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

MEGAN TROELLER
Event Planner

With an extensive background in both hospitality and client relations, Megan is dedicated to understanding her clients' style and vision—and bringing that to life in weddings and events that are truly personal. Megan has worked in a variety of event management positions, both social and corporate, throughout her career before joining our team.  Megan is an adventure seeker by nature, in her spare time she loves surfing, playing softball and finding the best BBQ & Southern Food.
megan@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


ELIZABETH RICHARDS
Chef/Kitchen Manager

Born in London, England, and raised in New York City, Elizabeth earned her degree in culinary arts at the French Culinary Institute. She honed her creative style of cooking working at Nougatine at Jean Georges and as a food stylist at Saveur Magazine. At Naturally Delicious, Elizabeth works to develop the diverse range of menus for our clients' events. As the leader of our culinary team, she believes the best food is made using quality ingredients and incorporating passion and love. Elizabeth is known for cooking Thai and Indian cuisines with bold curry flavors. When she’s not in our kitchen, Elizabeth can be found hosting dinner parties and scouring the city for the best cocktails – especially gin – of her British heritage.
elizabeth@naturallydelicious.com

KATHERINE YOUNGBLOOD
Sous Chef

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
Pastry Chef & Cake Designer

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

 

VICTOR GARZA
Junior Sous Chef

A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, Victor originally hails from Houston, Texas. Since moving to New York City in 2010, he has cooked in such notable restaurants as Degustation, Seersucker and Hamilton’s.  At Naturally Delicious, Victor is known for cooking the elegant rustic Southern fare of his roots and is inspired by the culinary creations of Louisiana gastropubs and the cuisines of Southeast Asia. In his spare time, Victor runs marathons, hosts dinner parties where he serves his own home-brewed beer and scours the city’s restaurants for the latest fusion foods.

 

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.