Business Look: Running Wild Catering

 

Written by Maria Veres in the December 2019 Issue

Running Wild Catering

Sharing delicious food is one of the best parts of any celebration. At Running Wild Catering, co-owners Debbie Lowery and Teresa Walters have been making magic at events across the OKC area for more than 20 years. 

Holiday Feasts for Every Need

Pop into a few office parties around town, and you’ll likely find Running Wild Catering team members serving up goodies. They handle gatherings of all sizes and offer a huge variety of edibles, from steaks to boxed lunches to quiche. “But probably not all at the same time,” Debbie jokes.

If you only need bar service, Debbie and Teresa have you covered with their sister business, Spirits a Go Go. For families, the company offers turkey dinners that feed six to eight people. All you need to do is heat the food. 

Weddings, Corporate Events and More

Running Wild is a full-service catering company. They rent dishes and linens, assist with event planning, and have relationships with vendors across the metro. “We’re not just the truck parked in front of the restaurant,” Debbie says.

Weddings are a mainstay of their business, and they cater seventy to eighty per year. October is their peak wedding season. “It’s better weather than June,” says Debbie.

The company also serves corporate clients of all sizes, and they’re happy to cater and plan other private special events. 

A Lifetime Passion

Both Debbie and Teresa have worked in food service all their lives. Teresa’s family owned a restaurant in Noble, and she was a cook for Aging Services in Norman before trying her wings in catering. Debbie started her career as a waitress and became a certified chef through the American Culinary Federation in 1993.

Debbie and Teresa both worked for Johnnie’s Catering, a division of Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler, earned ownership in the company, and eventually bought out Johnnie’s Catering. They rebranded as Running Wild Catering in 2010. 

The company’s number one goal is customer service. “Every customer is special,” says Debbie. “If they are pleased, that makes the long days and sore feet go away.”

Visit Running Wild Catering at 3830 North Maney Avenue, OKC, or runningwildcatering.com

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