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Black Plate Catering
our-story

Our Story

Keith Little Events
ABOUT BLACK PLATE CATERING

Black Plate Catering is an Indianapolis catering boutique dedicated to providing you and your guests with gourmet food solutions and superior service delivery.

Whether your needs include full-service event design, catering with on-site staffing, or cuisine only, Black Plate Catering prepares an elegant presentation of specially-selected ingredients with the finest quality food products certain to enhance any event or special occasion.

 

ABOUT KEITH LITTLE

Owner

Keith’s career as an entrepreneur began early in life serving as an integral member and leader of his family owned and operated funeral business for 20 years. With a growing desire to combine his entrepreneurial interests with his affinity for decorative design, Keith turned his vision into reality with the opening of a successful art gallery and antique business near the popular Broad Ripple arts district. It was during this time that Keith began to further develop his passion for creative expression with his talent for preparing gourmet cuisine. As a board member for a local charity, Keith volunteered to organize and cater the charity’s annual holiday fund-raiser.  The event was a success and an attending guest asked Keith if he would be interested in catering an event for a new retail store opening. Keith agreed and again enjoyed the same positive results. Additional catering requests followed and, in 2000, Keith officially launched Little Events with the purchase of a commercial kitchen and catering facility on the near north side of Indianapolis.  As the business has grown and evolved, so has the name. Today, Black Plate Catering by Keith Little enjoys catering events of all types and sizes for families, groups, businesses and charities in Indianapolis and surrounding areas. You can contact Keith at keith@blackplatecatering.com.

 

ABOUT JULIAN J. MARTINEZ 

Chief Operating Officer

Julian is an Indianapolis native who brings a mixture of diverse and valuable capabilities to Black Plate Catering.  Raised and rooted in the hospitality industry, Julian first worked for Black Plate during high school. At the same time, Julian served in various positions and later managed his family owned downtown restaurant, the Canary Café, for more than a decade. Always interested in entrepreneurship, Julian earned a degree in Business Management at IU’s Kelley School of Business in Bloomington. Following graduation, Julian traveled the world and broadened his professional experience in the fields of finance, human resources and franchising.  Upon returning to Indiana, Julian rejoined Black Plate to direct business operations where he has effectively managed and guided the company’s growth, kitchen operation, and catering facilities. Julian is teamed with managing hundreds of purchasing and operational decisions and has personally produced and supervised more than $1 million dollars of food and service driven revenues. With his strong business acumen and extensive background in hospitality services, Julian ensures Black Plate customers always enjoy the finest quality produce, meats, products, and customer service.  You can contact Julian at julian@blackplatecatering.com.