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Alicia Maenza, President

Alicia brings more than 20 years of catering and hospitality experience to Mr. Mudbug & 12 Seasons Catering. A graduate of the University of New Orleans with a degree in Business Administration, Alicia’s insight and business savvy comes from her past roles in sales, concierge relations and management for notable New Orleans brands like Freeman Decorating, The Lafayette Hotel and Royal Sonesta Hotel. Her catering experience includes five years as Exhibitor Catering Sales Manager for Aramark and twelve years of experience as Director of Catering for Mr. Mudbug, Inc. and King Creole Sales. She takes great pride in delivering events of exceptional quality, with a special emphasis on customer service and customization.

Vincent Maenza, Jr., Chief Operating Officer

Vincent is a hardworking, dedicated New Orleanian who studied Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism at both the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of New Orleans. His knowledge gained was essential to his success in the specialized industry of catering and events; his skillset spans finance, marketing and management. Before joining Mr. Mudbug & 12 Seasons Catering Vincent owned and operated a number of taverns around the city, including The Edge Bar & Grill, The Edge Sports Bar & Daiquiri’s, On the Rocks Lounge and TJ Quill’s. Dedication and passion for food quality are two of the many qualities Vincent acquired throughout his years in the hospitality industry.

Brandon “BJ” Lore, Director of Operations & Quality Assurance

Brandon’s experience is deeply rooted in the restaurant and hospitality industry. A native of the Crescent City, he attended the University of New Orleans before joining The Italian Pie and Lucy’s Bar and Restaurant in management positions. He also served as Operation Manager for RoJe Catering, where he oversaw all sales, catering, inventory and reporting. He plans and manages all catered events for Mr. Mudbug & 12 Seasons Catering, with a special emphasis on quality and efficiency.

John Murphy, Executive Catering Chef

Interested in the culinary world from a young age, John grew up cooking and learning about food from his mother, Susan Murphy, and his neighbor, Lee Barnes, who owned and operated Lee Barnes Cooking School and Gourmet Shop. John attended Delgado Community College’s Culinary Arts Program and worked in kitchens such as Chez Daniels under Daniel Bonnot, the Sheraton Hotel under Philip Calahan, Vega Tapas Café under Alison Vega, and Pat O’Brien’s Courtyard Restaurant under William Cooling. In 2003, John began Big Sexy Food, Inc. in Pensacola, FL. Through this culinary effort, he was able to create delicious food that looked as good as it tasted, and tasted better than one would expect. John joined the Mr. Mudbug & 12 Seasons Catering team in May of 2013, where he has been essential in the creation and execution of delivering quality food service.

Aaron Shaffer, Director of Catering Sales & Marketing

Aaron is a true client services professional. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of the University of Houston with a B.S. in Marketing and Business Management, he has cultivated more than 21 years of customer relations and business development. Aaron spent ten years as the owner of a multi-unit apparel store specializing in high end sportswear for the family. He also served as the Director of Sales for a large, high-volume caterer, where he had the pleasure of planning several of the most high-end events in the city. Aaron brings seven years of menu development, event management and operational experience to the team and his background in the hotel industry has provided him with the necessary training and understanding required to go above and beyond for his clients and colleagues.

Ashlee Moll, Catering Business Development Manager

Ashlee, our catering business development manager brings a sense of personalization to every event she is a part of. Born and raised in New Orleans, Ashlee has always enjoyed local cuisine and entertaining. For the past three years she has worked in retail sales at locally owned boutiques, which specialize in exceptional customer service. Prior to retail, her experience as a legal secretary has given her the tools needed to organize and supervise the administrative duties in a busy office environment. Ashlee is an avid member of the Etsy community where she created and developed a small business. She has two young children and when not spending time with her family she enjoys running and cooking.