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.

Nina Mendez | Tall Guy and a Grill

Nina Mendez

Catering Manager

Nina was born in upstate New York but has lived in Milwaukee since childhood-with stints in Italy, California and Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Nina has worked in the food industry since her teen years; from waiting tables at college town pizza shops to hosting at the renowned Ward's House of Prime. Most recently, she was 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 can be found finishing her degree in Community Engagement and Education at UW-Milwaukee, or most likely enjoying live music around town.

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.

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.