Our seasoned team approaches your event with fresh ideas and creatively matches it to your personal style. Whether it’s a corporate business lunch, theme party or a wedding to remember, Creative Cuisine has the skill,imagination and solid experience to ensure that your event is a success.
Shauna Chrisman – President
Shauna Chrisman became an owner of Creative Cuisine in 1986. Under her guidance the company grew from a $300,000.00 dollar a year family owned business to a $2,500,000.00 corporation by 2000. Shauna has been very involved in the catering industry over the years and was President of ISES (International Special Event Society) for 2 ½ years. She has produced events for many of the leading corporations in Central Ohio, ranging from plated dinners for 900 to corporate picnics for 2,500. In 2008 she partnered with Dan Mummaw and her daughter, Kerrie Devore to create a fresh and innovative approach to catering. Together they have renovated the building, started a “green” program, created healthy menus, and built a tasting kitchen that is one of a kind in Columbus.
Dan Mummaw – VP of Sales
After Graduating in 1980 from Michigan State University, Dan Mummaw gained an extensive management background in the hospitality, retailing and design industries. He formed his own multifaceted event management company, Mummaw Creative, Inc., in 1985 and produced a variety of events for Fortune 500 companies, dignitaries and celebrities. He was instrumental in the formation of the Great Lakes ISES Chapter and was the organization’s first President. He sold his business in 2002 and moved to Columbus, Ohio where he was hired as an Event Consultant at Made From Scratch and was eventually promoted to Vice President. He partnered with Shauna Chrisman and Kerrie Devore in 2008 to renovate Creative Cuisine and move the company forward in a difficult economy. The company prospers with Dan’s expertise and has seen increased sales of 25% in the last year.
Kerrie Devore – VP of Finance
Kerrie began working for Creative Cuisine at the age of 14 in 1989. At that time she assisted with food prep and basic office duties. Over the years she gained experience in all departments and is now the Vice President of Finance. Her duties include the handling of all payables and receivables, payroll, and human resources. She also has a dedicated client base that she maintains and works with on a daily basis.
Kristen Kerr – Event Consultant
Kristen Graduated from University of Findlay in 2000 with a Hospitality Management Degree and Accounting. After graduation, her catering and event planning background included: Catering Coordinator for the Kingsmill Marriott Conference Center- Williamsburg VA along with Annette’s Catering in Lexington Kentucky. In 2006 Kristen returned to Columbus as a catering sales manager for the Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown and played an instrumental role in their off premise division, Fusion Catering. In 2010, Kristen Joined Milo’s Catering as a catering sales manager for corporate sales, marketing and new business development. In 2013 we welcomed Kristen to Creative Cuisine, her in-depth catering knowledge and event planning skills are a great addition to our team.
Marla Ruoff – Event Consultant
Marla Ruoff began in restaurant management and has a background in visual merchandising/branding. Marla has worked in catering for more than 8 years focusing on weddings and corporate receptions. In 2013, Marla joined Bosc + Brie as an event consultant for weddings and marketing for their re-branding. She then assumed the position as Director of catering sales. Reviewed on the Knot and Wedding Wire and Columbus Weddings Magazine.
Sandy Appel – Event Consultant
Sandy joins the Creative Cuisine team with 30 years’ experience in the restaurant and catering industry. During her 25 years in the restaurant industry, in addition to serving, bartending, supervising and administrative duties, Sandy assisted in over 15 restaurant openings, and was the lead trainer for the restaurants train-the-trainer program. Sandy entered the catering industry over 5 years ago where her passion for excellent customer service, training, and the experience of facilitating events brought her to a local catering company. There she had many roles including hiring, training and event supervising. Taking her knowledge, experience and passion to the next level, Sandy has joined our team as an Event Consultant.
Les Iddings – Event Consultant
Les has 11 years of experience in the catering industry. She has worked in Operations, Sales and as an Event Captain. She joined Creative Cuisine in 2007 where her duties are numerous. She assists the sales department in preparing proposals, handles daily customer calls, works on-site at events and schedules all service staff
David Tidd – Executive Chef
David’s extensive food background includes an apprenticeship under Chef Hubert Seifert at the Gourmet Market (now Spagio). His career also involved Executive Chef positions at Lindey’s in German Village and at Grand Vu in Grandview where he created the eclectic menus and assisted in the conceptualization of the restaurant. He has a long affiliation with OEFFA (Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association) and was a confirmed vegetarian for 15 years. While he now enjoys cuisines of all varieties he is still dedicated to developing exciting vegan and vegetarian options for all tastes. David has been associated with Creative Cuisine since 1998 creating menus and helping produce large and special events. We are pleased that he is with us full time as Executive Chef.
Paul Williams – Sous Chef
Chef Paul began his career at Lindey’s Restaurant in German Village as a grill cook. After 4 ½ years and numerous promotions he became Sous Chef, then spent the next 13 years with the sister company, Bravo Italian Kitchen, as an Executive Chef and Corporate Trainer. Paul left Bravo to open his own business, and then decided to return to the food industry. He joined the team of Creative Cuisine in 2010.
Rhonda Brown – Director of service
Rhonda began her career in the catering industry in 2004, as a way to spend her summers off from working as a Teacher for the Head Start Program. She quickly discovered that she has a knack and a passion for event coordinating and made the career move to become a full-time Catering Captain. Rhonda joined Creative Cuisine in 2008. Her organizational skills and attention to detail make her a critical part of the Creative Cuisine Team, both in the field and in the office. When not managing an event, she can be found assisting the Sales Team and their clients.