About Us

Why Are We Called Steak Shop Catering & Food Service?

Our history starts in 1931 on Third Street in downtown Winona, Minnesota. Frank Cunningham came to Winona for the teacher training course at Winona State Teachers College. After completing college, he wanted something better than the $50.00 a month teacher's salary, so he opened the Steak Shop Restaurant which remained open until 1976 when urban renewal changed downtown Winona. All buildings on the same block as Steak Shop Restaurant were demolished. In 1976, the Witt family then opened up a commercial kitchen at 301 East Mark Street and this location became Witt Vending & Steak Shop Catering. In 2008, Witt Vending was sold and Steak Shop Catering became its own once again as Steak Shop Catering & Food Service, owned by Daryl Reidel. The facility is still a commercial kitchen and has expanded to over 5000 square feet. Steak Shop Catering is the largest caterer in Southeastern Minnesota.


Our Commitment

While our business has grown up over the years, our focus on making home-style, high-quality food hasn't changed a bit. We make every recipe from scratch, fresh for each order. And if you want it just the way mom makes it, we'll use any recipe you give us. We enjoy getting to know our customers and helping make their event a memorable experience. We will work with your budget to create the perfect menu for you! Our staff has many years of experience in the food industry. Many of our key staff members have been part of Steak Shop Catering for more than 10 years, and several have been for more than 25 years.


Our Service

Steak Shop Catering & Food Service still prepares its recipes from fresh ingredients much like in 1931 when it was a restaurant in downtown Winona. We cut our steaks fresh for your event; and all entrees, soups, and salads are made fresh in our kitchen specifically for your event. Our famous potato salad is made the old-fashioned way with whole fresh potatoes.


Who Do We Cater To?

Steak Shop Catering & Food Service caters to international businesses such as RTP and Peerless Chain, schools (Cotter Schools, Bluffview Montessori, St. Martin's Lutheran School, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical-Winona and Red Wing), Minnesota Beethoven Festival and Shakespeare Festival, many clubs and organizations, churches, weddings, funerals, reunions, and parties for any occasion and season.


Our Equipment

We have the equipment to do your event right: cargo vans with refrigerated units, hot and cold food and beverage containers, portable grills and griddles, chafing pans, china, glassware and linens. Chocolate fountains, snow cone, ice cream, cotton candy and popcorn machines are available for rent to make your event fun and memorable. Other caterers and businesses often rent equipment from Steak Shop Catering & Food Service for their own events.


Where Do We Cater?

We can cater to you at any location: your family farm, church, a local park, or community center.


Winona Locations:

We have catered at the Athletic Club, Eagles Club, Legion Club, VFW, Redmen's Club, Holzinger Lodge, Lake Park Lodge, Valley Oaks Lodge, Winona Elks Lodge, Winona History Center, Kiwanis Pavilion, Jaycees Pavilion, Unity Park, Farmer's Community Park, Stockton Community Center, Homer Civic Center, Tau Center, and Tandeski Center.


Outside Winona Locations:

Witoka Tavern, Coffee Mill, Alma Rod and Gun Club, Ettrick Rod and Gun Club, Lewiston Community Center, Centerville Curling Club, and Rushford Legion are some of the venues where we've catered. Local businesses we work with are Bloedow's Bakery, Kesala's Creative Cakes, Winona Rental, Pork Masters, and Suncrest Gardens Farm, just to name a few.

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301 E Mark Street Winona, MN 55987-3843