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Meet The Catering Team

Name

Bart Messing

Title

Executive Chef

Hometown: Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York
Degrees/Certifications: Culinary Institute of America
Catering Background: I began my culinary career on a nuclear submarine as a cook in the Navy, from there I attended the Culinary Institute of America at New Hyde Park, New York. After graduation, I held positions at a number of high-profile restaurants and hotels in New York City, including the Stanhope Hotel, the 3 star French restaurant La Reserve and The Essex House Hotel. Now I am happily rooted in Florida as the Executive Chef at Woodfield.

Party Planning Words of Wisdom: Anything is possible! Our individually customized menus will meet and exceed your expectations!

Name

Felicia Wichser

Title

Director of Catering & Social Events

Hometown: Naples, Florida
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management
Catering Background: I started my hospitality career at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach getting my feet wet as a banquet admin. During my tenure at The Ritz-Carlton (South Beach & Bal Harbour) I held various positions including the Director of Catering Sales. Before joining the Woodfield team, I held the position of Event Sales Manager at The Breakers.

Party Planning Words of Wisdom: Enjoy every moment from selecting the perfect venue and dress, to the perfect meal and décor to fit your vision and dream! This day will go by quickly, so try to slow down and take it all in. Enjoy everyone celebrating with you and everything around you.

Name

Alison Preiss, CMP

Title

Catering Manager

Hometown: Owings Mills, Maryland
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Science in Event Management with a minor in Hospitality Management; CMP (Certified Meeting Professional)
Catering Background: During my time at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, I was fortunate to hold a Professional Internship in the Disney Youth Events Department. After I graduated, I continued working for Disney in catering and events. In 2014, I started working in the Banquet Department at The Boca Raton Resort and Club, and then transitioned into the role of Catering Manager in 2016. Now I am excited to be working at Woodfield as Catering Manager, dedicating myself to creating memorable events and experiences for members and guests!

Party Planning Words of Wisdom: No detail is too small. The smallest details can make the biggest impact.