A Great Culinary Experience Your Guests Will Always Remember!
All meals on our Catering Menu are made from scratch using organic, home-grown (in season) ingredients, and we use home-raised pork with no antibiotics or hormones present. Choose Elite for a wonderful, one of a kind homemade flavor for your event!With over 20 years of experience, offering wonderful homemade foods with personalized service & competitive pricing, Elite Catering has become known as one of the best caterers in South Central Wisconsin. We serve the Baraboo, Wisconsin Dells, Reedsburg, Sauk City & greater Madison areas. Elite Catering is located in Baraboo, Wisconsin.•Weddings and Rehearsal Dinners•Bridal and Baby Showers•Corporate Functions•Birthdays •Reunions•Graduations•Christmas/Holiday Parties•Hog Roasts•Funerals•Retirements •Any Special Occasions
If you have any questions or special requests feel free to call us at 608-355-2456. We are happy to work with you to fit your menu and/or your budget needs. We look forward to serving you and your guests.
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Chef Michael has 38 years of culinary experience and graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management. He apprenticed at the Drake Hotel in Chicago and also holds apprenticeships in professional baking and meat cutting. In addition, he and his wife Debra owned and operated The Oaks Dining & Spirits, an award winning restaurant, then went on to own & operate their own 'from scratch' bakery as well. Mike is active in the community with Optimists USA, Community Christian School, and also teaches within the Pro-Start Culinary program at Portage High School.
Chef Michael and Deb currently own and operate Elite Catering, a family business in Baraboo, WI. They have become known as a hard-working, creative team; reliable caterers with some of the best food around. If you want an event where your guests will rave about the great meal as much as the party, Elite Catering is the one to call.
Elite Catering • 648 W. Mulberry St, Baraboo, WI 53913
You've tried the rest, Now enjoy the BEST!Interested in a TASTING? We provide a sampling of your reserved menu items for $25.00/person; Non-refundable upon cancellation. Please call for a reservation.If you want something that is not listed, feel free to call; we will be happy to work with you.At Elite Catering our focus is on you and your guests… our specialty is custom building menus around your needs and wants. If there are any culinary requests that you desire, please bring your requests to our attention and we will work your wishes into your special day/event.Also, please bring any allergy issues to our attention. We make most of our menu selections in house and recipes can be augmented to eliminate concerns regarding celiac (gluten), soy, lactose, nut/peanut, shellfish/ fish and any other food sensitivities or intolerance.All of our food is cooked to the required minimum temperatures. Upon request, we will cook to your specifications; however, consuming raw or under cooked meats, poultry, seafood, or eggs may increase your risk of food-borne illness.Prices are subject to change so please call us for current pricing. Prices do not include state and local taxes or trip charges. Thank you for visiting!For all Catering Menus please mouse over CATERING MENUS in the top navigation bar or click individual menus below. Menu’s viewable in Adobe Reader
Michael Althen, owner of Elite Catering in Baraboo, will receive the Wisconsin Restaurant
Association Education Foundation’s Salute to Excellence Mentor Award at the industry’s
Celebration of Excellence dinner on Oct. 23 in Green Lake. He is honored for his commitment to
education, the community and the food service industry.
“Michael is an avid supporter of culinary arts education – and has put in hundreds of volunteer
hours over the past five years to help students grow their culinary skills,” said Connie Fedor,
executive director of the WRA Education Foundation. “He truly enjoys working with kids and has
made a lasting and positive impact on their lives and on the industry.”
Althen is a strong advocate for the WRA Education Foundation and helped launch and strengthen
the Portage High School ProStart program. He has won many awards, including the Taste of
Elegance Chef Par Excellence for the Wisconsin Pork Association, 2016; Outstanding Contribution
to Education Award for Portage High School, 2013; Medal Winner of ACF Mystery Basket
Competitions in 1996, 2007 and 2008; Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year – WRA South Central
Wisconsin Chapter, 1998; Outstanding Star Chef, March of Dimes Chefs Auction, 1997.
He also volunteers for many charitable organizations and events in his community including Hope House of South Central Wisconsin, the Kids’ Ranch, March of Dimes, Hospice House, Relay for Life, 4H Club, FFA and Community Christian School.News article Baraboo News Republic 10/14/2016
Elite Catering • 648 W. Mulberry St, Baraboo, WI 53913
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2019 Wisconsin Pork Association
Taste of Elegance competition.
The competition encourages chefs to develop creative and innovative entrees using pork. This year’s crowd favorite and winner of the People’s Choice award was a variety of “Hog” D’oeuvres prepared by Chef Michael Althen with Elite Catering in Baraboo. The 2019 Wisconsin’s Taste of Elegance was sponsored in part by: Johnsonville, National Pork Producers Council, Rabo AgriFinance, The Hanor Company of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board; and Wisconsin Pork Association.For copies of this year’s winning recipes, visit Click Here
Mike, I want to pass on how extremely pleased I was with the food, service and YOU
at our Member’s dinner on Sat. I heard nothing but compliments on the food and
service you provided. I know I spoke with you on Sat. and said thank you but
wanted to put my thanks in writing. THANK YOU so VERY much! ~Dick V Aug/2018
Hey Chef Mike, I have to tell you how much everyone at Pioneer Park enjoyed your
catered meal. The food was excellent, generous portions, and you even helped
clean up! The folks genuinely enjoyed talking to you and getting t know you. You are
are outstanding! ~Kathi G 7/28/18
Your food is outstanding, you are kind and flexible and your personality made our
event Sparkle thank you
Deb and Chef Mike
Thank you for providing an outstanding meal for our owners dinner / picnic at
Pioneer Park you are absolutely the best!!
~ Co-chairs Kathy J and Karen V 7/28/18
Chef Mike and Deb are absolutely amazing! They catered our wedding on 10/7/17, appetizers, dinner and dessert!! From having a blast at the taste test, to countless timely emails and phone calls between Deb and I to make it all come together, it was a great experience working with Elite!Anything I asked or suggested they were open to! Even things not even listed on their menu, was never even an issue! Their guacamole is delicious such good flavor, the rosemary chicken was so tender and juicy, the chili bar was a hit and all of the mix ins so great! Our apple cider donuts were to die for, my guests still rave about them and so many people asked where they can get more!If anyone wants to know anything more about my experience feel free to contact me! I could go on for days I highly recommend setting up an appointment to meet up with Mike and Deb and get tastin' the food for your next event!! ~Ashley B. 11/7/17...5 Stars!Mile Bluff Medical Center's Provider Social at the Burr Oak Winery on Oct 23, 2017 was a great success. Chef Mike was wonderful and stayed well beyond the call of duty to help clean up and the food was absolutely delicious (esp. the stuffed mushroom caps!) The process of working with Elite Catering from start to finish was a breeze! Thanks again! ~Christine F. 11/13/17...5 Stars!THANK YOU CHEF MIKE, DEBBIE, HEATHER, AND ALL STAFF!!We were planning a rehearsal dinner at Devil's Lake for our son's June wedding and we live in Texas! Not ever being to Baraboo and not knowing any caterers, we called a local church to get some input. The pastor's wife recommended Elite Catering and we are so thankful she did! The food and service was wonderful and Chef Mike and his staff did a fantastic job feeding and accommodating well over 80 people. He and staff stayed through the whole meal and did not leave until he knew everyone had been taken care of and their bellies were full of the delicious food!...And it really was delicious, everybody said so! Thank you for providing a great meal, and enjoying doing it. Bless you all!! ~Carolyn A. 7/25/17...5 Stars!We had a fantastic experience with Chef Mike. Food and service were outstanding. You can tell when a person takes pride in what they do and love their work and genuinely wants the customer happy and Chef Mike embodies that. Highly recommend Elite Catering for any event.~Tim B. 4/26/17...Hi Deb!Great meeting you in person this weekend!You and your team did a phenomenal job… you were a pleasure to work with – both in planning and execution for our event. The food was great – and the service was even better. Appreciate you and your team helping with our event! Thanks!Suzanne Prochazka | Senior Director, Relay For Life American Cancer Society, Inc. 02/20/17 ...Just wanted to say thank you for providing a delicious meal for our wedding reception in August. We had a lot of compliments and are very happy with all of the effort you all put into the entire process. Keep up the great work! ~Bryan & Rebecca S. 10/18/16...Excellent food with excellent presentation! I hired Elite Catering to help with a special event meeting. Chef Mike sat and worked with me to develop a plan and menu that was specific to the needs of the cattlemen's group we were hosting. We had asked Chef Mike to do a beef preparation demo as well as cater our meal. Our guests not only got FANTASTIC DELICIOUS food that ALL our guests RAVED about, but also got a very informative, educational and entertaining presentation. It was almost like having a comedian that cooks. OUR GUESTS LOVED IT! This was a day long event and I think that for most people, the food and the cooking demo were our guests favorite part of the day. We could not have been happier with how Chef Mike helped us out...Worth every penny! ~Jill M. 10/4/16 *Five Stars, Google Review...We attended a wedding where Elite was catering. It was the best wedding food we have ever had. Everything was so delicious and obviously hand made! SO GOOD!! ~Jerianne B. 10/3/16 *Five Stars, Google Review...Excellent food and service for a family reunion on a busy holiday weekend. Easy to work with, accommodating and friendly. Recommend. ~Barbara J. 9/4/16 *Five Stars, Google Review...Deb & Mike, thank you so much for your hard work and your willingness to work with me! We could not have been happier with the food and your service! We received many, many comments and compliments on the food, which was exactly what I hoped for! Several people said it was probably the best wedding food they had ever had. Many mentioned the salad & corn specifically. So, thank you so very much for your effort to make our day such a success! ~Gratefully, Sue & Chuck T. 9/2016...Scott and I would like to say thank you, the food was so good. Throughout the night Scott and I heard how wonderful the food was, and it was so great that you came around and asked how everything was. Thank you for making our night so special. ~Alyssa & Scot B. 9/2016...Thank you so much for working with us and catering our wedding! The food was delicious, everyone loved it! The service was great too! You made such a stressful time so much easier for us and we appreciate it so much!! Thank you! ~Ty & Dryden A. 8/4/16...Excellent wedding food for a very fair price. Working with Debbie was very easy and they were very prepared on our wedding day. Definitely recommend. ~Jordan A. 7/27/16 *Five Stars, Google Review...I drove here (Baraboo) from the Chicago area my first time. The area was absolutely amazing and to top it off we ran into the most amazing fish fry and dinner at Devil's Lake (by Elite Catering). The best day ever with my daughter Mia! Thank you! ~Patrick & Mia, IL 7/1/16...Just wanted to thank you for the great job today. Everyone was well fed and very pleased with the meal. I am sure we will be doing more business in the future. Thanks again. ~Ellen, Lakeside Foods Inc., Reedsburg WI 6/30/16...5 Stars!Chef Mike is just simply a wonderful chef and person. He catered my wedding September 2015 and til this day my guests still rave about the food.....Elite will be my go to caterer for any events I have in the future. ~Amy B. 6/20/16...Breakfast was fabulous!!!! One of the best we've ever received from a caterer and the service was stupendous!!! Thank you so much!!! We're planning on doing it again next year!! ~Gary Block Tours, MN 6/15/16...5 Stars!Mike and Deb of Elite Catering created the best, tastiest, picnic type food for my dad's celebration of life party. We served 200 people. They worked closely with me on the selection and were profession al in every way. Thank you! Use them you will be delighted. Oh yeh and it's a family run business with in house made baked goods and entrées. ~Kay C. 6/15/16...Wanted to say thank you so much for providing such an excellent display of food for our occasion. The guests truly enjoyed their time and many positive comments on the service were received regarding the catering. ~K. Fry…Thank you again, everything was delicious!!!!!!! ~Ted C.... (taken from Yelp.com) My friends hired Elite Catering for their wedding, and while I can't speak to dealing with them personally, I can say I was very impressed by their food. The fish fry was one of the best I've had, better than most restaurants. Everyone raved about the chicken as well. They had a great selection on the cheese tray, and the fruit was very fresh. Service was prompt, and dirty plates were cleared right away. I wasn't too crazy about the cake, which was a bit dry - otherwise I would have given 5 stars. We talked to the owners a bit, and they seemed very friendly. ~Rena A. (Reply from Deb, owner of Elite Catering) 7/24/2014 Rena, Thank you for your wonderful comments. We are always happy to hear feedback from our customers. With regards to the cake, we stopped making wedding cakes in October of 2013, so that must have been made by another bakery or person....Just wanted you to know how much I appreciated your expert catering job. You were excellent. In addition to that, thank you so much for cutting and serving the cake. You were special. Everyone commented on the excellent food and service. Thanks again. ~Nora J. B....Thank you all again for helping us with Tim's grad party. Everything was great! I can see the value in your service and it is all much appreciated. I still can't believe all the cake and apple bars were eaten! My sister in law said the apple bars were the best dessert she has ever had. I don't think we can adequately express our gratitude to you all. Thank you so much! ~T. Warren...We had a WONDERFUL time at the fish fry! Everything was totally delicious!! We'll be back often! ~Kathy B....Our 1st Devils Lake Friday night fish fry of the season. Excellent as always!!! ~ Sara W. P....I want to thank you for all that you did to make our dinner on the train a very memorable experience. All of our members had a wonderful time and they were exceptionally pleased with the food. I had the chicken wellington and it was delightful. But the beef also looked amazingly tempting. Thank you again for helping to create an unforgettable evening that was the highlight of our weekend. ~Robert E.A.P.…Everyone I spoke with expressed their compliments to Mike and the crew for the high quality of the food, the efficiency of the food service arrangements and the cordiality of the servers. It was a pleasure working with Elite Catering again this year and thank you once again for helping to make our 7th Annual Banquet program a rousing success! ~Dick Goddard; Lake States Railway Historical Association, Inc....Your food is off the hook! ~T. Williams...Thank you for the divine food for our special day. Everyone we talked to could not stop talking about it. ~The Newlyweds; Andy & Cassandra...Thank you so much for the wonderful meal you prepared for the National Honor Society Banquet. ~A. S....Thank you so much for the delicious food! You all did such an amazing job! People are still telling me good everything was. You were so accommodating and helpful during the entire process! We will definitely be recommending you to anyone who asks! Thanks Again! ~The Schells...Thank you Deb and Mike, for helping to make our Mystery Trip deliciously delightful again this year! Feedback has been enthusiastically positive... People really liked the quality of the spread! Thanks again. ~Pastor Jim …I would like to thank you and your staff for doing an outstanding job on our recent upper dells boat tour. The coordination with Stephanie and her crew was top notch and your staff was a pleasure to work with. Many attendees commented on the good snacks, food and the pleasant people preparing and serving it. Thank you for a job well done. At the conclusion of our conference everyone asked that we repeat the boat trip next year. If we do I will certainly contact you for some yummy catering ideas. ~ Best regards, Jeff ...Mike, I want to thank you for all that you did to make our dinner on the train a very memorable experience. All of our members had a wonderful time and they were exceptionally pleased with the food. I had the chicken wellington and it was delightful. But the beef also looked amazingly tempting. Thank you again for helping to create an unforgettable evening that was the highlight of our weekend. ~Robert E.A.P....I just wanted to write a quick thank you to you! Today's event was fabulous and while I was told we had food left over (and nobody brought be back any samples!) those who did eat, said it was delicious. So thank you very much for all your effort and making our event elegant and fabulous! If we ever need to hire a caterer in that neck of the woods again, you'll be the first I call. ~Amanda M....We would like to thank you for the impeccable service we received. The food was fantastic - everyone raved about it. Everyone was always courteous & professional, even with our last minute booking and schedule changes! Thank you for helping to make our wedding day perfect! ~Curtis & Stacee R....Comment received via FaceBook/Fans of Devil's Lake State Park in Wisconsin...This fish fry was awesome! And perfect for those of us who enjoy a break from cooking while camping. I'm sure my mom would have loved having this option back in the 80's and 90's when we were camping for 2 weeks at a time in Quartzite. Great idea! ~T. Smith...Awesome food today. Excellent service! I highly recommend them!!! ~Peggy K....Boy if I were in Baraboo...the Friday Night Devil's Lake fish fry sounds like the place to be...was very pleased with Elite's job on son's wedding! ~Sunday H.... Everyone said it was "excellent". I definitely will be ordering again. ~Fran B....I want to let y'all know that dinner was amazing and that if we come back to the dells and I am in charge of banquet that we will be using y'all again. Thank you for catering to us and thanks again it was really an amazing dinner! ~Joshua C....Where to begin? Working with you over the process of planning our wedding was a true pleasure. The comments we received regarding the food and service were top notch. It was the best food we've ever had at a catered event! Our guests thought so too! We've been recommending you to our friends! Thank you! ~ Sam & Caitlyn B....We put our daughters wedding together at the last minute. Elite Catering made the whole process so easy, from knowing how many people to plan for, and how much to choose. The entire staff is friendly and professional. The flavors of the foods were phenomenal. And the presentation was bar none to anything I have been to. It has been a year and people still remember how awesome the food was at her wedding. I will use and recommend Elite Catering for any event large or small. ~Al & Rhonda A....Thirty years of working in a restaurant had not prepared me for the best and hottest food I ever tasted in my life. The staff was a dream come true. Thanks for making this day special. We are all still talking about this event. ~Audrey G....Dear Deb, Our birthday party for our mother was made more special because of Elite Catering. We were very happy with the way things were handled by you. The people that brought the food were very efficient and had a beautiful buffet set up in minutes. The presentation was wonderful with lots of nice touches. The food was outstanding, with hot food hot and cold foods cold, and enough for the big eaters to get their fill. The hot beef sandwiches were exceptionally good. Cleanup was handled with very little fuss. We hardly knew they were there. Thank you. ~Sandy S....Thank you! Thank you! Everything was wonderful...well received...appreciated...and many compliments came in. We'll certainly keep you in mind for the future...Continued success. ~Char O....Just wanted to give you complements on the food last Thursday and Friday in Baraboo. It was EXCELLENT! Everyone loved it. You guys do a great job...Thanks very much. ~Mike G....Just a note to thank you for catering our present opening brunch after the wedding. The food was superb and the service was excellent. We even loved the chocolate covered bacon! We will definitely be recommending you to our friends. Thanks Again. ~Andrea & Rod...Thanks so much for sharing your cooking knowledge with the Master Gardeners. As always, it was a lot of fun. The food was EXCELLENT! I noticed several ladies making notes, so I am sure they will be experimenting at home with creating their own tasty dishes! I can't wait to try it myself. ~Doreen...Thank you sincerely for all your time, efforts and contributions last month. We and our guests thoroughly enjoyed the entrées, sides and dessert. After a long day of preparation and presentation it was a pleasure to sit and dine on fresh, homemade, and delicious meals. ~ Elizabeth & Donovan...Thanks so much for the great food. We really appreciate the hard work! ~ Sue G....Thank you so much for the great catering job you did for our wedding rehearsal dinner on the boat. It was "FANTASTIC" everyone loved it. We will let all we know what great caterers you are. ~ Butch & Mary J....We wanted to let you know how much we appreciated you catering our wedding! Everyone commented on the delicious food and the presentation was beautiful. ~Brad and Meridee S....We sincerely want to thank you for catering our wedding. To say that you did an amazing job is truy an understatement. Not only was the food extraordinary (people are still talking about it), your staff was top notch and the attention to detail was superb. Our guests commented not only on the delicious food but by the graciousness of the chef to go around and make sure everything was okay. By booking your services I knew I had nothing to worry about and you didn't let me down - if anything you far exceeded my expectations and truly lived up to your name of Elite Catering. I never thought that working with a caterer would be such a dream. ~Ryan & Hope K....Thank you so much! What a great, fun party & excellent food! ~The Worths...Everything was so beautiful & pleasing to the eye, as well as wonderfully delicious! we received lovely comments from our participants. We appreciate your commitment to excellence in all you do - making the foods and teas as well as serving! You helped make our events most memorable. Our heartfelt thanks. ~Ho-Chunk Nation...It was absolutely delicious, beautifully presented, and just the right variety. The staff did a great job - everything was efficiently set up and removed and we even had just the perfect amount. I heard nothing but raves about the food. It truly was an important part of what I considered a very successful wedding and I appreciate all your efforts. ~ D. Bartz...My husband and I are always glad to attend a function catered by Elite. When we pull up to an event and see the Elite Catering van we get excited. The variety, presentation, and especially flavor is always excellent; I just wish we had more occasions to use a caterer. ~Darlene R....Thanks for another great meal! The food and your service were superb! ~Julie and Philippe; Wollersheim Winery...If you are looking for a great caterer, Elite catering can do the job, big or small. We've had them do everything from this small tailgate lunch to our larger holiday party and were equally satisfied with both venues. Thank you Elite Catering! ~HPS Hammond Power Solutions, Inc.
Elite Catering does not leave left-overs. In accordance with the Dept. of Health official recommendations requiring that food remaining within temperature danger zones for extended amounts of time may not be released to you or your guests. Elite Catering does not send any food items home with guests in any form. We enforce this policy to minimize the risk of food borne illness due to improper handling or storage of leftover food items. We appreciate your cooperation. For all drop off catered events, acceptance of the order by the customer releases Elite Catering from all claims and liability of food borne illness at anytime following the point and time of delivery. Elite Catering recommends that you never re-serve any food item that has not been completely used during the time it was intended. Elite Catering prepares an abundant amount of food to ensure that your last guest receives the same quantity and quality as your first guest.
Reserving the Date
It is the policy of Elite Catering Inc. to receive a reservation fee for reserving an
event date. This fee is non-refundable and this fee will be deducted from the total
amount of catering service upon the time of invoicing.
For groups up to 100 the reservation fee is $100.00.
For groups 100 - 199 the reservation fee is $250.00.
For groups 200 and over the reservation fee is $500.00.
Special menu requests can be arranged through the Banquet Sales Director, Debbie.
All banquet menu selections must be made a minimum of thirty (30) business days
prior to the date of the function.
Due to fluctuation in prices, Elite Catering cannot guarantee meal prices until 30
days prior to any event.
One time functions will be handled as follows:
50% deposit is required with the return of the agreed menu selection. (30 days)
100% of the estimated costs must be paid 48 hours PRIOR to the event by either
cash, check or credit card.
All food must be purchased through Elite Catering with the exception of wedding
or anniversary cakes, mints and nuts. If you are bringing and cutting your own
cake you are responsible for your own disposable plates and forks.
Cake cutting services: groups 1-150 = $50 or groups of 151-200 = $100 or
groups over 200 = $150. This price includes disposable plates and forks.
* Carving of Meats by the Chef is an additional charge: $2.00 per person
All prices are subject to an 18% service charge and 5.5% state and local sales
tax. WI state law requires that tax be added to all food and service charges for
Groups requesting state tax exemptions must submit a copy of their tax