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Heidi Andermack

Driven by a spirit of collaboration, I co-founded Chowgirls Killer Catering with my newfound friend Amy Lynn Brown in 2004. Our shared enthusiasm for strong branding and creative expression through food and parties has evolved into growing a business that values sustainability on the plate and, equally as important, in the workplace. My personal passion is community building, devoting my energies to the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and the Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market. Outside of work, I throw punches at Uppercut Boxing Gym and stretch my body and mind through yin yoga.

Photo taken by Sarah Whiting

Amy Brown

I came into catering later in life, having spent nearly 15 years in bookselling and publishing, and now I can't imagine doing anything else. Building this company with Heidi has been unimaginably rewarding: the talented staff we've attracted, the dishes and menus we develop, and the clients we serve all make this career the best one for me. My hope is that someday my three daughters can continue the Chowgirls legacy.

Photo taken by Sarah Whiting

Meghan Larsen

Hi there! I was introduced to Chowgirls in early 2010 and was ecstatic to be hired on that Spring. I have loved being part of an amazing community of creatives who are dedicated to making our events and food so phenomenal. In 2014 I became a Certified Cicerone ® (the beer world's version of a wine Sommelier), which has been so fun to focus some of my events around beer! When I am not at Chowgirls I enjoy long road trips with my family and short camping adventures around Minneasota state parks. We spend a good amount of our time cooking, explaining the world to our 4-year-old, brewing and drinking good beer, and gardening at our home in St. Paul.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Leah Quinn

Hello! I became a part of the Chowgirls family in 2008 while also working in social services, and moved into my Event Specialist position in 2010. Being able to execute my clients’ visions for their special life events has been so rewarding, and I’m lucky to work with such an amazing team of creative, smart, and incredibly talented people who put so much heart into what we do at Chowgirls. Outside of work, I enjoy getting lost in a good book, putzing in my community garden, making master plans with my partner in crime, Harold, and being as silly as possible with our 4-year-old daughter, Amelia.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Ann Jacobson

I have been a part of the Minneapolis catering industry for over 15 years, coordinating and executing hundreds (and hundreds) of corporate and social events. Some as little as 10 to galas as large as 3000. I have met so many amazing people along this journey. I was so thrilled to be invited into the Chowgirls team this year. I feel so lucky to be a part of such a remarkable company that shares my passion and love for food, respect to the animals we eat and the commitment to planet we live on. Outside of Chowgirls, you can usually find me on a bike or a trail, walking my dogs, cooking in my kitchen, entertaining with family or friends or simply enjoying a good glass of wine.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Jenna Anderson

I stumbled upon an events internship in college, and as the saying goes, the rest it history! Seven years later my home is now Solar Arts by Chowgirls; I couldn’t be happier to be part of such an amazing team! I love meeting with clients, helping plan their event down to the very last detail. It’s so rewarding to watch someone’s vision come to life. Outside my life at Chowgirls, you can find me cooking with my husband, hanging out with our pups or tending to my NE garden.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Daria Kushnir

Hello! I joined the Chowgirls team in 2016 and am so excited to be working with such a talented and passionate group of people. I have been in the service industry for over 8 years but everything changed when I was introduced to event planning in 2014 - I found a career that I love! I am honored to share in the experience and planning some of the most important days and events in our clients’ lives. When away from Chowgirls, I spend my free time kickboxing, enjoying a glass of Chianti, volunteering in the Ukrainian community of NE MPLS, and cooking with loved ones!

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Lindsay Erstad

I joined Chowgirls in 2016 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. I’m excited to be a part of a team that is passionate about providing sustainable, organic and delicious catering. When I’m not at Chowgirls, I enjoy exploring Minneapolis, experimenting with new vegan recipes, and drinking a glass of merlot.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Aurora Anderson

I began my catering journey years ago in Arizona and Las Vegas but could not be more thrilled to be back in Minnesota enjoying life. I am thankful to have the opportunity to work with such a talented team that are so passionate about creating the perfect event for every client. When I am not busy creating events, I love wine tasting, happy hours sampling new fun menu selections, and spending time with my partner, Ryan, and our amazing kids.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Ashley Drietz

I’ve been working in the event and catering industry for the past six years and am thrilled to have joined the Chowgirls team in 2015. As a farmer’s daughter I am proud to be working for a company that values local, organic and seasonal food. I love being a first point of contact for our clients and learning about the events they are planning. It’s fun to see these events come to fruition as they work with our creative Event Specialists. When I’m not at the HQ front desk I love reading, crafting and going on adventures with my husband and baby daughter.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Maari Cedar James

I started cooking mini quiche in Amy Brown’s kitchen in 2006, leaving culinary school to help shape what has now become my home away from home. Thousands of weddings and events later, now I have a dream job planning and ideating our events. When I'm not talking to clients or meddling in someone's business here at Chowgirls, I'm home with three smart and talented girls of my own, making food, drinking wine, reading books and weeding my new NE Minneapolis garden.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Tony Perella

Tony wants to live in a world where you can have fun at your job, enjoy time with your friends and family and have a general balance of getting good work done, maintaining positive physical and mental health and still find the time to party like a rockstar. As Operations Manager, he’s excited to take his past experiences building efficient and practical systems that help everyone do their job better and find comfort in the teamwork and support that enhance the daily grind and make your job a fun place to work while growing the business. When he’s not working, you can find him generally in his backyard entertaining friends, playing with his pups and enjoying time with his lovely fiance, Chuck, at their home in South Minneapolis.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Jillian Zins

I joined Chowgirls in 2015 and could not be more thrilled to be a part of this team! I feel honored and privileged to work with such a caring, talented, and hard-working group of people. We all share a passion for enjoying excellent food with amazing company. What more could you ask for! I look forward to growing and working together in the years to come to make Chowgirls the best it can be. When I’m not busy with the hustle and bustle of catering, I enjoy spending time with my four nieces and nephews, checking out new restaurants, and going to concerts.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Maryjo vickers

Hello! I started at Chowgirls in 2013 and have been loving every minute of it. I started as the Office Manager and excelled quickly taking on new tasks. I was promoted to Director of Administration in 2015 and now am the Accounting Manager. I am known as a “doer” around the office and jokingly call myself the Coordinator of Chaos! Chowgirls is a family and I love that - we work hard and play hard! In my free-time I love a good book, glass of wine, bike ride, and snuggles with my Great Dane. I am also a new Mom to the most precious little girl.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Arianna Baker-Kern

I’ve been cooking for Chowgirls since 2010, so this kitchen is like my second home. I love the freedom this job gives me and the family atmosphere we nurture. When I’m not in the kitchen, I enjoy drinking beer, watching movies, reading, hosting a houseful of friends, or just relaxing on my porch.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Elizabeth Mullen

I started working in hospitality twenty years ago and have never thought of doing anything else. I love to cook for others and making others feel special, especially my two kids. I appreciate the creativity in cooking and the endless opportunity of discovery. I love working for Chowgirls and being part of this awesome community of people. When not in the kitchen at Chowgirls, I am hanging out with my family, spending time with friends and painting at home.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Nethanya Clayton

In 2012, I called a friend to inquire about a job. And POOF, here I am working with people who inspire me everyday. I’ve explored many facets of the event business over the last 12 years, progressing into present day me. It’s the comradery of executing events as a team and seeing the guests’ vision through in real time and space that really tickles me. When I’m not surrounded by my Chow peoples, you’ll most likely find me in a troublingly deep conversation with my dog Bowser, sneaking in QT with any member of my enormous family, or bantering with my handsome hubby.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Erika Friesen

Restaurants, catering and events have been at the center of my life for as long as I can remember. Starting from my mother’s and grandmothers’ kitchens I have worked in family restaurants, a B & B in England, banquet caterers and a monastery; as well as running my own catering gigs and large community gatherings. I actually have a hard time cooking for less than 50! I love nothing as much as a challenge and trying something new. When I am not at work I am either in someone else’s kitchen, singing with one of two local choirs I am a member of or enjoying a rare quiet moment.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Rachael Kucher

I began working for this magical company just over a year ago in 2016. Chowgirls has become my home away from home and the staff my second family. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to be a part of. The people that I am fortunate enough to work with are an inspiration on a daily basis! When I am not working, I enjoy making jewelry, creating new paintings, going to concerts, and dancing my tail feather off!

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Sol Huddleston

I fell in love with the bar before I ever set foot behind one. The fast pace, multi-tasking, ever-changing environment just clicked with me. I quickly learned that drink making was a great outlet for creativity. I am excited about the emerging local spirit renaissance underway in Minnesota and happy to bring everything I’ve learned to Chowgirls. When I’m not working, I’m enjoying a cold beer or having a cocktail at one of the many great bars around the Twin Cities.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Meg Gilliland

I’ve been playing with paint, planting gardens, creating floral, cooking and styling food for over 25 years! A creative whirlwind, my passions mesh perfectly with my role at Chowgirls. I push to use my energy and vision to create and style events that are beautiful, original, and unique to our clients’ needs. I don't sit down much, but when I do, I'm drinking good coffee, eating dim sum, or trying on a great pair of shoes.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Todd Churchill

I came to Chowgirls at the beginning of 2016 and serve as CFO and Lead Strategic Planning Consultant. I have a deep passion for values driven, social businesses, especially in the local and regenerative food industry, and Chowgirls is a perfect fit. in 2015, I sold my interest in Thousand Hills Cattle Company to my highly capable long-time business partner, and am excited to be working with multiple start-ups with real social change potential that need a CFO. When I am not helping others to change the world, I enjoy riding horses, cross country skiing, and canoeing with my family.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Abe Ziai-Mehr

Cooking came into my life a little later than most, but for the last 6 years I have consistently tried to push myself to learn and accomplish more. In my 5 years cooking I have made everything from traditional French pastries to new school craft cocktails and had the chance to have a recipe of mine published in Bon Appetite as well a City Page’s “Cocktail of the Month”. I love creating and I have a deep commitment to quality.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Emily Richards

I fell in love with the kitchen before ever setting foot in one professionally. My passions include cooking food, eating food, thinking about food and talking about food. I love the atmosphere of Chowgirls and am delighted to call everyone here true friends. In my free time you can find me playing with my kids, hanging with my best friend Valentine, or testing my luck at pull tabs with a whiskey in hand at a local bar.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Aaron Merrill

Aaron came to the Twin Cities from the small town of Jericho, Vermont in the mid 90’s. He began his career in professional kitchens working as a dishwasher in the resort town of Stowe, Vermont after High School. During the next two decades Aaron has worked nearly every type of kitchen from very small family run restaurants, to fine dining and large resorts, and even a doughnut shop. Aaron is passionate about supporting the local food community; He has visited farms (loves feeding acorns to Pigs), volunteered at farmers markets, and taught classes on how to utilize seasonal ingredients. He has participated in food competitions hosted by celebrity chefs, travelled the country and around the world in search of good things to eat, and loves to cook at home. Aaron has experience in live television and radio, and has been a dancer in a music video.

Marlayna Thomas

I’ve been working at Chowgirls for two years. I love making French Macarons, playing with recipes, and trying new things. I love the sense of family that we foster at Chowgirls, it’s nice to know that your co-workers have your back. When I’m not working, which is almost never, I love binge watching Netflix and exercising, like a lady.

Photo taken by Becca Dilley

Meet The Team

As a women-owned company, we’ve strived to build a business and team dedicated to taking care of each other and you, our clients. Our people are kind, detail-oriented, hard working and talented. Our service staff is thoughtful, approachable and brings spirited energy to every event. We are proud of our Chowgirls family and passionate about creating memorable moments that make our guests feel welcomed and wanted.

Heidi Andermack

Owner/CEO

Amy Brown

Owner/CEO

Meghan Larsen

Sales & Events Team Manager
& Certified Cicerone ®

Leah Quinn

Sales & Events Team Manager

Ann Jacobson

Senior Event Specialist

Jenna Anderson

Senior Sales & Events at Solar Arts by Chowgirls

Daria Kushnir

Sales & Events at Solar Arts by Chowgirls

Lindsay Erstad

Event Specialist

Aurora Anderson

Event Specialist

Ashley Drietz

Office Administrator

Maari Cedar James

Chief Experience Officer

Tony Perella

Chief Operations Officer

Jillian Zins

General Manager

Maryjo vickers

Accounting Manager

Arianna Baker-Kern

Executive Chef

Elizabeth Mullen

Executive Chef

Nethanya Clayton

Venue & Events Manager at Solar Arts by Chowgirls

Erika Friesen

Equipment Manager

Rachael Kucher

Service Manager

Sol Huddleston

Bar Manager

Meg Gilliland

Event Stylist

Todd Churchill

Chief Financial Officer

Abe Ziai-Mehr

Sous Chef

Emily Richards

Sous Chef

Aaron Merrill

Sous Chef

Marlayna Thomas

Pastry Chef

Heidi Andermack

Owner/CEO

Driven by a spirit of collaboration, I co-founded Chowgirls Killer Catering with my newfound friend Amy Lynn Brown in 2004. Our shared enthusiasm for strong branding and creative expression through food and parties has evolved into growing a business that values sustainability on the plate and, equally as important, in the workplace. My personal passion is community building, devoting my energies to the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and the Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market. Outside of work, I throw punches at Uppercut Boxing Gym and stretch my body and mind through yin yoga.

Amy Brown

Owner/CEO

I came into catering later in life, having spent nearly 15 years in bookselling and publishing, and now I can't imagine doing anything else. Building this company with Heidi has been unimaginably rewarding: the talented staff we've attracted, the dishes and menus we develop, and the clients we serve all make this career the best one for me. My hope is that someday my three daughters can continue the Chowgirls legacy.

Meghan Larsen

Sales & Events Team Manager
& Certified Cicerone ®

Hi there! I was introduced to Chowgirls in early 2010 and was ecstatic to be hired on that Spring. I have loved being part of an amazing community of creatives who are dedicated to making our events and food so phenomenal. In 2014 I became a Certified Cicerone ® (the beer world's version of a wine Sommelier), which has been so fun to focus some of my events around beer! When I am not at Chowgirls I enjoy long road trips with my family and short camping adventures around Minneasota state parks. We spend a good amount of our time cooking, explaining the world to our 4-year-old, brewing and drinking good beer, and gardening at our home in St. Paul.

Leah Quinn

Sales & Events Team Manager

Hello! I became a part of the Chowgirls family in 2008 while also working in social services, and moved into my Event Specialist position in 2010. Being able to execute my clients’ visions for their special life events has been so rewarding, and I’m lucky to work with such an amazing team of creative, smart, and incredibly talented people who put so much heart into what we do at Chowgirls. Outside of work, I enjoy getting lost in a good book, putzing in my community garden, making master plans with my partner in crime, Harold, and being as silly as possible with our 4-year-old daughter, Amelia.

Ann Jacobson

Senior Event Specialist

I have been a part of the Minneapolis catering industry for over 15 years, coordinating and executing hundreds (and hundreds) of corporate and social events. Some as little as 10 to galas as large as 3000. I have met so many amazing people along this journey. I was so thrilled to be invited into the Chowgirls team this year. I feel so lucky to be a part of such a remarkable company that shares my passion and love for food, respect to the animals we eat and the commitment to planet we live on. Outside of Chowgirls, you can usually find me on a bike or a trail, walking my dogs, cooking in my kitchen, entertaining with family or friends or simply enjoying a good glass of wine.

Jenna Anderson

Senior Sales & Events at Solar Arts by Chowgirls

I stumbled upon an events internship in college, and as the saying goes, the rest it history! Seven years later my home is now Solar Arts by Chowgirls; I couldn’t be happier to be part of such an amazing team! I love meeting with clients, helping plan their event down to the very last detail. It’s so rewarding to watch someone’s vision come to life. Outside my life at Chowgirls, you can find me cooking with my husband, hanging out with our pups or tending to my NE garden.

Daria Kushnir

Sales & Events at Solar Arts by Chowgirls

Hello! I joined the Chowgirls team in 2016 and am so excited to be working with such a talented and passionate group of people. I have been in the service industry for over 8 years but everything changed when I was introduced to event planning in 2014 - I found a career that I love! I am honored to share in the experience and planning some of the most important days and events in our clients’ lives. When away from Chowgirls, I spend my free time kickboxing, enjoying a glass of Chianti, volunteering in the Ukrainian community of NE MPLS, and cooking with loved ones!

Lindsay Erstad

Event Specialist

I joined Chowgirls in 2016 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. I’m excited to be a part of a team that is passionate about providing sustainable, organic and delicious catering. When I’m not at Chowgirls, I enjoy exploring Minneapolis, experimenting with new vegan recipes, and drinking a glass of merlot.

Aurora Anderson

Event Specialist

I began my catering journey years ago in Arizona and Las Vegas but could not be more thrilled to be back in Minnesota enjoying life. I am thankful to have the opportunity to work with such a talented team that are so passionate about creating the perfect event for every client. When I am not busy creating events, I love wine tasting, happy hours sampling new fun menu selections, and spending time with my partner, Ryan, and our amazing kids.

Ashley Drietz

Office Administrator

I’ve been working in the event and catering industry for the past six years and am thrilled to have joined the Chowgirls team in 2015. As a farmer’s daughter I am proud to be working for a company that values local, organic and seasonal food. I love being a first point of contact for our clients and learning about the events they are planning. It’s fun to see these events come to fruition as they work with our creative Event Specialists. When I’m not at the HQ front desk I love reading, crafting and going on adventures with my husband and baby daughter.

Maari Cedar James

Chief Experience Officer

I started cooking mini quiche in Amy Brown’s kitchen in 2006, leaving culinary school to help shape what has now become my home away from home. Thousands of weddings and events later, now I have a dream job planning and ideating our events. When I'm not talking to clients or meddling in someone's business here at Chowgirls, I'm home with three smart and talented girls of my own, making food, drinking wine, reading books and weeding my new NE Minneapolis garden.

Tony Perella

Chief Operations Officer

Tony wants to live in a world where you can have fun at your job, enjoy time with your friends and family and have a general balance of getting good work done, maintaining positive physical and mental health and still find the time to party like a rockstar. As Operations Manager, he’s excited to take his past experiences building efficient and practical systems that help everyone do their job better and find comfort in the teamwork and support that enhance the daily grind and make your job a fun place to work while growing the business. When he’s not working, you can find him generally in his backyard entertaining friends, playing with his pups and enjoying time with his lovely fiance, Chuck, at their home in South Minneapolis.

Jillian Zins

General Manager

I joined Chowgirls in 2015 and could not be more thrilled to be a part of this team! I feel honored and privileged to work with such a caring, talented, and hard-working group of people. We all share a passion for enjoying excellent food with amazing company. What more could you ask for! I look forward to growing and working together in the years to come to make Chowgirls the best it can be. When I’m not busy with the hustle and bustle of catering, I enjoy spending time with my four nieces and nephews, checking out new restaurants, and going to concerts.

Maryjo vickers

Accounting Manager

Hello! I started at Chowgirls in 2013 and have been loving every minute of it. I started as the Office Manager and excelled quickly taking on new tasks. I was promoted to Director of Administration in 2015 and now am the Accounting Manager. I am known as a “doer” around the office and jokingly call myself the Coordinator of Chaos! Chowgirls is a family and I love that - we work hard and play hard! In my free-time I love a good book, glass of wine, bike ride, and snuggles with my Great Dane. I am also a new Mom to the most precious little girl.

Arianna Baker-Kern

Executive Chef

I’ve been cooking for Chowgirls since 2010, so this kitchen is like my second home. I love the freedom this job gives me and the family atmosphere we nurture. When I’m not in the kitchen, I enjoy drinking beer, watching movies, reading, hosting a houseful of friends, or just relaxing on my porch.

Elizabeth Mullen

Executive Chef

I started working in hospitality twenty years ago and have never thought of doing anything else. I love to cook for others and making others feel special, especially my two kids. I appreciate the creativity in cooking and the endless opportunity of discovery. I love working for Chowgirls and being part of this awesome community of people. When not in the kitchen at Chowgirls, I am hanging out with my family, spending time with friends and painting at home.

Nethanya Clayton

Venue & Events Manager at Solar Arts by Chowgirls

In 2012, I called a friend to inquire about a job. And POOF, here I am working with people who inspire me everyday. I’ve explored many facets of the event business over the last 12 years, progressing into present day me. It’s the comradery of executing events as a team and seeing the guests’ vision through in real time and space that really tickles me. When I’m not surrounded by my Chow peoples, you’ll most likely find me in a troublingly deep conversation with my dog Bowser, sneaking in QT with any member of my enormous family, or bantering with my handsome hubby.

Erika Friesen

Equipment Manager

Restaurants, catering and events have been at the center of my life for as long as I can remember. Starting from my mother’s and grandmothers’ kitchens I have worked in family restaurants, a B & B in England, banquet caterers and a monastery; as well as running my own catering gigs and large community gatherings. I actually have a hard time cooking for less than 50! I love nothing as much as a challenge and trying something new. When I am not at work I am either in someone else’s kitchen, singing with one of two local choirs I am a member of or enjoying a rare quiet moment.

Rachael Kucher

Service Manager

I began working for this magical company just over a year ago in 2016. Chowgirls has become my home away from home and the staff my second family. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to be a part of. The people that I am fortunate enough to work with are an inspiration on a daily basis! When I am not working, I enjoy making jewelry, creating new paintings, going to concerts, and dancing my tail feather off!

Sol Huddleston

Bar Manager

I fell in love with the bar before I ever set foot behind one. The fast pace, multi-tasking, ever-changing environment just clicked with me. I quickly learned that drink making was a great outlet for creativity. I am excited about the emerging local spirit renaissance underway in Minnesota and happy to bring everything I’ve learned to Chowgirls. When I’m not working, I’m enjoying a cold beer or having a cocktail at one of the many great bars around the Twin Cities.

Meg Gilliland

Event Stylist

I’ve been playing with paint, planting gardens, creating floral, cooking and styling food for over 25 years! A creative whirlwind, my passions mesh perfectly with my role at Chowgirls. I push to use my energy and vision to create and style events that are beautiful, original, and unique to our clients’ needs. I don't sit down much, but when I do, I'm drinking good coffee, eating dim sum, or trying on a great pair of shoes.

Todd Churchill

Chief Financial Officer

I came to Chowgirls at the beginning of 2016 and serve as CFO and Lead Strategic Planning Consultant. I have a deep passion for values driven, social businesses, especially in the local and regenerative food industry, and Chowgirls is a perfect fit. in 2015, I sold my interest in Thousand Hills Cattle Company to my highly capable long-time business partner, and am excited to be working with multiple start-ups with real social change potential that need a CFO. When I am not helping others to change the world, I enjoy riding horses, cross country skiing, and canoeing with my family.

Abe Ziai-Mehr

Sous Chef

Cooking came into my life a little later than most, but for the last 6 years I have consistently tried to push myself to learn and accomplish more. In my 5 years cooking I have made everything from traditional French pastries to new school craft cocktails and had the chance to have a recipe of mine published in Bon Appetite as well a City Page’s “Cocktail of the Month”. I love creating and I have a deep commitment to quality.

Emily Richards

Sous Chef

I fell in love with the kitchen before ever setting foot in one professionally. My passions include cooking food, eating food, thinking about food and talking about food. I love the atmosphere of Chowgirls and am delighted to call everyone here true friends. In my free time you can find me playing with my kids, hanging with my best friend Valentine, or testing my luck at pull tabs with a whiskey in hand at a local bar.

Aaron Merrill

Sous Chef

Aaron came to the Twin Cities from the small town of Jericho, Vermont in the mid 90’s. He began his career in professional kitchens working as a dishwasher in the resort town of Stowe, Vermont after High School. During the next two decades Aaron has worked nearly every type of kitchen from very small family run restaurants, to fine dining and large resorts, and even a doughnut shop. Aaron is passionate about supporting the local food community; He has visited farms (loves feeding acorns to Pigs), volunteered at farmers markets, and taught classes on how to utilize seasonal ingredients. He has participated in food competitions hosted by celebrity chefs, travelled the country and around the world in search of good things to eat, and loves to cook at home. Aaron has experience in live television and radio, and has been a dancer in a music video.

Marlayna Thomas

Pastry Chef

I’ve been working at Chowgirls for two years. I love making French Macarons, playing with recipes, and trying new things. I love the sense of family that we foster at Chowgirls, it’s nice to know that your co-workers have your back. When I’m not working, which is almost never, I love binge watching Netflix and exercising, like a lady.