Wedding Catering Los Angeles



Managing Partner

Jim Wharton joined the NYFC team more than 30 years ago.  Throughout his career, he has learned every aspect of the catering and event production industry.  While Jim professes there are always new things to learn, the tried and true elements – excellent planning and great food – never change.  Jim takes pride in the quality and production of every NYFC event.  He oversees the multiple departments under the NYFC umbrella including Drop Off Catering, Off Premise Events, and the exclusive venues – La Venta Inn and Verandas Beach House.  Jim’s goal each day is to ensure the NYFC team produces the very best food and events so that the customers are happy.  Jim shares, “I am grateful to the South Bay, Orange County and Los Angeles communities who support our local business and continue to help us grow and become better each day.”


Chef de Cuisine

Chef Alvarado is passionate about creating great food.  His happy place is in the kitchen. He also enjoys being involved onsite at NYFC events – managing his culinary team or preparing custom order for guests at one of NYFC’s interactive food stations. His charming personality and composed, calm demeanor makes guests feel welcome and appreciated.



Director, Business Development

Lorrie Mottes brings her experience as a business development professional in hotel and retail to the NYFC team.  She has a passion for promoting positive community awareness and thrives on collaborating with local businesses.  Lorrie engages in multiple, local Chamber of Commerce events and enjoys personally visiting and meeting with clients. She is a ‘people person’ and likes to add her creative style to help clients develop events and menus that suit each one’s individual style and needs.  Lorrie looks forward to connecting with you to help with your social or business event and catering needs.  


Director, Off Premise Events

Now in charge of NYFC off-premise division, Jeannie has been with the company since 1992 working in many capacities and has an impressive long-standing client base. Jeannie believes forward thinking plays a big part in executing successful events; anticipating client needs and being prepared keeps her team one step ahead. Whether Jeannie is consulting on a large-scale corporate event or designer wedding her attention to detail and hands on approach remain the same. Jeannie is convinced a successful event designer is involved with their clients from the initial conception to the much-anticipated day of. The ultimate compliment of course is a past client requesting a repeat performance.


Event Manager

Seasoned hospitality professional, Meredith Myska, adds her talents in catering sales and customer service to New York Food Company.  She loves helping create special events and memories for clients — it’s a natural fit for her charming personality and infectious energy.  She is adept at orchestrating the most complex events and staffing them with the best of the best in the service industry.  Meredith says, “I am honored to be part of the NYFC team.”


Event Designer

Samantha Ventura joins the NYFC team as an event designer with almost a decade of experience in event planning. Samantha loves the creative and design aspects of events, of course she does — her middle name is Amor (which means ‘love’).  She grew up in family-owned  catering business so she says “it’s in my blood”!  Samantha says, “I love bringing people together in a beautiful setting to celebrate with delicious food and drinks.” Samantha shares that her number one priority is customer satisfaction which NYFC truly values.


Customer Service Manager

As Customer Service Manager of NYFC’s corporate and social catering, Brett is on the phone every day with clients, helping them make the right choices for in-office and at home dining and entertaining needs. Since 2006, Brett has been the point person NYFC customers talk to the most. Brett shares this personal trivia with us that he has almost three decades of experience in customer service for the retail and hospitality industry. He also boasts that he makes a mean brisket. Next time you talk to him, ask him his secret!


Customer Service

Steven’s easy going personality coupled with his ability to think fast and expedite orders make him a valuable asset to our Customer Service team.  Steven enjoys helping our clients make the best menu choices for every event’s style and budget.  “The best part of my day is interacting with our clients — they’re great to talk to and they often make me laugh!” says Steven.  Special requests?  No problem. He is happy to help and you can rest assured that your orders and deliveries will get his undivided attention.



Director of Sales & Venue Operations

Since 1993, Mike has become one of the driving forces that allow us to create so many successful events. As Director Venue Operations for NYFC’s incredible event venues, La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates and  and Verandas Beach House, Manhattan Beach, he ensures everything is picture perfect for each event. His favorite part of the job is meeting clients and experiencing the cultural diversity that makes each special event unique. Mike is a detail-oriented person, which has a calming influence on those around him and allows his clients sit back and truly enjoy their events.


Venue Coordinator

Charla’s favorite part of being a Venue Coordinator at NYFC’s ocean view estate is showing La Venta Inn to couples for the first time. The venue, with, as she likes to say, “all its nooks and crannies”, never fails to charm visitors and like it did the first time she toured it – they fall in love with La Venta Inn.  Charla says, “I never get tired of seeing a wedding procession in the garden or the look on the groom’s face when he first sees his bride.”


Venue Coordinator

‘Angie’ has worked with NYFC since 2008. Some people whistle while they work, Angie just smiles! Her positive spirit and teamwork make her a favorite with Verandas Beach House clients. Angie makes a host’s visions for a dream wedding or flawless event come to life. She ensures every detail is taken care of so every event is exceptionally perfect!


Venue Coordinator

Leslie’s people skills and keen eye for details make her a natural at producing flawless weddings and events. In her role as NYFC venue coordinator, Leslie has created numerous beautiful events and weddings, always with the goal of the ultimate thank you – a smile from her clients.


Venue Coordinator & Event Designer

Event planning and design is a natural part of Brenda’s DNA.  Her calm demeanor, excellent people skills, attention to detail and unique creative style are the perfect combination for a professional event planner.  Brenda has been an essential member of the NYFC team for almost two decades and brings her vast knowledge of service, décor, and menu creation to the Venue Coordinator team.  “Do what you love and love what you do, I am so fortunate to be able to say that’s what I get to do every day”, says Brenda with a smile.

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