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Inspiring Cuisine You’ll Love




We love what we do and we love Lancaster! After serving this community for 30 years, we’ve learned a lot about people. We help our clients create their vision and working together to execute a fabulous, hassle-free event. Whether it’s catering a work luncheon or planning a wedding, we are joyful—and grateful to celebrate each season and milestone of your life.


Despite all of our craziness—we’re just the right blend of everything you need and a whole lot of fun. Throughout our 30 years in the hospitality industry, we’ve served tens of thousands of people, seen a lot of memories made, and been in charge of the food, the drinks, the dancing, the timelines, and setting the tone for the event. We’ve been the best friend, calmed wedding day jitters, saved the day, and have loved every minute of it. We’re capable, caring, and comfortable with whatever role we need play at your next event. After all—it wouldn’t be a party without a celebration!


Our first year in business was 30 years in the making. We bring with us humor, joy, and a common-sense approach—because we love what we do. Here at Cracked Pepper Catering, what we do is just as much about community as it is about celebration.


As experienced chefs, we can be hired to cater family meals and intimate events. We pool our resources to create awesome meals for medium to large size private and corporate events. We have a specialized team of talented chefs that are selected individually based on their skills best suited for your event.

Cracked Pepper specializes in boutique-style events and intimate wedding affairs with guest lists up to 75 people. Call us today to see what we can do for you.

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Joe and Christine Hess (no relation!)  are Lancaster natives. They started Cracked Pepper Catering in September of 2016 to meet the needs of this community that they know and love. Owning their own company has always been their dream. Helping others, creating great events, and being part of the fabric of Lancaster has, and continues, to be a whole lot of fun.

Joe can occasionally be found serving at Luca, a new Italian wood-burning eatery. He is, without a doubt, the life of the party—and a regular at numerous charity and local non-profit events. He currently resides in Lancaster with his partner.

Christine can occasionally be found at Fenz, a local foodie hotspot. She is also the owner of the food truck Urban Olive and can also be spotted at Central Market with her sister, Wendy Jo. She currently resides in Lancaster with her husband.



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“Had the opportunity to use Cracked Pepper Catering for work related luncheons. Food was very good and fresh. Highly recommend, can not wait to have them cater another event.”

Lisa F.

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“Your food is absolutely delicious and we still can’t forget how good some of the meals were. I can’t wait for our next event so you can cater it again! Thank you for a truly unforgettable and yummy experience.”

Avery Smith

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“Cracked Pepper Catering is a five-star caterer. I can’t recommend them highly enough. We are so pleased with how the whole event turned out and hope to work with Cracked Pepper Catering again in the near future.”

Skyler Adelson

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For us, food is joy. We love making our customers happy, and can’t wait to meet you!

341 E. Liberty Street Lancaster PA United States 17602

(717) 682-2504

Planning Your Wedding?  Looking for the Perfect Caterer for your Reception?  Searching for a Unique Space for your Rehearsal Dinner?  Please Contact our Wedding Sales Manager at Weddings@crackedpepperlancaster.com

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