 2012, when Elan closed their doors, it was our great pleasure to welcome Marti to Marigold. A seasoned and highly respected hospitality professional, Marti brings a wealth of skill and experience to each event she plans. Marti enjoys helping her clients to design unique menus and has a knack for creating beautiful and exciting food and room presentation designs. A true people person, Marti loves working with clients to make their occasions unforgettable.Contact Marti
Director of Events at The Ballroom at Park Lane
Melissa jokes that event planning found her. As an undergraduate at Kent State University, Melissa was employed in the Student Center’s Event Office and fell in love with coordinating and producing functions. She honed her skills with Executive Caterers and at Jacob’s (now Progressive) Field, and eventually found her way to Marigold Catering in 2009. Melissa’s passion is wedding planning. She is warm and welcoming, confident and creative. No wonder couples love working with her. “I love helping couples to turn their dreams into reality,” she says. “It’s so rewarding when the host, or one of the guests, seeks me out to tell me that the event was amazing. It’s always a thrill to know that I was part of the team that made it happen.”Contact Melissa
Jimmy recently joined the Marigold Event Management team. He has worked in restaurants, catering and event planning in northeast Ohio for over 30 years and brings with him a breadth of knowledge, a creative flair and an enthusiasm only a true catering guru possesses. Jimmy has seen it all from a line cook, bartender and supervisor, to a wedding planner and event manager for parties for 1800 people.Contact James
Marigold Catering is an award winning boutique food service company that provides catering services to individuals, cultural institutions, businesses, and universities. We offer five star, restaurant-quality dining combined with outstanding and creative event execution.
We have a strong commitment to philanthropy and social causes and through our Marigold Outreach Program we seek to strengthen the well being of our community and the environment. Our "pop-up" Renegade Lunch events raise thousands of dollars for local nonprofit service organizations. Through our "Green Restaurant" certification initiative we have adopted operational procedures that promote a healthier and more sustainable environment.