Tracy Magro says people miss her cooking. I get calls every week, said Magro, manager of Magros Meat & Produce, 3150 Stanton Ave. She said this interest has led her to launch her own catering company, Magros Made with Love Catering.
Ive done some catering over the years for friends, political events and union halls, said Magro, plus Ive worked at different restaurants. Then I started prepping food at the store and it just kind of took off.
Magros Meat & Produce opened a Springfield location in January 2016 in the former Eagles grocery store and initially offered grocery, produce and deli items in addition to meat processing. Last year, the company decided to streamline operations to focus on meat processing. Owner Tony Magro told SBJ in April 2022 that there was a 12-18 month wait for meat processing and demand for locally sourced meat had increased significantly during the pandemic.
Magros Made with Love Catering will offer buffet-style custom catering and Magro said she plans to use some of her familys authentic Italian recipes, in addition to down-home country cooking.
Customers of Magros Meat & Produce will also be able to purchase some of the most-requested items, such as Italian beef and pulled pork, in the store.
Theres an obvious need for it because Im getting so many calls, said Magro. Ive already booked three events for this month since announcing the catering company yesterday. People know my food.