Vice President of Marketing
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.
Executive Sous Chef
Brad rocks! But more about him coming soon!
Director of Events
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.
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 solo male Event Manager here at 23 City Blocks! Robert has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. Robert started out in the event world as an intern for a local wedding planning firm and has recently made the transition over here to the 23 City Blocks family. When he is not at the office you can find Robert hiking the latest trails, hitting the latest brunch spots, or indulging in an unhealthy amount of Netflix!
Sloane graduated from The University of Alabama with a Hospitality Management degree and concentrated her studies in Events. She found her passion for a fast-paced environment in the restaurant industry and fell in love with events during her internship in Los Angeles. Though she has travelled to many cities, states, countries, and continents, St. Louis will always be her home. She’s a huge fan of anything sweet, a good snuggle session with her two Goldendoodles, her color coordinated calendar, and an old record on a rainy day.
Event Services Manager
Alan leads our service staff with passion and style. With 20 years of service experience Alan is a showman, host, and leader. After serving in the Army Reserve and a stint in healthcare, Alan decided to dedicate his career around providing exceptional guest service and educating newcomers to what fine dining is all about. Alan was instrumental in designing and developing the service standards as well as 23 City Blocks Synchronized Service Standard featuring all our wedding parties beloved “Can’t Get Next to You” presentation. If you can’t tell, Alan is a huge fan of classic R&B and his favorite band the Temptations. You can’t miss this gentleman in his tuxedo and aviator sunglasses always ready to accommodate any need of our guests needs and ensure they have an exceptional experience from beginning to end.
Hailing from New York City, Margaret relocated to St. Louis in 2010. Although she is a proud New Yorker, she has come to love Saint Louis like it is a home away from home! Margaret graduated from Liberty University with her B. S. in Family Development. Her beginnings with Bissinger’s as the Administrative Assistant eventually lead her to the 23 City Blocks team, and we are sure glad to have her! When not at work, you can find Margaret spending time with her 5-year-old son and her newfound Saint Louis family.
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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