Christmas Hours:  December 24th Open 6:30m – 1pm

Closed December 25-Dec 28th

Regular Hours December 29 & 30

December 31st Open 6:30am – 1pm

Closed Jan.1 – 4th

Regular Hours Resume January 5th

Catering

Catering

How to Order

Food is our common ground; a universal experience.

Guided by a passion for art, Ryke’s Catering specializes in creating personalized experiences centered around uniquely prepared foods for a variety of events including weddings, intimate dining, corporate functions and themed events.  We take a personal approach guiding you through each step to build the type of event you are looking for.

Ryke’s is perfect for all your catering needs. Whether you are entertaining eight or eight hundred, Chef Butch Rouwhorst and the staff of Ryke’s Catering can make your event everything you want it to be with versatile menus to meet your approval and budget. Take a look at our gallery to see some of the cuisine we’ve prepared for various events.

Catering Deposits & Timeline:

  • 25% or $400 (whichever is greater) will secure your event.
  • 30 days prior to your event, your Catering Planning Questionnaire is due.
  • 10 days prior to your event your final guest count is due.
  • 7 days prior to your event your final payment is due.

Call for a free consultation: (231) 726-2253

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What is the best way to contact you with questions or to place an order with you?

Email – chefbutch@rykes.com is always best, as our chefs are frequently on the phones, producing for events or off property, setting up and running events. Through email we can ensure that your questions will be responded to in a timely fashion, as they can be handled when the chefs are available. Calls are also welcome. The Bakery and Cafe is open from 6:30am – 5:30pm Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 7:00am – 3:00pm. If a chef is unavailable to take your call, please leave a message.

How far in advance should I place my catering order?

Michigan’s “event” season begins May 1st and ends January 1st. If your event is planned during this time period, the more notice you can provide, the better. We typically start booking Saturday events during this time period one to one and a half years in advance.  Events are booked on a first come first served basis so plan early.

We can accommodate more limited menus for boxed or catered lunches with a minimum of 48 hours’ notice or the café menu is always available. Again, the earlier we are contacted, the better able we are to accommodate your specific menu requirements.

Do you require payment or a deposit at the time of order?

Yes, we do require a deposit to secure your event date.  Deposits vary depending on the size and scope of your event. Your deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.

We accept all major credit cards but offer a discount for cash or checks. ALL quotes are based on payment with cash, check or cashier’s check. The non-discounted price for credit or debit cards is an additional  3%.

When is my final balance due?

We will finalize your menu and review the event plan 30 days before your event. Your final guest count is requested 14 days before your event along with your final payment due 7 days prior to your event. Your event cost is based on payment with cash, check or cashier’s check. Credit or Debit cards will be charged an additional 3%.

When is my final guest count due?

A  table layout and the Event Timing Worksheet must be received 30 days prior to your event. Final count is due 14 days before your event. Keep in mind that the price per person will increase if guest count decreases by more than 10%. Click here to fill out the Event Timing Worksheet.

Your final payment is due 7 days prior to the event.  We are always able to increase your guest count at this time but unable to decrease your count due to products that have been ordered.

Do you offer tastings?

Yes, we offer tastings by appointment. The tasting consists of a variety of salads and appetizers that are offered in our café on a daily basis. The intent of the tasting is to give you a taste of how we use flavors to create a fabulous menu for you. The tasting is NOT designed for you to actually try out the menu you are planning for your event. Handling tastings this way enables you to get a feel for what we do and it enables us to keep prices lower for your event. We are happy to provide you with a list of very satisfied customers to contact should you have additional questions following your complimentary tasting.

Do you create custom menus?

Yes, please contact Chef Butch (chefbutch@rykes.com) to specifically design a menu that’s right for you.

Do you offer discounts if we purchase our cake and catering through Ryke’s?

We offer complimentary delivery and set up of the wedding cake if both the catering and cake is purchased from Ryke’s. (Up to a $50 value)

Do you offer vegetarian/vegan options?

Yes, we can offer a variety of vegetarian and vegan options.

Do you charge cake-cutting fees?

Yes, we offer this as an option at $.75 per serving. The $.75 covers the cost of the plates, napkins, forks, servers, etc..  We offer you the choice of utilizing this service so that you can be in control of your budget. Keep in mind that if you choose to cut the cake yourself, you will also need to provide the plates, forks, napkins, etc.

Can you provide tables, chairs, linens and other rental items?

Yes, we can offer linens. Ask for referrals to provide additional rental services.

For corporate catering, do you accommodate last minute orders?

We prefer 48 hours notice for all orders to ensure product availability. However, we will always do our best to accommodate last minute orders, so please contact us.

How do I place my order?
  • Call the bakery during business hours: Monday-Friday, 6:30am-5:30pm and Saturdays, 7:00am-3:00pm.
  • A VIP membership, 50% deposit or full payment is required at the time of order. If paying with EBT, please click here for more information.
  • Two weeks' notice is requested for all special orders; however, call us if needed sooner to discuss how we can accommodate your specific needs.
  • Approval of product is requested at pick up. We are happy to fix anything you are not satisfied with, while at the bakery.
Can I place my order online?

We ask that you place your order by phone (231-726-CAKE or 231-726-2253) so we can clarify the information and ensure accuracy. If you send us an email, we will follow up with a phone call within 48 hours.

Do you require payment or a deposit at the time of order?

Yes, we do ask for full payment or at least a 50% deposit at the time of order unless you are a member of our VIP Program. We started asking for pre-payment because of the amount of orders placed and never picked up.  We ask for payment or deposit regardless of the quantity ordered. We accept all major credit cards, cash, checks and EBT cash benefits. Click here for more information regarding EBT and deposits.  Learn more about our VIP Program to make ordering easier for you.

How far in advance should I place my order?

During the holidays, graduation season or for large orders, we LOVE at least 2 weeks notice but feel free to call and we’ll see how we can accommodate you if you need something sooner. For smaller orders during the “off season”, just let us know within a week to 4 days and we’ll have your order ready for you!

What if I need to change my order or cancel my cake?

Changes to your order or cancellations will be honored at no charge up to one week prior (7 days) to the scheduled pick up date. If less than a week, there will be an additional charge for changes to design, cake sizes, or cancellations up to 50% of the original cost.

Do you require a minimum order on bakery items?

It depends on what you’re ordering. If it’s something we carry in the store on a regular basis, there are no minimum orders. If it’s for cupcakes, breads, rolls, or other products that are made to order or only carried during the holidays, minimum orders apply as we sell by the batch to minimize waste.

Do you offer quantity discounts?

Yes, we offer a $10 dozen doughnut deal all day, every day, and a quantity discount on our Homestyle cookies (if purchasing 4 dozen or more). We are unable to offer quantity discounts on decorated products (cupcakes, pastries, decorated cookies, etc.) because of the time involved to make each one.

Do you ship your products?

Yes we do ship Butter Thin Cookies and 7”, 8” or 9” round cakes. Because our products are fresh and made without preservatives, we typically ship overnight or 2nd day air to ensure quality.

Cakes are fresh frozen after decorating, put in a Polar Tech shipping system with dry ice to ensure quality and freshness. We charge $50 for the shipping system, dry ice and extra handling required to ship a cake. The $50 is in addition to the actual shipping cost and product cost.

Butter Thin Cookies are stuffed with tissue to ensure they arrive in one piece; shrink wrapped and sent out either 2nd day air or 3 day select. Due to the special packing required, we charge an additional $10 plus the actual shipping charges.

My grandmother had a great recipe…can you make that?

As much as we’d love to be able to accommodate every request that we get, our equipment is very large and when we bake anything, we are making 50 gallon batches; which is enough to make 100 cakes! We don’t have equipment at the bakery small enough to make a single cake.

Can you put “pictures” on cakes?

Yes, we can. Please give us one week to process your image. You are welcome to bring your image into the bakery or e-mail your image to lora@rykes.com . If pulling images off line, keep in mind that we are subject to copyright law, so we’ll need written permission from the owner of that image to reproduce it for you on your cake.

Any picture provides must be in JPEG format.

I saw this cute Minnie Mouse cake online, can you make it for me?

Yes and possibly, no. Because we are selling our cakes to you, we are bound by Copyright and Trademark Law. This means that any character that is trademarked, like Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, college or company logos and most other characters from popular TV shows and movies are off limits for our bakery to reproduce unless we have written permission from the owner of the copyright or trademark. The reason you see them online is because many of these cakes are being produced by hobby bakers for their families and friends and are not being resold to the public. We are not allowed to make money from someone else’s intellectual property.

We do, however, have a wide variety of “licensed” toys that we can put on your cake. We also have requested permission from many West Michigan High Schools and Colleges to reproduce their logos on our cakes. Please view our list of licensed kits and logos. If what you are looking for is not on our list, feel free to contact that company directly and request written permission. The permission and approved item in a .jpg format can be e-mailed to info@rykes.com. Please include your name and event date in the subject line of the e-mail.

Do you make Sugar Free or Gluten Free baked goods or cakes?

Sadly, we do not make any Sugar or Gluten Free products. We made an attempt ,early on, but because we are equipped only for large batches, we had too much waste for the amount of products that were being requested.

Do you use nuts in your products?

Some of our products, like our carrot cake and sweet breads do contain nuts and all of our baked goods are baked in the same kitchen and may not be suitable for individuals with nut allergies.

What is your return policy?

We ask that all products are approved at pick up and due to the nature of our products, we cannot accept returns or issue refunds. However, we want all customers to be 100% satisfied with their Ryke’s Bakery experience. If for some reason you are dissatisfied, please contact the bakery within 24 hours of your purchase and we will do our best to address your concern.

Do you have a mailing list?

We do. To sign up for our occasional e-newsletters & promotions, click here.

Can you make me an adult-themed cake for my bachelor/bachelorette party?

There's too many kids runnin' around here! We choose to keep our cakes rated PG!