By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Nina Hylla and B.J. Lange of Upsala have opened Uncle B’s Catering. Currently working out of the Upsala Community Center, the two are offering their cooking talents to the area.
Lange used to be in landscaping and construction. In 2006, during his layoff period in the winter, he got a job cooking at The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes. He never looked back.
For four years he worked at The Lodge, two of which were as the banquet chef. He then moved to the Twin Cities and worked at the Holiday Inn in St. Paul as its executive chef.
Lange currently works for Shipwrex in Burtrum, while he grows Uncle B’s Catering.
Hylla is the baker for Uncle B’s and for Shipwrex. She learned the art from her grandmother Rosie Hylla when growing up in Holdingford.
“I went to grandma’s house constantly to help her bake,” she said. “When she passed away, I took on the family baking traditions.”
After graduating from high school, Hylla worked as a bartender and waitress. She worked her way to the St. Paul Holiday Inn as its food and beverage manager.
When Hylla and Lange had their son Bradon last year, they wanted to move back to Central Minnesota.
“We had no thoughts of a catering business at that time, but did tinker in helping friends and family with cakes and other foods for special occasions,” said Lange.
In February, Hylla baked cupcakes for a wedding and she said everyone loved them. That’s when the idea of a catering business took hold.
So, on April 23, Uncle B’s Catering opened for business. It is available for anniversary, birthday, weddings, reunions and retirement parties. Hylla and Lange will prepare simple deli sandwich lunches for a group to a hog roast for a big celebration. They will cater any size party from St. Cloud to the Brainerd Lakes area.
With several events already on the books, Lange said it’s moving fast since the idea became a reality.
For more information, call (320) 492-5296 or (320) 360-3066 or e-mail Uncle B’s at firstname.lastname@example.org.