Michelle Cassano
Director of Catering
Michelle, our Director of Catering, is a true expert in the field of hospitality. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, she brings an abundance of knowledge to The Star…
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Michelle Cassano

Director of Catering

Michelle, our Director of Catering, is a true expert in the field of hospitality. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, she brings an abundance of knowledge to The Starting Gate team. Her passion for planning and coordinating events started early on in her personal life, where she found joy in organizing family milestones and friends' weddings. It was then that she realized her true calling was in the world of event planning and catering. What sets Michelle apart is her ability to connect with her clients. She takes the time to come up with creative and fun ideas to make their event truly special. Her passion for amazing food, exciting drinks, and wine is evident in everything she does, and she is dedicated to making every event a memorable experience for all involved. Michelle loves to spend her free time going on hikes with her dog, experiencing new restaurants, and making memories with her friends and family.

Carlos Rivera
Executive Chef
Carlos began his culinary journey as a boy watching his Caribbean mother create delicious food from fresh ingredients. As a CIA graduate, he began his formal training in French cui…
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Carlos Rivera

Executive Chef

Carlos began his culinary journey as a boy watching his Caribbean mother create delicious food from fresh ingredients. As a CIA graduate, he began his formal training in French cuisine. Carlos uses this training and mixes it with his rich Puerto Rican culture that he proudly embraces. Known for his creative and positive work ethic, Carlos is well respected among local leaders in the industry.

Kathryn Scott
Catering Sales Manager
Kathryn is an experienced leader in the hospitality industry recognized for her abilities for managing multiple departments at a Fortune 500 company, restaurants, and local country…
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Kathryn Scott

Catering Sales Manager

Kathryn is an experienced leader in the hospitality industry recognized for her abilities for managing multiple departments at a Fortune 500 company, restaurants, and local country clubs. Her commitment to her team and clients alike makes her relatable and reliable in the event business. Kathryn takes immense pride in ensuring her clients expectations not only met, but superseded, taking it next level.

Michele Yurgaitis
Creative Director
With a keen eye for detail and tremendous creative expertise, Michele brings any vision to life. Her background in visual merchandising, photography, and graphic design brings inno…
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Michele Yurgaitis

Creative Director

With a keen eye for detail and tremendous creative expertise, Michele brings any vision to life. Her background in visual merchandising, photography, and graphic design brings innovative elements together to deliver a unique client and guest experience. Her passion for excellence will always exceed the client expectation.

Paige Alves
Operations Manager
Paige thrives in the fast-paced environment at The Starting Gate and showcases her sense of accuracy and consistency while managing our private events. With over 10 years of experi…
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Paige Alves

Operations Manager

Paige thrives in the fast-paced environment at The Starting Gate and showcases her sense of accuracy and consistency while managing our private events. With over 10 years of experience in the Food & Beverage industry, she believes that even the littlest of touches can make such a large impact on someone’s dining experience, so she does whatever she can to help our guests enjoy their time here. Paige’s motto is to take time out of your day to treat others with kindness.
 

Rebecca Chace
Catering Sales Manager
Rebecca is an experienced catering professional with over 20 years spent in the hospitality arena. Her focus has been on both catering sales and operations across a myriad of hotel…
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Rebecca Chace

Catering Sales Manager

Rebecca is an experienced catering professional with over 20 years spent in the hospitality arena. Her focus has been on both catering sales and operations across a myriad of hotel brands and private schools. Rebecca defines herself as being detail oriented, client focused, and a good listener.

Samantha Dang
Catering Sales Manager
Samantha is a seasoned Catering Sales Manager with a wealth of experience in the banquet industry. Her clients appreciate her meticulous attention to detail, which ensures that eve…
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Samantha Dang

Catering Sales Manager

Samantha is a seasoned Catering Sales Manager with a wealth of experience in the banquet industry. Her clients appreciate her meticulous attention to detail, which ensures that every aspect of their event is flawless. Samantha is also known for her ability to ease her client's stress during the planning process. She takes the time to listen to their concerns, offering validation and support, and ensuring that they have an event they will always remember. Her team members admire her willingness to go above and beyond to support them. When she is not busy planning events, Samantha enjoys spending time in the great outdoors. She loves camping at the beach, riding her Kawasaki Ninja, snowboarding, and reading.