Sam Gray

President

Starting in his grandmother's kitchen as just a young kid, working up into Executive Chef positions at multiple restaurants and opening a few of his own, Sam has a lifetime of experience under his belt. Deciding to settle down over 17 years ago and began his journey with CBD, he has built a loyal team to create and serve thousands of food & event seeking clients. As President and Owner of Catered by Design, he still finds time for a round of golf or attending an Escoffier dinner.

FAVORITE FOOD

A great steak

TAMI Zimmerman-HENRY

OPERATIONS manager

Being an Operations Manager means wearing many hats and that is certainly true for Tami. She brings to the table over 25 years of administrative experience coupled with her training as a chef from Kendall College. Having the kitchen acumen allows her to make the administrative functions work more smoothly. Tami is particularly adept and creating custom recipes/menus for clients looking for an exceptionally unique experience. In addition to all her duties at CBD, she is also a cooking instructor.

FAVORITE FOOD

Anything Asian

MATTHEW GRAY

CATERING SALES SPECIALIST

Matthew has been a part of the family-owned company since his teenage years and has excelled ever since. Now, he is the driving force behind Catered by Design's drop-off division. His knowledge pours into creating flawless orders for both social and corporate entertaining.

FAVORITE FOOD

A Good Ole' Fashion Club Sandwich

JENNIFER LUCIA

CATERING SALES SPECIALIST

Coming from the upstanding field of Country Club dining and events, Jen has surpassed the expectations of her clients here at Catered by Design. She is committed to unblemished style and service in the catering world. Her participation in multiple areas within the company allows her to provide the invaluable knowledge her clients need to fulfill their dream event.

FAVORITE FOOD

Pizza

RACHEL JOZWIK

CATERING SALES SPECIALIST

Rachel joined the Catered by Design team after graduating from Iowa State University majoring in Event Management. She has a sharp eye for details, trends, and insight in and around the industry. Her creativity boosts throughout the entire planning process making each client’s vision turn into a perfect event. When she is not working, Rachel enjoys spending time outdoors, trying new restaurants, and traveling.  

FAVORITE FOOD

Chicken Pot Pie

ERIN LEY

CATERING SALES COORDINATOR

Erin comes to us from a couple of areas within the events industry. She worked her way through the industry while studying Hospitality Administration & Management at the University of Missouri – Columbia. She has a strong attention to detailand loves being part of creating those special experiences and events, leaving a lasting memory with her past clients. Her attention to detail and outgoing personality is what was needed to help further push our sales team’s momentum and grow the business.

FAVORITE FOOD

STIR FRY

CARLOS OROZCO

Executive Chef

Raised in a family of bakers and bakery owners, Carlos educated his passion for executing delicious sweets at the French Pastry School. Having an enormous background in delectable desserts and off-premise catering, he has streamlined our kitchen and operations to run like a well-oiled rolling pin.

FAVORITE FOOD

Mole Rojo or Shrimp Fajitas

Thomas Schabow

director of Marketing

Thomas has an extensive background working in both digital and print marketing for close to two decades. He brings a set of talents that will help push Catered by Design further into the digital arena, helping us expand our customer base and clientele. With a strong background in client relationship management, team development, and digital marketing, he brings a solid foundation for the Director of Marketing position. 

FAVORITE FOOD

Chicago style pizza (not deep dish)