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About Us

Get to Know Kessenich’s

Since 1929, Kessenich’s has provided solutions for commercial foodservice operations. From culinary design, layout, and workflow to equipment recommendation, delivery, and installation, we are dedicated to providing superior customer service and meeting your needs.

We enjoy getting to know our customers in order to truly understand their needs and challenges. We invite you to learn about us as well.

Our History

Herman Kessenich started out as a candy wholesaler in his basement in 1929. This quickly led to selling other food items such as flavorings for ice cream and wholesale wine and liquor distribution at the end of prohibition.

As the business grew and relocated, restaurant equipment was added to the ever-expanding line of offerings. With a renewed focus on the foodservice equipment and supply business, Kessenich’s moved to a new location in 1960, where it remained for the next 58 years. At the time, Kessenich’s boasted the largest food service showroom in the Midwest.

In 2018, we moved to our present location featuring a 10,000-SF retail showroom complete with a state-of-the-art test/demo kitchen. As always, our retail showroom is open to the public, along with a variety of fun cooking classes and events.

Markets Served

We are proud to partner with restaurants, bars, schools, correctional facilities, institutions, health care, clubs, churches, cafeterias, retail, hospitality, and residential customers around the country. Kessenich’s offers appliances, small wares, apparel, furniture, bar supplies, disposable paper products, “green” products, and janitorial cleaning supplies.

Interested in partnering with Kessenich’s for your foodservice needs?

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We are proud of our rich history as part of the Madison/Dane County community and are committed to continuing our connections to local business groups and charities.

Kessenich’s is a member of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, MESBA, Tavern League of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Assisted Living Association, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, and the School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin, among others.

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