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FACES

We’re a Dedicated Bunch

 

BOB & AMY FRESHMAN

Owners & Caterers

MOLLY DUNNING

Director of Sales & Marketing

PHIL BILEK

Event Manager

ROOTS

When Bob and Amy purchased The Ridge Banquet Facility in 2019, now, A Venue on the Ridge, they were walking the property taking everything in.  Amy stopped Bob under the tree and said, “This is it; This tree is our foundation and represents us”.

Amy and Bob have strong Irish roots and in the tree on top of the ridge they saw the Celtic tree of life.  The branches reaching upward, and the roots firmly planted and spreading out into the earth, that which links us all as family.  It is thought that the tree of life provides shelter, food, and warmth through firewood.

Since 2007, when Bob started catering at The Ridge Banquet Facility, Bob and Amy have witnessed multitudes of wedding couples and families posing under the tree that sits on the top of the ridge as you look to the East.  

As guests stand under the tree at A Venue on the Ridge, we take pride in knowing that we are providing guests with memories of a couples first meal together, celebrations of years passed, bright future endeavors, reunions with loved ones, and friendship.

 

BIOS

BOB & AMY FRESHMAN

Owners & Caterers

Bob Freshman is an Omaha native who has spent his adult years filling his entrepreneurial heart.  Bob has two adult children, Robby and Julia, and one grandson, Landon.  Bob and his family spent many years providing long term care to the Omaha and the Glenwood, Iowa areas.  Bob also enjoyed multiple years in the car business around Omaha and Nebraska City.  Bob discovered his passion for cooking early in his life.  He often tells the story of his babysitter teaching him to cook an egg at the age of five.

From this passion of cooking Bob discovered the gift of sharing this love with others when he started catering over 30 years ago.  Bob expanded on this love for cooking when he purchased Phoenix Food and Spirits on 120th and Blondo in 2006 and opened Phoenix Food and Spirits 370 on 132nd and HWY 370 in 2014.  Bob has personally been the exclusive caterer at The Ridge Banquet Facility since 2007.  In 2019,  Bob and his wife, Amy, purchased The Ridge Banquet Facility now, A Venue on the Ridge.

Amy Freshman is an Elkhorn Antler Alum.  She and her family moved to the Elkhorn area when she was 13.  Amy spent over 20 years in corporate America in sales and management.  In 2013, Amy went back to school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she earned her Master of Arts in Communication and Graduate Certificate in Human Resources and Training.  In addition to supporting the family business, Amy is a full-time instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

Like her husband, Bob, Amy has a similar passion for entertaining.  Early in Amy’s life she discovered her passion for cooking and decorating.  Over the years, Amy has served on several volunteer committees and organizations, as well as supporting Bob in his business ventures. 

Bob and Amy met several years ago when a mutual friend introduced them, and they invited Amy to a dinner party.  Bob and Amy developed a friendship that grew into love.  Bob and Amy married on December 14, 2008 at The Ridge Banquet Facility on what was the coldest night of the year.  The two created a home in the Elkhorn area where they reared Amy’s son, Blake Worsham.

Bob and Amy have always been focused on their “family” owned businesses.  In fact, they are not only family owned but family ran.  You will often find multiple family members on staff from Amy’s mom, dad, son, nieces and nephew to Bob’s son, sister and brothers.  Bob and Amy remain focused on fueling their locally and family owned business.

MOLLY DUNNING

Director of Sales & Marketing

Born and raised right here in Elkhorn, Molly Dunning (Luebe) loves meeting clients in this hometown and family owned business. With over 12 years of service industry expertise including planning and executing events and weddings, Molly’s love for customer service coupled with her attention to detail make her a natural as the Director of Sales & Marketing.

Since graduating from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with degrees in marketing and management, she built her foundation of skills in the areas of events, communications, marketing, graphic design, advertising and accounting with a dynamic private country club in Omaha for the last 10 years.

Molly takes great pleasure in having a career that allows her to be creative and to utilize her years of event, marketing and relationship experience.

Molly and her husband Steve have twin babies, Harvey and Helen, who are the light of their life.

PHIL BILEK

Event Manager

Phil has had a career in the catering and banquet business for over 25 years. A Westside High School alum, Phil graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. His passion for service began at the Red Lion Inn in downtown Omaha as a banquet server and working his way to Banquet Manager. He was called upon to help open the Westin Aquila Hotel, currently the Magnolia, in the position of Banquet manager - Assistant Food and Beverage Manager.  He then was a part of the management team that opened the Hilton downtown, Nebraska’s largest full-service hotel. 

Over the years, Phil has managed all kinds of events from big to small, formal to casual, weddings, anniversaries, reunions and everything in between. Phil has a true passion for taking care of people and making sure that all their needs are met. It all boils down to doing what he loves most; Taking care of people, by listening to what they want to accomplish, and delivering on every detail.