RK Culinary Group Wins Long-Term Contract

06/02/2015

The RK Culinary Group, LLC is pleased to announce its award of a decade-long catering and concessions contract at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The RK Culinary Group, LLC is comprised of partners: Greg Kowalski, President and CEO of Catering by Rosemary, Inc.; Chef Johnny Hernandez, founder of True Flavors, LLC; and Richard Ojeda, […]

The RK Group Proudly Announces the Promotion of Elias Aguirre

05/22/2015

The RK Group Proudly Announces the Promotion of Elias Aguirre, CMP, CTA as National Senior Sales Manager for Destination Management Company, Circa Texas. May 6, 2015 San Antonio, Texas– Hospitality and Culinary Leader, The RK Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Elias Aguirre, CMP, CTA, as National Senior Sales Manager for Destination Management […]

The RK Culinary Group, LLC is pleased to announce its award of a decade-long catering and concessions contract at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The RK Culinary Group, LLC is comprised of partners: Greg Kowalski, President and CEO of Catering by Rosemary, Inc.; Chef Johnny Hernandez, founder of True Flavors, LLC; and Richard Ojeda, co-founder of Black Ties Affairs, Inc. On May 2, 2015, The RK Culinary Group LLC members converged at City Council Chambers to learn of City Council’s final decision in their favor.

The new contract enables The RK Culinary Group, LLC to contribute a diverse spectrum of event service expertise, as well as a restaurant quality dining experience for convention center event attendees.

Kowalski explains, “As transformation continues and culminates in a center of landmark proportions and event capabilities, The RK Culinary Group will be there delivering the highest quality food and event amenities. Our team will also continue to work with our city’s leaders, its residents and members of the business community to maintain and raise San Antonio’s profile as a top hospitality and tourism destination.”

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The RK Group Proudly Announces the Promotion of Elias Aguirre, CMP, CTA as National Senior Sales Manager for Destination Management Company, Circa Texas.

May 6, 2015 San Antonio, Texas– Hospitality and Culinary Leader, The RK Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Elias Aguirre, CMP, CTA, as National Senior Sales Manager for Destination Management Solutions provider, Circa Texas. The promotion comes as a result of the strategic accomplishments Aguirre has spearheaded during an eleven-year tenure as Senior Account Executive at the RK Group Convention Center offices. As a seasoned Certified Meeting Professional, Aguirre has created consistent revenue, increased net asset value, and assisted in developing efficient policies and procedures for the department.

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SAN ANTONIO, October 2013 – The RK Group, a top San Antonio-based event planning and catering company recently moved its Illusions Rental and Designs (IRD) division to a new location. The new 48,000 square feet space includes a larger showroom, additional meeting space, offices and room to grow.  The new address at 1107 AT&T Parkway, Suite 111 is located near the AT&T Center with easy access from the highway and is the first move away from corporate headquarters for the 67 year-old company.

“We are always looking ahead to the next big thing and how we can provide our clients with the newest rental products for their special events,” said Travis Kowalski, director of operations, Illusions Rentals and Designs.  “This move solidifies our commitment to offer exceptional service and continue to grow our business throughout Texas.”

The growth of IRD’s partners and clients has fueled the expansion and need for the company’s move. The larger space allows IRD to service new and existing clients with an expansive inventory of rental equipment as well as build custom pieces that include bars, tables and décor items that can be personalized to fit the look and style of any event.  The continued growth of IRD’s sister companies under The RK Group umbrella has provided a strong base with an increase in the number of events serviced.

Earlier this year, the Texas Historical Commission awarded The RK Group the Texas Treasure Business Award for its exceptional contributions toward economic growth to the state. Current clients JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, The Argyle Club, HEB Grocery Company, San Antonio Country Club, Valero Texas Open, USAA and others have fueled the growth for IRD and the need for more space.

“With the increase in space, we are able to provide our clients with a more robust inventory of equipment and products that they can easily see when choosing an item for their event,” said Laurie Ontjes, vice president, Illusions Rentals and Designs.  “And, with our much larger showroom, we are able to construct whole table settings and give examples of what clients will actually see at their event. We can easily construct custom bars, décor and props for events as well. Its important for us to consistently provide top notch service and stay ahead of the trends throughout our product lines.”

Flair Floral, a sister company of IRD, has also moved from The RK Group’s home base to the new location.  Also experiencing steady growth, the Flair team often collaborates with IRD on the same projects so it was efficient for the two groups to share space. A third business new to the San Antonio event industry that often partners with The RK Group, J&S Audio Visual, is also sharing the AT&T Parkway address.

About The RK Group
Founded in San Antonio in 1946, The RK Group is family-owned and family-run and is a flagship company to several subsidiaries that provide full-service catering and comprehensive event logistics to clients nationwide. With 67 years of experience and a full complement of in-house suppliers, The RK Group offers everything from business and social catering, planning and coordination of conventions, tours and transportation, floral design and equipment rentals to contract foodservice for large scale sports, entertainment, and cultural facilities. For more information, please visit www.therkgroup.com.