CATERING & EVENTS TEAM

The dedicated Venue Catering team—from our chefs to our serving staff, office personnel, and marketing team—are here to make sure your experience with our company is exceptional. Get to know some of the individuals you will work with as you get ready for your next party or event!
Cherie Anderson

Cherie Anderson

Catering & Events Director

I’ve had hospitality in my blood since I was a little girl. I love gatherings, the planning process, and joy of putting people together in one space. But what comes naturally to me does not for others. I find so much satisfaction removing the anxiety and stress off one’s plate when they realize that “we got this” as we work through every detail of an event. I have been with Venue Restaurant & Lounge since its conception. Starting off as a server and working my way to my current position. I started with managing one private dining room and dabbling in catering from this position. Seeing a need for quality food at fair pricing outside the four walls of Venue is what grew our business/infrastructure to fee over 1,000+ guests on any given day. I could not do this without the incredible team surrounding me. I am blessed that every day I am doing what I love and get the opportunity to do hospitality at its best!!

  • Biggest Accomplishment: My four daughters!
  • Favorite comfort food: Bread
  • What you’d be doing if you weren’t doing this: Secret Shopper Consulting Company and give everyone my two cents. Been in this industry so long that I have too many opinions of how things should look, taste, and present. My husband loves going out with me???
  • Favorite past time: Round 9 fitness and hanging with family
  • Favorite Movie: Blind Side
Lisa Petersen

Lisa Petersen

Catering & Events Coordinator

I’ve been in the event industry for 33 years. The first 25 years focused on brides and weddings. The past eight years broadening my focus to include all types of events, large and small.

What I love most about what I do is the relationship building. There’s no better feeling than seeing a client and their guests enjoying an event that you helped put together.

We strive to help clients walk through the event planning process with ease. Our ballroom team has the ability to anticipate the needs of the client who know time and time again that no detail is to be left unnoticed.

After all, in the field of entertaining what the client is seeking first and foremost is peace of mind.

  • Graduated: Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Favorite Comfort Food: Ice Cream
  • What you’d be doing if you weren’t doing this: Teaching
  • Favorite place: Home
  • Favorite movie: Under the Tuscan Sun
Jayme Lowell

Jayme Lowell

Catering & Events Coordinator

I’ve worked in the hospitality industry since 2005—coming to Venue after 12 years as a Sales Manager at Wilderness Ridge. What I love most about my position is the people. A great event is all about being a good listener. If you can clearly understand what it is someone is looking for, then you can put the pieces together to make it happen. By the time an event actually happens, sometimes the client feels more like family.

  • Graduated: University of Nebraska- Bachelor in Journalism degree
  • Favorite comfort food: Curry
  • What you’d be doing if you weren’t doing this: Content Editor
  • Favorite place: Turks & Caicos
  • Tell us about your family: My husband Alex and I have two boys, Jack and Hudson. We also have a Cavalier King Charles puppy named Charlie.
Eric Pomajzl

Eric Pomajzl

Events & Community Manager

I have 15+ years of experience in a variety of fields, including the performing arts, non-profits, hospitality, and now the corporate world. I’m currently the Event and Community Manager for Pillar Restaurant Group (Venue Catering & Events) and was previously the Events Coordinator for the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, NE. After a stint living in Freiburg, Germany, my professional career began when he moved to Chicago, Illinois.

I wore many hats at various businesses, including AidsCare, Halsted’s Bar & Grill, Merit School of Music, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and EdgeAlliance. I’m a graduate of Doane College with a B.A. in Music Performance & German with a minor in Business. I’m also a member of Generous Connections (a philanthropic networking group), Lincoln Southeast Kiwanis, and an executive committee member of EventLNK, which is Lincoln’s event professional group. In my spare time, I enjoy singing karaoke, acting in Murder Mystery dinners, and traveling whenever I can.

  • Favorite Comfort Food: Mac n’ Cheese from a box
  • What you’d be doing if you weren’t doing this: Pop Star
  • Favorite Spice Girl: Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham
  • Favorite Past Time: Lounging by a body of water (pool, ocean, lake) with an adult beverage soaking up the sun
Merri Jo O'Dell

Merri Jo O'Dell

Catering & Events Coordinator

I believe people eat with their eyes, so my vision is always to create an attractive plate for each event. I love the opportunity to create a menu that fits the guest’s personality while using my experience to tie everything together. You can find me on the quick service side of our Pillar Group, from Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs to the event and corporate planning of Venue Catering & Events. Having over ten years experience, I am available to help coordinate any-size event.

  • Favorite comfort food: Mashed potatoes
  • What you’d be doing if you weren’t doing this: Cruise ship activities director or flight attendant
  • Favorite place: Tough one…..any place near the ocean, but I also love Texas too and of course, there is no place like Nebraska!
  • My Family: I have two grown sons and one beautiful daughter-in-law. My oldest son is a chef by trade and my youngest son is in the Nebraska Army National Guard.
Michaela Wagner

Michaela Wagner

Catering & Events Coordinator

I have worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry since I was 16 years old. I started off as a busser and a hostess, then moved into serving, bartending, management, and now catering and event planning. I have worked in fast food and upscale restaurants and everything in-between. I also attended culinary school for a brief time and staged in different restaurant kitchens to really to get to learn every aspect of a restaurant.

I believe that a great event is all about understanding and balance. It is not only about understanding your guests’ wants and needs and executing that to the best of your ability, but also recognizing what it takes behind the scenes to successfully execute an event. Planning and working events require a huge team and a lot of steps, and I love seeing everything all come together for our guests!

  • Graduated: University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Undergraduate) | Boston University (Master’s)
  • Favorite Comfort Food: Spaghetti!
  • What you’d be doing if you weren’t doing this: I would be traveling all over the world if I could
  • Favorite Place: Home
  • My Family: My boyfriend Bryce and I have three dogs: Kimball (Boxer), Killian (Pitbull Mix), and Kaliber (Cane Corso)

Catering Services

Wondering what types of events Venue can cater? Take a look at our current service offerings as you get ready to plan your next party, rehearsal dinner, or company get together!

Contact Venue Catering & Events

Want Venue to cater an upcoming event? Give our team a call or send us a message today detailing what you’re looking for! We’re always ready to help anyone turn their next get together into a can’t-miss event!

Venue Catering
Jasmine Room
Scottish Rite Ballroom