Actions Backed By Values
When you come to the RK Group, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the word “service.” Each member of our team takes a personal pledge to go the extra mile – to deliver quality, creativity and extraordinary care to every customer, at every event, every time.
Our company values form the framework of our success, and have for nearly 70 years. It is these beliefs that guide our actions, and these actions that elevate the ordinary to delightful heights. We are dedicated to creating fun, fond memories for you from the moment you begin planning your event to the moment you begin planning the next. Because our ultimate goal is to have you return to us time and again with a smile.
We have long extended our service philosophy into our communities, as avid volunteers, donors and event sponsors. We believe in giving back to the communities that have embraced us for so many years and encourage our team members to do the same through a wide range of activities.
Whether you want to throw an amazing “outside the box” soirée or are planning a refined quiet dinner at home, our greatest pleasure is holding a light of true service on you and seeing you shine.
Growing with Good Taste
Like many success stories, ours starts with an individual spark. When Rosemary Kowalski began catering private parties in 1946, expanding on the small barbecue diner she and her husband Henry owned, the Kowalski family name gained new culinary fame.
By 1968 Rosemary’s Catering had grown successful enough to occupy 11 buildings within four city blocks, and was the preferred caterer for most top social and business events around town. That year, HemisFair ’68 shined a spotlight on San Antonio, and Rosemary’s Catering added even more illumination as the official caterer for 105 of the 112 pavilion celebrations at the world’s fair.
The company was awarded the contract for the food and beverage services at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in 1972 and remains the official caterer today, nearly 45 years later. The team at the convention center works from an 18,000 square foot on-site kitchen and three satellite kitchens serving more than 20,000 guests per event in some cases.
By 1981 it was clear that the business – which had expanded to several buildings around the city and now offered equipment rentals, floral designs and more – needed to be under one roof. So the entire operation moved into a six-acre site in downtown San Antonio. When the growing demand for rental equipment spawned a new company, Illusions Rentals and Designs, it was housed under the new roof too.
A few short years later, in 1989, Rosemary officially turned the leadership over to her son Greg, and the firm was rebranded under a new name, The RK Group. With Greg at the helm of the growing enterprise, The RK Group began to diversify even more with the founding of Circa Texas, a destination management company, Meetings Plus, a full-service, nationwide meeting planning group, and Flair Floral, floral design for a range of event styles. In the 1990s, the company also began its expansion outside of San Antonio, operating the Capitol Grill and Story of Texas Café, and providing catering services for the University of Texas Etter-Harbin Alumni Center in Austin.
The RK Group’s expansion continued with Circa Arizona in 2008, the opening of a Rosemary’s Catering office in Houston in 2011, and the debut of an Illusions Rentals operation in Austin that same year. The company further diversified its services by forming The Sandwich Factory, which creates and delivers fresh easy-to-eat sandwiches and salads to convenience stores and vending machines throughout Texas. Most recently, the company expanded its reach into the restaurant business with the opening of Radio Milano in Houston.
Today, The RK Group remains a privately owned company with nationwide reach through subsidiaries that provide a full range of catering services and event logistics, plus food service for large scale sports, entertainment, and cultural event venues.
Greg Kowalski continues the family tradition of quality, service and innovation as he inspires and leads more than 800 employees on the path his mother, Rosemary, paved.
“The RK Group is wonderful. The food is always delicious, they will work with your budget, and they make sure your event goes great. You can’t go wrong with RK.”
Carol Barrett – Director of Programs, The Texas Exes Etter-Harbin Alumni Center
“Your exceptional food, creative themes, and unique entertainment brought our members out in droves! Thank you for making us look so good.”
Georgia H. Foley – Executive Director, Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association
“We cannot fully express to you how impressed we were, as well as our guests, and our photographers, with the florals and the room decorations. You really nailed our vision, and it was just gorgeous. Romance was our theme, and you guys put it together beautifully.”
Susan Bird – 2014 Bride