First caterer to offer individualized tastings in the Greater Cincinnati Area

behind the scenes
OUR DEDICATED TEAM

“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” - Steve Jobs

Jeff Thomas

OWNER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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Spencer Prues

Chef

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Stacie Stickrod

Scheduling Coordinator

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Steve Roberts

Kitchen Lead

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Clay Berry

Event Coordinator

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Jeff Thomas

OWNER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Tell me a little about yourself
With an MBA in Marketing and a passion for good food, I found myself making a career out of my hobby for 30 years. Catering is a field that sparks creativity while affording me the pleasure of breaking bread with special friends.

What do you like most about your job?
That would be two fold. The obvious is watching trends in both food and presentation. Changing and keeping up with the latest trends. And second, the amazingly interesting people who come into my life and being able to share the special occasions of their lives with them.

Who/ What inspires you?
New ideas from my travels. I am always looking for the latest and greatest.

What is your favorite meal?
Anything Indian or Indonesian. Although a really good Raw Bar doesn’t suck!

What is your favorite drink?
I never met a drink I didn’t like except Tequila and White Zinfandel.

What is your Catering Nightmare?
Losing power, early arrivals, leaning wedding cakes and loud bands with too much ego!!

What is your Catering Heaven?
Using culinary research from around the globe to set new trends.

What is the most memorable event that you have ever worked with JTC and why?
The Heidt Wedding 2014
I was so proud to be trusted by such a genuinely lovely family. It was an honor to be part of the memories to their joyous occasion.

Spencer Prues

Chef

Tell me a little about yourself
I am 30 years old and have been cooking for the better part of the past 13 years. I have had a few different jobs over the years but I have always been drawn back to the kitchen. When I first started, cooking was just a paycheck but it quickly became a passion. I have worked under some amazing chefs and in doing so, it has only bolstered the love for my craft.

What do you like most about your job?
For me, making people happy has always been one of the best feelings. There is no better way than “Breaking Bread” to bring people together. Being given the opportunity to make someone’s big day special means so much to all of us. Being a part of a team that cares so much about making our clients night memorable is such a wonderful feeling.

Who/ What inspires you?
It would have to start with my family. Every year both sides of the family would come to our house for the holiday. My mom would be hard at work for days prior to the family’s arrival. She would single handedly create a buffet of food for 30+ people and make it look easy.
After that, it’s a list of amazing chefs that I’ve been fortunate enough to work with. From my Head Chef Coby Lowry at Ferrari’s Little Italy or my Chef at Quarter Bistro, Sean Williams to the team of Chefs at Sotto, Jacob Wood, Chris DuBois and Kaity Bourgeois, each one has been an encouragement to continue to better myself.

What is your favorite meal?
It’s so hard to pick any one meal. Lamb with chimichurri is definitely one of my favorites. But then there’s pasta, with a little water, egg and flour the possibilities are endless.

What is your favorite drink?
There’s just something nostalgic about a glass bottle of Coke.

What is your Catering Nightmare?
To hear that a couple didn’t have the most memorable time on their big day.

What is your Catering Heaven?
Bringing people together through food regardless of the occasion.

What is the most memorable event that you have ever worked with JTC and why?
I was lucky enough to be able to prepare the food and work an Indian wedding. From the food to the attire and the ceremony, everything was so beautiful and rich in culture.

Stacie Stickrod

Scheduling Coordinator

Tell me a little about yourself
I am 46 years old, married to my husband Barry for 26 years with 3 adult children and I have a bonus daughter. We currently have 6 grandchildren, 3 boys and 3 girls that I adore! Spending time with family has always been a priority to me! I am a bit of a workaholic but that’s easy to do when you love your job. I started with the company as a server for extra money. Little did I know it would be the best decision I ever made. I have always loved planning parties, setting them up, crafting things for parties and seeing them thru! I love JTC and everything we do!

What do you like most about your job?
I love my JTC family and all the passion everyone puts into their job! The fact that everyone Is always putting in 100% to make sure every event goes off flawlessly to the absolute best off their ability Is amazing. I also get to see so many new and creative ideas come to life thru food, decoration, and floral. Being a part in so many client’s special events is a tremendous honor in my eyes!

Who/ What inspires you?
I love crafting and making things with my own spin on them. I like to find ideas on Pinterest and try to make them my own.

What is your favorite meal?
Oddly enough I love salad, chef salad, grilled chicken, and fresh garden salad are a few of my favorite!

What is your favorite drink?
Mt. Dew

What is your Catering Nightmare?
For me it would be not meeting or exceeding a client’s expectations for their event. Although I also have a fear that a guest with a severe allergy would be served something accidentally causing a reaction.

What is your Catering Heaven?
Being told by clients that we have gone above and beyond their expectations!

What is the most memorable event that you have ever worked with JTC and why?
I worked The Holocaust opening at Museum Center for 900 people and it was a kosher event. The amount of planning, prep, and staff it took to make that event happen was astounding! It was so stressful for everyone but they made it happen flawlessly!

Steve Roberts

Kitchen Lead

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Who/ What inspires you?
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Clay Berry

Event Coordinator

Tell me a little about yourself
I’m 31 and originally from Mississippi. I have a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu. I’ve worked in restaurants and catering since I was 19 and can say that I am truly passionate about food and making peoples meals and experiences as memorable as I can. I’ve lived all over USA and have learned about all kinds of cuisine from chefs and restauranters. I’m so happy to be a part of Jeff Thomas Catering and know I have so much to learn from this talented team.

What do you like most about your job?
The team here at Jeff Thomas Catering is so welcoming and knowledgeable. I also love being able to make suggestions on menu ideas. Jeff and the team make me feel right at home.

Who/ What inspires you?
My grandfather is my biggest inspiration. I also love learning about different cultures and what food represents to those cultures. I’ve always felt like every dish has a story to tell.

What is your favorite meal?
Anything fried is right up my alley. Catfish on the bone and hushpuppies are probably at the top of that list.

What is your favorite drink?
Red Bull. I’m not saying its healthy, but it tastes like sweet tarts and I love sour candy.

What is your Catering Nightmare?
Having a fender bender on the way to an event. Oh the agony.

What is your Catering Heaven?
Great service, smiling faces, and a DJ that plays Kool and the Gang

What is the most memorable event that you have ever worked with JTC and why?
I’ve only been with the company for a short time so far but every event I have had the pleasure to work has been amazing. There are always great opportunities to learn and grow and that means so much to me.