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Born out of a combined passion for tantalizing food and exquisite service, Elite Catering, Events & Venture has made dishing up amazing cuisine our business and we're proud to count a growing number of people in the Windermere and the Central Florida area as our valued guest. "Elite Catering Events & Venture" is a family owned International Food Service, Hospitality, Consulting & Catering company.
To meet the discerning tastes of our clients, we meld contemporary and classic cuisine to create innovative dishes that are full of flavor and fashionable. When you choose Elite Catering, Events & Venture, you'll rest assured knowing that quality and value is never in question.
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"Experience Extraordinary Excellence"
With 4 brothers, 2 sisters, humble beginnings and determination, Alfred Mann began his hospitality career at age 13 as a pot washer, pasta and sauce maker. Since then, Mann has had the opportunity to be part of teams that have enhanced, strengthened reputation and profitability of such brands as Walt Disney World, Emeril Lagasse, Universal Studios, Belz Enterprises, J.R. International, Darden Restaurants, Habibi USA, Christini's Italian Restaurant and Elite Catering Events & Venture.
Mann has performed in capacities such as Saucier, Charcuterie, Garde Manger, General Manager, Corporate Executive Chef, Director of Operations, R&D, and Consulting. Mann possesses a solid background in successful, traditional and entrepreneurial venues including privately owned consulting firms, sales & marketing, restaurants, nightclubs, airports, arenas, concessions and conventions/special events. Mann firmly believes that "applied knowledge" is the key to success in our personal and professional lives.
Alfred Mann's Most Influential People: Muhammad Ali, Larry Leckart and Gianni Versace
With a background in finance, economics, and hospitality, Jowita Szczygielska's attention to detail and guest service skills are among the best in the Industry.
Event Coordinator, Executive Assistant
Elite Catering, Events & Venture is a family owned full-service Catering, Food Service & Hospitality Consulting company located in Gotha and Windermere Florida. Serving the Central Florida area with personal chef and consulting services since 1997 also offering full-service catering and signature events since 2012. Learn more about all of our services by clicking the service areas to the below.
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BBQ with a Memphis & North Carolina Influence, family owned and operated by Alfred Mann who started Munchies Live BBQ in 2012 “The Food You Crave “as a single father with a tabletop grill cooking hot dogs. With the assistance of his daughter Shaina Mann son Alfred D. Mann and his life partner and manager Jowita Sczcygielska. The US economy was still in recovery from the 2007-2008 financial crash. We met so many great people who shared their stories and we inspired others to continue the journey. “The American Dream is not perfect but it’s still alive, You just have to do the work and believe in it.” Alfred L. Mann
Believing he still had a chance for the American Dream, using his savings, a small loan from a friend and flying the flag. Alfred created Munchies to help finance his catering company Elite Catering Events & Venture. During this time his focus was...Great Food, Great Service at a Reasonable Price. Many times, he would feed the homeless, people who were out of work, single moms and struggling families for free. We still get calls from people thanking us for inspiring them to keep going. We really appreciate the people of Windermere, Gotha, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Orlando and all over the world who visited our little tent under the oak trees and showed their support.
Everything is made from scratch, including the sauces and spices. Our BBQ is cooked over aged wood-burning grills, smokers and our made-in-house pit charcoal for a clean, bold taste!
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Alfred L. Mann was born in Bradenton, Florida and grew up with 4 brothers and 2 sisters. His greatest childhood memories are enjoying the love of his dear Grandmother Naomi, her soul food, and stories of her life experience. Grandma Naomi was a Nurse, Baptist, and successful well-traveled Entrepreneur. Alfred moved to the Orlando/Kissimmee, Florida area at a young age. Alfred has traveled around the country to enhance his passion for people, fine arts, fashion, food, music, and wine. Alfred Mann's culinary arts journey professionally began at age 13 at a small Italian restaurant called, The Maynard in Kissimmee, Florida as a utility cook where he learned to make sauces, fresh pasta from scratch and restaurant operations.
Alfred Mann later joined Walt Disney World in the early '90s and became a member of the Culinary TASK team at resorts and specialty restaurants. Alfred Mann made an exit from Disney to become the personal Chef for Penny Hardaway and many other Orlando Magic players of the late 90's. Mann has provided personal chef services to Tiger Woods, Tyra Banks and many other A-list clients in the Isleworth community of Windermere Florida and surrounding areas. Mann's journey has also included time with Johnny Rivers, Charlie Trotter, Emeril Lagasse, Bernard Carmouche, and many top chefs. One of Mann's most inspirational chefs is still Patrick Clark, Mann's greatest mentor was Larry Leckart who was an entrepreneur, restaurateur, and businessman. In 1999, Alfred Mann joined the Emeril Lagasse team as Saucier and Specialty Chef at Emeril's Orlando in Orlando, Florida upon opening the restaurant. Emeril's Orlando was rated best restaurant in Orlando at the time. Alfred Mann states everything was made from scratch from the bacon to tasso to capicola, and yes, even the Worcestershire sauce; gallons and gallons of it. It was really an amazing time for the City of Orlando and the hospitality industry. In 2001, Alfred Mann won the Student Chef of the Year award from the American Culinary Federation in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand.
In 2002 Alfred went on to become Corporate Executive Chef for J.R. International Enterprises, Inc. overseeing a major 2-year project involving 2 markets: Orlando, Florida and Memphis, Tennessee. Alfred Mann always had a desire to join the Darden Restaurants management team and in 2004, his contracted project came to an end affording him the opportunity to join Darden Restaurants with their Olive Garden brand in Atlanta, Georgia and Orlando, Florida as operations culinary service and sales manager. During his time with Darden, the company produced record industry numbers. He stayed with Darden until 2008 when he made an exit to start his own business, Venture, and invest in real estate. Well, we all know how that went; the U.S. economy crashed hard and froze Wall Street to Main Street. Determined to make great food, in 2009, Alfred Mann went on to secure a position as Saucier and Specialty Chef at Christini's Italian Restaurant located in Orlando, Florida recruited by Mr. Christini himself. The restaurant received an excellent rating in 2010, "Christini's Restorante Still Impresses," and we quote, "The Pollo al Marsala ($$$) was the surprise: The earthy wine sauce was reduced to the consistency of syrup and elevated the chicken and sautéed mushrooms to another level." With this review, Mann became one of the highest paid sauciers in the country and was responsible for preparing many of the signature high-ticket grilled and sautéed dishes such as Chicken Marsala, Veal Marsala, veal chops, steaks and more. Mann eventually was promoted to the title of Executive Chef at Christini's Italian Restaurant.
In 2012, Alfred Mann went on to officially launch his own company, Elite Catering & Events, LLC. Where he invites everyone to "Experience, Extraordinary, Excellence". That same year Alfred was a single father of 2 the company was great way to be there for his children Alfred states that one of his greatest accomplishments has been being a successful father. Alfred is a huge advocate for the community through mentoring, entrepreneurship, and strategic partnerships. Today Elite Catering Events & Venture is a family owned Food Service Hospitality & Consulting company located in Gotha Florida and Windermere Florida.
"It's amazing what you discover when you share the power of passion with others."
Elite Catering, Events & Venture is located in Windermere and has provided corporate, wedding, and party catering for countless satisfied customers.
PO Box 1496
Windermere Florida 34786
2037 Hempel Avenue SUITE 2085
Gotha, Florida 34734