The Tall Guy Team

Dan Nowak | Tall Guy and a Grill

Dan Nowak

Owner, Chef, and Tall Guy

What distinguishes Tall Guy and a Grill Catering from other caterers in the area is Dan Nowak’s diverse background in food. Dan has worked in every type of restaurant from downtown diners, fine dining, steak houses, and supper clubs. He has 16 plus years of experience cooking, serving, and bartending in these establishments. Outside of work, Dan enjoys spending time with Mrs Tall Guy, traveling all over the world, and tailgating with family and friends at Milwaukee baseball games.

Dana Spandet | Tall Guy and a Grill

Dana Spandet

Executive Chef

Dana grew up in the Northern suburbs of Chicago and made the move to Milwaukee about 10 years ago. She attended the College of Lake County and received a degree in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. Dana has since worked at many Milwaukee restaurants and most recently at The Milwaukee School of Engineering. Her free time is spent tending to her 3 Victory garden beds, small urban apiary, and backyard chickens. Dana's always on the look-out for new local inspirations and loves everything this city has to offer.

Amanda Nowak | Tall Guy and a Grill

Amanda Nowak

Mrs. Tall Guy

Amanda helped launch Tall Guy in 2009 and worked through the end of 2014 as our Event Manager. While Amanda has since dedicated most of her time to her interior design business, The Simple Home, she can still be found at the occasional wedding event and street festival. Thanks to this lady, Tall Guy and a Grill Catering has grown to where it is now and we are forever grateful for her continued contributions to our ongoing success.

Nina Mendez | Tall Guy and a Grill

Nina Mendez

Assistant Catering Manager

Nina was born in upstate New York but has lived in Milwaukee since childhood- with a stint in Stevens Point, WI where she studied Arts Management and Communications at UW-Stevens Point. Nina's worked in the food industry since her teen years; from cashiering at a local food market in high school, to waiting tables at college town pizza shops, to hosting at the renowned Ward's House of Prime. Most recently, she was a manager at the historic Watts Tea Room in downtown Milwaukee, until they closed their doors at the end of 2016. When she's not working at Tall Guy, Nina enjoys seeing live music, rock climbing, and riding her bicycle.

Veronica O'Donnell | Tall Guy and a Grill

Veronica O'Donnell

Catering Sales Manager

Originally from from Chicago (yes she's a Bears fan, but we still love her), Veronica graduated from the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts. With experience at the family owned and operated Buzz Café in historic Oak Park, Illinois and Honest Foods Catering in Chicago, Veronica is excited to share her passion for wedding planning and helping to make each couple we work with have a perfect wedding day.