Doro has been in the food and beverage industry for 35 years. His exceptional general managing skills have been built from the ground up. His experience began as a server at the Fond de la Tour and he worked his way up to become General Manager at the Belvedere. First hand experience is what we find to be an exceptional quality in our employees and we hope you do too! Say “hello” to Doro; he will be sure to show you what a quality human being and hard worker he truly is!
Executive Chef Alfredo Anaya was lured into the culinary world when his passion for this industry and for food was recognized at an early age. Alfredo went on to study the culinary arts at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, Le Cordon Bleu program where he learned to develop his own unique style and flair. He continued his career at exclusive restaurants and hotels such as Double Tree, Crowne Plaza, Chicago City Centre, Harry Carry’s, and Levy Restaurants just to mention a few.
Over the years, Alfredo worked under influential leaders of the culinary industry who helped shape his style and depth of knowledge. Alfredo’s culinary philosophy and passion reflect the growing trend towards a healthier and down-to-earth lifestyle. Working with neighboring farmers to seek out the finest in regional and local organic produce, is the essence of his cuisine. Alfredo’s preference is to allow the natural flavors of food to express themselves.
In addition to cooking, Alfredo’s passion is to develop younger chefs to discover their own talents in the same way that he was encouraged. Chef Alfredo believes whole-heartedly in staying active, continuously learning and always having fun.
Jodi is your gal! A coordinator for over 12 years and a detail orientated person for life. She graduated from Marquette University in Marketing and Management and continued on to the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago achieving a degree in Culinary Arts. She married Brian in 2014 and they have a cute little son, Jax. Her passion is planning events from start to finish. Culinary art is not only a part of her job but amongst other things her favorite thing to do in her free time. Growing up she loved to throw a great party and who knew that her passion would one day turn into a profession that she loves!
Cathy has been in the restaurant and hospitality industry for over 30 years and has been with the Belvedere since they broke ground in 2004. At the age of 18, she started as a server and has worked her way up to being an excellent event coordinator for us here at the Belvedere. She has been married for over 30 years, has three adult children, two granddaughters and three grandsons. She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago majoring in Liberal Arts Studies. She has planned many spectacular events in her day and truly anticipates the opportunity to plan your next party. Whether it be a wedding, shower, corporate event, holiday party or wine tasting, she’s done it all!
Caroline has been an event coordinator at Belvedere since 2005. She attended Fordham University in New York City where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. She then went on to receive her Master’s Degree at Loyola University in Chicago. Caroline held her wedding reception at the Belvedere in December 2008 and is happily married to her husband, Luke. They have a six year old son, Chase and 1 year old daughter, Eloise. Caroline began an invitation business, Posh Papetiere, in 2009 and works with brides and event planners alike to produce beautiful invitations, menus, table numbers and anything you might need for a party. Caroline loves to plan events and is eager to work with you on your special day.
Orla has been an event coordinator at Belvedere since we opened our doors in 2004 and is loving every minute of it! She enjoys working with all the lovely couples to make their dream weddings come true. Aside from weddings, she also helps plan engagement parties, showers, baptisms, walimas, graduations, corporate events and many more. All her clients are special to her and she will work to make your events a success. We are a team here at Belvedere Events and Banquets. No matter who you work with on the Belvedere sales staff, you can be sure your event will be taken care of with heart and professionalism.
Lorna has been an event coordinator here at the Belvedere since 2010. Under the direction of the party planner, she assists with the coordination and planning of their event. Whether it’s an elaborate wedding, a small shower or birthday party, she is available from the first visit to the day of the event to ensure every detail is complete and all attendees leave with a positive experience. Not only has she been an employee of the Belvedere but also a client. Her son held his wedding here in April of 2012! She looks forward to working with you on your special day.
Ashley has been in the restaurant and hospitality industry for over 12 years now and through her various positions in the field, she has learned exactly what it takes to put together an event of a lifetime. She graduated from Colorado State University with a major in communications studies and international relations. After spending two years abroad with the Peace Corps in China teaching, she moved to Chicago in 2015 and took the leap into her event planning career. Ashley works on all different events with us from weddings, corporate bookings, to all various social events. Whatever event it is you are looking to celebrate with us, know you will have an event to talk about for years to come.