About Us

About Elegant Fare

At Elegant Fare, we enrich our guests’ lives with best-in-class food and memorable gatherings that bring friends, families, and great times together.

Cincinnati Catering

Introducing the Elegant Fare Family

Please meet a few of our key family members.

  • Rajeev (“Raj”) Pradhan, MBA, CPA

    Rajeev (“Raj”) Pradhan, MBA, CPA

    Managing Director

    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.

  • Emily Gibbons Pradhan

    Emily Gibbons Pradhan

    Director, Communications & Customer Service

    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.

  • Renée Fink

    Renée Fink

    Catering/Events Consultant

    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.

  • Kyle Merkl, CTA

    Kyle Merkl, CTA

    Catering/Events Consultant

    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.

  • Vickie Dozier

    Vickie Dozier

    Operations Manager
  • Betty Wall

    Betty Wall

    Kitchen Manager
  • Mary Jane Brunk

    Mary Jane Brunk

    Service Manager
  • Culinary Team

    Culinary Team

    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.

  • Service Team

    Service Team

    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.

TESTIMONIAL

  • I just wanted to tell you what a fantastic dinner Elegant Fare provided for us last night. The food was delicious and our server Evelyn, was the best Christmas gift. She made the food presentation and clean up go smoothly, and was so gracious and courteous. When she finished you wouldn’t have known our kitchen had just served a small army.

     

    Jill and Joe
  • Thank you for taking your time to give us such an important and wonderful part of our dream day!  You did such a fantastic job!!

    Jennifer and Jeremy
  • I expected the great food, but the added touches were really above and beyond.

    Jo S.
  • You were a pleasure to work with and your staff was awesome.

    Maura K.
  • The food was great, the staff was attentive, friendly, courteous and professional.  The evening and the wedding managed by you was seamless.

    Mark and Patty K.
  • The day of the wedding I was so much more relaxed because I knew that you had everything under control!  The wedding and reception went off perfectly in large part because of you.

    Kristin P.