Attitude on Food Team
The Attitude on Food team is here for you! Our skilled culinary and event specialists are dedicated to making your event extraordinary. Owner Nathan Newhouse, Director of Operations Melissa Tibben, and their creative staff have worked hard to make Attitude on Food Nebraska’s most innovative full-service wedding and event caterer. Our job is to provide nothing but the best food, service, and event coordination for your upcoming wedding or special event. Contact us today and let us know how we can best serve you!
Nathan NewhouseOwner/General Manager
Chef Newhouse possesses a varied and extensive background in the culinary arts. His unique perspective exhibits a flair for creating the most visually pleasing presentations ever seen. His diverse background represents the accumulation of years of commitment to offering his clients a dining experience that is never ordinary and delivers what everyone expects from a truly excellent meal; flavors that enliven the senses and become a defining moment that all other dining experiences will be compared to.
Graduating in 1991 from Culinary Arts School in Australia, Nathan quickly began to make his mark in the culinary arena by working at various Renowned Establishments in Australia. His success was a credit to his drive to be at the forefront of his craft.
After relocating to the USA, he continued developing his skills at the acclaimed "Flat Iron Café" in Omaha.
In his quest to further gain knowledge of his craft, Nathan then joined the Sheraton Hotel as the Executive Chef, where his success and creativity were touted by both client and peer as "...at the cutting edge of the culinary world". Returning to his greatest desire of being an entrepreneur with unlimited creative license, he created his catering company, "Attitude on Food" in 2003.
As the business has grown so has Nathan's role. Having developed a solid menu and streamlined production kitchen he has stepped away from his roots and is now the general manager. However you will never see Nathan step too far away from the kitchen as he always oversees all menu design and execution.
Melissa TibbenDirector of Sales and Operations
Starting with her first job serving sno-cones at Omaha’s zoo, Melissa Tibben has dedicated her career to food service. She was the youngest line-cook at a casino fine-dining restaurant and pastry chef for caterer Margarite Goodenow. Her experience extends beyond food preparation to kitchen management, business operations and sales and marketing.
Today, she is Partner and Director of Sales and Operations for Attitude on Food (AOF), an award-winning catering business in Omaha, Nebraska. Melissa joined AOF in December of 2006, when it was a fledgling company with annual revenues of $400,000. Her ability to pitch-in wherever needed – whether in the kitchen, the back office, or in front of prospective clients – helped the business grow to just under three million dollars in annual revenue in 2016. She has secured large, multi-year contracts with event venues and was instrumental in the company’s expansion to Lincoln, Nebraska and launching of the first AOF food truck.
Melissa has become the face and voice of Attitude on Food, representing the company at numerous tradeshows and industry events. She has been a featured speaker at the Catersource Conference and Tradeshow, the industry’s largest event, as well as meetings for NACE (National Association of Catering Executives) and various corporations and local business groups. She is an active member of NACE and a Board Director of the ICA (International Caterers Association).
She has played a major role in the many awards and designations given to AOF, including the prestigious Achievement in Catering Excellence award bestowed by Catersource.
Caitlin KnopikEvent Producer
Caitlin realized she had a love of event planning at an early age, which led her to pursue a degree in Hospitality at UNL. Caitlin interned at local event venues while diligently working towards her diploma. Her experiences as an intern helped solidify her love of planning and organizing events, from wedding receptions to corporate gatherings. Caitlin graduated in 2011, and was hired as the banquet manager for the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. She held that position for two years before joining the AOF team in 2016. Caitlin brings a wealth of food, beverage, and event organization knowledge to the AOF team and to our clients!
Donald RoddenHead Chef
Chefs, by nature, are generally strong willed, creative and competitive individuals and Chef Donny definitely fits that bill. As our Executive Chef, Donny works very hard to create hot, fresh and delicious foods that are sure to please your palate.
Jason MooreSous Chef/Pastry Chef
Patience, practice and precision are all qualities needed to be a good pastry chef, and we are so fortunate that Jason possesses all of these qualities. Jason’s duties don’t just stop there, as he is skilled in all areas of the kitchen.
Derik TibbenLogistics Manager
With daily multiple events, a fleet of vehicles and a large staff, Derik is the person that keeps everyone and everything where it should be. Derik is responsible for efficient and effective organization of who, what, why, when, where and how.