Marigold Catering – Cleveland, OH | Weddings, Corporate Events, Parties

Our Story

Founded in 1997 by Joan Rosenthal, Marigold Catering is now in its second decade of producing and catering events. We offer a full-range of complete event planning and catering services for both corporate and social occasions. Marigold has been recognized as Cleveland’s Top Off-Site Caterer by CBC Magazine. Over the years we’ve produced and catered hundreds of high-profile events. Marigold can provide everything from artfully staged, unstaffed breakfasts and buffets to complicated event management requiring full service coordination of design, catering, and logistics.

We address every detail and element of your function from menu creation, to venue selection, flowers, lighting, linens, entertainment and ambiance. We have produced fundraisers and galas for many of Cleveland’s most prestigious institutions including University Hospitals, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland AIDS Taskforce, Shaker Lakes Nature Center, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Flying Horse Farms and Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Our private clients, for which we maintain an extremely high level of confidentiality, are some of the most powerful and recognized people in and around the city. We invite you to explore our site, and learn more about the experience, and expertise we can bring to your event.

The Marigold Standard

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.

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Joan Rosenthal

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.

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Mike Smith

COO/Partner 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

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Vicki Hlousek

Director of Sales

Vicki’s mantra is personalization, planning each and every event as if it were her own. She strives to get to know clients and understand what they truly want to achieve whether the perfect party theme, menu or presentation style. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, she has learned to execute gatherings of all sizes and budget levels. In 2015, Vicki was nominated for Cleveland Business Connects Event Planner of the Year.  She relishes her time being a mom and loves planning parties for her kids, family and friends.  One of her favorite career highlights was working side by side with Emeril Lagasse at a private event.

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Katie Korte

Event Planner Katie earned her degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Findlay. After graduation she launched her career as a banquet professional, serving numerous weddings, mitzvahs, corporate meetings and private dining functions both large and small. Since joining Marigold, Katie has earned a reputation for carefully planning and managing multiple daily events and says the best part of her job is that no two days are ever the same. She’s an easy-going event planner who keeps her cool when the unexpected happens and is happiest when delivering exceptional service, leaving smiles on her clients’ faces. When she's not working, you can find Katie dancing, spending time with family and friends and trying new restaurants. Contact Katie

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Katie Coach

Event Planner

Katie Coach was born and raised in Cleveland, with hospitality roots in fine dining and country club service. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership and Ethics from St. Edwards University in 2013 and returned to “The Land” in 2015 after living in Austin, Texas and working as a Director of Catering and Events for seven years. She joined the Marigold team in October 2015 and her favorite part of event planning is building relationships with clients, taking their vision and bringing it to fruition with seamless execution.

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Jamie Brown

Facility Sales & Event Manager at MOCA

Jamie is a Cleveland native who earned her degree from Ursuline College in 2000. Despite her degree in graphic design, Jamie knew her calling was in event planning. With over 15 years of sales experience, she most recently worked in Development and Fundraising before coming to Marigold in November 2015. Jamie loves being a part of the process from beginning to end and helping her clients visions come to fruition. She loves getting to work with such a wide range of people and the variety of events that comes with it. Jamie enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves planning parties for them to enjoy.

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Amanda Green

Corporate Event Planner

Amanda graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Hospitality Management. She has been working in the food service industry for over 12 years and her most recent jobs include the Intercontinental Hotel in Cleveland and Firestone Country Club. Amanda loves working with food and getting creative in the kitchen. She loves creating fun dishes for her friends and family to try. Her favorite part of catering is helping clients plan their event and hearing positive feedback afterward!

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Marie Blankenship

Event Producer Marie is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute and received a degree from the Le Cordon Bleu Program in Hospitality Restaurant Management. She is an experienced Marigold event planner and loves creating memorable occasions for clients. From planning menus to managing events both on-site and off-site, Marie savors the process from beginning to end. She loves to cook and draws inspiration from watching numerous cooking shows and enjoys trying out fun menu ideas on family and friends. Contact Marie

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Kristen Kastel

Event Producer

Kristen graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. She found her love for event and logistic planning as a member of Theta Phi Alpha. Her favorite part of events is seeing all the pieces of the puzzle come together. When she is not working, Kristen enjoys spending time at the ballpark. She tries to visit a new stadium each year. Her favorite by far is Yankee Stadium.

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Our Mission

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.

Awards & Press

Marigold Catering has been the recipient of many awards over the years.

  • 2003 - Named one of Cleveland’s top three caterers by Northern Ohio Live magazine
  • 2004 - Joan Rosenthal honored as one of Cleveland’s Top Ten Business Owners by National Association of Women Business Owners
  • 2005 - Named one of Cleveland’s top three caterers by Northern Ohio Live magazine
  • 2006 - Named one of Cleveland’s top three caterers by Northern Ohio Live
  • 2007 - Voted #1 Best off-site caterer in Northeast Ohio by CBC Magazine
  • 2008 - Voted #1 Best off-site caterer in Northeast Ohio by CBC Magazine
  • 2009 - Joan Rosenthal honored as one of 12 women of note by Crain’s Cleveland Business
  • 2009 - Voted #1 Best off-site caterer in Northeast Ohio by CBC Magazine
  • 2011 - Voted #1 Best off-site caterer in Northeast Ohio by CBC magazine
  • 2012 - Voted #1 Best off-site caterer in Northeast Ohio by CBC Magazine
  • 2013 - Voted #1 Best on-site caterer in Northeast Ohio by CBC Magazine
  • 2015 - Voted #1 Best on-site caterer in Northeast Ohio by CBC Magazine