Wendy Karr

Title: Owner, Operator
Company: E&L Foods Inc.
Location: Afton, Wisconsin, United States

Wendy Karr, Owner and Operator at E&L Foods Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in food catering.

Since helping her mother work at a grocery store deli in her formative years, Ms. Karr garnered a love for food and customer satisfaction. Once her mother spearheaded her own catering business in Wisconsin, she would assist as often as she could when visiting from Indiana. Ms. Karr longed for a business endeavor she could call her own and in 1992, she collaborated with her mother in buying a restaurant. As the restaurant became busy with catering orders, they could not keep up and had to shut their doors for 12 years. In 2007, Ms. Karr reopened E&L Foods Inc. located in Afton, Wisconsin, and has become distinguished in the area for catering for organizations and private parties. Taking on multiple responsibilities with her business, she serves as a cook, waiter, and bookkeeper, among other necessary roles in business operations.

Finding great success in her career, Ms. Karr was notably named Woman of the Year by Professional Women of America in 2011. She attributes her success to her tenacity, as well as her determination to never give up her goals. In addition to her hospitality and food services, Ms. Karr contributes volunteer time to Friends of Noah and is a former member of her local Chamber of Commerce. In five years’ time, she would like to have a garden and pavilion to host outdoor events and she would eventually like to have someone take over her restaurant so she can focus on solely running her Airbnb business. Since 2019, Ms. Karr has offered an apartment in Janesville, Wisconsin to travelers looking to rent Airbnb stays. In her free time she enjoys, camping, fishing, hiking, boating, kayaking and bike riding. Looking back on her career, Ms. Karr cites her most notable achievement has been raising her four sons and opening her café.

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