Nick Hoover, Executive Chef and Owner
Nick’s passion for cooking started at a young age, when one of his favorite activities was helping his aunt in the kitchen. While attending Tippecanoe High School, he was a Top 20 finalist in the Johnson & Wales University National High School Recipe Contest for a bronzed swordfish with a tropical fruit black bean salsa.
Nick’s love of cooking spurred him towards a Culinary Arts degree from Sinclair Community College and continuing education classes at the Culinary Institute of America. He enjoys traveling to new places to experience new cuisine that influences the menu at the Cafe.
Nick joined the staff of Coldwater in 1998, as Executive Chef. He became sole owner in 2011. Since then he has focused not only on the tradition of great food but also the importance of hospitality that wows our customers.
He lives in Tipp City with his wife, Andrea, and their young daughters, Essie and Audrina.
Jenny Swigart, General Manager
Jenny joined the Cafe family in 2006 as a lunch server. After a short period of time, Jenny quickly moved into a management role. This came naturally to her after graduating from the University of Kentucky, where she studied theatre and specialized in stage management. After graduation, Jenny moved to London, England, and then to Los Angeles, California where she found work in the theatre. Missing the small town feel of her home town of Tipp City, she moved back and found theatre work at the Victoria and Schuster Center in Dayton, Ohio. Although having a love of theatre, she found her niche working with the team at Coldwater Café.
She loves to operate behind the scenes making sure that all the fine details are attended to. She also enjoys being a friendly face that customers can count on to make sure their dining or catering experience has not only met, but exceeded their expectations.
Jenny and her husband Nathan, whom you will hear her lovingly refer to as “Specs”, had their first child in 2013, a little girl named Evelyn Rose. Although juggling work and motherhood doesn’t leave time for much else, she will always find a way to attend a local Backstreet Boys concert.
Betty Peachey, Founder
Prior to founding the cafe on February 8, 1994, she was a corporate accountant for eighteen years. After being encouraged to find an occupation that allowed her creative and artistic side to develop, she opened the café. Her love of entertaining, food and interior design as well as an entrepreneurial spirit, let her to pursue a career in food service.
Betty is self-taught in culinary arts. Her Mennonite heritage growing up in Belleville, Pennsylvania gave her lots of cooking practice. After high school, she migrated to another Mennonite community in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she graduated with a B.S. in accounting from Eastern Mennonite University. The values of integrity, honesty and quality from her background have contributed significantly to the immense success of the café.
Betty is now enjoying a life on the open road. She sold her house in 2014 and is traveling the United States in her motorhome with her beloved dogs. Her creativity and flare for life is now being spread throughout the country!
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