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  • Marc Mann
    Marc Mann
    Event Manager
  • Darla Hickman
    Darla Hickman
    Catering & Event Sales Manager
  • Erin Gready
    Erin Gready
    Event Manager
  • Almendra Callirgos
    Almendra Callirgos
    Corporate Pastry Chef
  • Manuel Callirgos
    Manuel Callirgos
    Chef
  • Steve Morice
    Steve Morice
    Corporate Chef
  • Damian Ambroa
    Damian Ambroa
    Beverage Director
  • Fred Espinoza
    Fred Espinoza
    Chief Operating Officer
Marc Mann
Event Manager

Catering

{15 years with the company}
BA in Communication, University of Houston

  1. Where are you from? Born in Houston, raised in Austin.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? 33 years.
  3. What is your favorite drink? Margarita.
  4. What is your favorite food? Mexican.
  5. What is your favorite restaurant? El Tiempo.
  6. What is the first app you check in the morning? Weather.
  7. What hobbies do you have? Running, snow skiing, yard work, hanging out with my family.
  8. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros.
  9. Favorite music/band/singer? Rock. RUSH. Geddy Lee.
  10. Who do you admire the most? My wife.
  11. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share? I am hyper focused on organization and turnaround time. My clients get answers within minutes of sending an email. I have a laid back personality and love to add humor to my process because life is too short to be stuffy and serious all the time.
Darla Hickman
Catering & Event Sales Manager

Catering

{9 years with the company}

  1. Where are you from? Native Houstonian.
  2. Family? Married 41 years to Ennie Hickman, three married sons, twelve grandchildren! Very blessed.
  3. What is your favorite drink? “Ranch Water” aka Skinny Margarita but not too sweet!
  4. What is your favorite food? Italian & Seafood.
  5. What is your favorite restaurant? Goode Company Seafood, Damian’s, Costa Brava Bistro, 401.
  6. What is the first app you check in the morning? Daily Reading for Catholics, Instagram, then work emails.
  7. What hobbies do you have? Anything near water – rivers, lakes, bay, beach – my husband and I love boating on Galveston Bay especially. But my greatest hobby is spending time with our family as often as we can. I love to read, cook, drink, dance.
  8. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? Baseball. Houston Astros!
  9. Favorite music/band/singer? So many – Neil Young, America, Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire. But also Lake Street Dive, Nathaniel Rateliff, Traveling Wilburys, Frank Sinatra – I love music.
  10. Who do you admire the most? My dad. He is the epitome of strength, goodness and integrity. A man of amazing character.
  11. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share? I twirl my high school fire baton twice a year to keep my skills on task, and dazzle my grandkids. (I think)
Erin Gready
Event Manager

Catering

{6 years with the company}
Marketing Degree from Auburn University

  1. Where are you from? Houston, Texas.
  2. What is your favorite drink? Greygoose dirty martini
    with blue cheese stuffed olives.
  3. What is your favorite food? Big Mac with French Fries.
  4. What is your favorite restaurant? Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe.
  5. What is the first app you check in the morning? Instagram.
  6. What hobbies do you have? Playing tennis, running, playing cards.
  7. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? Houston Rockets.
  8. Favorite music/band/singer? Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  9. Who do you admire the most? Blake Lively – I just love her.
  10. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share? I once auditioned for The Bachelor…they never called!
Almendra Callirgos
Corporate Pastry Chef

Corporate

{3 years with the company}
Le Cordon Bleu Peru:
Certificate in Cuisine & Food Processing Skill
Certificate in Pastry & Baking Processing Skill
Diploma in Gastronomy & Culinary Arts

  1. Where are you from? Lima, Peru.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? 10 years.
  3. What is your favorite drink? Moscow mule.
  4. What is your favorite food? Peruvian Ceviche.
  5. What is your favorite restaurant? Potente.
  6. What is the first app you check in the morning? Gmail.
  7. What hobbies do you have? I love hosting people in my house, creating unique meals.
  8. Who do you admire the most? My parents.
  9. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share?
    When I was a kid, I used to spend all my vacations in the Peruvian rain forest.
Manuel Callirgos
Chef

Culinary Team

{5½ years with the company}
Gastronomy & Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu Peru
Chef de Cuisine Patissier, Le Cordon Bleu Peru

  1. Where are you from? Lima, Peru.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? 8 years.
  3. What is your favorite drink? Wine & espresso (but not together).
  4. What is your favorite food? Bucatini all’Amatriciana.
  5. What is your favorite restaurant? Potente.
  6. What is the first app you check in the morning? Chase.
  7. What hobbies do you have? Cooking & drinking wine.
  8. Favorite sport? Soccer, Peru National Soccer Team (Alianza Lima).
  9. Favorite music/band/singer? Billy Joel.
  10. Who do you admire the most? Ronaldo (the original one).
  11. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share?
    Bucatini is my spirit noodle & I hate stuffed pastas.
Steve Morice
Corporate Chef

Corporate

{6 years with the company}
Bachelor of Science in Hotel Restaurant Management
Minors in Marketing, Architecture and Interior Design

Damian Ambroa
Beverage Director

Corporate

{15 years with the company}

  1. Where are you from? Argentina.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? 18 years.
  3. Family? With my wife Lilian, we have two sons Nicholas (14) and Sebastian (10).
  4. What is your favorite drink? Wine.
  5. What is your favorite food? Italian or Steak.
  6. What is your favorite restaurant? La Brigada in Buenos Aires.
  7. What is the first app you check in the morning? WhatsApp.
  8. What hobbies do you have? Scuba diving, Motorcycles.
  9. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? Soccer, Juventus (Forza Juve!).
  10. Favorite music/band/singer? All types, Guns n roses.
  11. Who do you admire the most? My grandfather.
  12. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share?
    Love to spend time with my two boys & looking forward to owning my vineyard in Italy.
Fred Espinoza
Chief Operating Officer

Corporate

{29 years with the company}
BBS, St. Thomas University • MBA, Rice University

  1. Where are you from? Originally from Lima, Peru. Now a proud Texan for 30 years.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? 30 years.
  3. Family? With my wife Maria (“Mate”) also from Peru, we have two amazing
    daughters Natalia (15) & Valeria (12) that keep us quite busy.
  4. What is your favorite drink? Pisco Sour or Malbec.
  5. What is your favorite food? Steaks, Sushi, Empanadas
  6. What is your favorite restaurant? Besides Churrascos I like Perry’s, Pappadeux, Nativo (Guadalajara, Mexico), La Mar (Miami, Florida).
  7. What is the first app you check in the morning? Emails, Facebook & Snapchat (to keep in touch with my daughters).
  8. What hobbies do you have? Spend time with my family, travel & learn something new.
  9. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? Soccer & Football (Go Texans!!)
  10. Favorite music/band/singer? 80’s – Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Soda Stereo, Green Day.
  11. Who do you admire the most? My parents. Their story of overcoming adversity is a great example to follow.
  12. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share? I came to work for three months in the company and they wouldn’t take me as a server so I started as a busboy and I am still here. I love my journey so far.