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STAFF PHOTO/C.J. MARSHALL Scott Swenson, owner of Endless Mountain Catering, smokes some spare ribs on Thursday in preparation of a catering job later this week.

Endless Mountain Catering is one of the hidden gems available in Wyoming County.

Owned and operated by Scott Swenson, Endless Mountain Catering has been providing food for various social functions for nearly 10 years.

“It’s a hobby that blew up,” Swenson said.

He explained that’s he grew up on a farm and has always enjoyed preparing food. The business started in 2009 as an off-premise catering service. Working out of his kitchen, Swenson sold prepared meals to customers for various events.

Through word-of-mouth, the business took off, and in 2012 Swenson constructed a building on his property to expand the operation.

“One year, we catered four events on a Saturday,” Swenson recalled. “One for 250 people, another with 135, and 120, and 50. All in different locations.”

Swenson admitted that was a bit much, and usually likes to keep it to two events per day.

“I can easily do two parties on a Saturday,” he said.

As expected, Swenson does not handle everything by himself. He is often assisted by his wife, Debbie, who helps him prepare the food. Swenson also hires people to help him cover various events.

“It varies,” he explained. “I hire two or three people to help me prepare the food, and four or five to help on the day of the event. You have to make certain everything is right. The food has to be right, the service has to be right.”

One favorite menu item is pulled pork.

“It’s actually my grandmother’s recipe, but I’ve tweaked it,” Swenson explained. “We had it several nights a week for a while as I worked on the recipe. Finally, my kids said no more.”

Also on the menu are entrees such as stuffed chicken breast, baked ham, sausage with peppers and onions, Italian meatballs with marinara, and Swedish meatballs. Side dishes include stuffing, rice pilaf, macaroni and cheese, garlic mashed potatoes and cole slaw. Assorted vegetables and appetizers are also available.

As Swenson’s business has grown, so too has the operation. In the building used to prepare the meals is a gas stove, a convection oven, a $1,500 walk-in cooler, sinks for cleanup work, and an $800 grease trap.

“I have food tote bags to store the food,” he said. “They cost $300 apiece, but they do a great job holding the heat. I buy stuff as it’s needed.”

Endless Mountain Catering boasts such clients as Procter and Gamble and Mile Hill Auto Parts.

“I keep busy,” Swenson said, explaining that he’s catered parties at P&G with 150 to 180 people.

“If there’s party, I’ll do it,” he said. “If there’s a divorce, I’ll do it.”

Anyone interested in hiring Endless Mountain Catering may contact Swenson at 570-240-0613; or at his website at www.endlessmountaincatering.com/