Located in the heart of Ashland, Missouri is Word of Mouth Catering, a small business with a big impact. Run by business partners Bridget Canaday and Rachel Pounds, this operation strives to happily fill the stomachs of Central Missouri with fresh, homemade meals.
It all began in 2003, a time where Canaday, 50, operated solo out of her own kitchen. She catered for friends and family at church dinners and minor events. Years later, she met Rachel. Pounds, 28, is the wife of one of Bridget’s son’s childhood best friends. At the time they met, Rachel was working for a commercial catering business. The two close family friends eventually decided to begin a partnership, and have been working together ever since. Once Rachel became a part of the process, the two decided to move into a larger space, located on East Broadway. Though the staff is primarily made up of Bridget and Rachel, they credit a large amount of help to their husbands and children, who often help out on larger orders.
Today, the staff of two works to feed major events, such as weddings, anniversaries, grand openings, retirements and the like. Word of Mouth also provides both dine in and carry out services for its customers. Currently, they have two carry out dinners per week on Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as a breakfast and lunch on Fridays. The team intends to extend these services to five days a week in the near future. This business, while small, has the ability to serve clients not only in Ashland, but Jefferson City and Columbia as well. Orders are often made via text or email, and pre-order is strongly encouraged.
Word of Mouth makes a wide variety of food for its constituents, but specializes specifically in salad making. Fan-favorites include the Mandarin Chicken, Antipasta, Saucy Southern BBQ and Strawberry Pecan salads, complete with handmade dressing. During the holiday season, Thanksgiving pies are available for pickup, as well as full Christmas dinners on Christmas Eve.
“It’s straightforward, good food. It’s simple, yet unique. It’s not fancy, but delicious and I call that high end!” said Canaday. “Our goal is to continue offering fresh, unique catering to Central Missouri, as we have since 2004.”