Mark and I began McCreary’s Creative Catering in 2008, out of our home in Langdon. We took our attached garage and enclosed it for a secondary, catering kitchen.
Mark is the chef…and he is amazing if you haven’t already tried his food. I was never a “picky” eater but after eating Mark’s food for the last 20 years, I have become “particular”. He has done cooking since high school in Terril (where we grew up) and at the Lakes. We also owned our own steakhouse for three years in Lester Iowa. When we moved back, he cooked for the Spencer Golf and Country Club and has also worked at Perkins, so you could say that cooking is in his blood.
I, on the other hand, have no desire to cook. And why should I? Very seldom does Mark make something that I could have made better (although our idea of chili is completely different and I do make flat cakes better than he does). My job is to hold down the fort: organizing, planning, and keeping books up-to-date.
Our catering business started small, just doing little dinner parties, maybe meals for 60-80 people. Today it has grown into weddings, employee meals, backyard BBQs, open houses, business luncheons…you name it, we’ve probably done it! With the addition of a mobile food truck and a our base of operations outside of our home, our business has really taken off! While the majority of our jobs are in a 30 mile radius of Spencer, we have been known to travel…including a family reunion in Indianapolis!
Today, you will find us at Iowa Lakes Community College in Spencer. We serve meals for the college students, as well as being open to the public for dine-in, carry-out or DoorDash. We are fully based here and do all our catering events from this kitchen as well.