Meet Our Team

Don Vonderhaar Sr.Don Vonderhaar Sr.  (1944 – 2016)

Founder and President emeritus Vonderhaar’s Catering

Don Vonderhaar, Sr. has always had close ties to the valley area of the city. Having grown up in Evendale on a dairy farm owned by his father and 2 uncles, he attended St. Peter & Paul school in Reading and later graduated from Roger Bacon High School in 1963. He began working for H&G Market in Reading in 1963 and subsequently purchased the market on January 1, 1969 at which point it became Vonderhaar’s Market. At that point the focus on the market was groceries and fresh meat. The ‘Catering’ portion came in 1970 when he catered his first event, his own wedding to Wilma on July 24. In 1976 he opened what was destined to become a community landmark and gathering space, Don’s Cream Whip. Over the years as Don oversaw the growth of market and catering business, many changes occurred and the market now offers many more items including a full service liquor store along with Craft Beers, Wines, Produce and our Specialty Catering side items to go along with our full service Meat Department. Don was a visionary and a pioneer as he introduced the concept of onsite grilling to the Greater Cincinnati Area and had custom designed grills (we now have 7 of these grills) in order to be able to grill at any location.

Don also never forgot the communities that supported him and helped make his business a success. He was always willing to support local teams and fundraisers and served on many local volunteer committees. He was a tremendous supporter of St. Rita School for the Deaf, a relationship that continues to the present.

Don and Wilma have three children, Don Jr., Jennifer and Kelly who all either currently work in the business now or have in the past. The same can be said of all 7 of his grandchildren, who all currently work for Vonderhaar’s Market & Catering.

Though no longer with us, his spirit lives on and he continues to be an inspiration to our success.

Don Vonderhaar
Don Vonderhaar's Catering, Reading, OH

Don Vonderhaar

President

My Dad, Don Vonderhaar, Sr., started Vonderhaar’s Catering in 1969.  When I was younger, I started working at the store as soon as I was able, in order to spend time with my Dad.  I learned so much from him in my early years. By the time I was an adult and decided that this was what I wanted to do as my life’s work, I was interested in taking what he had started to a new level and in a slightly different direction; a way to enhance and build upon the tremendous foundation my Mom and Dad had provided for the business. Although we still do some of the things that made us very well known when the business started 47 years ago, our style of catering today varies greatly and encompasses a much more expanded menu and complete array of event services including all types of rentals, beverage service and intricate event coordination.

Vintage Vonderhaar's storeThe market, which was our foundation 47 years ago, is still open and a wonderful part of Reading and the surrounding communities and continues to grow and thrive. I grew up in the business and have a true passion for what I do.  On any given day, you can find me ‘wearing a number of different hats’: in the office working on my daily tasks which range from meeting with clients, marketing, reviewing the latest catering trends, helping with menu research and development, planning events or working one of our catering events.

I am married to Gina and have two daughters, Allison and Kamryn; all three of whom are actively involved in the business as well. Other things that interest me are traveling, football (I am a Super Bowl enthusiast), cycling, golfing and getting outdoors.

Jerry Boehner

Jerry Boehner

General Manager

Jerry began working at Vonderhaar’s Catering in 1991 when he started dating Jennifer, Don’s daughter. He worked part time until 1999 and then started working full time in the kitchen, eventually progressing to the main inventory & ordering person of all food, beverages & disposables for the Catering Department. In 2001, he became the General Manager of operations and wears many hats at the company. On any given day you can find Jerry acting as our technical support, fielding questions from outside company sales representatives and ensuring all daily operations are running smoothly.

Jerry is married to Jennifer and has three daughters, Kayla, Lauren and Molly. In his free time, he enjoys training for marathons and playing a round of golf.

Roger Hollstegge

Roger Hollstegge

Culinary Team Leader & Special Projects Coordinator

Roger began working with food in 1980 at his brother’s produce store. Foodservice was never a career he planned, it just happened to be something which he enjoyed and for which he had some natural ability. All of these years later, it looks like it is now part of the plan. In 1996, Roger opened a restaurant in Fairfield, Destinys. This eventually led to the company Destinys Catering and Banquets. In 2010, during the economic turndown, Roger and his wife, Jenn, sold Destinys to Vonderhaar’s Catering. Roger now oversees the culinary division and helps develop new menu items; he also oversees special projects and assists with business development, such as the opening of V’s Café on 7th this past December and Vonderhaar’s involvement with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Roger travels to all divisions and assists wherever necessary. When not working, Roger enjoys spending time with his wife, Jenn, (who oversees the Destinys Catering division of the company) and his daughters, Hannah and Katie. He also enjoys volunteering at church.

Jan Riordan

Catering Sales Manager

 

Wendy Salyers Riffle

Wendy Salyers Riffle

Lead Captain and Scheduling Manager

Carol Hinssen

Customer Service Liaison

Sales and Customer Service Staff

 

Lori Haines

Lori Haines

Event Captain and Cooper Creek Event Specialist

Suzie Bateman-Blucker

Suzie Bateman-Blucher

Senior Event Captain for Cooper Creek Event Center

Diane Skillman

Customer Service Representative

 

Kayla Boehner

Kayla Boehner

Client Liaison

Allison Vonderhaar

Allison Vonderhaar

Client Liaison

Kaci Myers

Kaci Myers

Client Liaison

 

Captains

 

Nick Ariss-Powers

Nick Ariss – Powers

Event Captain and Grill Specialist

Kris Mentrup

Kris Mentrup

Event Captain and Grill Specialist

Denny Nichols

Denny Nichols

Event Captain and Grill Specialist 

 

James Linville

James Linville

Customer Service Representative

Jerry Petty

Jerry Petty

Event Captain and  Grill Specialist

Food Production and Culinary Staff

 

Tina Watson

Tina Watson

Prep Room Supervisor

James Watson

James Watson

Culinary Specialist

Timothy Jewell

Sous Chef

Mathew Jaskolka

Sous Chef

 

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