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


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.

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Gitta Stonitsch

Sales Consultant

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.

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Marti Aust

Event Manager

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.

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Melissa Wright

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.”

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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. You can find Katie smiling when she’s dancing, spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants or eating anything with feta cheese on it.

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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. Prior to joining Marigold, Vicki was an event manager at Gavi’s where she learned to execute gatherings of all sizes and budget levels. She relishes her time being a mom and loves planning parties for her kids, family and friends.  The highlight of her career, thus far, was working a private event with Emeril Lagasse.

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Tom Budas

Director of Events at MOCA

As a highly-regarded and award-winning event specialist, Tom brings over 25 years of experience to Marigold Catering. He’s worked for some of the biggest names in the industry, including Paramount Pictures, and locally, The Great Lakes Science Center. A career highlight includes working an event commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation on the U.S.S. Enterprise. A social butterfly by nature, Tom demonstrated his love of working with people and event planning when he helped launch, a blog dedicated to showcasing exceptional events. When he’s not working on the next great affair at MOCA, Tom loves hosting dinner parties for friends and family.

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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.

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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 - Connector’s Choice Award 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