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Meet the Team

We can’t wait to work with you

24 Carrots is proud to have the most talented and hardest working team in Southern California. While we all have unique skills and come from different backgrounds, there is one thing we share: A genuine passion for helping people make unforgettable memories together. You’ll love how we treat you like family and make you feel right at home!


NORM BENNETT

Owner and Chef

NORM BENNETT

Owner and Chef -

This Swiss born, American raised chef-owner traveled all over Europe and the United States working in some of the finest hotels and restaurants after earning his credentials from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. In 2004, Norm channeled his passion for culinary excellence into 24 Carrots catering and events, where his elevated standards made the perfect foundation for success. His background is heavily infused into event menus, where fresh ingredients and memorable cuisine is top priority, and many of his secret recipes are long standing client favorites. Norm is known to be a strong believer in excellent wine, deep sea fishing with his crew, and football season. When he’s not testing out the newest fad dessert or adding to his 180 gallon salt water fish tank, Norm loves spending time with his three grandsons, who he and his wife Sherri refer to as their little soccer team.

Favorite food? I like love it all!

Quote:

We must always remain our biggest competitor.


LAURA FABIAN

Vice President

LAURA FABIAN

Vice President -

For the past 10 years, Laura has had the opportunity to create and execute an extensive list of events that range from small intimate gatherings, to large public grand openings and unveilings. This hands on experience, combined with a keen eye for detail and a perfectionist’s palette, has helped her guide the 24 Carrots team to success year after year. Earning a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from Chapman University, Laura is affectionately referred to as the glue of 24 Carrots – the perfect balance of creativity and purpose. Laura and her husband Dave had the company’s first “baby carrots,” with her sons Hudson and Grayson being a favorite topic of conversation in the office. Often teased for being the most particular eater at 24 Carrots, Laura has a soft spot for butterscotch, Hangar 24 beer, and vanilla-vanilla Sprinkles cupcakes.

Favorite food? Pizza, kale salad, and ice cream.

Quote:

Success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful!


JIMMY OLANG

Corporate Executive Chef

JIMMY OLANG

Corporate Executive Chef -

Jimmy's love for cooking was established early on, as he grew up playing "sous chef" to his mother and grandmother during the holiday season. His curiosity was sparked by the Persian food he was around as a child, and this interest turned into a true passion for the kitchen. After graduating with honors from Le Cordon Bleu, Jimmy had his first real taste of chef life, and he knew immediately that it was for him. Jimmy has worked for many prestigious culinary groups, and cooked for the Dave Matthews Band, Paul Okenfold, John Mayer, and Danny DeVito to name a few, but his most invigorating cooking experience was working at Hawkeye Ranch in Wyoming as a personal chef. Jimmy's high standards for excellent cuisine translate seamlessly to the 24 Carrots kitchen, and the best way we know how to thank him is with fresh sashimi!

Favorite food? Sushi and head to tail pig.

Quote:

It's the small things in life.


Nick Weber

Executive Chef

Nick Weber

Executive Chef -

Favorite food? Vietnamese


JASON SHULDBERG

Pastry Chef

JASON SHULDBERG

Pastry Chef -

Jason began his journey in his hometown of New York City working at MTV and Martha Stewart in broadcast finance.  His passion for fine service, food and pastry were brought along through his time with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Jason chose to take the plunge to work with a series of outstanding pastry chefs, executive chefs and culinary professionals.  He joined the pastry program at the legendary Royal Palms Resort and Spa under the direction of Pierino Jermonti. Jason was brought along as Chef Perry’s right hand for the opening of Terranea Resort here in Southern California.  The springboard of Destination Hotels top resort led to Jason’s leadership in top NYC catering and restaurant venues to the pastry executive sous chef role for the Mirage of Las Vegas. Jason brings his experience and eye for detail (or what some would call slight OCD tendencies) to the culinary and pastry program here at 24 Carrots Catering to ensure the end of your event will be both sweet and delicious! 

Favorite food? Briny & salty food like smoked salmon, cheese with crusty rustic breads, and pickled vegetables.

Quote:

A new British survey has revealed that 9 out of 10 people like Chocolate. The tenth lies.


Johnny Schoeberl

Executive Sous Chef

Johnny Schoeberl

Executive Sous Chef -


Jonas Spaugh

Director of Operations

Jonas Spaugh

Director of Operations -

Originally from North Carolina, Jonas has an invaluable work ethic and an infectious positive attitude. As he oversees the daily operations of the production side of 24 Carrots, he is always one step ahead of the team. This enthusiastic Duke fan motivates his team by empowering them to do well, and is always working right alongside them, leading by example. Every salad fork and every packed truck that goes out to events is meticulously cared for due to his diligence and thoughtful precision. Jonas enjoys the company of his faithful dog, Bosco, and though he passes on most desserts in the office, he can never turn down a pie (a la mode of course).

Favorite food? Southern BBQ pulled pork

Quote:

Live life at a Southern pace.


LYNN WAGONER

Director of Venues

LYNN WAGONER

Director of Venues -

Lynn’s passion for parties was lit long ago when she first discovered the joy in executing a well-planned event. It may have just been her high school Homecoming, but it spawned a lifelong love affair. Lynn graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a double major in Psychology and Art and promptly joined Victoria King Public Relations, traveling the world representing luxury hotels and resorts. Her love for planning pulled her away from island hopping 8 years ago and she began her career in the events industry. Lynn joined the 24 Carrots team 6 years ago as an Event Designer, transitioning to Director of Venues 3 years ago as 24 Carrots’ portfolio grew. When Lynn is not busy procuring new venue relationships or finding the perfect venue for our clients, you can find her on adventures with her husband, Kris and daughter Elle. They love to spending time outdoors – be it camping or a Sunday morning champagne brunch. She is also slightly obsessed with her pup, Archimedes Ulysses Wagoner – Archie for short!

Favorite food? Pickles!

Quote:

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.


Arpi Torosyan

Creative Director

Arpi Torosyan

Creative Director -

Arpi is the driving force behind the creative processes that go on here at 24 Carrots. She is a Southern California native and UCLA Grad (sorry USC fans) and was the Art & Style Manager for a widely known catering and restaurant group. Arpi strongly feels that you should always add your touch, and truly believes that it is all about the presentation. When she isn’t obsessing over benches (yes, you read that correctly), buttons, polka dots, or bright colors and patterns, Arpi can be found at the happiest place on earth. Most people would think we are referring to Disneyland, but for Arpi, the happiest place on earth is the flower mart.

Favorite food? Carbs, carbs, carbs!

Quote:

Life’s too short to skip dessert.


Carizza Rose

Director of Marketing & Public Relations

Carizza Rose

Director of Marketing & Public Relations -

As a former client, Carizza was a fan of 24 Carrots long before joining the team. After working for a wedding and event planning company, she found her sweet spot at 24 Carrots. Carizza oversees the overall image of the company, and is proud to represent 24 Carrots at industry functions, social events, and fundraisers. She’s rarely spotted without a flower headband or bow in her hair, and is known for her unashamed love of brunch and Star Wars.

Favorite food? Brunch!

Quote:

Food is my love language.


ELISE LUNA

Director of Sales

ELISE LUNA

Director of Sales -

During her many years of professional experience in the event industry, Elise has cultivated her passion for creating events into a fine-tuned expertise and breadth of knowledge that is invaluable to her clients. She began her career in Event Marketing at Nordstrom, managing all aspects of the planning and execution for countless events. Now at 24 Carrots Special Events, Elise has applied her knowledge of planning large-scale, high-end events to creating unforgettable event experiences and providing flawless execution of every event she manages, small and large. Elise is known for her colorful nail art, her love for pumpkin flavored anything, and you may recognize her from her appearances on the Real Housewives of Orange County as Vicki’s 24 carrots Event Designer.

Favorite food? Pumpkin everything.

Quote:

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible!


Taryn Albright

Staffing Manager

Taryn Albright

Staffing Manager -

When you find out that Taryn is originally from Monterey, you’re not surprised to find out that some of her favorite things include reading, hiking in Big Sur, and moonstones. Though a free spirit at heart, Taryn is known at the office for her commitment to ensuring that all events are appropriately matched with the best staff. Managing over 200 servers and 400 employees is not an easy feat, but she doesn’t let that faze her team approach and open door policy.

Favorite food? Anything with cheese.

Quote:

If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right!


Melissa Chapman

Training & Development Manager

Melissa Chapman

Training & Development Manager -

Melissa is our stickler for all things service. With a history of 19 years in the hospitality industry, Melissa is continually perfecting our service standards and developing our staff the 24 Carrots “way.” No event is too challenging for her, and she leads by example for our staff, with a positive attitude and proactive approach. Melissa is originally from Massachusetts, and therefore, a die-hard New England Patriots fan. She’s also been unanimously voted the best story teller in the office, so good laughs are guaranteed when Melissa is around!

Favorite food? Ketchup or anything I can put ketchup on!

Quote:

You’re never fully dressed without a smile.


Jennifer Caldwell

Controller

Jennifer Caldwell

Controller -

Favorite food? Meatloaf, lasagna, and enchiladas

Quote:

Live like today was your last


Kimberlyn Richardson

Senior Event Designer

Kimberlyn Richardson

Senior Event Designer -

Quote:

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.


Michele Davis

Corporate Event Specialist

Michele Davis

Corporate Event Specialist -

Favorite food? Lobster, lobster, and lobster!!

Quote:

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you are doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.


Nicole Gagnon

Venue & Event Manager

The Colony House

Nicole Gagnon

Venue & Event Manager -

Favorite food? Pancakes, pie, poutine.

Quote:

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well!


Melissa Russell

Venue & Event Manager

Franciscan Gardens

Melissa Russell

Venue & Event Manager -

Favorite food? Pizza…gluten free of course!

Quote:

Live the life you love…Love the life you live.


Sarah Lawson

Venue & Event Manager

Ole Hanson Beach Club

Sarah Lawson

Venue & Event Manager -

Favorite food? There is no better feeling than biting into a perfectly-cooked hamburger that’s loaded with delicious fresh ingredients!

Quote:

Good eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures.


Shelby Honeycutt

Event Designer

Shelby Honeycutt

Event Designer -

Favorite food? Cheese.

Quote:

Be happy, and a reason will come along.


Amanda Ellison

Event Designer

Amanda Ellison

Event Designer -

Favorite food? Tied between artichokes and filet mignon

Quote:

People who love to eat are always the best people.


Colette Jones

Event Designer

Colette Jones

Event Designer -

Favorite food? Goat Cheese, Avocado, Sushi & Coffee

Quote:

A little party never killed nobody


Maggie McDowell

Event Designer

Maggie McDowell

Event Designer -

Favorite food?


Lori Manby

Event Designer

Lori Manby

Event Designer -

Favorite food? Anything vegan!

Quote:

Good things come to those who hustle.


Shane Fitzgerald

Event Design Assistant

Shane Fitzgerald

Event Design Assistant -

Favorite food? Wine and cheese (goat cheese in particular)

Quote:

You have to laugh — especially at yourself.


Hannah Coombs

Event Design Assistant

Hannah Coombs

Event Design Assistant -

Favorite food? Fruit & cheesecake

Quote:

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything


Chelsea Cook

Event Design Assistant

Chelsea Cook

Event Design Assistant -

Favorite food? Coffee, tacos, and sweets.

Quote:

Life’s too short to drink bad coffee.


Laurie Alvarado

Event Design Assistant

Laurie Alvarado

Event Design Assistant -

Favorite food? Ribs

Quote:

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.


Haley Gooding

Venue & Event Assistant

Franciscan Gardens

Haley Gooding

Venue & Event Assistant -

Favorite food? Anything my chef husband cooks for me. I’m one lucky lady to have him! ;-)

Quote:

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. – Audrey Hepburn


Erandi Morales Foster

Event Design Assistant

Erandi Morales Foster

Event Design Assistant -

Favorite food? Mom’s chicken soup

Quote:

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.


Stephanie Ryan

Corporate Event Assistant

Stephanie Ryan

Corporate Event Assistant -

Favorite food? Acai bowls and anything Italian

Quote:

Stay Humble Work Hard Be Kind


Marielle Sanders

Venue + Event Assistant

The Colony House

Marielle Sanders

Venue + Event Assistant -

Favorite food? Poke and Ice Cream!

Quote:

The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling


Rigo Vega

Supervisor

Corporate Division

Rigo Vega

Supervisor -

Favorite food? Sushi


Big John

Supervisor

Set Crew Division

Big John

Supervisor -


Jeff Drobik

Supervisor

Operations Division

Jeff Drobik

Supervisor -

Favorite food? Manicotti


Mario Rodriguez

Beverage Manager

Mario Rodriguez

Beverage Manager -

Favorite food? Green chile chicken enchiladas

Quote:

With dedication and perseverance one can aspire to be a better anything


London Walker

Supervisor

Linen Division

London Walker

Supervisor -

Favorite food? Häagen-Dazs chocolate chocolate chip ice cream.

Quote:

You are confined only by the walls you build yourself


Melissa Kleeves

Area Manager

Bistro Division

Melissa Kleeves

Area Manager -

Favorite food? Confetti Cake

Quote:

You can’t have a positive life with a negative mind.


Cindy Jaeger

Receptionist

Cindy Jaeger

Receptionist -