Situated at the north brim of German Village, just off Livingston Avenue, Shane’s Gourmet Catering and Market offers some of the finest culinary creations, pampering service and attention to detail this city’s ever seen or experienced. Equipped with the sort of tools and cookware you might find on the set of a major cooking show, Shane’s company van and mobile kitchen literally bring the show to many of Columbus’ hottest events.
Like many second-generation executives of family-owned businesses, Brendan O’Neill, Shane’s President and COO, grew up immersed in it. Even so, he was once antsy to explore other career paths than the one he was primed to adopt. He was raised in Columbus, but lived in Hawaii from 7th grade through high school, the same school that awarded President Obama his diploma ten years earlier.
By the time O’Neill realized his affinity for the culinary business, he was enrolled in hotel management at Cornell University, which took him to the Mirage in Las Vegas for an internship. “The grass is always greener, but I came back by choice because I love Columbus.”
O’Neill’s father was in the soft drink business, and through his syndication with the Memorial Tournament, he began catering and became their official cuisinier. O’Neill has not only continued this service, but currently sits as Vice Chairman of the Tournament. Having the event as an initial client kicked off Shane’s high level of standards for food and service. Staying abreast of modern trends is key, but they make sure they are never lost in translation. “We do meat and potatoes, but we keep our staff well versed and educated. It is important for them to push their own techniques as well,” says O’Neill.
Many of O’Neill’s clients have tried to persuade him to move the company northward on 315, but he is content to stay centrally located right downtown.