A Business that Inspires Hope: John Marshall Catering

jmphotoJohn Marshall is an avid and talented chef. Marshall began his now 35-year food service career at Beatty Tech where he claimed first place in the state cooking competition (1978). He started running his first kitchen at age twenty and hasn’t looked back since. After working for Marriot Corporation and other banquet facilities, Marshall went into business for himself with Bogie’s Den (1993-2000), a local family restaurant.

Throughout his career, Marshall has showcased his talents to the likes of Presidents, First Ladies, and various state and local politicians. His true passion lies with serving the residents of Southwestern PA with Gibsonia-based catering company, John Marshall Catering. John Marshall Catering was recognized as Best Caterer in the North Hills. He has also won the Reader’s Choice Bronze Award presented by Pittsburgh’s own Tribune-Review. Marshall has also captured first place in the Veggie Throw Down – Catering Division, and first place Appetizer – Catering Division while participating in a fundraiser to support Crisis Center North. John Marshall is a professional with many years of experience in the culinary arts and entertainment. The company’s mission is to please the palates of everyone with “gourmet to down-home cooking.”

We find it quite impressive that John Marshall has cooked alongside Chef Tyler Florence and prepared meals for President Ford, Barbara Bush and numerous other senators, governors and dignitaries. However, it is how he has used these fabulous skills for the least of those among us that has stolen our hearts.

John Marshall uses his catering company and the talents that God has given him to serve others. He prepares and donates meals for Shepherd’s Heart for homeless and veterans. He participates yearly in Cocktails and Cuisine for Crisis Center North, the Pittsburgh Signature Chefs Auction for March of Dimes, and the Cystic Fibrosis Walk and Brewer’s Ball helping them to raise much needed funds for their charities. He donates to the Ride for Homeless Vets. He is involved with the Bantam Jeep Festival and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler. He is a member of the Cranberry Noon Rotary Club. John participates in mission groups for St. Richard’s Church and travels annually to Guatemala.

We are sure that there is much more to this list but the information was hard to extract from the humble hard-working man behind John Marshall Catering.

He is near and dear to the staff at Anchorpoint as well. Lisa Feraco, ACM’s office manager and former youth leader for St. Alphonus, Wexford says, “John opens his kitchen every year to our teens for our annual nut roll sale.” Lisa explains his hands-on help with the teens, “He teaches them how all the steps necessary for creating a finished product that folks love from weighting the nut mixture, rolling the dough properly and giving them a good-natured hard time for odd shaped dough, to the egg wash and the baking. His donation of time, facilities, and supplies at cost allow the teens to participate in our annual Summer Mission Trip.”

John Marshall Catering has been good to the families of Anchorpoint’s SPIN Group for Single Moms too. What a blessing for these ladies and their children to slow down and enjoy a delicious, hot, homemade meal (that they did not have to cook!) prepared by the famous John Marshall Catering.

John says that “meeting youth with good faith and work ethic inspires hope in him.”

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