A passion for cooking, combined with a passion to please have helped make Chef Kate Gerrard a successful restaurateur and entrepreneur. Kate opened her first restaurant near UW-L in La Crosse, Kate’s on State, in 2002. Today, Kate’s on State is located at 333 Main Street, less than two blocks from Kate’s Pizza Amore, which opened in 2009. The menus at both restaurants feature Kate’s original creations or her adaptation of familiar recipes.
My goal is to create unique, delicious meals that leave customers
looking forward to their next culinary adventure.
Her logo, with a chef’s hat perched on top of a heart, and the name of the restaurant say it all for Gerrard. “It’s all about the love.” With an emphasis on unique, fresh and plentiful toppings, Kate’s Pizza Amore and Kate’s on State mirror the “California/Italian” cuisine that each restaurant features.
In October 2018, Chef Gerrard changed the name of Kate’s on State to Shady Kate’s. The name may have changed, but the food and the experience are still as great as ever!
Best of La Crosse – Best Chef – Runner Up 2014
Best of La Crosse – Best Pizza – Winner 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; Runner Up 2014
Best of La Crosse – Best Fine Dining – Winner 2010, 2011, 2012; Runner Up 2013, 2014