The People Who Make Us Extraordinary

From your first phone call, Park Avenue Catering is at your service. The depth of experience of the Park Avenue staff is beyond measure. Every member of our team brings their passion for service and years of experience to the table each and every event they produce.

Service is one of the most important factors in creating a memorable occasion. It inspires and nurtures your guests, and creates a day you won’t soon forget. It is this high level of personal service that distinguishes Park Avenue Catering from the rest.

All of our in-house trained personnel provide a gracious experience full of warmth and hospitality for you and your guests. We have standards that cannot be met by outside staffing agencies, so we don’t use them.

Every Park Avenue Catering employee expresses a personal investment in themselves, our company, and you.

This is our definition of service.

Dianne Martin Business Development and Corporate Accounts

Dianne Martin

Business Development and Corporate Accounts

Since 2001

Dianne grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and started her career in the hotel industry planning corporate & social events. She found the perfect home for combining her passion for food, wine and event planning with Park Avenue Catering. Dianne currently manages corporate accounts, winery events, business development and leads an outstanding team of event specialists.

dianne@parkavecater.com

Fran Piotrkowski Corporate Accounts and Kosher Expert

Fran Piotrkowski

Corporate Accounts and Kosher Expert

Since 1996

Fran and Bruce met in 1986 when Fran owned and operated Piotrkowski Smoked Poultry. According to Bruce, it was the best smoked duck and chicken on the market! Fran has an affinity for gardening, which ties in beautifully with her ability to create amazing farm-to-table menus.

fran@parkavecater.com

Sharon Misaka-Van Giesen Wedding Designer and Fundraiser Expert

Sharon Misaka-Van Giesen

Wedding Designer and Fundraiser Expert

Since 1998

Sharon launched her event-planning career in 1995 at Current Affairs in Hawaii as the Special Events Coordinator for an event of 10,000 (featured in Special Events Magazine). Her other experiences, including retail, hotel and restaurant management enable Sharon to offer her wealth of knowledge for clients and colleagues alike.

sharon@parkavecater.com

Janine Baines Wedding Designer and Corporate Accounts

Janine Baines

Wedding Designer and Corporate Accounts

Since 2003

Janine was a catering manager in her native South Africa. After making the move stateside, Janine joined Park Avenue Catering, bringing with her a fantastic combination of commitment, charisma and comprehensive attention to detail.

janine@parkavecater.com

Justine De Alba Wedding Specialist

Justine De Alba

Wedding Specialist

Since 2011

Justine was born and raised in San Francisco where she spent more than 20 years in the restaurant industry- largely focused on special events and management. In 2008, she and her family made the move to the wine country where she became a part of the Park Avenue team. Justine dedicates herself to providing her clients with positivity and professionalism.

justine@parkavecater.com

Stephanie Dirks Wedding Specialist

Stephanie Dirks

Wedding Specialist

Since 2013

Stephanie found her passion for event planning and producing during her college experience in Ohio. She began her professional career in hospitality, working for Hyatt Hotels, including the luxurious Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. After celebrating her own marriage, Stephanie relocated to Sonoma County, bringing with her, experience in logistics and organization.

stephanie@parkavecater.com

Anthony Levy Wedding Specialist

Anthony Levy

Wedding Specialist

Since 2013

Anthony brings more than 20 years of experience in special events. A founding member of the Napa-Sonoma Int’l. Special Events Society and currently serves on the board of directors. Born and raised in England, Anthony has never taken for granted the bounty of fresh, local ingredients we are so lucky to enjoy in Sonoma County and relishes sharing this influence with his clients.

anthony@parkavecater.com

JD Driscoll Lead Event Captain & Corporate Accounts

JD Driscoll

Lead Event Captain & Corporate Accounts

Since 2011

JD began his catering career at a very young age. Upon his graduation from the University of Oregon, he joined the Park Avenue team. In addition to working with our corporate and winery clients, JD also specializes in executing Park Avenue’s big events!

jd@parkavecater.com

Victor Roldan Head Chef

Victor Roldan

Head Chef

Since 1994

Victor is another member of our team who learned the catering business from ground level. He has been groomed by Bruce to set the example in our kitchen and balances the job of keeping the many menu details organized with keeping our kitchen staff focused on producing flawless events.

Josue Villalobos Operations Manager and Lead Event Chef for Large Events

Josue Villalobos

Operations Manager and Lead Event Chef for Large Events

Since 1998

Josue was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. Josue learned the catering business from the ground up, beginning his career with us as a dishwasher and working through several positions before taking the helm as our Operations Manager. As a result, Josue is a most valuable resource when orchestrating the many moving parts of each event and brings a calm focus as lead chef for our largest events.

Steven Taub Kitchen Manager

Steven Taub

Kitchen Manager

Since 2002

Steven has been cooking ever since his pastry apprenticeship in 1967. Steven has cooked at the James Beard House four times and has been featured for his cuisine in many publications. He was the chef and owner of several restaurants in New England.

Carlos Fernandez Sous Chef

Carlos Fernandez

Sous Chef

Since 2015

Chef Carlos started his culinary career in the 80’s and has extensive experience as Executive Chef in high-end hotels across the US. He recently moved to Sonoma County with his family and we are so excited to have him join our team and share his passion & creativity for events with us.

Alex Rossi Sous Chef

Alex Rossi

Sous Chef

Since 2010

Alex grew up in Morocco, where he learned at an early age that quality ingredients are essential for good living. He studied chemistry in France, but his passion for food later led him to Culinary Arts at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale. He settled in the wine country after living & cooking all over the US and Europe. Alex brings extensive knowledge, experience and adds a cultural richness to our team. When his apron is off, Alex enjoys spending time visiting the coast and enjoying our wineries with family and friends.

Sarah Meeks Pastry Chef

Sarah Meeks

Pastry Chef

Since 2013

Sarah grew up in New York and began her culinary career interning in Manhattan restaurant kitchens.  She earned a degree in Hospitality Management from Cornell University.  In 2008, she moved to N.Ca to attend the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. In the following years, Sarah catered throughout wine country and trained at Michelin Star restaurants in Napa Valley before joining our Park Avenue Catering team as Pastry Chef and On-site Lead Chef.

Sheila Illingworth Rental Administrator

Sheila Illingworth

Rental Administrator

Since 2014

Sheila grew up in Napa and began working in the wine country event industry in 2002. This gave her exactly the right experience to take on the huge task of coordinating our team’s rental needs. Now, as part of the Park Avenue team, Sheila continues to streamline our systems, keep us all abreast of changes as they arise and keeps us moving forward with a cool, calm ease.

rentals@parkavecater.com