"Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch."
Cecily’s introduction to the hospitality industry came as a recent college graduate when she helped plan Delta Gamma’s national conference. Like putting together the pieces of the puzzle, it was a challenge and ultimately rewarding when the conference ran smoothly and was successful.
From there, she worked for Sheraton Hotels in Sales and Marketing for 10 years. She left Sheraton when she and Judy decided to open a restaurant. Catering followed soon after.
Judy’s passion was always for the food side while Cecily enjoyed the planning and organizing it takes to make each event a success. You may spend a year planning, problem solving and organizing, but the reward is to see the joy from a bride or hear a room full of guests who are happy with their dinner. The logistics are in the background, but make the difference in the satisfaction of the client.
Cecily currently is also President of the St. Louis Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International. Her work here has included fundraising to provide scholarships to women in the culinary field. Also, the chapter has worked in several areas to provide education to children regarding food, where it comes from and how to include it on their table successful.
"Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic’ who waved off the dessert cart."
Judy began her career in food service with Sheraton Hotels as Food and Beverage Controller, which gave her an understanding of the details of operating profitably in a large-scale setting. During her years with Sheraton, she was fortunate to work with skilled and talented Chefs who understood her passion for food and mentored her along the way. Her dream came true when she and Cecily opened a restaurant in 1981.
Judy was always looking for ways to grow her business and soon Ces and Judy were operating the food service at the Missouri Botanical Garden and then the Living World at the St. Louis Zoo.
It was her hands on approach and constant research and testing that created the recipes that started this company. Her passion for food continues to be part of her life and her business every day.
Judy is a founding member and past President of the St. Louis Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier. As President she increased fund raising by 100%, which contributed to an increase in Scholarships offered to women in the culinary field. She will be sitting on the International Board this November as a Chapter Board Liaison.
"Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first. "
Lizzie comes to St. Louis after receiving her Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management & Marketing from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She has four years experience under her belt in event planning and coordinating. Prior to completing her Master’s, Lizzie worked as a destination wedding coordinator and planner for Karisma Hotels in Mexico. Here she made sure all arrangements and details were finalized to ensure smooth-sailing on the event day. Lizzie makes customer service a high priority when planning and managing events, which makes her a great addition to the team.
As catering event manager, Lizzie works with clients from the beginning of contact with Ces & Judy’s. She walks clients through all the details that go into hosting a catered event and is on site the day of the event. Lizzie’s favorite part about event coordinating is connecting with her clients and getting to know them personally. Creating the relationship with a client allows her and the company to match and surpass their needs.
Lizzie is originally from Chicago and an alumna of Boston College. In her spare time, Lizzie enjoys cooking, traveling and catching a Sunday Bears game when she can with her husband. We are so excited to have her as a part of Ces & Judy’s!
"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt."
A career in event planning may not have been down a direct path, but organizing people and events always came naturally. As a competitive dancer for over 15 years, attending countless recitals, competitions, and conventions, she knows what it takes to make an event run smoothly. A self-described hopeless romantic, Amanda is drawn to classic styles, designs and etiquette of the days of her idol, Audrey Hepburn. And of course, anything pink and sparkly! Her personal motto is “It’s never too early in the day for rhinestones!”
After graduating from Lindenwood University with a degree in Nonprofit Management, she moved to Los Angeles, discovering a career in Event Coordination. Here she became a national event coordinator, designing large scale non-profit events in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Upon her return to St. Louis in 2007, Amanda joined Lucky You Productions, a St. Louis based Event Coordination and Design Company, becoming co-owner as a skilled event coordinator and floral designer. In the local event industry, she has had the pleasure of working with amazing organizations such as the Saint Louis Zoo, Grand Center Inc., and local arts organizations.
During the past 10 years in the event industry, Amanda has coordinated and designed over 400 events for non-profit organizations, corporate events, festivals, celebrity galas, award ceremonies and weddings nationally. Amanda married a fantastic man named Zach and they have three fur babies named Frankie, Nico and Moxie Mo Mittens. When you look up “opposites attract” in the dictionary, their wedding photo is posted beside. Their overly creative, vintage lace meets 80’s rock concert wedding was featured in St. Louis Bride magazine and local blogs.
Amanda joined Ces & Judy’s in January as Catering Event Manager. She currently is a member of ISES (International Special Events Society) and the National Association of Professional Women. With any free time, she volunteers her time designing photo shoots and displays, as well as hosting home nutritional information events. Her designs and creativity have been featured in numerous magazines, websites, and television broadcasts.
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."
One of this year’s new faces on the Ces and Judy’s team is Miss Darcy Allred. She graduated from Drury University earning a BA in English Literature and Writing with a minor in Global Studies. She studied abroad in the UK at London’s Regents College where she took time travelling through various European countries. Prior to her role at Ces and Judy’s, Darcy worked in the Central West End’s Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. There she served as a public guide to chess enthusiasts from all over the globe, as well as gaining experience in writing journalistic web content, tournament organization, and event planning/promotion through various social and professional activities.
As office manager and receptionist, Darcy does much of the administrative work behind the scenes at the Ces and Judy’s Le Chateau offices, but also serves a vital role as the initial point of contact for any inquiries through our website, phone, and visitors dropping by our venue in person. Whether you’re a first time inquirer or a long term client, she will get the wheels turning on your event by guiding you through the beginning stages of the planning process. Once the vision for your catered affair becomes more specific, she will direct you to a Catering Event Manager for those more detailed stages of planning. Darcy loves being around all walks of life and strives to improve upon a sterling standard of customer service. She is your “go-to” person on the Ces and Judy’s staff and warmly welcomes any questions you have or any assistance you may need in order to have the most satisfying experience possible.
Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Darcy moved up to St. Louis after college in order to explore more career opportunities as well as to enjoy living in this marvelous city’s constant overflowing abundance of art and culture. Darcy has become an instant proud St. Louis dweller. She resides in the quaint and friendly University City neighborhoods, where in her spare time she delights in reading, writing, park hopping, bike riding, and watching any and all films. We are quite thrilled to have her join our team!