Funky’s Story

Funky’s Catering is a custom caterer developed by Michael “Funky” Forgus. Over the past twenty years Cincinnati has enjoyed the exceptional quality of food and high level of service at Funky’s restaurants. Now those same standards of food and service can be the center of your next event.

As a true custom caterer, we look at each event as an opportunity to design a successful meeting or social gathering for each client. We strive to build a relationship with every customer so that the event you hire us to cater is truly “your” event. Funky’s team is driven by a commitment to customer service. Our goal is for “you to be a guest at your own party”.

Funky’s Catering was developed in June of 2004 with a goal to provide restaurant quality food in a catering environment. Namesake Michael “Funky” Forgus started his Cincinnati hospitality experience in 1985, with Funky’s Blackstone Grille, a fine dining seafood restaurant located in Mt. Lookout. The Blackstone Grille was well known for the BEST quality fresh seafood in Cincinnati. The fish was flown in fresh, heads and tails on, and filleted in a separate walk-in cooler. The Blackstone Grille also featured a “Wine Spectator” award winning wine list. In 1994, Funky’s Blackstone Grille was selected one of four restaurants nationally as a “Paragon of Pinot Noir”, by the Pinot Noir Association of North America.

In 1988 Funky’s Café opened in the Kenwood Towne Centre. Funky’s Café was an instant success. The Café was 40% Deli and 60% contemporary American Cuisine. The six full page menu offered sandwiches, salads, pasta, hardwood grilled meats, chicken and seafood. The corned beef and pastrami were shipped in from the Bronx. A Café favorite was Funky’s Baked Potato Soup, which is offered at Funky’s Catering everyday.

Funky’s Pub, located in Anderson Township, opened in 1990. The Pub, a Township family hang-out, offered a menu very similar to the Café. The Pub featured a large outside deck and live music on the weekends.

The uniquely themed Funky’s Border Cantina opened in 1992. The Cantina menu, which originated in Houston Texas, developed under the supervision of Sam Rosa. Mr. Rosa was the corporate chef for the well known Houston restaurant chain, Ninfa’s. The Cantina offered a variety of Tex-Mex appetizers, entrees and desserts. Several of the Cantina menu selections are offered on the Funky’s Catering web-site.

With Funky’s Catering, Mr. Forgus has combined his restaurant background with co-founders Matthew Brown and James Trent, who have extensive catering and management experience. We believe that you will agree with our motto, “The Proof is in The Pudding”