Featured Member – Catering by R/P

Catering by R/P, our Featured Member for October 2011,  has been serving local area parties and other events for over 28 years now. Richard Hlousek, better known as “RP,” was born in Sheridan, raised his family here, and worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for 40 years until he decided to retire in 2003.     

But RP always had an interest in cooking, and Catering by R/P has been a family business since the beginning. It began when his son Mike, who had just moved back to Sheridan from Phoenix, called his dad and asked about starting a catering business. The rest is history. RP and Mike do the cooking. RP’s wife Jeri is the baker of the family and provides many delicious treats for their events, including cookies, brownies, and her famous carrot cake. Janet Hull, Mike’s significant other, is a director in the business and in charge of public relations. 

 Catering by R/P cares very much about providing great service coupled with great food. They offer many favorites and have a sample list of possibilities available upon request. They do specialize in home-cooked meals, but are experienced in gourmet meals as well. Mike’s specialty is smoked meats (chickens ready for smoking pictured above), with his own specialty BBQ sauce; his dad’s specialty is spaghetti and meatballs. 

Some of the noteworthy events that the business has catered over the years include the KARZ car show (Catering by R/P’s first event), the Kyle Petty Charity Run, Holy Name’s athletic banquet, and Rotary Club events. During the flooding this past summer, they spent a solid week “up north” in Montana feeding the railroaders. They’ve done weddings, funerals, class reunions, and even the Sheridan WYO Rodeo. RP and Mike say they’ve never turned down a request and have done events ranging from two people all the way up to feeding 1,075 people within a two-hour period. 

 The business has undergone very few twists and turns over the past three decades, providing consistent and friendly service in Sheridan County and beyond. But it’s getting time to hang up their hats, and they’re ready to entertain offers to purchase and continue the business. 

RP and Mike want to thank everyone for being so gracious to them over the years and want you to know they’re still taking bookings for your special events. 

To inquire about catering for an event, or being part of the future business, or just general information, call RP at (307) 674-4379 or 751-4379, or email caterbyrp@vcn.com

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