Farewell to Our Friend and Colleague, the Catering Guru

Filed under: Bites & Bits , Author: Caron Golden , June 25, 2013

We at the APPCA were saddened to learn of the passing yesterday morning, June 24, of Michael Roman, founder of Minneapolis-based Catersource and inspiration to millions of caterers around the globe, as well as many personal chefs in the United States. He was 67.

When the APPCA held its annual Personal Chef Summit in Las Vegas in February 2008, we worked with Mike to deliver programming from the APPCA at that year’s Catersource conference, which followed our event and allowed us to further promote the APPCA as a leading brand. Mike was generous to award us a complimentary booth at the accompanying trade show. He asked nothing in return, and our team was grateful to him. Before and since, Mike was a good friend to and supporter of our organization.

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As a visionary leader, Mike was always looking for a forum to gain and share advice with his fellow caterers. He worked with his mother in the catering business from the age of 10, and he developed a wealth of information and skills. He bought his parents’ catering company, the Mixing Bowl, in 1974, and began to teach seminars on the industry around Chicago.

Eager to share his knowledge, he began consulting full time in 1986, offering business-building strategies that greatly enhanced the profile of the catering industry. Mike had a unique gift of bringing his industry together and helping it grow, formalizing his commitment with the launch of the Catersource conference in 1992 and Catersource Magazine in 2003.

Just as we stress to our members who offer dinner parties, cooking classes and other events where personal chefs engage with their clients’ guests, Mike used to talk about offering an experience, which he dubbed “performance creativity”–catering as entertainment. “You have to focus on ways to deliver excitement,” he said once. “It has to be mind-boggling and memorable.”

Mike shared his expertise wholeheartedly and selflessly, with kind words and personalized advice for every caterer who approached him.

Although he sold his portion of the Catersource business in 2011, Mike continued to support the brand he founded.

To celebrate his life and commitment to caterers, Catersource will be founding a scholarship in Mike Roman’s name. Visit www.catersource.com for more info.

Feel free to post messages to Mike’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AskTheCateringGuru or the Catersource Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Catersource.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Michael Roman’s name to the American Diabetes Association. Contact ADA at (800) 342-2383 or www.diabetes.org.

As Mike said often, he couldn’t imagine being anything but an educator. He will be greatly missed.

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Founder of premier organization of personal chefs inspires students to follow their dreams of culinary entrepreneurship.

Candy Wallace, executive director of the American Personal & Private Chef Association (APPCA), today was recognized by Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies as its 33rd Distinguished Guest Chef.

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    Excellent post…Anyone needed impeccable service that will make it truly unforgettable. So your service is much appreciating for them.

    Comment by Ronnies' Kitchen Catering — November 26, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

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