Funky’s Catering began in 2004 under the experienced eye of Michael “Funky” Forgus. With his 30+ years of restaurant and fine dining experience he transitioned to the special event industry hoping to change the landscape of catering in Cincinnati.
Our attention to detail and passion for leading the industry is legendary. We are always looking for a better way to be of service to our clients and their guests. From the very beginning, we have offered complete custom menus believing that this is the only way to craft quality food that will appeal to each event.
We were the first in the city to exclusively offer private tastings. These have been a key factor to our success because it is during these dedicated one-on-one times that we get to know our clients and they get to know us. It is said that breaking bread with someone is about so much more than the bread. We believe it and the proof is in the pudding.
It is unusual in our industry, but we believe that it is of the utmost importance to have our own service staff rather than using temporary placement agencies. By doing so, we can train them to our high standards and hold them completely accountable. We offer required monthly training for all levels of our team to ensure that they understand, fulfill and exceed our client and guest expectations.
In 2010, we began to see a shift in the needs of our clients and decided to add more responsibility to the role of our on-site food and beverage manager or captains. They meet with our client weeks prior to their event, write a comprehensive service plan, communicate that plan to the entire team including the kitchen, warehouse and service staff and then are completely responsible for executing their plan on-site. This change has greatly enhanced our ability to ensure a smooth and effortless event.
Change continued on the horizon as Funky’s was often asked to take on bigger pieces of the event beyond the food and service. After careful consideration, we added a Design & Event Services division in 2012. Our client offerings now include custom design, entertainment, planning, production and rentals.
Last, but not least, 2013 was our first full year managing a new event venue, Pinecroft at Crosley Estate (live link). This beautiful 1927 Tudor style mansion rests on 17 acres of land and has quickly become home to some of the best weddings and social occasions in Cincinnati. Many corporations also find it the perfect location for brainstorming, creative sessions and off-site meetings.