About Us

Our Staff:

Michael and Lisa Kelley Carly Kaufmann

Michael and Lisa Kelley have established a reputation as Southern Maryland’s premier caterers recognized for creativity, great food and perfect service. They bring to every client a mix of imagination, skill and experience.

    After 20 years in the food and beverage industry Michael and Lisa opted for a “quieter life” to focus on raising their two boys. A country Inn seemed like the perfect home-based business that would allow Michael to focus on his culinary talents and passion, and Lisa to shine in the parlor and dining room.

In 1998 they opened The Brome Howard Inn in St Mary’s City and were quickly recognized for the extraordinary dining experience they brought to the county. High quality, and classically prepared menus formally served by carefully trained professionals became the benchmark of the Inn. The catering company grew quickly as guests realized they could offer the same high level of food and service to their large group celebrations. For 13 years, Michael and Lisa honed their skills in presenting flawless outdoor, tented events. They became experts in managing complex events in challenging environments. The Brome Howard Inn’s events were known for exceptional meals, service, décor and organization: rain or shine.

    In 2009, Michael spread his wings on a new venture with his motorcycle riding buddy, Carlos Yanez. The Ruddy Duck Brewery and Grill offers casual menus that are produced from scratch utilizing local producers and sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. In the first two years of operation, they won the very prestigious Gold Cup “Best in Show” from the Maryland Brewers Association for their Munich Helles. In 2011, they received “Best Crab Cake” in Southern Maryland from a blind contest sponsored by Southern Maryland, This is Living Magazine.

    Michael and Lisa launched CANARDS CATERING AND EVENT PRODUCTION in 2011 combining the skills, reputation and experience gained from The Brome Howard Inn and the resources, facility and central location provided by The Ruddy Duck.

    Canards Catering and Event Production offers a full service approach: food and beverage planning, venues, vendors and rentals to perfectly convey your sense of style and taste. Best of all, we are at your service!