Top 50x2: Canapes and Carriage House Inn

In this year’s special edition of Frederick Top 50x2, we are recognizing Frederick County’s most resilient businesses that have been serving our community for 20 years or more.  Each week we will be highlighting businesses and organizations that were selected for the publication.  These are the companies that prove that Frederick County is a great place to do business. 

Canapes, Inc.
550 Highland St #103 | Frederick
Established: 1989

Founder: ML Carroll

Canapés is a highly regarded full-service catering and event planning company.  Chef owned and quality driven, Canapés is known for unfailing consistency, organized attention to detail, creative exceptional food, outstanding personalized service and imaginative displays.  This rare combination of elements is what sets Canapés apart from others motivating us to create, conceptualize and complete your most memorable affair. Canapés location in Highland Tech Park is a vast 7600 sq feet housing our central kitchen, warehouse, laundry, office, showroom and the 550 Grab&Go Café & Bakery.

What is a significant event in your company’s history?

ML Carroll has appeared on Food Network’s CHOPPED.  You can view her in episode 3108, Hearty Party.  ML along with Canapés' pastry chef, Marie, both appeared on Cooking Channel's CAKE HUNTERS.  You can view them in episode 202, No Cake on Deck. 

Carriage House Inn
200 South Seton Avenue | Emmitsburg
Established: 1987

Founder: James Hance

The Carriage House Inn offers full service catering, as well a restaurant, serving a spectacular new all day menu in a historic building in Emmitsburg. We are proud of our talented team and family for all the hard work put in each day to exceed our guests' expectations.  The passion for food and the love of the company shines through, with top notch friendly service and high quality food our guests experience each time they dine with us whether it’s for lunch, dinner or a wedding reception.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

Frederick County has so much to offer everyone that lives around this area, as well as what it has to offer to travelers. From all its wonderful history, to the beautiful land including the Catoctin Mountains, to the wineries and so much more, there is truly something for everyone and we love being a part of that.

Frederick County is very fortunate to have an amazing business community, especially those that have been in business for over 20 years.  We understand that there are more than 100 legacy businesses in Frederick County, but unfortunately, we were not able to include all these businesses in the Top 50x2.  The businesses included were selected from responses submitted to a business survey.  OED staff verified the responses and then selected the businesses on a first come first serve basis.  If your business would like to be included in future opportunities, please email

Some photographs included in the publication were taken pre-COVID.  OED encourages everyone to follow precautionary guidelines set forth by the Frederick County Health Department.