A LOCALLY GROWN CATERING CO.
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, friends and clients. (See bios below).
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.
Melissa Manzo McDevitt Managing Partner and 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.
Laura Halligan Kidwell Managing Partner and 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.
Darcy Hill Senior Catering Manager at Seedling and Sage, responsible for selling and planning weddings, galas, and social events. Darcy has been in the corporate and hospitality fields for over 18 years and is a highly experienced sales and event planning professional. Not only does she enjoy working closely with clients and vendors to design and manage all aspects of our events, she is a detail-oriented professional with strengths in event creation, planning and execution. Darcy’s off-site catering experience at large and prestigious event venues like the Kimmel Center and the Academy of Music, are an enormous asset to our rapidly growing company. #ourseedlinghassprouted
Sara Maher Event Manager at Seedling + Sage with a concentration on social events in private homes, and at the Mercer Museum. Sara helps our clients visualize their event in their space, and then select a menu that meets their needs… and their budget. From graduation parties, to showers, to corporate galas, Sara is organized and detail oriented. When she’s not her in the office or onsite at an event, Sara volunteers a lot in the community and can often be found at track meets and lacrosse games with her husband and three children.
Gabi Forgione Catering Sales Coordinator concentrating on corporate and social events. Gabi has a passion for helping others, amazing food, and the little details. Her love for the wedding industry started while coordinating at a wedding venue that focused on truly personalizing each event. She is always on the hunt for the latest wedding trends, and goes above and beyond to keep the planning process as stress-free as possible. She is dedicated to executing an amazing event for you!
Emma Bytnar Catering Sales Coordinator concentrating on weddings and social events. 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. Emma goes over and above for all of our clients and we are so proud to have her!
Maria Benamar Event Manager 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!
“Missed Picture Day”: OUR CHEFS! Because they are always hard at work slicing and dicing the day away! See a day in the life quick video.
Executive Chef: Wheyne Dorliea
Catering Chefs: Steve Irlenborn and Andre Davis
Fun fact: Our chefs executed 470 off site events in 2017.
FULL SERVICE CATERING
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.
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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.Contact Us