Inspired Catering & Events Team Members

Inspired Catering & Events

In 2015, Karen and Gina solidified their passion for the hospitality industry by purchasing Inspired Catering & Events. This proud family tradition began with Phil in 1980 when he and his Uncle Lino opened their flagship restaurant, Stefani’s, in the heart of Lincoln Park. Over the past 35 years, Phil has created a prominent restaurant group consisting of ten restaurants, seasonal venues, managing conference and banquet facilities, airport kiosks and an off premise catering division, in the city of Chicago based on a business foundation of family values and traditions.

Today, Inspired Catering and Events prides itself on its unparalleled customer service, quality and attention to detail. Together with a dedicated staff Inspired Catering and Events brings the legacy of the company to over 100 off premise venues and Chicago street fairs, and continues to provide in-home private dining.

“You have a WONDERFUL Team!!!! I have been meaning to email you. They are always polite and go beyond to make sure things are great for me and I am TRULY grateful!”

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Karen Stefani

Karen Stefani leads the team at Inspired Catering & Events with the day to day operations.  She is most proud of the company’s WBE Certification which is a valued distinction.  As a Women Business Enterprise, Chicago’s certification ensures the quality and success of a business which is majority owned by women or minorities. Karen primarily focuses on corporate and fundraising events.  Karen’s passion is evident through The Stefani’s Children’s Charities with initiatives which are close to her heart.  Her commitment to the needs of children in our community is evident through event sponsorship with organizations including: Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish &...

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Gina Stefani

Gina found the love for the hospitality industry at a young age, while assisting her father at his restaurant(s) during Summer and Winter breaks from school. In 2016 Gina opened her first restaurant MAD Social. As her passion for the industry started post-graduation from DePaul University, she secured an event internship at Jasculca Terman & Associates, a public affairs firm in Chicago. Gina’s internship provided her with invaluable experiences and opportunities, which led her to begin a career in event freelancing. One of her first events was with advance support for then Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Gina continued...

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Get To Know Liz

Executive Chef: Elizabeth J. Tokarczyk

Chef Elizabeth J. Tokarczyk received her culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu, where she received intensive and practical hands on training in classical French Cuisine. Liz began her career in the off premise catering world shortly after graduation at Limelight Catering. During her tenure at Limelight, Liz quickly worked her way up the corporate kitchen ladder until she was the Head Chef and solely responsible for creative menu development and Kitchen Management. From there her experiences include working as the Executive Chef at Hearty Boys Catering and the Executive Catering Chef with Berghoff Catering. The culinary field is her passion...

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Charles Hoven

Director Of Sales

Tom Kokinakos

Senior Catering Sales Manager

Maribell Villagomez

Executive Catering Assistant

Liz Kaczmarek

Catering Sales Manager

Bryan Sierminski

Staffing Director

Nina Madonia

Director, Business Development

Sean Kelly

Sous Chef

Katie Pantaleo

Executive Assistant

Teo Ramos

Head Captain & Beverage Manager

Ramon Jimenez

Field Chef

Rolando Gonzalez

Field Chef

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