Why events?
I love entertaining, food, and projects. Events are the perfect combination of all three. I love how food brings everyone together. I enjoy seeing each event take shape from start to finish. I also love working with people and exceeding their expectations with each event.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is constantly changing, and usually revolves around what we are making in the kitchen. Today its homemade Chex mix. I also love pizza because there are so many different varieties and styles and it’s all so delicious!

Who do you make the perfect “Pear” with in the kitchen?
Spending holidays in the kitchen with my mom is the perfect pear for me. We drive each other crazy but I love it. I love cooking for the holidays and having all of my family around, and being able to do that with my mom makes it all perfect.

How has food influenced your life?
I’ve always loved food but I didn’t realize I could make a career out of it until I found the Hospitality Management program at the University of Illinois. That led me to find L.A. Gourmet catering and has brought me to where I am today. Each day I learn something new, or fall in love with a different food.

What is your favorite spot you have traveled?
I had the opportunity to study abroad and live in Ireland for a semester. I fell in love with the people and the lifestyle. It’s a beautiful country and even though I wish the food was better, I would go back in a heartbeat.