Our Team

A Locally Grown Catering Co.

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.

Check out this quick video and recent interview. 



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.

Sara Maher Director of Catering at Seedling & Sage. Sara has been part of the Seedling and Sage team for many years.  As a sales manager, Sara has planned many events from showers to parties to galas at many preferred properties and private homes. As director, Sara works closely with the wedding and social events sales managers to help our clients visualize their event in their space, and then select a menu that not only meets their needs, but their budget too! Sara is organized and detail-oriented. When she’s not here in the office or onsite at an event, Sara volunteers a lot in the community and can often be found at track meets, lacrosse games or rowing events with her husband and three children.

Aboubacar Kouyate Executive Chef is at the helm of the Seedling & Sage culinary team leading all of the onsite and offsite catered events. Chef Abou has decades of experience leading and teaching. From hotels to upscale restaurants, to teaching at the Walnut School and working with the United Nations, Chef Abou’s global knowledge is an amazing attribute to our team. He also speaks 22 languages! Chefs Johnny, Naeem, Kos are not yet pictured…

Jenny Walsh Senior Catering Sales Manager with a focus on weddings at Flourtown Country Club. Jenny graduated from the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University and has always loved being the planner amongst her friends and family. Prior to joining our team, she was living in Nashville working for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. She’s always keeping up with the latest fashion trends, which allows her to have an eye for detail and creativity for weddings. Outside of work, she hikes with her 90 lb. Pitbull/Boxer Mix, Bain and is always on the hunt for new places to travel!

Maria Benamar Catering Sales Manager with more than 15 years of experience in the Wedding and Catering industry, we are proud to say Maria has been with us since our Seedling Sprouted in 2014! 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! Not only does Maria sell and plan events, she also is an onsite Event Designer and often works throughout the events with her clients.

Annette Piazza Catering Sales Manager has been in the hospitality business since she was 16 years old! After completing her degree in Fashion Marketing, she soon decided that the hospitality industry was where she wanted to be, and loved this business ever since! Annette is from Newtown and is an avid sports fan; the NY Mets, Giants, Flyers, and Sixers are some of her all-time favorite teams. When she isn’t hard at work or watching sports, Annette enjoys spending time with her cat Lexi, traveling, and attending Pilates and Spin classes. Her passion for planning and organization has allowed for her to excel in this business, and she can’t wait for her new adventures with Seedling!

Maggie Rhamy Catering Sales Manager has been with the Seedling team for several years working onsite at events. She always brings her positive attitude, enthusiasm, and high level of customer service to our events. She is customer focused and highly trained in fine dining. Maggie went to Rutgers Mason Gross school of Art and continues to pursue art & illustration in her free time. 

Monica Auman Catering Sales Manager with a focus on social events. Monica studied locally as well as at the University of Barcelona. She has over 15 years of experience and has planned hundreds of weddings and special events prior to joining Seedling and Sage. Many of her clients have become lifelong friends, which is something that makes her very proud!  When not at work, Monica loves to travel, take photos, and spend time with her young daughter and husband.

Taira Hayner Banquet/Operations Manager with a passion to make guests and clients happy while also supporting her fellow team members. Prior to joining the team, Taira had a 20 year career running her own business, teaching private lessons and running and events and recitals for as many as 30 students per week! She then re-entered the workforce on a full-time basis for a few years with Lifetime Fitness as an Assistant Member Services Manager. Here, she was able to use her problem-solving mentality and strong attention to detail and organization as a front-line leader. When she’s not working, you can find her and her husband supporting their 3 kids by running between swim meets, football games and performances. She loves going on long walks and runs with her dog Kona, finding a way to sneak down to her favorite place in the world (the beach), or cheering on her beloved Philadelphia Eagles!

Asia Simmons Staffing Manager and Philadelphia native! Asia has worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 15 years in some of the most ambitious kitchens and restaurants in and around Philadelphia.  Through her culinary education at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Asia gained her most rewarding experience working for the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia.  Asia studied sustainable agriculture at Goddard College and has been a seasonal farmer where she has developed a new passion for farm to table events.

Asia’s goal is to pass down the traits of farming and cooking to her family and loved ones. She says knowing where your food comes from and how to cook it is a vital tool and a rewarding experience.

Allison Yoder Sales Coordinator joined our team in October 2021! She is a Penn State Alum (WE ARE!) and grew up in Oreland, PA. Ally is a joy to have in the office and is always willing and able to shift her focus between events, marketing and sales tasks, and more! 



Jessica Tipson Accountant who just recently had her third baby! We heart sproutlets! As our onsite staff accountant, Jess has her hands FULL because we are busy, busy! As a local Glenside resident for the past 10 years, she has worked all across the industry. From catering and waitressing to managing operation teams at property preservation companies, to then going back to school for accounting, she has done it all! Her favorite thing about working with her Seedling Family is just how professional and kind everyone is.

Lila Moore Marketing & Social Media Coordinator just recently graduated from Penn State in May 2022! She received a B.A. in Advertising and minored in Digital Media Trends & Analytics. Lila has been with us since May 2021 and plans to continue growing in the business field, fueled by her originality and love for social media. With incredible time management skills and a bright personality, we keep her busy posting on our different social media sites, updating our website, and reaching out for reviews and photos from events. She loves being able to let her creativity flow and learns something new with each day she spends here with us. Lila is excited to help us show the world who we are!

Molly Gallagher Catering Sales Manager and Philadelphian sports fanatic. Molly has been a part of the Seedling family for the past 4 years and served as a team leader for the past 2. She welcomes the responsibility with open arms and juggles the new responsibilities with a smile and grace! She spends her free time down the shore at Ocean City with her 3 children, and works as a substitute art teacher at St. Helena’s Elementary school in Blue Bell, PA.  One of her favorite things about working with her friends during the events, she says, is that “it feels like fun rather than work. We work hard to play hard and see the smiles on our guests’ faces. They’re what makes the stress worth it.”

Not only does Molly sell and plan events, she also is an onsite Event Designer and often works throughout the events with her clients.

Ann Mushrush Event Designer who has been with us from our very first event at The Wissahickon Skating Club! As a high school teacher by trade, Ann lives by the mantra “nothing scares me!” She has worked in the restaurant industry since 1991. Pre Seedling & Sage, Ann worked at Sorella Rose restaurant, banquet, and catering facility in Flourtown for 10 years and has truly done it all. From weddings to birthday parties, Ann has expedited many different visions and led countless teams to success along the way. To her, being a team leader means understanding the strengths of your team and motivating them to be their best. She trusts the party planners to share the visions and her team to make them come to life!

Jamie Campbell Event Designer and adventure woman extraordinaire! She has worked for Seedling and Sage since this past June but has been working in the industry since she was 16. Having been a teacher for 6 years prior to becoming an office manager for a solar company gave her the skill set needed to handle a large range of complications and rise above them with a smile. There is no obstacle too large for this event captain. Jamie participated in a 12-month long volunteer program where she was able to travel across the U.S. with AmeriCorps helping communities, an experience that has truly shaped her into the woman she is today. She’s excited to share her passions and stories with you and help make the event the best it can be.

Melissa Daly Event Designer who joined the Seedling and Sage family in 2019 and has worked her way into becoming captain. She loves being a part of so many special occasions and events because of how happy people are throughout the events. When she is not working with Seedling and Sage, she works as a dental assistant for an endodontic specialist with a focus in root canal treatment, retreatment and surgery. Over the last 20 years, she has been told that people do not particularly want to see her in fear of their treatments, so she truly values her time with Seedling and Sage and feels like it is an exciting breath of fresh air. Melissa is also a mother, who prides herself in always being prepared and carries around her own personal “emergency bag” for anything that may happen. From sewing kits, tide pens and mini string lights, she’s always ready for whatever may happen. With her experience in high paced environments and as a mother, there is nothing that Melissa can’t do to make any occasion special.

Not yet pictured: 

Tamira Dougherty Event Designer

Omar Hamim Event Designer

Kacie Johnston Social Media & Marketing Intern


Our clients are in the Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks and Chester counties 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.

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