What began as just an idea in 1971 has blossomed into one of Western New York’s finest catering operations. Celebrating 42 years of operation in the Tonawanda's, Jack and Mary Ann Cohen, owners of Mr. & Mrs. Catering Service, Inc. turned over the reins of operation to their eldest son David on September 1st, 2004.
Jack & Mary Ann are stepping aside with pride, although Jack feels that David will be calling on them for that occasional help. "We wish David the best for his future and congratulate him for his accomplishments and determination." They are excited that a family member is carrying on the tradition of "hot foods served hot" or "from the oven to the plate".
David is proud of what his parents have accomplished with their business. He boasts that he will continue to keep the tradition of hot foods first and foremost in the buffet line, something that his parents prided themselves in doing. His goal is to beat his parents’ record of serving 600 people on a sit-down dinner in 18 minutes by doing it in 14 minutes or less. Serving 400 people with eight buffet lines is a tradition for Mr. & Mrs. Catering.
"I am not really taking over, I am just moving forward. I am excited for the opportunity that my parents have given me, and can assure them that I will not let them down."
David has been in the food business since he graduated from college in 1989. He used the experience he developed working with chains like Roy Rogers, Sbarros and Garfield's to bring youth and dynamics to his parents’ business through the seventeen years he has been associated with Mr. & Mrs. Catering Service. He plans to continue the tradition of quality food and excellent service, and looks forward to the years to come.
David is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lockport and The Exchange club of the Tonawanda's. He is Sergeant at Arms of the Sons of the Legion Post 264 in Tonawanda. His work with Make-A-Wish, Alzheimer’s and Hospice has raised thousands of dollars for their causes. He is also an active member of the chamber of commerce of the Tonawanda's. Last but not least, he is the founder and President of the Western New York Parrot Head Club and national secretary to the national Jimmy Buffett fan club.