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
  • Tony Nevarez

    Executive Chef

    Chef Tony has been with Martha’s since May 2018 as Executive Chef of Martha's Catering. Born in Oceanside, California, Tony attended culinary school in Grand Rapids at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education with a focus in culinary management/culinary arts/baking and pastry. He also studied business administration at Ferris State  University. Tony has over 20 years’ experience in the food industry - experience that ranges from operating a café in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel at the age of 21, and more recently managing a brew pub in Lowell, Michigan -  and is skillful in both Mediterranean cuisine and American comfort fare. Tony manages all aspects of food production and is a team player with a passion for pairing food and beverage. As an experienced team-builder, Tony is enthusiastic about business growth and development techniques. He believes professionalism is key to success in our industry.

    Tony loves red wine (specifically Argentinean Malbec), and perpetually maintains a positive attitude with a big smile on his face.  In Tony’s spare time, he is a devoted family man and the father of five young kids! 

  • 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.

  • O'Malley Ferguson

    Event and Sales Manager

    O’Malley is the newest member of the Martha’s Catering team. Her work history in food service at both Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State has well prepared her for planning events. From corporate lunches to your big wedding day, O’Malley’s attention to detail and dedication to making sure your event runs smoothly is very evident in her work. She is always eager to learn and expand her knowledge in the events and catering industry. In her spare time, you will find O’Malley teaching dance and even performing. She enjoys watching movies, spending time with friends and family, and visiting the local coffee shops in GR.

  • Abbie Patenaude

    Wedding | Personal Sales Manager

    Abbie offers expertise in catering design and event planning from a wide variety of hospitality and event sales backgrounds. Prior to joining Martha’s Catering, Abbie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Advertising with a minor in Hospitality and Tourism Management from GVSU. Abbie’s experience in menu planning for weddings, corporate, and social events makes her an expert planning manager for personalized events. In her spare time, you will find her reading a good book, enjoying the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and trying out any of the new hotspots to eat downtown (especially if they offer breakfast all day!).

  • 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


"I want to tell you how absolutely wonderful your staff was. They were all professional but so much fun!  They kept everyone smiling and laughing!  I couldn’t imagine working with anyone else! Be sure to thank the trio for me. I will continue to recommend Martha’s. You were all terrific. Thanks again!" 


Jamie T.
Private Event