Sweet and Savory Owners – Shawn and Melissa Mudd
Shawn and Melissa Mudd started Sweet and Savory in 2003 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The couple grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and wanted to bring the city’s innovative and trendy food scene to Indiana. Shawn and Melissa both attended the University of Louisville. Shawn studied marketing while Melissa decided to pursue culinary school at JCC Louisville.
“I fell in love with how they worked every guest visit around a culinary experience- and their attention to detail; I realized that creating events and creating relationships with clients was exactly what I wanted to do with my career. I always had the idea that I wanted to have my own business,” says Melissa.
When the couple first came to Indianapolis, they wanted to make a big entrance and not only launched an offsite catering and event planning business but also started a small café where they could get to know the people of Indianapolis.
“Our philosophy was always simple- give our customers a product from our own recipes and creations- absolutely from scratch, at a reasonable price,” explains Shawn.
Both the café and the catering business took off and quickly began earning loyal regulars. For more than a decade, the couple ran, grew and expanded both businesses. While the Mudds admit balancing both businesses with a growing family was challenging, they say it not only helped them flex their creative muscles but also helped them learn more about the unique needs and tastes of the Indiana communities.
After 12 years of running both businesses, the couple decided that they wanted to focus soley on their catering services—expanding and offering new options to clients. By shifting this focus, they were able to expand services to include a wide variety of events including weddings, private parties, corporate events and even private dining services.
“We really don’t limit our services. We’re here to help serve clients with whatever their needs may be,” says Melissa. “Our work is really an art and we’re able to take that art and deliver it to our customers at a quality and price they demand.”
Today, the company operates out of a new, renovated location off 96th street and feature a gourmet catering kitchen and beautiful consultation and tasting room.
“We absolutely love our new location. After 13 years, we know exactly what makes us the most efficient in the kitchen,” says Melissa. “We have a beautiful tasting room that feels very personal and very rustic. I love it.”
The mission at Sweet & Savory has always been and will continue to be to give customers the best experience. The owners hope to shake up the Indianapolis catering scene by testing the “norms,” and by providing custom experiences without custom prices.
“Shawn and I are really not your typical chefs. We don’t really adhere to the “uniform”. We love food. I pride myself on being able to give my clients a great culinary experience without being pretentious or creating dishes with ingredients that no one can pronounce,” explains Melissa.
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Shawn and Melissa have been married for 18 years and have two daughters. Shelby is 16 and will be a senior at Cathedral High School in the fall. Georgia is 15 and will be a sophmore at Cathedral. The family also has three labs: Brandy, Scout and Wyatt who keep them busy.
I wanted to say that your food was a hit and the workers that you sent over were WONDERFUL. I didn’t have to worry about a thing. Again, thank you for helping me throw a very successful graduation party!Jenni
Just wanted to thank you for your work on our birthday party. I had at least 5 or 10 people tell me it was the best catered food they’d ever had. Thanks sending such great servers too. It was a great event and the food was a big part of it! Thanks again.Eric
Just wanted to thank you for your work on our birthday party. I had at least 5 or 10 people tell me it was the best catered food they’d ever had. Thanks sending such great servers too. It was a great event and the food was a big part of it! Thanks again.Greg
Just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks and once again, you made me look like a superstar, coordinating diva! I also passed along your information to our potential client because your lunch made a very big impression.Theresa
I am so thoroughly impressed with not only the catering tonight (the food was FABULOUS!!!) but also your employees’ service. Olivia was so very professional, personable, kind and attentive!! She truly anticipated our needs before we knew we needed something, which to me is the measure of outstanding customer service. And holy cow – that food!!!! I just wanted to keep eating more and more. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for the 30th and will definitely use you for every event possible going forward. Seriously, you all have a knack for this. I think you earned yourself a new #1 fan!Rachel Cassidy
I just wanted to send you a big “Thank you” to you & your staff for helping us with our Mardi Gras party. We have received so many compliments regarding all the delicious food – you did a terrific job with the menu and it was so delicious. Thank you & I am sure we will be in touch in the future for you to help us with our catering needs!Tracy Hopkins
Everything was AMAZING! Many thanks to you and your team for making Lauren’s big day so special. Our guests were treated so well…and I could actually enjoy the party thanks to YOU! Way beyond my expectations!! Again, I can’t say enough wonderful things about the team – they were so kind and professional. Thank you for making it a perfect day!Tracy