Meet our Team

At Powers Ventures we do more than just provide food service, we build and nurture relationships. With our principal philosophy on excellence and personal accountability we are committed to 100% guest and customer satisfaction and we empower our teams to ‘do what it takes’ to help our belief come to life.

Our culinary team of experts rises to the challenge of pleasing the most discerning pallets. Our professional and courteous wait staff prides itself on impeccable hospitality and expert attention to details.

Joe Powers

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Joe Powers

Born and raised in Rochester, MN, owner Joe Powers began working as a dishwasher in a hotel while still in high school. Upon graduation he began work as a Sous Chef and was promoted to Executive Chef for Lebristro’s French Café. This fueled the flames that ignited a passion for Joe and his love for the food service industry that has spanned more than 28 years.

From humble beginnings opening the Canadian Honker Restaurant at age 21, Joe had a tremendous work ethic and passion for quality. This focus has served him well as Joe has recently been asked to become a member of the “Top Gun” caterers, through Catersource, an elite group that represents the nations top 50 independent caterers by region throughout the country, Joe and his team has served an estimated 3 million customers and counting.

Presently, Joe is the owner of The Canadian Honker Restaurant and Catering, Rochester Event Center and Canadian Honker Events.

Joe enthusiastically serves the greater Rochester community and is an active board member of: Rochester Area Foundation, Shjon Podien Children’s Fund, First Homes, Poverello Foundation, Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau and Destination Medical Community’s steering committee to name a few.

Michael Mulcahey

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Michael Mulcahey

Michael is the corporate chef for Powers Ventures and is a distinguished master chef who serves to inspire and transform the dining experience. With a keen eye on the changing seasons, Mike always uses fresh local and regional ingredients to create exceptional offerings.

Spanning a culinary career of more than 20 years, Mike has worked in some of the finest four star-four diamond hotels and private clubs across America. Mike is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, the world’s premier culinary college.

Nick Powers

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Nick Powers

As a restaurant manager, Nick Powers is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Canadian Honker Restaurant, including the main dining room and adjacent bar. Having grown up in the family business, Nick started helping out with the restaurant when he was only 8-years old and began bussing tables on holidays such as Thanksgiving, Easter and Mother’s Day.

 

His passion for the industry took on a full time role at age 19 when he began as a prep cook serving the 6 a.m.-2 p.m. shift learning all the recipes and how the kitchen worked. He then moved into the line cook role and also trained as a  host, bartender, and a few wait shifts here and there. In addition, Nick would help with the families catering business as well as the launch of the Rochester Event Center facility.

 

Nick is involved in the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce and has served in the Leadership Greater Rochester program.  He is passionate about food, people and is mindful of the big picture and what is truly important in life.

Samm Wilschek

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Samm Wilschek

Growing up Samm always loved food and knew she wanted to be involved with it in some shape or form as a career. While working on her business degree at New York State University-Old Westbury, Samm worked in catering for a company in Brooklyn, New York. When she moved to Rochester, Minnesota Samm took a job at a restaurant located in one of the area’s hotels as a server to manager until the restaurant closed. Shortly thereafter she took a position with the Canadian Honker as a bartender and was given the opportunity to become one of the floor managers for the Canadian Honker Restaurant.

Sue Lee

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Sue Lee

Sue has been with Powers Ventures since 1994, she serves as the organizations CFO and also plays a key customer service role within the Restaurant/Catering.  Sue’s passion with the food service industry began when she was 15 and is critical in providing customers the guidance and advice when it comes to their restaurant/catering needs.

Patrick Swayze

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Patrick Swayze

Patrick attended Winona State University where he received a degree in elementary education. After a short stint in teaching, his passion for food and the restaurant business led him to us. He joined the Canadian Honker in 2012 as a host and helping with catering. Before long, he became part of our management team here in 2014. He can often be found in the kitchen at home, as well as our kitchen here at the honker. "Food is something that brings people together, having the opportunity to provide a home cooked meal is a privilege I have each and every day," he says.