Founded in 1995, Maceli's is located at 1031 New Hampshire, in Downtown Lawrence. Our facility has a state-of-the-art kitchen and banquet space to accommodate groups of 25-400. Our location includes a private dining room for groups of up to 80 and a party room that can seat up to 400.
In addition to hosting events at our banquet hall and The Castle Tea Room, we cater events of all sizes at most of the major venues in the area. We look forward to helping you with your next event, whether it's at our place or yours!
As Maceli's continues to grow, so does our commitment to the Lawrence Community. Among the worthwhile organizations that we support are:
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Chamber of Commerce
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
Health Care Access Clinic
Kansas Public Radio-KANU
Lawrence Arts Center
Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen
Lawrence Public Library
Lawrence St Patricks Day Committee
Meals on Wheels
St. John's School
Success By 6
Trinity In Home Care
United Way of Douglas County
Visiting Nurses Association
STEVE MACELI'S STORY
While a graduate student at KU, I was the Director of Grace Pearson Scholarship Hall. Part of my responsibilities involved planning three meals a day, seven days a week for the fifty hall residents. I ordered the food and organized daily kitchen functions, which were performed by the students. After five years of quantity cooking, I began using my skills to help a few of my struggling classmates with their wedding catering. At one of those receptions I was introduced to Mrs. Ekdahl, Associate Director of Housing for the University of Kansas. I was very flattered when she asked me for a business card. One thing led to another and I ended up squeezing Hospitality Management classes at Johnson County into my already busy life as a Ph.D. student in Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Five years later, I built my first commercial kitchen at 1119 Massachusetts St. and was added to the approved caterers list at the KU Alumni Association. A year later I was selected to be the in-house caterer at the new SpringHill Suites in the Riverfront Plaza. In 2004, Maceli’s moved from that little commercial kitchen to its present location. Although we were only searching for a larger kitchen, we ended up with a space that we transformed into a contemporary banquet hall. Since then Maceli’s has become the most popular private caterer in Lawrence. In 2017 Maceli’s was named as management for The Historical Castle Tea Room at 1307 Massachusetts Street. Our company strives to be the best combination of food, service, price and venues in Lawrence, and we believe we are.