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Our History

The Meat Shoppe, Inc. is a 38 year old, on- and off-premise catering business founded by Rick and Judy Keller in 1984. Rick is a master meat cutter and has been cutting since 1974. This experience allows Rick to process all the steaks, roasts and ground chuck fresh for the Meat Shoppe menu. Our family-recipe garlic sausage, Seasoned Roast Beef, Shredded Beef, Pulled Pork, and Rib Eye Steaks are also made fresh by Rick. 

In 1991, the Meat Shoppe opened its first banquet catering location. Until that time all the meals had to be served at the client’s location.

In 1993, the Meat Shoppe was awarded the exclusive catering contract for The Gering Civic Center.

In 1998, The Meat Shoppe took over as private Contract Managers for the Civic Center.

Our location in the Gering Civic Center allows us to host groups from 10 to 700. The 29 year-old Civic Center averages more than 60,000 attendees per year in the City of Gering. In 2021, the Civic Center completed a total building update.


We will also cater your special event at your office, home or event site. The largest catered event was  the 2014 Cattleman's Ball. We served prime rib, augratin potatos and BBQ Green Beans to over 3500 attendees. The Cattlemen's Ball is Nebraska's Largest fundraiser for Cancer Research. We have a professional staff to provide fine food and excellent service for your next special event.At the Meat Shoppe, only the finest and freshest ingredients are used. Once your menu is selected, our cook's go to work orchestrating every detail, with your vision in mind. It might involve selecting Nebraska Steaks and Beef or getting locally baked, aromatic breads and delicate pastries...the result is a culinary experience which excites all the senses.