Vice President of Marketing & Events
Meet the mastermind behind the team that is 23 City Blocks Catering, Amanda! A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, Amanda has 18 years of experience in marketing, events and promotion as well as catering (not cooking, just managing). Having won numerous awards in her career such as eight International Special Events Society Saint Louis Chapter Louie Awards, St. Louis Bride Magazine's Wedding of the Year in 2012, St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission 2011 Hospitality Super Hero, St. Louis Perfect Wedding Guide's Rookie of the Year Vendy Award in 2012 and most recently again by her peers for Rockstar of the Year, Mentor of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year. Amanda's passion is event innovation and culinary creativity. Her outside of the box, ingenious inspirations have landed Amanda's collaboration on a wedding in a Spring/Summer edition of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine plus countless other awards. When not Amanda's not day-dreaming about new event ideas, you can find Amanda lounging in her pool, Chardonnay in hand, with hubby Jason and her fur-baby named Hartley.
Vice President of Operations
Nick has had experience in almost every operations area of the hotel food and beverage world. A native of St. Louis County, Nick graduated from Mizzou with a B. S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management and a minor in Business. Prior to his position as General Manager, Nick endured three flag changes at The St. Louis Union Station Hotel working for Hyatt, Marriott and Doubletree by Hilton. Nick’s passion for service excellence and proven management record make him an ideal operations leader. Professionally and as a hobby Nick enjoys crafting signature cocktails and practicing the art of mixology. When he is away from the office Nick enjoys everything outdoors, fine dining and traveling. Nick’s European roots and world travels gives him a worldly view of the hospitality field that he is grateful to have as a career and as a way of life. You may or may not hear us refer to him as "three-piece" as he's a big fan of suits!
White Chocolate Gnocchi? No problem. Scallop Corndog? A cinch. Custom menu for 300? Easy. Meet Nick, the creative chef we are lucky to call our own! Nick graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco in 2001. His experience speaks for itself, working at The Hudson House, the private dining room at Beringer Winery in St. Helena, California, with Executive Chef David Frakes. In October of 2002, Nick moved to St. Louis and took a job at Harvest, and seven years after, he and his wife Krissie became the owners. Nick has been named in Best Chef’s America 2013 among many other culinary awards. His forte is farm to table, seasonal ingredients, and his bread pudding has been rumored to be the best dessert in town. The 23 City Blocks team is envious of Nick's wife and three kids who get to eat anything and everything Nick whips up for dinner.
Senior Event Manager
Hey y’all, meet Casey! Considered the young veteran of the group, she’s luckily been able to call herself a part of the 23 City Blocks team since the inception. After more than 100 events, coordinating still hasn’t lost that spark that got her lost in this beautifully chaotic industry that we live in. From perfectly planned parties to those think-fast-on-your-feet moments, from non-profit galas to extravagant weddings, she’s mesmerized by it all. Nicknamed the #goldenchild, Casey's positive attitude, passionate work ethic and sparking personality make her an invaluable asset to the team. When she’s not color coordinating her calendars, you can probably find her on the soccer pitch, both coaching and playing, or her yoga mat. This girl is always smiling, but especially when a strong cup of coffee with friends or when a home cooked meal with family is involved.
Hey there everybody, meet Rose! She joined 23 City Blocks Catering as our favorite intern in June of 2015 after graduating from Eastern Illinois University! After many [voluntary!] coffee runs, hundreds of creative client gifts, and a few confetti bombs later, we decided to keep her around permanently. From the start, Rose had not only the knack, but also the passion for planning to her fullest potential. She’s endlessly curious, serving as our office “whack a mole” never afraid to pop up from her cubical to ask a question, and consistently evolving, learning the business like the back of her hand. Rose’s bubbly personality makes her clients feel right at home, earning their trust and confidence to handle anything that may be thrown her way. Utilizing her skills, experience, and excitement for the event industry, she does everything in her power to pull off a flawless execution. When the occasional off weekend rolls around, you can find her binge watching Greys Anatomy for the 9th time or frolicking through whichever city she’s up for discovering that with some of her favorite people by her side. Her love of travel stemmed from an incredible opportunity to study abroad in Southern Europe where she learned wine at lunch isn’t ever a bad idea!
Oh hey there! Meet the newest member of the 23 City Blocks Team, Courtney! Her journey to becoming an Event Manager has not been a conventional one, but she is finding her place in this business at just the right time. She graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2014 and has since used her people skills to help plan events in a constantly evolving industry! Courtney most recently worked as a wedding day specialist at a local event planning firm. She brings her passion of helping others enjoy the best day of their lives to this exciting new opportunity. You can almost always find her laughing and swinging her flowing, fiery red locks over her shoulder; and when she isn’t soaking up all the information she can, you can find her at Busch Stadium cheering on her favorite boys of summer and dancing the nights away.
St. Louis born and raised, Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Saint Louis University. She loved SLU so much she started as an event planner there before joing 23 City Blocks Catering. Katie appreciates a witty sense of humor and her favorite sound is a bottle of champagne popping! Even after working on countless weddings, without fail, she still gets choked up every time a bride begins her walk down the aisle. Katie has seen every episode of ‘Friends’ and an embarrassing amount of times yet still not tired of the show! And, like a foodie we love, she’ll make up any excuse to go to brunch.
The Caramel Room team always ensures a wonderful culinary experience for each and every guest.
Katie Turner – Owner, Kate & Company, LLC
1600 North Broadway, St Louis, MO 63102
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