Who is Martha's?

A fine food and beverage caterer, creating memorable events for over three decades.

Our Story

We are not your typical caterers. We do amazing things with food
. . . and service!

It all began over 35 years ago at Martha's Vineyard, an ambitious neighborhood store with a mission to provide the best selection, value, and service to a wider community of wine and food lovers. Martha's quickly gained a quiet reputation for just that: West Michigan's finest purveyor of selection, value, and service in specialty wines, beers, liquors and gourmet – especially locally sourced – groceries. Over the decades, Martha's growing reputation for exceptional beverage catering services led to a natural customer demand to expand into food catering. Consequently, a little over fifteen years ago, Martha's Catering was formed to answer our customers' call for an elevated tier of food catering services, and we have not looked back.

We at Martha's Catering are grateful that our customers recognize our passionate pursuit of excellence in all our catering services – food and beverage alike – and that our stated goal is to exceed customer expectations. We are also most fortunate to have built a strong team of talented chefs and event planners who are passionate about serving great food and creating memorable moments. At each event, this collaboration between our customers and our passionate, professional, and problem-solving catering team does just that . . . create memories.

Chances are good that you recently experienced our food or beverage catering service at a wedding, corporate, or social event. If so, we thank you and look forward to serving you again soon. If not, let's get better acquainted so we can assist you in making memorable your next culinary event.

"I can’t imagine how we could have made everything come together without your help. Our families, particularly my mom, are so grateful for your help, not to mention your patience. I feel confident there’s no one better to work with for planning a family’s very first wedding. I’d recommend you and Martha’s to anyone. Thank you sincerely."

Erica G. - Wedding
  • Jason Woodbury

    Executive Chef

    Jason has been with Martha's Catering since the beginning. An old school chef who boils chicken bones to make soup, butchers his own meat, and makes salad dressings from scratch.  There is no detail too obscure for Jason when it comes to quality and freshness of ingredients. Customizing a menu for each event small and large that delivers that same kitchen-freshness to your guests requires timing, skill, and Jason's years of experience that is unparalleled in the catering world of West Michigan. We are lucky to have Jason in our kitchen, and so are you if you dine with us!

  • Cheri Sanders

    General Manager

    Cheri joined the Martha's Catering management team when she moved to the Grand Rapids area in January 2016, bringing ten years of experience in the hospitality industry as a restaurant manager in the eastern side of the state. Along with her natural passion for the food and beverage industry, Cheri's business management studies at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan equipped her as a skilled manager in ensuring that customer expectations are exceeded throughout the planning and execution of each catered event. Martha's Catering is fortunate to have added Cheri to the team. Her experience and skill at managing fine food and beverage service from chef's kitchen to guest's table is like poetry in motion. In her spare time she loves to cook, travel and spend time with family and friends.

  • Merideth Stover

    Corporate | Non-Profit Sales Manager

    Many will know Merideth Stover from her years of experience bartending with Martha's Beverage Services. That skill and experience working with clients as a bartender has equipped her to anticipate problems before they might occur – a clear advantage when it comes to planning events. So much more than simply an event manager, Merideth's love for food and people shows when planning any corporate event ranging from a casual lunch meeting to an elegant annual fundraising event. Merideth grew up in Grand Rapids, and loves to see thriving local businesses elevating Grand Rapids on the national food scene map. Merideth balances work with spending time with friends and her growing family – with a baby on the way. 

  • Chelsea Derderian

    Wedding | Personal Sales Manager

    Chelsea is the newest member of the Martha’s Catering sales team. She brings experienced event design and management expertise to the team from a variety of hospitality and general business backgrounds. Prior to joining Martha's Catering, Chelsea also earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from GVSU, specializing in event management. Chelsea’s commitment to customer care, her passion for quality food and wine, and her innate skill for creative event design, combine to make her an expert planning manager for weddings and personal events. In her spare time, you will find her exploring the outdoors, checking out new restaurants, expanding her wine-tasting palate, and enjoying family time (dogs, too!).

  • Tom Rooney

    Event | Staff Manager Corporate Liaison

    Tom is a graduate of Davenport University with degrees in Business Management, Sales & Marketing, and Physical Distribution. Prior to joining Martha's Catering, Tom spent 25 years in corporate sales and five years as a planner for local government. Tom is responsible for Martha's staff of servers and bartenders. His easy professionalism is contagious to all who work with him, and clients immediately recognize it. You will find Tom planning event logistics and mingling with clients during their events. In his spare time, Tom and his wife Kay enjoy being with family and friends, along with visiting locally owned eating establishments.

  • Brandon

    Warehouse Manager

    Is there any obstacle that Brandon can't overcome? Clients up and down the west side of Michigan know Brandon for his many years as the backbone of delivery logistics for both Martha's Catering and Martha's Vineyard Beverage Services. All who know him – work associates and clients alike –  are amazed at how much he accomplishes in a day. Brandon manages the warehouse, the fleet of delivery vehicles, deliveries for the store, and has solved more last-minute logistical | delivery problems than we can collectively remember. If a delivery problem can be solved, Brandon will find a way.

What Our Customers Are Saying

"Thank you so much for your help with planning my parents' anniversary celebration.  The food was wonderful; beautifully prepared and served. Everyone savored it! Jessie and Rumeal were courteous, competent, and helpful servers. My parents thoroughly enjoyed celebrating this amazing milestone in their own space with close family.  I appreciate your help in making it possible." 

70th Wedding Anniversary