Our Team

Vyanessa Stephan, Catering Director  |  Click for details »
As Catering Director, Vyanessa ensures every event is created with the consistency and excellence that have been synonymous with our company for over 25 years. Vyanessa graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Cultural Anthropology in 2002 and with wide-ranging experience in assisting and support, she has been with Lisa Dupar Catering since 2004. In addition to managing the event planning team, Vyanessa serves as a planner for some of our most extensive events.

When asked what the best part of her job is she expresses, “Being part of a great group of people that execute amazing events. My greatest desire is to always exceed each client’s expectations.”

Vyanessa’s interest in food and cooking carries into her daily life. Italian cuisine is one of her favorite fares to indulge in, whether at a bistro down the street or in Italy itself. She is an accomplished traveler, having been to Italy, Greece, and Japan in recent years.
Vyanessa Stephan
Amaryah Daniels, Event Planner  |  Click for details »
A Pacific Northwest native, Amaryah Daniels graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Business, concentrating in marketing and management. Her career in the events industry began in 2007 at Seattle advertising and event planning agency, Radarworks, where she handled logistics for corporate events. With years of additional work experience in the food and beverage industry, Amaryah’s passion for great service and exquisite food brought her to Lisa Dupar Catering as part of the event planning team.

Curnutt beams when asked where her specialty lies; “I truly enjoy helping my clients create a unique experience for their guests.” In her role with Lisa Dupar Catering she works closely with each client to create menus tailored to their guests and event theme, while also creating the perfect look and feel with floral, décor, and entertainment details.

Her creativity continues in her personal time where she is an avid photographer. She appreciates all the beauty Washington has to offer and enjoys hiking and camping whenever possible.
Amaryah Curnutt
Renee Howard, Event Planner  |  Click for details »
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Bo Dupar, Marketing & Business Development Manager  |  Click for details »
Having grown up surrounded by innovation in the kitchen and with a taste for exceptional eats, Bo Dupar has been involved in the catering industry as long as he can remember. Through serving in almost every capacity at Lisa Dupar Catering since its inception, Bo has years of insight and experience. He received his B.A. in Accounting with a minor in French from Chapman University in 2008 and has since then served as an ardent point of contact for our clients. “The day of an event is the most exciting part of my work; seeing all of the planning finally come to life and making sure our customers are satisfied continually energizes me.”

When not traveling, Bo enjoys diving into the Washington restaurant scene and trying new fare whenever possible. He a dedicated soccer enthusiast, who practices yoga and crossfit in his downtime.
Tim Lovell, Event Support Manager  |  Click for details »
Tim Lovell joined Lisa Dupar Catering in 2005, after graduating from the University of Washington. Tim began working a member of our service staff, and his exceptional attention to detail, strategic planning skills and ability to visualize and prepare for any scenario were quickly shown.

Tim now manages the operations and logistics behind every Lisa Dupar Catering event for logistical feasibility to in-house and external rental management.

When Tim isn’t at work you can find him spending time with his family and friends, playing golf to capitalize on the rare, but beautiful Seattle sun, and continuing to support his UW Huskies.

Tim Lovell, Event Support Manager
Carlee Halbert, Staffing Coordinator  |  Click for details »
Carlee Halbert joined Lisa Dupar Catering in 2007 as head of our staff scheduling. As Staffing Coordinator, Carlee manages all scheduling and hiring for our large event staff team. She conducts trainings and orientations, relays important logistical information to our lead staff after meeting with all departments, and provides an attentive, caring ear for our employees. Nurturing relationships is a key function of our business, and Carlee has served Lisa Dupar Catering exceptionally in her role.

Carlee pursued an Arts and Sciences degree from Bellevue College and found an aptitude for building and strengthening relationships as she held various positions in administration and customer service. Of her move into the food and beverage world, she says, “I truly believe that one of the greatest joys in life is food – I love to cook and definitely consider myself a ‘foodie’!”

A people person through and through, Carlee enjoys catching up with friends and family throughout the week. She is a dedicated reader and enjoys politics, cooking comfort foods, and music.

Carlee Halbert, Staffing Coordinator
Michael Zimmer, Chef-de-Cuisine  |  Click for details »
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Rebecca Johnson, Pastry Chef  |  Click for details »
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Rebecca Johnson, Pastry Chef
Mark Riggs, Sous Chef  |  Click for details »

Mark Riggs is a young and accomplished chef that discovered his passion for food from working in restaurants since the age of 15.  He has been fortunate to have worked with some of Seattle’s premier chefs; learning to fillet whole fish and grill the perfect steak with Russell Lowell, dancing on the hotline side by side with Holly Smith who taught Mark to fall in love with Northern Italian Cuisine, and currently mastering the ins-n-outs of the catering world with Lisa Dupar.

Mark loves living in the Pacific Northwest not only for all the amazing fun outdoor activities but also being so close to the abundance of local ingredients.
  From his favorite seafood right out of the Puget Sound and its feeding rivers to the abundance of produce and proteins readily available at local farmers markets. Mark enjoys cooking at home and for others while creating new dishes from the inspirations that surround him in his day to day activities.

Dwayne Valeau, Manager, Pomegranate Bistro  |  Click for details »
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