A little about who we are...
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“Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life” – Confucius
Louis grew up in the best of both worlds, splitting his life between Charleston, SC and Richmond. In a circuitous route Louis did his undergraduate work at Virginia Tech, graduate work at College of Charleston and then the culinary program at Reynolds Community College.
Believing that life is truly about the road you take to find your passion Louis has worked at the highest levels of professional theater (technical design), as a golf professional, working in the advertising & non-profit development world before falling for catering over 10 years ago.
Louis brings all of this experience into the design, planning and execution of events. This also leads to drive Garnish’s passion to provide the highest level of culinary innovation, expertise and service to every event and client. This being said Louis knows (and clients appreciate) that the true heart of Garnish is in the full and part time staff. Since founding Garnish in 2014 he has been honored to have worked with some of the best employees anyone could ask for or be lucky enough to spend time with.
Louis is committed to giving back to the Richmond community, supporting a number of local non-profits while also serving as a Co-Chairman to the Advisory Board to the Reynolds Culinary & Hospitality Program.
When not planning or at an event his time is devoted to his wonderful wife, two children and multitude of pets.
More likely than not (and depending on the time of the year) he will also find the time to be out skiing or ruining a good day on the golf course.
The son of an American Foreign Service diplomat, David was born in Northern Virginia and grew up in England and Greece where he fell in love with European cooking and dining. Learning at his mother’s apron he was taught bread making, confections, and Mediterranean cuisine. His first professional work was in Sicilian-American kitchens before opening his own Italian restaurant in Blacksburg, Virginia. Looking for more adventures he moved to Richmond and began catering for the city’s premier large-scale caterer, eventually working his way up to executive chef and meeting Louis.
Louis and David forged ahead with opening Garnish with the goal of providing amazing food, great service, and deep knowledge of events large and small. Always willing to help others achieve their dreams David has acted as a consulting chef with local businesses and has even jumped in to assist in pop-up restaurants and charity fundraisers.
Always learning and always growing, he tries not to take himself too seriously, instead opting to let his food speak for itself while passing on his experience to the next generation of chefs working in the Garnish kitchen.
Caleb, a native to the Richmond area, has always been someone who liked to cook growing up. Always making some concoction as a kid then getting yelled at by his mother to “clean up”.
At the age of 18 he started working at C Street & Hazel Ruth catering washing dishes & snipping pounds of green beans. In just under a year he had worked up to Sous Chef. After a while he wanted to expand his knowledge and went down to Shockhoe Bottom where he was a chef at Sam Millers Oyster Bar. While at Sam Millers he wanted to explore the beverage industry and started bartending at Kai. Learning from mixologists to craft the perfect cocktails. After two years at Sam Millers Caleb made his move to Garnish. A perfect fit.
Taking his experience with food and management he joined the Garnish team. He sometimes gets called back up to big leagues to prepare your event. He has entered and won Richmond culinary challenges to continue to inspire his food knowledge.
In his spare time, you can catch him on the soccer field or golf course. He will let you guess which one he’s better at.
Catering Sales and Design Associate
Nicole DiNardo is the Catering Sales and Design Associate here at Garnish. She has been in the event planning industry for four years and specializes in helping with all different types of events, ranging from small business meetings to large weddings. Nicole began as an intern for a local event planner in 2015 and has slowly been learning the ins and outs of the industry ever since.
Nicole graduated from VCU in 2017 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and has lived in Richmond for over six years. She loves a good Netflix binge; but she can also be found spending time with friends, traveling, and exploring new restaurants around RVA.
Executive Sous Chef
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Garnish is a full service catering & event production company located in Richmond, VA. Let our staff know how we can help with your wedding, corporate or social event today. No job is too small or large for our staff! No matter the size of your event our team is there to handle all aspects from planning to execution. Culinary Creativity and Professional Service are the hallmarks of what we provide all clients.