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Mr. & Mrs. P's Eatery: First Comes Love, Then Comes Baby, Next Comes the Family Business

By Elisha Neubauer

Joe and Kathy Plucinski have always been involved in the food service industry long before launching their own establishment. In fact, it was during their service at Marriott that the pair met, and the rest, they say, is history.

After more than a decade each in the Marriott family, 15 years in Kathy's case and 20 years in Joe's, the pair decided to take a step back from the city life. In addition to sharing a love for the kitchen, both Kathy and Joe had another common factor: family in Wisconsin. The duo packed up and, in 2011, built their very own home in their new state

The year 2013 brought the birth of their first child, Emma. With Emma came a sense of fulfillment, completeness, and the duo wanted to expand that feeling into their career choices. They already had the house and the family, now it was time to have the next step: their very own eatery. It didn't take long. In 2015, Mr. & Mrs. P's Eatery became a reality.

"We fell in love with the Ripon community," Joe Plucinski said. "What it had to offer and this opportunity made sense. With our years of experience in the food industry, opening our own business appeared to be the only option."

Wanting to offer only food they would serve to their own family, the Plucinskis put a large focus on homemade menu items.

"Our culinary and pastry educations, along with years of experience, have taught us the proper way of cooking," he said. "When you make food from scratch it simply tastes better."

In addition to a home-cooked style menu, the culinary duo offer fresh cakes, pies, cheesecakes, and dessert buffets to fulfill all your event or get-together needs. For those looking for wedding cakes and individual favors, don't worry. They do that, too. Pastries are baked fresh daily, but they do suggest reserving yours to ensure the quantity and selection you are after is available.

While the food takes the spotlight at Mr. & Mrs. P's Eatery, the atmosphere isn't that far off. The stone fireplace, rows of bookshelves, and smatterings of wooden, hand-painted Ps decorating the walls gives an inviting, homey feel to the dining establishment that you don't often find in today's world of corporate facilities.

"Additionally, service and staff are key to a warm inviting atmosphere that will make our guests want to return," Plucinski said.

When it comes to the food, customers have shown a lot of love to several menu items, with one rising above the rest. As Pluscinski stated, the fan-favorite of Mr. & Mrs. P's Eatery is the homemade Rueben.

"[It's] slow-roasted corned beef, aged Wisconsin Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, house-made thousand island dressing, and good rye bread," he said. "I have yet to find one in the area as good as ours."

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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