History of McHale's Events and Catering

History of McHales


Charles McHale Sr. (Charles) began the family business when he opened M&W Market, which was located at Madison and Wallace in Covington, Kentucky.


After graduating from the Toledo School of Meat Cutting, Charles McHale Jr. (Charlie) became the second grocer in his family when he opened Junior’s Food Market, which was located at 4010 Decoursey Avenue in Covington, Kentucky. Charlie also expanded the business to include freshly-cut meat.


Charlie moved the Decoursey Avenue store to a brand new building on Winston Avenue in Latonia, Kentucky. Charlie also grew the family business by opening a new store at 6417 Dixie Highway in Florence, Kentucky. To better emphasize its service of providing freshly-cut meat, he also renamed the business McHale’s Meats.


Once again, Charlie grows the family business by opening a new store at 1949 Dixie Highway in Ft. Wright, Kentucky. He also expanded the business by adding a deli and catering services.


After 21 years in the grocery business, Charlie reached record sales of $7 million. Unfortunately, 1986 was also the year that Charlie McHale passed away leaving the business to his wife, Mary McHale. Due to family responsibilities, Mary turns over management of the family business to Charles McHale III (Chuck).


Due to changes in the retail industry, Mary McHale sells the family business to Remke Markets. Ten months later, Chuck purchases the Florence store back from Remke Markets. It is at this time that Chuck’s focus began to change from the retail food industry to the off-premise catering industry. From 1991 to 1998, as retail sales declined, catering sales increased and more than made up the difference.


Chuck sells the last retail store and moves his off-premise catering business to a brand new 2000 square foot industrial kitchen in Wilder, Kentucky which was equipped to handle catering services for over 3000 guests per day.


McHale’s Catering opened The Marquise Banquet & Conference Center, an elegant full-service banquet facility, in Wilder, Kentucky.


The Opening of the PointMcHale’s Catering takes over management of The Point Pavilion, located in Covington, Kentucky. After extensive renovations, The Point reopens as an exquisite full-service banquet facility. McHale’s Catering expands its name to McHale’s Catering & Event Specialists to better emphasize its broadening scope of services.


McHale’s Catering more than meets anticipated sales goals by doubling total sales since the opening of The Marquise. McHale’s accomplished this goal by focusing on larger on-premise events and eliminating smaller off-premise events decreasing the number of overall orders by 40%.


McHale’s Catering & Event Specialists purchased Wood Brothers Smokehouse and Grill and Town & Country Banquet Center and renames it The Gardens of Park Hills. The Gardens features two elegant banquet rooms, The Vista Room and The Arbor Room. After extensive renovations, McHale’s Catering & Event Specialists opens The Gardens of Park Hills Vista Room. Decorated in a Tuscany Garden theme, the Vista Room exuberates elegance.


McHale’s Catering & Event Specialists was selected as one of three exclusive caterers for the Drees Pavilion at Devou Memorial Overlook. With a spectacular view of downtown Cincinnati, a fabulously decorated banquet room, exquisite cuisine and supreme service, the Drees Pavilion delivers excellence. Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce names McHale's Catering one of the top 30 fastest growing companies in the region for the fourth consecutive year.


McHale's Catering celebrates it's 40th year anniversary — with an estimated 2.4 million meals served!


To help celebrate McHale's involvement in the community, they offer a free $6,000 event as a contest to a worthy non-profit in the area. Due to the number of entries, they decided to award 3 non-profits with events.


McHale’s Catering and Event Specialist changes name to reflect broader range of services to McHale’s Hospitality Group.


In March 2008, major renovations were completed on The Arbor Room at the Garden Park Hills.  The room received all new colors, carpet and updated accents. During 2008, McHale’s was selected to be one of the exclusive caterers for The Grand Ballroom located in Odd Fellows Hall in historic Covington.  Since then, McHale’s has taken over day to day management of this elegant building.  With the blending of the history of this building with the timeless elegance, The Grand provides a classic backdrop for events and is an excellent addition to McHale’s Hospitality Group.


McHale's Catering takes over Elegance Banquet Hall in Florence, Kentucky and begins renovations to transform it into The Florentine Event Center.


McHale's Events and Catering is awarded as one of the top 10 workplaces in the Cincinnati area.


McHale's Events and Catering completes construction on our new $350,000 commerical kitchen.


McHale's Events and Catering is honored by The Knot as one of the best places to have a wedding, our chef Chris Weist wins NKY Magazine's Best Chef of Northern Kentucky while McHale's also wins the title of Best Caterer of Northern Kentucky.


McHale's Events and Catering opens The Pinnacle, a new venue with an urban theme in Covington, Kentucky. McHale’s Events and Catering and The Gardens of Park Hills are both recognized by The Knot as one of the best places to have a wedding; and for the second year in a row both Chef Chris and McHale's win honors from NKY Magazine as Best Chef and Best Caterer of Northern Kentucky. 


NKY Magazine names McHale's Best Caterer for the third year in a row. McHale's Event and Catering is named as preferred caterer with The Cincinnati Museum Center; The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; The Center at Fountain Square and New Riff Distillery and Event Center.


McHale's reputation for providing delectable cuisine and unparalleled service, the future of McHale’s Events and Catering is unlimited. Our goal is to continue to exceed all expectations in the area of on-premise and off-premise catering services.


Contact Info

  (859) 442-7776
  (859) 291-9663
1622 Dixie Hwy
Park Hills, KY 41011


With multiple exquisite venues in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, a reputation for providing delectable cuisine and unparalleled service, and more than 50 years experience in the food and catering industry, the future of McHale’s Events and Catering is unlimited.

Our goal is to continue to exceed all expectations in the area of on-premise and off-premise catering services in the Cincinnati area.

Henne / Iderhess Wedding Reception at The Grand Ballroom

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Wessendarp / Mullins Wedding Reception at New Riff Distillery and Event Center

Carly was so impressive and "on it!" She was quick to respond to some last minute changes and was so helpful during the whole process. 

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Mueller / Schamel Wedding Reception at The Cincinnati Club

Seems like so long ago! But correspondence on booking was clear and prompt.

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Mansoor / Timon Wedding Reception at The Pinnacle Ballroom

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Contact Us

   contact (@) mchalescatering.com
  (859) 442-7776
  (859) 291-9663
1622 Dixie Hwy
Park Hills, KY 41011

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