About Us

About Us

Food so prepared.

Food inspires. Food serves as a centerpiece for great events. Food builds families, communities, even nations. Fresh food, prepared with loving attention to detail, makes mouthwatering memories.

Our Story

Hi, we’re Butch and Renee Rouwhorst, proud owners of Ryke’s Bakery, Catering, and Café since 2003. We promise excellent customer service and creativity in everything we make using quality ingredients and products.

Butch is originally from Grand Haven, Michigan. He studied French and International Cuisine at the Washburn Institute of Culinary Arts in Chicago. Butch brings expertise from his former training, along with years of hotel, restaurant and corporate catering, to each event.

Renee manages the daily operations of the bakery and grew up in the Muskegon area as a loyal Ryke’s customer. Prior to purchasing Ryke’s in 2003, she worked as a business consultant and trainer for “Not So Basic Training” in Spring Lake and continues that work with bakeries across the country, in addition to speaking at National and Regional Conferences.

Butch and Renee have a clear vision for Ryke’s. Together, they are bringing back the traditions of the bakery and the quality that has made Ryke’s a household name in Muskegon since 1937. To bring that tradition alive today, the Rouwhorst’s have created a renovated industrial space that is warm, inviting and unique to Western Michigan. The food and the flavors add to that uniqueness as do the people; the Ryke’s family of employees put the icing on the cake, helping the local eatery to be “More than just a bakery.”