Our Staff

Rick Bott, Chief Executive Officer

Rick began Merri-Makers as a store front deli in 1978 and has spearheaded its growth to its present status as New Jersey’s pre-eminent catering company. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, his visionary style now finds our company a private label food provider for some of the nation’s most recognizable companies as well. His commitment to outstanding food and service has kept him successful for over 30 years and has made Merri-Makers a household name.

Kate Sharkey, Director of Administrative Services

Kate started her career with Merri-Makers in 1992. Her responsibilities include implementing strategic goals and objectives of the Company. Additionally, she administers corporate policies and procedures, oversees Merri-Makers administrative staff, structures new venue acquisitions and manages the day-to-day activities and new projects for the company.


Laura DeGennaro, VP Corporate SalesLaura began her career at Merri-Makers in 1996 and is undoubtedly our Company's leading event consultant. Her attention not only to details but more importantly to her client's wishes, distinguishes her as one of New Jersey's most sought after event planners. Laura possesses the unique ability to join her client's vision with cutting edge trends to make each event spectacular.

Jack McCann III, Executive Chef

International Caterer's Association Chef of the Year, Jack is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University. Jack began his career with Merri-Makers in 1991 and has earned the title of Executive Chef. He is in charge of the research and development arm for our private label division as well as menu creation for all catered events. Jack marries his vision of cutting edge culinary trends with our client’s expectations to make each and every event a memorable one. His love of food is expressed through everything created in our kitchen.


Golf Outings

Neshanic Valley Golf Course is Somerset Counties flagship course. The 27-hole Championship Course, the 9-hole Academy Course, the Learning Center, and the Callaway Golf Performance Center were designed to accommodate the needs of golfers of all abilities... Read more...

Private Parties

Every Merri-Makers event radiates of an unwavering passion for the culinary arts and and obsession for detail and flawless execution. Creative menus, artful presentation and professional, poised service staff make private party events truly exceptional... Read more...

Benefits & Galas

We understand that the financial success of Galas and Fundraising Benefits are predicated on the comfort of the guests "bearing gifts". A successful benefit or gala starts with great communication and an understanding of what the client's needs and objectives are... Read more...

Wedding Catering & Receptions

For over 30 years, the Team of Merri-Makers chefs, event planners and service personnel have been an essential part of making that special brides' day their finest memory... Read more...

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