Greet the Team
From my first days in the restaurant business, I have loved the pace, challenges and guest interaction of the hospitality business. From local restaurants in my hometown Arlington, TX to Chili’s in South Austin to the Four Seasons Hotel, Austin—professional, friendly guest service was always my focus.
An opportunity to join the Gourmet Gals & Guys (as it was known then) team in February 2000 as an event planner was just where I wanted all my experience to lead.
To purchase the locally renowned company with my sister, Cymbre, just two years later, really has led to some amazing times and learning experiences. Beginning with learning from leading industry pros already at GGG, to filling my contacts with amazing creative partners who can make any dream come true, to working with businesses whom we have done both grand openings and 25th anniversaries, to sharing some of the most personal family experiences—weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, life celebrations and more; working for and owning this company has given me more than most people can hope for in a career.
I look forward to sharing what our company can do for you and your special event. They are all so very SPECIAL.
SOME THINGS FEW KNOW ABOUT ME…
I always pick up scissors upside down.
I have a goal to spend two nights in every state park (with electricity) in Texas. Seven down, sixty to go!
I feel as though my career path has been driven by powers beyond me.
Throughout college, I worked at Southwest Texas State University’s (now Texas State) athletic ticket office and I helped execute not only all athletic events, but all special events held at the facilities. We hosted a George Strait concert fundraiser and one of the last Sam Kinison concerts.
After graduating with a Degree in Corporate Psychology with a Minor in Business Administration, I was promptly promoted to Athletic Ticket Manager at Southwest Texas State University where I continued with the athletic and special event production. The World Football League San Antonio Riders set their home in San Marcos and contracted me to be their Ticket/Facility Manager for the season.
I transitioned to the Four Seasons Hotel where I rapidly moved from “graveyard” PBX to Assistant to the Catering Director, Banquets Manager and Conference Service Manager. While at Four Seasons in Austin, I had the pleasure of working with many companies and individuals planning special events as well as coordinating off-site logistics and events.
The only professional conscious decision I’ve made was to partner with the purchase of Gourmet Gals Catering & Events in 2002, and it has been a blessing and adventure beyond words! We’ve been serving the catering needs of Central Texans for over 40 years. I’m very proud of our product and team. Our vendors, creative partners and staff are the backbone of our success. My strong points are logistics, order, and a passion for happy clients. I look at each event as a big puzzle with lots of pieces. At the close of an event, hopefully you get to see the end result of the details flawlessly pieced together to create a beautiful experience.
ANOTHER FACT ABOUT ME…
My first word was “Kitty” I love cats. I am a crazy cat lady and OWN it.
I was raised in northern Ohio where I was exposed to a style of cooking that fused unique global cultures and traditional American influences. Taking my father’s advice, I joined the United States Marine Corps. It was there, while traveling the world, that I discovered a passion for cooking and finer foods. After my honorable discharge, I began my work in the culinary world. Serving guests and interacting with them, I learned that food is something more than just a means to stay alive; it has the potential to deeply satisfy people on another level.
I began my serious culinary study under the tutelage of star chef, David Bull of the Driskill Grill. After four years, working every station in the Grill and the 1886 Café, I left the Driskill and began working at Whole Foods Market. I learned about organics, sustainability, local products, food artisans and managing 50-plus cooks. Next I became sous chef at the Mansion at Judges Hill where I assisted in catered events and managing a small but determined group of cooks and dishwashers. My next endeavor was at Kenichi where I rose to Executive Chef.
Throughout my culinary career, the one constant has been my willingness to learn from, and even absorb, my surroundings.
I began working with Gourmet Gals Catering & Events in 2012 and am active in menu planning and event management, execution and overseeing our prep kitchen and exceptional kitchen staff.
I am fortunate to have traveled around the world and dined at some of its finer restaurants such as Bouchon, St. John & El Bulli.
I’ve worked in the restaurant business since 2006 with most of my experience in management. Notably, I was a front of house manager at Bacon in Austin and a supervisor for Starbucks. With retail management prior to that, my focus has been leading service-oriented teams. In 2013 I joined Gourmet Gals Catering & Events where I am fortunate to continue learning and growing with this fun and results-driven team.
I love working in an ever-changing environment, and I enjoy all the stress involved in food production and execution—which makes me perfect for this role with all the events we do! I strive to learn and better myself so that every time I’m serving food, it’s the best I can possibly produce.
I’m passionate about food and people, and the chemistry of it all. Something wonderful happens when people get together to make and share food. It’s a primal connection – I think we would all agree on that. Making and sharing food with friends and family provides me the most satisfaction. Potlucks, dinner parties, Dungeons & Dragons brunches… I live for it.
When I’m not immersed in our high-quality food and event services, I love watching terrible 80s and 90s action movies. And, yes, I also like to get my nerd on with games like Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering.
Something that many wouldn’t know about me is that I’ve played, modified and repaired guitars for the past 20 years. I’ve also played in several bands that skew toward the aggressive side of music, punk and metal. (But don’t ask me to play at your special event… my best work is in the kitchen!)
I graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. I have always been an extremely people-oriented individual, which makes my work for Gourmet Gals seem less like “work” and more like an opportunity to make countless friends. As I have continued to gain experience in the service industry, I always look most forward to expanding my knowledge of food and beverage.
WHEN YOU DON’T SEE ME EVENT COORDINATING…
You can find me somewhere outside with my Border Collie mix , Boo!
I fell in love with event planning in college where I was director of programming for the largest community service project on campus. I also applied my natural skills for my sorority’s social events along the way. Anyone who has been in a sorority will understand how quickly the learning curve is when 200-plus coeds are involved!
After college I spent several years focusing on fundraising events and programming for non-profit organizations before joining Gourmet Gals Catering & Events in 2017.
I have always had a passion for working with people, and I love using my experience to help clients put their celebration’s vision into reality. My clients tell me that my positive attitude and organizational skills make the difference when it comes to event planning for them. Working within our team to execute events seamlessly is our goal, and when our clients enjoy themselves, we have succeeded.
WHEN YOU DON’T SEE ME EVENT COORDINATING…
Beyond my love for events, I am passionate about traveling around the world to explore new cultures, beautiful scenery and different cuisines. I believe this gives me new perspectives for my job and our clients’ events. And it’s a whole lot of fun!
When I’m not planning and organizing, I love spending time with friends and family– exploring new and unique places to eat around Austin, being outside hiking around different trails, and paddle boarding at Lady Bird Lake.
I am thrilled to say that I have turned my passion into a career! I have always been interested in the hospitality industry, and specifically event planning. When given the opportunity to work some events with Gourmet Gals Catering & Events, I jumped at the chance. After gaining experience, I was hired as an event coordinator in 2018.
With all the tiny details involved in an event, I find it very satisfying to help people work through their ideas and wishes for their special gatherings. From the beginning to the final minute, many factors are needed to come together. That is challenging and rewarding — one of the many reasons that I love this career. It does not feel like a job!
For every celebration — the food, venue, décor and clients are unique.
WHEN YOU DON’T SEE ME EVENT COORDINATING…
When I’m not at the office or at an event, I’m busy with my husband, three cats, one dog and three grown children — when they happen to be visiting from college or their own adventures.