Maricarmen Rios
Chef

As our kitchen supervisor, Maricarmen has a lot of responsibilities including managing our kitchen processes and our culinary team’s well-being. She is the reason so many of our employees are always smiling.

Maricarmen is one of four siblings working here at Tasty Catering. Her brothers Eugene, Eddie and Francisco are all key members of our staff, just like she is.

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Alfredo Velazquez
Executive Chef

Our head chef, Alfredo, has been an integral part of Tasty Catering’s operations since 1993. He is extremely gifted in the kitchen—in culinary skills and menu development as well as motivating the staff—and he is a proud member of the American Culinary Federation.

Alfredo has decades of culinary experience, and he is a respected member of the Tasty Catering team. Several of his family members work at Tasty Catering, including his wife, so he enjoys being able to spend time with his family both in and out of the Tasty kitchen.

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Tekla Wendoll
Comptroller

As a major part of our family-oriented environment, Tekla is one of our numbers experts. She manages all facets of our checking and property accounts as well as accounts receivable and payable.

Before joining Tasty Catering in 1998, Tekla earned 30 years of account management experience working for a major LaSalle Street bank.

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Elizabeth Alberto
Breads and Desserts

With experience in multiple culinary departments within Tasty’s kitchen, Elizabeth is skilled at sandwich and salad production and hot food production as well as her current position on our breads and desserts team.

Daughter Kenia, 14 years old, and son Axel, two years old, occupy much of Elizabeth’s time when she’s not at work, and she loves every moment spent with her children.

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Dionicio Cerecero
Scullery

For over 12 years, Dionicio has been a part of the Tasty family as our scullery extraordinaire. He is a real team player in the kitchen and warehouse, helping out wherever his services are needed.

When he isn’t at work, Dionicio enjoys spending time with his wife of 51 years. Before he joined our ranks, Dionicio was employed by Fuller’s Carwash.

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Leticia Garcia
Salads

Our culinary team has benefited from Leticia’s skill and hard work since 2010, and her responsibilities have included prep work for our hot cuisine and most recently salad production.

Leticia is a terrific cook, and she frequently cooks for her and her family.

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Ricardo Gervacio
Chef

13 years ago, Ricardo first began working with the Tasty crew. He is now our hot food line manager, responsible for half of our entire kitchen’s quality product and staff’s well-being.

Ricardo learned from the best, our Executive Chef Alfredo. When Alfredo is out with clients at an event or working on new menu ideas, Ricardo is the man in charge of the Tasty Catering kitchen.

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Eugene Rios
Director of Operations

Eugene has worked with Tasty Catering in a variety of roles for well over two decades. He is now the Director of Operations, overseeing all site inspections, training of new employees, and scheduling, staffing and supervising events to make sure we always exceed customer expectations.

Eugene’s leadership and hard work have benefited our company since 1991. He is a member of the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) and a certified supervisor and full-liquor bartender.

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Gisela Gomez
Prep Crew

Gisela is a key member of our prep team and has been responsible for supporting our hot food production team for over three years.

Work and family go hand-in-hand for Gisela, who is married to our Executive Chef Alfredo.

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Jodi Beck
Special Events

As the backbone of the special events sales department, Jodi works directly with the team to accomplish the behind-the-scenes office responsibilities that make each special event a reality for our clients.

Jodi worked for another family-owned catering company in Elk Grove Village for 15 years before joining Tasty Catering. She has two boys, both of whom are very active in sports.

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Francisco Rios
Assistant Director of Operations

Chisco is very versatile and has worked in one department or another at Tasty Catering since 1998. His Tasty resume began with the culinary team and then quickly added certified supervisor, certified sanitarian, full-liquor bartender, grill man and delivery person to the list. Currently, Chisco’s main responsibility is caring for our large fleet of vehicles.

Alongside siblings Eddie, Eugene and Maricarmen, Chisco is another hard-working Rios family member at Tasty. He shares his spare time—and much of his work time—with his family.

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Joe Barela
Brand Ambassador

Joe is a member of Tasty’s delivery staff, ensuring that our clients receive exceptional food and service consistently, maintaining and organizing the warehouse space as well as packing deliveries and helping other drivers.

Joe enjoys playing baseball and soccer, and he also aspires to be a congressman in the future.

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Jessica Cooper
Accounting

The sales team enjoys having Jessica’s extreme organization, teamwork and friendly personality at the office every day. She is the support that our staff needs in order to accomplish their responsibilities. Jessica is one of the essential coordinators for our behind-the-scenes sales operations.

Jessica received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Roosevelt University. She worked for the Queen of the Rosary Church before Tasty Catering, and she and her husband, Todd, have three children.

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Antonio Gonzalez
Salads

Our culinary team has included the skills and diligence of Antonio for over four years. He is a responsible member of the kitchen staff, consistently producing salads and cold appetizers beyond expectations.

Antonio enjoys the Tasty family atmosphere as well as spending time with his own family—including his sons, Jesus, who is seven years old, and Cristian, who is four years old—when he’s not at work.

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Tom Campe
Brand Ambassador

After becoming restless during retirement, Tom came to work as a delivery specialist for Tasty Catering. He spent almost a decade working with us as a brand ambassador, during which we had never received more positive comments about one person from our clients. The man was charming, warm and wonderful to be around. He was a proud Chicago sports fan and enjoyed by everyone in the building.

We remember and honor our friend, Tom, after he lost his battle with cancer. You are missed.

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John Reed
Chef Consultant

Chef John Reed brings 30 years of professional experience as Tasty Catering’s chef-consultant. He helps our culinary staff create new menu items, perfect cooking techniques and revamp recipes of the old favorites.

Chef John is the owner of Customized Culinary Solutions, a culinary consulting firm located in Skokie, IL. He is also an active member of the ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians as a Certified Executive Chef, Certified Culinary Administrator and Approved Certification Evaluator, and a representative of the USA as a member of the Regional Culinary Team.

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Gabriela Rios
Event Production

Gaby assists our warehouse team with the packing and unloading of our event vehicles as well as maintains our warehouse organization. She is extremely attentive to details, one of the reasons our events are so successful.

Gaby is married to fellow TC member, Eugene. They have one son and one daughter, both of whom like to work for Tasty Catering during their summer vacations.

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Ellen Harte, CPCE, CSEP
Business Development

Ellen has been with Tasty Catering since 1995 and has always been a fundamental part of the company and its growth. Ellen is a leader throughout the company, and she is responsible for leading the planning efforts for many of our key special events throughout the year.

Ellen’s career has been flowered with honors and industry recognition, including distinction as an Influential Women in Business, receipt of Certified Professional Catering Executive, Certified Special Event Professional designation and the very prestigious Lifetime Achievement award given by the NICE Awards, a combination of NACE and ISES.

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Cristy Mendez
Pastries

As a member of our pastry department, Cristy is responsible for preparing and packaging the delicious treats our client love so much. She has been with us since 2010.

Outside of work, Cristy really loves to watch and cheer on her children in their numerous after school sports programs and activities.

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Kevin Walter
Chief Procurement Officer

Kevin brings over 35 years of food industry experience to Tasty Catering. He joined brothers Tom and Larry as an owner in 1984, and his responsibilities now include negotiating pricing to ensure Tasty Catering can translate our own savings on high quality ingredients and supplies to our clients. “Green” business practices are also important to Kevin, as he heads the Tasty Catering Green Team.

Kevin is the youngest of eleven, is happily married to wife, Andrea, and proud of their two kids, Ellen and Kelly.

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Angelica Moreno
Chef

Angelica is Chef Ricardo’s right-hand girl, assisting him with hot food preparation and other chef responsibilities to make sure the food our clients receive is always up to the highest standard.

Angelica joined the Tasty family in 2007, and we have yet to see her without a smile and positive attitude.

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Santiago Moreno-Luz
Chef

The reason our clients’ hot sandwiches are always so tasty is because Santiago is quite skilled at perfectly preparing our hot food recipes. He has been on our team for over a year.

Santiago is married with a four-year-old, Inez. He loves to be with his family when he is not in the Tasty Catering kitchen.

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Michelle Minucciani
Special Events

Michelle is a recent addition to the Special Events team, she is actively engaged with clients and delivering excellent customer service. Before joining the Tasty Team, Michelle worked for the 5 Diamond Resort , The Phoenician in Scottsdale Arizona as Restaurant Management.

Michelle is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and studied Food and Beverage Management at Kendall College in Chicago. She has a German shorthaired named Bella.

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Alicia Velazquez
Salads

Alicia enjoys preparing appetizers—her favorite is the mini bruschetta—for all of our special events and cocktail receptions.

Family is really important to Alicia. Her husband and son are also Tasty Catering staff members, and she hopes that she will be also see her youngest son at Tasty when he gets older.

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Nicholas D’Angelo
Brand Ambassador

After spending time working in the Tasty Catering warehouse, Nick joined our delivery team as one of our friendly drivers. He takes great care making sure each client receives a wonderfully presented breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Nick lives a very active lifestyle and aspires to put his experience and energy into becoming a personal trainer one day.

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Larry Walter
Chief Operating Officer

With over 40 years in the food service business, Larry’s gifts lie in operations and culinary arts. Larry oversees the back of the house, including the kitchen, warehouse and delivery specialists. He is also very involved in the development of our numerous menus each year.

Larry uses his former and current experiences in food service to solve the day-to-day challenges presented to Tasty Catering. He is also a member of the American Culinary Federation and Top Gun, an exclusive catering organization reserved for the elite caterers across the country.

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Shari Brown
Corporate Sales Team

For the better part of the last decade, Shari has been working in our sales department with a focus on the construction industry. She currently places her attention on drop-off catering, providing wonderful customer service to clients and essential teamwork to the entire sales department.

Shari has been in the event industry for much of her career. She has earned several industry awards while with Tasty Catering, including the 2008 and 2009 NICE Awards for Best Picnic as well as the 2006 NICE Award for Best Corporate Event under $25,000.

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Gaby Lopez
Event Captain

Gaby’s responsibilities include working in the warehouse packing orders for our picnics and special events. She is also one of the first team members to go to each event, setting up our equipment and décor and often staying at the events to serve and to take care of other on-site needs.

For eight years prior to working with Tasty Catering, Gaby earned operations experience at a factory. When she is not at work, she spends most of her time with her family.

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Jesse Vazquez
Sous Chef

Jesse has worked in the Tasty Catering kitchen since 2005. He is Head Chef Alfredo’s assistant, responsible for anything from prepping the food and expertly cooking it to putting the final presentation together.

Jesse graduated from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago with a degree in Culinary Arts, and is now a member of the American Culinary Federation.

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Raul Ramirez
Brand Ambassador

The friendliness and security Tasty provides for our employees is one of the reasons we have had the pleasure of Raul’s hard work and delivery skills since 2005. He consistently delivers excellent work and earns many compliments from clients on his deliveries.

Raul has earned a reputation of being one of our fastest workers, constantly achieving goals in record times, which is one of the reasons our clients enjoy having him as Grillmaster at their picnics during the summer months.

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Dan Rogers
Brand Ambassador

Dan represents Tasty Catering as an outgoing and personable delivery driver, and also as the first bartender we send out on any bar services provided. A skilled “people person,” Dan has been fabulous behind the bar since he first started with us in 2001.

When he’s not at work, Dan spends his time with his family. He is also a part of the company softball team, as is his sister, Kristen, a member of Tasty’s sales department.

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Chief Culture Officer
Chief Culture Officer

Tom is the President and CEO of Tasty Catering who, in addition to heading up and cultivating the Tasty Catering culture around the facility, is frequently asked to give presentations and speeches to a variety of audiences across the country.

In addition to his Tasty Catering responsibilities, Tom is known as the Serial Entrepreneur and author of a business leadership and culture book, It’s My Company Too!

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Eduardo Rios
Expeditor

Eddie is responsible for expediting every single corporate delivery order each morning and afternoon. He is very organized with high standards of product and service, and he is committed to taking care of his entire delivery team.

Eddie and his wife Teresa have two children, Eddie Jr., who is nine years old, and Cathya, who is 11 years old. He is a member of Tasty’s Rios family, so he enjoys the opportunity to work side-by-side with his three siblings.

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Matt Micari
Chef

Matt is a chef at Tasty Catering specializing in cooking and sauces. He is committed to his work, and his charming personality helps him to create unique and delicious dishes for Tasty’s customers to enjoy.

Matt brings dedication and energy to the team, and outside of work he enjoys cooking and playing basketball.

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Mandy Davis
Event Production

For ten years, Mandy has been an integral part of everyday operations at Tasty. She has worked in every department, in every role, and continues to be our go-to person for an array of business and culinary needs.

Mandy studied culinary arts at Harper College. She spends her free time with her husband and family and is also an avid bowler.

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Brian Keyworth
Corporate Sales Team

From day one, Brian has been a wonderful addition to the Tasty Catering culture. He brings a strong understanding of the importance of customer satisfaction and loyalty to his roles within the company, always communicating with professionalism and personality.

Before joining the Tasty Catering team in 2010, Brian worked for both a local mom ‘n’ pop restaurant and a national chain restaurant. He brings several years of food and customer service experience to the team.

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Carlos Osorio
Event Production

In addition to frequently aiding other departments within Tasty Catering, Charlie’s main responsibilities include maintaining the warehouse facility. He is one of the members who packs and safely secures each order’s equipment and food onto the truck before transport.

Charlie worked in the construction industry before changing to a food service industry career. His wife, Cristy, also works for Tasty Catering, and together they have two sons and one daughter for whom Charlie loves to cook.

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Kristen Banks
Business Development

Kristen has been a big part of Tasty Catering since 1993. She excels in maintaining client relationships, leading the corporate sales team and training new and part-time employees.

Kristen is a recipient of the DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau’s SMILES award for outstanding service. She is also mother to two young boys.

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Hugo Gonzalez
Sandwiches

Hugo is a member of the sandwich preparation team. He assists his co-workers in preparing the many Tasty Catering sandwich and wrap selections to perfection.

Hugo enjoys spending time with his family, especially his two cousins, who both of whom he gets to see at work every day.

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Bobbi Walter
Special Projects

Bobbi’s main responsibility involved numbers and accounts. She is a skilled accountant who also supports the sales team with the information and management that they need.

Bobbi graduated from the University of Illinois and has a Master’s degree in Business Education from Northern Illinois University. Before coming to Tasty, she was a business teacher for Glenbard West High School, owned her own accounting firm and worked with a major sports management company.

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Pancho Rios
Scullery

Pancho has been with Tasty Catering for many years as our dependable and friendly dishwasher. He is often found throughout the kitchen making sure that each department is fully-equipped to prepare our clients’ delicious catering orders.

Pancho is the father of four of Tasty Catering’s kitchen and operations leaders, the Rios siblings Maricarmen, Eugene, Francisco and Eddie.

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Nikki Stavropoulos
Special Events

Nikki is a recent addition to the Tasty Catering special events team and has thus far been invaluable to our staff. Her responsibilities include creating proposals, mastering our catering software, interacting with clients and assisting our special events coordinators.

Since graduating college, Nikki has had the opportunity to work in customer service-based positions for most of her career. She is extremely friendly and organized, and has truly found her niche in the event planning and catering industry.

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Kornel Grygo
Chief Revenue Officer

Kornel has worked in numerous positions in almost every department at Tasty Catering and has been an important part of our team for over ten years. His strong work ethic and ability to guide make him an effective leader at Tasty Catering. As chief revenue officer, he manages communication with clients and coordinates events, drawing on his experiences in logistics, operations and sales that have given him a great understanding of our company.

Kornel is a graduate of the business program at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is part of the Small Giants community.

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Elided Camacho
Sandwiches

Elided represents the sandwich side of the Tasty Catering kitchen, supervising production and aiding her team where necessary.

The culture, family and atmosphere are big reasons Elided began working for Tasty Catering, and why she remains working here today.

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Teresa Lopez
Maître d'Events

Teresa works in our warehouse packing and organizing equipment for events. She can most frequently be found on-site, setting up, serving, supervising and organizing events before, during and after the celebration.

Teresa worked for ACME Finishing before joining Tasty Catering. She is married with two children, Diana, eight years old, and Andrea, four years old.

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Zak Pace
Director of Logistics

As a former member of our delivery team, Zak understands the ins and outs of operations at Tasty Catering. His drive, friendly nature and work ethic make him an excellent director of logistics.

Zak recently graduated from Western Illinois University. Before graduating, he worked for several years in a warehouse position and has earned a lot of operations experience.

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Tommy Menzer
Project Director

As our resident “yes man,” Tommy works to develop Tasty Catering, exploring innovative ideas and researching solutions to any problem that arises. He has a degree from Elmhurst College in Business Administration as well as minors in Art and Religious Studies.

In his spare time, Tommy lives an active lifestyle, doing CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting and mixed martial arts as well as reading about theoretical science and physics.

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Tim Walter
Chief Financial Officer

Tim is responsible for all financial and fiscal planning for our operations, providing leadership and coordination in the administrative, business planning, accounting and budgeting efforts of the company.

Tim has worked with Tasty Catering since 1998. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with degrees in Accounting and Management.

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Laurn Walter
Special Events

With over 15 years of experience in nearly every department at Tasty Catering, Lauren started by serving picnic guests and now plans and executes stunning weddings and events. Lauren earned a degree in secondary education from DePaul University and has worked a variety of jobs—including teaching dance—that utilized her communication and management skills.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys hanging out with her Tasty family, cheering on Chicago sports teams and hoping to see the Cubs win the World Series.

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Ofelia Gomez
Prep Chef

Ofelia helps create delicious dishes by working with the culinary team as a prep chef. She enjoys learning new skills and and the kitchen's friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

When she isn't working, Ofelia loves spending time with her husband Jose and two teenage daughters, Ivette and Karen.

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Jaime Cuatepitzi
Prep Chef

After working as a dish washer, Jaime joined the culinary team as a prep chef, preparing ingredients for sweet and savory dishes. He enjoys the Tasty community and the room for growth within our walls.

Jaime enjoys listening to live music and spending time with his wife, Loures, and children, Angel, Evelyn, Mauricio, Kevin and Hayley.

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Frank DiMaria
Consulting Chef

Frank brings a wealth of culinary experience to his current role as consulting chef, having graduated from the Cordon Bleu Culinary School and working in numerous positions since, including line cook, pastry chef, food analyst and culinary teacher.

Frank enjoys the hustle and bustle at Tasty Catering. In his free time, Frank spends time with his three children and two grandchildren and plays baseball.

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Stephanie Barnes
Corporate Sales Team

As a member of the Corporate Sales Team, Stephanie speaks with customers daily to plan and execute successful events, using knowledge gained while studying hospitality at Roosevelt University. She enjoys the camaraderie and laughter at Tasty.

Stephanie also enjoys laughing with friends and family and just simply having a good time.

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Hannah Malovan
Special Events

As part of the Special Events team, Hannah speaks with clients to determine how Tasty Catering can best help them host an amazing event. She studied hospitality leadership at Bradley University and worked with Disney before joining our team.

In her free time, Hannah enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching the Chicago Blackhawks and traveling.

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Pedro Robledo
Scullery

Pedro has been with us for over a year now and works hard to keep the kitchen clean. With his fellow dish washers, Pedro ensures the cleanliness and sanitation of everything our culinary team needs to provide excellent catering.

Outside of Tasty Catering, Pedro spends his time with his two children and enjoys working out.

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Anthony Mattox
Brand Ambassador

Since Anthony joined the Tasty team, he's been working hard to deliver clients professional service and premium catering. As a brand ambassador, Anthony says he enjoys the independence and responsibility that come with his role.

When he isn't at Tasty Catering, Anthony spends his time playing sports or simply "chilling."

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Brendan Penny
Brand Ambassador

Since joining the Tasty team as a brand ambassador, Brendan has been enjoying the responsibility of delivering clients everything they need for a successful meal.

Outside of Tasty, Brendan is studying for a law degree. He also spends his time playing sports, watching TV and hanging out with friends and family.

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Leonardo Victor
Brand Ambassador

On a day to day basis, Leonardo acts independently to make sure that our corporate events are seamless by carefully packing, delivering and setting up everything needed for a perfect event! He is a valuable part of our logistics department and enjoys that everyone helps each other.

Outside of his time with Tasty, Leonardo is a proud father of two children with his wife, Lupita, an owner of a tuxedo store and member of his church.

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Jessica Lopez
Event Supervisor

As a member of Tasty's production department, Jessica works hard to make sure that every detail at each of our events is taken care of. She most enjoys the people she works with and the atmosphere at Tasty.

When she isn't helping to perfect our events, she loves to spend time and walk with her two little girls—and soon, a little boy!

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Madi Woltman
Corporate Sales

Madi joined the Tasty team in high school and has had several different positions since, working in the kitchen, serving at picnics, entering data in the office and now joining the corporate sales team. She most enjoys the culture and the staff at Tasty Catering.

Madi attended Harper College for two years and will soon finish an associate degree. In her free time, she likes to play sports, work out, bake and relax.

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