Our Team

 
 
Charlie Schaffer

Charlie Schaffer
Owner

Following graduation from the Culinary Institute of America, Charlie worked closely with Alain DucassePedro Subijana and Lidia Bastianich before serving as Executive Chef for the Patina Group.

"My classical training cooking in the world's most sought after restaurants taught me that memorable experiences are more than perfect food. Great events are a blend of aesthetics with inspiration and culture with style."

cschaffer@schafferla.com

Kathleen Schaffer

Kathleen Schaffer
Owner & Creative Director

Kathleen grew her career as an executive chef throughout the world and has been recognized for her culinary accomplishments by the James Beard House, AAA Five Diamond and Chef George Perrier of Le Bec Fin.

"As Creative Director, my brain is in perpetual motion. Whether it's recipe creation or design innovation, I bring an innate passion to everything I do, and every client we work with. Seeing the vision come to life, is truly the greatest reward."

kschaffer@schafferla.com

 
 
Meredith Oritt

Meredith Oritt
Director of Events

With over 20 years of experience in events, Meredith joined the team in 2014. She was previously Regional Director of Catering for Wolfgang Puck.

"I don't consider myself a salesperson because my relationship with our clients is a true partnership. From the very first phone call, I work to uncover your vision and then collaborate with our exceptional team on how to bring that to life."

moritt@schafferla.com

Seth Gorelik

Seth Gorelik
Operations Manager

A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Seth began his career in baking for Huckleberry in Santa Monica. Following his culinary career, he worked in event coordination and restaurant management.

"Our seamless operations means that we take all of the stress and guesswork out of the equation and let you enjoy what's important."

sgorelik@schafferla.com

 

 

 
 
Micah Woolley

Micah Woolley
Chef de Cuisine

Micah is an accomplished chef who has spent the last 15 years working with fine dining restaurants around the world. In 2002, he was a James Beard Best New Restaurant nominee.

"I love watching people take the first bite of our food, the reaction they have and the silence that follows when they are enjoying the experience. I live for those moments."

mwoolley@schafferla.com

 
 
Rachel Morello

Rachel Morello
Executive Sous Chef

For five years Rachel has lead our travel team across North America providing event hospitality. Her artistry and creativity were first honed as a tattoo artist and in film production. After graduation from Cambridge School of Culinary Arts  Rachel worked as an event chef for Fireside Catering before moving back to Los Angeles.

"Our work has provided us with travel across the continent cooking for thousands of guests. It is always an adventure and we love it."

rmorello@schafferla.com

 
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Karen Praxel
Event Coordinator

A Master Scuba Diver and Underwater photographer, Karen has an eye for design. With over 30 years of hospitality experience in restaurant management, floral design and production her expertise allows her to approach each event with precision and attention to detail.

“I love the creative and collaborative elements of events the best. Helping pull off something that just starts as an idea is really fun for me.”

kpraxel@schafferla.com

Yuko Ikeda

David Baker
Pastry Chef

David's passion for pastry began after he completed a degree in Psychology from California State University Fullerton . David went on to study pastry at CIA at Greystone. He has taught pastry at Le Cordon Bleu and held Executive Pastry Chef positions for The Patina Group, The Carneros Spa and Calistoga Ranch.

"Creating and developing concepts and the constant collaboration in our kitchen keeps me inspired."

 

dbaker@schafferla.com

 
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Lyndsay Smith
Event Coordinator

Graduating from Colorado State Pueblo with a degree in Mass Communications,  Lyndsay has over 20 years of experience in hospitality.  Her combined background of events, hospitality, and production make her a valuable member of the Schaffer team. 

“Every event is a unique project from inception to debrief.  The challenge of balancing all the moving parts is what keeps things interesting for me!”

Lsmith@schafferla.com