At Elegant Fare, we enrich our guests’ lives with best-in-class food and memorable gatherings that bring friends, families, and great times together.
Please meet a few of our key family members.
In more than 20 years with Elegant Fare, Raj served most recently as controller, with financial and management responsibilities, and gained expertise in high-end catering and hospitality management.
“I have always been impressed with the staff of Elegant Fare: their skills, professionalism, and can-do attitude,” Raj said. “It is my personal pleasure to work together with them on behalf of our clientele.”
A native of Kathmandu, Nepal and a Cincinnati resident since 1994, Raj is a weekly soccer player and avid FC Cincinnati fan. Other talents: musician (piano and guitar), photographer, and self-described “at-home chef” who credits Elegant Fare with elevating his skills and creativity. His specialty: authentic Nepalese cuisine.
How does a highly experienced special education teacher and trainer step into leadership of a successful catering & events firm?
“I’ve always enjoyed activities that require both sides of the brain—creative, as well as practical, logical thinking,” Emily commented. “I am especially comfortable with managing strategic direction, growth, training, and building strong relationships with our clients, amazing venues, and other service providers. I enjoy the challenge of planning events that bring people together and delight them with exceptional food and service.”
Most of Emily’s family time focuses on nurturing their daughter and enjoying two “doodle” dogs and a rescue cat. In her spare moments, she tends to her garden expansion.
Imagine a little girl who enjoys planning pretend dinner party menus. That little girl is now accomplished catering/events consultant Renée Fink, Elegant Fare staffer for 20-plus years and previously in hospitality for 13 years at the Cincinnati Art Museum. A Cincinnati native, she attended Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
Renée works closely with Elegant Fare wedding, corporate, and social clients to personalize each event. An admitted foodie, her focus on the art of combining fine food, top-notch service, and attention to event details means your event will be one to celebrate.
Formerly with Newport Aquarium, Kyle most recently served as senior events manager there. A UC grad in Business Administration, his studies focused on marketing and sales.
“During my seven years at the Aquarium, my favorite caterer hands-down was Elegant Fare because of their service, the people, and definitely the fine food!” Kyle commented. He is passionate about creating successful events, from just-right menu selections to table settings and all the finishing touches. Kyle assures every client of a worry-free event—and we deliver.
A Chicago native and Xavier University grad with a degree in marketing, Anna is delighted to apply her organizational and service excellence skills to create and transform events for Elegant Fare clients.
“I enjoy how magical events can be!” Anna explained. She doesn’t hesitate to recommend Elegant Fare for corporate events, as well as weddings and other occasions: “Not only is the food delicious and beautifully plated, but each of our servers and bartenders are hand-picked and genuinely care about the service they give our clients.” Her favorite Elegant Fare dish? “Our signature pasta. I could honestly eat it every day.”
From weddings and galas to wine tastings and small private dinners, Christian has orchestrated a wide variety of events during his 13-plus years as a culinarian in the hospitality industry.
“Weddings are my personal favorite,” he said. “I love all the work and preparation that goes into the newlyweds breaking bread with their friends and family for the first time as a married couple!”
As executive chef for Elegant Fare Catering & Events, he shares his passion for delivering exceptional culinary services and delights in leading a talented team “with great attention to detail” and focused on the same high standards.
A graduate of the Midwest Culinary Institute, Christian and his wife enjoy family life with their young son, as well as two frisky dogs.
Executive Chef Christian Dunn heads up Elegant Fare’s outstanding culinary team, many members with decades of experience in various hospitality settings. In addition, several have been with Elegant Fare for more than a decade. Among the renowned culinary schools represented: The Culinary Institute of America and the Midwest Culinary Institute. The full complement of culinary staff includes the executive chef, kitchen manager, chefs, pastry chefs, and cooks, plus a call list of experienced culinarians with specialties in authentic ethnic cuisines.
Elegant Fare is proud of our high service standards, as well as the longevity of our service team leadership—some with more than 20 years as members of the Elegant Fare “food family.” The team includes both full- and part-time highly trained staff, plus a call list of “as needed” staff. Elegant Fare also has a cohort of TIPS-trained bartenders. Working closely with the catering/event consultants, several event captains manage service staff at Elegant Fare events, while back-of-house captains manage kitchen staff. For every event, Elegant Fare catering/events consultants and captains collaborate closely with venue partners’ event staff.