Our Team

We’re dedicated to making sure your event is nothing less than perfect.  Meet the team that makes it all happen.

LOREN MICHELLE
CEO and Founder

Loren Michelle is a Culinary Arts Institute graduate who has worked in some of New York's finest restaurants, including the Quilted Giraffe, Gotham Bar & Grill, and the Water Club. Loren oversees all aspects of Naturally Delicious's food, creative design and service, and personally assures that every client has an unforgettable experience.  A member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and the National Restaurant Association, Loren loves entertaining and hosting dinner parties and is a Park Slope resident.  She also is an avid cyclist, runner and sailor.
loren@naturallydelicious.com


ALISON SZLEIFER
Event Planner & Beverage Director

A certified sommelier, Alison began her career conducting wine seminars. At Naturally Delicious, she creates thoughtful food and wine pairings and helps clients build curated beverage packages. She is a creative, skilled and innovative problem solver with great attention to detail, who finds joy in working alongside her clients to turn their vision into unforgettable celebrations.  Alison enjoys spending her free time at home working on DIY projects, finding hidden gem restaurants in Brooklyn, and sipping great wine with family and friends.
alison@naturallydelicious.com

JONATHAN STAMPER-HALPIN
Event Planner

A Washington, D.C. native and an avid traveler, Jonathan has worked in a variety of event management positions in the U.S. and London. When he's not out enjoying all New York has to offer, he's hosting dinner parties with the essentials: great food, wine and good company. A former gymnast, Jonathan is committed to his clients and will quite literally bend over backward to make your event perfect.
jonathan@naturallydelicious.com

MATT LABOMBARD
Event Planner

Hailing from the Berkshires, Matt has lived in several cities around the world, and is thrilled to now call New York City home.  Passionate about healthy living and wholesome cooking, he loves to entertain family and friends at intimate dinner parties.  His experience in marketing, publicity and event management has taught him that small details make a big impact. With all of his events he strives to help his clients find the perfect balance between elegance and simplicity no matter the size or occasion.
matt@naturallydelicious.com

JOSLYN JANTZEN
Vice President of Finance & Operations Manager

Joslyn was so inspired by the service and food at her Naturally Delicious-catered wedding that she sought out the opportunity to join our team. As Naturally Delicious’s VP of finance and operations manager, Joslyn is an integral force in the organization’s daily operations. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
joslyn@naturallydelicious.com

MELISSA KING
Director of Business Development & Marketing

Born and bred in Manhattan, Melissa combines an extensive background in media and entertainment marketing with a passion for food.  At Naturally Delicious, she is responsible for cultivating industry partnerships and corporate relationships and is dedicated to providing top-notch customer service.
melissa@naturallydelicious.com


KATHERINE YOUNGBLOOD
Chef de Cuisine

Originally from Texas, Katherine came to New York after earning a degree in culinary arts and hospitality management at City College of San Francisco. During her time in the Bay Area, she cooked seasonal California cuisine at Greens Restaurant, Oliveto’s and Murray Circle.  In 2010, she then moved to Brooklyn to helm the kitchen of Lot 2, as the chef de cuisine. At Naturally Delicious, Katherine helps customize our client’s unique menus while working as a guest chef in our Private Dining Room. She also is our resident culinary teaching chef for the PDR’s Cook With a Chef series. Katherine is inspired by rustic Italian cuisine, seasonally driven Mediterranean foods, and authentic Mexican fare. She enjoys cycling, running, and seeking out the city’s best Indian and Southeast Asian eateries.
katherine@naturallydelicious.com

THERESA ROCCANOVA
Kitchen Manager/Pastry Chef 

Theresa, a native New Yorker and graduate of Johnson & Wales University with an extensive background in pastry arts and restaurant fine dining, has been a member of the Naturally Delicious team since 2009. Theresa believes the best desserts come from sourcing seasonal ingredients and using the highest quality dairy and chocolate. At Naturally Delicious, she works closely with our clients to custom-create the wedding cakes and celebration cakes of their dreams. In her spare time, she enjoys sketching and painting, participating in adventure triathlons, running and working out.
theresa@naturallydelicious.com

NAOMI KIM
Production Chef

Naomi, a born and bred New Yorker, is originally from Flushing, Queens. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, she has worked at April Bloomfield’s John Dory Oyster Bar and Dan Barber’s Blue Hill in New York City and is an energetic, creative chef with a passion for Southeast Asian – especially Cantonese -- cuisine. Naomi has also spent time traveling in Korea and working at OKitchen a farm-to-table restaurant in Seoul. Naomi’s creative Korean cooking is heavily influenced by traditional Mediterranean-style cuisine. In her spare time, she loves to garden, make homemade kimchi, and seek out the best soup dumplings and dim sum at her favorite Flushing eateries.

 

HERVE RIOU
Culinary Advisor & Resident Gardener

Born in Brittany, France, Herve is a restaurant consultant and chef who has worked in numerous three-and four-star NYC restaurants. He teaches at New York’s Institute of Culinary Education and is executive chef at the Salmagundi Art Club. He is a proud member of the Academie Culinaire de France and the European Chefs Association. As our resident gardener, Herve tends to more than 100 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and hot peppers, countless herbs, cucumbers and select baby salad greens.  He looks forward to welcoming you to our garden and offering you a tour of all the plants under his care.