Founded in 1997, Marigold prides itself on being not only a woman-owned, but LGBTQIA-owned business, thanks to our founder Joan Rosenthal. Joan started with “humble beginnings” as she often says, relying on her amazing family and friends for support. Joan used her mother’s kitchen to prepare and cook food and is often heard referring to her mother as her “first executive chef”. 25 years later, Marigold has grown into the blooming Catering + Events business it is today, with Joan instilling her passion and enthusiasm not only to her staff, but to her clients as well. At Marigold, we love assisting you with all types of events – anything from small intimate dinner parties to huge galas for hundreds of people.
At Marigold, we strive to deliver a truly unique and memorable experience from start to finish. We’re not a big operation that churns out cookie-cutter parties, but we’re also not a small shop that lacks the resources to ensure your event runs smoothly. We are right in the middle! Our dedicated Event Team will provide you with personal attention to guide you through the event planning process. We believe that catering is more than just food on a plate and we measure our success by the personal connections we create and invest ourselves completely in the happiness of our clients and guests.
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 Joan left corporate life to create her own business.
As a female business owner, Joan is deeply proud of the top notch staff she has assembled and nurtured, as well as the thousands of events they have pulled off together. Joan is deeply committed to social responsibility and environmental sustainability, focusing on being as “green” as possible. Joan is also an avid golfer and can often be found hitting the links whenever the weather is nice!
Marigold is committed to giving back to the communities in which our employees and clients live and work. We support our community through our time, energy and resources. We embrace the opportunity to give back as we seek to create a stronger community. Marigold has developed community partnerships with causes that align with our core values and work with them closely to help further their missions.
Great question! Each event is assigned a dedicated planner who will work with you from start to finish. We create your menu, design your space, handle your timeline & logistics and guide you through the event planning process. We also supply you with checklists, vendors recommendations and personalized touches. At Marigold, we act as your portal into Cleveland’s event planning world!
We have the highest quality service staff in Cleveland. Our staff is meticulously trained and lead by our event planning team as well as our senior service members known as Captains. Your service staff is determined by your Event Planner and is based on a couple of things: setup requirements, dinner service style, number of guests and selected menu items. We also require chefs to be onsite to prepare and make your food beautiful and delicious.
Absolutely! That’s one of the best parts of being a custom caterer! We can design a menu to accommodate any special dietary restrictions from gluten-free to vegan and more. Be sure to let your Event Planner know of these restrictions during the initial planning stages of the event.
We get this question a lot! It means different things to different companies, but for Marigold, this means that we can adjust, modify and create any menu items that you want! We do everything from changing portion sizes to full custom menus for clients.
Contact us today! One of our talented Event Planners will be happy to walk you through the process. In the meantime, feel free to browse through our menu gallery or check out our venue page to find the perfect location for your event.
We are able to cater to groups from small to large. Whether your event is an intimate dinner party of ten, a large corporate gathering for hundreds, or a black tie gala, Marigold will work with you to make your vision come alive.