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Dan Mathieu

The former creator and original owner of East Meets West Catering, Dan Mathieu pushed the boundaries of the established Boston catering market in the 80's and 90's with new and exciting concepts in menus, presentation, and service. Dan's fresh approach to entertaining has garnered a strong and devoted following with both private and corporate clients that remain with him today.

After selling East Meets West, Dan concentrated his efforts in the restaurant field before returning to Boston and teaming up with Neal Balkowitsch to create MAX Ultimate Food, a catering company that refreshed Boston's party scene.

Dan currently sits on the Board of Directors at the American Repertory Theatre, The Institute of Contemporary Art, and Kids Can Cook. He is also a member of Somerville's Family Center Board.


Neal Balkowitsch

After establishing himself in the food and beverage industry of Minneapolis, Neal Balkowitsch moved to Boston in 1989 to manage Pine Brook Country Club in Weston. Under Neal's direction, Pine Brook established itself as a premier private club with its well-appointed care of membership and highly praised food and beverage operation.

Neal's attention to detail and impeccable taste became indispensable in all aspects of the special events operations at Pine Brook and further cultivated as co-owner of MAX Ultimate Food.

Neal sits on the boards of Jewish Family and Children's Service, Kids Can Cook, Advisory Board of Artists for Humanity and the Overseers Council for Huntington Theatre.