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.

Jenny Walsh 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 to.

Sara Maher Catering Sales 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 not only meets their needs, but their budget too! From graduation parties to showers, to corporate galas, 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 and lacrosse games with her husband and three children.


Kate Winters Catering Sales Manager who does it all! Kate books weddings, corporate and social events for Seedling and Sage. Her bubbly personality and “can do” attitude keeps her clients coming back over and over. Kate has an infectious smile and laugh that everyone adores. She is over-the-top resourceful and uses her smarts to meet any challenge, and keep everyone HAPPY!


FullSizeRender-2Maria Benamar Event Designer + Captain 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!



Jessica Tipson Accountant who just recently joined the ranks! We were fortunate enough to come into contact with Jess over the summer and has officially joined the family as our Accounting manager with a focus on Human Resources. 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. She’s looking forward to making more memories and having more experiences like Life’s Patina: team building and making connections!

Lila Moore Marketing & Social Media Intern as an Advertising major with a minor in Digital Media Trends & Analytics, she studies and excels at Penn State. Lila will graduate in May of 2022 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 previous 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!

Ann Mushrush Event Captain 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 Captain 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.


Molly Gallagher Event Captain 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 yet pictured:

Lindsay McDonald Catering Events Assistant

Fred Long Executive Chef


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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