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our story

Schaffer is your partner in creating premium event experiences. Our focus is to bring your vision to life through incomparable food, service and design.

With over 20 years of event hospitality experience serving Los Angeles and beyond, we pride ourselves on our professionalism that borders on perfectionism, our quality that surpasses expectation and the lasting relationships we form through doing what we love.

 
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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

Prior to joining Schaffer in 2014, Meredith was the Director of Catering for Wolfgang Puck at L.A. LIVE and then 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

Kevin Braasch

Kevin Braasch
Event Specialist

Originally from the east coast, Kevin is seasoned in all aspects of wedding hospitality and has received recognition for his work from Wedding Wire in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

"I always knew that I wanted to work in this industry because I love helping people plan the celebrations that they look back on their entire life. Discovering how to make these moments authentic to who they are, is a privilege to be a part of."

kbraasch@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

Rachel's culinary journey began at Cambridge Culinary Arts of Massachusetts. Following graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and has been with Schaffer for 5 years.

"A strong kitchen is the basis of much of what we do. It's not only about organization and task management, but about infusing a sense of pride and community behind what we do."

rmorello@schafferla.com

Yuko Ikeda

Yuko Ikeda
Pastry Chef

A tried and true pastry artist, Yuko received the Pastry and Confection Award at the 2005 Japan Cake Show before becoming the Pastry Chef for Viviane RestaurantLady M Confections and Hinoki and the Bird.

"Pastry is a true form of art and creative expression. I love to create original designs and flavor profiles that ignite curiosity."

yikeda@schafferla.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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