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Matt Flinders

Director of Catering Sales
matt@giuseppecatering.com

Matt’s love for entertaining began at an early age. Assisting his mother in the kitchen before large family dinners and holiday parties, he always took great joy in designing and setting the perfect table. Now, years later, with a degree in hospitality management from Washington State University and over 16 years of management experience in hotels, restaurants, and catering, Matt’s passion for creating the perfect event is still with him today. A California native, Matt has recently returned to San Diego after living and working in New York City where he had the opportunity to plan lavish events for clients including Martha Stewart Omni Media, Christies Auction House, Town & Country Magazine and Estee Lauder. His design skills have been recognized with multiple industry awards, and he has been a board member for a chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE). Matt’s diverse background and experience in the hospitality industry gives him a unique perspective, combining his professionalism and knowledge of business with his flair for design and passion for entertaining.

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Morgan Oaks

Catering Sales Manager
morgan@giuseppecatering.com

Morgan brings to Giuseppe’s over eight years experience working in the event and catering industry. After attending Villanova University, she began her career as part of the special events team at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Morgan learned the ropes while managing fundraisers, member events of 1000+, as well as corporate rentals for Nike, Elizabeth Arden, BNP Paribas and Tiffany & Co. to name a few. She was part of the team that opened the museum’s new building, a rare opportunity and career highlight, which culminated in a week-long series of events including a red ribbon cutting with then Mayor Bloomberg. Morgan then brought her expertise to San Diego working in various capacities: as Catering Sales Manager at the House of Blues, supervisor of event logistics and customer experience for LivingSocial Adventures, and Event Manager for two local event production companies. Calling upon this diversified background, Morgan is able to create amazing and memorable event experiences for her clients.

Mary DiMento

Catering Sales Manager
mary@giuseppecatering.com
Mary brings over 14 years  of event and catering industry experience to Giuseppe’s. After attending Portland State University, she began her career as part of the special events team at the Marriott in San Diego. Through the years Mary’s expertise was utilized at hotels, restaurants, banquets and weddings. She has organized parties as small as 5 people up to large scale events of 10,000 people.  Mary has brought her wealth of knowledge and diverse background with companies like Morton’s Steakhouse, Stone Brewery, The Brigantine Restaurant Group, Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn and The Prado just to name a few. Mary now serves as The San Diego Nace (National Association for Catering and Events) President and is heavily involved in all industry events. All of this background leads to a dynamic experience that every client will enjoy.

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Erin Enters

Venue Beverage Sales Manager for Scripps Seaside Forum
ssfbar@giuseppecatering.com

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Erin always loved to cook and be around people while hosting events. This led to earning a degree in Public Relations at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee while she worked in the restaurant industry to stay close to her first love: culinary arts. Upon graduating, Erin moved to Chicago, where she continued to work her way up in the restaurant industry, through training and eventually managing. As a food and wine enthusiast, it was always important to Erin that she maintain a career that allowed her to continue excelling in her passion. When Erin moved to San Diego, she found her place managing beverage services for Giuseppe’s top event and wedding venue, Scripps Seaside Forum. In this role, she continues to bring the highest level of customer service and enthusiasm to make each event a memorable experience and success.

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Frederik Selchau

Catering Director
frederik@giuseppecatering.com
As Director of Catering Operations, Frederik brings to Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering over ten years of specialized experience in high end catering and fine dining from his home country of Denmark, the United Kingdom, and the United States. As an Event Manager at England’s top catering firm he served gala dinners with over 2,500 guests and at venues such as the London Fashion Awards Gala at Victoria & Albert Museum and the Queen’s Annual Christmas party at Windsor Castle. He has dined in over 20 countries on four continents, and is an avid seeker of the perfect dining experience. In his free time, Frederik enjoys life on the water and in his garden, where he and his family explore sustainable farming techniques and the delights of homegrown gastronomy. Frederik started with the company in 2009.

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Rahmatulah “Rashi” Wahidi

Executive Chef
kitchen@giuseppecatering.com

Possessing a natural love for entertaining and a creative approach to food, Rahmatulah “Rashi” Wahidi brings nearly a decade of high end catering and restaurant experience to the Giuseppe Fine Catering team. While living in London, he trained as a chef. During his twelve years in Europe, he worked for the top catering companies in London. The London Science and Design Museum, Lionsgate Films, and Prince William were among his most discerning clientele. He specializes in presentation and menu development. When he moved to San Diego in 2011, he was excited to bring his passion for flavor and eye for detail to the local catering industry. His specialties include Mediterranean, Persian and Indian cuisine. Having traveled the world, Rashi speaks many languages including Farsi, Russian, Dari, and Hindi. He has been to four continents. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, and outdoor activities.

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Madison Nocon

Staffing Coordinator
staffing@giuseppecatering.com

Born and raised in San Diego, Madison grew up with a love for food and hospitality. She obtained her Associates Degrees in Communication and Social & Behavioral Sciences in 2016. She plans on finishing her degrees while growing in her position as well as within the company. She brings the to the table over a year of human resources experience and 2 years in catering. In her free time, she enjoys performing her music at local venues, paddle boarding, coaching distance running, and traveling.

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Tahnie Benitez

Sales and Operations Coordinator
tahnie@giuseppecatering.com

Tahnie brings ten years of hospitality experience to Giuseppe’s Fine Catering and considers herself a “Jackie” of all trades. Her background in restaurants, catering and weddings allows her to full fill her ultimate passion; making people happy and sparking events to life. Prior to Settling in San Diego, Tahnie graduated with her B.A. in Communications from Arizona State University. As an Ojai native, she comes to us with 5 years of managing both corporate and social events. With a love of sunshine and waves, her experience has trickled down the West Coast. From jump starting the Banquet’s Program at Convivo Restaurant on the Santa Barbara waterfront to designing lavish weddings on The Newport Coast and executing corporate events for prestigious resorts such as The Fairmont Grand Del Mar and The Four Seasons Biltmore, Tahnie is excited to grow within the Giuseppe’s Team.

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