Chef and owner Edward Kowalski is a professionally trained CIA graduate, class of 1998. He has been catering for 12 years professionally and opened Lola's August 2005 to rave reviews. Ed was a 40 under 40 winner in 2008, recognized by the local Chamber of Commerce for his community involvement, professionalism and quality service. Lola's receives positive press on a regular basis from local publications such as Poughkeepsie Journal and local radio stations. In addition, Lola's and its owner receive consistent positive feedback from customers. Edward received an overwhelming number of requests to extend the business hours of Lola's Cafe to accomodate dining that he and the staff have opened a new venture next door to Lola's. Crave Restaurant & Lounge at 129 Washington St., Poughkeepsie, features only the freshest seafood, hand cut beef, and the signature dishes that Lola's Catering has long been known for.
Chef Jared Krom is also a CIA graduate, Class of 2009. Before attending the CIA Jared honed his skills at a number of area restaurants and has been at Lola's since 2006. Jared's no nonsense approach in the kitchen along with his years of catering experience make him an asset to Lola's and to you as well.
Chef John Gilmore has been at Lola's since it's inception. As part of the very small original staff, John has been involved in every aspect of the cafe. Learning everything in the Kitchen along the way from Edward, John's discernable palate and ability to copy cat Ed's recipes enable Lola's to never miss a beat.
Executive Chef Catherine Williams, once an itrical part of Lola's kitchen is now responsible for delighting patrons with Contemporary American cusine at Crave Restaurant & Lounge. Catherine, CIA Class of 2001, has come back to her home town after spending the last 8 years in the Virginia area. She opened Village Square Restaurant in Winchester, VA, Grandale Farm Restaurant, and also was the trained at the Lightfoot Restaurant and Magnolia's.
Please see the Testimonials page for rave reviews from satisfied long-time customers of Lola's Catering and Cafe.