Culver’s of Sauk City, WI, is the home of the first Culver’s restaurant and birthplace of Fresh Frozen Custard and ButterBurgers. It’s also where Jody and Dale Ballweg—who have been working at Culver’s for 30 years—first met.
Dale started as a kitchen cook in March of 1987, while Jody started as a team member three months later. After about three years of working together, the sparks began to fly and they began dating! 27 years later and they are still together, with 21 of those years as a married couple. They’re also still members of the True Blue Crew: Dale is Director of Operations while Jody is Director of Training.
“I can still picture Dale and I there in Sauk City.” – Jody Ballweg
A lot has changed in 30 years of working at Culver’s. First, there are now over 600 Culver’s restaurants in 24 states, versus one restaurant in one state. “I can still picture Dale and I there in Sauk City,” said Jody. “To say we have had some small part in Culver’s growth is incredibly fulfilling and a huge sense of pride for what we’ve become a part of.”
“Culver’s has helped me grow to who I am today.” – Dale Ballweg
Throughout their time at Culver’s they’ve held a variety of roles: cook, team member, trainer, manager, assistant manager, general manager, regional manager, franchise business consultant, director of operations and director of training. These roles have impacted Jody and Dale tremendously, both professionally and in their relationship.
“Culver’s has helped me grow to who I am today,” said Dale. “They believed in me from the beginning.”
“I have gained so much as a person growing with Culver’s and have had several mentors that have influenced me personally and professionally,” explained Jody. “And that includes Dale.”
How else does 30 years at Culver’s impact someone’s life? They know exactly what to order.
Dale’s favorites are the classic Double ButterBurger with Cheese and Vanilla Fresh Frozen Custard with Brownies and Salted Caramel. Jody’s favorites are the Single Bacon Deluxe and Pumpkin Pecan Fresh Frozen Custard.
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