About Us

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About Canadian Honker Events at Apache

Canadian Honker Events at Apache is a brand under the portfolio of Powers Ventures. We have built a strong reputation on respect, honesty, trust and integrity and are known in the community for our exceptional customer service, innovative cuisine, philanthropic efforts and community goodwill.

Locally owned and involved in our community.

We believe we have a social and moral obligation to help improve the quality of life for all those we serve. By giving back and supporting the needs in our community we’ll not only help those around us but we will also have greater societal impact.

We are committed to being a good member of society and helping those in need. To date our organization in association with Powers Ventures has given over a million dollars in cash donations to address issues of hunger, affordable housing, homelessness, youth development, community development, education initiatives, seniors citizens, military and veterans. In addition, we have donated half a million pounds and counting of food to community causes like the Channel One Food Bank, Salvation Army and the Boys and Girls Club. Our organization also helped found Rochester’s Community Food Relief. There isn’t a critical community cause or initiative that our organization hasn’t raised its hand to be a part of.

Meet Your Team

  • Amy Hakes

    Amy Hakes

    General Manager

    Ms. Hakes brings more than five years of experience to our organization. Her professional background includes positions as Events Manager as well as Catering and Banquet Manager at highly respected companies in both Iowa and Minnesota. It is her clear understanding of the business and her broad knowledge of creating remarkable events that has fueled the success of Ms. Hakes professional life.

  • Joe Powers

    Joe Powers

    President

    Born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota, owner Joe Powers began working as a dishwasher with the Holiday Inn South while still in high school. Upon graduation he began work first as a Sous Chef and then was promoted to Executive Chef for Lebristro’s French Café. At age of 21, Joe opened the Canadian Honker Restaurant, located across from St. Marys Hospital, that in 26 years has served over 3 million customers. For nearly 30 years the stability and reputation of the brands of Powers Ventures has been recognized as a national leader in food service excellence, catering and event facilities. As one of Minnesota’s largest catering organizations, annually Powers Ventures produces more than 250 weddings per year and an estimated 1,500 corporate and social events. Joe enthusiastically serves the greater Rochester community and is an active board member of; Rochester Area Foundation, Shjon Podien Children’s Fund, First Homes, Poverello Foundation, Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau and Destination Medical Community’s steering committee.

  • Dawn Hodapp

    Dawn Hodapp

    Pastry Chef

    Top Tier Delights offers in house artisan bakery service Canadian Honker Events at the Ramada and under the leadership of Pastry Chef Dawn Hodapp. Prior to joining the Powers Ventures family, Hodapp was the lead baker with Sun Valley Resorts in Sun Valley Idaho. Hodapp received a bachelor’s degree in baking and pastry from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. From there she continued to hone her craft with various restaurants and resorts throughout the upper Midwest.

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Our Philosophy

Our job is to passionately serve our customers and the greater Rochester community by providing services and products with the highest quality and freshest ingredients at a fair, value added price each and every day. We are guided by relentless focus to achieve the highest level of customer service with employees that genuinely care about our business, each other and the greater community.

Powers Ventures Ten Commandments:

  • Acknowledge and show respect for others
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Give each other help & support
  • Show appreciation for help received
  • Talk more about “we” and less about “I” and “me”
  • Take ownership for problems rather than blaming them on others
  • Be compassionate & understanding of each others personal lives
  • Do it right the first time, commit yourself to quality
  • Avoid shorts cuts, they always take too much time in the long run
  • Never let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do

About Powers Ventures

Powers Ventures is one of the largest caterers in Minnesota and includes the following organizations under the family umbrella; Canadian Honker Restaurant, Canadian Honker Catering, Rochester International Event Center, Canadian Honker Events Apache and Pinnacle Catering. Annually the organization produces more than 250 weddings per year and an estimated 1,500 corporate and social events.

Since 1984, the organization has been building a reputation on respect, honesty, trust and integrity and is known in the community for exceptional customer service, innovative cuisine, philanthropic efforts and community goodwill.

Awards

As a result Powers Ventures has been recognized as a national leader in food service excellence with its restaurant, catering and event facilities. Powers Ventures is recognized nationally as one of the nation’s top 100 small businesses through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a 2014 Achievement in Catering Excellence (ACE) award recipient, by CaterSource considered one of the largest industry resources for education, products and catering trends in the world.

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All of Powers Ventures executive chefs are certified graduates of prestigious culinary arts schools including the Culinary Institute of America, the world’s premier culinary institution. The team brings more than 60 years of collective culinary experience in four star signature hotels, resorts, private clubs and signature restaurants across the country.

2014 US Chamber of Commerce Blue RibbonDream Big Small Business of the Year Award