Locally grown as in not just the food, but the people. Each of our team members is locally grown, with deep roots in our community and a vested interest in the people – our neighbors.

At Seedling & Sage our mission is to make people happy. We believe our staff – passionate, professional and filled with love for what they do – set us apart. We take a people-first, food-focused approach. You’ll notice the difference in our honest, upfront communication style. You’ll taste it in food that’s local, seasonal, and always visually alluring. You’ll see it as we style your event and create what we call ‘catering couture’.

But, mostly, you’ll sense an unmistakable radiating energy created by people who just love what they do. We still believe in a warm smile and good old fashioned work ethic… with a smidge of panache.


Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 11.15.24 AMMelissa Manzo McDevitt ~ Co-Founder of Seedling & Sage, responsible for overall Business Development. Melissa is a true hospitality industry professional with more than 15 years experience in the sales, marketing, and planning of national and international events with an emphasis on hotels and catering venues. After almost a decade as a director of sales and marketing at a boutique hotel property, Melissa and Laura launched Seedling & Sage Catering in 2014. Melissa wrote class curriculums and is an adjunct professor at Temple University for the Event Management Certification Program. Classes: Critical Steps of Event Planning, Risk Management, Social Media for Small Business.


Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 11.15.30 AMLaura Kidwell ~ Co-Founder of Seedling & Sage, responsible for overall Operations. Laura’s passion is in the operations and executions of events both onsite and offsite. She often finds herself at barns, farms and arboretums that have no kitchens or cooking facilities. She works with the culinary team to devise plans and execution strategies to assure seamless events. In addition to opening Seedling & Sage in 2014, she is also a restaurant owner and operator. Expert in operations and executions of 150+ seat restaurant and special event facility.


14184317_572856176256470_1494565577077665286_nWheyne Dorliea ~ Head Chef at Seedling & Sage with over 10 years of experience in Culinary Art. Before starting at Seedling & Sage in 2015, Chef Wheyne managed a very large kitchen operation at a healthcare facility. His team executed thousands of meals daily, and ran the private executive meetings and events. There he held Culinary Symposiums for female cancer survivors, educating them on specific kinds of food and spices that are beneficial to their health. Wheyne also volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club in South Camden, teaching the children how to grow their own vegetables and the importance of healthy eating. As his career started veering more toward healthful eating and the effects of food in our lives, he decided to make the move to grassroots catering company Seedling & Sage Catering as the head chef. His team consists of a sous chef, a pastry chef and several part time prep chefs. He also manages the onsite chefs for all events. Currently, Seedling & Sage executes about 500+ events per year.


FullSizeRender-2Maria Benamar ~ Special Events Planner with more than 10 years of experience in the Wedding and Catering industry. Maria loves working with people and helping their visions come to life for their Special Day. She believes that it is a beautiful process to see someone’s ideas and help them grow into Reality!  Passionate about food, family and fun!



image1Alicia Sperry ~  Alicia is an expert on strategically planning and executing the likes of any event, especially those on outdoor farms, barns and arboretums. With a background in psychology and hospitality, Alicia combines the skills of interpersonal relationships while paying close attention to detail, and staying in tune with the hottest trends. Alicia loves working with brides and creating memories.


FullSizeRender-1Corrie Sweeney ~ Event Coordinator and Office Manager at Seedling & Sage. With a background in human services and childcare, Corrie strives to help and care for others. She enjoys cooking, crafting, hosting parties, organizing, and is passionate about her community.




Bridgette McMearty ~ Social Media and Marketing Intern at Seedling & Sage. Studying Digital Communication at Immaculata University. Bridgette’s love for digital marketing and social media along with her determined and bubbly personality makes her a great addition to the Seedling & Sage community!



Emma Bytnar ~ Event Coordinator. After Emma’s internship at Seedling & Sage, it was our pleasure to bring her on permanently! Besides her fine attention to detail, she is a true people pleaser, a foodie, and she adds a ray of sunshine to the office every day!





Our clients are in the Philadelphia and Jersey shore areas, and they want beautiful, honest events that bring out the best of our community. They also want style. And class.

Our network of relationships, built on decade’s worth of running restaurants and hotels, and our high standards for doing business make accomplishing this delightfully easy. It’s your event. You should enjoy it.

At Seedling & Sage, nothing is typical. We offer both quick service and full service catering for events big and small. We cater events in homes, at off-site venues, under tents, on farms, barns and arboretums, in boutique shops… even at sea. We love new. We love different. Do it.